Madagascan Citizens’ Dialogues

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Madagascan Citizens’ Dialogues
Madagascan Citizens’ Dialogues

Goals

To encourage citizens, CSOs, media organisations and local authorities to work together in strengthening democracy, ensuring good governance and instilling an accountability culture in Madagascar.
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Accountability and the citizen-led control of public initiatives today are now crucial to the development policies implemented in Africa. In Madagascar, these issues are all the more important given the political turmoil that the country has suffered over the past few decades.

The Madagascan Citizens' Dialogues project aims to get the Madagascan media more closely involved in matters concerning good local governance and accountability, so that they play their part in promoting more active citizenship and encouraging greater civic engagement. It follows on from the initiatives already carried out by CFI in Madagascar, and has been devised by taking account of the results of other projects launched in Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso covering similar issues.

In a country that today has over 300 radio stations and 40 television channels, which mainly cover regions with high population densities, CFI has selected ten local radio stations, two television stations and four written press and online media outlets to benefit from training workshops on the citizen-led control of public initiatives. This pilot project will subsequently be expanded so as to cater for more media outlets.

Verbatim
“This training course is so important… As journalists, it enables us to improve the way we tackle citizens’ concerns and understand what it means to “be a citizen” in Madagascar today. It also helps us pay more attention to the people who play a role in our society: the local authorities, citizens, civil society organisations etc. … we are all affected and every one of us needs to take responsibility.”
Sylvana Rizy, radio RNA, Antalaha

Project beneficiaries

  • 10 local radio stations
  • 2 television stations
  • 4 written press and online media outlets
  • NGOs and CSOs
  • Local authorities
  • Audiences and rural and urban communities in the countries involved in the project
Project manager
Julie Abrivard

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Seminar

Organisation of a dialogue seminar involving CSOs, media organisations and local authorities

Workshops

Training workshops on the key concepts and notions concerning citizen-led control of public initiatives, for media and CSO professionals and elected officials in the target regions.

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