IPDC project priority: Community Media Development

In many rural areas of Nepal, Community Radios (CR) represent the only form of media available, providing services to the marginalized and disadvantaged people who have often been ignored by mainstream media. With the continued increase of the CRs, effective implementation of a Code of Conduct has become vital to build on self-regulatory mechanisms in enhancing CR professionals’ unbiased coverage, honesty, accuracy and reliability. This project will establish a mechanism to hold CRs accountable to play a greater role as a watchdog. Self-regulation is a function that lies at the very the...

Media in Bhutan has undergone considerable growth after the establishment of democracy in 2008. Today, mass communication in Bhutan encompasses both traditional and New Media technologies, ranging from newspapers, radio and TV to mobile phones and the internet. According to a UNESCO-supported Media Development Assessment (MDA) conducted in Bhutan in 2010, there are vital elements missing in the media landscape which need to be addressed. These include policy and legal frameworks to support the growth of media; Right to Information laws to ensure transparency and good governance; Fiscal and...

There are more than ten thousand low-power radios in Brazil, most of them community radios. The applicable law on community radios, 9.612/98, imposes many limitations on their activities, including preventing community radio stations from broadcasting advertisements or belonging to a network, thus constraining their potential. Community radio stations throughout Brazil exist despite the lack of training policies or subsidies for improved development of communication activities, leading to problems in sustainability and a tendency to copy commercial models of communication.
 
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The means of creating and maintaining effective, culturally appropriate radio learning programmes on-air requires consistent support. This project presents opportunities for long term partnership solutions to this problem, expanding networks of collaboration and enhancing the long-term development of community media in the Caribbean. Its purpose is to train social development workers to create community radio content as another platform for participatory communication with vulnerable groups. Participants will include healthcare workers, social workers, teachers and police officers who will...

The purpose of this project is to establish and make operational a sustainable Radio Station and Community Multimedia Centre at the Youth Training Centre to service the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Community in recognition that they are a special needs, high risk community of over 4000 members, and therefore to increase the diversity of media and impact positively on Press Freedom. The Trinidad Youth Council is also motivated by the empirical findings of Ito and DiClemente, showing the benefits of engaging Youth in learning processes that involve the use of Digital Media and its implication...

By taking advantage of the great potential of community radios to reach out to people and actively engage them in rights-related issues, this project will create a network of immigrant community journalists to promote gender-awareness issues, freedom of expression and immigrants´ and refugees´ rights. In addition, this project will promote and strengthen female participation and leadership in the media. Immigrant women in Argentina face numerous obstacles to accessing basic rights, such as health services (for themselves and their children) and social services. Domestic violence in...

This project aims to promote social, political and economic participation of women in society by fostering the generation of adequate information for community radio programming, using a rights-based approach that reflects a true and valued image of women and unmasks the power relations between men and women. The importance of working with community radios becomes evident when it is considered that the media forms public opinions, spread messages and can incite a change of cultural and social practices. According to a media analysis carried out in 2009 in Paraguay, newspaper articles...

In Bolivia, radio is one of the mainstays of grassroots communication, promoting the return to democracy and giving a voice to the Aymara, Quechua and Guaraní cultures. These cultures now receive information in their own languages, on topics of their interest, thereby empowering communities and making their reality more visible. However, the Afro-Bolivian culture (located mainly in the Los Yungas zone of Bolivia) has unfortunately not been represented this way. Their reality has little visibility in the private and public media, with very few Afro-Bolivian communicators in the media....

Rural and indigenous communities in Mexico are culturally and traditionally patriarchal and adult-centered. In this context, women are discriminated against, and girls even more so due to their age. That is why it is crucial to focus work on girls and on generating a culture of participatory work as opposed to focusing on adults and machoism. Despite the fact that the association Community Communication has worked with all age groups, it considers that working with children and youth creates a greater impact on the long-term social development of a community. Indeed, the integral...

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...

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