EcoMedia

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EcoMédias

Goals

To improve, through the media, the quality of public debate and to increase citizen control with regard to good economic governance in Burkina Faso.
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36

months

60

Trained professionnals

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Project timeline

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May 2018
May 2021

Presentation

The uprising in Burkina Faso in 2014 exposed a breakdown in trust and communication between citizens and those in power, as well as highlighting the considerable need for transparency and accountability on the part of elected officials. However, Burkinan citizens have little awareness of the ways in which they are able to get involved in public action. The media, for their part, still have a poor grasp of the often complex mechanisms for economic and budgetary management and thus rarely cover these issues.

EcoMedia is aimed at increasing transparency in the management of public affairs and opening up the debate surrounding these matters in Burkina Faso. Thanks to the support of six civil society organisations (CSOs) specialising in budgetary monitoring and economic analysis, over the course of 36 months around 60 journalists will have the opportunity to attend training workshops on these subjects, resulting in the production of more than 600 articles and programmes, including in the country's national languages. Lastly, in synergy with these workshops, the media will organise conferences, interactive programmes with citizens participating by telephone or social networks, and street interviews.

This project, led by the UNALFA (Union Nationale de l'Audiovisuel Libre du Faso; National Union of Free Audiovisual Media of Burkina Faso) and CFI and funded by the European Union, is continuing on from the Faso Media (2015-2016), which supported Burkinan media in the production and broadcasting of general-interest programmes which more accurately reflect the concerns of citizens with regard to elections.

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Project beneficiaries

    • Around 60 journalists from 20 radio stations, 4 television channels and 6 newspapers from the written or online press, distributed in 38 towns in Burkina Faso.
    • A half-dozen CSOs working on questions relating to budgetary monitoring, transparency and accountability.
    • 400 citizens involved in programmes and focus groups.

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      1.Workshops relating to methodological and conceptual support for journalists

      Organisation of 12 workshops on the journalistic coverage of issues relating to budgetary monitoring and economic analysis (development of the subject, management, documentary research, infographics).

      2.Production support

      Support in the production of articles and programmes in the national and local press, the online, radio and television press; joint productions and media broadcasts of articles or programmes during political or economic events.

      3.Conferences and interactive programmes

      Organisation of conferences and interactive programmes with citizens participating by telephone and via social networks as well as street interviews.

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