Participatory Development Communication: A West African Agenda

By Guy Bessette, C.V. Rajasunderam - 2008

During the last ten years, there has been a gradual shift from hierarchical, top-down communication to a two-way process that is interactive and participatory. This change in perception about the communication process, coupled with th e dramatic spread of democracy in recent times, are working in favour of more participatory decision-making at the local level, and of communication as a part of the process. This book resulted from a two-day consultation focusing on 'Participatory Development Communication in the West and Central African Context'held in Toronto, Canada in 1995. It was attended by 49 participants drawn from development agencies, universities and NGOs. The participants were a unique mix of communicators, development workers and adult education specialists.

Published by IDRC & Southbound (1996).

By Guy Bessette, C.V. Rajasunderam| 2008


Communication rights enable all people everywhere to express themselves individually and collectively by all means of communication. They are vital to full participation in society and are, therefore, universal human rights belonging to every man, woman, and child.


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