Independent Project Reporting

The Independent Project Reporting (IPR) is an integral part of the FATA Development Programme(FDP), which is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), is co-funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and is implemented by the FATA Secretariat and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Launched in 2010, IPR is a collaboration of FDP with professional journalists and the Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) Department of the University of Peshawar (UoP). The tool at one hand aims at journalistic approaches of monitoring and evaluation and at parallel contributes at large in bridging the gap of communications between the state, media and civil society by promoting responsible journalism and fostering civil-state dialogue.

Field picture 1: Community member recording his comments on FDP development interventions in FATA.
Community member recording his comments on FDP development interventions in FATA.

IPR with Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) at UoP provides services in two main areas; production and dissemination of authentic information about projects in the FATA and capacity development through a certificate course in development journalism.Professional journalists and journalism students from the University of Peshawar are dispatched to document project activities in written and audiovisual form, highlighting all stages of implementation. While improving state-citizen relations by facilitating a constructive dialogue this approach also promotes responsible journalism as the students are encouraged to adopt journalistic core values like striving for objectivity. An in-house training centre ensures capacity building leading to quality development reporting. Launched in January 2013, the IPR certificate course has so far produced 115 development journalists including 23 females in seven batches.

 Field picture 2: IPR reporter taking feedback from communities on FDP development schemes in FR Peshawar.
IPR reporter taking feedback from communities on FDP development schemes in FR Peshawar.

IPR Certification Course in Development Journalism 

A vital facet of the Independent Project Reporting (IPR) is the three months certification course offered by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Peshawar with the cooperation of FATA Development Programme.

The selected students for the IPR, development journalism course mainly belong to FATA and KP region and approximately 20 students are selected per batch. So far, 7 batches have been successfully trained through interactive class room and field trainings.

Group photo of participants with Senior Journalist Syed Talat Hussain after a workshop on Development Journalism.

Ever since its commencement, the IPR certification course has been able to equip graduates of Journalism and Mass Communication as well as Media journalists with the necessary tools to further refine their journalistic skills. The Independent Project Reporting certification course comprises of rigorous 12 modules.  Curriculum and training material has been designed under the previous phases of the project, which is regularly updated before start of the course as per feedback from the previous sessions and new development in the field. The course aims at providing a 360 degree overview to the participants by engaging them six days a week in both theoretical and practical aspects of their field of expertise. Students are assessed on the basis of their attendance, class participation and different assessment tasks including specific projects in the field designed under different modules.

Prominent figures from the media and educational sector at the IPR Development Journalism certification ceremony.
Prominent figures from the media and educational sector at the IPR Development Journalism certification ceremony.