|About the organisation||
RNW Media is an international organisation based in the Netherlands that aspires to empower young women and men to unleash their own potential for social change, in a way that suits the young people themselves. RNW’s mission is to identify young people’s needs, and bring them together in user-owned digital communities where they can safely engage on taboos and sensitive topics, generating strong stories for advocacy to unleash their potential for social change.
|Description of the organisation||
RNW Media focuses on young people aged between 15 and 30 who live in fragile or repressive states that are usually going through civil unrest and conflict. These young people often represent the majority of their country’s population, yet they’re ignored and denied crucial information and services. They want to speak freely, have conversations about what really matters to them – both personally and politically – and find the information they need to make their own choices about their future.
RNW Media feels that these young people are ignored by the people in power, their governments, and even by NGOs in the sector. They aren’t seen as the crucial stakeholders they are – with their own needs, priorities and aspirations. There are more young people in the world than ever before; out of a global population of seven billion, there are about 1.8 billion young people aged between 15 and 30. Almost 90% of them live in developing and emerging countries.
The rights of young individuals to information and to form and express their opinions
In Sub-Saharan Africa, RNW Media works in Burundi, Kenya and DRC. In the Middle East and North Africa, the focus is on Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen. In Asia, the focus country is China. These countries are part of RNW Media’s programme for 2017-2021.
In addition, as part of the Rights, Evidence, Action project, RNW Media is working in Kenya, Uganda and India with AmplifyChange funding. Plans are in place for expanding work to Rwanda, Ivory Coast, and Mali, and eventually, to Tunisia.
RNW Media’s CEO is Jacqueline Lampe.
Erik van Weert, Head Business Development
Michele Ernsting, Head Programmes & Implementation
Floris van Spengler, Head Finance & Operations