IPDC Project implementation status: Implementation completed

Mongolia is a country with a wide diversity of media outlets (more than 400) with the domination of private commercially-run media. The term community media is not widely accepted by the society and it is often associated with public service media. Community media as internationally accepted is not recognized by law in Mongolia, and no spectrum is reserved for the community broadcasters. 
 
Therefore, in Mongolia community radio is still at pioneering stage. Precursors to community radio were some local radios registered last decade with NGOs (such as Visually Impaired People’s...

One of the major resolutions of Zimbabwe’s 2012 Media Stakeholders Conference was the need for the media to play a central role in promoting awareness about, and responses to, climate change. A lack of journalists trained to understand climate and environmental issues has resulted in minimal reporting on climate change and a lack of sufficient information to promote public efforts of mitigation and adaptation.
 
This project will address the need to educate Zimbabwean journalists on climate change by training a group to report on weather, agro-economics and tourism news as well...

The advancement and ease of access to information technology has accelerated the already pervasive influence of media to the extent that the media has become a major factor in shaping people's ideas, values, concepts and behavior. In a country like Nepal, which is so diverse in terms of gender, caste, religion, ethnicity and language, Media can be a powerful tool to enable Women, Dalits, and other marginalized and excluded communities to be heard by mainstream society.
 
In a plural society, every section of society should have the right to express their opinion and it is the...

Following the May 2013 meeting in Rabat, which was co-hosted by the Haute Autorité de la Communication Audiovisuelle du Maroc (HACA) and UNESCO, where it was agreed that Orbicom and UNESCO should pilot a Global Initiative for Excellence in Journalism Education, Orbicom now seeks UNESCO’s financial support to include a strong contingent of African journalism educators in its forthcoming meeting in Turkey to be co-hosted by the Department of Journalism of the University of Istanbul. Given the Global Initiative’s emphasis on North-South and South-South collegial ‘shared excellence’ in...

The advancement and ease of access to information technology has accelerated the already pervasive influence of media to the extent that the media has become a major factor in shaping people's ideas, values, concepts and behavior. In a country like Nepal, which is so diverse in terms of gender, caste, religion, ethnicity and language, Media can be a powerful tool to enable Women, Dalits, and other marginalized and excluded communities to be heard by mainstream society.
 
In a plural society, every section of society should have the right to express their opinion and it is the...

The Ethiopian media is a very recent phenomenon, mainly consisting of state-controlled radio and television. Addis Ababa City Administration Community Media (FM 96.3) is one of the few community radio stations in the country. It serves 1.5 million people across a 105 km radius, providing 18 hours of daily transmission in Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia. However, its journalists lack professional skills.
 
The proposed project aims to address this gap by training volunteer journalists, reporters, editors and technicians at FM 96.3 to be able to produce high quality...

In 2008, the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh passed the RTI Ordinance. The subsequent ratification of the Ordinance resulted in the adoption of the RTI Act 2009 by Bangaldesh’s present Government. One of the most important and potentially far-reaching legislations enacted by the Parliament of Bangladesh, the Act was a major step towards enabling access to information and promoting freedom of expression, press freedom, good governance and transparency. The campaign for the right to information (RTI) in the country has been a long and ongoing one, waged by journalists, development workers...

Fesmedia Africa's 2010 media barometer reveals that the journalism training at the University of Antananarivo does not include refresher programmes even though graduating students experience difficulties due to pedagogical shortcomings and gaps in the content of the initial training programmes. Furthermore, among the media professionals, the vast majority (more than 700) are trained on the job. One consequence of this is the plethora of articles based on sensationalism and a dull report of facts. This project aims to strengthen the capacity of a national pool of instructors from 6 public...

Community media or the third tier of broadcasting is increasingly being regarded as an essential tool for good governance, transparency, accountability and a means for reaching less accessible social groups. The potential contribution of community media is particularly significant in land-locked countries like Bhutan, with mountainous and sometimes inaccessible terrain, a modest but scattered population, and marked urban-rural disparities.
 
In 2010, the Royal Government of Bhutan partnered with UNESCO to conduct a Media Development Assessment (MDA) to assess the country’s...

There is a severe lack of information in the Rwandan media concerning the environment and the effects of climate change on agricultural production. Community radios have the potential to play a decisive role in filling this gap but lack the technical capacity to do so. If this skills shortage were addressed, educational radio programmes on the environment and climate change could reach more than 4,000,000 people from 15 radio stations, including rural communities, decision-makers and local leaders, enabling them to fully participate in environmental protection and take appropriate measures...

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