Sida International Training Programme in Sweden for Media regulation in a democratic framework.
This International Training Programme (ITP) will contribute to the development of self-regulatory frameworks for the media sector, strengthening the institutional and organisational capacities as well as contributing to national reform and change processes. The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) has commissioned NIRAS Sweden AB to organise this ITP . Moreover, it is in cooperation with International Media Support (IMS), FOJO Media Institute/Linnaeus University and Global Reporting Sweden AB.
The programme targets individuals who can promote standards of self-regulation of the media sector in the respective countries. The programme management will identify strategically important participants from the media sector, for instance media councils, judicial institutions, independent freedom of speech organisations, policy institutions. Furthermore, despite the focus on individuals, the programme is primarily targeting organisations and efforts will be made to establish long-term relationships with the key organisations involved.
This programme aims to make the participants and their organisations contribute to the promotion and protection of the institutional frameworks. The participants can be nominated by government, media and civil society organisations. Reaching out to a critical mass of stakeholders in each country will be particularly important for institutional change and thus long-term impact. The invited countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
At the start of the programme each participant will identify a change idea that can contribute to the achievement of both the programme objective and the organisation’s own strategies and long-term goals, as well as transformation process on national level. Based on this idea, a Transformation Project will evolve during the course of the process.
The participants work together in country teams, supported by a national facilitator in each country, assisted by international experts (thematic mentors). This support will be continuous throughout the five phases of the programme.