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Afghanistan, Pakistan and India (South Asia)
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About the project Edit

Pul-e-jawan India forum brings together citizen journalists to share their perspectives through
multimedia stories with policy-makers, senior journalists, alternative media practitioners and
representatives of cultural organizations promoting peace in diversity and conflict situations.

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

As recent events in the Middle East have demonstrated, youth voices are vital in the debate about the future of their countries. New technologies offer a huge opportunity for youth to link virtually, create new networks and change discourse.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Pul-e-Jawan literally means “Bridges of Youth” in Dari, as well as in Urdu and Hindi. The aim of Pul-e-Jawan is to transform the conflict in South Asia by highlighting youth perspectives on common challenges and aspirations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. By facilitating exchanges between citizen journalists of these three countries and providing a platform to discuss issues usually ignored in the debate about security, Internews Networks hopes to create a paradigm shift in the discussions about peace and reconciliation in the region.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Nine rising citizen journalists has been invited to be a part of a regional forum on security in Kabul from September 25 to 29. They met policymakers, NGO representatives, academics, journalists and experts in the field. They also attended a master class in peace and citizen journalism and design the project’s in-country program.

After the regional meeting, the participants returned to their countries to lead a local group of six young citizen journalists in collaborative media production exercises. Every week until the end of the project, the three country participants will meet virtually to discuss and comment on thematic issues relevant to their lives and communities. The multi-media stories they produce have been posted on the Pul-e-Jawan website. Selected policy-makers and journalists have been invited to an end-of-project forum in each country where participants will brief them about their perspectives on conflict-related issues.

On Saturday April 14, 2012, the second event will take place in the International Centre of Delhi. The goal is again to promote the Citizen Journalists for Peace and bridge Cultures in Diversity and Conflict.


• Freedom of Expression & Activism: How active citizens use creative freedom to connect and promote causes

• New Media & Technology: How the Internet medium with its tools and technologies facilitates the creation of Alternative Spaces (INCLUDING A PRESENTATION OF IMAGINATION FOR PEOPLE!)

• Citizen Media for Culture and Community: How citizens use art and culture to rekindle communities and build bridges

• Peace & Conflict Resolution: How citizens express and assert their role as stakeholders and becom changemakers.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

The security of India, Pakistan and Afghanistan are inextricably linked. Dialogue between the people of these countries tends to be between elites or the usual voices from civil society. Those who might bring a fresh perspective to the issues are those whose voices are absent from the discourse. The media’s role is often limited to simple reporting and in some unfortunate instances, it has escalated mutual suspicion between countries.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

This initiative is supported by Ploughshares Fund.

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