EAI helps communities around the world drive sustainable and transformative change
through our proven participatory media, technology, and outreach model. By designing
solutions with communities, our programming is locally-owned and culturally resonant. We
build communication ecosystems that take root and thrive, create platforms that elevate
marginalized voices, and build locally-led movements that shift power, inspire normative
change and promote creative, positive, and innovative solutions to social issues.
By putting people’s authentic stories and dreams at the center of our programs, communities and entire societies change their stories from disempowerment and marginalization to empowerment and possibility. Ronni Goldfarb
EAI Founder and Board member
Our History: Pioneers of Human-Centered International Development
In 2000, Ronni Goldfarb had a vision. With the rapid development of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and a deep belief in the power of the individual to affect change, she and a small team launched Equal Access International. EAI was born out of a commitment to fostering human development and authentic empowerment through universal human rights principles – listening, empathy, respect, dignity, learning, innovation, and storytelling.
Funding from the Ford and UN Foundations made it possible to launch the organization’s flagship programs. They addressed HIV/AIDS prevention and women’s empowerment in Nepal and social and education programs via satellite to 7,000 rural communities across Afghanistan. EAI’s pioneering work combining social behavior change communications (SBCC) and community engagement earned us the prestigious Tech Award in 2003 for the breakthrough solution in Nepal, confirmation that our approach was innovative and poised for scale.
Under Ronni’s leadership, EAI expanded in and across ten countries in Asia and Africa. The organization worked to empower women and girls and prevent violence against them. It supported educating millions of marginalized youth with life skills and livelihoods training and advancing pioneering peacebuilding in some of the most challenging regions of the world.
Critical Milestone: Formation of a Hybrid Venture
In 2014, EAI launched the world’s first and only Hausa-language free to air 24/7 satellite TV channel. Produced by and for northern Nigerians, AREWA24 (www.arewa24.com) provides programming that empowers young people, educates children, supports women and girls, promotes peacebuilding, and celebrates the diverse culture and history of northern Nigeria. In 2017, AREWA24 became fully privatized, secured a lead investor, and is operating on earned revenues.
Awards: EAI has received numerous awards, including the NASDAQ Technology Award at The Tech Museum for Innovation in San Jose, California; a One World Media Award for the Voices Project addressing the nexus between violence against women and HIV/AIDS, and the prestigious Microsoft Education award at the Tech Museum for Innovation in 2016.
In 2018, EAI was poised for its next significant expansion. After 18 years, the organization’s broadcast audience reach had surpassed 200 million people with over 75 million regular viewers, and listeners, and more than 118,000 people directly engaged in community activities through high-impact programs. At this peak, Ronni elected to move on from EAI maintaining her dedication by serving on the Board of Directors and as a Senior Advisor.
Mr. Byron Radcliffe took over as the President & CEO to lead EAI into its next phase of growth. To ensure that EAI continues to be competitive and influential in the field of international development, we moved our headquarters from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. We also refreshed our branding and relaunched our digital presence.
Finally, we expanded and scaled our work in West and East Africa and the Philippines. We now operate in 13 countries, where we continue to implement our effective and media-informed resiliency activities, transforming communities together toward a path of peace and stability.
For me terrorism is caused by bad governance...youth unemployment is one of the main factors pushing young people towards radicalization. Solutions are to promote dialogue and resolve conflicts.
Our Impact & Reach
Impact & Reach *2019 figures
People directly participated in community engagement activities and training
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