Myanmar hosts an increasingly rich theatre of innovation in which many actors are working to pursue sustainable development through media, communications and arts. Civil society, social entrepreneurs, local-, city- and state-authorities, filmmakers, media, journalists and others are all busy experimenting in a fast changing yet complex media landscape. Over the past 3 years there has been an explosion of mobile phones and digital apps and Facebook has become a key information source for many urban dwellers, yet villagers in remote areas still rely on radio and small-town print journals as their window to the world. Media, edutainment and communications are further challenged by the rich diversity of language, culture and religion and the widely variant norms in the communities which make up modern Myanmar. In addition, Myanmar faces significant challenges in development across multiple areas including in health, education, poverty, employment and livelihoods, with challenges to peaceful democratic development from armed conflict, and ethnic and religious divides which often play out in the media landscape. Responding to these challenges, a wide range of practitioners are working towards supporting Myanmar to meet the sustainable development goals, using a wide range of communications and media formats – from printed posters, online video, Facebook, mobile phone apps, radio and TV dramas. But do we know what, if and how it all works?
The Media and Communication for development Forum, 2019 will inspire participants to explore creative ways of promoting social change through media and communication. The forum will facilitate learning from evidence-based media and communications interventions that pursue the broader Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Agenda, accompanied by building participants’ skills in this sector, and building a community of practitioners.
The Forum will take place from the 23rd to the 25th of May, in Yogon, Myanmar.