The Media South Asia project promotes short attachments within South Asia to give associations and individuals a chance to improve their skills by practical first hand experience. These attachments have so far been concentrated in the fields of community radio and media monitoring and advocacy.
HANDS-ON COMMUNITY RADIO
Twelve community radio practitioners attended a workshop in Kathmandu
in December 2002 in preparation for a series of internships/attachments
to two of Nepal's most successful local radio stations. This workshop
was funded and arranged by MSA, with support from UNESCO and the
CECI-Asia Media Support Network. Ian Pringle of UNESCO led the workshop,
with support from Karen McHarg and CECI staff in Nepal, and made
arrangements for the attachments with community radio stations at
Madanpokhara and Butwal.
MEDIA MONITORING AND ADVOCACY
The Centre for Advocacy and Research in New Delhi was funded in
2003 to conduct workshops with interested organisations in India
and Bangladesh. The director of CFAR, Akhila Sivadas, conducted
workshops in Nasik for Abhivyakti and in Calcutta for Sanhita in
January 2003. In March 2003, she conducted a workshop focussing
on monitoring gender issues for the Bangladesh Centre for Development
Journalism and Communication ( BCDJC) in Dhaka. Subsequently, Sazzad
Hussain of the BCDJC, spent six weeks on attachment with CFAR
in Delhi, funded by MSA.