Enabling Civil Society Organizations
In Sudan, Civil Society Organizations (CSO) play an important role in seeking accountability from people in power, demanding transparency in administrative and bureaucratic processes, and supporting neighborhood communities to design locally actionable plans to resolve problems facing their societies.
These organizations have initiated various people-led movements through grassroots mobilization and encourage the public to contribute towards the creation and sustenance of democratic and transparent systems of governance in their societies.
One of the major goals of these organizations is to enable local communities, equip them with the skills and competencies required to create awareness about civic issues, and encourage them to contribute towards upholding principles of equity, justice, and human rights.
- CSOs introduce changes in societies. They challenge the status quo and compel the public to question systems of discrimination and inequities in their communities.
- As a result, CSOs are targets of disinformation attacks.
- Political groups, conservative outfits, biased media houses, and right-leaning public have made concerted efforts to launch disinformation and propaganda campaigns against CSOs, civic workers and volunteers, with an intention of delegitimizing their work.
- Al-Kashif helps civil society organizations to develop critical media literacy competencies required to preempt and counter disinformation.
- We strengthen and enable local networks of civil society organizations and workers in Sudan to create effective media management plans and content production strategies.
- We conduct one-on-one consultations with CSOs and train them in using analytical tools to identify disinformation.
- Based on the available resources and the organization’s needs and public advocacy goals, we help CSOs develop an effective media management plan for their organization.
- We also equip CSOs with intellectual and activism resources crucial to mobilizing the public, creating awareness, and introducing changes in their communities.
- We provide resources enabling civic actors to design and implement media-based projects to counter disinformation in their communities.
- Train CSOs in using tools and analytical skills required to identify and counter disinformation.
- Create open-access educational and training resources in the field of information studies.
- Build a collaborative space to encourage civil society groups to share knowledge and develop a community-focused plan of action.
- Provide rapid response training to civil society organizations and/or other civil institutions and actors in response to unexpected and spontaneous disinformation attacks against them.
Unit 1: Identifying the Difference Between Misinformation and Disinformation
Examining main differences between misinformation and disinformation, identifying the central characteristics for each.
Unit 2: Networks and Hashtags
Understanding the difference between public and encrypted channels of communication. Introduction to the role of hashtags and social media networks in spreading disinformation. A hands-on challenge to use basic social media research skills to identify misinformation stories online.
Unit 3: Defining and Understanding Disinformation
Examining instances of disinformation against CSOs, using information literacy exercises to chart the spread of disinformation, identifying the intentions and aims guiding the disinformation campaigns.
Unit 4: What is Ideology?
Examining the role of ideology in the spread of disinformation; identifying the limits of technological systems of monitoring disinformation; appreciating the role of CSOs and civic engagement in countering disinformation.
Unit 1: What Guides your Organization?
Designing the mission and vision statements of the CSOs, creating short and long term plans for the organization, identifying the limitations.
Unit 2: Creating Organization Profiles
Understanding the role of organization briefs and adapting a template to create briefs for each participating CSOs.
Unit 3: Analyzing Disinformation against Civic Labs
Reading the case study on civic labs, identifying the key strategies used in the disinformation campaign against Civic Lab, brain-storming strategies to counter disinformation for different CSOs
Unit 1: Types of Disinformation
Examining the different types of disinformation with examples, creating a classification based on defining characteristics for each type, generating an “experiential classification of disinformation” based on the experiences of the participants.
Unit 2: Channels of Disinformation
Creating a map of different channels of communication through which disinformation is circulated, identifying characteristics and technical possibilities offered by each channel, and understanding how these different technical features magnify the spread of disinformation.
Unit 3: What is Media Ecology?
Defining media ecology, understanding the significance of media ecologies in the effective functioning of CSOs, identifying research methods to generate a comprehensive map of the media ecologies of the participating CSOs.
Unit 4: Conducting Needs-Analysis
Applying Information Needs Assessment method to map the needs and media ecologies of the participating CSOs