E-Mediat: Tools, Technology and Training is a dynamic technology training and capacity building program developed to help grassroots organizations around the world use digital technology to tell their stories, build membership and support, and connect to their community of peers around the world.
E-Mediat is funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the United States Department of State with support and in-kind donations from Microsoft, Cisco and craigslist Charitable Fund. The program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and implemented with a coalition of leading new media experts and local and international partners from the public and private sectors. E-Mediat is working with more than 220 NGOs in Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and Yemen.
What We Do
E-Mediat builds the capacity of local organizations to advocate for their work, sustain their programs and find creative solutions to shared challenges. The program delivers targeted, cutting-edge training and coaching to a diverse group of over 220 NGOs in order to build their digital infrastructure and capacity to use new media effectively. E-Mediat creates robust networks of diverse individuals and organizations that share knowledge, skills, and best practices in digital activism, new media, and advocacy.
- To increase Civil Society and Non-Government Organization (CSO/NGO) knowledge, skills and access to use new media effectively to advance their unique missions, secondly to strengthen their organizations;
- To improve communication between CSO/NGO leaders and constituents and between CSO/NGOs and their communities of peers around the world to promote more informed and engaged communities in the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region;
- To improve communication between CSO/NGOs and governments in the MENA region on social and political reform issues.
How We Do It
E-Mediat conducts a series of five dynamic, interactive workshops over the course of a year. Topics include an overview of new media tools and technologies, developing social media strategic plans, creating websites and blogs, social networks and online communities, digital film and activism, and text messaging and civic engagement. The content focuses on how organizations can work to build more pluralistic, participatory, and prosperous societies by following best practices for using new media tools to:
- Advocate for a specific cause
- Promote civic engagement
- Inform civil society using technology
- Monitor elections
Coaching, webinars and lectures on topics of particular relevance or interest by local and international social media experts supplement the trainings. The program culminates with the E-Mediat Networking Conferences in Jordan and Morocco, which will provide advanced new media training to participant organizations as well as showcase their work.