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'So Then Its Farewell': Sir Christopher Meyer in Conversation with Raymond Snoddy
6.30 - 8 London College of Communications, Elephant and Castle 12 Jan, 2009
POLIS, in parternship with The Media Society a... read more

Dr Damian Tambini

Financial Journalism and the Economic Crisis
2 - 4 pm E 171, First Floor, East Building 20 Jan, 2009
On Monday 20th of January from 2 - 4 , Dr Damia... read more

Robin Mansell

The Internet and Its Myriad Ways: An Asian Perspective
6.30 - 8 Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House 10 Feb, 2009
Chaired by Professor Robin Mansell , POLIS Adv... read more


Why did nobody tell us? Reporting the Global Crash of ‘08
6.30 - 8 Old Theatre, Old Building, London School of Economics 23 Feb, 2009
On Monday 23rd February from 6.30 - 8 , POL... read more


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Development, Governance and the Media

The POLIS conference background paper was prepared by James Deane, Communication for Social Change Consortium, and is available here as a PDF. There were four afternoon sessions, for which the briefing papers are also available:

Session 1: Media and Power: How can the media hold governments in developing countries, international financial institutions and donors to account? (Mark Wilson, Panos)

[word version here]

Session 2: Media and the Millennium Development Goals: Advocacy or debate? What role for the media in achieving the MDGs? (James Deane, Communication for Social Change Consortium)

[word version here]

Session 3: Media and new technology: can the digital revolution boost the impact of African media on development and governance? (Gerald Milward-Oliver, The Anima Centre)

[word version here]

Session 4: Media and fragile states – where governments are 'unwilling or unable' to perform their basic functions, should we abandon media development altogether? (Anna Da Silva, BBC World Service Trust)

[word version here]

A full conference report will be available in June 2007.