USAID-independent media project in South Sudan closes out

AIRS Executive Editor and Program Manager Karbino Dut (R) in Juba today during a closeout function. | Credit: Karbino Dut

The USAID funded project i-STREAM that meant to strengthen independent media in South Sudan has come to an end on Thursday in Juba after 9 years.
In attendance were the main partners of the project namely; Eye media, TRC, AMDISS, AIRS and CEN.

The program showcased speeches, panelist discussions and entertainment. The project was implemented by Internews, a US media development organization that works in over 70 countries and in 120 languages globally.

Internews has been supporting media houses, Union of journalists of South Sudan and civil society groups among others in South Sudan since 2006.

In Abyei the organization has helped to establish the first-ever media organization and media house; Abyei Information and Radio Service (AIRS) and Abyei FM and sustained their operations for years. Internews leadership thanked USAID for funding and partners for cooperation to attain many achievements over the course of the project’s implementation.

USAID representative Mark Anthony said that closeout was a technical term however, the agency would be there to support media organizations in the country to continue achieving their objectives.