EIN 94-3402601

Equal Access International

IRS 501(c) type
501(c)(3)
Num. employees
25
Year formed
2000
Most recent tax filings
2019-12-01
NTEE code, primary
Description
To create positive social change for millions of underserved people in the developing world by delivering critically needed information and education through innovative media, appropriate technology and direct community engagement.

Program areas at Equal Access International

Sahel: 2019 was eai's third year successfully implementing voices for peace (v4p), an ambitious usaid-funded project that spans five countries (burkina faso, cameroon, chad, mali, and niger) in the region. We continue to use local-language radio programming to increase community cohesion and prevent the spread of violent extremism. By partnering with respected leaders, institutions, and networks, we address the drivers and root causes of violent extremism such as marginalization, exclusion, and poor governance. To date, we have produced and disseminated radio programming in 14 languages and broadcast over 2,000 hours of cve and behavior change content through a variety of formats, including round tables, variety magazine shows, soap operas, and call-in shows. In the years to come, we will continue to amplify moderate voices of peace and increase social cohesion and solidarity. In 2019, the five countries' programming reached the following number of listeners in its target zones: niger: 1.3 million (73% of listeners); burkina faso: 643,000 (61% of listeners); chad: 516,000 (66% of listeners). The participatory responsive governance (prg) - principal activity (pa) is implemented by counterpart International, inc. (cpi). Under this activity, cpi has awarded eai a three-year (2016-2019) grant to carry out civic education activities and facilitate public dialogues that are responsive to public priorities in niger. In 2019, eai has worked local broadcasters, print, and social media outlets in four different languages (hausa, tamasheq, zarma, kanuri) in key geographic areas to create scalable platforms that mobilize citizens to engage with relevant issues in their communities and address them by organizing local activities and positive social actions. By facilitating public dialogues between civil society, government, and community leaders, and disseminating vital information to local communities, eai is capacitating key actors, sparking debate, and inspiring citizens to collective action. In january 2019, eai started implementation of a three-year project, amplifying alternative narratives to prevent violent extremism in chad, designed to prevent the spread and influence of violent extremism and amplify alternative narratives and local voices in chad.while well established in the lake chad region, eai had not previously worked in southern chad. The project worked with current v4p staff and partners to identify unique ways to strengthen and expand existing activities under the usaid-funded voices for peace project through this project. On january 24-30, 2019 eai led a mission in southern chad, particularly in the moyen-chari and logone occidental regions to conduct formative research and identify key actors and local organizations to be involved in the project's future activities. The mission also identified principle sources of conflict, including farmer-pastoralist conflicts that have proliferated throughout the south in recent years, and the perceived partiality of authorities in conflict resolution, localized attempts at conflict resolution, and the impact of the crisis in central african republic. Lastly, the mission identified partner radio stations that will help broadcast program scaling for social cohesion and accountability. As a result of this and subsequent trips to southern chad, eai produced a formative research report, which was shared with the donor in april 2019. This reports lays out the evolving conflict dynamics, the media landscape, and findings and recommendations that will inform the design of new eai activities in southern chad.in june 2019 and in support of objective 3 (expand Access to information by launching an fm radio station and related pve and social cohesion activities), eai (through joint usaid/v4p and swiss funding) finalized a contract to build a new radio station and tower in the town of baga sola on the shores of lake chad. This construction is reflective of the joint efforts and collaboration between v4p and this project and will greatly expand the reach and power of v4p radio programming and messaging to vulnerable communities around the lake chad region.a training of local journalists on using fact-based reporting to cover community tensions took place june 4-6, 2019 in moundou. The objective of the training was to strengthen the capacity of journalists in a context related to community tensions. The right handling of facts can foster peace building, while the opposite can ignite an already violent conflict. During this period, eai organized 8 roundtables on building peace between farmers and pastoralists and engaging the youth in conflict resolution. In support of objective 2 (empower alternative narratives that are positive and locally resonant) and in order to encourage young people to be influencers and peace promoters using new media tools, eai organized and held several intensive "tech camp" trainings using eai's original methodology on leadership development, advocacy techniques for managing conflict, launching a social media campaign, video editing for smart phones, and becoming a leader and influencer in offline and online communities.
Cameroon: 2019 was eai's third year successfully implementing voices for peace (v4p), an ambitious usaid-funded project that spans five countries (burkina faso, cameroon, chad, mali, and niger) in the region. We continue to use local-language radio programming to increase community cohesion and prevent the spread of violent extremism. By partnering with respected leaders, institutions, and networks, we address the drivers and root causes of violent extremism such as marginalization, exclusion, and poor governance. To date, we have produced and disseminated radio programming in 14 languages and broadcast over 2,000 hours of cve and behavior change content through a variety of formats, including round tables, variety magazine shows, soap operas, and call-in shows. In the years to come, we will continue to amplify moderate voices of peace and increase social cohesion and solidarity. In 2019, the five countries' programming reached the following number of listeners in its target zones: cameroon: 380,000 (61% of listeners).
Nigeria: the cve messaging hub project in nigeria (june 2018 - march 2020) supports the global engagement center's (gec) objectives by identifying and engaging at-risk populations, supporting messaging hubs, supporting grassroots messengers, and redirecting vulnerable users away from materials intended to recruit them to violent extremism. During this period, the project oversaw 32 peace promotion fellows with a range of online and offline activities. These built off tech camps, which were organized to teach nigerian youth how to employ social media and coalition building to counter violent extremism, while generating alternative narratives in their communities. The white dove project also produced and broadcast 25 episodes of three distinct radio programs and held dozens of community mobilization events. White dove supports the global engagement center's (gec) objectives to recognize, understand, expose, and counter propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining u.s. national security interests. During 2018, white dove continued to develop, produce, and broadcast high quality radio programming with clear messages and targeted behavior and knowledge outcomes, expert guests, and insightful content that creates attitude and behavior change. As of december 2018, these programs were estimated to reach over 15 million northern nigerians each week through eai's 16 partner radio stations. Strengthening media support for community accountability measures in nigeria (jan 2018 - dec 2020) is a macarthur foundation funded project that strengthens the demand for transparent and accountable governance and amplifies the voices of anti-corruption organizations and actors in northern nigeria. The project leverages the success of eai's unique broadcast and new media platforms to raise awareness of corruption, encourage civic engagement, and hold government officials accountable - without naming and shaming them. In 2019 eai, in partnership with arewa 24, continued to produce the popular drama tv show, dadin kowa that focuses on important social and governance issues in northern nigeria. The "cost of corruption" film competition workshop in february 2019 resulted in the creataton of four anti-corruption short films, which were promoted on the arewa24 breakfast show, gari ya waye. The film, dan kasa won two awards in 2019, at the kano indigenous languages of africa film market and festival, and the west african movies and musical award (short film category). Also, during the reporting period, 26 episodes of madubi anti-corruption radio show aired on 15 partner radio stations, including the radio nigeria kaduna, which covers all 19 northern states. Eai estimated a reach of 16 million weekly listeners across 15 partner radio stations. Strengthening media support for community accountability measures ii (sms4cam ii) sms4cam ii leverages tv programming and social media engagement to dispel misinformation, empower citizens, and improve public attitudes and behaviors related to anti-corruption efforts in the public sector, particularly the power and education sectors. The tv programming strengthens personal responsibility, reinforce norms of democracy and transparency, and builds trust between communities and decision makers. On april 7, 2019, the kwana casa'in series premiered focusing on corruption and poor governance in the nigerian electoral process. Thirteen original episodes were aired and repeat-broadcasted three times a week (tmf supported the first eight episodes, the remaining five were produced by arewa24). In 2019, eai continued to meet with tmf cohort grantees and other actors through formal and informal collaboration and coordination with several organizations promoting accountability, transparency and good governance in northern nigeria.

Form 990s for Equal Access International

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2019-122021-04-05990View PDF
2018-122020-02-18990View PDF
2017-122019-02-21990View PDF
2016-122018-01-18990View PDF
2015-122017-02-23990View PDF
...and 7 more Form 990s

Who funds Equal Access International

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
GrantmakerDescriptionAmount
Fhi 360$598,420
 View purchase optionsTo Amplify Accountability Messaging and Galvanize Community Action Through the Media.$500,000
 View purchase optionsTo Amplify Accountability Messaging and Galvanize Community Action Through the Media.$455,000
...and 2 more grants received
Federal funding details
Federal agencyProgram nameAmount
U. S. Agency for International DevelopmentUSAID FOREIGN ASSISTANCE FOR PROGRAMS OVERSEAS$5,775,838
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...and 18 more federal grants / contracts

Grants made by Equal Access International

GranteeGrant descriptionAmount
Emory University"change Starts at Home" Project Was Targeted To Married Couples, Their Close Family Members, Community and Religious Leaders and the Community As A Whole, Across A Variety Ofsettings in 3 Districts of Nepalchitwan, Nawalparasi and Kapilbastu. the Overall Aims of the Project Were To Reduce the Prevalence of Intimate Partner Violence Against Women and Girls (Vawg) in Nepal, To Create An Enabling Environment for the Reduction of Vawg, and To Identify Interventions That Would Lead To Sustainable Improvements in the Lives of Women and Girls. Emory University Supported Equal Access International (Eai) To Carry Out A Third Round of the Data Collection As Part of the 2-armed Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) Which Is Being Used To Assess the Impact of the Project.$27,212
Sesame Workshop (SW)This Entity Works Closely With Eai To Use Radio and Community Engagement To Help Build Resilience and Support Pro-Social Behavior, Inclusion, Peaceful Conflict Resolution and Respect and Understanding, As Well As Cognitive Skills, To Promote Greater Special Cohesion and Peaceful Communities and Societies. the Entity and Eai Co-Produce 27, 15 Minutes Long Radio Episodes in Somali, Consisting of Child Directed Content Featuring the Sesame Muppet Characters.$15,000
Beyond ConflictThe White Dove Cve Messaging Hub and Peace Platform Project Seeks To Counter Boko Haram's Ideology and Messaging With Positive Local Narratives That Reduce Vulnerability To Violent Extremism in Northern Nigeria. Beyond Conflict Works Closely With Eai To Execute Formative Field Research To Assess Existing Influencers and Networks, Identify Target Audiences (To Include Demographics and Their Methods of Communication), Define the Project's Ultimate Geographic Scope (in Collaboration With the Gec and U.s. Embassy Nairobi), Understand Target Audience Desires and Pathways Toward Radicalization and Empowerment, and Characterize Vulnerable Populations.$11,611

Financials for Equal Access International

RevenuesFYE 12/2019
Total grants, contributions, etc.$15,318,403
Program services$0
Investment income and dividends$0
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$0
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$2,057
Total revenues$15,320,460

Personnel at Equal Access International

NameTitleCompensation
Byron RadcliffePresident and Chief Executive Officer$299,902
Leanne BayerChief of Party Usaid Voices for Peace
Valentina JusticeChief Financial Officer$125,364
 View purchase optionsTechnical Director
 View purchase optionsDirector, Governance and Civic Engagement
...and 16 more key personnel

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The Pacifica FoundationLos Angeles, CA$11,926,307
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Chicago Public MediaChicago, IL$28,816,283
Radio Free Asia (RFA)Washington, DC$55,114,133
On Being ProjectMinneapolis, MN$6,582,457
Wyep 913FM Wesa 905FMPittsburgh, PA$6,971,589
The Public Broadcasting Council of CnySyracuse, NY$6,896,548
WamcAlbany, NY$7,900,851
Family FirstTampa, FL$4,691,332
KexpSeattle, WA$10,585,311
University Corporation at Monterey BaySeaside, CA$61,239,062
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Science Friday InitiativeNew York, NY$3,922,314
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Nevada Public Radio (KNPR)Las Vegas, NV$8,764,566
CoastAlaskaJuneau, AK$6,227,267
Nonprofit Types
Issues
Characteristics
Key performance indicators
Total revenues
$15,320,460
2019
Yearly growth
16.3%
% of revenues
n/a
Total expenses
$15,408,919
2019
Yearly growth
22.3%
% of expenses
n/a
Total assets
$3,605,600
2019
Yearly growth
-52.7%
% of assets
n/a
Num. employees
25
2019
Yearly growth
-10.7%
% of total
n/a
General information
Address
1001 Connecticut Ave No 909
Washington, DC 20036
Metro area
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
County
District of Columbia, DC
Website URL
equalaccess.org/ 
Phone
(415) 561-4884
Facebook page
EqualAccessInternational 
Twitter profile
@equalaccessintl 
IRS details
EIN
94-3402601
Fiscal year end
December
Taxreturn type
Form 990
Year formed
2000
Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
Yes
Categorization
NTEE code, primary
A34: Radio
NAICS code, primary
51511: Radio Broadcasting
Parent/child status
Independent