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Media Development Assessment based on UNESCO's Media Development Indicators

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US$22 000.00

Liberia experienced a civil war which spanned fourteen years. Peace was brokered in 2003 and in 2005 an elected Government was installed. Since then a proliferation of print and electronic media institutions have developed in the capital Monrovia and other parts of the Country. Currently, there are more than thirty FM radio stations in Monrovia and about forty community radio stations strewn all over Liberia. There are five television stations and over twenty-five newspapers. The national broadcaster, Liberia Broadcasting System, which transmitted radio and television programs nationally and internationally, prior to the war, was destroyed. The system is being restored and currently covers Monrovia, relaying radio programs through local community radio stations. Three institutions of higher learning, the University of Liberia, the United Methodist University and the African Methodist Episcopal University offer courses in journalism. This is in addition to specialized journalism training offered by some international and national Non-Governmental organizations on a short term basis.
Despite these developments, the actual state of the media in Liberia is unknown. An audience survey has not been conducted for the last thirty years and no studies have been done on the status of the media taking into consideration the quality of media reports, impact of legal, national and external factors affecting the growth and development of the media and the extent of media influence on good governance.
This project seeks to assess the media environment in Liberia utilizing UNESCO’s Media Development Indicators. An assessment of the media environment in Liberia will provide information on the current status of the media and assist media practitioners, policy makers, institutions of learning; and, civil society organizations in promoting international standards of the profession. Specifically, it will assist academics in providing the relevant courses necessary for media practitioners in today’s world.

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Liberia Association of Research Fellows (LARF)
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The Liberia Association of Research Fellows (LARF) is a University-based research and consultancy organization comprising professionals in various disciplines. The Liberia Association of Research Fellows has considerable experience conducting research and analyzing data for various United Nations Organizations and the Government of Liberia. This includes the Mapping of Communication Resources for Development; A Communication Resource Directory and Communication map of Liberia for UNICEF, Liberia.

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University of Liberia, Capitol Hill, Monrovia, Liberia

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Ronald David Kayanja (rd.kayanja@unesco.org)

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