WACC has published its 2014 annual report highlighting a number of communications advances and issues in a momentous year.
General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter, in an introductory message, pointed to several major developments:
“These are all signs that WACC’s long-standing work promoting communication rights as crucial to tackling the leading political and social issues of our day is gradually gaining a voice and presence where it matters. These achievements will be further replicated at the regional and local levels by WACC members and partners working in areas as diverse as community media, gender equality, poverty reporting, and digital frontiers,” wrote Achtelstetter. She added that there is already “considerable evidence that … the WACC movement is having an impact on policy-making and grassroots activism.”
WACC is the only international, ecumenical, non-governmental organization specializing in the field of communication and development. Taking a rights-based approach to policies and projects, WACC emphasizes the role played by communication in strengthening the capabilities of people and communities in need so that they can express and address their concerns.
In particular, WACC seeks to bring about gender equality and gender justice in and through communication.
The year also saw a new structure for WACC Canada and a streamlining of programme and financial procedures aimed at full cost recovery and good governance.
At an Extraordinary General Meeting on 18 March 2014, WACC corporate and personal members voted unanimously to approve new documents for submission to Canada’s regulatory body, adhering to a new set of rules. The documents were submitted and approved in April 2014.
The Annual Report highlights some of WACC’s activities during the year. More complete reporting can be found on this website, together with stories about events and projects, as well as WACC’s sister site, Who Makes The News?.