AMIC: Streamlining Community Radio Capacity Building in Asia

Year when project approved: 
2009
Approved budget: 
US$38 500.00

In Asia there is need to equip the key country actors and promoters with information resource and bring the general citizenries to a higher level of awareness / understanding about community radio. It is also necessary to train civil society as well as policy makers and local government authorities concept, processes, functioning of community radio. This project seeks to create large pool of trainers in the countries(Bangladesh, Laos, India, Indonesia and Philippines) through a series of training of trainers courses. In this effect, a curriculum for community radio training will be designed and materials to support the adaptation of the curriculum will be developed.

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Project details
IPDC Bureau meeting nÂș: 
53

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Budget
Budget code: 
354 RAS 5082

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Beneficiary
Beneficiary name: 
Asian Media Communication Centre
Beneficiary address: 
CS 04-49 WKWSCI BUilding nanyang Technological University Singapore 637718

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Beneficiary phone: 
65 67927570

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Location and contacts
UNESCO
Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Iskra Panevska, i.panevska@unesco.org;

UNESCO Field Office:

Project contacts: 

Dr. Kalinga Seneviratne, Head of Research, AMIC,

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Follow-up and achievments
Summary of the project implementation: 

The workshops in all countries were well received. In Bangladesh and Laos, participants initially thought participatory communication strategies to involve the community people in programme planning and production were not possible, but after the field exercise they were convinced that it is possible to do it there. In India, because of All India Radio's (AIR) involvement in development communications for a long time, the workshop was able to address the issue of the difference between 'radio by the people for the people', and 'radio for the people', which was the development communication model practiced by AIR. A comprehensive summary of each workshop has been submitted to UNESCO Office in Delhi. There have been requests for further assistance from AMIC to conduct more workshops especially in Indonesia, Philippines and India, because we were not able to accommodate all applicants because of limitation of funds and class size.

Achieved outputs: 
The curriculum for the workshops were prepared by Louie Tabing and Kalinga Seneviratne. ? All the workshops planned for India, Indonesia, Laos and Philippines have now been completed. ? Currently the curriculum for the 14 week long module is being prepared. ? During 2010 AMIC produced 11 'Asian Voices' programmes for dissemination among community radio broadcasters in Asia, addressing media issues in the Asian region. ? AMIC is also working on an e-book on community radio in Asia with a few examples from outside the Region. Most of the material has already been submitted by researchers and community radio broadcasters. It will be edited by Kalinga Seneviratne. It is planned to be completed by end of March 2011 and made available via the AMIC Alternative Media portal.