Medio foundation is a small volunteers' organization the Netherlands, working in the media. Since we think that media and journalists in less wealthy circumstances than ours should take the lead in the debate on ‘development' and ‘equality' we regularly support projects and programmes that support media abroad.
Our structure is simple and transparent: we are an established foundation in the Netherlands (since 1984), but volunteers develop the projects.
With 4 board members we guarantee the independence, transparency and effectiveness of the projects we host.
Media are developing at the speed of light (or even faster). ‘Social media' is the name of the game nowadays, and they are also useful (may be especially so...) to poorer communities. But not all is Internet that shines, the Kivufoon project proves this.
We often work with the concept of Radio 2.0.
Radio 2.0 is a proposal to integrate the use and tools of New Media (Media 2.0) into the practices of community radio.
We always work together with likeminded organisations such as Worldcom Foundation, Sundjata and LolaMoraproducciones in the actual project of Femme-au-Fone. In Connecting Continents we worked closely together with Oxfam Novib.
Our philosophy has always been the same: people need a voice in order to be able to fully participate in public debate: they have the right on (their part) of public space. All projects like in Nicaragua (working with the disabled), Salvador (working with marginalized political groups), Angola (where all independent voices were - and still are - marginalized), the (not so) Democratic Republic of Congo (where women who are taking their safety in their own hands - Kivufoon and Femme-au-Fone) deserve our support, and we try to do that as much as we can. The latest project is with Oxfam-Novib: Connecting Continents.
In our history we supported mainly projects of community, or as we prefer citizen journalists: a printshop and publishing company in Nicaragua and a silk-screen company in El Salvador, just after the end of the war in the eighties of last century; in the nineties we supported emerging newspapers in Angola, after, during and in between wars. In the new millennium Medio published a book on 'glue sniffers' in Nicaragua and one of our members wrote a chronicle on the small village of Comalapa in Nicaragua.
Since 2005 we follow and cherish the work of LolaMora Producciones (www.lolamora.net) in the realm of media (mass media and community media), supporting women all over the world in their struggles against (politically driven) all forms of violence against women and children, specially but not only, in context of armed conflict. We are still to date working with them on Femme-au-Fone in East-Congo: a radio station (Mandeleo from Bukavu) and a collective of feminist journalists (AFEM-SK) called our attention to a project they wanted to undertake. It started in March 2012 and can count on broad support: see their website.
Connecting Continents was een experimenteel project dat beoogde inter- nationale vormen van onderzoeksjournalistiek te stimuleren, met name tussen Europese en Afrikaanse onderzoeksjournalisten.
Het werd gefinancierd door Oxfam Novib – dat leidde al direct tot een dilemma: tast financiering door een ontwikkelingsorganisatie de journalistieke onafhankelijkheid niet aan?
Het project riep nog vele andere, vaak fundamentele, vragen op, ondermeer over culturele en professionele verschillen tussen Afrikaan- se en Europese journalisten die samenwerking zouden kunnen bemoeilijken. Dat was ook de bedoeling van het experiment, het was een terreinverkenning.
Na een grondige voorbereiding ging Connecting Continents in 2015 van start. Tientallen Europees-Afrikaanse koppels verrichten grens- overschrijdend journalistiek onderzoek dat leidde tot vele publicaties in kranten en tijdschriften en tot radio- en tv-documentaires.
Het project Connecting Continents werd begin 2016 afgesloten. Het gelijknamige boekje doet verslag van het verloop van het project en van de geleerde lessen.
Rapporten Connecting Continents