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Welcome to week 2

Welcome to week 2
In week one of this course we were talking  about how the media represents development,    how the media presents and imagines people  and places in the so-called developing world.   But the media can also be a means of  creating dialogue a way of facilitating   a more inclusive conversation between and within  communities. This week our focus is going to be on   community and participatory media. Media that’s  produced for by and with local communities.

Media matters for development – not just for the ways it represents other people and places – but also because it can facilitate communication within and between communities.

Facilitating inclusive, ongoing dialogue is important for development for many of reasons. It can help raise the profile of important local issues and identify ways for communities to tackle them, together. It can also help to build stronger local networks of support and enable marginalised voices to be heard.

This week, in order to understand more about the role of media in supporting local people and communities – and some of the challenges associated with this – we will be looking at community and participatory media. In particular, we will focus on a range of media-based initiatives within informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya – including Pamoja FM, Slum TV and Kibera Stories. We will also consider how to categorise different kinds of community media, the threats faced by local radio and the underlying principles of a participatory approach to using media for development.

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