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Consolidating the new Media Landiscape in Mozambique
Five More Community Radios
Training of Volunteers in Progress
Creating Communication Centres
Getting Public Radio to More People


Will the present 'Media Project' end, when the present project document and its funding expires in June 2000? This is still uncertain, but a large consultative meeting of government representatives, donors and NGOs was held in Maputo on March 30 to discuss exactly this issue.
  In preparation of the meeting UNESCO had been asked by its tripartite structure (Government, UNDP and the donors) to prepare an initial draft document, based on a thorough needs assessment with representatives of big and small media alike. The needs assessment furthermore built on the 'Media Pluralism Landscape Study' published in July 1999 and a report reviewing the project from December 1999.
  The initial needs assessment showed that the core philosophy of the project could well remain unchanged, stressing the need for further decentralization, pluralism & diversity as well as independence of the media. In addition the continued need to strive for increased impact and quality of the media was found to be important, and the inclusion of new target groups including women and youth was welcomed.
To meet the needs identified the following main objectives of the project’s phase II were agreed on:
·  Increased impact and sustainability of independent print media
·  Strengthening capacity of the provincial delegations of the National Public Broadcaster in light of the increasing editorial and financial independence
· Increased impact and sustainability of community radios in Mozambique
· Strengthening journalistic skills and the content quality of the media improved in Mozambique
· Involvement of women in journalism and the media strengthened
·  Strengthened capacity of youth to critically receive and use the media
  UNESCO was asked to continue the consultative process to further detail the ways in which the phase II of the project will work to achieve the above mentioned general objectives effectively.
  This process will include a number of consultative meeting and will culminate in the finalization of a Project Document by September 1st this year, which should put the UNDP in a position to get a funding package in place with the present and future bilateral donors for the project to continue smoothly from its present phase and into the new one by July 1st 2001.

 Five More Community Radios
  The Media Project is going to support the installation of five Community Radios (CR’S) in Mozambique, in the implementation of phase II of this component.
  The decision has been taken by the members of the Selection Board, during the meeting held to analyze the 18 proposals submitted to the project up until February 15th .
  The members of the Selection Board went through all the proposals, verifying the eligibility criteria and other factors, such as the sustainability potentials, the geographical distribution of the proposals within the country, and others, reflected in our initial call for proposals.
  The selection Board is made up by: Bishop Dinis Sengulane, Prof.Dr. Brazão Mazula (Rector-UEM) Dr. Eduardo Sitoe,(GABINFO), Mr. João Jorge (National Institute of Communication), Mr. Augusto Pinto (Link), Ms. Julieta Langa (The Higher Council for Social Communication), Mr. António Carrasco and Mr. António de Jesus (Institute of Social Communication), Mr. Paolo Derenzio (UNDP), Dr. Manuel Veterano (Radio Mozambique), Ms. Marie Hélèn Bonin (Nordic-SADC Jornalism Centre) and Birgitte Jallov, Tomas Vieira Mário and Abubacar Selemangy (Media Project).

  Training of Volunteers in Progress
  The training of volunteers for the future radio stations at the three sites chosen by the project to initiate Community Radios (CR’S) is full in progress in Homoíne, Chimoio and Cuamba.
  In each community 20 volunteers are being trained to be the core resource persons for the CR’S.
  The course are being organized by a local process Coach and trainer, covering issues related to Concepts of a Community Radio, Programming, program Production, News Reporting, Ethics and others
  This first package, preceding the actual setting–up of the stations, started March 17th and will culminate with a national course on scheduled for May.

Creating Communication Centres
  The three groups of journalists and editors from the emerging independent press in Beira, Chimoio and Tete are still working hard on preparation concrete and detailed business plans for the centers to be established by their local Media Operators Associations. As the Media Project has only got a life span left of one year and three months, we have insisted on firm sustainability plans, building a high level of self sustainability into the plans from the start.
  During a monitoring mission to Beira and Chimoio during the last week of March it was seen that the two centers are instrumental in bringing out a number of local newspapers and being the meeting point for the local journalists.
  Once the full equipment package is in place, the role centers as both ‘homes’ for correspondents from other parts of the country and distribution points for independent newspapers in general will take final form.

  Getting Public Radio to More People
  The Media Project is in these days receiving the conclusions from a three-week work period of an independent consultant who has assessed the most urgent needs of Radio Mozambique in the technical area.
  Getting the most important national medium effectively received by a larger part of the population is the aim of the component. By mid March the final recommendations are expected and it is hoped that the installation of the equipment and related training of staff can be in place by the last quarter of this year.

Media Development Project c/o UNESCO, P.O.Box 1397 Maputo, Mozambique
Tel. + 258.1. 498752/ 490840 Fax +258.1.498717
E-mail: unesco@mediamoz.com