The Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS)
The Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) is a 10-year project running from 2008 to 2018, supporting better governance in the Pacific region by contributing to the development of a diverse, independent and professional Pacific media system. The development of this participatory media system helps to inform people of the Pacific and give them a voice in public life at a local, national and regional level.
The PACMAS program takes a ‘system-wide approach’ to media strengthening that addresses the broader role of communication, information and media in improving governance and development.
Who is involved
The program is funded by the Australian Government's aid program. Phase Two of the program, running from November 2011 to June 2015, is managed by ABC International Development, and will form partnerships with a number of Pacific media organisations.
The Pacific Media Assistance Scheme involves the Pacific countries of Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
This initiative is working with media in these countries to strengthen the financial viability of public broadcasters, develop content and exchanges and develop access to technical coordination and distribution.