IPDC project priority: Community Media Development

There are hundreds of CLCs around Nepal, but only a handful of operative and self-sufficient CMCs. A proper network among these centres, starting from fewer districts, could become a fundamental awareness and information channel for communities. Although the quality and diversity of media are increasing in more populated areas, this is not true in remote areas. There, the often illiterate population has to receive information largely from local radio, and not enough quality information is available. CMCs practitioners have not received professional training, some are not well informed...

In Namibia rural dwellers in the remote areas do not have a platform to present their voices of concerns in a language they understand to those delegated with the responsibility to govern them. However, only few indigenous language newspapers currently exist in Namibia, such as the Caprivi Vision newspaper, which is published in English and Silozi and mainly distributed in the Caprivi region. The lack of training skills in news reporting, graphic design, marketing management and the lack of equipment such as printing facilities and computers still hinder the publication from improving its...

Media pluralism is a recent phenomenon in Chad, so much so that, as is often the case in countries in which pluralism of expression is embraced against a backdrop of poverty, the professional challenges are multiple. Today, however, the Chadian media can be viewed as a vanguard in pluralism of expression. Nevertheless, Chadian journalists are threatened and arrested in the exercise of their profession, and the media landscape is characterized by a lack of training among journalists, in writing for radio for production techniques, and among first-level maintenance technicians, as well as a...

Nkhata Bay (and Usisya, the location where the radio will be installed), are in a 'shadow area' of the communication and information services. Radio signals from the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and other radio stations barely reach the district, and the citizens have now resorted to Tanzanian Radio stations, thus adversely affecting a sense of belonging to the Malawi nation. The lack of a relevant medium of communication has meant that the population cannot meaningfully participate in issues relating to the rule of law, human rights, development and decision-making. Rural women and...

New needs have been identified in Bolivia, namely: The indigenous Chiquitano organisations currently possess two FM transmitters, and a third on the way, all inspired by the Bolivian vision of community radio. However, the long-term viability of the equipment is jeopardised by the lack of human-resources trained in the production of multi-format radio material ; The indigenous organisations do not have a web site promoting their culture and the work they accomplish in their communities ; Media workers need to be provided with appropriate tools for training and facilitating information...

Somalia's media has evolved since it first blossomed in 1991, with private newspapers that were aimed at a rather narrow urban, literate and politicized elite, up to the time when it became a much more populist, commercial and community-based media with a tendency to side with various clans. The increase in the number of media outlets has corresponded with the arrival on the labour market of a generation of journalists, unskilled in either the basics of the profession or its ethical requirements. May be the largest obstacle to professional reporting remains the lack of education and...

Due to geographical barriers (enclaves, dense forest,?), the radio broadcasting media cannot cover the entire national territory, or at least inhabited zones. The Dienga district and its environs is in one of these uncovered zones. What this means is that only a fraction of the population has access to information, and then with great difficulty. Community radio is therefore seen as an effective alternative for enabling public access to information. While the press receives grants from the State, this is not the case for radio and television. As such, despite the importance of community...

The communities in the south are isolated and indigenous ? Mopan and Q'eqchi' Maya. Unfortunately, radio cannot reach many of these villages due to the terrain. This is particularly problematic because these villages also are home to poor, marginalized indigenous people who need access to information and communications technologies. It is imperative that local Maya receive accurate and up-to-date information. Given its accessibility and cost-effectiveness, community radio represents a democratic and participatory medium. People can be united by community radio. Tumul K'in Learning Center...

The population in the Palestinian territories is overwhelmingly young and exposed to a significant amount of stress and violence on daily basis, economical and social hardship and exclusion affecting their opportunities and abilities to build meaningful lives. As a result of ongoing occupation, internal violence and lack of political horizon, the young Palestinians have a general feeling of loss of hope, isolation and being irrelevant, and are becoming more marginalized in the society and more radicalized than their parents. Young Palestinians have few opportunities to express themselves,...

Samfya is about 700 kilometres from Lusaka the capital city of the country which is also the country's media. hub. The national radio signal barely reaches this area and the country's newspapers comprising of a few dailies and rare weeklies, all based in Lusaka, reach this area with stale information and often of less relevance to the people of this district who eke a living as subsistence farmers and fishermen. Poverty is rife in this district so are problems of the communities' livelihoods. Realising this, communities have united to find common solutions to their very precarious...

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