IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

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...

Nepal's media sector has made great advances in the past two decades, with the introduction of laws ensuring press freedom paving the way for private and community involvement in the media. Today, more than 11 television channels broadcast from Kathmandu, and over 237 radio stations operate within the country, including a substantial number of community radio stations. Community radio has the proven potential to enable marginalized communities to exercise their right to knowledge and information, including them in policy and decision-making processes, and promoting the diversity of their...

Although the war has now ended in many parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Sud-Kivu province continues to endure confrontation between rival groups, with women and young people among the main victims subjected to rape, mutilation and other acts of extreme violence. The absence of community media combined with the expense of other forms of media in this area mean that many of its largely impoverished inhabitants do not have access to information. This project aims to give a voice to these individuals by setting up a radio station capable of serving thirteen villages...

Although major advances have been made in increasing media diversity and pluralism in Eastern Africa, some countries in the region continue to be subject to repressive media laws and policies curtailing media freedom. Such laws and policies create a restrictive environment for media practitioners, and impinge media development in the long term. Therefore a progressive campaign for just and democratic media laws is necessary if Eastern Africa is to make a successful transition to democracy. This project will assist in developing a network of media practitioners campaigning for media law...

Great progress has been made in recent years in developing the Maldivian media, with 2007 witnessing the issuing of licenses for the first private broadcasting stations as well as the formulation of six media-related bills, one of which has been adopted. Much work is still required however, particularly in providing training for the country's media professionals, and in further developing the legal framework with special regard to freedom of expression. This was reiterated by last year's media development assessment in the Maldives (carried out using UNESCO's Media Development Indicators...

In recent years the media environment in Equatorial Guinea has undergone a number of developments leading to greater freedom of expression and improved media freedom. However, unlike neighbouring countries which have witnessed a proliferation of media organizations, Equatorial Guinea has only two television channels, four radio stations, and a handful of newspapers which are not published on a regular basis. This is partly accounted for by a lack of trained media professionals, with less than 4% of those employed by the national television station (TVGE) having undergone university...

Daystar University in Kenya and the University of Makerere in Uganda have been recognized as leading mass media training institutions in East Africa. However, as the media sector responds to technological advances and the emergence of new media, there is increasing pressure on the universities to mirror this trend and re-examine their curriculum. There is also a need to upgrade the teaching capacity of their staff members and provide training on the new trends and technologies which have emerged in recent times. This project will align the training programmes of each higher education...

According to estimates from media experts, around 40% of the Kyrgyz population living in rural areas does not have access to information. Given that around 65% of the country's entire population lives in rural areas, this represents a worrying statistic. Rural communities are therefore deprived of their right to participate in national and local debates, and to access knowledge on the practices, policies and technologies that help promote sustainable development. This project from community radio station 'Radiomost' will attempt to motivate community members to actively contribute to the...

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...

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...

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