South Africa

UNESCO Chair in Media and Democracy (759), established in 2007 at Rhodes University, Grahamstown (South Africa).


Media, journalism and participatory communication.


  • The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation in the field of media, journalism and participatory communication.
  • It will serve as a means of facilitating collaboration between high-level, internationally recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in South Africa and the African Continent.
  • To conduct pure and/or applied research into the discourses, structures and processes of media and democracy and relate the findings to the practice of journalism and other forms of participatory communication within nation-states and across the African continent.
  • Publish the results of the research to a wider public.
  • Stimulate public debate about the role of African media in constructing, deconstructing and reconstructing societies that promote inclusive and engaged citizenship.

Host Institution


UNESCO Sector/Office responsible for the Chair/Network

Communication and Information, UNESCO Office in Windhoek.


Dr Fackson Banda, Rhodes University
UNESCO Chairholder
E-Mail address - f.banda(at)
Work Phone - (046) 603 7156
Fax - (046) 603 7101
City - Grahamstown, 6140
Country - South Africa