Strengthening the capabilities of the Burkinan media to deal with economic and budgetary issues
Calendrier : May 2018 – May 2021 / Budget global : €352,000
Since the protests in Burkina Faso in 2014, the citizens aspire to greater transparency from their leaders. However, the forms of action for participating in public life are still obscure and the media, in turn, are still struggling to master the budgetary and economic management mechanisms to handle these subjects.
The EcoMédias (EcoMedia) project, led by the UNALFA (Union Nationale de l’Audiovisuel Libre du Faso, National Union of Free Audiovisual Media of Burkina Faso) in partnership with CFI and funded by the European Union, is aimed at strengthening the capabilities of the Burkinan media to deal with economic and budgetary issues in order to encourage transparency in the management of public affairs and the debate surrounding these issues in Burkina Faso. It continues on from the Faso Médias (Faso Media) project (2015-2018).
One of the first steps consisted in setting up working groups in Dori and Ouagadougou, around four target audiences: media outlets, local authorities, young people (15-35 years), civil society organisations. The gender dimension was taken into account in the identification of participants.
Workshops on the concepts of citizenship
For each group, six subjects were covered: the knowledge of mechanisms to facilitate citizen-led control of public initiatives at a local level (“legal” dimension), citizenship from the point of view of citizens and public powers, facilitating local political dialogue by media organisations, economic and budgetary challenges at a local, national and community level and the links between them, and lastly the local political system (relationships between the various stakeholders in local citizenship).
By building up a picture of the knowledge that each of these target audiences has in respect of each subject and gathering data on the way in which they perceive the role of citizens, this project has helped to improve the quality of public debate and to strengthen citizen-led control with respect to good economic governance, at both a local and national level.
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