IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

Senegal enjoys media diversity in both the broadcasting and print-media sectors, with the 1990s seeing an end to state domination and the emergence of private and community audiovisual media. At present, more than 58 community radios exist within the country, providing communities with the means to access information produced by local people, which is therefore tailored to the needs of a local audience. In spite of occupying this important role however, lack of training among personnel and insufficient financial resources to maintain and replace equipment pose a worrying threat to the...

The Kingdom of Tonga is one of the few remaining monarchies in the world. The country is currently undergoing a period of radical change in the switch from a constitutional monarchy to a parliamentary system with elected representatives. This will greatly affect the way in which the Tongan society is governed, and media can play an important role in helping society to navigate through this crucial transition period. It is therefore essential to train media staff in order to facilitate this supportive role. The Tongan Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) is the national broadcaster in the Kingdom...

Since the early 90s, Gabon's media landscape has undergone dramatic development, with freedom of expression being recognized and guaranteed by law, resulting in media pluralism and diversity. Unfortunately however, there has been a lack of attention awarded to the implementation of structures for the training of professionals in communication/media, with the majority of communication professionals being forced to train either on the job or abroad. Furthermore, those individuals who do undertake training are often attracted by the more favourable conditions of employment within the...

In recent years, cases of abductions and violence against journalists and media workers in Eastern Africa have increased at an alarming rate, particularly during election periods. The majority of these cases remain unresolved due to a lack of credible investigative and legal procedures. Such violations deprive citizens of their fundamental right to freely seek and receive information and express ideas, as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Civil and Political Rights and the African Charter on Human and People's Rights. At present however, no formal...

Gender Links (GL) has conducted audits within institutions of higher learning in Southern Africa to determine if and how gender has been integrated in journalism and media education. From this research, it emerged that educators are generally willing to integrate gender into curriculum, but do not always have the capacity to do so. This project aims to address this issue by mainstreaming gender within journalism and media education and training curricula. In doing so, a foundation course will be developed and published, and six educators of Potential Centres of Excellence of Journalism and...

In 2008, events relating to the arrest of journalists and police raids on the premises of a local private radio station caused Mauritius to drop 21 places on the Global Media Freedom Index by Reporters without Borders. In the same year, the African Media Barometer reiterated this negative trend by underlining that the state-controlled operator 'MBC', which dominates Mauritian television, is highly political and propagandist in terms of content and influence. Further shortcomings also exist within the profit-driven private media sector, particularly in terms of its portrayal of women. This...

The Faculty of Communication and Information within the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Zimbabwe offers both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Journalism and Media Studies (JMS). It aims to provide the optimum balance between theoretical and practical aspects of journalism. Its good intentions are hindered however by a lack of adequate facilities and skilled trainers, presenting serious problems when attempting to align its curriculum with international standards such as UNESCO's Model Curricula in Journalism Education. The economic hardships experienced...

The Asia Pacific Broadcasting Union's Children Item-Exchange Meeting was founded in 1992 to provide an annual occasion for producers of children's television in the Asia-Pacific region to meet, exchange ideas and learn from each other. These capacity-building meetings have made a substantial contribution to improving the quality of children's programmes produced by ABU members. In order to continue this strive to improve the standard of children's TV in Asia, this project aims to facilitate exchange opportunities among producers in the Asia-Pacific region to enhance the use of the...

CESTI is a Dakar University institute whose main role is to train journalists and media practitioners and to conduct fundamental and applied research in Information Sciences and Technologies. It caters not only to students from Senegal, but also to students from around twelve African countries. CESTI currently offers a Master's Programme which needs to incorporate major development issues in a more effective and professional manner. This challenge involves training journalists and media technicians who possess the skills to navigate effectively around the media world and are capable of...

Access to information is of paramount importance in enabling economic, political and social development of Central Asian countries in their fight against corruption. In recent years, developments have been made in this area, with the passing of laws on Access to Information in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan occurring in 2006 and 2008 respectively, and discussions for a law on Access to Public Information in Kazakhstan being initiated in 2010. In spite of this progress however, Central Asian mass media continue to encounter problems in accessing information, with the 'Adil Soz' Foundation...

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