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Good practices in financial management, including transparency for
all the company's staff; a coherent and systematically observed
editorial line, whereby the news disseminated are independently
researched and processed, as well as the availability and rational use
of the necessary means of communication - here are the three main areas
of concentration by the team of UNESCO consultants working for the
institutional capacity building of five pre-selected newspapers
throughout the country since April 2003.
With the view to provoke, introduce and consolidate in-depth changes
both at the managerial and the content development levels, this process
targets Demos and Vertical in Maputo, Faisca and Amanhecer in Niassa,
and Wamphula Fax in the Nampula Province.
Indicators of an encouraging process of improvement, resulting from
the intense multidimensional coaching that has been carried out by
Afrisurvey, a consultancy company hired by the Media Project, includes,
as for May-June 2003: an ever growing rate of sales revenue of up to 70%
, the introduction of and strict compliance with effective
administrative procedures and routines, as well as editorial style books
to improve the content quality of the newspapers, some of which .with
new, more attractive layouts.
With different and specific strengths and weaknesses, challenges and
opportunities in their individual socio-economic contexts and realities,
the five newspapers have now a decisive opportunity to cross the fragile
line for survival, towards a more sustainable framework, through a
process that includes the provision of technical support by the Media
In line with this, the five selected newspapers will soon boost their
technical capacity with the installation of new computers, some much
needed software, -as well as a robust copy printer for common use by
Faisca and Amanhecer in Lichinga.
In a mid-term evaluation session early February, the team of
consultants and the Media Project could agree on the need for this
process to be closely continued, towards a final evaluation seminar
scheduled for April 2004.
Multimedia Centres Scaling Up
Mozambique has been selected as. one of three African Countries to be
the pilot countries for the roll out of the so-called "Community
Multimedia Centres" (CMC). A CMC is a community service center,
combining a community radio and telecentre facility.
The Head of State,MrJoaquim Chissano, confinned Mozambique's
readiness to enter the group of African especially selected pilot
countries; in a festive ceremony during the WSIS in Geneva on December
10 last year.
A group comprising all important stakeholders is to plan and monitor
the roll-out, with UNESCO working as central facilitator.
At the present time Mozambique has 3 CMCs in Manhica, Namaacha and
Sussundenga. The country also has 40 active community radios and 7
telecenters, which could all add the missing component in order to
complement the fuller community service and development functionality
roomed in a CMC in the first roll-out phase.
for Women in Community Radio
The network of women in community radio has received its first major
funding this month from Hivos, an NGO committed to worldwide economic
and cultural development. The support measuring €IO.OOO will be
concentrated in the network's northern region.
The network was first conceived of in 200 I in order to ultimately
increase the number and quality of women's programming in community
radios. Its previous activities included seminars, a publicity campaign
to gamer more volunteers, and a monthly bulletin that allowed radios to
exchange ideas. The expansion of the Network's resources will help
educate women on health, AIDS and illiteracy, while giving a voice will
make it deeper part of community radios.
new Communication Center for Nampula
Nampula is the next provincial capital to have a UNESCO Communication
Centre to be managed by the local Media Operators Association (Assonami).
The Media Project signed an activities financing contract with
Assonami recently and the process to Install the equipment is about to
be concluded. Close to the Nampula branch of the country's Catholic
University, students from this academic institution will also use the
centre, specially the ones from the Communication Department.
a National Fórum of Community Radio
Culminating two years of a hard working preparatory period, the
Community Radio Coordinating Group, integrating the Institute for Social
Communication, the Media Project and the Catholic Church, is now
speeding up preparations for the holding of a constitutive conference of
a National Forum of Community Radio in the forthcoming period.
The Group took the decision to convene the conference next April
during a meeting in Chimoio, December 2003.The Forum is expected to
cater for subjects of common interests for all the community radio
stations in the country.