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Communication & Information in Southern Africa

Building inclusive knowledge societies through information and communication in Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, South Afric and Swaziland.

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UNESCO promotes freedom of expression and press freedom as a basic human right. Every year, World Press Freedom Day provides an opportunity to affirm the importance of freedom of expression and press freedom. Furthermore, by providing policy advice and developing networks, it encourages governments to develop standards and legislative instruments to defend this principle.

UNESCO also provides direct support to independent and pluralistic media, especially supporting public service broadcasting and community media.

A key part of UNESCO’s strategy lies in promoting access to information and knowledge through a range of activities. These include creating information and communication technology training opportunities, in particular for women and young people.

Southern Africa


13 Jun 2013 !aH Radio training on Editorial, Programming, Monitoring and Introduction to ICTs
A 3 day workshop was carried out at !aH from 18th June 2013 to 20th June 2013 to provide training on editorial, programming, monitoring, gender focus and introduction to ICTs to 6 participants (4 women and 2 men) from the recently added !aH Radio station in Tsumkwe, Namibia. More

22 May 2013 Empowering local radios with ICTs. Exchange programme between Base Fm and Live Fm
An exchange programme, organized by UNESCO Windhoek Cluster Office between local radios Base FM and Live FM took place on the 21st and 23rd of May 2013.
The programme aimed to exchange best practices between local radios on programming, management, administration and use of ICTs and FOSS.
This exchange programme is organized within the framework of the SIDA funded project “Empowering local radios with a ICTs” and expected to be replicated in all the 10 participating local radio’s under UNESCO’s Windhoek Office.
Bartholomeus Pieters, Terry Engelbrecht and Morgan Schafe from Live Fm, based in Rehoboth, visited and assessed Katutura’s community radio Base FM on the 21st May. Assistant Administrator Bartholomeus Pieters praised Base Fm: “I will really say that they are advanced, they are well equipped in terms of ICT equipment “. Live Fm recommended FOSS ZaraRadio to Base Fm, which was embraced by the staff for its “simplicity and opportunities” and is currently being used.
On the 23rd May, Base Fm’s station manager Marco Ndlovu, accompanied by Assistant Programme Specialist in CI, Arantxa Mandiola, visited Live Fm in Rehoboth, which is currently extending their studios. Mr. Ndlovu suggested new improvements and activities to ameliorate Live Fm financial situation and programming and organize an effective and participative Board. Marco Ndlovu was positively surprised on how accessible and open Rehoboth’s community radio station truly is for the community: “I love how the community really walks to the studio and share their ideas”. More

WRD LOGO WHITE.JPG13 Feb 2013 Namibia Celebrates “Radio in Our Everyday Lives”
UNESCO Windhoek Office celebrated World Radio Day on the 13th February 2013 with five activities in Namibia under the theme “Radio in our everyday lives”. More

15 May 2012 Vacancy Announcement: UNESCO Windhoek Office recruits an International Programme Assistant in Community Radio Development UNESCO Office Windhoek
Closing date: 31 May 2012 More

16 Jan 2012 UNESCO and DW-AKADEMIE support Africa’s journalism education institutions UNESCO
DW-AKADEMIE, Deutsche Welle’s international center for media development, media consulting and journalism training, is organizing in cooperation with UNESCO, a Train-the-Trainer Course for 12 young lecturers from 8 African journalism education institutions in East London, South Africa from 16 to 27 January 2012. The training is hosted by Walter Sisulu University. More


Humanitarian Reporting and Development Journalism Workshop, Cape Town , South Africa December 2014
UNESCO Windhoek Office conducted a 2-day training workshop on humanitarian reporting and development journalism for correspondents from five community radios in South Africa from 1-2 December 2014. The objectives of the workshop were to introduce participants to the MDGs and to show how South African has progressed in meeting the goals as well as to enable participants to come up with community-based stories from the MDGs. More


SADC Protocol on Culture, Information and Sport SADC
The primary objective of this Protocol is to develop and implement policies and programmes in the areas of culture, information and sport which enhance a regional identity in diversity, with a commitment to promoting the right of access to information and participation in cultural and sporting activities by all citizens. More

Towards a common UN system approach: Harnessing communication to achieve the Millennium Development Goals Da Costa, Peter; Jayaweera, Wijayananda
This document was prepared as a background paper for the 10th UN Inter-Agency Round Table on Communication for Development, which is to be held in Addis Ababa from 12 to 14 February 2007, in line with the UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/51/172 of December 1996. This publication provides an overview of the issues that were covered during the Round Table, as well as suggestions as to how inter-agency coordination can be improved, both at headquarters and at country level. More

African Charter on Broadcasting 2001 UNESCO
African Charter on Broadcasting 2001, adopted in Windhoek in May 2001, ten years after the adoption of the Windhoek Declaration. More

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