IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

Despite the large numbers of media houses and people employed in Grenada's media relative to the country's size, the absence of a tertiary-level media training institution means that many of its journalists are unqualified. This, combined with the low salaries offered to journalists, presents cause for major concern amongst members of the Media Association of Grenada (MWAG), as the profession offers unappealing prospects to school and college graduates. MWAG is responding to this concern by providing training in print and broadcast journalism to media practitioners in Grenada, with a view...

The Cape Verdean island of São Vicente possesses the highest unemployment rate in the country (23% compared to a national average of 17%), with the situation being worst among women and youths. Consequently, many of these unemployed inhabitants choose to take up an artistic career, contributing to a rich cultural scene. In recent years a National Arts and Crafts Centre has been established in the city of Mindelo, providing support for the production and sale of items made by local crafts people. The São Vicente Town Hall would like to further enhance its support for local artists by...

The absence of a media complaints mechanism in Swaziland has led to a lack of trust of the media sector by the majority of citizens. In an effort to address the issue, the Cabinet of the Kingdom of Swaziland has endorsed the creation of a Media Commission Bill which would seek to regulate the media. However, this has been met with opposition by many media stakeholders who feel strongly that the media sector should be self-regulated and not subject to government control, particularly since the country's media landscape is at present dominated by state-owned channels. Media organizations...

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...

Since the outbreak of war in 1991, Somalia has ranked among the world's most dangerous and violent countries. With many journalists fleeing the country, this had a massive negative effect on the amount and quality of news coverage of the political and humanitarian crisis. Access to verified and relevant information within Somalia and in neighboring refugee camps is difficult and with the conflict continuing into its 20th year, it is becoming increasingly important to bring about change to the situation. The United Nations news agency, Integrated Regional Information Network (IRIN) has a...

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...

Under Malawi's new Republican Constitution, freedom of expression is guaranteed by law, therefore granting its media the chance to operate in a free environment. By contrast, on the topic of freedom of access to information, work remains to be done. The National Media Institute of Malawi (NAMISA) has been at the forefront of campaigns for the enactment of an Access to Information Bill. Thus far, this work has been without positive results with one of the major obstacles being a common misconception on the part of local politicians and members of the public that access to information is...

In May 2009, UNESCO's SHS Programme commissioned a feasibility study for a proposed Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Rware, Kenya. This study identified a number of concerns and challenges facing the community, including lack of education, unemployment, poor standards of public health and hygiene, lack of food security, and a lack of community involvement in decision-making processes. The setting up of a CMC in Rware was proposed as a means of addressing these issues by serving as a communication and information platform for the community's developmental and social needs. This project...

In recent years, the internet has become the dominant force in directing media strategy. In light of this, broadcasters are establishing new objectives in terms of network-based production and cooperation, parallel post-production, adaptation of themes to different media, each with a specific form and treatment. This process involves producing search-engine interpretable content since the main idea driving the Web is to make content accessible and understandable. It is therefore essential to train radio and television production staff in new media, to allow them to better disseminate...

At present, African public radio broadcasting is limited by a general lack in the necessary resources required to develop and produce high quality programming content on a regional or national level. There is also an urgent need to provide public radio production staff with training in new transmitting techniques, in order not only to provide cheaper means of transferring programmes but also to establish links with foreign counterparts for co-production and exchanges. This project will attempt to address this need by training personnel from 18 African radios (nine of which are located in...

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