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Capacity Building of Community Radio Personnel in Bangladesh

Year when project approved: 
2009
Approved budget: 
US$33 000.00

Under this project, the skills and capacity of CR personnel will be increased through a training program, a newsletter and a web portal. The project aims to enable CR personnel to produce and broadcast CR programs, and successfully manage and run CR stations for the rural and marginalized communities. One-hundred and eighty organizations have applied for a CR license. To facilitate the registration and operation process, BNNRC has opened a help desk and set up a Community Radio Academy (CRA). It has been observed that skilled manpower is lacking to run the CR stations. While setting up CR stations, organizations therefore face numerous difficulties to ensure their effective operation. CR has been considered as a powerful weapon in socio-economic and cultural development, in spreading education, establishing good governance and human rights and creating public awareness. CR can play significant role in empowering communities. But CRs need to be run by skilled manpower, and therefore training courses for their staff are immensely useful. Under this project, the capacities and skills of 150 CR staff will be enhanced through three training courses. After having completed the training courses, the beneficiaries will produce 20 issue-based radio programs. Through this project, CR activities and community programs will become known to the public through a newsletter, a directory and a web portal. The project aims to create a group of CR staff with capacities and skills in CR management, program production, broadcasting and technical operation, who will produce issue-based CR programs; to open up extensive job opportunities for the trainees; and to overcome the shortage of skilled CR manpower in Bangladesh.

Documents
Project details
IPDC Bureau meeting nÂș: 
53

Implementation status :

Project evaluated:

Project scope:

Budget
Budget code: 
354 BGD 5081

Source of funds:

Beneficiary
Beneficiary name: 
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
Beneficiary address: 
House 13/1, Road 2, Shamoli, Dhaka 1207

Beneficiary country:

Beneficiary phone: 
+88 02 9130750
Location and contacts
UNESCO
Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Iskra Panevska, i.panevska@unesco.org;

UNESCO Field Office:

Project contacts: 

Ahm Bazlur Rahman, ceo@bnnrc.net;

Project region:

Follow-up and achievments
Summary of the project implementation: 

18 training participants attending the workshop in July 2010 and acquired knowledge and skills on community radio station installation, broadcast and operation. They were introduced to the need of using simple technologies and simple programming techniques. They also got a clearer perception of IT related issues. Through the CR Web portal, CR stations will have the pportunity to share their productions, exchange contents, materials, music, schedules and planning, and seek cooperation and partnership for development initiatives. Forthcoming activities, such as the web portal, the newsletters and directory, will provide CR operators and stakeholders with a useful resource tank. That will also make the project's results better known to a larger number of community members. It is expected that 20 million people will be reached out by the CR programmes and will be sensitized on issues related to human and social rights, poverty, indigenous knowledge and national heritage.