IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

During a crucial time of change in Chad's legal and local governmental structure, the Haut Conseil de la Communication (HCC) has highlighted the need to strengthen the capacities of public and private media to provide participatory support during elections. With the recent introduction of laws authorizing the publication of partial results and the broadcasting of commentaries on electoral processes, the responsibility of the media to ensure transparency and credibility is even more pertinent. Unfortunately however, the HCC's role as the media regulatory body in Chad is limited, due to a...

Ghana's media landscape has witnessed a proliferation of media houses in the past twenty years, with the country now boasting over 130 FM radio stations, 16 TV channels and over 300 newspapers. Unfortunately however, many of these media houses are dominated by commercialism and political agendas, and tend to lack plurality in terms of content and orientation. Community radios by contrast, are not driven by profit and propaganda, and therefore have the potential to change lives through better and increased access to information of social significance. This project aims to provide the...

The incidence of natural disasters in Bangladesh has risen in recent years, a trend which many attribute to climate change. With this rise we have also seen a change in attitudes relating to disaster management, with the focus turning increasingly towards risk management as opposed to response and relief. Many believe that the media should also adapt its focus to reflect this change by reporting not only during the post-disaster phase, but also before a disaster occurs, in an effort to educate the public about the risks and hazards and to influence policy changes. This project will deliver...

Although the media landscape of the Central African Republic has enjoyed a liberalization in recent times, it has not yet been able to achieve its full expression due to the military and political crises which have plagued the country. In post-conflict countries such as the Central African Republic, the media occupies an important role in strengthening democracy and human rights, and promoting freedom of expression. This depends largely on journalists' ability to provide reliable information through professional and responsible reporting. For this reason, journalism training, and...

In spite of continued attacks on press freedom experienced by Togo's press sector, the publication 'Liberté' has succeeded amid the adverse conditions, going from a weekly to a daily publication in the space of four years following its launch in 2005. Today, the publication seeks to further push the boundaries by developing its publishing and web capabilities in an effort to get closer to rural populations. At present, Liberté's attempts to reach out to the rural Togolese population are limited by the fact that it (as with most of Togo's press media) is based in the capital city of Lomé,...

Journalists and media outlets in Kazakhstan are frequently subjected to law suits from both individuals and organizations with libel and defamation charges, often resulting in the closure of media outlets due to bankruptcy, as well as the threat of imprisonment for journalists. The stimulus for such law suits is often media articles or reports based on unverified or unreliable information, resulting from a fundamental lack of legal knowledge on the part of journalists and media managers. At present, very little time is devoted to covering the subjects of libel and defamation within...

The creation of 'Bush Radio' in 1992 marked the beginning of a new era in community media in South Africa, with over 120 licensed community radio stations existing today, providing coverage of a wide range of subjects which are of relevance at a local level. Whilst this increased representation of community issues within the media is undoubtedly a positive trend, there is a continued underrepresentation of female community radio presenters which needs to be addressed. This project will train 12 women volunteers and staff from 12 community radio stations in South Africa in order to equip...

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia now guarantees freedom of information and freedom of expression within its Constitution. A structured and vibrant media environment is therefore required in order to fully take advantage of these new legal developments. The Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency (ERTV) is currently the most widely transmitted station in the country. It encounters difficulties however, in obtaining adequate assistance from its partners and this is partly due to a lack training among its staff members. This project therefore aims to tackle this issue by providing a...

In recent years there has been an increased demand for more participatory forms of media in the Pacific region, thus accounting for the emergence of community radios in certain areas. Community radios are important tools for development since they enable the participation of marginalized groups in the development process by offering a platform for democratic discourse. Unfortunately however, many rural dwellers in the Pacific are still unable to access radio due to technical challenges. Furthermore, the scope of existing Community Radios to exercise their full potential as development...

In comparison to its population size, Ethiopia is served by a relatively small number of private and state-owned television and radio stations. Although these have played a fundamental role in bridging the information gap, certain communities whose languages are not yet covered by the mainstream media remain impoverished in terms of their ability to access information. Community radio has the possibility to reach out to such groups, but at present the majority of community radio stations in Ethiopia are forced to operate with very limited means due to short supply of equipment and lack of...

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