Friday, March 20, 2015

SSHRC PDG project now featured on SANCOM website

The South Asia Network for Community Media (SANCOM) have connected to the 'Mobilizing Knowledge for Sustainable Development' blog. See the Resources section of the SANCOM website. What a great opportunity for our SSHRC PDG project to share our results with this regional network!

SANCOM ( was launched on February 13, 2015 at the World Radio Day event in New Delhi, India, organized jointly by UNESCO and the Commonwealth Educational Media Centre in Asia (CEMCA). SANCOM emerged from an international initiative round table entitled ‘Towards a South Asia Network for Community Media’ receiving support from UNESCO and the University of Hyderabad, India. Currently, the eight SAARC countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) are involved with the SANCOM initiative.

The South Asia Network for Community Media (SANCOM) identifies seven objectives for the network. Firstly, SANCOM advocates for a more free and open policy environment for community media to flourish in the region. Secondly, SANCOM uses the network for exchange of information regarding community media related initiatives and activities in the region. Thirdly, it encourages the building or sharing of capacities for community media production and management across national boundaries. Fourthly, it documents and disseminates best practices and explores possibilities of replicating success stories. Fifthly, SANCOM encourages comparative research that could help gain greater awareness and deeper understanding of community media in different national contexts in the region. Sixthly, their networking promotes peer learning and self-evaluation. Lastly, SANCOM builds alliances with other national, regional and global networks, both of community media as well as of broader social movements.

We hope you will also join SANCOM and share your experiences with our networks! 

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