The rapid spread of radio, TV, mobile and the internet means more people have access to information than ever before. But boosting people’s access to information is not sufficient to make government more accountable or responsive to their needs. Just as important is helping to create an environment in which people feel able to understand, discuss and influence the issues that matter to them as well as being able to engage with – and influence – the people in power.
The policy paper presents the findings of a multi-country project for improved accountability through public dialogue.
It finds that:
- Media can influence accountability by empowering people, creating opportunities for constructive public debate and influencing power
- Development donors and practitioners need to integrate media more fully into their empowerment and accountability strategies
Author: Will Taylor