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Fondation Hirondelle

Switzerland

Fondation Hirondelle is a Swiss non-profit organization founded in 1995, which provides information to populations faced with crisis, empowering them in their daily lives and as citizens. Since its creation Fondation Hirondelle has worked in 18 countries on 3 continents. In 2016, its financial revenue was 10 million Swiss francs, with 12 operations and 167 staff in 10 countries.

We produce and broadcast information and dialogue programs using media best suited to the audiences we want to reach. We support and strengthen our media and partners through training and editorial, managerial, and structural support to enable them to function more sustainably. We evaluate the impact of our programs and contribute to research on information and media.

Independent, credible and impartial information that is close to its audience contributes to ending conflict and building more peaceful societies. Access to this type of information, which is recognized under Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights helps:

• A population to make informed decisions

• Restore trust between different components of society

• Fight against entrenched ideas that fuel conflict

• Give a voice to marginalized communities

• Promote dialogue

• Contribute to the inclusive development of societies