IPDC project priority: Community Media Development

Initially, the project was aimed at consolidating the spirit of democracy and at strengthening freedom of expression using multimedia tools that make it possible for young people to express themselves freely on subjects of concern to them. The idea was to set up a local youth radio station coupled with a Internet access point to serve as a place where young people could be familiarized with and trained on the use of ICTs, and also to provide a venue for the set-up of a virtual documentation centre. By providing access to ICTs for young people living outside the major cities of Yaoundé and...

The Instituto Costarricense de Enseñanza Radiofónica through its program El Maestro en Casa (The Teacher at Home) gives students the opportunity to go from learning to read and write up to the completion of the high school degree. El Maestro en Casa is an educational program for adults and young people offered in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Education. At present, there are almost one hundred thousand students unrolled in the system. Thanks to this system, age, level of education, occupation, difficulty of transportation or distance of residence from educational centers are no...

Burundi is in a state of crisis' politically, economically, and socially. Since October 1993 the nation has suffered from massive ethnic-based violence, which has resulted in the death of more than 200,000 persons and the displacement of 800,000 others. It has been estimated that nearly 70 percent of Burundi's over 6 million citizens live below the poverty level and only 35 percent of the population over the age of 15 can read and write. Thus, to promote peace in this war-torn region and augment the free exchange of ideas, this project will create a Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) and...

Mkushi district, with a population of around 105,000 is one of the six districts in the Central Province of Zambia. It also has an international boundary shared with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The development of a Community Radio Station would go a long way in serving the people of Mkushi using the native languages (Swaka-Lala) and facilitate development and awareness in the areas of agriculture, health, economic, education, legal, gender, cultural, religious, poverty, alcoholism. Radio programmes in the local language would enable the inhabitants to make informed...

This project involves two community media dedicated to meeting local community interests: Universal Radio (FM 100.3) which is a community radio station working for 22 years in the city of Buenos Aires, with a coverage of 70 kms; and Universal TV colour is a mixed system of TV integrated by a community antenna and a community TV circuit. It has been functioning there (in the same city) for 15 years. The goal of this project is to promote a participatory approach to programming by involving in productions those segments of the community most open to this type of initiative - schools, social...

A pilot effort to connect 13 community radios to the Internet is currently being implemented. Infodev program of the World Bank has granted CEMINA funds to equip these 13 community radios with hardware and training. These radios have been already selected through a public contest and capacity building will be provided. This first group will act as our pilot allowing that we make the necessary adjustments and learn lessons. IPDC funds will be used in order to expand this experience in areas with no connectivity. This pilot proposal addresses the IPDC priorities in the promotion of universal...

Artiletra is the only newspaper situated in the main city of the island of São Vicente. It aims to diversify its readership by addressing children's and young people's issues on a bi-monthly basis.

This project was initiated by the Association of Rural Women of South Cameroon. Its main objective is to enable rural women of South Cameroon to effectively participate in rural development through the setting up of a community radio managed by women and catering to women's needs.

This project provided support for training in radio station management, production techniques and programming content development to the community radio station on Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui. The project also provided some equipment. This project was carried out jointly with Radio Nederland, which provided some technical and financial support.

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