International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)
The International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) was launched after the General Conference of 1980 in Belgrade to help reduce the gap between the Information rich and the Information poor.
The IPDC is the only multilateral forum in the UN system designed to mobilize the international community to discuss and promote media development in developing countries. The Programme not only provides support for media projects but also seeks an accord to secure a healthy environment for the growth of free and pluralistic media in developing countries.
For political and ethical reasons, multilateral cooperation is the most appropriate way of promoting media development. International assistance provided through IPDC does not interfere with the integrity and independence of media institutions.
By 1991, when Ghana was preparing towards a Return to Democratic Rule, there was no private newspaper and private FM station in the country. The Catholic Standard, Pioneer, Legon Observer, the Evening News and the Palaver were all on political relegation.
The emergence of present FM Stations in the country owns a debt of gratitude to the National Commission for UNESCO which established a Grass root rural Communication ‘Wonsom’ project at Agona Swedru with IPDC funding from the Netherlands Government. The project involved a local radio and newspaper in the local languages. IPDC, apart from the above, has assisted the following:
- Ada Community Radio Station
- Winneba Radio Peace
- Radio Univers, Legon
- Community Multi-Media Centre, Ajumako-Bisease
- Sogakope Community Multi-Media centre
More than ever, the IPDC now strives to realize more effective media projects that empower people to gain equitable access to knowledge and express themselves through free and pluralistic media.