DIGITAL COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT IN NEPAL. An evaluation of the Digital Broadcast Initiative


  • Gabriella Westerberg


I arrived in Nepal on January 7, 2004 to carry out an evaluation of the 18- month pilot project Digital Broadcast Initiative , designed and implemented by Equal Access  in conjunction with UNDP-Southeast Asia. For almost three months, I met and interviewed listeners, partners and initiators of the Digital Broadcast Initiative (DBI).

I was granted a scholarship from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to carry out the study. Equal Access  provided me with a working space in their offices in central Katmandu but did not, as agreed, pay me to develop the study. The both friendly and competent staff of Equal Access -Nepal warmly welcomed me. Thanks to their and their San Francisco-based colleagues’ generosity with time and effort, I was able to make this study, which helped me understand more of the particularities and generalities of development communication.

Author Biography

Gabriella Westerberg

Gabriella Westberg is a journalist. This article is based on her Master thesis of the same title (April 2004).