Radio La Benevolencija HTF

Radio La Benevolencija Humanitarian Tools Foundation is a Dutch NGO that uses media to empower groups and individuals in vulnerable societies to recognise and resist hate speech and violence. Through radio dramas, TV- and radio debates and online edutainment, combined with complementary grassroots activities, it stimulates active bystandership against incitement to violence.

Above is a simplified version of the Benevolencija’s messaging from its Rwandan Television debate program “Ingiro Ikwiye! (Do something!)”. All of Benevolencija’s programs include this messaging as part of the organisation’s effort to create audiences around the world that are resilient to incitement, polarisation and identity-based violence .

Fictional media programmes seek to make audiences aware of causes of conflict, conflict prevention and reconciliation, through entertaining Romeo and Juliet stories.

Factual media outputs expose indicators of hate speech and manipulation by politicians, media or other influential individuals. They also create platforms for open discussions on these issues.

Grassroots / outreach activities activities reinforce the different media outputs by creating platforms for dialogue, debate and exchange about the themes and issues addressed and broadcast in the media.