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Africa Resilience Network – Online Portal

The Africa Resilience Network (ARN) programme will build a network of journalists, activists and analysts to identify and expose coronavirus-related misinformation in Kenya and Nigeria.

As part of this programme, IWPR wishes to develop an associated online portal / website, containing information and resources both for network members, and the general public. It is expected this website will strongly resemble IWPR’s existing FakeWatch.Africa website, but with new branding, aesthetics, and some new elements. The website / portal is expected to be named ‘Africa Resilience Network’, as per the wider programme.


Objectives

The objectives of the portal / website are to:

  • Provide a platform for interaction and information sharing;
     
  • Publish and promote research analysis materials;
     
  • Act as a collaboration space and marketplace for ideas and questions for network members;
     
  • Gather, retain and disseminate relevant reports and lessons learned;
     
  • Create a library of COVID-19 information, articles and trusted sources for Nigeria and Kenya; and,
     
  • Link with associated social media platforms (Facebook / Twitter/ Instagram), in English, Hausa, and Swahili-Bantu.


Scope of services

The work is to be divided into:

  • Create/update website, including testing and quality assurance;
     
  • Create a ARN Academy interface/platform for educational and training content on the website, including testing and quality assurance;
     
  • Optimise the site for low bandwidth users;
     
  • Create an online library/database of disinformation specific to Africa, with a search function, including testing and quality assurance;
     
  • Website should have sections for the following: articles, research and publications on mis/disinformation; ARN learning academy; misinformation library; Covid-19 health information links; and collaboration space (messageboard etc);
     
  • The website should include a comprehensive search function;
     
  • Basic graphic design, including suitable logo development, for the website.


The website will include (but may not be limited to) the following sections:

  • Misinformation Reporting - This will be similar in function to the ‘Partner Report’ section of FakeWatch.Africa, and where we will publish articles, and links to multimedia content.
     
  • ARN Academy - This will be the same format as the ‘FakeWatch Academy’ on the FakeWatch.Africa website, and will serve as a repository for learning materials, and will include log-in sections for particular courses.
     
  • ARN Collaboration  - This section will have links to collaborative platforms, including FB groups, Slack Channels etc., where members of the ARN can connect and discuss networking opportunities.
     
  • Covid-19 Misinformation Library - This will be the same format as the FakeCheck library as part of the FakeWatch.Africa website, rebranded to focus on Covid-19 Misinformation.
     
  • Covid-19 Health Update - This will be a new, simple section of the site, where IWPR’s team can provide links to articles, information and data about Covid-19 drawn from a range of sources.

The web developer should migrate key materials from the FakeWatch.Africa website, including courses from the FakeWatch Academy, to the new ARN website.


Selection Criteria

The company should have:

  1. Proven experience of web design and support in the International Development sector.
     
  2. Strong experience in well-known and widely used open-source platforms, such as WordPress, etc.
     
  3. Strong track record in website design; security and administration.


Timeline

  • Request for quotations posted - 2nd December 2020
     
  • Deadline for applications - 9th December 2020
     
  • Decision made - 11th December 2020
     
  • First draft of site structure, outline and branding - 18th December 2020
     
  • Website draft for review 12th January 2021
     
  • Website final launch - 15th January 2021
     
  • Ongoing support and material upload - January to June 2021


Proposal Submission Details

Interested parties should submit proposals to AfricaResilienceNetwork@iwpr.net, which should include an outline of the organisation’s capabilities, and a suggested total budget in USD - including line items - for this work.

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