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Assessment of Media Centers established by PACT Radio in madrassahs of KPK and Balochistan
By: SDPI

Partner: United States Institute of Peace

Duration: September to October, 2009

Locale: Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

Introduction:

PACT Radio had engaged madrassah students in constructive and conciliatory media-related activities by setting up media training centers in madrassahs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan.

SDPI was asked to carry out a capacity assessment of the project-implementing agency and to conduct a process review of project interventions. The process review specifically focused on assessing overall progress against the original work plan. The assessment included a review of project documentation and site visits. A series of interviews and focus group discussions were conducted with media center coordinators, senior and mid-level managers and students. The assessment also included primary data collection regarding the students/beneficiaries, post -training activities in the media centers and contents of the media broadcasts.

The assessment team was able to carry out site visits in Peshawar (KPK), and Chaman (Balochistan). The centers in the areas of Buner, Swat and D.I Khan were not functioning at the time of the assessment due to military operations in the region and were consequently not visited for assessment, although secondary information regarding the status of each of these non-functioning centers was compiled into the final assessment document.

The assessment noted that where the media centers are functioning, the project is working fairly well, with a content review revealing that interventions by the media centers are largely compatible with the projects objectives. The report pointed towards various limitations and issues of sustainability as well as achievements accomplished by the project, suggesting a number of recommendations to ensure the program’s continued success in the future.

The assessment specifically focused on identifying the improvements made by the PACT Radio in the light of recommendations of the first monitoring report. The assessment included information regarding the students/beneficiaries and motivation, post-training activities in media centers and contents of its media broadcasts.