an INTERNEWS project

Visualizing Media Access

United States government support for independent media has been one of its most successful investments in Afghanistan’s reconstruction. These investments, including Internews’ implementation of USAID programs since 2002, have resulted in substantial improvements in media infrastructure, standards and freedoms that make it hard to remember that just 10 years ago the Afghan media landscape was bare.

This site visualizes Altai Consulting’s 2010 Media Research (commissioned by USAID) - the most comprehensive available data – to provide an easy to explore interface. The research combined quantitative and qualitative methodologies including 6,648 close-ended interviews in 107 districts, covering all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. This effort guarantees that findings reported here are reasonably representative of the overall Afghan population. Read the full report.

The companion Internews Initatives site (coming soon) – charts key developments in Afghanistan’s media scene since 2001 and provides insight into the many remaining media development challenges and opportunities.

Our work supporting local media initiatives must change to meet the evolving needs of Afghanistan. Data is essential in informing these decisions. We welcome your input, corrections and possible additional data sources. And we hope this will be a useful tool for those in media development, but also other humanitarian and development sectors.