IPDC Bureau meets to assess 110 media development project proposals
Members of the Bureau of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will meet from 27 to 29 March 2007 to evaluate 110 media development project proposals from 80 countries submitted to them this year.
During this annual meeting, which will take place at UNESCO's Paris Headquarters, the seven members of the IPDC Bureau will appraise, select and allocate funding to projects aimed at the development of print, electronic and digital media in developing countries.
The projects proposals range from requests for support in the setting up of a community radio in the pacific islands to training rural journalists in Peru.
In providing support to projects, the IPDC Bureau is guided by the four priorities of the Programme: promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism, development of community media, capacity building of media professionals and promotion of international partnerships.
The members of the Bureau are representatives of Members States of UNESCO and are elected by the IPDC Intergovernmental Council.
A discussion on defining indicators of media development will also be organized within the framework of the meeting, as a follow-up to the IPDC Council's decision at its 25th session to launch a broad consultation among media experts and professionals on this topic. The objective of this consultation is to reach an agreement on a set of indicators which could be used by development agencies, international organizations, policy makers, and project proponents to measure the level of media development in a given country and identify areas where assistance is most needed.