UNESCO's IPDC supports pioneering community radio in Nepal
UNESCO's International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) has released an information brochure containing excerpts from an external evaluation of the Programme's assistance to Nepal.
The information brochure, entitled Pioneering community radio: impacts of IPDC assistance in Nepal, gives an overview of IPDC's projects in Nepal, focusing on their cost effectiveness and development impact, as well as the role they play in fostering democracy.
IPDC's support for community radio in Nepal has been a strategic factor in the growth of the community media sector. The Programme has regularly supported small and innovative projects, which have promoted replicable models and encouraged the involvement of other development agencies. Its beneficiaries include Radio Sagarmatha (the country's first independent broadcaster), Radio Madanpokhara (the first rural radio licensee), Radio Lumbini (the region's first cooperative broadcaster), and Radio Swargadwari (a station in the heart of the country's armed conflict).
IPDC has conferred a strong sense of legitimacy to the movement for community radio in Nepal, particularly in its early days and subsequently during the period of civil conflict. Although the Nepal media still face many challenges, the IPDC approach of relatively small projects has contributed to the gradual build-up of national capacity, which offers Nepal the best possible chance in facing current and future challenges.
The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme annually funds an average of 50-60 media development projects through voluntary contributions received from donor countries.
The information brochure is available online in English: <a target="_blank" href="ev.php?URL_ID=26412&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201">click here</a>.