Congo Basin Talks With Young Professionals
Involving youth in environmental and climate change issues requires engaging with them and showing them the link between their personal well-being and nature. The Congo Basin Talks With Young Professionals is a series of meetings and discussions with young people that aim to expand young professionals' knowledge of how the Congo Basin forest can serve their personal interests and how they may identify opportunities to improve forest governance and hold decision-makers accountable.
These actions aim to expand young professionals' knowledge of how the Congo Basin forest can serve their personal interests and how they can identify opportunities to improve forest governance and hold decision makers accountable.
The strategy is to bring topics explored by Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) and Rainforest Investigations Network (RIN) stories to the platforms where young professionals share and discuss their views on issues such as politics, elections, health, and economics. Those platforms include interactive radio programs, meetups, and social media.
Interactive Radio Programs
The Congo Basin Talks With Young Professionals partners with Okapi Service, an interactive radio program targeting youth and broadcasted by Radio Okapi, the most popular radio channel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The aim is to discuss with youth all over the country about an environmental issue and its link with people's livelihoods. During the show, people can call in with questions for the guests and share their views and opinions on the topics.
Listen to the radio shows (in French):
MAY 29, 2022
What is the contribution of young people in the protection of the Congo Basin forest? Link to download the MP3 file.
JUNE 28, 2022
How do we involve youth in the sustainable management of the Congo Basin forests? Link to download the MP3 file.
Meetups foster discussion and debate around a topic in the Congo Basin as people can see each other physically. Meetings are even an opportunity for them to network and set up new relationships.
The Pulitzer Center is partnering with Face aux Jeunes, a podcast that brings together young people and decision-makers, or civil society members around a given theme. The program is powered by Habari RDC, a blogging platform and youth association in the DRC.
Kinshasa: coming soon
Lubumbashi: coming soon
Goma: coming soon
Kisangani: coming soon
Social Media Infographics
Young professionals are active social media users, where they often consume news. News materials will be distributed through social media channels and websites of local media that the audience already uses.