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Pernille Baerendtsen

From July 2011 to present, I have worked independently as freelancer in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan and Denmark.

In 2000, I moved Serbia to establish the Next Stop Serbia campaign aiming at breaking down stereotypes between Serbs and Danes. The campaign promoted a blend of civic action and creativity by making people collaborate via personal interests. Simultaneously, I worked with the establishment of South Eastern European Youth Network.

I have 10+ years of experience from developing, post-conflict and fragile countries. I have worked with Danish civil society in development, amongst others through advice, training and grant selection for information activities and development communication.

In particular, I am into East Africa where I have worked since 2005 with civic education of South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda, as information worker for Action Aid in Tanzania, communication and training for CISU (Danish civil society in development), and peace building and training of media in South Sudan at Jonglei Public Radio.

Concurrently, I photograph, write journalistic articles, and produce learning sessions and debate inputs for groups with interest in Africa. Focus is on East Africa, politics, development, expression, media and culture. I am particularly interested in how NGOs communicate about and with Africa; issues which get little attention by mainstream media; and how social media tackle it.

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Latest posts by Pernille Baerendtsen

28 April 2015

We Are Working To Prevent Explosions: Spoken Word in East Africa

The Bridge

"‘The youth... are like time bombs. We are working to prevent explosions. If words are never let out, we’ll explode!"

20 July 2014

A Leaked Document Casts A Shadow Over Tanzania's Bright Gas Extraction Outlook

The Bridge

Leaked to the public, a contract between Norway's Statoil and the Tanzanian government highlights how fraught the question of revenues from Tanzania’s gasfields—and who will benefit from them—has become.

1 November 2012

Africa's Top Political Tweeters? Let's Fix The Guardian's List

On October 30, 2012, The Guardian published ‘Africa's top tweeters: political pioneers in the digital debate'. Did The Guardian’s David Smith get away with this piece too easily? The Sub-Saharan...

13 September 2012

Is Tanzania's Peaceful Reputation in Danger?

Tanzania has experienced several crises since the October 2010 general elections. The most recent case is the violent death of Tanzania journalist Daudi Mwangosi, who was killed by a tear...

24 August 2012

Tanzania, Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi ‘Tweets’ from Grave

"@zittokabwe please be better than I was. Not fun up here I am preparing 2 pay for some of this." A post-death tweet from Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to...

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