With sub-grant from Internews and grants from UNFAO, Transform Media UK, CEN is implementing humanitarian information services, Covid-19 response, down scaling climate information, and South Sudan intangible heritage project targeting both conflict conflicted and host communities in Upper Nile and Unity state. Currently CEN is managing and supporting the operations of community radio stations namely JamJang FM in Ajuong Thok; Radio Salaam FM in Maban; Nile FM in Malakal and Kondial FM, Bentiu. Additionally, CEN’s cultural partners include the Masrah Ta Bukra Theatre Initiative (MATATI) and Ana Tabaan.
CEN collaborates with both humanitarian and development agencies implementing programs in the following sectors.
- Peace, security, and stability.
- Humanitarian relief and aid
- Child protection
Covid-19 response project implemented with support from Internews South Sudan program
As part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic in South Sudan, Internews implements ahealth communication- COVID-19 project to ensure the reach of public health messaging efforts around the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as widespread dissemination of accurate, timely, actionable COVID-related information to the population in South Sudan.
The project will facilitate a two-way communication with the affected population, in understanding and addressing hyper-local information needs that are not solely concerned with health behaviors, and can identify, discuss, analyze, debunk, and mitigate rumors and misinformation related to COVID arising at local levels.
Community Engagement network produces and broadcast radio programs in support of the COVID-19 response in South Sudan. The produces radio programs are in different language and broadcasted to the audience in the 3 CEN managed radio stations catchment areas in Jam Jang, Malakal and Bentiu. Besides, the project produces narrowcasting services and rumor tracking activities targeting people who have been affected and displaced by conflict and residing in the “Protection of Civilians” (PoC) sites-Melut, Upper Nile state.
Down scaling project information project implemented in Malakal, Maban, JamJang and Bentiu with support from UNFAO.
Access to information about weather events and seasonal performance is crucial in addressing the vulnerability of farming communities and in enhancing the capacity of communities to manage weather and climate related events and hazards. Access to weather information allows communities to enhance their decision-making process, including with regards to the prepositioning of the type and timing of inputs.
Within the scope of the FAO South Sudan Strategy for downscaling climate information, FAO South Sudan plans to conduct radio shows, which build on its weather updates on a ten-day basis at the national and decentralized levels.
FAO has engaged CEN to provide weather forecast information and practical advice for farmers, livestock keepers and fisherfolk at a sub- national level targeting specific communities in Unity and Upper Nile state to be reached through existing radio stations broadcasts as well as through mobile “boda boda talk talk” programming. The programs are being produced in English and (simple) Arabic, decentralized programming will be produced in languages which are best understood by the local population.
South Sudan Intangible heritage project implemented with support from Transform Media UK
Cultural marginalization and divergent historical narratives contribute to root causes of conflict and cycles of grievance, whereas inclusive conceptions of national identity strengthen the bedrock for democratic process, improved inter-community understanding, relationships, and resilience.
CEN with support from Transform Media UK is delivering a mobile phone application and web platform that will engage members of all South Sudan’s diverse communities (including diasporas). Facilitating the roll-out of the tool will allow communities to crowdsource the collection and description of their own historical perspectives and cultural heritage on their own terms.
The program allows communities to gain public exposure and recognition of their histories and cultures collected in this process through a People’s History radio series and a Sounds of South Sudan radio series, to be disseminated to mass audiences through CEN radio stations and other partners. The digital platform for the first time South Sudan’s diverse oral histories and cultural heritage into one place and drive continuous social media content as new content is collected.
Humanitarian information services project implemented with support from Internews in Malakal, Bentiu, Maban and JamJang
With sub-grants from Internews, CEN implements humanitarian information service program by providing critical life-saving information even beyond crisis and civic engagement among communities in Malakal, Bentiu, Maban and JamJang by empowering them with information that guides them to make rational and informed decisions on pertinent issues affecting their daily living conditions by empowering communities with information that impact on their decision making.
The project also provides communities with blueprint information for how to engage service providers and those holding public office and private sector to positively engage in responsive service provision through continuous collection of feedback in participatory, representative and inclusive engagement of targeted communities.