Sida International Training Programme on ‘Media Regulation in a Democratic Framework’

Deadline: 21 March 2019

The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) is currently inviting applicants for its International Training Programme “Media Regulation in a Democratic Framework”.

Sida has commissioned NIRAS Sweden AB to organise this ITP in cooperation with International Media Support (IMS), FOJO Media Institute/Linnaeus University and Global Reporting Sweden AB.

Participants can be nominated by government, media and civil society organisations. Reaching out to a critical mass of stakeholders in each country will be particularly important for institutional change and thus long-term impact.

Programme objectives

The overall objective of this programme is that the participants and their organisations should contribute to the promotion and protection of the institutional frameworks which govern self-regulation of the media sector. This can include:

  • The participants and their managers understand the benefits of self-regulation.
  • Participants are using their achieved knowledge in their respective transformation project.
  • Participants and their organisations are included in regional dialog platforms on issues related to regulation of the media in a democratic framework.

Benefits

At the end of the training programme the participating individuals and organisations shall have obtained:

  • Increased knowledge about media and freedom of expression in relation to media policy, journalism and self-regulation of the media sector.
  • Extended professional national and international networks.
  • Increased awareness of human rights, gender equality and security for journalists and other media actors.
  • Increased knowledge and capacity to initiate a structured, long term transformation work within and outside the respective organisations.

Programme Structure

The training programme consists of five compulsory phases. The evolution of the Transformation Project is the golden thread through all phases.

  • Phase 1 – Inception (3 months)
  • Phase 2 – Course in Sweden (3 weeks)
  • Phase 3 – Development (4 months)
  • Phase 4 – Course in one of the participating countries (2 weeks)
  • Phase 5 – Implementation (6 months)

Eligibility Criteria

  • The programme targets individuals that in different ways can promote standards and self-regulation of the media sector in the respective countries. The programme management will identify strategically important participants from the media sector, such as media councils, judicial institutions, independent freedom of speech organisations, policy institutions, relevant ministries, parliamentary committees and independent media outlets.
  • Despite the focus on individuals, the programme is primarily targeting organisations and efforts will be made to establish long-term relationships with the key organisations involved.
  • Such collaborative organisations should be willing to commit themselves to participation over several years and be ready to cooperate with other organisations in the programme, even though they may have different opinions on regulatory frameworks. Capacity and interest to drive processes to achieve long-term goals is a prerequisite to become a collaborative organisation.
  • Applicants to the programme should:
    • hold a key position in their organisation, with influence on a strategic level
    • have the engagement and power to initiate and drive change processes
    • have high proficiency in English
    • hold a relevant academic degree
    • be available and motivated for active participation through the whole training programme.

How to Apply

Interested applicants must download the application form via given website.

Eligible Countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For more information, please visit https://itp.sida.se/itp/Programcatalog.nsf/0/2C4341EC90E8C6E5C12583930047091A?opendocument

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