IPDC Project beneficiary type: Radio

The proliferation of media is not uniformly accessible throughout the country. In fact, the audiovisual space is marked by a decrease in coverage from the South towards the North. The Zanzan region in the north-east of the country is affected by that access disparity. To remedy the lack of infrastructure, Radio Boutourou was set up under the UNESCO-MAB project. The project falls within the framework of building the management capacities of the Comoé Biosphere Reserve by facilitating communication between management and the population. Since the inauguration of the station in May 2007,...

The communities in the south are isolated and indigenous ? Mopan and Q'eqchi' Maya. Unfortunately, radio cannot reach many of these villages due to the terrain. This is particularly problematic because these villages also are home to poor, marginalized indigenous people who need access to information and communications technologies. It is imperative that local Maya receive accurate and up-to-date information. Given its accessibility and cost-effectiveness, community radio represents a democratic and participatory medium. People can be united by community radio. Tumul K'in Learning Center...

In Costa Rica, medias are well developed, but they do not always coincide with the democratic spirit of the country. It counts with almost 110 radio stations that broadcast their programmes, but they are still generally concentrated in the central part of the country, although the community radios make the exception. There is a large variety of weekly reviews and publications, but their news coverage remains limited, and sometimes with very low quality. The new media tools, based on the Internet, begin to get certain relevance, although it is still below the level reached by more developed...

Unfortunately the largely unplanned expansion of the broadcasting industry did not allow for commensurate training with the result that this sector now suffers from an acute shortage of trained or skilled media workers at all levels of the broadcast industry. In a recent study, for each of the broadcast stations surveyed, less than a third of the staff had received formal training. Media managers are reluctant to provide skills training as they feel that persons use media training to launch new careers or that they are training persons for mobility to other things. Radio St. Lucia is the...

The establishment of community radio stations in Timor-Leste did not follow a clear, strategic and coordinated process and was not preceded by wide community consultations. This has led over the years to the communities not feeling the ownership of their radio stations; as a consequence, they are not actively engaged in the running of the stations, and not able to discern the fact the radio stations can contribute in a myriad of ways to the improvement of their livelihoods. In many cases, the community believes that the community stations belong to those volunteers who run them. Community...

Somalia's media has evolved since it first blossomed in 1991, with private newspapers that were aimed at a rather narrow urban, literate and politicized elite, up to the time when it became a much more populist, commercial and community-based media with a tendency to side with various clans. The increase in the number of media outlets has corresponded with the arrival on the labour market of a generation of journalists, unskilled in either the basics of the profession or its ethical requirements. May be the largest obstacle to professional reporting remains the lack of education and...

As a new nation, Timor Leste still needs much assistance and intervention from outside, including in the field of media. Even though some media were established shortly after the country was no longer under Indonesian occupation in 1999, the media organisations and professionals are still faced with lack of professionalism. This situation is also faced by the radio sector. In East Timor, it consists of one public broadcaster, independent from government by law but governmentfunded: RTTL Radio Timor Leste (RTL and TVTL), and about a dozen community radio stations. These were established...

The Talas Oblast, a remote region in North-West of Kyrgyzstan holds several sad records nationwide: the highest maternity death rate (polyclinic statistics), the highest dowry for girls (newspapers) and children lagging behind in physical development due to inappropriate meals (UNICEF). Moreover, informative media coverage on these issues is difficult to come across. The state-controlled local newspaper published an article blaming the increase of village women coming for delivery to the city hospital to spoil the otherwise good birth statistics of that clinic. The dowry rates in Kyrgyz...

More and more communities have been taking steps towards obtaining and operating their own radio stations to improve communication and provide better support for development efforts. It is for this reason that the NGO, Ndef Leng, which is submitting this project, and which has extensive experience in working with Serere populations as well as in the implementation of various types of communication projects (functional literacy, micro-projects, health, etc.) wishes to set up a radio station aimed specifically at the large Serere community in the regions of Fatick, Kaolack, Diourbel and...

In 2000, in its effort to keep up with innovations in radio broadcasting, Channel 2 implemented a computer-assisted production and broadcasting system (and was one of the first stations in the country to do so). However, most of the work produced by the station still involves the use of audio cassettes. For conservation reasons, the use of this medium is a source of increasing concern. Seizing the opportunity which arose with the publication of the ORTM web site, Channel 2 had the radio ported online by the company hosting the ORTM site. With its new, worldwide audience, particularly among...

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