Fragile states are among the most vulnerable media environments around the world. BBC Media Action’s latest report concludes that media increasingly matters in these states. Changes in media and communications are “having increasing and sometimes profound political and developmental effects,” and are thereby changing the development landscape for media donors. What kinds of challenges and opportunities do fragile states present to media development practitioners? How can we ensure that the political landscape of these states are taken into account when considering how to best evaluate their media environments?
CIMA and BBC Media Action are cohosting a panel discussion about media and communication in fragile states on
January 21 from 12:00-2:00 January 23 from 10:30-12:00 EST at the National Endowment for Democracy. Join James Deane, the author of BBC Media Action’s report, as well as Ammar al-Shahbander, the country director for Iraq at IWPR, Micheal Dwyer, senior program officer for Afghanistan and Pakistan at USIP, and NED’s own Eric Robinson, senior program officer for East, Horn, and Southern Africa as offer their expertise of the media environments in these countries and provide recommendations for the future. Click here to register for the event.
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