19.05.2011 -

Nominations are sought for UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication

UNESCO invites its Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) maintaining official relations with it, to nominate candidates for the UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication 2012. The deadline for submitting nominations is 30 September 2011.

Established in 1985, the <a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/intergovernmental-programmes/ipdc/homepage/">UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication</a> aims to reward a pioneering and meritorious activity that contributes to improving communication in rural communities, primarily in developing countries, empowering people and giving them a voice to participate in their own development. Awarded on a biennial basis, it consists of a sum of US$ 20,000 and a diploma.


The Prize is linked with the objectives of the <a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/intergovernmental-programmes/ipdc/homepage/">International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)</a>, especially with the priority of supporting community media. Community-based media contribute to pluralism, diversity of content and the representation of a society's different groups and interests. The UNESCO-IPDC Prize is, therefore, recognition not only to those who win it, but to all community media, which through a determined day-to-day effort contribute to the respect of right to freedom of expression and to the consolidation of democracy.


Thirteen laureates from different parts of the world have received the Prize since its inception. In 2010 the Mexican community radio station La voz de los campesinos and the Egyptian journalist Amr Mamdou Ellisy jointly won the Prize.


The 2012 Prize will be awarded during the 28th session of the Intergovernmental Council of IPDC, which will take place at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 21 to 23 March 2012.


How to submit your nomination


Nominations should be submitted in English or French using the form below, accompanied by a recommendation letter from the governments of UNESCO Member States in consultation with their National Commissions or NGOs maintaining official consultative relations with UNESCO. Additional supporting documentation, including reports, brochures, photographs, video and/or audio materials on the work carried out by the candidate, has to be submitted along with nominations.


Nominations should be sent before 30 September 2011 by normal mail and, when possible, by email to:

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