Review of BBC World Service Trust’s Media Capacity Building Project in Sudan

Review of BBC World Service Trust’s Media Capacity Building Project in Sudan

The purpose of this consultancy was to review of a BBC WST training programme that supported DFID Sudan's support to the electoral and legislative process is to contribute to the successful and peaceful implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in order to to:

Determine the degree to which BBCWST had delivered on the purpose and outputs as set out in the logframe, and to assess its efficiency and effectiveness.

Comment on the assessment of needs and the consequent process of selection of radio stations.

Determine the degree to which the outputs have delivered outcomes, both in terms of sustainable improvements to the quality of the management and outputs of radio stations, and of increased political awareness of populations in the regions covered (including any information on listeners' responses to political broadcasts).

Assess the appropriateness of timeframes for individual raining activities.

Comment on any issues around relationships with local authorities and registration.

Assess lessons learned interms of best practice.

Compare with other programmes working to develop media capacity.

Assess the potential for an extended programme of media capacity building to support wider democratisation in Sudan, and ways that such a programme could provide immediate support to election-related needs.

Responses differentiated between issues in different regions (and Northern and Southern Sudan). radio2

This assessment was carried out by:

Conducting a literature review of BBC WST reports and reports of any other programmes operating in this area.

Conducting interviews with:

  • DFID
  • British Embassy
  • National partners, beneficiaries and other stakeholders in Khartoum
  • International (UNDP, EC, Norwegian consulate, Bearing Point) and 
national (GoSS and media organisations) stakeholders in the media sector in Juba.

Time which was limited to maximum two weeks, was be split between Khartoum and Juba. It included visits to up to three radio stations (one in Dongola Northern Sudan one in Torit in Southern Sudan, and one in Kadugli in the Transitional Areas).