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Media and Access to Information in Southeast Asia

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  • Asia and the Pacific
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
In its work area on "Culture, democracy and development", and going back to the 'New Information Order' and the struggle for the right to inform and be informed in the 1970s, the Foundation has been pioneering work on media and communication.
In particular: Building on this tradition, the Foundation in 1998-2002 co-organised a number of seminars on media and access to information with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ). As a direct response to the principle of 'endogenous development', the Foundation has a 20 year-long engagement in initiating and supporting African indigenous publishing.
Currently a handbook in African scholarly publishing is being developed. The seminar project Another Development for Burma, organised in close cooperation with the Burmese democracy movement, aims to stimulate critical discussion on alternative development strategies for a future democratic Burma.
  1. "Improving the Flow of Information in a Time of Crisis: The Challenges to the Southeast Asian Media" (1998) Development Dialogue 1998:2.
  2. "Access to Information in Southeast Asia" (2002), Development Dialogue 2002:1
In addition: Human Scale Development:
  1. Conception, Application and Further Reflections. By Manfred A. Max-Neef with contributions from Antonio Elizalde and Martin Hopenhayn. The Apex Press, New York, 1991. 114 pp. ISBN 0-945257-35-X.
  2. Autonomous Development Funds in Africa. Report from an Expert Consultation in Kampala, Uganda, 4-6 April, 1995. 36 pp. ISBN 91-85214-21-3.
  3. Also published in French under the title Fonds auto-nomes pour le développement en Afrique. Rapport de la consultation d'experts, Kampala, Ouganda, 4-6 avril, 1995. ISBN 91-85214-22-1.
  4. The Future of Indigenous Publishing in Africa, by Wendy Davies. Report from a Seminar in Arusha, Tanzania, March 25-28, 1996. 30 pp.
  5. Publishing and Book Trade in Kenya, by Ruth L. Makotsi and Lily K. Nyariki, East African Educational Publishers, Nairobi, 1997. 172 pp. ISBN 9966-46-664-9. This is a special study made for the Loan Guarantee Programme for Indigenous Publishing in Kenya initiated and administered by the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation.
  6. Report from the 1998 African Writers' Publishers Seminar, by Wendy Davies, 1998.
  7. News in Distress: The Southeast Asian Media in a Time of Crisis, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism/Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Manila, 1999. 122 pp. ISBN 971-8686-22-3. This book is based on papers presented at the seminar-workshop 'Improving the Flow of Information in a Time of Crisis: The Challenge to the Southeast Asian Media held at the Subic Freeport, the Philippines, October 29-31, 1998.
  8. African Writers' Handbook, edited by James Gibbs and Jack Mapanje. African Books Collective Ltd, Oxford, in association with the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Oxford 1999. 432 pp. ISBN 0-9521269-6-6.
  9. Reimagining the future: towards democratic governance. A report of the Global Governance Reform Project. Published by the Department of Politics, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia, 2000, in cooperation with Focus on the Global South, Bangkok, The Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Tokyo and Honolulu, and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation. 101 pp. ISBN 0 646 39994 2.
  10. Making Education Work: The What, Why and How of Education with Production, by Patrick van Rensburg, Foundation for Education with Production International, Gaborone and Johannesburg, and the Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Uppsala, 2000. ISBN 91-85214-29-9. 152 pp. (Pre-publication edition.)
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