Our Mission

Voice, Information, Dignity

Fondation Hirondelle is a Swiss non-profit organization founded in 1995, which provides information to populations faced with crisis, empowering them in their daily lives and as citizens. Founded in 1995 and based in Lausanne, Fondation Hirondelle is currently active in 8 countries on 3 continents.

Through our projects and teams in the field, we produce and broadcast information and dialogue programs using media best suited to the audiences we want to reach. We support and strengthen our media and partners through training and editorial, managerial, and structural support to enable them to function more sustainably. We evaluate the impact of our programs and contribute to research on information and media.

Through our work, millions of people in war-affected countries, post-conflict areas, humanitarian crisis and societies in democratic transition have access to media that speak to them and give them a voice.




Our Values

  • Professionalism
  • Independence from political and economic powers
  • Integrity
  • Respect and tolerance
  • An open approach to the world

Where We Work

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Hours of audio programs
Media Operations in 11 countries, on 3 continents
hours of video programs
articles on the web

posts on social networks
followers on Facebook and Twitter
media supported
people supported


November 15, 2019

Our media in the Sahel: Special co-production on migration

Studio Tamani (Mali) and Studio Kalangou (Niger), Fondation Hirondelle's projects in the Sahel, and radio Fitila de Gao in Mali have joined forces for the first time to co-produce a dialogue programme on the theme of "Irregular migration to Europe: causes, consequences and solutions".
December 11, 2019

U.N. Madrid Climate Summit Ends in Failure

This week, the 25th Conference of Parties, or “COP25”, begins in Madrid. Until December 13th, the 196 State Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be discussing the challenges of climate change mitigation and adaptation. Their priority: find ways to reverse a greenhouse emissions curve that continues to rise.
December 9, 2019

Studio Yafa organizes a training for 22 partner radios in Burkina Faso

Studio Yafa, the multimedia programme created by Fondation Hirondelle for Youth in Burkina Faso, organized a training course for 22 directors of partner radio stations. The training took place in Ouagadougou from 2 to 6 December. This workshop focused on the financial autonomy of radio stations and their security. The trainers were the President of UNALFA (Union Nationale de l'Audiovisuel Libre du Faso) and the Representative of Fondation Hirondelle in Burkina Faso, who supervises Studio Yafa.
December 6, 2019

Journalism and religious extremism: can journalists help reduce political and religious violence?

March 2016 was a particularly deadly month, with attacks in Iraq, Tunisia, Turkey, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Belgium – in Asia, Africa and Europe.