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Practice Advice in Democratic Institutions and Policy Process

Role of Media in Democratic Governance (UNDP)

Summary Advice: Democratic governance requires a vibrant and strong media that can challenge the government and help limit corruption. The UNDP states that to ensure a vibrant and strong media, governments should ensure the development of legal and institutional frameworks that allow independent media to grow.

Main Points: Strong media can help control corruption and challenge governments. The training of national journalists and the strengthening of legal and institutional frameworks that allow independent journalism and the media to flourish are vital for the existence of a well functioning democracy. Support should be provided to the media to help encourage the growth of vibrant, self-sustaining, professional news media organizations and institutions on both the national and local level in developing nations.

Media can help increase focus of government resources on priority development issues by helping to provide a push against corruption and an independent source of information for society and about society. 

Source: UNDP (2008). Capacity Development: Empowering People and Institutions – Annual Report, page 23, at www.jm.undp.org/files/UNDP%20Annual%20Report%202008.pdf (accessed 28 December, 2012).

Page Created By: Ruby Dagher on 28 December 2012, updated by Ian Clark 2 January 2013. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases. This material does not necessarily reflect the official view of the publishing organization.


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