IPDC Selects Forty Media Projects for Funding
The Intergovernmental Council of UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), which met in Paris from March 26 to 28, has tentatively approved 40 media projects in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Funding to the projects will be allocated by the IPDC Bureau on the basis of voluntary contributions from donor countries received by end of the year.
The 39-member Council's choice of projects reflects the priorities of the Programme: promoting freedom of expression and media pluralism; favouring the development of community media; strengthening human resources through training; and promoting international partnerships.
Speaking at the end of the session, UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura appealed to donors, including Member States, foundations, the private sector and professional organizations, to support the IPDC and provide the necessary funding for its projects. Since its creation in 1980, the programme has allotted some US$90 million to 1,000 projects in 135 developing countries and countries in transition.
During the meeting, representatives of two South American community radios - the Radio Huanacache network set up by the Maestro Pablo Pizzuno School in Argentina and the Peruvian radio station Quispillaccta - received the IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication from Torben Krogh, Chairperson of the Intergovernmental IPDC Council.
IPDC funding in the past has been granted to broadcast and print media, news agencies, television producers, professional regional networks and training programmes, chosen for their ability to contribute to development, democracy and good governance.