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On the Air in Georgia: Promoting Development through Community Radio

In the town of Ninotsminda in Georgia’s Javakheti region, a community radio station is promoting civic engagement, increasing community development and improving communications for hundreds of Georgians. Radio NOR, the country’s first and only community radio station, is broadcast online with support from IREX through the USAID-funded G-MEDIA program. What makes this form of radio so compelling is its inclusion of community members: anyone who is interested can participate. Volunteers manage and prepare programs while having the opportunity to create an open public dialogue on topics that mainstream media often neglect. 

In the town of Ninotsminda in Georgia’s Javakheti region, a community radio station is promoting civic engagement, increasing community development and improving communications for hundreds of Georgians. Radio NOR, the country’s first and only community radio station, is broadcast online with support from IREX through the USAID-funded G-MEDIA program.

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Community Radio NOR Georgia

New Business Ideas Brew at Cafe in Romania

Trivia, karaoke and board games may not seem conducive to business development. But at Bankers Café and Hubb – a small business incubator that also serves up espresso coffee and virgin cocktails – the activities are part of a lively atmosphere designed to attract young entrepreneurs. Radu Oprea, who co-founded Bankers in Galati, Romania last year, says that combining a café and a business incubator under one roof might appear odd, but it works.  

Trivia, karaoke and board games may not seem conducive to business development. But at Bankers Café and Hubb – a small business incubator that also serves up espresso coffee and virgin cocktails – the activities are part of a lively atmosphere designed to attract young entrepreneurs. 

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Radu at the Bankers Cafe and Hubb in Romania

Multimedia Education Center Producing Tech Savvy Georgian Journalists

Tucked into a historic neighborhood of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is a place where young journalists can learn the new skills needed to meet the challenges of the future. The Multimedia Education Center (MEC) provides state of the art technical facilities and digital, multi-platform content production for Master’s level journalism education. Designed to encourage student productions and packed with modern digital equipment, the MEC was built by IREX through the USAID-funded G-MEDIA program.

Tucked into a historic neighborhood of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi, is a place where young journalists can learn the new skills needed to meet the challenges of the future. The Multimedia Education Center (MEC) provides state of the art technical facilities and digital, multi-platform content production for Master’s level journalism education. 

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Journalism lecturers at the MEC in Tbilisi

Newspaper Spektri Gives Voice To Isolated Minorities in Georgia

In the remote reaches of the Kakheti region, thousands of ethnic Azerbaijanis are now engaging local leaders on pressing community issues with the help of a local newspaper. By printing an Azerbaijani-language insert along with the regular paper, Spektri has helped bring concerns like lack of drinking water and run-down school facilities to light.

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A newspaper in Georgia helps Azerbaijanis in Kakheti region voice their concerns to public authorities and become more involved in the community.

Industry and Higher Education in Iraq Partner to Strengthen Workforce

In Iraq, university graduates typically search for two years before securing a job. The average employer spends nine months training new employees to get them up to speed. But as a result of a partnership facilitated by IREX's Iraq University Linkages Program (ULP) between the University of Duhok’s Career Development Center and OilSERV, a leading oil service company in Iraq, students recently strengthened their job prospects and gained real world work experience.

In Iraq, university graduates typically search for two years before securing a job. The average employer spends nine months training new employees to get them up to speed. But as a result of a partnership facilitated by IREX's Iraq University Linkages Program (ULP) between the University of Duhok’s Career Development Center and OilSERV, a leading oil service company in Iraq, students recently strengthened their job prospects and gained real world work experience.

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Iraqi Engineering students gain valuable on-the-job training to combat regional unemployment.

Triple Challenge to Literacy in Pakistan

The United Nations recognizes literacy as a human right essential to lifelong learning and development. IREX implements multiple programs working with thousands of teachers around the world each year to improve literacy and education. In honor of International Literacy Day “Literacies for the 21st Century,” teachers from Pakistan recently shared with IREX the realities of achieving this goal. 

 The United Nations recognizes literacy as a human right essential to lifelong learning and development. IREX implements multiple programs working with thousands of teachers around the world each year to improve literacy and education. In honor of International Literacy Day “Literacies for the 21st Century,” teachers from Pakistan recently shared with IREX the realities of achieving this goal.

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TEA Pakistan Teachers

Expanding Education Opportunities for Underprivileged Youth in Pakistan

Hundreds of underprivileged youth in Lahore, Pakistan now have access to books, education opportunities and an advocate working to bring their voices into the mainstream. Thanks to his community service experience as a Global UGRAD – Pakistan student at Humboldt State University, Mujtaba felt well-prepared to take on the challenge of starting his own youth-led education non-profit organization

 

 

Hundreds of underprivileged youth in Lahore, Pakistan now have access to books, education opportunities and an advocate working to bring their voices into the mainstream.

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Pakistani children enjoy learning with the 'Discovering New Artists' team

Mozambique Journalist Gives Voice to Rape Survivors

Survivors of rape in Mozambique are gaining support for improved care and justice thanks to Eva Trindade, a television reporter who recently completed investigative journalism training. In collaboration with the USAID-funded Media Strengthening Program for Mozambique (MSP) implemented by IREX and Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA), Trindade produced a two-part, one-hour talk show on Televisão de Moçambique on rape. It included the story of a 46-year-old survivor who received limited police help and medical care after the crime. Trindade also covered other rape survivors’ stories, and invited health and legal experts to discuss sexual assault in Mozambique.

Survivors of rape in Mozambique are gaining support for improved care and justice thanks to Eva Trindade, a television reporter who recently completed investigative journalism training. In collaboration with the USAID-funded Media Strengthening Program for Mozambique (MSP) implemented by IREX and Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA), Trindade produced a two-part, one-hour talk show on Televisão de Moçambique on rape.

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Trindade (left) and MSP Investigative Journalist Ricardo Mendes (right) working on a program for Televisão de Moçambique.

Reaching Liberia’s Hard to Reach Youth

On Monday August 12th activists, academics, and policy makers will celebrate the annual UN International Youth Day with speeches, blogs, and rallies about the role of youth in development. Many youth voices will be heard, but what about the voices of youth who are illiterate, living with HIV/AIDS, commercial sex workers, drug addicts, homeless, or disabled? What do they have to say in this conversation about their future? 

On Monday August 12th activists, academics, and policy makers will celebrate the annual UN International Youth Day with speeches, blogs, and rallies about the role of youth in development. Many youth voices will be heard, but what about the voices of youth who are illiterate, living with HIV/AIDS, commercial sex workers, drug addicts, homeless, or disabled? What do they have to say in this conversation about their future?

We Don't Want to Hide Anymore: Youth Voices on Tolerance

"We don't want to hide anymore," said a Roma girl, when explaining why she became involved with a program bringing together Roma and non-Roma youth in community building activities in Moldova and Romania. This sentiment was shared multiple times by Roma youth proudly affirming their ethnicity and sense of belonging. After two years of working in inter-ethnic teams as part of the Youth Civic Engagement and Dialogue Program (YCED), 100 youth from Romania and Moldova recently celebrated the achievements of the YCED Program in Bucharest, Romania. 

"We don't want to hide anymore," said a Roma girl, when explaining why she became involved with a program bringing together Roma and non-Roma youth in community building activities in Moldova and Romania. This sentiment was shared multiple times by Roma youth proudly affirming their ethnicity and sense of belonging.

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Roma and non-Roma youth came together to share life experiences.
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