In honor of World AIDS Day, we are highlighting our Media Strengthening Program in for Mozambique. The media can play a vital role in improving public health by addressing needed changes in behavior, highlighting resources available to address public health issues, and ensuring that the efforts of governments, donors, and civil society are transparent and accountable. With funding from USAID and PEPFAR, IREX is working to improve health related reporting including sponsoring young journalists focusing on health and publishing an annual health in the media report.
Sanjar Usen-uulu, a school guard in the predominantly ethnic Kyrgyz village of Kyzyl Ai, Kyrgyzstan, was severely beaten by a group of teenage students in the spring due to his half-Uzbek origins. Inter-ethnic violence, especially among youth, is a major impediment to peace and development in Kyrgyzstan where cases like this occur all too frequently. When Usen-uulu’s case was brought to the police, Imam Kayimbek Jeenbaev, a local religious leader who had participated in tolerance trainings through the Facilitating Inter-ethnic Tolerance and Harmony in Kyrgyzstan (FAITH) program, intervened.
The Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the new flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The Washington Fellowship, which begins in 2014, will bring 500 young leaders to the United States each year for academic coursework and leadership training. The online application for the Washington Fellowship is currently available. Completed applications, including all supporting documents, are due by 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time, Monday, January 27, 2014.
IREX is joining thousands of organizations, communities and individuals giving back for #GivingTuesday. Today is the second national day of giving at the start of the holiday season. IREX staff is pleased to announce the selection of Homeless Children’s Playtime Project as the recipient of the entire proceeds from the annual staff silent auction with matching funds donated by IREX. This morning IREX staff delivered boxes of donated goods to the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project for #GivingTuesday. As a charitable nonprofit organization, IREX is also accepting donations for #GivingTuesday at www.irex.org/donate.
Throughout Africa, public libraries are promoting social and economic development in their communities through financial literacy workshops, ICT training for women, health classes, programs for children and more. Participate in the online conversation with the hashtag #BA2013 on December 5-8, 2013. Connect with Beyond Access on Twitter and on Facebook.
Discussion and video screening Friday, December 13th 12:00-1:30pm at IREX.
The Munathara Initiative, in partnership with IREX and with support from the Global Political Trends Center of Istanbul Kültür University, has been supporting young Syrian refugees in Jordan and Turkey to make their voices heard, through open online and live panel debates. RSVP here.