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  • Sangeeta Pandey
    ... Sangeeta Pandey Documentation Officer/Web Person International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) Jawalakhel, Kathmandu, Nepal E-mail:
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 31, 2001
      >Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 09:56:03 -0400
      >Subject: Fwd: Call for chapters - radio & ICTs
      >To: wigsat-l@...
      >X-FC-Forwarded-From: wings@...
      >From: "Sophia Huyer" <shuyer@...>
      >Posting courtesy of AMARC.
      >Contact Bruce Girard, editor <bgirard@...> for more information
      >and with submissions.
      > Apologies for cross posting.
      > "Next Generation Radio: Broadcasting and ICTs for development"
      > In recent years the related issues of the importance of knowledge
      > for development and the inequity of access to it have achieved an
      > important position on the international agenda. Despite this interest,
      > the gap between the information rich and the information poor
      > continues to grow at an accelerated rate. The enormity of the
      > divide between countries and people with access to information
      > and communication technologies and those without, makes it
      > virtually impossible that it will be eliminated with technical
      > infrastructure solutions alone (more phone lines, more bandwidth,
      > more computers...). If developing country populations are to enjoy
      > the benefits that knowledge can bring, they will require new
      > strategies that build on available knowledge systems.
      > Research has shown that systems for networking information and
      > knowledge are most effective when building on existing local
      > information systems, incorporating "community intermediaries" -
      > institutions and individuals that serve as a bridge between the
      > Internet and the community. Broadcast radio is already established
      > as a key component of local information systems in many
      > developing countries, especially in rural areas, and has the
      > characteristics that make a good intermediary - "proximity, trust
      > and knowledge (including the ability to combine 'techknowledge'
      > about ICT with 'context knowledge' about the environment in which
      > it is used".(1)
      > Various seminars, workshops and conferences held over the past few years
      >have explored the synergistic potential of radio broadcasting and the
      >Internet. In February 2001 the FAO Communication for Development group
      > a workshop on rural broadcasting and the Internet in Africa. In January,
      >in Sri Lanka, UNESCO organised one on integrating modern and traditional
      >ICTs. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) and Comunica organised two semin
      > ars, the first focusing on broadcasting and the internet in Asia (Kuala
      >Lumpur, 1999) and the second on Latin America and the Caribbean (Florida,
      >2000). All of these events examined projects that make innovative use of br
      > oadcasting and ICTs. Some radio stations use the internet to support
      >low-cost networking initiatives. Others serve as community intermediaries
      >gateways, searching for relevant information on the internet, interpreting
      > it and broadcasting it to their communities. Still others facilitate
      >communication between their listeners and the diaspora.
      > This book's 12 - 16 chapters will include both critical descriptions and
      >more analytical pieces highlighting current practices, recent developments,
      >and future possibilities for combining broadcasting and ICTs to promote
      > development and democracy. We are particularly interested in chapters
      >which discuss policy alternatives or the cultural, political and social
      >implications of broadcasting and ICTs.
      > The FAO's Communication for Development group and the other organisations
      >supporting this project invite interested people to submit abstracts for
      >consideration. Abstracts, in English, French or Spanish should be sent by
      >email to abstracts@... as soon as possible and no later than
      >September 7. Chapters (8-15 pages) will be completed by mid-October.
      > Notes:
      > (1) Richard Heeks, Information and Communication Technologies, Poverty
      >and Development, 1999, Development Informatics: Working papers, Institute
      >for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester.
      > --------------------------------
      > Conferences and Seminars on Broadcasting and the Internet
      > International Farm Radio Workshop: Information and Communication
      >Technologies Serving Rural Radio: New Content, New Partnerships - FAO -
      >Rome, February 2001
      > http://www.fao.org/sd/2001/KN0302_en.htm
      > See also the site for an earlier FAO workshop on ICTs and food security
      > http://www.fao.org/COAIM/ictws/ictws_e.asp)
      > Integrating Modern and Traditional Information and Communication
      >Technologies for Community Development - UNESCO - Sri Lanka January, 2001
      > http://www.unesco.org/webworld/public_domain/kothmale.shtml
      > Mixed Media/Medios Enteros: Broadcasting and the Internet in Developing
      >Countries - FES, Comunica - Florida, September 2000
      > http://www.comunica.org/tampa/
      > Converging Responsibility: Broadcasting and the Internet in Developing
      >Countries - FES, Comunica - Kuala Lumpur, September 1999
      > http://www.comunica.org/kl/
      > Mixed media for development and democracy, a workshop to be held within
      >the II Global Congress of Citizens Networks, Buenos Aires, December 5-7,
      > http://www.comunica.org/gcneng.htm (English) or
      >http://www.comunica.org/gcnesp.htm (Spanish)
      > http://www.globalcn2001.org/
      > --------------------------------
      > See also the book A Passion for Radio: Radio Waves and Community, edited
      >by Bruce Girard - online in English, French and Spanish
      > http://www.comunica.org/passion/
      > ----------------------------
      > The following organisations are supporting this project:
      > Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Sustainable Development
      >Department, Communication for Development Group (Extension, Education and
      >Communication Service)
      > http://www.fao.org/sd/
      > Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), Geneva office
      > http://www.fes-geneva.org/
      > Comunica
      > http://www.comunica.org/
      > International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)
      > http://www.iicd.org/

      Sangeeta Pandey
      Documentation Officer/Web Person
      International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
      Jawalakhel, Kathmandu, Nepal
      E-mail: sangeeta@...
      URL: http://www.icimod.org
      2002 International Year of Mountains : Get involved !
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