Setting up of a Community Radio in Garoua
Delays in the area of communication still persist, particularly in rural zones, some of which are still very isolated. Additionally, the Eastern zone, near the border with the Central African Republic, has attracted thousands of refugees fleeing the troubles in their country. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has set up 72 sites to provide shelter for the refugees. To cope with the situation, the World Food Programme (WFP) has implemented communication and foodsupply policies targeting the refugees at the 72 sites. Agents using motorcycles purchased by the WFP attempt, as best they can, to circulate information among communities benefiting from WFP aid. However, the circulation of information disseminated by the WFP and other NGOs working in the interest of the refugees is often hampered by problems of insecurity and delay, hence the need to set up a community radio covering this entire zone. The radio station would contribute to keeping the population informed on issues such as food, agriculture, security, education, health (HIV), livestock rearing, human rights and the environment. The project aims to setting up a community radio station in Garoua-Boulaï would contribute to meeting the needs of this zone in terms of communication and information. This would serve to achieve greater involvement on the part of the target community and local authorities in the management of refugees' problems, security issues and community development and to encourage the production of local content, by employing the skills, initiatives and know-how of trained local coordinators. It will provide training for 8 presenters, 2 technicians, and 5 administrative staff; produce and broadcast 50 programmes addressing the needs of the community; and ensure adoption of this communication tool and greater community involvement.