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Building community radio in Nigeria

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US$27 500.00

Community broadcasting is one of the defining features of a plural and diverse media landscape. Among the characteristics of community radios are that they are owned and managed by communities; carry community-oriented programming; pursue a social development agenda; and use participatory methods in their activities. From different parts of the world, reports attest that community radio gives access and voice to marginalized peoples; empowers them to improve their lives and immediate environment; helps build capacities of societies to hold leaders accountable; helps to tackle poverty, support conflict resolution, preserve cultures and promote sustainable development. There is no doubt that these characteristics would also hold true in Nigeria.
Significant progress has been made in Nigeria in gaining policy level and regulatory recognition for community broadcasting. The government announced (in late 2010) approval for the licensing of community radio and the National Broadcasting Commission is to start issuing licences. Alongside the continuing national level advocacy of the Nigeria Community Radio Coalition, support is needed to raise awareness and capacity for implementation at the grassroots level.
This project is designed to make a strategic contribution to the development of community radio in Nigeria through training of grassroots communities and regional awareness raising events. It builds on over five years of community radio advocacy in Nigeria and meets needs clearly expressed by civil society and community-based organizations to increase awareness of community radio and to build capacity for community radio development. The purpose is to support four pilot community radio initiatives with planning and start-up workshops in various locations throughout Nigeria.

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Nigeria Community Radio Coalition (NCRC)
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The Nigeria Community Radio Coalition (NCRC) is a community of organizations and citizens committed to deepening development, to advancing media pluralism and to advocating the emergence of a sustainable community radio sector in Nigeria. The coalition emerged from a country-wide advocacy process launched in 2003 through a collaboration between the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), Panos Institute West Africa (PIWA) and the Institute for Media and Society (Nigeria). It has a membership of over 300 organizations and individuals drawn from a wide diversity of backgrounds. The coalition is led by a 12-member Steering Committee. Legal and financial administration is provided by the Institute for Media and Society. Income received and applied in 2009/10 to NCRC activities amounted to US$ 150,000, mainly received from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Panos Institute West Africa.

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Nigeria Community Radio Coalition (NCRC), Institute for Media and Society, 3 Emina Crescent (off Toyin Street), Ikeja, Lagos

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(+234) 1-810 2261 (+234) 803 307 9828
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Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, UNESCO Abuja (

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Mr Akin Akingbulu, NCRC Executive Director (

Mr Oluseyi Soremekun, UNESCO Abuja (

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Workshops at: Igbomina (Kwara State), Idoani (Ondo State), Donga (Taraba State), Dawanau (Kano State). Seminars at: Asaba (Delta State), Kaduna (Kaduna State), Ibadan (Oyo State)

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