Welcome to E-mediat Yemen

E-mediat is a program that targets NGOs in Yemen to provide them with training, resources and tools in engaging with online media tools

E-mediat Team

E-mediat team from various countries.

Our Partners

Our partners in the E-mediat Program.

E-mediat is established in various Arabic countries

New Media Training for NGOs in the Middle East and North Africa

A gateway to social media tools

E-mediat program is your gateway to a perfect online presence

Monday, 28 February 2011

Second day in training TOT

Second day in training TOT
We take so many informations , like :-
1-      Translation for websites names  in to arabic like you tube , facebok and twitter.
2-      Difination of  non profit network
3-      Choose one of of NGOs that is network in yemen , so we chose YLDF  as non network a networked NGO.
4-      Non profit network is ngos has relations with other ngos or anything else has facebook and youtube and how they use them to talk about their activites
5-      many information . I realize the importance of listening .for example from google alert . rules of privacy .and that NGOs should have some limits in sharing informations with other people .for example , NGOs  in yemen can share its activities , to invitie people to share its activities , beside that call people  volunteer  to join their NGO. there are some key words we can use to grab some information in alert . like " social media . social network ,social network in yemen, social meedia online learning ," and so many keywords . you can use in searching for informations in socail media . we have too websites  like social mention and rowfeeder that can give more information in social media field for the new posts in facebook and twitter

Second day on the TOT

Today's lessons on the TOT of the E-mediat program was a great deal knowledgeable in terms of having broad information about social media. For instance, we learnt that there should be a certain degree of transparency when using the social media where some information should be private and the rest to network. An example of this, is the financial information of the organisation. In addition, I learnt how organisations can use some tools for listening purposes which can be done by specifying certain key words in an online tool such as 'Google Alerts', to get any online post related to that key words. In our case, some of the key words can be " social media, social media tools, social culture, media tools in Yemen,....etc". Another great advantage was acquired is knowing about other assessment and listening tools that can be used to track all information or posts about certain key words on the social networks. For example,

SocialMention.com can be used to show all posts about a key word in all social networks, so if we search the key word "emediat", we would get all posts about E-mediat from different social networks such as Facebook, and Twitter as the image shows ->

a networked organization

The sessions of the ToT today focused on social culture, simplicity, transparency,  listening and what does it mean for the organization to work with free agents.
The topics of the sessions were thought provoking, especially organization transparency and working with free agent. Thinking of adapting those concepts to  NGOs  in Yemen, I can see that though it may be difficult for some NGOs to be transparent specially on financial issues, they can benefit from free agent if they are made to understand what free agents can do and how can they work along side the organization to advance its mission and vision.   
The concept of “a networked organization” compared to a fortress one spoke to me more than anything else, not because I have seen in my work with many NGOs and CSOs how difficult for organizations to share information and work with others, but also it made me realize how this “ cultural behavior” is holding them back and undermining their work.   
The questions that are remain in my mind are:
1.       What are the best practices for moving a fortress organization to a networked one, specifically in the Arab countries context?
2.       How can we identify “ free agents” and involve them in our work?
3.       Transparency and “ Arab NGOs” can they go together? Is there away that could make NGOs in the Arab World more transparent?
A few years ago, many funding agencies were raising the flag about the importance of financial transparency and how can the funding distributed to NGOs, whether national or international, be audited and how can they track that the funding has been put into a good use. Yes, some international donors conduct auditing, but many major international donors don’t care much if the funding is small. Are they contributing, without knowing, to the misuse of these funds and thus making these organization less transparent because they don’t want to be found out? I wonder….   

Sunday, 27 February 2011

TOT training

Today is the first day of training
am really excitied , i got lot of informations today
specially that our group is from different countries and different experiences  make it more intersting to know more
and  listening carefully to every one

thanks soooo much Beth for the Hearts  ^_^ 

Networking exercise -ToT

The Networking group exercise was the highlight of today ToT, it sparked discussion and encouraged participants to share ideas and pinpoints differences among each country. For me, and I am here talking from the perspective of a trainer, when I was doing this exercise I was thinking constantly how I can adapt it to the context of organizations and networks in Yemen. How can I simplify it and make it more accessible to them, at the same time use it to expand their thinking about their immediate networks as well as to see the bigger picture. For instance, can we divide the network mapping according to topics e.g. a network that have a pool of volunteer, an organization that can provide a free training room or On the other hand, the exercise helped me to identify in my mind, the organizations, participants, groups, online and classical media  outlets that can be brought on board to be an active network for the e-mediat program in Yemen.
The drawn network seen in this photo, which was done during the training, doesn’t cover the whole context of the e-mediat program in Yemen, however it helped the group start thinking who can be a good partner/supporter for the program, it initiated a significant  discussion among the country team on how to involve parties that would promote and create a buzz about the program.

E-mediat-Yemen Network Map

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Simply About Ahmed Al-shami

Hi Everyone,

It would be a great pleasure to meet you all.

I believe, you all need to know about me the following:
  • My main field of study is IT & Networking and I'm very interested in keeping up-to-date with the development of technologies from day to day.
  • I have been very interested in educating others about technology and how to use it. Besides, conducting effective training sessions for the sake of development.
  • I have done several courses in different areas of knowledge such as Entrepreneurship & Leadership, Self-Development, The Development of Online Resources, Math Explorace, Network Technician, and Effective Programming.
  • I worked in Kuala Lumpur in software development, network design and implementation, management of a virtual company, and conducting & coordinating training sessions for educating students in UCTI.
That's least but most about me
See you all..

Saturday, 12 February 2011

e-mediat: New Media Capacity Building for NGOs

BACKGROUND: New Media is a new technology training and capacity building program developed in response to Secretary Clinton’s announcement of Civil Society 2.0, an initiative which helps grassroots organizations around the world use digital technology to tell their stories, build membership and support, and connect to their community of peers around the world.
PARTNERS: The program is funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the United States Department of State with support from Microsoft. The program is managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE), and implemented with a coalition of leading new media experts and local and international partners from the public and private sectors.
COUNTRIES: New Media will be implemented in five countries: • Jordan • Lebanon • Morocco • United Arab Emirates • Yemen

PROGRAM DETAILS: New Media will deliver targeted, cutting-edge new media training and coaching to a diverse group of 150 - 250 NGOs in order to build their digital infrastructure and capacity to use new media effectively. The program will create networks of diverse individuals and organizations that share knowledge, skills, and best practices in digital activism, new media, and advocacy. In-country trainings will start in April 2011.

Program specific components:

The Training Workshops will cover the following general topics:
Workshop #1 – New Media Overview and Strategic Planning
New Media and Digital Activism for Civil Society.
New Media Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning for NGOs and CSOs.
Coaching in small groups and one-on-one for NGOs and CSOs.
Workshop #2 – Websites and Blogs
Website Design Overview and Blog Development.
Website and Blog Needs Assessment and Planning.
Microsoft FrontPage training (beginning through advanced)
Workshop #3: Social Networks and Online Communities
Social Networks and Online Communities for Civic Activism and Engagement.
Social Networks and Online Communities Needs Assessment and Planning.
Workshop #4: Digital Film and Activism
Digital Film Production.
Editing Digital Films and Broadcasting Your Message.
Workshop #5: Text Messaging and Civic Engagement
Text Messaging Campaign and the Mobile Generation.
Uploading Audio and Video Content.
Strategic Plan Implementation Follow-Up.
2. Webinar Training Program
3. Coaching
4. Mentoring
E. Multi-lingual Online Learning Community
IIE in partnership with Meedan  will create a customized multilingual online community for NGOs and CSOs. This platform will create a multi-lingual, social online learning community facilitating ongoing learning, increased information sharing, and productive collaborations among CSOs and NGOs.
F. Convene Boot Camps and National Meetings
IIE will organize day-long boot camps for all participant organizations, Training Partners, and key
stakeholders in each of the five MENA countries.
G. Establish NetSquared Local Groups
These events serve as an opportunity to convene local communities to share ideas, learn from each other, and even collaborate on projects for real world impact. They provide a chance to connect for all those interested in the intersection of social technologies and social change in their local community.


Four things about Lina Aleryani

Hello Everyone,
I am looking forward to meeting all of you at the upcoming ToT in Beirut.
I would like to share with you three things about me:
Ø  I conducted ToT for IT trainers on blogging under the last program ( Women in Technology) which was the first time for me to hear the word blog. I taught myself how to blog and designed a training material on how to start a blog.
Ø  I am very excited about the  e-mediat project, and I believe that it came at the right time as the Arab societies started to realize the importance of this tool.
Ø  I love the type of access and connection “ social media “ provides and I can’t wait to learn more.
Ø  For me , using social media tools takes me to many places, it is a virtual travel and an open window to meeting many people and getting to know  differnt cultures.
See you all at the ToT