Looking Back at 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, E-Mediat teams in Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia reflect back at the trainings and experiences that made this year so special!

Nada Hamzeh, E-Mediat Country Director, Lebanon

Mobile Strategy Workshop, Lebanon

Mobile Strategy Workshop, Lebanon

Five basic workshops and more than three additional workshops connected us with over 50 organizations in Lebanon and the trainings were instrumental in introducing them to the strategy of using social media. We started our work by changing the commonly views about networking, social communication and outreach strategy among local organizations.
Time was shorter than the content but we accepted the challenge because we realized that the need for this training was much larger than our challenges. Our first achievement was deleting the word “new” from the New Media Training. We believe that social media has become an essential need for organizations and not just another option; social media is the core of any organizations mainstream communications strategy rather than an auxiliary medium. We are glad that during the past year the E-Mediat trainings inspired many organizations to experiment with participatory communication approach and led to some impressive changes on the ground. Continue reading

Building Networks and Nurturing Causes through E-Mediat Trainings

Stacey Ramirez, Program Officer, Global Partnerships, Institute of Internal Education, recaps her recent visit to Jordan.

Fatima Zein

Fatima Zein

“Impressive” is the word that first comes to mind when I think of the almost 50 non-governmental organizations involved in the E-Mediat program in Jordan, whom I and Heather Murphy, Sr. Program Officer at IIE, recently had the great honor of speaking with during our visit in December. All in all I met with the majority of organizations that have attended the E-Mediat sessions in Madaba, Mafraq and Zarqa since May 2011. Some travel two or three hours from rural areas, others are doing remarkable work in dense urban centers. They’re advancing women’s rights, empowerment and entrepreneurship, developing leadership skills, working with the poor and marginalized, and promoting health awareness and disease prevention. Quite compelling are the groups focusing on youth. In a country where more than 70% of the population is under 30, and 35% is under 14 years of age, working to build youth confidence, education and leadership skills is imperative. Continue reading

Sharing Moments from E-Mediat Lebanon Workshop

Heather Murphy, Senior Program Officer, Global Partnerships at Institute of International Education shares her experiences from a recent visit to Lebanon

Workshop on Personal Branding for NGOs in Lebanon

Workshop on Personal Branding for NGOs in Lebanon

The last week was particularly exciting for the E-Mediat program. I visited Lebanon to meet the E-Mediat participant NGOs and learn about the amazing work that they are doing. It was incredible to see the scope of work that is being accomplished by the NGO community here. They are such a dedicated group of individuals who are passionate about their cause and determined to create positive change within their communities, in Lebanon and beyond. Through the E-Mediat workshops they are learning how to use social media tools to increase the impact their organizations and raise awareness within their communities with regards to the NGO’s mission and organizational goals. Continue reading

E-Mediat Lebanon Team Shares Experience of Arab Women Summit

Guest Post by Nada Hamzeh, E-Mediat country Director, Lebanon

I was more than glad to participate in The Arab Women Summit in Rabat, Morocco on December 6th and 7th. The Summit highlighted use of ICT (Information and Communications Technology) by Arab women, improving their education in ICT and giving them the opportunity to contribute to their country’s economy. The Summit was organized by IDC MEA in partnership with ISESCO and in collaboration with UNDP, UN Women, the World Bank, Intel, Dell, ESCWA, ECWT and Mohammed VI Foundation.

I shared E-Mediat experience with highly enthusiastic women coming not only from Arab countries but from all over the world to talk about the need of Arab women to be given the same access to technology as men. Currently a variety of educational, accessibility, cost and social barriers limit the use of ICT by women in the Arab countries. Continue reading

Be Bold and Reflective in Using Social Media

Stacey Ramirez, Program Officer, E-Mediat shares her insights from the Social Media Conference for Non-Profits Conference held in San Francisco in November 2011.

 


The excitement was palpable during the Social Media for Nonprofits conference that took place last month in San Francisco. The crowd was gearing up to hear from social media icons, such as Beth Kanter, author of the Networked Nonprofit, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, and speakers from LinkedIn and Kiva.org. Perhaps even more thrilling was to see a very packed conference room teeming with people of all ages representing Bay Area non-profits. Then came the Social Media Revolution 2011 Video. It mesmerized us with its cutting-edge look and rhythmic beat, as it ticked off a number of striking facts: over 50% the world’s population is under 30; if Wikipedia were a book, it would be 2.25 million pages and if Facebook were a country, it would be the 3rd largest in the world. Continue reading

Video by E-Mediat participating NGO receives recognition in Tunisia

Featuring post (edited version) from E-Mediat Tunisia Blog

E-Mediat Participating NGO “Association of Journalist of Kairouan” won the 2nd prize of the best political video by Web Manager Center, which is one of the most famous Tunisian online magazine. On November 29, 2011 Mr Adel Nagati, President of the Association of Journalists of Kairouan was awarded the second prize of the best political video on Internet.

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E-Mediat Inspires Online Social Networks in Lebanon

Edited version of the original post on Hayya Bina’s blog. Hayya Bina is a Lebanon based NGO working on promoting inclusive citizenship and participated in E-Mediat trainings in Lebanon.
Hayya Bina is a Lebanese civic initiative dedicated to offering a platform for moderate, liberal and independent voices and launched the Teach Women English (TWE) program in 2008. TWE is dedicated to promoting economic opportunities for women in rural regions of Lebanon through English language education. Given the difficulty of accessing peripheral and rural locations, TWE has predominately relied upon traditional means of promoting the program in remote areas of society, including face-to-face meetings, phone calls, and letters. As TWE grew, so did the need to expand methods of communication and promotion. Continue reading

E-Mediat NGOs play a Role in Historic Tunisia Elections

Tunisia Elections 2011

Tunisia, the country that touched off the wider democracy movement known as the Arab Spring, was also the first country emerging from the movement to hold free elections. The historic elections were held October 23rd, 2011 and the E-Mediat Tunisia program played an exciting role in supporting this transition to democracy. Continue reading

Social Media Is Not An After-Thought

Darian R. Heyman speaking at #sm4np conference

The Social Media for Non-Profits Conference in San Francisco on November 4 was great opportunity to learn and connect with some amazing social media enthusiasts. The biggest takeaway for E-Mediat team was that social media should not be an after-thought in an organization’s communications strategy. Organizations should work on their communications strategy but should be flexible to adapt and align components of this strategy to the social media tools they choose to use. For instance, Craig Newmark, founder & customer service representative, Craigslist, made a great comment when he pointed out one ‘worst practice’ on social media: “Don’t speak on social media in the language of press releases.” Continue reading

Impressions from Tunisia and Morocco

Heather Murphy, Senior Program Officer, Global Partnerships at Institute of International Education shares her experiences from a recent visit to Tunisia and Morocco.

Heather Murphy enjoying her visit to Tunisia

I spent most of October conducting site visits to E-Mediat partners in Tunisia and Morocco. It was an amazing experience! As always, I am so impressed with the incredible work that the organizations involved in E-Mediat training do on a daily basis. And there is the added benefit of eating loads of delicious foods! Following the revolution, the NGO sector in Tunisia has been revitalized. The NGO sector is being redefined as more and more organizations are created every day. The E-Mediat program works to support the growth and build the capacity of new and existing NGOs and it is a wonderful experience to be here on the ground to see not only the E-Mediat program in action, but also have a firsthand look at the emerging NGO community. During my site visits to E-Mediat partners, I had the opportunity to meet with the leaders of participant NGOs from Sfax, a city about three hours south of Tunis. They spoke candidly about their hopes for the new government, their excitement for the upcoming elections and the joy they felt about be a part of history and having a voice in shaping Tunisia’s future. Continue reading