295d Media regulation in a democratic framework, Africa

Duration
Part 1: 7-25 September, 2020
Part 2: 2 weeks in February, 2021
Location
Part 1: in Sweden
Part 2: in one of the participating countries
Number of participants
25
Target Region
Africa
Closing date for applications
May 1, 2020

INVITATION

Across the globe, recent political, technological and economic changes have placed increased restraints on media freedom while at the same time, the prevalence of “fake news” is on the rise. As a result, there is an urgent need to find new ways to reform media policy and regulate the sector. Civil society and citizens around the world are demanding trustworthy news and accurate reporting, providing them with the information needed to take informed decisions, a prerequisite for a functioning democracy. Regulation, self-regulation and co-regulation of media are a means to that end.

This ITP is a fellowship programme that provides a forum and platform for constructive, creative dialogue between high-level representatives from media, government and civil society on how to improve self-regulatory and regulatory frameworks for media.

Media has the ability to enable greater participation in public life, hold the powerful to account, and can serve as platforms for dialogue and the protection of individual rights. But if media is to fulfil its potential role effectively, updated regulatory frameworks need to be in place and adapted to the new media landscape.

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has commissioned NIRAS Sweden AB to organise this ITP in cooperation with International Media Support (IMS), Fojo Media Institute/Linnaeus University, and Global Reporting Sweden AB.

Governments, media and civil society organisations can nominate participants. Reaching a critical mass of stakeholders in each participating country will be particularly important for institutional change and thus long-term impact.

There are currently four editions of this programme targeting different geographical areas: Southern/Eastern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe); Latin America (Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras); Asia (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam); and Eastern Europe (Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine).

We trust that you will find the programme interesting and hereby invite you to nominate candidates.

OBJECTIVES

The overall objective of this programme is that the participants and their supporting organisations should contribute to the promotion and protection of the institutional frameworks that govern self-regulation of the media sector. More specifically, this programme aims to contribute to the development of self-regulatory frameworks for the media sector, strengthening the institutional and organisational capacities among relevant stakeholders and contributing to national reform and change processes.

 

BENEFITS FOR PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR ORGANISATIONS:
At the end of the training programme, participating individuals and organisations shall have obtained:
- Increased knowledge about media and freedom of expression in relation to media policy.
- Extended professional national, regional and international networks.
- Greater awareness of human rights, gender equality and security for journalists and media actors.
- Increased knowledge and capacity to inititate structured, long-term transformational work within and outside the respective organisations.

 

TARGET GROUP

 The programme targets individuals who can promote standards and self-regulation of the media sector in the respective countries in different ways. The programme management will identify strategically important participants from the media sector, such as media councils, judicial institutions, independent freedom of speech organisations, policy institutions, relevant ministries, parliamentary committees, and independent media outlets.

 

Although it focuses on individuals, the programme is primarily targeting organisations and efforts are made to establish long-term relationships with the key organisations involved. Such collaborative organisations should be willing to commit themselves to participation over several years and be ready to cooperate with other organisations in the programme, even though they may have different opinions on regulatory frameworks. Capacity and interest to drive processes to achieve long-term goals is a prerequisite to become a collaborative organisation.

 

Applicants to the programme should: 

• hold a key position in their organisation, with influence on a strategic level 

• have the drive and power to initiate and drive change processes 

• be highly proficient in English 

• hold a relevant academic degree 

• be available and motivated for active participation through the whole training programme.

 
As we strive to obtain a gender balance in the programme, organisations are strongly encouraged to nominate female candidates.

 

CONTENT

This programme involves more than training of individuals. It is a full-scale capacity-building programme aimed at real change towards a more efficient and sustainable planning and implementation of media self-regulation.

 

At the start of the programme, each participant will – in close collaboration with colleagues and supervisors – identify an idea that can contribute to the achievement of both the ITP’s objective and the organisation’s own strategies and long-term goals, as well as the transformation process on a national level. Based on this idea, a Transformation Project will evolve as the participants are provided with new knowledge, networks, and experiences during the course of the process.

 

The participants work together in country teams, supported by a national facilitator in each country and assisted by international experts (thematic mentors). This support will be continuous throughout the five phases of the programme.

 

Contact

Organisation

Niras AB

Name

ITP Secretariat

Address

NIRAS Sweden AB
PO Box 70375
SE_107 24 Stockholm
SWEDEN

Telephone

+46 8 5455 3300

E-mail

itp295@niras.se

Fax no.

Web

https://www.niras.com/development-consulting/