Media for Development
Media for Development is using the power of radio, TV, text message or online media, to empower ordinary people in developing countries. By broadcasting free information on health, education, human rights, the law, farm pricing, emergency information e.g. how to find safe drinking water after an earthquake or tsunami, the world's poorest people can change their lives for the better.
Media for Development is a growing area for NGOs and governments seeking to empower the disadvantaged communities.
Using her experience as an international BBC programme maker, Rachel Ellison created an award winning radio programme called 'BBC Afghan Woman's Hour'. It aims to inform, empower and entertain three generations of Afghan women - girls, their mothers and their grandmothers. Some of its greatest fans are men, who say the programme has made their lives better too.
Rachel was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for this work by the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office [UK State Department].
Rachel consults on media for development to BBC, UNESCO, ActionAid, Oxfam, Foreign Office.