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White Paper “Photo-elicited perceptions of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique”

Edited by: Vannini, S., Rega, I., Cantoni, L.
Researched by: Aguirre-Sánchez, L.
Photo-elicited perceptions of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique.
November 2012. Pdf.

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Executive Summary.
What do local people think about Community Multimedia Centres (CMC) in Mozambique? And which benefits, as well as needed improvements, do they perceive?
Based on the research and development project RE-ACT (social REpresentations of Community Multimedia Centres and ACTions for improvement), the analysis presented here aims at depicting perceptions, awareness and understandings that local people—Staff members and users— have of Community Multimedia Centres in Mozambique.
In particular, the study will focus on 103 photo-elicited interviews conducted to staff members and users of a sample of 10 Mozambican CMCs, one per each region of the country. Interviews show how local people’s perceptions are distributed among the components of the venues (CMC spaces), and which personal values interviewees connect to them. It will be argued that staff members tend to focus mostly on the community radio component, while users are more focused on the telecentre. It will, then, be shown how in their discourses staff members address issues like the impact of the CMC for their communities, and the personal value their work has to them; users, instead, tend to identify learning as the main benefit of CMCs. Negative aspects that both staff and users perceive are usually related to the physical and technical infrastructures of the locations.