ANDI – Communications and Rights, Brazil

About the organisation

Formally established in 1993 – although operating actively since 1990 – ANDI is a non-partisan not-for-profit civil society organization engaged in coordinating innovative initiatives in the field of media for development. Its strategies are founded on promoting and strengthening a professional and ethical dialogue among news rooms, university media departments and other major programs, government, and entities devoted to sustainable development and human rights at the national and global levels.

Description of the organisation

ANDI was founded in Brazil shortly before enactment of the new Federal Constitution (1988), through which individual liberties were restored and democratic process enshrined. Spurred by popular opinion, the article 227 of the new Constitution mandated that families, society, and the State give “absolute priority” to the rights of children and adolescents. Two years later, Brazil ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and approved the Child and Adolescent Bill of Rights (Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente – ECA).

Their Mission
To contribute to a culture of promoting the rights of children and youth, human rights, social inclusion, participatory democracy and sustainable development based on actions involving journalism, information dissemination, entertainment and advertising in any of the media platforms and also in the field of public communication.