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POLIS at LSE are marking the launch of a new report, Development, Governance and the Media: the role of the media in building African society, with a public event on Wednesday 27 June at LSE.

Eric Chinje, communications director, African Development Bank, will give the keynote speech. Other speakers include:

  • Mark Wilson, executive director of PANOS London, an international NGO which works to foster debate around development issues, and particularly media support;
  • Gerald Milward-Oliver, director of the Anima Centre Limited, a new international educational and study resource for businesses, civil society organisations and individuals; and
  • James Deane, managing director, strategy, at the Communication for Social Change Consortium.

How can the media hold governments in developing countries to account? How can more effective media development improve development more widely? What is the impact of the digital revolution in Africa? Are there fragile states in which media development must be abandoned altogether?

The report follows a high-level conference hosted by POLIS| at LSE on Development, Governance and the Media| in March 2007 and includes contributions from the day and the policy ideas that follow. Discussion on the day focused on four specific objectives:

  • To develop greater cohesion between the media and development communities, so that they could move towards a common agenda and language.
  • To follow through on the Commission for Africa objective of presenting a more balanced picture of Africa.
  • To examine the role of the media in promoting good governance in countries at all stages from development, from fragile states to the emerging 'Lions of Africa', and to find out more from DFID about how they were implementing their White Paper commitments.
  • To look at the potential of new technologies to improve access to information and news, which would in turn influence and impact on democratic processes.

Development, Governance and the Media: the role of the media in building African society is on Wednesday 27 June 2007 at 4.30-6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To register for a press seat, or for more information on the report, Development, Governance and the Media: the role of the media in building African society, please contact Laura Kyrke-Smith at polis@lse.ac.uk| or call 020 7107 5249.

Press cuttings

Open Democracy
The media and Africa: doing bad by doing "good"?
The reporting of Africa in much of the media shows how the curse of formula can disable the best intentions, says Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at LSE.
http://www.opendemocracy.net/media_net/journalism_war/africa_bad_good| 

8 June 2007

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