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Internews Network

Washington, United States
Joined August 2018

Internews, an international nonprofit organization, works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives.

Presence in: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Central African Republic, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Sudan, United Kingdom, United States
Focus: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Corruption, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Peace-building, Women's Rights

Internews works to ensure access to trusted, quality information that empowers people to have a voice in their future and to live healthy, secure, and rewarding lives. We envision a world where everyone can communicate freely with anyone, anywhere, and exchange the news and information they need to shape their communities and the world.

For close to 35 years and in more than 100 countries, we have worked with our local partners to build hundreds of sustainable organizations, strengthened the capacity of thousands of media professionals, human rights activists, and information entrepreneurs, and reached millions of people with quality, local information, improving lives and building lasting change. Our decentralized and entrepreneurial model gives us the local flexibility to find the best solutions and the nimbleness required to work in a rapidly changing, uncertain and complex world. On issues ranging from health and the environment to conflict and governance, Internews has developed approaches that harness the power of media and information to create positive change.

Internews is a non-profit organization operating internationally, with administrative centers in California, Washington DC, London and Paris, as well as regional hubs in Bangkok and Nairobi. Formed in 1982, Internews currently has offices in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. Internews Network and Internews Europe operate cooperatively with independent boards of directors.

People Associated With This Organization

Bobbie Jo Traut

United States  
Internews Network
Joined August 2018
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Governance, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Women's Rights
Bobbie has worked in the democracy and governance and human rights field for more than ten years, supporting civil society initiatives and independent media and journalists, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia. She has worked for several NGOs and implementing organizations managing projects that support civil society development, access to information, good governance and human rights protections. Bobbie worked as a consultant researching and writing on global civic space issues and trends with civil society partners around the world and is currently working for the Internews Network on programs to assist at-risk CSOs and human rights defenders working in difficult operating environments. She is passionate about media development, activism, human rights, civic space, and protecting and securing environmental and land rights. She hopes to be able to share her experience and expertise as well as learn more from community members' unique perspectives and views.
Bobbie Jo Traut is the network champion (main point of contact) for Internews Network.

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