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July 14, 2016

An Assessment of Media Development in Myanmar

This joint report by International Media Support (IMS) and UNESCO is a study of Myanmar’s media landscape and includes recommendations for steps in the country’s media reform process. Based on UNESCO...

July 14, 2016

Rebuilding Public Trust - Assessment of the Media Industry and Profession in Sri Lanka

This publication from the Secretariat for Media Reforms, Sri Lanka, is an assessment of the media environment using the Media Development Indicators (MDIs), an international framework developed by...

July 7, 2016

Communication in Sierra Leone: An Analysis of Media and Mobile Audiences

"Sierra Leone has seen notable changes to the mobile and media landscape, but accurate, up-to-date, nationally representative data about how people use and access media and mobile phones has not been...

July 5, 2016

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Kenya: An Assessment Based on UNESCO’s Journalists' Safety Indicators

"Threats to the safety of those doing journalism amount to censorship by intimidation and force. The results are widespread self-censorship and a public that is deprived of the right to know. The...

July 5, 2016

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Kenya: An Assessment Based on UNESCO’s Journalists' Safety Indicators

"Threats to the safety of those doing journalism amount to censorship by intimidation and force. The results are widespread self-censorship and a public that is deprived of the right to know. The...

June 24, 2016

Journalist Sprint

In Sri Lanka, Internews' Journalist Sprint programme brings together young journalists of Tamil, Sinhala, and Muslim backgrounds to work together, building understanding of each other's culture and...

June 24, 2016

Understanding Information and Communication Needs among IDPs in Eastern Ukraine

"In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, keeping communities informed about what's happening around them, how to reconnect with their families and friends or what aid services may be available for...

June 22, 2016

World Comics India

World Comics India, a partner in the World Comics network, conducts comic creation workshops in rural India, particularly focusing on presentation in "remote and disturbed areas." It is a volunteer...

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The role of the media in a divided society

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, July 6 2016 - James Deane’s personal reflection on the role of media in divided societies in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

I’ve spent many years writing about, researching and supporting media in countries of crisis. I’ve especially focused on divided societies. I’ve argued that the character of the media, the information available to people and the capacity of people to communicate across divides in their countries does much to determine how societies either fragment or unite.

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Media, communication and the future of development

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, July 6 2016 - James Deane welcomes you to a new resource on why and how media and communication matters in international development:

To someone with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

It is the criticism levelled at many areas of international development.

To an economist, sort out economic policy and prosperity will follow. To a civil society activist, sort out access to rights and justice, then fairness will follow. To a governance specialist, sort out the effectiveness of government institutions, and good governance will follow.

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The potential of reforming state broadcasters in divided societies: advancing an unfashionable argument

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, November 3 2015 - Most commentaries on 21st-century media focus on the impact of new technologies, social media and, above all, the increasing global ubiquity of mobile telephony Such commentaries highlight how in many, if not most, societies, the majority of people are under the age of 30 and are reinventing how humanity communicates with itself.

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The post-2015 Global Goals: moving from "what" to "how" will rest on more informed societies

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Author: James Deane, September 28 2015 - Ahead of this week's UN [United Nations] summit in New York [United States], BBC Media Action’s Director of Policy and Learning argues for a stronger focus on the provision of information as well as resources.

"This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity." So begins the outcome document which forms the basis of the agreement for a new set of "global goals" which are expected to be signed by 215 world leaders this week. It is a statement that encapsulates both their ambition and weakness.

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With the grain or against the grain: a media perspective on the governance question of our time

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Author: James Deane, BBC Media Action Director, Policy and Learning, May 20 2015 - I was prompted to write this post by Brian Levy, the rightly respected governance guru of the World Bank, now Senior Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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Media and the post 2015 development framework: the case builds

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Author: James Deane, May 8 2014       This year's World Press Freedom Day celebrations will focus on whether issues of media freedom can realistically be integrated into the post-2015 framework that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals.  Unesco [the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] hosts a conference on the issue on May 4th and 5th in Paris.

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In Memoriam: Panos London

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Author BBC Media Action's James Deane, December 5 2012:       Part of an organisation I helped set up is no longer going to exist.

The Panos Institute London has announced that it no longer has the resources to continue. It’s been struggling for some time; project income appears to have dried up; its executive director has left. Panos’ trustees have decided, understandably, that, after almost exactly 26 years, it needs to fold.

The Somalia London Conference: will the outcome make it easier for media in Somalia?

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Today sees the start of a major international conference on Somalia hosted by the UK government in London. It is designed to inject fresh urgency into international efforts to support the rebuilding of this most fragile and fragile states. On the agenda will be issues of piracy, security, terrorism and a continuing - if thankfully slightly improving - humanitarian crisis.

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The costs and benefits of consensus: the future of aid hangs in the balance

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Three and a half thousand people have been meeting in Busan, South Korea to discuss the future of development assistance. The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness is a tedious name for an important process - how best to organise the billions of dollars of development assistance designed to improve the lives of the poorest people on the planet.

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Downward, Southward, Eastward - Communicative Power is on the move

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In 2005, the UN accepted the offer of the Tunisian government to host its World Summit on the Information Society in the country. The summit proved more passing foothill than summit in the history of the global information society but it is worth relishing how delicious the ironies of history can sometimes prove. Six years later, an oppressive government has been swept away by the informational forces it was seeking to advance.

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