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8 thoughts on “South Sudan Databootcamp”

  1. Simeon Oriko says:

    Are there any planned follow up bootcamps or sessions beyond this training? If not, are there any existing communities that we can tap into to help sustain what we have started here?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the training. As a suggestion for future bootcamps, kindly allow more time for practical, hands on session so that we may build confidence in using the technologies taught. Thank you for the opportunity.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I really enjoyed the training on Public Financial Management and the role of media. It was really insightful and it opened my mind to the possibilites of data. Thank you for sharing this knowledge with us.

  4. Hi, everyone!

    Below is the feedback you provided after the February training program – could you please look through it to see if we missed anything? We’re working closely with our colleagues to follow up on your input to plan next steps, so we can build on the solid foundation we built together!

    Here’s the input you’ve provided:

    1) There should be more government sensitization of media (growing out of this program’s engagement of Parliamentarians and Media on 8 February). We need to find ways for we (media) communicate more effectively with parliamentarians (at arms-length) and with the executive. This includes training (for both media and government) on press briefings, parliamentary hearings (such as PAC hearings, like in February); and more.

    2) We should find a way to inaugurate complementary (parallel) training on ‘beat journalism’, so that in addition to economic journalism training, we can examine economic impacts across different sectors.

    3) We’re interested in creating an Economic Journalist’s Association, to help reinforce the training, and to continue to come together on economic reporting.

    4) We should be sure to bring in the AntiCorruption Commission into future trainings, to build bridges with media and encourage a continuing dialogue between media and the Commission.

    5) We need to find a way to be inclusive of journalists from outside Juba.

    6) We should have complementary skills-building processes, which include training over a medium-to-long term, as well as short (1 or 2-day) parallel trainings which focus on specific economic issues. Participants can then pick the ‘track’ for which they’re best suited. In both cases, we’re interested in sustained follow up with this (same) cohort.

    7) Please include components on media policy, including on the media law development in South Sudan.

    8) A part of the coming (broader) training on economic journalism, we need a module on the function of the Central Bank.

    9) We want more information on donor aid flows into South Sudan: what tools are there? Where is donor money going? How are donor priorities being formulated?

    10) Is it possible to identify government champions who would be interested in more outreach to media on core functions of government (across sectors)?

    11) We’re interested in training on how to frame questions (i.e. not in an accusatory fashion, but rather to maximize the amount of information that’s shared)

    12) We’re interested in training on journalism safety.

    13) We want training / sensitization for media editors and managers on development issues, to encourage broadened priorities on what media can report on.

    14) We also want training on strengthening business models for media in South Sudan, including to enable smaller media houses to achieve and retain independence.

    15) We’re interested in learning more about data (including using data and data visualization), from an introductory standpoint.

    16) We’d like for media owners to be brought together to understand the value of stronger reporting on development and economic issues.

    17) We need a ‘center’ or ‘hub’ for media training in South Sudan.

    18) We’re interested in broadening the participation of this (sustained) training to include Civil Society & government champions, to encourage ‘mixing’ and knowledge sharing.

    19) We should include field visits in the training. Some participants should also have the opportunity to join an exchange program, to visit and experience work in media houses elsewhere in the region.

    20)We’re interested in training on journalism and investigation skills, to refresh what we know, or to learn new approaches and skills for story-telling.

    21) We need training on statistics.

    Did we miss anything? Please reply to this Comment below!

    Best wishes, and look forward to continuing to work together,

    Craig Hammer

  5. wani stephen elias says:

    thanks a lot for the feedback about the media training held in juba grand hotel . am more optimistic that we can transform the nation and the media fraternity in South Sudan and the regional if the discussed media plight in the new nation are ratified. then freedom of expression, access to information, right to access to information in the country will be a mandate of every citizens in South Sudan and democracy, the fundamentals of the universal human right , the MDG goals will achieved as to create a platform for good governance, human capital development , respect to fundamental human rights, social transformation and constitutionality of the nation.
    therefore, my analyses Free and independent media should be recognized as a key dimension of efforts to eradicate poverty…They develop the relationship between an informed, critical and participatory citizenry and responsive elected officials…They (provide) benefits, such as … strengthening of basic human rights, a stronger civil society, political transparency, support to education…and sustainable livelihoods . the political border between the politicians and media elite , should create a continuous dialogue , mediation , advocacy in building the public relation with the media, as an entire role of the citizens in the country.
    so the world Bank team, Association of media development in South Sudan , IMF, UNDP, the government should be engaged into proactive practitioners of what we had discussed during the three days workshop in Juba.
    the next step the Association of media development in South Sudan should do is to form a HUMAN RIGHT NETWORK FOR JOURNALIST IN SOUTH SUDAN, whose mission will be depending the rights and voice of the journalist in the country.
    and policy development, research to draw key concepts , philosophies is enforcing the input during the workshop, so that it holds water at the heart of the sea.
    bravo . for this site.
    wani Stephen Elias.

    • Hi, Wani Stephen Elias – thanks for your input here. We agree that the policy environment for free, independent, pluralistic media is a core priority, and should be integrated into our continuing work together, with partners at AMDISS, IMF, AMI, and others. Thanks also for your suggestion about the possible development of a human rights network. Networks – such as the one you suggest – are excellent mechanisms to encourage systemic triangulation of information (by media with civil society, the private sector, faith-based organizations, and others) to triangulate information for public consumption, discussion, and debate, to inform decision making at all levels. Great idea that this should be a feature of the work moving forward!

      Best wishes,

      • wani stephen elias says:

        Hi, Craig. it’s my pleasure for your complement . hope to contribute more and share with colleagues our intellectual mind in developing our nation putting the right thing for effective policy development . thanks Craig