Disinformation is endemic in the Central African Republic (CAR), escalating community tensions, fragilizing social cohesion and affecting elections and peace processes. Against this background, Fondation Hirondelle is supporting its long-term project Radio Ndeke Luka, which is the most listened radio in the country, to provide independent, reliable, and accessible information to the population. What impact does Radio Ndeke Luka have on countering disinformation and on people’s appreciation of violent or non-democratic practices is a challenging yet necessary question to be answered. With the EU’s support, Fondation Hirondelle teamed up with a political science researcher specialised in media, democratic engagement, and polarisation in Africa to assess its impact and inform future actions.
In this brown bag lunch, Eve Konan, Fondation Hirondelle’s project manager in CAR, will provide an overview of the current disinformation and security challenges in the country, while Jeff Conroy-Krutz, associate professor of political science at Michigan State University, will share the challenges, methodology and findings of his research. The discussion should help address the issue of media’s impact measurement, and what it means for INGOs and the EU.
Please note that registration is mandatory. If you would like to participate, please contact Lorenzo Conti.