IPDC project priority: Community Media Development

This regional project involves community women communicators in Mexico, Nicaragua and Guatemala, with the aim of equipping them with increased knowledge and tools to help end violence against women in communities, particularly against indigenous women. It is based on common characteristics that affect the lives of indigenous women in their communities. The project has been devised by representatives of the Women's Networking Association of Community Radio Broadcasters in all three of the above countries, but will be coordinated in Mexico. Women communicators in these countries have made...

From Radio Farahalnas’ experience as a community radio, young men and women from underserved communities generally feel they are more marginalized than their peers in other areas. They say they are “stigmatized” by poverty, lack of education, and drug abuse and need a chance to prove otherwise and be able to provide or at least discuss solutions to issues that disadvantage their local communities and Jordan at large. With the support of UNESCO, this project seeks to create a core group of 15 motivated young men and women from 3 underserved communities (one in the eastern part of Amman, and...

Article 14 of Algeria's Information Act (no. 90-07 of April 3, 1990) provides for the freedom of all periodical publications. The abolition of the State's monopoly on print media brought in its wake a proliferation of publications. Several publications, however, are subject to the influence of political and business interests, which subverts their editorial independence. Furthermore, the State monopoly in the audio-visual sector continues to remain in force, after timid signs of opening up in 1990 and later in 1997. Although the absence of pluralism at the national level is compensated for...

Nepal's media sector has made great advances in the past two decades, with the introduction of laws ensuring press freedom paving the way for private and community involvement in the media. Today, more than 11 television channels broadcast from Kathmandu, and over 237 radio stations operate within the country, including a substantial number of community radio stations. Community radio has the proven potential to enable marginalized communities to exercise their right to knowledge and information, including them in policy and decision-making processes, and promoting the diversity of their...

According to estimates from media experts, around 40% of the Kyrgyz population living in rural areas does not have access to information. Given that around 65% of the country's entire population lives in rural areas, this represents a worrying statistic. Rural communities are therefore deprived of their right to participate in national and local debates, and to access knowledge on the practices, policies and technologies that help promote sustainable development. This project from community radio station 'Radiomost' will attempt to motivate community members to actively contribute to the...

In recent years, Jordan has witnessed a steady increase in the number of newspapers, private commercial radio and TV stations. However in spite of this liberalization of the media landscape, media content and production at present cater predominantly to the needs of the urban population which is male biased and centralized in the capital of Amman. Local issues receive little coverage and local communities living in rural areas, particularly women, have limited access to media production and are underrepresented. According to the Jordan Media Survey conducted in 2009, radio was found to be...

In comparison to its population size, Ethiopia is served by a relatively small number of private and state-owned television and radio stations. Although these have played a fundamental role in bridging the information gap, certain communities whose languages are not yet covered by the mainstream media remain impoverished in terms of their ability to access information. Community radio has the possibility to reach out to such groups, but at present the majority of community radio stations in Ethiopia are forced to operate with very limited means due to short supply of equipment and lack of...

The Cape Verdean island of São Vicente possesses the highest unemployment rate in the country (23% compared to a national average of 17%), with the situation being worst among women and youths. Consequently, many of these unemployed inhabitants choose to take up an artistic career, contributing to a rich cultural scene. In recent years a National Arts and Crafts Centre has been established in the city of Mindelo, providing support for the production and sale of items made by local crafts people. The São Vicente Town Hall would like to further enhance its support for local artists by...

The creation of 'Bush Radio' in 1992 marked the beginning of a new era in community media in South Africa, with over 120 licensed community radio stations existing today, providing coverage of a wide range of subjects which are of relevance at a local level. Whilst this increased representation of community issues within the media is undoubtedly a positive trend, there is a continued underrepresentation of female community radio presenters which needs to be addressed. This project will train 12 women volunteers and staff from 12 community radio stations in South Africa in order to equip...

Senegal enjoys media diversity in both the broadcasting and print-media sectors, with the 1990s seeing an end to state domination and the emergence of private and community audiovisual media. At present, more than 58 community radios exist within the country, providing communities with the means to access information produced by local people, which is therefore tailored to the needs of a local audience. In spite of occupying this important role however, lack of training among personnel and insufficient financial resources to maintain and replace equipment pose a worrying threat to the...

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