With the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund, in 2019, JHR initiated a two-year pilot project in Mali to strengthen the capacity of media and media institutions to foster an effective, inclusive and transparent democracy.
The project seeks to empower the media to play its role in promoting public accountability and evidence-based public dialogue on human rights, gender equality, and good governance issues. Union Des Radios et Télévisions Libres du Mali (URTEL), Maison de la Presse, and L’École Supérieure de Journalisme et des Sciences de la communication de Bamako (ESJSC) have partnered with JHR to further this initiative. Together, JHR and its partners will build the capacity of the media sector through:
- Increased quantity and credibility of media coverage on human rights and good governance issues. Towards this outcome the project will train and mentor journalists and journalism students on producing impactful human rights and governance stories.
- Improved management capacity and stability within targeted media outlets and institutions. Towards this outcome, the project will train and mentor media managers and editors on supporting human rights and coordinate media and civil society professionals, while striking a media accountability committee (MAC) to monitor media behavior.
- Increased sharing of information between media and CSOs on human rights and good governance.