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Message from: Steve Smith (SteveSmith@XC.Org)
About: African Media Partners Network

Mon, 25 Jan 1999 09:08:25 -0500

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    Below is a summary of the activities of the African Media Partners =
    They are NOT donors or funders. They are involved in coordinating
    and discussion on support to African film and video production in an
    network of donors.... They are based in France. I have been =
    with Florence Lemoine
    Tel 33 (0) 1 40 05 61 43
    Fax 33 (0) 1 40 05 61 10 <>=20

    Steve Smith, moderator
    An introduction to the African Media Partners Network


    1. Objectives
    The decision to create an informal media donors' network was taken at a
    meeting held in Paris in December 1995, which brought together many =
    The aim of this meeting was to enable the various donors to meet each =
    and to initiate a mutual exchange of information. The participants =
    the wish that these exchanges of ideas and information be followed up =
    by the
    creation of an informal network.

    The network's aims are as follows:
    * To allow donors to circulate information and exchange news
    concerning strategies and aid schemes being implemented for the benefit =
    African media.
    * To stimulate collective debate and the exchange of ideas and
    practices regarding innovative ways of providing support.
    * To facilitate the implementation of certain joint pilot projects.

    The network currently has approximately thirty members. Above all, it =
    is a
    forum for debate and communication. It does not seek to unite donors =
    one single strategy or to impose vast joint projects. On the contrary, =
    diversity of approach constitutes both a richness and an accepted =
    The network enables donors to manage this diversity more efficiently by
    avoiding redundant or contradictory action, and by enhancing each =
    awareness of developments within the sector and the various types of

    2. The network's secretarial staff
    The network is organised by a flexible and small 'technical office', =
    in Paris at the Gret. This office organises and simplifies the =
    activity, and deals with occasional requests from donors. It sends out
    information and ideas regarding support action for the African media. =
    staff are also engaged in identifying active donors in this sector (cf.
    membership list).
    Communication between donors is achieved by means of a newsletter, wich =
    contains space for reflection about donors' projects and the tendencies
    observed within the sector.
    A virtual forum is planned for 1998, in order that donors may =
    communicate in
    a more open and interactive manner in between meetings. The network =
    has an electronic mail address:

    3. The network's activities
    * Identification and mobilisation of donors active in this field
    The secretarial staff continues to identify new donors active in the =
    of African media.

    * Organisation and circulation of information
    The office collects information about donors' activities and sends out =
    news in a summarised, structured format, to other members of the =

    * Question and answer service (all enquiries welcome)

    * Newsletter
    A network newsletter is sent out to partners to inform them of new =
    projects and of the major tendencies within the sector of African =

    * Internet site
    For the communication of information and a continuous, direct exchange =
    ideas, the network's own Internet page will soon be in operation.

    * Studies and Evaluations: reception, editing and production of
    The office centralises reports and studies carried out on support =
    for the African media, in addition to documentation on the various =
    and associate structures active in this sector. It edits such documents =
    sends them out.

    * Organisation of meetings between partners
    Three other meetings have taken place since the meeting in Paris =
    1995). Each time, new participants have been welcomed: in Brussels, on =
    invitation of the European Commission (24th-25th June 1996), in =
    on the invitation of the Danish ministry of Foreign Affairs, (5th-7th =
    1997), and then in Bellagio, on the invitation of the Rockefeller =
    (22nd-26th September 1997).

    * Organisation of working groups
    Small working groups, limited to partners who are specifically =
    with certain issues (chosen by the partners) have been set up and are =
    run by
    the office=A0:
    - the first working group met at the beginning of March, to address
    the subject of forming a network to link African communications =
    authorities. This was a preparatory meeting before the Conference on =
    Communications Regulating Authorities - the Circaf;
    - a second working group has been created to deal with questions
    relating to audiovisual production. The next meeting is planned for
    - a third group is working on questions of methodology for
    intervention in the field of training.

    Joint activities may result from these working groups.

    * Support for the creation of joint initiatives. Provision of joint
    - A plan to support and give new direction to the Cierro is being
    elaborated. Partners wishing to support this venture met in Paris on =
    January, and the centre's director was also present.
    - A plan to draw up a common set of guidelines for training ventures
    is currently being adopted by the partners, based upon criteria laid =
    down by
    partners present in Bellagio.
    - An exploratory study will be carried out, at the request of several
    partners, in order to determine a scale of measurement for evaluating
    training schemes, in particular, and, more broadly, media support
    - Means of raising local support funds for written and radio
    production will also be considered by a group which will gather =
    summarise it, and make proposals on this basis.

    List of the main members of the network=20

    Agence de coop=E9ration et de d=E9veloppement international (Canada)
    Austrian Development Cooperation (Autriche)
    Bundesministerium f=FCr wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit (Allemagne)
    Communaut=E9 fran=E7aise de Belgique (Belgique)
    CRDI (Canada)
    DANIDA (Danemark)
    FINNIDA (Finlande)
    Instituto da Coopera=E7=E3o (Portugal)
    Minist=E8re des affaires =E9trang=E8res - Coop=E9ration et Francophonie =
    Minist=E8re des Affaires =E9trang=E8res (Luxembourg)
    Minist=E8re du d=E9veloppement et de la coop=E9ration (Suisse)
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Pays-Bas)
    Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD - Norv=E8ge)
    Overseas Department Administration (Grande-Bretagne)
    Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA - Su=E8de)
    US Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Agence de la Francophonie
    Banque mondiale
    Commission Europ=E9enne
    Commonwealth Fund for technical cooperation

    Fondation Friedrich Ebert (Allemagne)
    Ford Foundation (USA)
    Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung (Allemagne)
    Hans Seidel Stiftung (Allemagne)
    Heinrich-B=F6ll Stiftung (Allemagne)
    Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Allemagne)
    Open Society Foundation (Afrique du Sud)
    The Rockefeller Foundation (USA
    Westminster Foundation for Democracy (Grande-Bretagne)

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