UNESCO's IPDC Launched 40 Media Projects
UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) will fund 40 new media projects in developing countries. This was the main outcome of the meeting of the Bureau of its Intergovernmental Council that took place last week at the Organization's Headquarters in Paris, under the chair of Torben Krogh (Denmark).
These projects will be launched before the end of this year. Among the projects financed: "Community radio in the service of local development" in Mali; "FM "Sans Voix" the radio of vulnerable groups" in Senegal; a regional project "Cyber journalism for Women broadcast journalists" in Asia; "Human resources development for media" in the Marshall Islands; a regional project "Eastern Caribbean Internet paper" in the Caribbean; and an interregional "Journet" Global training project".
The IPDC Bureau also pre-selected 42 new projects for the consideration by the 23rd IPDC Council session to be held in March 2003, according to the new IPDC priorities which stipulate that the Programme should concentrate on professionally prepared, innovative projects that clearly promote freedom of expression and media pluralism, contribute to development of community media and human resources and enhance international partnership.
The Bureau members from Algeria (Rapporteur), Luxembourg, Malawi, Malaysia, the Russian Federation, Uruguay and Yemen were guided in their work by the new procedures - approved by the 22nd Council session last April - in the framework of the IPDC reforms designed to ensure greater efficiency and transparency of the Programme and to encourage more financial assistance from traditional and potential donors.
Concluding the results of the Bureau meeting, Torben Krogh said "I'm very encouraged by the fact that this Bureau meeting succeeded in putting into practice the new priorities and criteria for project selection. At the same time, we managed to carry forward the reform process by adopting new and more stringent guidelines for project implementation. I strongly hope that this continuing reform process will inspire increased financial support to very important media development projects carried out by IPDC/UNESCO."
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