IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

Radio provides a platform for discussion and processing information for the population. With print media unable to reach the illiterate majority and with television still powerless to break through to the majority of the population it has been left to Radio to emerge as the prominent media serving the people from the cities right down to the communities of Afghanistan. Reach remains the sector's largest problem, but sets are within the reach of even many poor families and run off batteries, and there is a long tradition of listening to radio in Afghanistan. Despite efforts undertaken by...

The Press clubs located in the Federally Administrated Tribal Areas (FATA) are under-resourced and underdeveloped. There are seven independent press clubs in the FATA, with the membership of 250+ journalists working with the print and electronic media. In their current form, the press clubs primarily provide a 'journalistic identity' through membership to their members and a platform for the exchange of information. They do not provide a means of broad professional development. Nor is there any formal mechanism for the members of the clubs from different areas to share experiences with...

Climate change already affects every member country in the SADC region: droughts, floods, unseasonable weather events, pests and food shortages. People on the ground need to be empowered by the awareness of the authorities. Broadcasting plays a pivotal role in bringing these urgent issues to the attention of the authorities. Education of the authorities and information of the public will enable them to take informed and responsible decisions. Broadcasters in the region need both the journalistic skills for this programme and the structures through which they can exchange and co-produce...

Animación Andina is a project to train young animators from Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru to produce animation media, primarily targeting children and youth, using the imagery, cultural values and traditional story telling of Andean cultures. Animación Andina will be proposed to public and private media sectors as an educational media tool that can be used in formal school education as well as through informal television viewing. The Andean region, like the rest of Latin America, has a treasure trove of cultural expressions in the plastic arts, as well as in music, literature and...

As the free flow of information and ideas is at the heart of democracy and the cornerstone in human rights, the up-dating of the publication of Freedom of Information: A Comparative Legal Survey in 2008, and its translation into Chinese in 2009 are of great symbolic importance. The dialogue on freedom of information between China and the rest of the world is just beginning and the Chongqing University of China calls on UNESCO to seize an opportunity to capitalize on this unique occasion. This project intends to use the launch of the Chinese translation of the Freedom of Information...

In Lao PDR, mass media has been gradually evolving. An increasing variety of types of media are being used, including newspapers, radio and television. There are both private- and government- owned media. Freedom of expression is guaranteed by the recently endorsed media law. In order to produce quality media, the skills of media professionals need to be developed. In 2004, a Mass Media Bachelor Course was initiated at the Department of Lao Language and Mass Media, Faculty of Letter, National University of Laos. Since its establishment, the Department has been playing a crucial role in...

The Chama district is far away (more than 330 km) from Lusaka, Zambia's capital city where the media industries and institutions are located. The national radio signal barely reaches this province and newspapers: monthlies, weeklies and dailies are a rarity. Most of the citizens of this area end up listening to Malawian radio, even reading newspapers from the same country, which is not ideal for the building of a national identity. The illiteracy rate is very high because of the long distances to schools and the natural barriers like hills and rivers, which lead pupils to drop out of...

The media environment is Kenya is one of tremendous opportunity and challenge. In particular, the medium of radio has rapidly expanded in pluralism and reach. However, the quality of existing training institutions varies enormously, and a strong and well-trained cadre of media professionals is needed. Daystar University has long been known as the premier broadcast training institution in the nation, particularly in the area of radio. In 2008 it was named as a Centre of Reference in journalism by UNESCO and was the first Kenyan university to have a licensed radio station on air. However,...

In Malawi, severe floods occur regularly in six river basin systems. The highest flood frequency has been recorded in the Lower Shire Valley, covering Nsanje and Chikwawa Districts. For the communities living in these areas, better information could considerably lessen human suffering: improved meteorological services giving accurate and timely information about the weather patterns can alert the population to be better prepared for the coming of rains, and hence enable them to move to higher grounds with their livestock to carry educational and medical equipment to safer areas. The...

Lake Bosomtwi cannot be protected or conserved without a cross-cutting and integrated measure. In the past, the communities were small so the traditional chiefs met occasionally in Kumasi and used certain customs and taboos that they all adhered to. Currently, the communities are larger and diverse and beyond the scope of a simple village control. A community radio will allow the communities to interact and learn from each other and introduce community measures for the conservation and protection of the Lake. Furthermore, the communities in the Bosomtwi districts of the Ashanti Region have...

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