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Bad news: seeing communication for and about development through an expose of Swedish aid to Zambia

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Enghel, Florencia (main author), Danielsson, Magnus (author)
Publication Date:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
agricultural development, coverage, development, development communication, development issues, ethical issues, farmers, information issues, mass media, media effectiveness, news media, participation, reporting, rural development, role, mediation, Sweden (Europe), Zambia (Africa, Eastern)
Due to the Library's response to COVID-19, this document is currently only available through online access. If no link is provided in this record, the ACDC will make this document accessible through our collection once we are able to return to our office., Online via open access., How is bilateral development cooperation communicated about in the news? How does a donor agency communicate for and about development? And what are the links between one and the other? This article focuses on a 2016 expose reported on Swedish public television about alleged corruption in aid to Zambia, reflecting failure of both donor and recipient. Authors focus on the news media as mediator of the donor's communication with its tax-paying audiences and demonstrated potentials of an integrated conceptual approach to communication for and about development. Findings reveal greater media coverage of financial accountability than on doing good for Zambian citizens.