Is a Cultural Association of videographers and communication experts founded to document and build awareness
about difficult realities around the world, specially those involving human rights violations.
is an information and documentation project designed and developed by the WARTOY Not-for-Profit organization, aimed to create a multichannel web based platform (FB, Twitter, Tumblr etc) to provide a constant monitoring on what happens in the Kivu region. The project is based on the transfer of knowledge and skills, in the field of journalism and social communication, to the population of Kivu villages, so to let them become direct actors of the project.
By learning how to use the modern documentation instruments (such as photo and video cameras, blogs, social media etc) congolese people can guarantee not only a continuous journalistic coverage of the main events happening in their region, but they can also be the storytellers of their own
social life and traditions.
The participation of local people is a key component of the project, since they will directly contribute in managing information sources, in news production and in fact-checking. To ease people involvement, communication and journalism trainings will be organized and delivered in two strategic cities of the Kivu,
with the help of local journalists, radio speakers and communication operators.
This will bring a fundamental added value to news and reports produced locally, since they would come from a direct source who has an insight point of view and a non-filtered cultural approach to the complex social context of the eastern part of the D.R.Congo. Moreover, for some young local photographer or reporter, INKIVU training programs could represent the first step towards a future career int the newswire field, becoming the point of reference for press agencies which often struggle to gather informations from remote and troubled areas such as the Kivu region.
INKIVU is an information program aimed to spot a light on the forgotten region of Kivu (DRCongo). It started as a web-based multichannel platform gathering, editing and publishing info and news on the eastern part of D.R.Congo.
The next step of the project is to create a network of local congolese radios to broadcast weekly information reports that can reach a wide audience even in the remote villages of the area. At this stage, a key element of the project is the active involvement of congolese journalists and, more in general, of the civil society. They will be crucial in searching and sourcing most of the news that will be broadcasted in the weekly reports and this leads to a natural evolution of the INKIVU project.
From being a service that gathers and re-publishes info, INKIVU will become a real news production organization based on citizen-journalism. This transition will be possible through the organization of training programs and workshops for our congolese partners who will then become responsible for their assigned area and, in a short while,
will be able to replicate this process of transferring knowledge and skills, leading to an independent development of the project. The main goal of the INKIVU project is the production of free and widely accessible informations about the Kivu region (D.R.Congo).
Current INKIVU implementation level.
At the moment, after 2 research travels to D.R.Congo and more the one year of researching,investing and networking, INKIVU:
1. Publishes – in the form of a “multimedia press review”
Informations and news about Kivu, collected from around 800 different sources, such as newsrooms, press agencies,
bloggers, international affairs websites and personal congolese contacts.
2. Collect informations and analysis from around 200 qualified sources
Such as international journalists, human rights activists, international researchers who have appreciated
the nature of the project and have contributed to make INKIVU become a news and informations hub
for any subject related to the eastern area of the D.R.Congo.
3. Produces articles, analysis, photos and videos
Both with its own staff and with the crucial contribution of around 15 contacts in situ who are based in 5 different
zones of Kivu (Beni and the Virunga area, Butembo, Kimbulu, Goma, Bukavu).
The collaboration with our in situ contributors is the first chance to test our communication trainings
(skype tutorial, handbooks and Q&A sessions) in which we transfer specific skills and we establish well structured
procedures for the future.
4. Gained a very good social media positioning thanks to a cross linked multichannel strategy
These are the social media and analytics numbers of the project at the time of writing (nov.2013):
a) 7.600 facebook users (“likes”) on the INKIVU facebook page;
b) more than 440 followers of the official INKIVU twitter account (among those followers there are congolese people
and many influent bloggers, international researchers, diplomats, activists, experts of DRCongo and NGOs);
c) around 500 daily unique visitors on the INKIVU tumblr blog: www.inkivu.org
Operational Structure of the Project.
The Project implementation is based on different but complementary operational areas.
Each area is overseen and coordinated by a department director who seats in the managing board of the project and reports to the WARTOY board committee. Each department has great operational freedom, but is in continuous communication with other areas to comply with the general communication strategy and to achieve the common set goal: the production of free and widely accessible informations about the Kivu region (D.R.Congo).
Operational areas and goals:
creation of a strong network of information about the Kivu, able to grow day by day and to improve its social media and web positioning among all those information services which deal with issues related to the Great Lakes area.
production of news, interviews, and reports to be then broadcasted, as podcast audio files, through a radio channel that reaches the widest possible audience in Kivu.
trainings and workshops for selected congolese staff on different subjects (journalism, web communication, documentation production, editing, video-photo reportage) and recruitment of project managers who will be, in each selected city, a point of reference and support for local sources and occasional contributors.
production of the documentary film titled “KivuOnAir”, about the everyday life of congolese people and, in particular, of operators in the field of communication and information (such as journalists, radio speakers, bloggers etc.). With an optimistic and joyful approach to the story, this product will give a great resonance to the whole project and will be crucial to bring stories about D.R.Congo also to those who are not usually directly interested in Great Lakes area issues.