African peace architecture keeps evolving but state weakness, the disappointment and disillusionment of citizens over the inadequacy or poor performance of their leaders, are becoming a huge challenge. It is imperative to know that good governance and transparent leadership are central to peace and development.
The media industry has an onerous responsibility to constantly engage critical stakeholders on various issues of good governance, justice, fairness, equity, and human right which are critical elements for peace and development in any society. Media practitioners cannot continue to be indifference but must ensure accountability in government and other non-state actors. In achieving this feat, the place of the new media technology and the opportunities it offers development journalists, cannot be over emphasized.
This development demands that the journalists, including photo journalists and cartoonists in the media industry, should begin to think out of the box in their work and picture the continent for sustainable peace and stability.
The 2017 Peace Media Parley (PM) is primarily focused on cartoonists and photojournalists in Nigeria while development journalists will not be left out in the training. It would help to educate, enlighten and build the capacity of media practitioners to write and craft stories that focuses on peace building and development, using the available new media tool.
The partnership between AFPLI and BudgIT is a welcome development for 2017 PMP as it offers opportunities for the teaching and learning of peace and development in media practice. BudgIT has over the years empowered development journalists on the use of new media technology to ensure accountability, justice and equity which in fact resonates with the driving force around PMP, an initiative of AFPLI, in the last nine years of organizing this training for development journalists.
Cartoonists and photo journalists all around the world are men and women who create drawings, texts and pictures used in political commentaries, comic strips and animated features. It is a fun and exciting way to express oneself through the instrumentality of art. It is a simple and elegant way to tell a story or describe the world. Cartoonists are a form of journalism that covers news or nonfiction events using the framework of comics – a combination of words and drawing images to tell stories.
Concept, Goal and Objectives
- Empowering cartoonists and journalists with new media tools to become a voice within the media industry for sustainable peace in Nigeria.
- Train cartoonists and practicing journalists on the teaching and practices of peace journalism.
- Research the role of cartoonists in Africa’s development and its varying opportunities for peace building.
- To bring cartoonists in Nigeria to a new level of conversation around developmental reporting
- To enhance the capacity of cartoonists on peace and conflict reporting.
- Practical training on crafting creative cartoons and photos for development journalists
Topics and Themes for Previous Editions of Peace Media Parleys
2008: Cultivating a Mediating Nation through a Mediating Media
2009: Nigeria, a Nation on the Road to a New Rebirth.
2010: Mending Social Tissues through Objective Community Development Reporting
2012: Balance Reporting: Pathway to Peace and Development in Africa.
2013: The role of Nigerian Journalists in the Quest for Peaceful Co-existence.
2014: Right of people to peace before, during and after the Nigeria General Election 2014
2015: Picture Africa for Peace and Development 1.0
2016 Picture Africa for Peace and Development 2.0 with special interest in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of the media.
About African Projects/Foundation for Peace and Love Initiative (APPLI/AFPLI)
African Projects/Foundation for Peace and Love Initiatives, a grassroots proactive peace organization set up with the objective of promoting ethnoreligious harmony in Africa through structured education for peace, socio-cultural adjustment programs, and indigenous peace building capacities. A 501 c 3 NGO, with its headquarters in the United States of America, and accredited by the UNDPI, is developing continental chapters throughout Africa and encouraging the establishment of affiliates in other parts of the world (USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Middle-East and all the third worlds) with a view to starting a new conversation with the rest of humanity about the need for grassroots proactive peacebuilding,
Founded in 2011, BudgIT is a civic organization that applies technology to intersect citizen engagement with institutional improvement, to facilitate societal change. A pioneer in the field of social advocacy melded with technology, BudgIT uses an array of tech tools to simplify the budget and matters of public spending for citizens, with the primary aim of raising standard of transparency and accountability in government.
PROGRAMME OF EVENT FOR THE TWO DAYS PEACE MEDIA PARLEY ORGANISED BY AFRICAN FOUNDATION FOR PEACE AND LOVE INITIATIVE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BUDGIT.COM
First Day Events – November 28, 2017
Opening prayer and National Anthem
Introduction of participants/special guests
Expectation of participants at the workshop
Opening address by the Founding President of AFPLI, Rev. Dr. Titus Kolawole Oyeyemi
Welcome address by the CEO, BudgIT, Mr. Oluwaseun Onigbinde
Keynote address: Picture Africa For Peace and Development 3.0 by Mr. Rotimi Sankore, the Editor, African Development Information Service, Lagos
First session: Concept of Peace building and Mediation by Mrs. Eniola Ogundipe, the National Secretary and Protocol Officer, AFPLI
Second session: Harnessing the opportunity in Traka.com tool by BudgIT.com
Question and answer and feedback session
Second Day Events – November 29, 2017
Recap/take home from the previous day sessions
First session: Concept of Peace building and Development and Peace Building Reporting in the 20th century— by Mr. Lekan Otufodunrin, Managing Editor, Online and Special Publication.
Second session: Data and Visualization: a tool or media advocacy by BudgIT
Third session: Follow the Money, influencing government spending by BudgIT
Fourth session: Group work by BudgIT
Certification, group photograph