UNESCO - France
Currently a programme specialist in UNESCO’s Secretariat of the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC), responsible for journalism education and knowledge-driven media development, Prof. Fackson Banda has taught and published in the following areas: the political economy of communication; African political thought and African media; community communication policy; development communication and journalism; China and the African mediascape as well as new media policy and the African digital public sphere. Before joining UNESCO, he was a UNESCO-SABMiller Chair of Media and Democracy at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. He practiced print and broadcast journalism in Zambia, where he also worked as Executive Director of the Panos Institute for Southern Africa. He is winner of the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA) Award for Press Freedom. He is presently editor of the UNESCO series of publications on journalism education, including Model Curricula for Journalism Education: A Compendium of New Syllabi and Teaching Journalism for Sustainable Development: New Syllabi. Recently, he has been involved as UNESCO’s focal point for the post-2015 Development Agenda negotiation, working with over 200 civil society organizations to advocate for the inclusion of freedom of expression and media development issues in the evolving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).