From July 2011 to present, I have worked independently as freelancer with various assignments 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 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 have an extensive understanding of and network within East Africa where I have worked with capacity building and civic education of South Sudanese refugees in northern Uganda, information and communication in Tanzania, communication and training for CISU – Danish civil society in development (2010-11), and training and coaching of media in South Sudan as Programme Manager at Jonglei Public Radio for Deutsche Welle (2013) and as technical advisor for GIZ in Morobo.
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. Since 2010, I have written for the Danish Foreign Ministry’s magazine ‘Udvikling’ on freelance basis. Since 2012, I have contributed to Global Voices.
My base is presently Copenhagen combined with longer stays in East Africa.
Latest posts by Pernille Baerendtsen
7 September 2015
"'Why South Sudan?' someone asked. It's true, but somewhat feeble, to say South Sudan is unlike any other place." Pernille Baerendtsen shares personal impressions on leaving the world's newest country.
21 May 2015
"Writing one single blog post is not going to bring Mahlet... out of Kaliti Prison. This is much rather about keeping the process going. Of not staying silent."
28 April 2015
20 July 2014
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
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
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
"@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...