CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and the Inter Press Service (IPS) developed the Civil Society Gateway to facilitate the relationship between civil society and the media. CIVICUS and IPS see significant and growing gaps and opportunities in the way that media relate to civil society, and vice versa. Both organizations are convinced that the public is hungry for information about civil society actions and that this interest goes well beyond alternative fringe or celebrity involvement. However, civil society has difficulties in effectively communicating to the media about successes and impacts of campaigns against poverty, the environment and debt relief, especially the vision from the South. This project is aimed at starting to address this problem.
The Civil Society Gateway is an online civil society communication resource for journalists and the media. It is designed to help the media quickly and easily find sources for their stories within civil society on a variety of themes. Organisational profiles within the database are searchable by both thematic and regional focus. While large, prominent NGOs already have the capacity to communicate their views and contact details to the press, this database aims to contribute to democratising access by including smaller, Southern, national and local NGOs. Through the Civil Society Gateway project, it is hoped that the many often-silent voices of civil society will be heard.
The Civil Society Gateway was made possible through the generous support of Oxfam Novib.
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