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Media Institutions as Drivers of Democracy and Good Governance in Rwanda

28/09/2018
Access to Information Changes People’s Lives – An advocacy campaign for Right To Know Day 2018
27/09/2018

The media in Rwanda can play a vital role as a driver of democracy. Media4Democracy and its partner European Partnership for Democracy are working with the EU Delegation to Rwanda to identify the most effective ways to support the media sector, particularly media institutions, to contribute to good governance and development in Rwanda.

On 20 September 20 2018, the EU Delegation marked International Right to Know Day with a well-attended Public Discussion on Where do we stand on Implementing SDG 16.10. This SDG target tracks the government’s progress on Access to Information.  The event was opened by the Head of Delegation, Nicola Bellomo, and the discussion among four panellists was moderated by the Media4Democracy expert. The event gathered a mixed audience and succeeded in encouraging a comprehensive and far-reaching discussion.

This event was the culmination of series of activities conducted by Media4Democracy in Rwanda, starting with an assessment of the local media context from July to September 2018. The assessment highlighted opportunities for improvements in terms of legal and policy reforms as well as the need for financial and capacity building support that could enhance the independence and sustainability of public, private and community media sectors.

Also in September 2018, Media4Democracy experts facilitated two days of practical training and strategic planning sessions for the EU Delegation and Member States. This training enabled them to consider options for engaging with the government, civil society and media actors to encourage the development of responsible and independent journalism in traditional and new formats, and to promote freedom of expression and access to information in Rwanda.