In South Sudan Rooted in Trust 2.0 is working to address the impacts of pandemic related information in Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Upper Nile, Unity State, Jonglei, Greater Pibor Administrative Area and Lakes State. These regions are selected because of the level of humanitarian crises and the existence of vulnerable communities. There are gaps in offline activities and lack of social media response activities despite the increasing circulation of rumors of social media platforms. Rooted in Trust 2.0 will undertake an Information Ecosystem Assessment through the analysis of dynamic information ecosystems in these target communities.
Rooted in Trust 2.0 South Sudan is producing data-driven products like the Lugara Media Factsheets, Lugara Community Factsheets, Lugara Humanitarian Bulletin, and the Flashcards for social media platforms.
The Rooted in Trust 2.0 South Sudan leads the Rumor Tracking Sub Committee, co-leads the Media Engagement Subcommittee and the Communication Community Engagement Subcommittee. We are also active members of the Risk Communication Community Engagement Working Group.
Rooted in Trust 2.0 South has a Peer-to-Peer Network which acts as an exclusive space for journalists to directly interact among themselves in open discussions, share information, ideas, and concerns as they receive technical support from Internews. Journalists and other media practitioners can join by clicking on the following link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/CBf6PwtE6FL4f2H4wvaUgb
As part of Rooted in Trust, the South Sudan team will partner with:
Community Engagement Network (CEN) will lead the on the ground activities designed to ensure we step across the digital divide and can connect with vulnerable communities in accessible ways and potentially online collection and analysis of online rumors and misinformation from the displaced population in Upper Nile and Unity States.
Advance Youth Radio is a community development media agency that works to determine the trends in the industry, the needs of the beneficiaries, and how to best address their needs. The station aims to utilize the power of media to champion youth empowerment and support civil society organizations with dissemination of life-changing information and opportunities to have a stronger voice in their own development by promoting their education, human rights and health campaigns.
The #DefyHateNow initiative works to provide community-based and data-driven solutions to the problem of hate speech, disinformation and misinformation. The aim of their work is to create a framework for increasing trust between stakeholders through mobilizing civic action against all forms of hate speech and incitement to violence, including through disinformation created amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Radio Community is a South Sudanese non-governmental organization which was legally registered in 2015. The Radio Community (TRC) is leading the way in providing independent, ethical and professional journalism in South Sudan. TRC operates a network of 6 community-based local language radio stations.
Voice of Reconciliation 98.4 FM is a community-based radio station that is committed to giving people in Bor, Jonglei State a voice to dialogue for peace.
For more information, contact Dr. Michael Gubay, the Senior Humanitarian Project Manager, Internews South Sudan on email: [email protected]
Information Ecosystem Assessment
IEA FULL REPORT (ENGLISH) - FEBRUARY 2023
LIVING IN INFORMATION LIMBO: THE CASE OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS IN SOUTH SUDAN
This is a group of people that were displaced from their homes by either natural disasters such as flooding, or conflicts. Such insecurity and intercommunal conflicts disrupt the flow of information in the community and among vulnerable groups – those who do not have strong social connections and thus have limited access to reliable information. Food insecurity induced by a combination of famine, natural disasters, and a lack of sustainable agricultural practices is perceived as one of the pressing issues in the communities.
IEA FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS (SHORT VERSION) - FEBRUARY 2023
LIVING IN INFORMATION LIMBO (SHORT VERSIONS)
IEA FULL REPORT - MARCH 2023
The Forgotten: An IEA for People with Disabilities in South Sudan
Despite their unique needs and specific vulnerabilities, these are often submerged under the category of ‘most vulnerable’. Organisations working with and representing People with Disabilities are often absent from humanitarian programming and the needs of People with Disabilities are thus not included in response action. To ensure that Internews’ Rooted in Trust 2.0 (RiT 2.0) Information Ecosystem Assessments (IEAs) are inclusive of People with Disabilities, this study assessed access to information and information flows among People with Disabilities in Central Equatoria and Northern Bahr El- Ghazal states in South Sudan.
2022 Rumor Trends
2022 Rumor Trends and Recommondations
The short presentation briefly highlights the rumor trends in South Sudan for the year 2022. It illustrates the most persistent rumors, rumors that actually did go away, the most dangerous rumors, and even the weirdest rumors. In addition, non-COVID-19 rumors are also highlighted. Finally recommendations on the way forward are indicated