UNESCO trains Ethiopian and Djibouti media on IPDC project writing
Media professionals from Ethiopia and Djibouti benefited from two-day training on project development and proposal writing for grants offered through UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). Nine institutions from Ethiopia and two from Djibouti attended the workshop held on 27 and 28 April 2009.
The workshop was jointly organized by UNESCO and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and delivered by First Consult PLC, a consulting firm based in Addis Ababa. The workshop aimed at increasing the quality and number of projects submitted to IPDC for funding, and served as a platform for stimulating greater collaboration amongst media institutions in the two countries.
The two-day workshop gave the participants practical experience in project conceptualising and proposal writing, which were identified in earlier work as problematic areas. The workshop employed a 'learning by doing' approach, which started with brainstorming and ended with drafting project proposals.
The first day was designed to further develop, through interactive discussions and group work, the project ideas that the participants had brought. They were able to hear each other's proposals, so that they could refine and enhance them thanks to a wider range of experiences and inputs. The trainees appreciated sharing ideas, which led to the development of some inter-agency proposals being developed. Each idea was refined and developed into a project, taking into account exercises on project development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation strategies.
The second day saw the trainees work on their writing skills. One participant commented, "I can now write my project proposal with confidence and efficiency."
Following the training, participants have been working on further elaborating and finalising their projects, and on having them reviewed and endorsed by their respective organizations prior to formal submission under the IPDC guidelines.
One unexpected outcome of the training was the decision by the participants to create an online Horn of Africa media professionals' network to facilitate information exchange between their organizations, to keep in touch with each other and to support collaboration on current and future projects.
UNESCO's IPDC programme has been providing grant funding over the last 27 years to support the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries. UNESCO is expecting that, as a result of this training, more media institutions in Ethiopia and Djibouti will benefit from IPDC grant.
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