Representation of aid and disasters in the media is challenging, especially during current criticism on aid effectiveness. On the panel: Hans Ariëns, editor in chief at OneWorld; Marjolein Hammink, press officer at ICCO; Hans Jaap Melissen, freelance journalist.
Moderator: Talitha Stam. Break-out round 1
The session started with a 15-min film about a food security project of ZOA in northern Uganda. The film raised questions regarding the issue of portraying aid interventions in such a way that both positive as well as negative implications of the program were portrayed.
The discussion on aid representation led to two main conclusions:
- First, there is an audience for more balanced reporting on conflict and aid (e.g. forgotten crises),
- Second, NGOs can/should be more open now: the public demands a realistic, honest story.