IPDC project priority: Community Media Development

Since the 90s, the political situation in Côte d'Ivoire has been particularly unsettled. And unfortunately, with each crisis, journalists have always been singled out as targets. Underlying these assaults on Ivorian journalists' and media professionals' physical and moral integrity is the widely held view that journalists do not always exercise their profession in a professional manner. According to a number of observers, this is due to a lack of knowledge, on the part of journalists, of the rules of their profession and the legislative and regulatory frameworks governing the media and...

To that end, AUCC has developed both a Climate Change course for its final year (Level 400) students, and also a 2-4 week training course for journalists currently employed in the field. The broad aim of these courses is to educate the journalists on climate change in order to equip them to educate their communities on the need to protect and sustain Planet Earth in order to guarantee quality human life. Training people to become effective journalists is important because journalists help the communication process at two levels: (1) analysis to bring sense and structure out of the never-...

The proposed project with a theme of “Developing leadership skill and Enhancing photojournalism skills” aims to create independent and self-confident senior women journalists as well as to produce a well skilled body of photojournalists who have the required competencies to produce quality media outputs with the required media quality standards in order to inspire development and learning through an increasingly gender sensitive media environment. This project’s primary objective is to build the capacity of 20 senior women journalists in leadership knowledge and skills as well as enhance...

Valley fm is a community based radio which broadcasts from the picturesque town, Worcester, in the Western Cape where a large number of residents are farm dwellers and radio is the most accessible and costeffective communication medium for these rural dwellers. The station reaches and represents the listeners of the Breede Valley, Witzenberg and Langeberg municipal areas (Cape Winelands District, Western Cape) who are 121 000 (RAMS January 2013) listeners. The station broadcasts in three languages: Afrikaans (80%), isiXhosa (15%) and English (5%) covering 28 towns in a region where media...

Swaziland remains the only absolute monarchy in Africa and this by and large defines the media landscape in the country. The print media industry is dominated by two players – Times of Swaziland Group of Newspapers and Observer Group of Newspapers. The former, which is private, publishes three Englishlanguage newspapers: the daily Times of Swaziland and the weekly Swazi News and Times of Swaziland Sunday. Owned by the royal conglomerate Tibiyo Taka Ngwane, the latter publishes three English-language newspapers: the daily Swazi Observer and weekly Observer Saturday and Observer Sunday. The...

Traditional media as well as citizen journalism have played an important role in setting the stage for change in the country. In the upcoming period and in the context of transition toward democracy, Egyptian media has a higher responsibility to raise awareness on political, social and cultural issues in Egyptian society such as the recognition of an individual’s right to freedom of expression. The wide notion of journalism has been reconsidered in Egypt and in the Arab world, with the massive use of non-professional footage by traditional channels such as Al Jazeera and the fast...

In 2008, the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh passed the RTI Ordinance. The subsequent ratification of the Ordinance resulted in the adoption of the RTI Act 2009 by Bangaldesh’s present Government. One of the most important and potentially far-reaching legislations enacted by the Parliament of Bangladesh, the Act was a major step towards enabling access to information and promoting freedom of expression, press freedom, good governance and transparency. The campaign for the right to information (RTI) in the country has been a long and ongoing one, waged by journalists, development workers...

In order for journalism to serve as a tool that fosters sustainable development, media professionals need to possess the right skills and equipment that allows them to develop communication strategies that serve their community. The capacity building of media professionals must be geared towards developing approaches that promote dialogue for the solution of social problems.
 
Capacity building for media professionals is often not readily available making the lack of communication yet another obstacle for development. It is imperative that media professionals around the globe...

The Project, Community Radio-Community Participation in Local Governance (CR-CPLG), will enhance the expansion of over 700,000 people’s access to communication. It will afford rural and marginalized communities, in the Central Region of Ghana, to exercise their right to communicate and, through and alongside this, their right to participate in and drive the process of development and empowerment.

 

The country’s population of about 24.4 million (2010 population census), “is predominantly rural” where 62% of the population reside and where poverty levels are high. (Gender...

In the face of heightening local and international concerns about the Liberia media being in harms way, this project is intended to research the safety issues impacting media practice using the UNESCO indicators. Among other things, four regional cluster sampling will be used as one strategy of gathering data to be analyzed and published. Cluster 1 will include River Gee, Grand Kru, Sinoe and Maryland who will be hosted in Grand Gedeh. Cluster 2 will include Nimba, Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Lofa to be hosted in Gbarnga, Bong County. Cluster 3 will include Cape Mount, Gbarpolu, Bomi who...

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