IPDC project priority: Community television

In Asia there is need to equip the key country actors and promoters with information resource and bring the general citizenries to a higher level of awareness / understanding about community radio. It is also necessary to train civil society as well as policy makers and local government authorities concept, processes, functioning of community radio. This project seeks to create large pool of trainers in the countries(Bangladesh, Laos, India, Indonesia and Philippines) through a series of training of trainers courses. In this effect, a curriculum for community radio training will be...

The contribution of Thai women to national socio-economic development is tremendous but is not adequately recognized at all levels. Women's concerns and interests are often overlooked and not seen as priorities. Good governance seems will not be complete if women's voices are not heard and an unequal participation of women and men in public life prevails. To promote gender sensitivity, particularly in local governance, it is necessary to break the silence around the issues that rural women have been facing like violence, discriminatory beliefs and practices in education and employment, and...

Delays in the area of communication still persist, particularly in rural zones, some of which are still very isolated. Additionally, the Eastern zone, near the border with the Central African Republic, has attracted thousands of refugees fleeing the troubles in their country. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has set up 72 sites to provide shelter for the refugees. To cope with the situation, the World Food Programme (WFP) has implemented communication and foodsupply policies targeting the refugees at the 72 sites. Agents using motorcycles purchased by...

The media boom in Uganda is concentrated in urban areas, elitist, and commercially driven. The rural poor and illiterate are generally excluded as they don't influence or, participate actively in the programmes; the programmes do not promote their cultural identity, basic developmental needs like, primary healthcare, good governance at local levels, basic public education, agriculture or trade but instead focus on popular global issues. The establishment of the first Ugandan telecentre at Nakaseke (1997) and later upgraded by UNESCO into a CMC, opened a ray of hope and opportunity for the...

Lake Bosomtwi cannot be protected or conserved without a cross-cutting and integrated measure. In the past, the communities were small so the traditional chiefs met occasionally in Kumasi and used certain customs and taboos that they all adhered to. Currently, the communities are larger and diverse and beyond the scope of a simple village control. A community radio will allow the communities to interact and learn from each other and introduce community measures for the conservation and protection of the Lake. Furthermore, the communities in the Bosomtwi districts of the Ashanti Region have...

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,...

No local television station, including OTV, provides daily or weekly newscasts. Other than TV, there are no opportunities available for television journalists. Nearly every household, in even the most remote areas of Palau, has a television and receives OTV through the National Cable system. OTV is Palau's only television station that operates with public/private cooperation and provides both commercial programming and public access. OTV is the most watched channel in the nation and has absolutely no political affiliation. Capacity building of community news media will allow OTV to train...

In terms of broadcasting, all stations in Sarawak are either under the Information Ministry or commercial broadcasters, leaving no room for community media. Strong laws such as the Printing Presses and Publications Act and the Official Secrets Act prevent the media from being independent and plural. Communities that lack resources or political connections cannot have their own newspaper or radio station. As a result, there are no community media in any format that exist to support indigenous communities and individuals. Newspapers in Sarawak seldom report on controversies concerning...

Taking into consideration that 93% of all Nicaraguan municipalities have already access to highspeed digital transmission and will have broadband Internet in near future, the proposed project will put the technology advances at the service for the community RTVS, enabling them to interchange at low cost and even live on air locally-produced contents throughout the country. This facility: The National Network for Online Interchange of Audio-Visual Content and its central server will be operated by a Cooperative formed out of participating Community RTVS and technically supported by the...

Ghana is a democratic country with a pluralistic media environment, but for the communities in the Nanumba districts of the Northern Region, that freedom is less meaningful since they have no access to any mass media. Unfortunately, the past 25 years have witnessed 20 destructive ethnic conflicts in Northern Ghana. An information needs assessment conducted in the area indicates that communities have no source of reliable and relevant information. The only radio signal that reaches the area is the national network of the national broadcasting service, the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC...

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