Rako Research Training and Capacity building programme (RRTC) includes modules and short courses covering relevant research methods and approaches of the social sciences, humanities and media. We draw on our larger network of academics and experts asking them literally to donate their valuable time and offer training on i.e. thesis planning, writing and other more common skills relevant to researchers and graduate students from our wider academic community. The RRTC is designed to complement the various studies undertaken by Rako.
Media training & capacity building
The Somali media have had mixed developments, impacts and consequences. In general, the media have played an important role in shaping the politics and social dynamics across the Somali regions in various ways both in terms of peace and violence. Traditionally, radio was the most common media source of information Somalis. However, more recently improved access to Television and increased use of social media are becoming important sources of information sharing.
We recognise that with the kind of media freedom and commonly easy access to the various information sources that exists today the capacity of journalists could be improved and strengthened on numerous levels. One such significant area is the need for a professional training in addressing controversial matters. This, we believe, will help increase the understanding and practice of commonly recognised media standards and ethics, which will ultimately increase the quality of reporting.
By working with other media institutions and communication agencies both in the region and internationally we plan and coordinate capacity building courses for media actors on production, content gathering, analysis and delivery. We also aim to provide practical and technical training for those who are interested in the more technical aspects and management of information delivery.
Knowledge transfer & mutual learning