Consolidation of Community Radio Movement (Phase II)

Project country:

Year when project approved: 
2008
Approved budget: 
US$38 500.00

Following the peoples' movement for re-establishment of democracy in April 2006, Nepal has embarked on a sustained path to democracy respecting human rights, media freedom and free flow of information. Because of liberal government policy, more than four dozens community radios (CRs) were opened within the last eight months, reaching a total of 91, out of which 36 stations are already on air and 15 more stations will be on air by the end of October 2007. While professional training is a must for any fresh entrant in the media profession, the journalists of CRs are always constrained with resources and cannot afford to upgrade their journalistic standards. This proposal has been developed as a second phase of the IPDC-supported project of ACORAB, so that the newly opened CRs could benefit from it. Additionally, during its implementation, ACORAB has felt that CRs not only need capacity building but also institutional development programmes for their sustainability. The newly opened stations need also to be well-versed in the ethics and values of CRs. Accordingly, the COC that was prepared under the first phase of support by IPDC needs to be properly oriented among all new CRs for its effective implementation. The immediate objective is to consolidate community radio movement in Nepal through capacity building, institutional strengthening and enhancing values of community radio stations. The development objective is to enable community radios to promote a participatory, accountable and transparent governance system, thus paving the way to considerable opportunities for freedom of expression, pluralism, information sharing and communication.

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Project details
IPDC Bureau meeting nÂș: 
52

Implementation status :

Project evaluated:

Project scope:

IPDC Priority:

Budget
Budget code: 
354 NEP 5071

Source of funds:

Beneficiary
Beneficiary name: 
Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal (ACORAB)

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Location and contacts
UNESCO
Responsible UNESCO Regional advisers: 

Axel Plathe, a.plathe@unesco.org;

UNESO Field Office:

Project contacts: 

Pramod Tandukar, Executive Director, ACORAB,

Project place: 
Throughout Nepal

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Follow-up and achievments
Summary of the project implementation: 
In house Training: 21 selected community radio stations, especially in the most inaccessible and marginalized areas, participated in the in-house training on Radio Journalism and CR management. The training was organized at the radio stations themselves and was 4 to 7 days long. Equal opportunities to participate was given to all the staff members of the selected radio stations, to move forward from previous initiatives where only the management used to attend. Experts in radio journalism and professionals contributed to enhance the orientation and training activities. Participatory approach was adopted in all phases of the training, where CR decided upon the training modules and subjects accordingly to their own needs. Site visits to the Nepal's oldest Community Radio Radio Sagarmatha and Nepal government's official radio station Radio Nepal were carried out with some of the trained groups. ACORAB has been giving continuity of enhancing capacity of the radio stations with the support of DanidaHUGOU. II. Workshop on Code of Conduct: As per the project proposal, three orientation workshops on the Code of Conduct, would have been held with 64 community radio stations in three regions of Nepal. However, considering the increased number of new CRs, it was decided to convene a National Workshop on 22 June 2010 in Kathmandu where 140 community radios had the opportunity to participate. The main agenda was to revise the Code of Conduct and discuss about its implementation by the radio stations. CR experts facilitated an open forum where a two-way discussion was successfully undertaken. The National Workshop resulted also in a valuable opportunity for conveyed CR, both well established and new ones, to network and share knowledge. A major outcome of the event was the draft of a Declaration through which the participating CR expressed their commitment to fully adopt the Code of Conduct.
Achieved outputs: 
Experience and knowledge in CR management and radio journalism are shared among 140 representatives of CR stations ? Code of Conduct has been revised in light of inputs received at the National Workshop ? A strong commitment over the implementation of the Code of Conduct is ensured through the issuing of the 8-point declaration. ? Ownership of the Code of Conduct among CR stations is enhanced. ? Awareness on ethics and values of CR is increased among newly established CR which took part in the Code of Conduct review.