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Priority Africa: Communication and Information

Journalism students from the Centre d’Etudes des Sciences et Techniques de l’Information (CESTI), Senegal, a training institution that receives support from UNESCO. © UNESCO

UNESCO’s action in the area of communication and information in Africa is based on the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, priorities of the African Union and NEPAD, including the African Regional Action Plan on the Knowledge Economy (ARAKPE) aimed at building a region fully benefi ting from ICT services and applications by 2015, and the “Roadmap for Media Development in Africa”, adopted in Burkina Faso in September 2008.

In this context, action seeks to:

  • promote freedom of expression and information by supporting the establishment of media laws and regulatory frameworks;
  • provide advice for the formulation of policies and strategies for fostering access to information as well as media and infostructures development; and
  • strengthen capacity building, especially at the institutional level.
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