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INDEPENDENT TETE PRINT MEDIA
PHASE II : PRODOC FINALIZED
FINALIZING EQUIPMENT LISTS
REINFORCING THE PROJECT
STRONGER PRINT MEDIAIMPACT
INDEPENDENT TETE PRINT MEDIA
As a culmination of a one-year process of identifying how to best
ensure an added impact of the many, but generally very weak, media
sprouting in Mozambique, the UNESCO Media Development Project has
signed the 57,000 USD Activity Financing Contract with the
Association of Independent Media Operators in Tete (AMET) on Friday,
September 23, 2000.
In the National Consultative Meeting in Maputo September 26, 1999,
one such possible way of turning ambitions, dynamism and dreams into
reality, was the establishment of Communication Centres - ensuring
access to adequate equipment and other resources. These initial
discussions and visions have now been turned into reality: Three
groups of independent print media in Tete, Beira and Chimoio have
since then been actively working towards this end.
To assist these media in moving from dreams to reality, UNESCO has
required that these operations join forces in associations, which
besides from being the basis of a lot of cooperation, will also
constitute the needed legal ‘personae’ to enter into a – potentially
– sustainable contractual relation with for UNESCO.
Besides from getting organized and recognized by the local
provincial authorities, these groups are required to develop a
strong strategic development & business plan, building also an
economic sustainability into the organization.
The Tete group of independent media has all along demonstrated the
sprouting of a wide range of independent print media, ready to bloom
once access to equipment is ensured. As per the contract, UNESCO
will fund full installation of the Communication Centre (CC) in
Tete, which will be equipped with four powerful computers, laser
printers, photocopiers, photo-printer, telephone and internet
While this is a powerful sign of potential media development, UNESCO
has ensured that the very first training course of the media centre
will focus on the creation – within the local market reality – of an
‘economy’ in the individual media, which without this will have no
perspectives of surviving, and will be unable to pay for the use of
the Communication Centre, requiring remuneration of the use of its
Besides from functioning as an equipment hub, the CC will strengthen
the independent media in terms of sustainability of the local
publications and also being distribution points for other
publications from elsewhere in the country, among an unlimited
number of derived activities. An A3 version of the Maputo based
DEMOS, SAVANA and O POPULAR ??? Why not?! A consultant is presently
assessing this added potentiality with much perspective in terms of
ensuring a reinforced impact of the emerging media – nationwide!
II : PRODOC FINALIZED
UNESCO has finalised the Project Document (ProDoc) for the possible
Phase II of the Media Project, expected to start in July 2001 and to
last three years.
The UNESCO Paris-based Communication Specialist for Africa, Mr.
Kwame Boafo, came to Maputo to give the final ‘touch’ to the ProDoc,
which has been through no less than some 30 consultative meetings
held during the months between March and July 2000 with the many
different Media Development stakeholders in Mozambique.
The revised document has now been sent to UNDP, functioning within
this project as the donor-coordinator. UNDP is now in the middle of
negotiations with the donors, who have initially expressed their
interest and the Mozambican government for final approval and
signature before January 2001.
In general, the Phase II of the Media Project has been designed to
effectively consolidate the activities presently being carried out
in the areas of especially Community Radio and Communication
Furthermore the phase II of the project is foreseen to actively
support the further strengthening of the management and production
management capacity of the provincial delegations of Radio
Mozambique in their decentralization efforts.
Support to strengthened Gender sensitive reporting, better access of
women into the journalistic trade and effective HIV/AIDS reporting
are among the many other objectives of the important further support
to the development of a strong, pluralist and independent media in
While equipment is an unwanted distracting factor in the early
community organizing phase for community radio, it is very important
for turning the many community dreams into reality once the
community is organized. To get the procurement process going, UNESCO
has recruited a Technical Consultant to finalize equipment lists
according to UNESCO guidelines and to provide the National Institute
of Communication (NIC) with the final details on the concrete
infrastructure in each of the three pilot locations supported by the
Project in their development plans to initiate CR, namely Homoíne,
Chimoio and Cuamba. The ingeneer will visit the three communities
THE PROJECT STAFF
Being in the midst of implementation of the support to community
radio establishment, UNESCO has identified the need for a full time
reinforcement of its staff resources with an Organizational
Development Process Coach (ODPC).
The ODPC will form an important and integral of the Media Project
team, but initially be located most of the time in the communities
starting stations for periods of one to four weeks at a time.
His/her responsibilities will include, among others, the support to
the organizational set-up of the radio stations, including
establishment of good every-day routines and operationalisation of
the core workers -paid staff and volunteers alike.
PRINT MEDIA IMPACT
While the three UNESCO funded Communication Centers will support the
emerging independent print media outside of Maputo in terms of
access to equipment, the exorbitant paper costs, increased with some
20 % after the floods, is still a major headache, limiting the
potential impact of these media. UNESCO is therefore presently
awaiting a consultant report, assessing the opportunities for
creating a Paper Purchase Center and other mechanisms in favor of
minimizing the print media production costs.
c/o UNESCO, P.O.Box 1397 Maputo, Mozambique
258.1. 498752/ 490840 Fax +258.1.498717