Media @ McGill

To Give People Voice


Particularly in developing countries and countries in transition to democracy, media are crucial agents of empowerment. It is increasingly recognized that independent media have a major role to play in processes of development, and in people’s ability to hold their governments to account. Last July, Marc Raboy of Media@McGill and Monroe Price of the Annenberg School for Communication (University of Pennsylvania) organized a high-level expert workshop on media and development in connection with a World Bank Institute project on the building of media that give people voice and foster development. The workshop gathered some 20 international specialists, many of them from civil society organizations, at Cherkley Court, the Beaverbrook Foundation estate in Surrey, England. The project is assembling information on good practices in media and development from around the world against which governments can evaluate their own policies and practices regarding media, and develop alternatives that draw on this global knowledge. More on the project here