IPDC project priority: Community Media Development

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...

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 May 2009, UNESCO's SHS Programme commissioned a feasibility study for a proposed Community Multimedia Centre (CMC) in Rware, Kenya. This study identified a number of concerns and challenges facing the community, including lack of education, unemployment, poor standards of public health and hygiene, lack of food security, and a lack of community involvement in decision-making processes. The setting up of a CMC in Rware was proposed as a means of addressing these issues by serving as a communication and information platform for the community's developmental and social needs. This project...

In recent years, Uganda has witnessed a liberalization and privatization of its broadcasting industry. In terms of radio, this led to an opening-up of the airwaves to provide a platform for political discussion among members of the public, giving constituents the opportunity to transmit their views on public policy to their representatives. This has greatly empowered local citizens to enhance their role in policy-making processes. The National Foundation for Democracy and Human Rights in Uganda (NAFODU) has built on this positive trend by collaborating with the Partnership for Transparency...

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 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...

Ghana's media landscape has witnessed a proliferation of media houses in the past twenty years, with the country now boasting over 130 FM radio stations, 16 TV channels and over 300 newspapers. Unfortunately however, many of these media houses are dominated by commercialism and political agendas, and tend to lack plurality in terms of content and orientation. Community radios by contrast, are not driven by profit and propaganda, and therefore have the potential to change lives through better and increased access to information of social significance. This project aims to provide the...

Although the war has now ended in many parts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Sud-Kivu province continues to endure confrontation between rival groups, with women and young people among the main victims subjected to rape, mutilation and other acts of extreme violence. The absence of community media combined with the expense of other forms of media in this area mean that many of its largely impoverished inhabitants do not have access to information. This project aims to give a voice to these individuals by setting up a radio station capable of serving thirteen villages...

The public's perception of the role of television and radio in Saint Lucia is that they exist primarily for entertainment purposes as opposed to being an avenue to voice concerns and express views on issues that impact directly on daily lives in the community. Although 'call-in programmes' and 'talk shows' do exist, the subjects are almost always chosen by the producers and tend to be tailored to an urban audience. This project will develop a community radio station, entitled Harmony FM, to develop human and technical capacity within the community in order to allow the sharing of...

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