IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

In 2008, the Oceania Television Network (OTV) developed the Micronesian island of Palau's first ever television news programme, with the help of financial support from the IPDC. Since its launch, television news has become the primary source of information for the Palauan community - raising awareness and promoting discussion on important political, educational, environmental and social issues. With the exception of Palau however, much of Micronesia does not have access to television news, due to lack of resources in terms of equipment, staff, and training opportunities. This project will...

Media in Egypt occupy a highly influential position within the Arab world, and on a superficial level Egyptian journalists enjoy the right to exercise press freedom, as guaranteed within its Constitution. The reality under the governance of Hosni Mubarak however, saw the press regularly subject to restrictive laws which violated international press freedom standards. In Tunisia too, both the print press and broadcasting media were under tight government control, with President Ben Ali's authorities controlling access to news sources and ensuring online censorship. The recent popular...

The Department of Mass Communication at the University of Lagos has been identified by UNESCO as a potential Centre of Excellence in Journalism Education. It will implement this project in cooperation with two of UNESCO's potential Centres of Reference in Nigeria, namely the Department of Mass Communication at Lagos State Polytechnic, and the Department of Language and Communication Arts at the University of Ibadan. Within this project, the three institutions will work together to harmonize their course content based on the UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education. These three...

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...

Founded in 1977, the School of Journalism in Maputo is a public journalism education institution which has been identified by UNESCO as a potential centre of excellence. Currently around four hundred students are in attendance, completing both graduate and postgraduate level studies. With UNESCO's assistance, the School is continually improving its curricula, however due to the expense of internet in Mozambique, it continues to lack an online teaching platform. This project will provide the training and technical facilities to enable the School of Journalism to provide online courses. The...

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...

In Madagascar, there is an urgent need for a new generation of journalists capable of adapting to the context of local development. The University of Antananarivo's Interdisciplinary and Professional Training Department (DIFP) is committed to addressing this need, in line with its status as a UNESCO Potential Centre of Reference In Madagascar. This project will see the development of a high-level professional programme of study and research in economic journalism, based on the UNESCO Model Curricula. The resulting Masters-2 programme aims not only to train experts in the production of...

Access to accurate and reliable information is a necessity for the people of Pakistan in their struggle for democracy. At present, more than 40% of the Pakistani population lives in poverty, with over than two-thirds of this figure living in rural areas. Some 65% of people living in rural areas are illiterate and lack access to news and information. This project aims to address this worrying statistic by using radio as a means of reaching out and providing a voice to rural communities. A target group of 150 journalists, selected from 25 FM radio stations from smaller towns and rural areas...

In spite of recent developments in the standard of journalism and communication education available in Ghana and the West African sub-region today, there remains scope for this field to be strengthened. The African University College of Communication (AUCC) located in the heart of Accra is willing to embrace this challenge by welcoming the opportunity to introduce the UNESCO Model Curricula into its programme, in order to build upon its reputation as a leading institution in delivering high quality journalism education. This project will see the adaptation of the AUCC Curricula,...

Due to its vast size and economic situation, Mongolia's population suffers from high rates of unemployment, slow expansion of job opportunities, and limited access to healthcare and educational opportunities. These challenges are exacerbated among the 15% of the population belonging to ethnic minorities, due to their remote situation, language barriers and lack of access to information. Over 25 broadcasters currently operate in Mongolia, which can be accessed via increasingly popular satellite receivers. At present however, none of these operators provides a service catering to the...

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