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#Election2018: Follow-Up on Peace Journalism, Election Reporting and Networking in Yaounde

CCMN Office November 23, 2017

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The CCMN – Cameroon Community Media Network accepted the invitation of the FES – Friedrich Ebert Foundation to work with their network of journalists from all the ten Cameroonian regions on the questions of how peace journalism and community media can be used during election time. In addition, we elaborated on networking as a possible form of collaboration between Cameroonian media houses.

We are looking forward to further collaborations.




Official in Charge

8h30-9h00 Ø  Registration of Participants CCMN/FES
9h00-9h15 Ø  Welcome and FES message The Resident Representative, FES Cameroon/Central Africa, Mr. Friedrich Kramme-Stermose
9h15-9h30 Ø  Organisation and Presentation of Agenda Mr. Alexander Vojvoda (Community Manager CBS Radio Buea/Coordinator CCMN)
9h30-10h00 Key Note I:The Cameroon Community

Media Network (CCMN) – A Practice Example

for Networking for Peace”


Questions and Answers

Mr.  Kum Leonard (Head of

Programmes HiTV Buea

General Secretary CCMN)


Mr. Alexander Vojvoda

10h00-10h30 Key Note II: “An Introduction to Peace Journalism in the Cameroonian Media Landscape”

 Question and Answers

Mrs Aya Bach (UPAC – Université Protestante d’Afrique Centrale, Yaoundé)
10h30-11h00 Key Note III:What is a Community of Practice? A Practical Exploration of Routines, Tools and Methods of Communities of Practice through the example of the Rehabilitation and Inclusive Development CoP in NW – Media Group” 

Questions and Answers

Mrs Comfort Mussa (GRID media)
11h00-11h30 Key Note IV:Media, Networking and Open Data – Using Open Data in Reporting”

Questions and Answers

Mr Charlie Martial Ngoungou, Founder (AfroLeadership/Data Revolution in Africa)
11h30-12h00 Coffee Break FES
12h00-1300 Working Session I: “Discussion on

presented Best practices and Brainstorming on possible collaboration in the Cameroon and the Central Region”

Group Presentation in plenary

13h00-14h00 Lunch FES
14h00-16h00 Working Session II: Conflict and

Situational Analysis along Geographical Regions

Leading Questions:

Which are the economic, social, cultural or political challenges and conflicts in your region?

Who are possible partners to solve these conflicts? How can you as journalists/media houses contribute to a solution?

What would you need to build a network, community of practice, support group etc. in your region to address these issues?

Which activities could you implement now to promote peace journalism in your region?

Group Presentation in plenary



16h00 Wrap-Up Session and Discussion “Way Forward” Facilitators and participants, facilitation by Mr. Alexander Vojvoda, Community Manager PCC Communication Department
16h30 End of Workshop/ Closing remarks  The Resident Representative, FES Cameroon/Central Africa, Mr. Friedrich Kramme-Stermose


Guest Speaker

Aya Bach (UPAC -Université protestante d’afrique centrale)
Aya Bach started her journalistic career in the 1980’s working with Germany’s national radio station and different newspapers. In 1994 she joined Deutsche Welle, Germany’s international broadcaster, where she worked as a radio, television, and online journalist. As a reporter she had lots of opportunities to work abroad. Besides, Aya Bach is a media trainer, having worked in Germany, Tunisia, and Cameroon. Since 2016 she has been coordinator of the program of studies in Peace Journalism at the Protestant University of Central Africa in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

Kum Leonard (CCMN Secretary/Head of Programmes HiTV)
Kum Leonard is a Journalist working for HI TV Cameroon with Headquarters in Buea Southwast Region of Cameroon. He holds the position of Editor in Chief for his Station and is also the president of the Southwest chapter of the Cameroon Journalists Trade Union (CJTU). He is also the Secretary General of the Cameroon Community Media Network (CCMN) and is an active member of the Cameroon Association of English Speaking Journalists (CAMASEJ). He holds a BSc Hons degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea .

Alexander Vojvoda (Community Manager CBS Radio Buea/CCMN)
Alexander Vojvoda is community media activist, community developer and trainer for media literacy. He holds a MSc in Sociology of the Johannes Kepler University in Linz (AUT) and a MA in Political Communication of the Goldsmiths College in London (UK). Currently he works for the Civil Peace Service in Cameroon and collaborates with the CCMN – Cameroon Community Media Network on community media, networking and peace journalism. Before he joined the Civil Peace Service he collaborated with Council of Europe Programmes on anti-discriminative and inclusive media production (“Speak out against discrimination”, “Media Against Racism in Sports” and “Media for Diversity Inclusivness”) and the ARS Electronica Art Festival (“Re|naming Media” and “Media Machine”). Previously, Alexander was Head of Programmes and Project Management at Radio FRO 105.0 MHz, he was member of the board of Radio Orange 94.0 in Vienna/Austria and the Federation of Austrian Community Radios (VFRÖ).

Comfort Mussa (GRID Media)
Comfort Mussa has worked as a reporter, facilitator and strategist on diverse women’s rights, social justice and health issues. Her works have featured prominently on international and local platforms like Radio France International, Global Press Institute, the Media Project amongst others. As a consultant, she has produced communication packages for several NGOs including ACMS, HEIFER International. To further amplify the voices of women and minority groups in Cameroon, she founded the platform Sisterspeak237, a highly acclaimed and widely read site. And to improve the coverage on disabilities and women’s issues in Cameroon, Comfort started the National Story Telling Competition. The goal was to challenge student journalists and journalists across Cameroon to find and tell stories about disabilities. The initiative also provided mentorship on reporting and mainstreaming disability in media for the contest winners.

Charlie Martial Ngounou (AfroLeadership/Hack for Africa/Open Data Cameroon)
Founder of the civil society organization named AfroLeadership, Charlie is an activist who promotes civic technologies, digital technologies, Internet access, electronic governance and open data in Africa. He has been in the business of Management information systems for about 20 years for private companies and public administrations. He is the Lead for Code for Cameroon, the Cameroon chapter of Code for Africa, a network of civic Techs and Data Journalists aiming at training journalists and digital newsrooms for awesome journalism and data journalism in Africa, as this is more needed to counter fake news, to disseminate useful information on participatory democracy, open governance, citizen engagement, and to educate citizens to meaningful participation in shaping public policies and their future.

As a public finance expert, Charlie is the Cameroon Representative of the Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF), leading budget transparency projects with the implementation of an integrated financial management information system (IFMIS) for local governments and States (Cameroon, Chad, Gabon, Central African Republic, Comoros, etc.). Working with AIMF since 2009, Charlie has trained thousands of public servants on public finance, public accounting, budget transparency, local taxation, public contracting and information systems.

As an expert in the field of accountability and governance, Charlie was appointed in 2015 as the Africa representative among the members of the Independent Accountability Committee (IAC) of the Global CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). He has just been re-appointed for his last term ending in 2020.

Charlie holds various professional certifications in Electronic Governance, Open Government Data, Public Finance, Public Contracts, Fight Against Corruption, Decentralization and Local Governance, Fiscal Transparency and Taxation, etc. Holder of a University Diploma in computer science and a Master in Management Science, Charlie is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Management Science, with a focus on public finance and governance.

The project “Community Media, Peace Journalism and Election Reporting” is financed by

and implemented by

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