Programme – February 8, 2018

Symposium: The Relationship between Journalism and Foreign Aid

Provisional Programme

February 8, 2018          08:30 to 17:30          Yiri Lodge, South Legon Drive, Accra, Ghana


This is the last of three public meetings of the Development Assistance and independent journalism in Africa and Latin America: A cross-national and multidisciplinary research network project funded by the (UK) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Department for International Development (DfID) under the auspices of the Global Challenges Research Fund, and is held in collaboration with the School of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Legon.

The first symposium was held at the University of Leeds, in April 2017. The second was an IAMCR preconference held in July 2017 in Cartagena, Colombia.  For further information on our research programme, see .


Draft Programme

8:30        Registration, Coffee and Tea will be available


9:00        Introduction

                Audrey Gadzekpo, University of Ghana

                Chris Paterson, University of Leeds

Welcome: Prof, Michael Tagoe, Acting Provost, College of Education, University of Ghana


9:20        Introductory address: The Journalism and Foreign Aid Relationship in Africa

                Audrey Gadzekpo, University of Ghana

               Herman Wasserman, University of Cape Town


10:00     Panel One: Journalism and Aid in Africa: Overview and Critique

Chair: Jairo Lugo-Ocando, University of Leeds

  • Humphrey Nkonde, Rita Zulu — Zambia
    • An Analysis of the consequences of the narrow focus of Western donors’ “independent media” development assistance and foreign aid in Africa
  • Susan AbbottUSA/UK
    • Democratization Through Media Development: Key Issues, Assumptions, and Critical Challenges
  • Tunji OjoNigeria
    • Assessment of Press Freedom and Flow of Foreign Media Development Aid in West Africa
  • Prince AmadichukwuNigeria
    • Foreign aid and independent journalism in Africa: What the literature says and what the reality is


11:30     Break: Tea/Coffee/Snack


11:45     Panel Two: Media Aid and the Post(?) – colonial

Chair: María Soledad Segura, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina

  • Jacob Nyarko, Eric Opoku Mensah Ghana  
    • The Interface between Foreign Donation and Foreign Investment in the Media Industry: Constructing or Destructing Media Development?
  • Rodrigo ArayaChile
    • Decolonizing the journalism notion: a dialogue within the Global South
  • Michael M NdonyeKenya
    • Telling African Story: The Role of Journalistic Awards in Fostering ‘Need’ in Africa and Glorifying Foreign Aid
  • Gema MaboundaRepublic of the Congo
    • L’aide au développement des grandes puissances en Afrique et son incidence sur les médias : une analyse comparative de l’Europe et de la Chine / Development aid to the major powers in Africa and its impact on the media: a comparative analysis of Europe and China


1:15        Lunch


2:00        Panel Three: Emerging Practices

Chair: Audrey Gadzekpo, University of Ghana

  • Amin AlhassanGhana
    • Advertorialisation of development journalism as an emerging practice of development communication
  • Kwame Karikari [presented by tbc] Ghana
    • Promoting Enabling Conditions For Media Development In Emerging Democracies: Foreign Aid And Press Freedom Advocacy In Africa
  • Ridwan Abiola KolawoleRepublic of Benin
    • Foreign Aid as Predictor of Investigative Journalism Practice in Nigeria: The Gains and the Consequences
  • Mia MalanSouth Africa
    • Donor-funded journalism: who pulls the strings?


3:30        Panel Four: Journalism and Aid in Africa: National Comparison

Chair: Cosette Castro, Catholic University of Brasilia (UCB), Brazil

  • Abena Yeboah-Banin — Ghana

    • A Chink in the Charm? A Framing Analysis of Media Coverage of Chinese Aid in the Ghanaian Media
  • Mongo Joffran FrangeRepublic of the Congo
    • Aide internationale à la presse au congo: une comparaison entre les pays Européens et les Nations Unies / International aid to the press in Congo: a comparison between European countries and the United Nations
  • Gilbert Tietaah; Sarah Akrofi-Quarcoo; Abena Yeboah-Banin Ghana
    • Journalism Aid: Country of Origin and Influences on Beneficiary Perceptions and Practices


5:00-5:30              Reflections and Conclusions