Journalists sensitised on grassroots-level projects

Special Correspondent

JAIPUR: A group comprising 24 development journalists from 21 countries of Asia, Africa and South America visited the Centre for Community Economics and Development Consultants' Society here over the weekend to get exposure to grassroots work in community mobilisation, poverty alleviation and women's empowerment.

The mid-career journalists are attending a four-month course conducted under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation and Special Commonwealth African Assistance Plan of the Ministry of External Affairs at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi.

IIMC academic associate Vidhanshu Kumar said the participants in the course were taken as part of the curriculum on study tours to sensitise them to the development initiatives and grassroots work being done by the civil society groups. The Jaipur-based Centre was selected for showcasing success in this sector.

Journalists working in newspapers and magazines, television news channels and radio evinced a keen interest in the gradual shift from need-based to right-based development approach of the Centre as well as its strategies for development affected through community mobilisation in the rural areas.

The participants were from Cuba, Estonia, Uganda, Mauritius, Peru, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Chile, Haiti, Tajikistan, Nepal, South Africa, Tanzania, Columbia, Ghana, Zambia, Afghanistan, Trinidad and Ethiopia.

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