Oral Testimony is exported to Guinea

The project “Reporters on the borders-Towards an African network of journalists, professionals and citizens, specialising in migration issues” supported by the European Union, and implemented by the Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA) offers the opportunity for community radio stations producers in Guinea to learn how to use the Oral Testimony methodology.

From 4 to 8 August 2014 in Conakry, 8 producers will be trained in this technique aimed at raising the voice of the voiceless.

The project, driven by the PIWA, aims to encourage citizen involvement in the media and in the regular production and dissemination of rigorous, critical, professional, diverse and above all alternative information on migration issues in West Africa.

Equally marked by illegal emigration, Guinea has for some time had a department responsible for Guineans abroad that is also responsible among other things for the reintegration of all its citizens expelled from other countries. The focus of this country will be the links between migration and development but will also deal with African refugees in Guinea in their relationships with their parents remaining in their home countries, their contributions and their socioeconomic influences.

Participating in the training of producers will be Labe Rural Radio, due to its proximity with Senegal, Kankan Radio Rural, which is situated on the border with Mali and covers all of Upper Guinea, N'zerekore Radio Rural that covers the borders with Liberia and Ivory Coast, we well as RTG (the national radio and television broadcaster) that covers the entirety of the national territory.

By the end of the training, the participants will have a good understanding of the themes related to migration in Guinea; they will have a good comprehension and mastery of data collection techniques in the form of testimonies from migrants and their family members; they will be able to approach these subjects from different angles from the testimonies collected from migrants as well as their families and from the different sources notified; they are capable of using the material collected from resource people (migrants, migrants’ families, officials) in order to produce programmes with differentiated angles.

As the goal of this training is to produce and disseminate relevant information to the public on migration issues, it will be followed by a three-month production campaign. Over this period, each radio station will produce at least 6 programmes based on oral testimonies on the themes developed.  The PIWA will then make the productions available online via its multimedia platform  

CECIDE, a project partner in Guinea, bases its activities on the promotion and protection of human rights. Founded in October 2000, in 2007 it participated in a study by the EU on Guinea’s migration profile Guinea and the Programme to Support Civil Society Initiatives for Increased Human Capacities (AISCHA). CECID is responsible for media mobilisation, the organisation of the workshop, the identification of resource people and the monitoring of production campaigns.

The training will be carried out by the coordinator of the PIWA’s Multimedia Editorial UnitHyppolite DOSSOU YOVO

Contact people: Kamal Moustapha Kebe: ; Fidele Guindou