Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Organisation and participation in conference
With this MEDEIeA seminar in Copenhagen, two objectives were pursued:
1. To launch the MEDIeA research programme, its sub-projects and its key development objectives, to a relevant Danish constituency of researchers and practitioners working with similar issues
2. To share experiences and discuss the methodological challenges of exploring information and communication needs of citizens. How do we in practice research such needs, and how can relevant stakeholders – UN, civil society and academia – make use of the insights generated? We will draw on three international experiences in exploring this question. Firstly, the director of UNDP’s Governance Centre in Oslo will present UNDP’s experiences with ‘communication for empowerment’ as a working methodology to inform policy development. Secondly, the British anthropologist Jo Ann Tacchi, based in Brisbane Australia, will introduce the anthropological method ‘EAR’ (Ethnographic Action Research) which she has developed and applied in a series of Asian countries. Thirdly Jesper Lauridsen, former country officer to MS in Kenya, now head of ActionAid’s global governance program, will speak about how they explore the issue of information and communication needs of citizens from a governance perspective.