Our mission in Africa

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fesmedia Africa is the media project of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) in Africa. We believe that a free and open media landscape enables ordinary people to actively take part in, influence and improve their lives, as well as those of the communities and societies they live in. In order to participate in public life and decision-making, people need to have the means, skills and opportunities to access, exchange and use information and knowledge. They need to be able to communicate and exchange ideas, opinions, data, facts and figures about issues that affect them and their communities. As such, our work seeks to promote the development of a free and open media landscape which enables people to become the driving force for their economic, social and political progress.

We understand a free and open media landscape to be one that is:

  • open and accessibe to all
  • resilient and able to cope under unfolding political and economic pressures
  • human rights-respecting
  • furthers democratic values and practice under the rule of law

We therefore promote:

  • freedom of expression
  • freedom of information
  • media's role of facilitating dialogue in society

We work with and support our partners to create the conditions under which the people and communities they serve can participate directly in realising their vision of sustainable economic, social and political progress for themselves.

The three focus areas we work in are:

1.   The creation of legal frameworks and instruments which protect and promote freedom of expression, freedom of information and independent media.

2.   The implementation of these frameworks and instruments to realise substantive enjoyment of the rights to information and expression at national and regional levels.

3.   Building knowledge about the health of the media landscape in Africa, and how to effectively leverage it as a force for change in driving economic, social and political development.

     

Themes

Robust legal standards, frameworks and instruments

Robust legal standards, frameworks and instruments

The rights to freedom of expression, freedom of information and media freedom allow people to actively take part in and contribute to social, cultural and political life in their societies.
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Effective implementation of legal frameworks

Effective implementation of legal frameworks

The adoption of robust legal frameworks and instruments is, by itself, not enough for the enjoyment of rights. What is established on paper must still be realised in practice for rights and freedoms to have a real and positive impact on the societies, communities and people they exist for.
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Resilient media and effective communication

Resilient media and effective communication

A healthy media landscape is one which is resilient and responsive to the dynamic and ever-evolving social, political and economic conditions of its context. In healthy democracies, state and non-state actors alike depend on strong, independent and sustainable media organisations to access credible news and information services as well as conduct open debate and dialogue.
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fesmedia Africa
Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

95 John Meinert Street
P.O. Box 23652
Windhoek, Namibia

+264-61-417500
info(at)fesmedia.org


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