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BBC World Service Trust

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what projects have been launched by his Department in collaboration with the BBC World Service Trust since 2002. (113205)

Since 2002 DFID has launched 10 projects in collaboration with the BBC World Service Trust—the details are outlined in the chart as follows:

Country

Project title

Start date

End date

Commitment (£)

Purpose

Afghanistan

Media Development

February 2002

May 2002

1,000,000

Humanitarian response to provide equipment, training to journalists and technicians, and to provide capacity for sustained media development.

Burma

“Mandalay Road”

January 2003

September 2006

1,998,000

A soap opera to raise awareness about health care including HIV/AIDS among population.

Cambodia

Strengthening Response to HIV/AIDS

January 2003

December 2007

3,300,000

Implementation of Government led mass media initiative around HIV/AIDS

Nigeria

DFID Nigeria / BBC World Service Partnership

June 2003

August 2007

5,466,000

Raise awareness among poor rural people to better governance, public services and livelihoods.

Iraq

‘Al Mirbad’

February 2004

March 2007

7,520,000

To establish an Iraqi managed broadcasting station for the four provinces of southern Iraq.

Bangladesh

BBC The State of Nation Debates

November 2005

December 2006

620,000

Broadcasting public debates on governance issues

Africa Regional

Africa Media Development Initiative (AMDI)

January 2006

January 2007

417,000

To support Africa media practitioners develop evidence based policy to allow the media to play a full role in Africa’s development—as recommended by the Commission for Africa

Sudan

Support to the BBC World Service Trust in Darfur

June 2006

November 2006

401,000

Promotion of Darfur Peace Agreement among population

Bangladesh

“Sanglap II”

September 2006

June 2007

665,000

Broadcasting public debates on governance issues

Global

Global Advocacy Campaign for ICD

November 2006

March 2011

2,500,000

To advocate the importance of Information and Communication for Development in supporting effective development to the international development assistance community