IPDC Project implementation status: Implementation completed

Natural disasters are common occurrences in Costa Rica, with minor earthquakes taking place daily and strong tremors happening several times a year. According to national statistics, the 49 events that occurred between 1980 and 2010 killed 312 people, affected another 1 647 964 and produced damages amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. Such events are major national news items. However, local media in disaster areas are unable to fully inform either the affected population or the national media. A blueprint for emergency response, the Manual for journalists on ethical coverage...

Harassment, intimidation and physical threats against journalists and media professionals increased in the Occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) during the first six months of year 2013, with 113 registered violations. Many of these are against women and are concentrated in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, two impoverished areas with limited access to the outside world. This project therefore targets female journalists in Gaza and the West Bank, providing them with counselling as well as awareness-raising and capacity-building sessions in order to contribute to greater female presence and...

As freedom of expression and the right to access to information among poor and marginalised populations are threatened by aggression directed against journalists, attacks against community radio stations and by conflict situations, the workshop will contribute to strengthening this freedom and this right. The project will also contribute to peace and general safety. On completion of a 4-day workshop, 20 community-radio journalists – including 4 from Côte d'Ivoire, 2 from the Central African Republic, 4 from Senegal and 10 from Mali –, from as many radio stations, will be trained as...

In 2013, the government of El Salvador established the Institute for Access to Public Information to sanction violations of the Access to Public Information Law. However, the general public - particularly rural citizens - lack awareness of the Institute and its mandate. The proposed project will therefore train community journalists in remote areas of El Salvador on how to educate the public on their rights and responsibilities regarding this Law.

Palestine lacks a culture of “citizen journalism”, whereby locals use the media in a systematic way to demand socioeconomic development needs at the local/district level. Thousands of journalists, social media activists and bloggers dedicate great efforts to discussing issues and challenges facing their societies but these efforts are often scattered and lack a specific objective.
 
The Wattan Citizen Journalist Network (WCJN) was created to fill this gap. It aims to provide an open, democratic platform for active social media users, bloggers, journalists and reporters in...

The aim of this project is to promote the gender approach in order to contribute to the creation of an environment that is conducive to freedom of expression among women and radio broadcasters for more widespread popularisation of the culture of equality. One hundred and five external presenters and producers from 70 RIF-member radios stations will be trained in the concepts of gender, climate change and food security. After the training sessions, 70 programmes on climate change and food security will be produced, with the concept of gender as the overarching theme. The programmes will be...

Nicaragua’s indigenous communities have little access to the media, meaning they do not have a platform from which to voice concerns on the besiegement and usurpation of their lands and hence to define their future. Furthermore, the national media fails to convey their aspirations to live on their territories in accordance with their customs, stereotyping them as delinquents and/or land thieves. Local access to a means of communication is therefore vital for the indigenous communities of Nicaragua. This project will facilitate the creation of indigenous media outlets by providing training...

The Central Asian Republics have witnessed a deterioration of freedom of expression in recent years and journalists are paying the price with threats to their safety. Few effective trainings concerning safety are available to journalists working in broadcasting organizations in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan. This project aims to fulfil the need for training in order to create awareness about international standards regarding the safety of journalists among journalists themselves as well as among key stakeholders and institutions, so as to promote freedom of expression and media...

The aim of this project is to allow the female citizens of Ouakam to acquire critical capacity in matters relating to the media, with the aim of strengthening their civic engagement, notably by strengthening their capacity to produce citizen information. At the end of the course, the young women of Ouakam will have acquired expertise and strong skills in issues relating to media literacy and information. They will be able to better evaluate the role of the EMI in strengthening participatory democracy and socio-economic development. This project aims to allow the female citizens of Ouakam...

Violence against media workers and impunity of the perpetrators of such crimes are widespread in Mexico and Central America and have resulted in many deaths. These crimes require adequate safety measures, particularly for journalists working in remote areas who are most at risk. This project will build and launch a sustainable online training system for journalists, available anytime and anywhere within Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Mexico.

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