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Title:Participatory ethos, multimedia experiments, and disjunctures in community media in Uganda
Author:Dralega, Carol AzungiISNI
Periodical:Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:information technology
community development
community participation
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560054.2009.9653390
Abstract:This article investigates how information and communication technologies (ICTs), especially radio, are accessed and used in a selected grassroots community in Uganda, and the significance placed on endogenous, people-centred, and participatory processes (theoretical tenets for effective communication for development), on the one hand, and the innovative uses to which ICTs have been put, on the other hand. The article's main focus is the community multimedia centre (CMC), a model that is being promoted as a channel for basic access to ICTs in remote communities in the South. The model was adopted in Nakaseke community telecentre in 2002, which today covers an area of 25 square kilometres and serves some 53,300 people, whose main activities are trading and farming. Community radio is the most popular service provided by the CMC. A number of cases is described to illustrate how the various ICTs are used/mixed/converged in the implementation of programmes for the community's development and empowerment. The cases include a farmer's programme, a sex education programme and various health programmes. The author argues that, although the model demonstrates several promising developments with regard to multimedia experiments and user participation, certain disjunctures and clashes are discernible. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]