Regions: Asia and the Pacific

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...

There is an enormous demand in the media sector for skilled media professionals. It is estimated that there are approximately 10,000 journalists working in Nepal, most of whom have not received any form of training. Following this project, NPI will have increased its the capacity to provide training to newspaper and radio journalists who live outside of Kathmandu and who do not have access to other media training opportunities. A major problem in Nepal is that the workforce in the media is largely unskilled. Untrained journalists are easily influenced and manipulated by political and other...

The proposal is framed by concerns about the severe repressions against the media and freedom of expression in Fiji, and fears across the region about the potential for a domino effect on other Pacific Island States. This project will therefore seek to address problems which weaken free media and pluralistic media development, while enhancing the professional capacity of media workers and their organisations, though provision of training identified as a key need for the region. By building on the experience of the IFJ, notably in South Asia, to create national and regional networks through...

Radio provides a platform for discussion and processing information for the population. With print media unable to reach the illiterate majority and with television still powerless to break through to the majority of the population it has been left to Radio to emerge as the prominent media serving the people from the cities right down to the communities of Afghanistan. Reach remains the sector's largest problem, but sets are within the reach of even many poor families and run off batteries, and there is a long tradition of listening to radio in Afghanistan. Despite efforts undertaken by...

Pacific media practitioners collect, shape and deliver information to some of the most scattered and isolated nations and small island communities on the planet. Many Pacific media practitioners lack the understanding of freedom of the media and its links to good governance, of the need to protect it and build broader public ownership and support of it, and of the skills to defend it when it comes under attack. Recent developments in the region have sparked concern over the status of free media in the Pacific. The current military regime in Fiji has helped to create unprecedented levels of...

This project will see the establishment of the first printing house in Dili, Timor-Leste, owned by a group of independent newspapers. A key investment, the printing press will profoundly alter independent media in Timor-Leste's prospects for sustainability. The printing house will strengthen press freedom in this new nation given one of its main objectives will be to support independent media unable to afford the prices and terms of the existing commercial printing houses in Timor-Leste. Independent publications (existing and new) will be able to forward their publications to the new...

The establishment of community radio stations in Timor-Leste did not follow a clear, strategic and coordinated process and was not preceded by wide community consultations. This has led over the years to the communities not feeling the ownership of their radio stations; as a consequence, they are not actively engaged in the running of the stations, and not able to discern the fact the radio stations can contribute in a myriad of ways to the improvement of their livelihoods. In many cases, the community believes that the community stations belong to those volunteers who run them. Community...

The governments, and other prime movers of the development effort, recognise that communication is the most essential factor for successful development. It is, therefore, imperative that adequate resources of funding, expertise and planning be invested for integration of the Information and Communication Technologies( ICTs) in the broadcast media so as to exploit the immense opportunities offered by information and communication technologies in reaching audiences hither-to disconnected with the mainstream media or so far unreachable. While the technology is the driving force behind the...

This project will provide training to fifty media workers working in various media outlets in Central Asia. It will equip them with essential skills and knowledge by participating in five 3-day training courses and will enable them to: (i) support their own information security and that of their organizations based on personal responsibility; (ii) reduce the risk error and plagiarism, and irrelevant use of equipment, as well as introducing a mechanism for tracking such errors; (iii) prevent unsanctioned access in the operation of the organizations' information systems; (iv) assure secure...

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...

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