Establishment of a community multimedia centre in Bondoukuy
Throughout the 1990s, the media landscape in Burkina Faso experienced significant growth, both in quantitative and qualitative terms. This was a natural consequence of the ongoing processes of democratisation, decentralisation and media liberalisation. To enable the free and fair practice of media-related activities, an Information Code was adopted in 1991, and a regulatory body: the Conseil Supérieur de la Communication (Higher Council for Communication), established in 1995. In terms of audio-visual media, Burkina Faso boasts 138 radio stations and 20 television channels. Print-media publications include 4 dailies, 8 weeklies, 1 bi-weekly, 7 monthlies, and 1 bi-monthly. The fact remains, however, that Burkinabe media outlets are faced with a difficult economic environment, which hinders their development. This is particularly true for community radios, which depend on member subscriptions as their main source of funding.
This project will attempt to address the issue by establishing a telecentre at the radio station in Bondoukuy in order to convert it into a Community Multimedia Centre. It will involve the acquisition and installation of equipment, as well as ten days of TOT training and training for local populations.