27.03.2008 -

IPDC Council unanimously endorses new set of media development indicators

The Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) yesterday unanimously endorsed the new set of media development indicators proposed by the international expert group.

After a long debate, the Council agreed that the proposed set of indicators is an important diagnostic tool for all stakeholders to assess the media development in a given country and thereby to determine the areas for assistance. The debate was chaired by the new Chairperson of the IPDC Council, Walter Fust.


The Council also requested its Bureau and other stakeholders working in the area of media development to apply these indicators to assess the media sector of a given country and identify its needs, and to take them into account when determining, in tandem with national authorities, communication development strategies within the overall context of national development.


The Council decided to request the Director General of UNESCO to share the Media Development Indicators with UN agencies as an important contribution to define United Nations unified approach towards Common Country Assessment (CCA) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in the fields of media development and good governance.


The expert group was represented by the author of the paper Andrew Puddephatt, former Executive Director of the freedom of expression NGO Article 19 and current Director of Global Partners and Associates; Alfred Opubor, Secretary-General of the West African News Media & Development Centre (WANAD); Bill Orme, Advisor for Media Development at UNDP and former Executive Director of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ); and Toby Mendel, Law Programme Director at ARTICLE 19.


The approved set of indicators is available online: <a href="ev.php?URL_ID=26032&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201">click here</a>.

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