06.04.2007 -

Small Island Developing States receive IPDC support

Thirteen national projects in 11 Small Island Developing States (Barbados, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Jamaica, Mauritius, Niue, Papua New Guinea, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago) received IPDC financing to the tune of $320,000.


The projects span a range of media concerns, such as:

  • establishment of community radios stations and multimedia centres,
  • training of media professionals,
  • digitization of audio-visual archives,
  • strengthening of freedom of expression,
  • development of a prison radio network, and
  • setting-up of an audiovisual training centre at a national university.

Approved regional projects include one for the training of journalists in hurricane coverage in the Caribbean. It aims at improving knowledge, quality preparedness and response to hurricanes and other weather disasters in the area. Its long-term objective is to improve the communicative capacity of media professionals and the people they serve, and to develop tools for a more effective coverage of the hurricane season.


At its annual meeting held from 27 to 29 March 2007, the Bureau of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) examined 110 new national and regional proposals for media development projects. 74 projects coming from 59 countries were approved by the Bureau for financing, totalling to $1,867,000.

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