12%

of the young people in DRC actively using Facebook follow Habari RDC

Extending influence offline

It’s rare in DRC for young people to be able to voice their concerns and needs directly to those responsible for the policies that affect their lives. So Habari is scaling up its impact by connecting its online audience with formal and informal decisionmakers in a series of face-to-face discussions called Faces aux Jeune.
The reach of these offline events is amplified by online activities. Interest is generated by announcing an event on the Habari platform and asking readers to send in their questions and comments for the invited community leaders and political representatives. Each Face event has its own hashtag which people are encouraged to share. Live tweeting during the event enables people to participate in the discussion from across the country. Video summaries of the events are later published online, along with follow-up blogs these keep the discussions alive.

Habari RDC

‘Cafe blog’ to share best practices

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Habari RDC has become a respected source of reliable and balanced information and a forum for non-polarising discussions. It has established itself as DRC’s only national blogging movement, succeeding in bringing together young people from different backgrounds.

Free and responsible discussion

Young people in DRC are constantly confronted with ethnic and social prejudices and stereotyping. Launched in June 2016, Habari has developed a strong presence offering alternative perspectives to its young audience. Through articles, videos, infographics and photographs produced by over 100 bloggers and change-makers from across the country, Habari encourages free and responsible discussions by its online community on the country’s various political and social issues.

1.3 million

social interactions

707.969

visits to the different Habari platforms in the first 9 months of 2018

Café Blog

Habari also regularly reaches out to the country’s young bloggers with a monthly ‘Cafe Blog’. These workshops bring a diverse range of bloggers together to talk about issues relevant to their work such as social media strategies and security. The Cafes are a chance for peer-to-peer learning as the participants share their successes – and their failures.
The Cafes are held in Kinsahsa and other provinces, with bloggers outside the core Habari team sometimes delegated to take on organising them – a strategy that strengthens the capacity-building nature of the events. Special effort is made to reach out to young women bloggers to take part, enabling Habari to strengthen the gender inclusiveness of its network.

1.15 million

Social interaction in the first 9 months of 2018

Award winners

In 2018, Habari RDC won the Index on Censorship’s 2018 Freedom of Expression Award for Digital Activism ‘for innovative uses of technology to circumvent censorship and enable free and independent exchange of information ’.
The Democratic Republic of Congo currently ranks 154 out of 180 countries on the World Press Freedom Index.

An introduction to Habari RDC

‘The one voice you never hear is the voice of our country’s young people – what their experience is. Until now…’ – Guy Muyembe, one of Habari’s founders.

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