Local, pluristic media projects will be given a large forum later this month during the 53 meeting of the International Programme for the Development of Communication February 23 through the 25th in Paris. During this meeting, the Bureau of the Intergovernmental Council will meet to discuss and allocate funds for submitted projects regarding how freedom of expression and local media can be promoted in developing countries. For more details about submitted projects and for the agenda, click here.
The IPDC itself was created in 1981 as a result of a 1980 report given by the International Commission for the Study of Communication Problems. Its focus is to rally and organize the international community to promote media development in developing countries. Since its inception, IPDC has supported over 1,100 projects in 139 countries.
Past IPDC-supported projects have included the International Freedom of Expression Exchange Network, Radio Toco for youth in Trinidad and Tobago, and the Cambodia Communication Institute.
Editiorial: The IPDC is a wonderful organization well worth supporting. For more information on how to become involved, click here