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Emergency and disaster management capacity building for Caribbean broadcasters

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US$18 150.00

The Caribbean region is exposed to a wide range of natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and volcanoes. It has been described as the second most hazard-prone region in the world. Various factors render Caribbean populations extremely vulnerable to disasters. These factors include socioeconomic issues such as high population density and high levels of poverty.
The Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA) is the largest global association of public service broadcasters and the Caribbean Broadcasting Union is the regional broadcasters’ union. The provision of public service content continues to be much debated, but in a time of crisis – be it due to terrorism, a pandemic or a natural disaster – it is the national public service media (radio, TV and online) that the nation will turn to for vital information.
This project from CBA will introduce a three-day workshop for senior Caribbean broadcasting managers on the topic of Emergency and Disaster Management. This will cover the role of the media before, during and after a disaster or emergency. This project will aim to guide radio and television broadcasters in the editorial and managerial choices they make, which could affect the population in the case of an emergency or disaster. By educating media leaders in this manner, the project will better equip the Caribbean media to serve the public in times of disaster. Many of the broadcast media outlets in the target countries do not currently prioritize their training budget in a way that focuses on how the media can support society when emergencies arise. Additionally, a subsequent online Crisis Management learning course will be created, which will reinforce the knowledge and skills acquired by workshop participants. The project also aims to improve coverage of disasters throughout the Caribbean by producing a booklet to be distributed to Caribbean journalists after the workshop.

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Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA)
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The CBA is the largest global association of public service broadcasters. Its members are the broadcasters that communicate daily with the 2 billion citizens of the Commonwealth. The CBA aims to further enable Public Service Broadcasting/Media in order to: build public value; foster freedom of expression; build the capacity of
the developing Commonwealth; and ensure the exchange of skills and knowledge among broadcasters. It has a long track record of running capacity-building workshops for broadcasting professionals. In 2011 it ran a workshop in Kingston on the role of the media in a democracy, and a workshop in Nairobi exploring digital
migration and what this means for East Africa. In 2010 it ran election reporting workshops in Rwanda and Tonga. The CBA already has strong links with Caribbean broadcasters – many of them are members – and this project is to be run in partnership with the Caribbean Broadcasting Union.

The Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) was formed in 1970 with a view to stimulating the flow of broadcast material among the Radio and Television systems in the Caribbean region. CBU is the only Pan-Caribbean medium, reaching over 4.8 million people in the Caribbean and millions of others extra-regionally. In fulfilling
its commitment to the deepening of the integration process, CBU functions in both an advocacy and representation role. As a regional institution, it facilitates discussion and analysis that assists in policy formulation on major integration issues. It has a membership base of 60 broadcasting organizations from 33 countries.

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17 Fleet Street, London EC4Y1AA, United Kingdom
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Tel: (+44) 207 583 5550
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Hara Pady (h.padhy@unesco.org)

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Adam Weatherhead, Project Manager, Caribbean Broadcasting Union (Tel: +246-430-1007)

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