IPDC Project beneficiary type: Radio

The Project, Community Radio-Community Participation in Local Governance (CR-CPLG), will enhance the expansion of over 700,000 people’s access to communication. It will afford rural and marginalized communities, in the Central Region of Ghana, to exercise their right to communicate and, through and alongside this, their right to participate in and drive the process of development and empowerment.

 

The country’s population of about 24.4 million (2010 population census), “is predominantly rural” where 62% of the population reside and where poverty levels are high. (Gender...

The media development in Sierra Leone has improved through the practice of plurality and liberalization with local newspapers and several radio stations country-wide. There are about eighty registered newspapers and only one public service broadcaster (SLBC) and about forty Community radio stations including Radio Bontico with various diversified radio programs for their targeted audience. Sierra Leone is a country that enjoys freedom of expression in its dissemination of information. The category of Media requested for support by this project is our rural community inhabitants whose...

Adequate skills to produce well researched and balanced accountability programme is a major challenge affecting the quality of programmes in most community radio stations. It is not always the case that some of the community radios do not want to produce professional programmes on accountability/transparency issues targeting local government institutions. The real issue is that most of them do not have the required skills to enable them produce such programmes in a professional manner. The real need is the required skills to produce such programmes.
 
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VGK FM is one of the rare radio stations in the Plateaux region. It transmits within a very limited broadcast range of 15 km and only covers the town of Palimé, and a few, small, nearby villages. The vast majority of the districts in the coffee and cocoa triangle are therefore not covered by VGK FM and are victims of the decline in coverage that is observed as one moves away from Lomé, the capital, to the north of Togo. To compensate for this lack of technical resources, which limits the range of coverage of the VGK FM station, to strengthen the technical and operational capacity of the...

Somalia is often described as the world's top fragile state, a country that has been engulfed in conflict and remains volatile, severely affected by the impact of more than a decade of civil strife. Currently the country is fragmented into South Central Somalia which is partially controlled by the newly-formed Somalia National Government, the internationally recognized government of Somalia, Somaliland which declared it’s independent from the republic of Somalia in 1991 and Puntland which declared itself as an autonomous state in 1998. The mandate of the previous Transitional Federal...

The Uganda population census of 2002 found 23.8 million persons of which 11.6 million were male and 12.2 million were female. 88% of the women live in the rural areas that are served by the community media for information. Driven by gender inequalities in development initiatives, the government of Uganda developed a National Gender Policy to mainstream gender concerns in the national development process in order to improve the social, legal/civic, political, economic and cultural conditions of the Ugandan people, especially its women. The policy forms the legal framework and mandate for...

The Uganda population census of 2002 found 23.8 million persons of which 11.6 million were male and 12.2 million were female. 88% of the women live in the rural areas that are served by the community media for information. Driven by gender inequalities in development initiatives, the government of Uganda developed a National Gender Policy to mainstream gender concerns in the national development process in order to improve the social, legal/civic, political, economic and cultural conditions of the Ugandan people, especially its women. The policy forms the legal framework and mandate for...

The history of media in Lesotho reveals that community reporting was never a priority. Even in current times, some communities, no matter how close they may be to the city or town, have never appeared either on a radio station or newspaper. The voices of the people of Lesotho in the rural and some urban communities alike, are not heard. The media is in Maseru, the capital city of Lesotho. Rural communities make news only when they are involved in scandals, violence, witchcraft or any other negative story. In most instances, rural communities enjoy media coverage when there is a government...

Khorixas in Kunene Region, also known as Kaokoland, is located in the Upper Western region of Namibia. It is in one of Namibia’s thirteen regions and one of the most underdeveloped due to the mountainous inaccessible geography and the dryness that significantly hinders agriculture.
 
According to the Namibia Population and Housing Census, Kunene has an estimated population of 68,735 (34,237 females and 34,487 males or 101 males for every 100 females) growing at an annual rate of 1.9%, the population density being 0.6 persons per km2. By age, 15% of the population was under 5...

Valley fm is a community based radio which broadcasts from the picturesque town, Worcester, in the Western Cape where a large number of residents are farm dwellers and radio is the most accessible and costeffective communication medium for these rural dwellers. The station reaches and represents the listeners of the Breede Valley, Witzenberg and Langeberg municipal areas (Cape Winelands District, Western Cape) who are 121 000 (RAMS January 2013) listeners. The station broadcasts in three languages: Afrikaans (80%), isiXhosa (15%) and English (5%) covering 28 towns in a region where media...

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