Join us for our next Hub event on UN media on 20 April, 5-7pm UK time! It is organised and coordinated by Dr. Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob (Department of International Studies, Dickinson College, USA and of course member of our Hub and the sub-unit RUNMAPP) who will also act as the moderator of the event.

Our panel members (seee below) will talk about the following:

Assistance or Hinderance? Policies, Practices, Coordination and Impacts of Foreign Media Intervention in Conflict-Affected Societies

There is a broad consensus among scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and development actors that responsible media can contribute to peacebuilding and conflict transformation in conflict-affected societies.  It has arguably led to an assortment of international and donor-funded media intervention programs in fragile and post/conflict societies. These range from UN mission radio stations to donor-commissioned shows on local mass media outlets.

However, years of media intervention initiatives – supported either wholly or in part by the United Nations, donor governments, and aid agencies – have not delivered on the promises of a transformed and independent media system in host societies, nor a measurable transformation of intractable conflicts.

Moreover, ambivalent notions of interdependencies have often resulted in a lack of coherence and coordination among actors, which has, in turn, often led to a duplication of efforts.

This calls for a refreshed understanding of the coordination, principles, norms, and practices of foreign media intervention in conflict-affected societies and an overarching strategic and operational framework for such interventions.

Without an overall framework and a clarification of the roles of all actors, host media systems will continue to suffer from the consequences of incoherent interventions as evidenced in the current low rates of sustainability. The monitoring and evaluation of impacts of interventions on host media systems and nascent democratic processes will continue to be problematic.

Drawing on emerging research from scholars and practitioners in the RUNMAPP Network and new policy standards from the UN, the event offers fresh and exciting insights and new pathways for assessing foreign communication interventions in conflict-affected societies.  It explores:

  1. the complex relationships between communication, peace, and conflict in twenty-first century conflict/media environments,
  2. how international actors intervene in local conflicts through their media development assistance practices,
  3. how media development assistance affect the local media landscape and the agency of local actors, including minority groups and women in conflict-affected contexts,
  4. how the new public information and strategic communication module of the UN’s integrated disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration standards seek to deliver standardized media and communication intervention practices during peace operations.

Panelists

  • Fabiola Ortiz (University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
  • Jean-Claude Kayumba (Department of Journalism, University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Kwame Poku (Office of Rule of Law & Security Institutions, United Nations)
  • Roja Zaitoonie (Erich Brost Institute for International Journalism, Dortmund, and the Institute for Media Studies at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany).
  • Sacha Meuter (Fondation Hirondelle)

 

If you would like to join us please email catherine. arthur@manchester.ac.uk

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