IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

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...

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...

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...

The media sector in the MENA region (Middle East and North-African countries) is experiencing an intense growth in terms of quantity of new players (privatisation in national TV sector and emergence of Pan-Arab satellite channels), which offer diversification, scope of action and technological progress. The existing training opportunities for journalists provided by the training and academic institutes operating in the region are not sufficient in comparison with the needs, in particular in the field of specialised training. The analysis of the current media landscape shows a large...

This proposal seeks support to organise a 3-day national training seminar to foster professional capacities of broadcast journalists in covering climate change issue as well as raise the public awareness about risks of climate change. This seminar will be conducted in order to put this project within the context of the International Conference on Broadcast Media and Climate Change organised by UNESCO in September 2009. The training will aim at building capacity of journalists to cover the issue as well as to localise main points of the Paris Declaration on Broadcast Media and Climate...

In Namibia rural dwellers in the remote areas do not have a platform to present their voices of concerns in a language they understand to those delegated with the responsibility to govern them. However, only few indigenous language newspapers currently exist in Namibia, such as the Caprivi Vision newspaper, which is published in English and Silozi and mainly distributed in the Caprivi region. The lack of training skills in news reporting, graphic design, marketing management and the lack of equipment such as printing facilities and computers still hinder the publication from improving its...

Delays in the area of communication still persist, particularly in rural zones, some of which are still very isolated. Additionally, the Eastern zone, near the border with the Central African Republic, has attracted thousands of refugees fleeing the troubles in their country. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has set up 72 sites to provide shelter for the refugees. To cope with the situation, the World Food Programme (WFP) has implemented communication and foodsupply policies targeting the refugees at the 72 sites. Agents using motorcycles purchased by...

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