International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)
IPDC is on of the major fora in the UN system.
Its mission: To develop free and pluralistic media with a global approach to democratic development. It provides support for media projects and secures a healthy environment for their growth.
Over the last 27 years, IPDC has focused on more urgent priorities in communication development and has targeted 93 million US$ in over 1100 projects in 139 developing countries or countries in transition. Its actions have had a crucial impact on:
- Promotion of media independence and pluralism;
- Development of community media, radios and televisions;
- Modernization of national and regional news agencies;
- Training of media professionals.
More than ever, the IPDC supports projects that empower people to gain equitable access to knowledge and express themselves through free and pluralistic media. International assistance does not in any case interfere with the integrity and independence of media institutions.
Training of journalists - Republic of Congo
As a post-conflict country, the Republic of Congo experienced considerable infrastructure loss during 1997-2003, and saw its national television (Tele-Congo) and radio (Radio-Brazzaville) severely damaged.
This project aims at reinforcing the technical capabilities of Tele-Congo and Radio-Brazzaville, and improving the quality of their programmes and news editions, in view of the upcoming national elections. Modern equipment allows both channels to be in a better position to reach journalists in the field and report from various election sites live and without interruption.
50 journalists and technicians will be trained in communication technologies and encouraged to cover the elections fairly and accurately. The elections in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) will serve as a case study in the training sessions.
Women and Media – Afghanistan
To encourage the development of women in media and to ensure their training, UNESCO launched a professional association of Afghan women working in the media sector. It first met in Kabul where more than 60 women elected a Board of management, devised a basic work-plan and chose the name "Voice of Afghan Women in Global Media" (VAWGM). UNESCO's support enabled the association to set up its office in Kabul in AINA, Cultural and Media Centre.
VAWGM has three employees and a women publication unit (Malalai magazine, Seerat newspaper, the monthly newspaper "Effat" which is distributed to rural parts of the country, etc). However, to be truly efficient, the network should be extended to other major cities such as Herat, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Mazar-i-Sharif. Given the conservative nature of Afghan society, it is important that women have their own facilities. The aim of this project is to allow such offices to be developed.