The Information for All Programme (IFAP)
The UNESCO Information for All (IFAP) Programme was established in the year 2000 to promote universal access to information and knowledge for development in order to build knowledge societies. It is the only intergovernmental programme exclusively dedicated to promoting universal access to information and knowledge for development.
The Information for All Programme seeks to:
- promote international reflection and debate on the ethical, legal and societal challenges of the information society;
- promote and widen access to information in the public domain through the organization, digitization and preservation of information;
- support training, continuing education and lifelong learning in the fields of communication, information and informatics;
- support the production of local content and foster the availability of indigenous knowledge through basic literacy and ICT literacy training;
- promote the use of international standards and best practices in communication, information and informatics in UNESCO's fields of competence;
- Promote information and knowledge networking at local, national, regional and international levels.
Kenya served in the 26 member Intergovernmental Council for IFAP from 2007 to 2011. The Council guides the programme in its planning and implementation.
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The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)
The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.
Kenya has benefited from IPDC media projects support, mainly the development of Community Based Radios.
In providing support to projects, IPDC is guided by the following four priorities established by its Council:
- Promotion of freedom of expression and media pluralism: Encouraging the free flow of information, at international as well as national levels.
- Development of community media: Community-based media contribute to media pluralism, diversity of content, and the representation of a society’s different groups and interests.
- Human resource development: Professional capacity building in media is a continuous process aimed at improving the knowledge, skills and awareness of media professionals.
- Promotion of international partnership: IPDC is the only programme within the UN system aimed at mobilizing the international community to act together in support of free, independent and pluralistic media in the developing countries.
Kenya is a member of the Intergovernmental Council of IPDC, composed of 39 Member States elected by the UNESCO’s General Conference. The Council is responsible for:
- Policy-making, guiding the planning and the implementation of the Programme;
- Approving priorities of the Programme;
- Reviewing and assessing achievements on the basis of implementation and evaluation reports on the projects and defining the basic areas requiring increased international cooperation;
- Reviewing ways and means whereby Member States might participate more effectively in the International Programme for the Development of Communication;
- Approving an appropriate system of financing for the Programme in order to secure the necessary resources for the benefit of those requesting assistance from the Programme;
- Awarding of the IPDC-UNESCO Prize for Rural Communication.
In March 2012, the Kenya Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN), a Kenyan NGO, was co-winner of the 2012 edition of the UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication. The Prize recognizes meritorious and innovative efforts to improve communication for rural communities in developing countries.
Kenya is represented in the Intergovernmental Council of the IPDC by Mrs. Mary Ombara, Ag. Director of Public Communications; Ministry of Information and Communication.
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