Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Worldspace Foundation

  • Silver Spring, MD
  • http://www.firstvoiceint.org

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to help improve the lives of people in Africa and Asia who bear the greatest burden of poverty. We bypass illiteracy, geographical isolation and inadequate infrastructure to bring vital programs to information-starved communities through our award-winning digital broadcast and multimedia services. First Voice International is a catalyst and facilitator for the exchange of local knowledge and information. We provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, best practices and solutions to common problems, using a wide range of appropriate information and communications technologies (ICTs). Our programs are "first voice," produced from locally produced and locally relevant content collected from African and Asian civil society organizations and the communities they serve. We believe that accurate and relevant information and knowledge building are important prerequisites for sustainable development. Our goal is to give communities that have previously been unheard, a voice in today's global society.

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ruling year

1998

Principal Officer

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Mr. Kirk Talbott

Keywords

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ICT for development, Africa, Asia, radio, education, poverty alleviation, HIV/AIDS

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Also Known As

First Voice International

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52-2039997

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Media, Communications Organizations (A30)

Radio (A34)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

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Africa Learning Channel Launched in December 1999, the Africa Learning Channel (ALC) is collective information service dedicated exclusively to noncommercial, open access, educational and social development programming. It broadcasts ?first voice? programs developed from content produced locally by African community broadcasters, nongovernmental organizations, media agencies, and other community-based organizations. The ALC is dedicated to effecting change and promoting peace and prosperity in Africa. It is a forum for Africans to talk to each other continent-wide, from village to village and compound to compound, sharing ideas, best practices and solutions to common problems. It gives voice to populations that have not been heard, and empowers them with the knowledge they need to participate in the new global village. To date, approximately 55.5 million people in 51 African countries have listened at least once to an ALC program on topics such as HIV/AIDS, good governance, youth development, gender, micro-enterprise, food security, environment, agriculture, and English as a Second Language. The Multimedia Service Since 2000, First Voice International has been providing a cost-effective and reliable mechanism for the distribution of multimedia data to target audiences in Africa. In 2002, the Multimedia Service (MMS) began broadcasting to Asia and the Pacific, transmitting information on food security, HIV/AIDS and other health issues, governance, disaster preparedness, and teacher training, etc. The service supports people throughout Africa and Asia for whom information is essential resource for the successful implementation of their vocations. These include teachers, health workers, doctors and nurses, meteorologists and rural extension workers, local government officers, and community development workers, to name a few. They rely on the MMS for access to multimedia (web-based text, graphics and audio) data in regions where Internet access is not available, unreliable or prohibitively expensive.

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Principal Officer

Mr. Kirk Talbott

BIO

Kirk Talbott has worked in the field of international development for over twenty years and has concentrated on law, community empowerment, natural resources management and security and human rights issues in Asia and Africa in particular. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1978 and a J.D. and M.S.F.S. from Georgetown University Law Center and the Foreign Service School in 1986. He is a member of the D.C. Bar and practiced international law in the field of nuclear testing litigation. Talbott led the Amnesty International Chapter at Georgetown Law Center and worked for several years at the International Law Institute training government officials in contract negotiations and project procurement. He next spent almost ten years at the World Resources Institute managing programs in Africa and then serving as the first regional director for Asia. He then worked at Conservation International as a VP for Asia focusing particularly on resource management and community development in mainland Asia. In the last year (before working at WorldSpace) Talbott was a consultant working for groups such as the MacArthur Foundation and guest teaching at Yale, Georgetown, and George Washington University. He has co-authored a book on land tenure rights across Asia and the Pacific and published widely in the field of development and environment in such places as the International Herald Tribune, the Open Society Institute, and the Smithsonian He has worked closely with both multilateral and bilateral development agencies including the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, USAID, Swedish SIDA, Danish DANIDA, etc. and with many foundations including Ford, Packard, etc. Talbott has worked in over 40 countries, speaks French, and has served on several Boards.

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