Al Jazeera Media Network signs today a new partnership agreement with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) to raise the voices of the millions of people displaced within their countries' borders due to conflict, violence and disasters.
This partnership aims to increase journalists' awareness and coverage of issue of internal displacement in the media and to tell the stories of the women, men and children displaced or at risk of becoming displaced in the future and to shine light on the humanitarian and development challenges of this global phenomenon.
Dr. Mostefa Souag, Acting Director General of Al Jazeera Media Network, said: "We are honoured to be joining forces with IDMC and to bringing more attention to an issue which has not been given enough consideration in media. It is one way for us to be there with the people”
Together, Al Jazeera and IDMC will work towards enhancing dissemination of data, analysis and stories of IDPs and organise joint trainings and events to highlight the causes and impacts of this phenomenon to international community.
"This partnership is a huge step in IDMC's ability to mobilise more political support and commitment to this issue", said Alexandra Bilak, Director of IDMC. "By expanding our media outreach, we hope to keep the situation of IDPs high on the international agenda and to ensure that millions of vulnerable people get access to better protection and assistance in the future.”
The signing ceremony took place on Monday 24th June 2019 at Al Jazeera Media Network’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) is the world's authoritative source of data and analysis on internal displacement. Since its establishment in 1998 as part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), the Centre offered a rigorous, independent and trusted service to the international community.