WACC creates 30 new project partnerships
By Philip Lee, Deputy Director Program, WACC
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Afro-Brazilian women communicators in the north-east of Brazil will be probing media content in a new project partnership with WACC. They will be monitoring the media for gender and race-based discrimination and organizing seminars and training workshops on media advocacy.
This project joins a growing number of media observatories that have sprung up in recent years, especially in Latin America. It is one of 30 new project partners with whom WACC will soon be working in 20 countries including, for the first time, Mali and Swaziland.
Approval followed a lengthy screening process undertaken by WACC’s programme staff in consultation with its Regional Executive Committees. One hundred and forty-two project applications were sent in, seeking more than 2.2 million Euros. Given current global financial constraints, WACC was only able to offer support totalling some 200,000 Euros.
Highlights among the new partnerships include mobilising women’s participation in radio production in Sierra Leone, training communicators with disabilities in Bolivia, community radio as a means of tackling violence against women in Mali, and strengthening the voices of indigenous peoples in the Philippines. Full details of the new project partnerships can be found in the Project List 2009-2
WACC supports communication projects that demonstrate concern for genuine empowerment and seek to bring about change in one of the following programme areas: Recognizing and building communication rights; Media and gender justice; Communication for peace; Communication and poverty; HIV and AIDS, communication and stigma; Communication for ecumenism.
WACC recently published a new Annual Report, featuring some of its many activities in 2008. WACC works in partnership with a range of church-related and civil society organisations worldwide to promote participatory communication development and advance social justice.
Details of WACC’s project partnership opportunities can be found at programmes. The next deadline for proposals is September 6, 2009, for projects starting after 1 January 2010.