IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

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...

Media is a powerful tool in promoting peace-building activities by challenging misperceptions and promoting tolerance, collaboration and reconciliation between conflicting parties across all levels of society. Following the collapse of the Former Regime, Iraq has seen the emergence of a vibrant new media community which in recent years has played a highly active role in the conflict. However, many of its media outlets are owned by political parties and have been used as propaganda tools in an attempt to advance the parties' own agendas, whilst other independent outlets have received...

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,...

The reform of Tanzania's economic and political systems has had a major effect on its media industry, with massive private investment resulting in a proliferation of media outlets and the emergence of new media. The consequential increase in demand for journalists led to an upsurge in the establishment of media training institutions offering certificates and diplomas. Unfortunately however, the majority of these establishments did not adhere to the required standards of the National Accreditation Council for Technical Education (NACTE). In 2006, the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) set...

Access to knowledge and information is of paramount importance in improving the lives of poor and marginalized communities. In Bangladesh, the three primary sources of broadcast media (namely government-owned public service media, private media, and international media) do not effectively cater to the needs and expectations of these marginalized communities since their information sources tend to be centralized and aimed at profit-making. Community radio however, has the proven potential to remedy this situation by giving marginalized rural communities a voice and the opportunity to take...

Over 80% of Egyptian journalists work in the capital city of Cairo. The remaining 20% are local correspondents, lacking in professional training and opportunities for professional exchange, as well as access to new knowledge on technological advances in multimedia. Due to this need for improvement in the standard of Egypt's local press, the Egyptian Journalists Syndicate (EJS) called on 2011 to be the year of empowering the local correspondent. Enhancing the capacity of local media can have a positive impact on local communities by reflecting their diversity and highlighting important...

Despite being accounted for within its Constitution, there is an overall need to address the issues of freedom of expression and freedom of information in Tanzania today. This is of particular concern among the rural population whom, as a result of low literacy levels, are more prone to fall victim to the commercial interests of the majority of media owners. More needs to be done to cater to the information needs of the Tanzanian population, particularly in terms of providing information on social and political matters. Tanzania's Kahama District is one such example of an area where access...

The media has the potential to raise public awareness on important issues such as climate change. At present however, its capacity is not being fully exercised. This is largely due to a lack of understanding of the subject matter on the part of media professionals, resulting in reports which are laden with technical terms and lacking explanation of how the issue of climate change impacts on people's daily lives. The problem is particularly relevant in Iran, given its hot, dry climate and heavy dependence on the agriculture sector where water is of critical importance. This project...

The Malian media sector has undergone significant liberalization and development following the advent of democracy in 1991, with the country boasting some 241 private radio stations in 2010, according to a survey conducted by the media union, URTEL. However in spite of this apparently vibrant media environment, radio coverage is unevenly distributed across the country, with some communities continuing to be deprived of their right to access media and information sources. One such example is the rural commune of Sirakoro, which currently has no local radio, and only sporadic reception of...

The Kingdom of Tonga is one of the few remaining monarchies in the world. The country is currently undergoing a period of radical change in the switch from a constitutional monarchy to a parliamentary system with elected representatives. This will greatly affect the way in which the Tongan society is governed, and media can play an important role in helping society to navigate through this crucial transition period. It is therefore essential to train media staff in order to facilitate this supportive role. The Tongan Broadcasting Corporation (TBC) is the national broadcaster in the Kingdom...

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