Development of community radios operating in the regions of Dosso, Niamey and Tillabéry
Until the late 1980s, the only media outlets in Niger were those operated by the State, i.e. the national radio broadcasting service La Voix du Sahel), the national television service (Télé Sahel), a state-run daily (Le Sahel) and 1 weekly (Sahel-Dimanche). The emergence of a pluralistic media began with the introduction of the democratic process in the early 90s. Today, the country boasts 35 privately owned radio stations, 127 community radios, 3 foreign FM radio stations, 6 privately-owned and 2 publicly-owned television channels. Despite the increase in the number of media outlets, the training of journalists still remains a priority. Since 2004, the target regions (Niamey, Dosso, Tillabery) have been the scene of several conflicts over the issue of access to natural resources. Community media could play an important role in averting such conflicts and promoting dialogue in the region.
This project attempts to address the issue by providing training on writing techniques and genres to 20 presenters (at least half of which would be female) from the 10 community radios in the regions of Niamey, Dosso and Tillabéry, in an effort to equip them with the skills required to produce programmes aimed at educating and sensitizing rural communities on environmental protection issues, and more generally on issues relating to rural development.