The Project for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School recently co-organized an international workshop on best practices in voice, media, and development. 25 international media experts from around the world, including PGCS Director Monroe Price, gathered on July 12 at Cherkley Court in the outskirts of London to discuss the preliminary version of a recent World Bank report entitled "To Give People Voice: Media and Broadcasting Development. A Public Interest Approach to Policies, Laws and Regulatory Frameworks."
Topics included social perspectives on media and development, legal and regulatory frameworks for media and development, and putting media on the development agenda. This workshop provided input into a World Bank Institute project on the building of media that give people voice and foster development. Particular focus was directed at developing countries and countries in transition to democracy, civil society organizations as well as government officials are seeking information on good practices from around the world against which they can evaluate their own policies and practices regarding voice and media, and develop alternatives that draw on this global knowledge.
The World Bank Institute’s (WBICD) Voice and Media Technical Assistance Program looks to address this need by preparing a Guide to Good Policies and Practices for Voice and Media Development that can assist in assessment and reform of the enabling environment for media development that serves public interest goals. Discussions were aimed at improving the Guide before it goes to press. The revised Guide will be made available to a wide range of actors for use in identifying priorities for reform and to provide a broad framework for media and particularly broadcasting policy dialogue in developing and transition countries.
PGCS organized the workshop in collaboration with McGill University, the World Bank Institute, the Beaverbrook Foundation, and the Stanhope Centre for Communications Policy Research.