ERIS is to start a one-year project in Côte d'Ivoire in September designed to improve the capacity of the country's media to report impartially and accurately on the democratic process. The project will implement a training programme for journalists and help community radio stations to deveop a coherent strategy to engage communities and provide high-quality reporting on important local issues.
The project aims to promote public awareness of and engagement in the electoral process. A decade of conflict has seen ethnic conflict and violence divide communities in Côte d'Ivoire. National and local media play a key role in promoting social cohesion and a democratic culture involving more political debate and stronger institutions.
This project is supported by the EU, and will take place in partnership with the Reseau Paix et Securite des Femmes de l’Espace CEDEAO Cote d’Ivoire (RESPFECO-CI).
ERIS has been working in Côte d'Ivoire since 2008, implementing an EU-funded project on electoral information and education from 2009-10. More>
Read ERIS' report on community radio stations in Côte d'Ivoire.