Current Projects

Project Name

Co-faciltitation for Information Channels Development through Media Initiatives

Project Duration

March 2014-February 2015

Support/Fund

Katalyst

Project Location

Dhaka and other districts if needed

Project Concept

Within the dynamic flow of agricultural information system, TV contents on agriculture are significant sources of information for the farmers. However, TV programs are not able to provide a useful information basket to the farmers mainly due to capacity and motivational constraints. At the other end, universities and other institutes offering courses on journalism currently do not have agricultural journalism course for which media industry are not having technically ready human resource for quality agriculture news coverage. The interventions will create broader opportunities for private TV channels’ agricultural programs so that they can effectively provide information demanded by the farmers in a sustained way. The intervention will help to increase the quantity and quality of agricultural news and programs coverage enhancing farmers access to practical information using which they can increase agricultural productivity. The intervention will also attempt to include agriculture journalism courses in a university department focusing on that the course will run on a continuing and sustainable basis, providing  students with the knowledge necessary to cover the agricultural industry in an effective manner.

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Project Name

Conducting Journalists Training on Human Rights Journalism

Project Duration

March 2014-June 2014

Support/Fund

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh

Project Location

Dhaka

Objective

  • To strengthen the knowledge of journalists on access to justice/human rights issues in order to improve the quality and quantity of access to justice and human rights reporting;
  • To promote advocacy and awareness raising by the media on access to justice/human rights issues and fostering the right to freedom of expression;
  • To enable journalists to identify human rights issues to report and to engage in investigative journalism;
  • To strengthen knowledge and understanding of the media on ethical reporting;
  • To ensure linkage between the media and human rights organizations in Bangladesh.

Outputs

  • Assess needs and develop training course including module for journalists on human rights issues;
  • Provide training to 80  journalists on human rights approach to journalism;
  • Conduct thematic sessions/workshops for journalists on women rights, child rights and rights of minorities.

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Project Name

Media Advocacy to Contribute to Pro Poor Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in Bangladesh

Project Duration

January 2012-March 2014

Support/Fund

OXFAM Bangladesh with co-financing of the European Union

Project Location

20 selected districts and 4 selected divisions in Bangladesh.

General Objective

To increase the capacity of the national and local media to engage in national decision-making processes related to climate change and to influence policies

Specific Objective

  • To increase the capacity of the local and national media in tracking climate finance and on mitigation/low carbon development in Bangladesh
  • To raise the voice and promote participation of Non State Actors in ensuring transparency and accountability in utilization of climate fund in line with national climate adaptation plan
  • To establish at least an informal network of journalists working on climate change and establish a linkage between them and the CSRL members working in respective districts

Expected Output

  • Increased capacity of at least 30 media professionals in each district under the project on tracking climate finance in Bangladesh
  • Increased capacity of at least 25 media professionals in each workshop at national and divisional level on mitigation/low carbon development
  • Non State Actors voice raised and participation promoted in ensuring transparency and accountability in utilization of climate fund in line with national climate adaptation plan
  • An informal network of journalists working on climate change has been formed and a linkage between them and the CSRL members working in respective districts has been established

Major Activities

  • Select  locations/districts and local newspapers
  • Develop workshop outline and materials
  • Organize sensitization workshop for media on climate financing at district level
  • Organize sensitization workshop for media on mitigation and low carbon development at division level
  • Establishing linkages between journalists and the local CSRL members and Oxfam partners
  • Documentation of published reports and action of local newspapers

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Project Name
Analysis of Private TV Channels Broadcasting Agricultural Programs

Project duration
January-June 2013

Support/Fund
Katalyst

Objective
To analyze the private television channels broadcasting agricultural programs to identify and address underlying constraint for facilitating effective television programs targeting rural poor/farmers.

 Major Activities

  • To screen channels and prepare a list of those who are broadcasting agro content (programs and news). An activity plan needs to be prepared to interview relevant key personals for channels which are airing agro-programs.
  • To develop interview guideline/questionnaires for senior management, program head as well as production unit, marketing team and content supply bodies, together with Katalyst.
  • To interview and assess senior management’s business objective (if any) for agro programs together with Katalyst. If there are other motives/strategies that should be documented as well.
  • Interview the program heads and relevant program team members and understand the existing mechanism of conceptualizing, planning, producing agro programs together with Katalyst. These interactive sessions would probe for constraints (if any) in capacity, content availability, linkage etc.
  • To analyze needs to identify training need gaps and probe to understand more regarding positioning strategies (farmer friendly timing, giving program trailers etc.) together with Katalyst.
  • To understand the production team’s perspective on new ideas, problem solution approach and scope of innovation needs to be considered when it comes to program such as these together with Katalyst.
  • To identify and map sources of content suppliers for each house together with Katalyst.
  • To document marketing strategies of such programs (if any) together with Katalyst.
  • To identify existing and potential sponsors’ interest for sponsoring agriculture news/program(s) together with Katalyst.
  • To share major findings of the report with the key industry personnel through a joint workshop for final review together with Katalyst.