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Principal Investigators: Dr Emma Heywood (University of Sheffield) & Dr Lassané Yaméogo (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et Technologique)


The study aims to determine how radio broadcasters in Burkina Faso can adapt to address and respond to the information needs of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and combat (mis)information regarding COVID-19.

To do this, we will work with IDPs in refugee camps and host communities to find out what COVID-19 (mis)information they are exposed to, and the sources of that information. Over a period of time, we will feed this information to Studio Yafa – a Burkinabe radio studio and partner in the project which broadcasts nationally through local partner radios and via social media – who will address the reported misinformation expressed by IDPS and their information needs, where appropriate, in their broadcasts.

Dr Emma Heywood

Principal Investigator

Providing accurate, regular and timely information on life-changing issues such as COVID-19 is essential to all and particularly vulnerable groups such as IDPs. Radio is often their main source of information. Working with a trusted Burkinabe radio source, and through a participatory collaboration, we hope to not only raise awareness amongst this population regarding COVID-related best practices but also raise the voice of these communities.

Expected Outcomes

  • improve awareness, understanding and confidence among affected populations regarding best practice in relation to the prevention of COVID-19 spread;
  • increase the capacity of IDPs and host communities to express their concerns and information needs;
  • create a closer collaboration between humanitarian and local media actors to address the needs of IDPs in a more accurate and targeted manner;
  • increase capacity to identify and rebut misinformation in a more targeted and quicker manner;
  • implement IDP-centred response and participation encouraging understanding and trust between affected population and humanitarian/public health actors;
  • encourage greater accountability of those actors with regard to the affected population;
  • strengthen inter-community understanding that will help prevent tensions caused by misinformation, stereotyping and rumours.
Reporting in Ouaga © Kalidou Sy - Fondation Hirondelle
A group of IDPs in Burkina Faso. Photo credit: Fondation Hirondelle.
A group of IDPs in Burkina Faso. Photo credit: Fondation Hirondelle.
A group of IDPs in Burkina Faso. Photo credit: Fondation Hirondelle.

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