Thursday, April 05, 2018

Parliament Calls For Contributions To The Right To Information Bill



Parliament Calls For Contributions To The Right To Information Bill

The Parliamentary Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs is inviting memoranda and contributions to the Right to Information (RTI) Bill in order to build consensus and enhance its work. 

This comes on the heels of a 10-day ultimatum given to the government during a coordinated campaign for the speedy passage of the Bill by the Right to Information Coalition (RTIC). The campaign yielded some results as the bill was okayed by cabinet and sent to parliament.

A release dated 4th April 2018 signed by Acting Director of the Public Affairs Department, Kate Addo, said that the RTI Bill was referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs during the first meeting of the second session of Parliament.

The said memoranda are to be addressed to the committee and should reach Parliament not later than Friday 13th April 2018 via akua.parliament@gmail.com .

The Right to Information Bill seeks to give right and access to official information held by public institutions and private entities which perform public functions with public funds. The Bill was introduced to parliament in 1999 under the former President, Jerry John Rawlings. The draft bill was reviewed in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Call for Proposal from GARDJA Members



Call for Proposal from GARDJA Members
The Ghana Agricultural and Rural Development Journalists Association (GARDJA), with support from UTZ/Rainforest Alliance proudly announces the addition of funding package for members to investigate and report on the cocoa sector in Ghana.
The projects has the following goals:
1.    The Ghanaian public will have access to more and better investigative reports on cocoa sustainability issues on radio, online, newspaper and TV.
2.    The voice of female and male cocoa farmers on cocoa sustainability issues will be included more frequently in media reports
It is expected that the increased and better informed media attention will lead to more informed public debate on cocoa sustainability issues and will allow the public and farmers especially to monitor the implementation of commitments made by governments and companies.
Project activities include trainings for members, as well as creating platforms for exchange for journalists and farmers and other stakeholder stakeholders. In addition, some financial support will be made available by GARDJA to members, for travel and research costs of journalistic productions on sustainability issues in Ghana’s cocoa sector.
The beneficiaries of this support will be carefully selected by a committee established by GARDJA, based on proposals submitted. Members of GARDJA are by this notice requested to submit proposals on issues of cocoa bearing in mind the objective of the project for possible support.
Your application or proposal must contain but not limited to the following details:
1.    Brief introduction of applicant (Name, media organisation, years of experience in practice, etc)
2.    Story idea
3.    Potential subjects/interviewees of story
4.    Plan for story production
5.    Expected impact of story
6.    Budget
This is the criteria the screening committee will use to consider proposals:
1.    Accuracy: Precision, exactness, designations, tittles and spelling.
2.    Relevance: Connectedness with content, focus on story/theme, appropriateness of content to subject matter.
3.    Impact: Impression or effect on farmers or society leading to change or solutions.
4.    Background: thoroughness (depth) of investigative work, research, sourcing, history, correct interpretation of data. Ethical Standard: decency and adherence to ethical principles.
5.    Balance: featuring all possible sides in the story to make it comprehensive.

How to Apply:
Send your proposals to; Reuben Nana Yaw on nanayaw2010@rocketmail.com, agriculturalmediaghana@gmail.com before close of day on Friday 20th April 2018 to be considered. You can also reach out to him for any clarification via mail or on 0240763318