What I’ve achieved

Working with, and leading teams over the years, I’m pleased to have worked towards:

UNESCO Member States adopting the Windhoek+30 Declaration on Information as a Public Good (2021).

The same states adopting the frame of Internet Universality which upholds the “ROAM principles” for digital development: human Rights, Openness, Accessibility and Multi-stakeholder governance.

The UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and Issue of Impunity reach ten years of implementation in 2022.

The UN’s recognition of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists (2 November).

Acceptance by the UN and UNESCO of the International Day for Universal Access to Information (28 September), and the Global Media and Information Literacy Week (each end of October).

Inclusion of safety of journalists among the indicators of progress (or not) under the Sustainable Development Goals (under target 16.10: “public access to information and fundamental freedoms”), and continued awareness raising about the results of this monitoring

At Rhodes University, South Africa, championing the bid to host the 2nd World Journalism Education Congress in July 2010, and overseeing the organisation and fundraising of the actual event.

Conceptualising and fundraising in order to consolidate the spatially fragmented components of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University into a striking new facility, called the Africa Media Matrix.

Building the annual Highway Africa conference at Rhodes University that linked African journalists and j-schools to engage with digital issues; creating the Sol Plaatje Institute for Media Leadership; and organising for Rhodes University to acquire Grocott’s Mail newspaper as a teaching vehicle and public service.