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211 CHECK IMPACT REPORT
26 December 2023
Discover the results of our work in 2023
Our 2023 in
Numbers
06 Full-time Staff
34 Trainers &
Panelists
Engaged
468 Trained
Online
112 Trained In-
person
150+ Published
Fact-checks
01
Dis/Misinformati
on Report
04 In-person
Locations
10+ Virtual
Locations
60+ Virtual and
In-person
Training Sessions
05 International
Engagements
34,800+ Website
Users
10,580+ Social
Media
Community
Over 1 million
people were
reached via organic
and paid social
media campaigns
84 Documents
Uploaded to
Document
Repository
1,800 Users of the
Document
Repository
Our 2023 in
Numbers
❑ 06 Full-time Staff
❑ 34 Trainers & Panelists Engaged
❑ 468 Trained Online
❑ 112 Trained In-person
❑ 150+ Published Fact-checks
❑ 01 Dis/Misinformation Report
❑ 04 In-person Locations
❑ 10+ Virtual Locations
❑ 60+ Virtual and In-person Training Sessions
❑ 05 International Engagements
❑ 34,800+ Website Users
❑ 10,580+ Social Media Community
❑ Over 1 million people were reached via organic and
paid social media campaigns.
❑ 84 Documents Uploaded to Document Repository
❑ 1,800 Users of the Document Repository
Report
Content
Outline
211 Check Overview
211 Check Objectives
Our Work in 2023
2023 Activity Highlights
211 Check is a fact-checking and information verification platform that works to combat misinformation
and disinformation in South Sudan, first established on 18 March 2020 to counter COVID-19
dis/misinformation.
211 Check is being led, managed and run by Defyhatenow (DHN), a National Nongovernmental Organisation
(NNGO) registered with registration number 2285 in South Sudan at the National Relief and Rehabilitation
Commission (RRC). As an organisation, Defyhatenow (DHN) works on creating frameworks for enhancing
trust between stakeholders in Africa through mobilising civic action against all forms of hate speech,
misinformation, human rights violations, and incitement to violence.
Mission Statement:
211 Check aims to further public discourse and counter false information through fact-checking and
verifying information.
Vision Statement:
To create a South Sudan where accurate, reliable information is easily accessible and widely shared,
empowering individuals to make informed decisions and contributing to a more informed and engaged
society
211 Check Overview
211 Check
Objectives
Counter misinformation, disinformation, and
hate speech in South Sudan
Counter
Provide a platform for South Sudanese fact-
checkers to publish articles/reports on various
thematic issues within South Sudan.
Provide
Offer editorial support and training on fact-
checking to South Sudanese journalists,
bloggers, and content creators.
Offer
Enhance the quality and health of online
information in South Sudan.
Enhance
Our Work in
2023
2023 ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS…
Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan (EFiSS) Training
The Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan (EFiSS) Training Program
equipped 52 trainees with knowledge and skills used by professional fact-
checkers, which will enrich their work in multiple fields.
There were three cohorts in 2023, with 25 in Cohort 4, 19 in Cohort 5, and
08 trainees in Cohort 6.
Nine (09) volunteer trainers facilitated the over 30 training sessions on
Zoom and YouTube Livestream.
Trainees learned new techniques and sources to check information to
determine its accuracy and promote veracity in the public domain.
Cohort 4 Cohort 5 Cohort 6 Fact-checking Day Webinar
Male 23 15 6 19
Female 2 4 2 2
Total 25 19 8 21
23
15
6
19
2
4
2 2
25
19
8
21
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
Number
of
Attendees
Cohort Number
Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan (EFiSS) Training Attendees
Male Female Total
Empowering
Fact-checking
in South
Sudan (EFiSS)
Training
SIMA Journalists Mentorship
This three-month program targeted forty (40) content creators and was conducted through
online and in-person training on combating disinformation.
Mentees benefitted from weekly skill-building workshops on Zoom focusing on identifying
and stopping the spread of disinformation through fact-checking and verification
techniques.
The training was conducted online twice weekly for the three-month fellowship period and
a one-day in-person meeting for the participants in merged in the different locations (Abyei,
Baliet County), (Wau County, Jur River County), (Kapoeta North County, Budi County),
(Leer County, Mayendit County) and Juba County.
We worked with twelve (12) trainers from South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.
All 40 mentees and 12 trainers were placed in a Google Classroom and WhatsApp group
setting to engage beyond the training hours.
Abyei Baliet County Budi County
Kapoeta North
County
Leer County Mayendit County Wau County Jur River County Juba County Others
Male 3 1 2 4 4 2 5 4 1 2
Female 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 5 0
Total 3 1 2 6 5 2 8 4 6 2
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
SIMA Journalists’ Mentorship Virtual Training Statistics
Male Female Total
Kapoeta North County Wau County Leer County Juba County
Male 11 12 19 27
Female 8 7 9 19
Total 19 19 28 46
11 12
19
27
8 7
9
19
19 19
28
46
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
Number
of
Trainees
Location
SIMA Journalists’ Mentorship In-person Training Statistics
Male Female Total
SIMA Journalists Mentorship
PesaCheck CheckDesk
The CheckDesk is a five-month partnership between Code for Africa’s PesaCheck
and Defyhatenow’s 211 Check that sought to produce distinct fact-checking news
products on themes that differentiate 211 Check from others doing fact-checking in
South Sudan.
We worked with three full-time media monitors, fact-checkers, and one editor.
A total of 40 fact-checks were published at the end
Topics and issues selected for fact-checking by the CheckDesk include political
misinformation, Climate, Health, Gender rights/access and Reproductive
rights/access.
PesaCheck CheckDesk
Enhancing the Effectiveness of 211 Check to
Strengthen Fact-checking in South Sudan
Multi-year Domain, Hosting, and SSL Subscription until December 2032
05 Training Sessions
05 Webinars
11 Trainers and Webinar Panelists
356 Training and Webinar Attendees
01 Report Published
08 Freelance Fact-checkers
25 Fact-check for a Pay Articles publishes
Training 1 Webinar 1 Training 2 Webinar 2 Training 3 Webinar 3 Training 4 Webinar 4 Training 5 Webinar 5
Male 24 23 20 39 57 17 44 37 32 30
Female 2 3 2 1 1 4 7 4 5 4
Total 26 26 22 40 58 21 51 41 37 34
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
IFCN 211 Check Supported Training and Webinars
Male Female Total
EFiSS Training SIMA Journalists Mentorship IFCN Build Grant Total
Male 8 8 9 25
Female 3 4 2 9
Total 11 12 11 34
8 8
9
25
3
4
2
9
11
12
11
34
0
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
Number of Trainers & Webinar Penalists Engaged in 2023
Male Female Total
Enhancing
the
Effectiveness
of 211 Check
to Strengthen
Fact-checking
in South
Sudan
Training and Webinar posters of 211 Check’s IFCN supported project that aims to capacitate journalists,
students, and other active social media users over six months.
Our Document
Repository
• The Document Repository (https://dr.211check.org/)
is a collective archive of information and data
containing documents related to Peacebuilding, Hate
Speech, Freedom of expression, Digital laws and
rights, and COVID-19.
• It is used to store Press Releases, Reports, Legislation,
Policies, Guidelines and regulations, and Circulars,
which the public can access at any time and from any
location with internet access, with the primary goal
of improving access to information. Journalists,
researchers, academics, and the general public can
access the Document Repository anytime and from
any location with Internet access.
• In 2023, our team has been able to upload eighty-
four (84) documents that have attracted 1,800 users
and an average of 150 monthly users.
Local Engagements
Our Project Coordinator, Emmanuel Bida, facilitating a session on hate speech research and documentation
for CSOs in a project launch by AMALNA (Nov 2023)
211 Check and Blue Digital Marketing
Managing Director
Marina Modi leading a session on dis/misinformation in a students’training by Youth Media Initiative South
Sudan. (Nov 2023)
211 Check Coordinator & IREX SIMA
Technical Advisor ahead of a Kapoeta
training
Local Engagements
Our Project Coordinator, Emmanuel Bida, participating in a panel discussion on dis/misinformation, fact-
checking and election integrity at the 2023 South Sudan Internet Governance Forum (SSIGF) (Oct 2023)
A photo with _rog Agency team from Berlin
and Kenya after a work meeting in Juba
Our Project Coordinator, Emmanuel Bida, leading a session on youth, social media and hate speech at an
inter-college conference organized the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (July 2023)
211 Check’s Bida and Jibi Moses during the
launch of SafetyComm South Sudan center
Local Engagements
Defyhatenow Staff having a dinner to celebrate 211 Check’s acceptance into the International Fact-checking Network (IFCN) – March
2023 at the Pyramid Continental Hotel
Bella Twine (The Debunk Initiative, Uganda), Emmanuel Bida (211 Check, South Sudan), Lokiri Nelson (The Radio Community, South Sudan), and the
Communications Lead at the Media Challenge Initiative posing for a group photo after a meeting and tour of the MCI Hub (April 2023)
International
Engagements
Memberships:
• Signatory of the International Fact-checking Network’s
Code of Principles
• Member of the Global Forum for Media Development
(GFMD)
• Member of the Africa Facts Network
• Member of the Africa Fact-checking Alliance (AFCA)
Events:
• GlobalFact10 – Virtual Attendance
• Media Development Forum
• Africa Facts Summit
• JamFest
International
Engagements
• RNTC Digital Media to Counter Disinformation and
Hate Speech Short Course
• Haarlem, Netherlands
• 02 – 28 June 2023
• Attendee: Emmanuel Bida, 211 Check Editor
• Global Fact10
• Virtual Attendance at globalfact10.com and in person in Seoul, South Korea
• 28 – 30 June 2023
• Attendees: Jibi Moses and Emmanuel Bida
• Media Development Forum
• Paris, France
• 11 - 13 July 2023
• Attendee: Emmanuel Bida, 211 Check Editor
• Africa Facts Summit 2.0
• Port Louis, Mauritius
• 5 and 6 October 2023
• Attendee: Jibi Moses, 211 Check Associate Editor
• JamFest
• Johannesburg, South Africa
• 16 – 19 October 2023
• Attendee: Jibi Moses, 211 Check Associate Editor
International Engagements: Gallery
Social Media Following
Social Media Analytics
Our Team
Emmanuel Bida
Project Coordinator & Editor
Jibi Moses
Associate Coordinator & Editor
Beatrice Amude
Media Monitor & Fact-checker
Marina Modi
Compliance
Nancy Caesar
Media Monitor & Fact-checker
Ochaya Jackson
Trainer & Fact-checker
Our
Partners
Read More
• https://gfmd.info/gfmd-welcomes-32-new-members/
• https://gfmd.info/members/211-check/
• https://jubaecho.com/2023/03/14/south-sudan-gains-entry-into-
global-fact-checking-platform/
• https://www.sudanspost.com/south-sudans-only-fact-checking-
platform-admitted-into-global-network/
• https://www.poynter.org/ifcn/2023/as-globalfact10-brings-
international-fact-checkers-together-meet-some-of-the-new-ifcn-
signatories/
THANK YOU!
Social Media @211 Check
Email: info@211check.org | WhatsApp: +211917298255
2023

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211 CHECK ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT 2023

  • 1. 211 CHECK IMPACT REPORT 26 December 2023 Discover the results of our work in 2023
  • 2. Our 2023 in Numbers 06 Full-time Staff 34 Trainers & Panelists Engaged 468 Trained Online 112 Trained In- person 150+ Published Fact-checks 01 Dis/Misinformati on Report 04 In-person Locations 10+ Virtual Locations 60+ Virtual and In-person Training Sessions 05 International Engagements 34,800+ Website Users 10,580+ Social Media Community Over 1 million people were reached via organic and paid social media campaigns 84 Documents Uploaded to Document Repository 1,800 Users of the Document Repository
  • 3. Our 2023 in Numbers ❑ 06 Full-time Staff ❑ 34 Trainers & Panelists Engaged ❑ 468 Trained Online ❑ 112 Trained In-person ❑ 150+ Published Fact-checks ❑ 01 Dis/Misinformation Report ❑ 04 In-person Locations ❑ 10+ Virtual Locations ❑ 60+ Virtual and In-person Training Sessions ❑ 05 International Engagements ❑ 34,800+ Website Users ❑ 10,580+ Social Media Community ❑ Over 1 million people were reached via organic and paid social media campaigns. ❑ 84 Documents Uploaded to Document Repository ❑ 1,800 Users of the Document Repository
  • 4. Report Content Outline 211 Check Overview 211 Check Objectives Our Work in 2023 2023 Activity Highlights
  • 5. 211 Check is a fact-checking and information verification platform that works to combat misinformation and disinformation in South Sudan, first established on 18 March 2020 to counter COVID-19 dis/misinformation. 211 Check is being led, managed and run by Defyhatenow (DHN), a National Nongovernmental Organisation (NNGO) registered with registration number 2285 in South Sudan at the National Relief and Rehabilitation Commission (RRC). As an organisation, Defyhatenow (DHN) works on creating frameworks for enhancing trust between stakeholders in Africa through mobilising civic action against all forms of hate speech, misinformation, human rights violations, and incitement to violence. Mission Statement: 211 Check aims to further public discourse and counter false information through fact-checking and verifying information. Vision Statement: To create a South Sudan where accurate, reliable information is easily accessible and widely shared, empowering individuals to make informed decisions and contributing to a more informed and engaged society 211 Check Overview
  • 6. 211 Check Objectives Counter misinformation, disinformation, and hate speech in South Sudan Counter Provide a platform for South Sudanese fact- checkers to publish articles/reports on various thematic issues within South Sudan. Provide Offer editorial support and training on fact- checking to South Sudanese journalists, bloggers, and content creators. Offer Enhance the quality and health of online information in South Sudan. Enhance
  • 9. Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan (EFiSS) Training The Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan (EFiSS) Training Program equipped 52 trainees with knowledge and skills used by professional fact- checkers, which will enrich their work in multiple fields. There were three cohorts in 2023, with 25 in Cohort 4, 19 in Cohort 5, and 08 trainees in Cohort 6. Nine (09) volunteer trainers facilitated the over 30 training sessions on Zoom and YouTube Livestream. Trainees learned new techniques and sources to check information to determine its accuracy and promote veracity in the public domain.
  • 10. Cohort 4 Cohort 5 Cohort 6 Fact-checking Day Webinar Male 23 15 6 19 Female 2 4 2 2 Total 25 19 8 21 23 15 6 19 2 4 2 2 25 19 8 21 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 Number of Attendees Cohort Number Empowering Fact-checking in South Sudan (EFiSS) Training Attendees Male Female Total
  • 12. SIMA Journalists Mentorship This three-month program targeted forty (40) content creators and was conducted through online and in-person training on combating disinformation. Mentees benefitted from weekly skill-building workshops on Zoom focusing on identifying and stopping the spread of disinformation through fact-checking and verification techniques. The training was conducted online twice weekly for the three-month fellowship period and a one-day in-person meeting for the participants in merged in the different locations (Abyei, Baliet County), (Wau County, Jur River County), (Kapoeta North County, Budi County), (Leer County, Mayendit County) and Juba County. We worked with twelve (12) trainers from South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya. All 40 mentees and 12 trainers were placed in a Google Classroom and WhatsApp group setting to engage beyond the training hours.
  • 13. Abyei Baliet County Budi County Kapoeta North County Leer County Mayendit County Wau County Jur River County Juba County Others Male 3 1 2 4 4 2 5 4 1 2 Female 0 0 0 2 1 0 3 0 5 0 Total 3 1 2 6 5 2 8 4 6 2 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 SIMA Journalists’ Mentorship Virtual Training Statistics Male Female Total
  • 14. Kapoeta North County Wau County Leer County Juba County Male 11 12 19 27 Female 8 7 9 19 Total 19 19 28 46 11 12 19 27 8 7 9 19 19 19 28 46 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 Number of Trainees Location SIMA Journalists’ Mentorship In-person Training Statistics Male Female Total
  • 16. PesaCheck CheckDesk The CheckDesk is a five-month partnership between Code for Africa’s PesaCheck and Defyhatenow’s 211 Check that sought to produce distinct fact-checking news products on themes that differentiate 211 Check from others doing fact-checking in South Sudan. We worked with three full-time media monitors, fact-checkers, and one editor. A total of 40 fact-checks were published at the end Topics and issues selected for fact-checking by the CheckDesk include political misinformation, Climate, Health, Gender rights/access and Reproductive rights/access.
  • 18. Enhancing the Effectiveness of 211 Check to Strengthen Fact-checking in South Sudan Multi-year Domain, Hosting, and SSL Subscription until December 2032 05 Training Sessions 05 Webinars 11 Trainers and Webinar Panelists 356 Training and Webinar Attendees 01 Report Published 08 Freelance Fact-checkers 25 Fact-check for a Pay Articles publishes
  • 19. Training 1 Webinar 1 Training 2 Webinar 2 Training 3 Webinar 3 Training 4 Webinar 4 Training 5 Webinar 5 Male 24 23 20 39 57 17 44 37 32 30 Female 2 3 2 1 1 4 7 4 5 4 Total 26 26 22 40 58 21 51 41 37 34 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 IFCN 211 Check Supported Training and Webinars Male Female Total
  • 20. EFiSS Training SIMA Journalists Mentorship IFCN Build Grant Total Male 8 8 9 25 Female 3 4 2 9 Total 11 12 11 34 8 8 9 25 3 4 2 9 11 12 11 34 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 Number of Trainers & Webinar Penalists Engaged in 2023 Male Female Total
  • 21. Enhancing the Effectiveness of 211 Check to Strengthen Fact-checking in South Sudan Training and Webinar posters of 211 Check’s IFCN supported project that aims to capacitate journalists, students, and other active social media users over six months.
  • 22. Our Document Repository • The Document Repository (https://dr.211check.org/) is a collective archive of information and data containing documents related to Peacebuilding, Hate Speech, Freedom of expression, Digital laws and rights, and COVID-19. • It is used to store Press Releases, Reports, Legislation, Policies, Guidelines and regulations, and Circulars, which the public can access at any time and from any location with internet access, with the primary goal of improving access to information. Journalists, researchers, academics, and the general public can access the Document Repository anytime and from any location with Internet access. • In 2023, our team has been able to upload eighty- four (84) documents that have attracted 1,800 users and an average of 150 monthly users.
  • 23. Local Engagements Our Project Coordinator, Emmanuel Bida, facilitating a session on hate speech research and documentation for CSOs in a project launch by AMALNA (Nov 2023) 211 Check and Blue Digital Marketing Managing Director Marina Modi leading a session on dis/misinformation in a students’training by Youth Media Initiative South Sudan. (Nov 2023) 211 Check Coordinator & IREX SIMA Technical Advisor ahead of a Kapoeta training
  • 24. Local Engagements Our Project Coordinator, Emmanuel Bida, participating in a panel discussion on dis/misinformation, fact- checking and election integrity at the 2023 South Sudan Internet Governance Forum (SSIGF) (Oct 2023) A photo with _rog Agency team from Berlin and Kenya after a work meeting in Juba Our Project Coordinator, Emmanuel Bida, leading a session on youth, social media and hate speech at an inter-college conference organized the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (July 2023) 211 Check’s Bida and Jibi Moses during the launch of SafetyComm South Sudan center
  • 25. Local Engagements Defyhatenow Staff having a dinner to celebrate 211 Check’s acceptance into the International Fact-checking Network (IFCN) – March 2023 at the Pyramid Continental Hotel Bella Twine (The Debunk Initiative, Uganda), Emmanuel Bida (211 Check, South Sudan), Lokiri Nelson (The Radio Community, South Sudan), and the Communications Lead at the Media Challenge Initiative posing for a group photo after a meeting and tour of the MCI Hub (April 2023)
  • 26. International Engagements Memberships: • Signatory of the International Fact-checking Network’s Code of Principles • Member of the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) • Member of the Africa Facts Network • Member of the Africa Fact-checking Alliance (AFCA) Events: • GlobalFact10 – Virtual Attendance • Media Development Forum • Africa Facts Summit • JamFest
  • 27. International Engagements • RNTC Digital Media to Counter Disinformation and Hate Speech Short Course • Haarlem, Netherlands • 02 – 28 June 2023 • Attendee: Emmanuel Bida, 211 Check Editor • Global Fact10 • Virtual Attendance at globalfact10.com and in person in Seoul, South Korea • 28 – 30 June 2023 • Attendees: Jibi Moses and Emmanuel Bida • Media Development Forum • Paris, France • 11 - 13 July 2023 • Attendee: Emmanuel Bida, 211 Check Editor • Africa Facts Summit 2.0 • Port Louis, Mauritius • 5 and 6 October 2023 • Attendee: Jibi Moses, 211 Check Associate Editor • JamFest • Johannesburg, South Africa • 16 – 19 October 2023 • Attendee: Jibi Moses, 211 Check Associate Editor
  • 31. Our Team Emmanuel Bida Project Coordinator & Editor Jibi Moses Associate Coordinator & Editor Beatrice Amude Media Monitor & Fact-checker Marina Modi Compliance Nancy Caesar Media Monitor & Fact-checker Ochaya Jackson Trainer & Fact-checker
  • 33. Read More • https://gfmd.info/gfmd-welcomes-32-new-members/ • https://gfmd.info/members/211-check/ • https://jubaecho.com/2023/03/14/south-sudan-gains-entry-into- global-fact-checking-platform/ • https://www.sudanspost.com/south-sudans-only-fact-checking- platform-admitted-into-global-network/ • https://www.poynter.org/ifcn/2023/as-globalfact10-brings- international-fact-checkers-together-meet-some-of-the-new-ifcn- signatories/
  • 34. THANK YOU! Social Media @211 Check Email: info@211check.org | WhatsApp: +211917298255 2023