Recently completed IPDC projects (2-3years)

  • Lesotho: Production studio and sustainability training for Moeling community radio in Lesotho -  Moeling radio was officially launched on May 8th, 2015 in conjunction with the commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day- with support from the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa. The purpose of this radio is to address issues of local needs and developmental matters in the Botha- Bothe district. Botha-Bothe Moeling Multi Media Association implemented a project with the purpose of establishing a production studio and training the management team and radio staff on community radio sustainability approaches at Moeling community radio. The project has strengthened Moeling Community Radio and equipped staff with skills on radio programmes production and gender sensitive reporting.
  • South Africa: Development of a community media advertising directory for Southern Africa – The Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership at Rhodes University carried out a research study with the purpose of producing an offline and online publication on community media advertising and sustainability trends, this included a Community Media Business Directory for the region. The research looked into advertising practices at community media organizations in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) with the purpose of developing a publication that captures real advertising trends within community media. The  findings  of  the  study  are  a  resource  for  community  media  that community media organizations can use while planning and implementing their advertising, distribution and marketing strategies.
  • Swaziland: Strengthening of journalists' safety network in Swaziland – The media environment in Swaziland is not conducive for media development and it poses a serious threat to the safety of journalists and existence of the free, independent and pluralistic media. The Swaziland Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) implemented a project that empowered journalists and communicators with knowledge of their legislative context as well as safety standards and protocols. Additionally, the project sought to strengthen the safety monitoring and reporting network of journalists in danger.
  • Swaziland: Assessing Media Development using the UNESCO Media Development Indicators - On the surface, the Swazi media seem to be operating smoothly, with all the necessary ingredients of media development. The Constitution guarantees freedoms of expression and of the press and other media. The country’s information and media policy states that the media should eradicate information poverty and reduce the isolation of communities through the provision of platforms for social interaction and public participation. However, things are not as they appear. This is obvious in the continuous poor showing of Swaziland in the Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index, MISA’s So This is Democracy Report and numerous other studies. MISA-Swaziland carried out an Assessment of the media landscape using the UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators to holistically identify the underlying factors stifling media development, such as operational, structural, constitutional, legal and extra-legal constraints, as well as the state of gender mainstreaming in the Swazi media.
  • Zimbabwe: Capacity building for the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) - The Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) is the only voice of community broadcasting in the country. ZACRAS is a membership based, independent and non-profit making association founded in 2003. ZACRAS’ mission is to empower communities in Zimbabwe through building and sustaining strong, vibrant, autonomous community driven radio stations. The purpose of the ZACRAS capacity building project was to accelerate the establishment of community radio broadcasting in Zimbabwe. The project also sought to enhance the capacity of managers and content producers to amplify youth voices in their programmes with gender balance. 
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