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International Day for Universal Access to Information Celebrated

2017 iduai banner enThe United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has declared September 28 as the International Day for Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) based on a resolution on 17 November 2015 that proclaims September 28 of every year as such. Now on its second year, the declaration is relevant in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 16 (Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies), which highlights the importance of public access to information and protection of fundamental freedoms. 

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LGUs boost Comdev efforts to clean up Manila Bay, Philippines

Manila BayIn a bid to hasten restoring life to Manila Bay, a historic landmark in the Philippines, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) organized four batches of training workshops on ComDev planning last June and July 2017. Through the Manila Bay Clean Up, Rehabilitation and Preservation Program (MBCRPP), 250 staff from Regional Project Management teams, 5 provincial offices, 1 highly urbanized city, and 94 towns and cities in Metro Manila and surrounding Regions III and IV-A, went through the formulation of a five-year ComDev plan.      

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Call for researchers: policy frameworks for digital platforms

IDRC IT4ChangeA14-month period research project, ‘Policy Frameworks for digital platforms-Moving from openness to inclusion’ supported by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada will begin on October 2017.
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Sarawak Communication for Development Centre to promote "data-driven thinking"

SDIThe Sarawak Development Institute (SDI), in collaboration with the College of Development Communication (CDC), University of the Philippines Los Baños, has set up the Sarawak Communication for Development Centre (SCDCentre).

The SCDCentre aims to provide capacity building on strategic communication planning for its stakeholders that include grassroots leaders, civil servants, and members and/or volunteers of community organizations.

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Rural Communication Working Group Proposed at IAMCR

By Loes Witteveen, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

A working group on Rural Communication has been proposed to the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR). This move was initiated by the GRI-RC during the IAMCR international conference in July this year.   

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GRI-RC joins CCComdev

GRI LogosThe Global Research Initiative for Rural Communication (GRI-RC) joins CCComdev global platform as a major partner. Comprised of the FAO ComDev team and six academia engaged in doing research, provision of technical assistance, and offering of formal courses in ComDev, GRI-RC will now be sharing in this platform their work and experiences on rural communication in the various continents and countries they cover.  

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‘Voice of Coastal People’ Tackles Climate Resilient Agriculture in Bangladesh

RuralRadioA network of rural radio stations in Bangladesh called “Opukoler Kotha” or “Voice of the People” has been addressing climate resilience among small farmers in southern coastal areas of the country. Composed of Krishi Radio, Radio Nalta, Radio Sundarban, and Radio Lokobetar, the network has established 100 listener clubs with at least 25 members each in their coverage areas.

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Rural radio network in Argentina: Sowing words, harvesting rights

INTAradios1Written by Cora Gornitzky, INTA Argentina

From the Highlands to the Patagonia and from the sea to the Andes, "Sembramos Palabras, Cosechamos Derechos" (“Sowing words, harvesting rights”) is a community media initiative that gives voice to 19 rural radios managed by farmer organizations in rural and peri-urban areas of 12 provinces of the Republic of Argentina. A territorial experience that marks the opening of doors to basic rights such as habitat, land, water and marketing.

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