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Submitted by Lillian Foo on
Thanks Shanta for the very thoughtful article on the roles information and communications play in poverty alleviation. I think that journalists also play an extremely important role in disseminating/communicating information on issues such as the budget, policy decisions, etc etc (assuming a free or free-ish press). However the challenge is that many local journos do not know how to parse data (budget data for eg)or analytical work (eg studies done by the WB), connect the dots, and make it accessible to the masses in a meaningful way. So training them to do this effectively is a critical first step in helping to empower poor people with information. Afterall, the press (and all it's attendant social media tools today) is supposed to be the Fourth Estate...