Category Archives: Challenges

Sesame Street for those without access to TV in Afghanistan

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In Afghanistan Equal Access is working with Sesame Workshop, the non-profit arm of Sesame Street, to produce and broadcast a radio program based on the TV show for those who don’t have access to TV.  Baghch-e-Simsim (Sesame Garden) features the voices of Muppets familiar to us all from Sesame Street, as well as original Afghan…

Using Media to Promote Agricultural Practice in Western Afghanistan

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Equal Access (EA) is the communication and outreach partner on the Regional Agricultural Development Project-West (RADP-W) to Chemonics, working to improve agricultural practices in Western Afghanistan from February 15, 2015 – February 28, 2019. EA’s activities are focusing on the RADP-W target districts within the western provinces of Herat, Badghis, and Farah, with the aim…

Equal Access is Promoting Peace in Cameroon

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    In December 2015, Equal Access began implementing the USAID-funded Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3), a comprehensive media and outreach project focused on empowering youth, women, and rural populations in the North and Far North regions with information, education, and practical tools to lead productive lives, while inspiring their participation within their communities. Based…

Fostering Peacebulding through Locally-driven Community Radio

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Equal Access, in partnership with the US Embassy N’Djamena, is implementing the “Fostering Sustainable CVE Messaging Strategies through Locally-driven Community Radio” project with the aim to counter extremist messages in Chad. The threat of violent extremism is one of ideology and worldview, supported by a variety of drivers that can lead to radicalization and recruitment….

Engaging Nigeriens in Peaceful Elections

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With the goal of laying a foundation for peaceful and fair elections in Niger, Equal Access is working with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) on the “Engaging Nigeriens in Peaceful Elections” project. EA is leveraging our existing network of local radio partners to broadcast radio spots across 13 stations in Diffa, Agadez, and Niamey,…

Helping Girls Rise in Nigeria

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Partnering with the international film project Girl Rising, which documents empowering stories of women and girls around the world, Equal Access has drawn on its experience and on-the-ground presence in northern Nigeria to successfully localize the project for a Nigerian audience. In Nigeria, as in each of the countries featured in Girl Rising, men dominate…

Leveraging Media to Spread Information on Migration in Niger

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In partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM), Equal Access is leveraging the power of media and local radio networks to disseminate credible and quality information on migration issues in Agadez and Niamey, Niger. Building on nearly a decade of experience implementing behavior change and awareness-raising media programming in Niger, EA is producing and…

Inspiring Youth to Write their Own Stories and Choose their Best Future

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The Equal Access radio drama One Village, A Thousand Voices (Yak Qarya Wa Hazar Sada), inspires young Afghans by engaging them in the decision-making process. Featuring a groundbreaking interactive format, the drama provides scenes and characters from Afghan culture that encourage audiences to relate to everyday challenges in their own lives. With storylines that depict challenges in achieving…

Radio Listening Group Restores Peace to their Community during Coup d’Etat in Burkina Faso

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In October 2014, the peaceful African country of Burkina Faso erupted into an unexpected revolution that ended with the removal of President Blaise Compaoré. Faced with intense riots and violence in Ouahigouya, gardener Ibrahim Touré stepped up to lead the way forward in his community through non-violent action. He mobilized 15 members of his Equal Access radio listening group, which…

Creating Powerful New Possibilities for Peace

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Interactive Media and Community Dialogue Fosters Tolerance and Resilience across the African Sahel The African Sahel is one of the world’s most impoverished regions. Chad, Niger and Burkina Faso, three countries in the Sahel region, suffer from weak governance, ethnic and religious tensions, and high rates of youth unemployment. These factors increase the population’s vulnerability to violent extremism. As…