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Regional: Building the Capacity of Journalists from Developing Member Countries in Asia and the Pacific

Sovereign (Public) Project | 53280-001 Status: Active

The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will continue ADB's support to Developing Member Country (DMC) journalists to encourage high-quality journalism on a wide range of economic and social development issues in Asia and the Pacific. Capacity building programs are designed to deepen participating journalists' understanding of increasingly complex economic and social development issues, enabling their work to support public discourse and promote informed policy dialogue on issues relating to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The TA will deliver (i) a range of capacity building programs such as training, seminars, and participation in ADB annual meetings to develop journalists' technical skills and understanding of sector and thematic issues relevant to ADB's Strategy 2030; and (ii) a regional forum on media and development in Asia and the Pacific.

Project Details

Project Officer
Takagawa, Ami DOC Request for information
Country
  • Regional
Sector
  • Public sector management
 
Project Name Building the Capacity of Journalists from Developing Member Countries in Asia and the Pacific
Project Number 53280-001
Country Regional
Project Status Active
Project Type / Modality of Assistance Technical Assistance
Source of Funding / Amount
TA 9908-REG: Building Capacity of Developing Member Country Journalists in Asia and the Pacific
Technical Assistance Special Fund US$ 750,000.00
Strategic Agendas Environmentally sustainable growth
Inclusive economic growth
Regional integration
Drivers of Change Gender Equity and Mainstreaming
Governance and capacity development
Knowledge solutions
Partnerships
Private sector development
Sector / Subsector

Energy / Energy sector development and institutional reform

Finance / Finance sector development

Information and communication technology / ICT strategy and policy, and capacity development

Public sector management / Public administration

Gender Equity and Mainstreaming Some gender elements
Description The proposed knowledge and support technical assistance (TA) will continue ADB's support to Developing Member Country (DMC) journalists to encourage high-quality journalism on a wide range of economic and social development issues in Asia and the Pacific. Capacity building programs are designed to deepen participating journalists' understanding of increasingly complex economic and social development issues, enabling their work to support public discourse and promote informed policy dialogue on issues relating to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. The TA will deliver (i) a range of capacity building programs such as training, seminars, and participation in ADB annual meetings to develop journalists' technical skills and understanding of sector and thematic issues relevant to ADB's Strategy 2030; and (ii) a regional forum on media and development in Asia and the Pacific.
Project Rationale and Linkage to Country/Regional Strategy

Asia and the Pacific has made great strides in poverty reduction and economic growth in the last 50 years. However, there are unfinished development agendas. Issues such as poverty and vulnerability, rising inequality, climate change, growing environmental pressures, and large infrastructure deficits remain to be addressed. Emerging trends, such as technological advancements, urbanization, and changing demographics present challenges. In addition, with developing Asia becoming increasingly integrated with the global economy and its economic influence continuing to grow, the need and demand for Asian perspectives and presence on global issues are rising. Given the size of Asia and the Pacific, achieving major global commitments such as the SDGs will depend critically on the success of the region and its people.

Turning global commitments from aspirations into achievements will require the understanding and active participation of all sectors of society. Limited awareness and understanding prevent stakeholders from engaging and acting on the SDGs. In order to promote urgent action to tackle development issues, awareness and knowledge should be raised among a wide range of stakeholders, including local and national government officials, policymakers, regulators, civil society organizations, corporates, and the general public.

Media, both traditional and nontraditional, has a significant influence on public beliefs, attitudes, opinions, values, and behavior. Media is one of the most influential means of transmitting knowledge and information to a broad public audience. The power of media can be used to raise awareness of Strategy 2030 priorities, including the SDGs, and promote positive actions.

DMC journalists are key actors in this effort, as they can influence the understanding of millions of readers, listeners, and viewers daily. However, DMC journalists face limitations and constraints. Many lack resources and capacity to adequately cover a wide range of development issues. They have limited opportunities to study, report, and write about development issues. As the media landscape rapidly evolves and the complexity of development issues deepens, many journalists lack the skills and exposure to relevant information, context, and nuances required to make sound judgements and produce well-informed and balanced news stories.

The proposed capacity building programs will continue and enhance ADB's support to DMC journalists. The programs will deepen journalism skills and broaden DMC journalists' understanding of increasingly complex economic and social development issues related to Strategy 2030 priorities, including the SDGs. DMC journalists will be provided opportunities to engage and network with a broad range of actors, and access knowledge and information on a wide range of development issues that are intertwined across sectoral and thematic areas as well as across borders. This will enable them to improve the quality of their reporting, expand public awareness, and enhance public dialogue on development issues.

Impact Informed public debate in DMCs on economic and social development issues, including the Sustainable Development Goals, has been expanded
Project Outcome
Description of Outcome DMC journalists' coverage of complex social and economic development issues has improved
Progress Toward Outcome
Implementation Progress
Description of Project Outputs

Journalists' capacity to report on complex development issues strengthened

Knowledge sharing and discussions on media and development issues enhanced

Status of Implementation Progress (Outputs, Activities, and Issues)
Geographical Location Regional
Summary of Environmental and Social Aspects
Environmental Aspects
Involuntary Resettlement
Indigenous Peoples
Stakeholder Communication, Participation, and Consultation
During Project Design
During Project Implementation
Business Opportunities
Consulting Services The TA will be implemented through an international consulting firm, individual national consultant, and resource persons. The consulting firm with expertise in designing and delivering journalism training on development issues will be recruited using quality-based selection. One individual consultant will be hired to assist DOC with the delivery of the training, seminars, workshops, and forums.
Procurement Direct procurement
Responsible ADB Officer Takagawa, Ami
Responsible ADB Department DOC
Responsible ADB Division DCMD
Executing Agencies
Asian Development Bank
6 ADB Avenue,
Mandaluyong City 1550, Philippines
Timetable
Concept Clearance 09 Aug 2019
Fact Finding 19 Jun 2019 to 19 Jun 2019
MRM -
Approval 12 Dec 2019
Last Review Mission -
Last PDS Update 17 Dec 2019

TA 9908-REG

Milestones
Approval Signing Date Effectivity Date Closing
Original Revised Actual
12 Dec 2019 - 12 Dec 2019 31 Dec 2023 - -
Financing Plan/TA Utilization Cumulative Disbursements
ADB Cofinancing Counterpart Total Date Amount
Gov Beneficiaries Project Sponsor Others
750,000.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 750,000.00 12 Dec 2019 0.00

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Tenders

Tender Title Type Status Posting Date Deadline
Building the Capacity of Journalists from Developing Member Countries in Asia and the Pacific Firm - Consulting Closed 07 Jan 2020 21 Jan 2020

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