Media Institutional Development:
Support diverse voice of citizens and plural society in Afghanistan The concept of media institutional development approach has been developed by Khudadad Bisharat, the founder of DelEX, through intensive literature reviews and series of consultations meetings with the media experts from different background in Afghanistan. The initiative has been immediately turned into a project sponsored by Open Society Afghanistan and currently under execution by Subh-e Kabul Daily Newspaper as below details:
Over the last decades, media outlets have been confronted with numerous challenges. And media outlets, like other countries, are the product of economics, politics, and technology, while Afghan media is dependent on weak economies which raises questions about the media’s economic sustainability. The rapid and drastic reduction or cut in foreign aids levels would make independent media extremely vulnerable and risky of undermining the latest hard-gains made over the 19years. The sustainability of media depends on indigenous economic growth, but also socio-political development and cultural changes to be publicly invested. In the media institutional development approach, the focus isn’t only on the development of the media itself as an organizational system (rules) but further extended to a wider aspect of technical capacity (actors – staffs) as a way forward- institutional resiliency and technical sustainability. The most important element of media institutional development is that it refers specifically to efforts that focus on “strengthening and expanding indigenous media systems which have missed for the last one and half centuries in Afghanistan. The rationality of the proposed project is to initiate on media the institutional development approach to be structurally consolidated, technically strengthened and organizational policies are further improved.
The project is designed to improve the institutional capacity of media to provide citizens with free and timely information they need to make critical decisions that affect them as individual, as well as their families, community, and nation-wide as a whole. The media institutional development will serve as multi-approaches to address variety of existing gaps in the area of human resource, organizational capacity, structural efficiency, and strengthening strategic and planning capacity for making it effective and sustainable. The project purpose is to support Subh-e Kabul as a new emerging independent media operationally functional and institutionally sustained.
1. To contribute to the improvement of institutional development in the area of organizational capacity, structural development, and strategic planning;
2. To promote public awareness-raising by production & publication of various kind of investigative reports and other special reports to provide citizens free information they need for making the critical decision, offer them diverse perspective, and hold government accountable to the public; and
3. To create space for series of democratic debates on specific and thematic issues such as climate changes and fighting against the spread of Covid-19.
The project will be implemented in five major zones of Afghanistan with a specific focus on institutional development and production of in-depth investigative reports as means of field practices, knowledge consolidation, and skill-building of staff.