Call for applications for a media training

Region: East Africa
Office: Nairobi
Apply before: April 26, 2019

About Hivos

Hivos is an international organisation that seeks new solutions to persistent global issues. With smart projects in the right places, we oppose discrimination, inequality, abuse of power and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. Counterbalance alone, however, is not enough. Our primary focus is achieving structural change. This is why we cooperate with innovative businesses, citizens and their organisations. We share a dream with them of sustainable economies and inclusive societies.


Hivos East Africa in collaboration with Thomson Reuters Foundation is offering a media training course for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights activists drawn from Kenya and Uganda.

In Kenya and Uganda, discriminatory laws and socio-cultural practices make it difficult for same-sex expression. LGBTI organizing exists within restrictive political and social environment and thus makes it difficult for LGBTI persons to access social amenities, seek legal redress for human rights violations and take advantage of opportunities that are geared towards the advancement of the movement.

The media has played a crucial role in the way in which LGBTI persons are able to express themselves, narrate their truths and socialize with ease within the general population. Journalism in Kenya and Uganda has traditionally focused on the LGBTI movement through a non-supportive lens, which has often led to tensions between media and the LGBTI community.

About training

This new innovative training will target LGBTI activists who will be taken through engaging ways of involving the media in organising. These will include; getting your message delivered concisely, understanding complex audiences, using reactive situations to the movement’s advantage, understanding integrated communications among other contextual topics.

The intensive three-day workshop, taking place in Nairobi, Kenya from 7-9 May 2019, will build the capacity of LGBTI civil society leaders to engage meaningfully with media representatives. The workshop will show participants how to structure a media strategy that will get people on side with their campaign and organization. Participants will learn how to create a media strategy using all of the tools available to them in terms of print media, broadcast and social media.

10 media practitioners will have a parallel training on LGBTI rights reporting. On the final day of the training, both LGBTI activists and journalists will come together to attend a joint session.

Detailed information about the journalism course and applications can be found here. See below for application information for the civil society course.


This will be an incredible opportunity for LGBTI activists from Kenya and Uganda working within the movement. Applicants for this training must have previously worked with media on a professional capacity, and are motivated to work closely with the media to change the narrative on LGBTI persons.

The program is looking for participants who:

  • Are strongly motivated to work with the media on LGBTI issues.
  • Are open to discussion that helps transform the way in which LGBTI issues are reported in their own countries.
  • Have a strong belief that this training will complement their activism.
  • Have a keen interest in developing personally.


Successful applicants will receive a full bursary that will cover travel expenses (including economy air travel for Ugandan participants), accommodation, local transfers and meals.

Selected participants will receive modest funding to mentor them on further media engagement.


  • One work sample- this can be an opinion piece, an article or research finding related to the media.
  • A motivation letter explaining how you believe this training will inform your activism and how it will contribute to a positive image of the LGBTI movement.
  • A resume (not more than 3-pages).

Interested applicants for the civil society course should send their application details to Kelly Imathiu through the following email: by 16 April 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by 20 April 2019.