IPDC Project implementation status: Ongoing

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...

Lack of investment in the fast-growing number of small radio stations in Palestine has resulted in reduced professionalism in this largely male dominated sector of the media. NISAA FM however, is an exception to this rule in its aim to bridge the gap in gender inequality by increasing women's connectivity, addressing their needs and interests, and attempting to inspire and empower them with women's success stories. In doing so, it is the first commercial and independent radio station in the Palestinian Territories managed by women and dedicated to women. In this project, NISAA FM aims to...

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...

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...

In recent years, Mauritania has witnessed rapid development of its print media and audiovisual sector, with increased plurality and freedom of expression. However in spite of this favourable environment, media professionals in the country lack specialist and quality training which in turn puts particular strain on public service media due to competition within the audiovisual sector. There is also widespread discrimination against female Mauritanian journalists both in terms of their position within local media organizations and also the topics which they are chosen to report on. The aim...

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 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 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...

The basic human right of freedom of expression is accounted for within Papua New Guinea's Constitution, thus serving as a tool to enhance empowerment of its people and assist in development. At present, the country has two major newspapers in circulation, with a handful of smaller newspapers existing within the main cities. In terms of electronic media, two television stations and two major national radio stations operate, with links to provincial station networks. This national-owned radio network covers most of the major centres, however certain areas remain outside the coverage zone,...

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...

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