IPDC Project beneficiary type: Radio

Uzbekistan gained its independence in the early nineties. Since then, legislation changes have been made in favour of the freedom of the media: for example passing a law on abolishment of the censorship in 2002. Following this, along with existing government broadcasters, several nongovernmental media outlets have started operations in the country. Many of them mostly cover the capital and its suburb regions, leaving the population of the remote the Aral Sea Basin area vulnerable to get access to constructive information that represents various shades of opinion. Hence, the population of...

The station faces a number of sustainability challenges that affect the quality of its programmes operations: lack of own building; lack of studio equipment (soundproofing and recording); lack of office furniture and important ICTs like computers, printers and servers; lack of transport facilities and lack of resources to hire critically needed permanent volunteers in key management positions. It is now moving from the terrain of an amateur community radio to that of a semi-professional station. It is becoming a force to be reckoned with for the national broadcaster and other commercial...

In Jamaica, the media are relatively free and champion free speech, considering the vast number of talk-shows being broadcast. However, people are still not communicating. There is a clearly expressed need for a better quality content on the country's airwaves. The cable channels focus mostly on entertainment, the talk-shows often lack a solid basis of reliable information, and even this information may not be easily heard, due to the problem of transmitter coverage. Those concerned with social problems, relating particularly to crime and violence, are demanding more interactive and user-...

The province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea has passed through an extended period of civil insurrection that has left countless thousands of people dead, injured or internally displaced. The island's infrastructure, especially in the south of the province, has been almost totally shattered, schools and hospitals destroyed, airports closed, towns wrecked, shops looted and transportation links in disarray. During the violence, the province's National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) radio station (Radio Bougainville) left the airwaves after its studios and offices in Kieta were razed. The...

The Eastern region of India comprising Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Chattisgarh is considered the poorest by the government, with many media-dark areas in terms of coverage. These states are also the main focus in the UN CCA and UNDAF. They are moreover home to several tribal communities and scheduled castes and carry a very low literacy rate, particularly among women. Most of the villages in this region are not electrified which restricts access to electronic media. The reach of newspapers is negligible due to low literacy. The media furthermore tend to be...

Bhutan is going through fundamental changes, and independent news, views and information affecting the Bhutanese society are of paramount importance. Freedom of speech, press and expression are new concepts in Bhutan. Only a strong presence of independent press can reinforce these ideals enabling a free flow of information and exchange. Otherwise, the news and information will continue to be dominated by the government media. The project envisages the establishment of a news and public service announcements (PSA) production unit, extension of the FM service to lower Wang valley (Talakha...

Radio Fara'a is a rural community radio which is managed and operated by a Listeners' Club known as the Fara'a Zumunta Club. The club boasts a potential audience of over one million listeners throughout the districts bordering Benin and Nigeria, and the Gaya department. The Listeners' Club sets the radio's policies and lines of actions. As a collectively owned venture whose mission is to broadcast programmes addressing the concerns of rural inhabitants, Radio Fara'a contributes to the overall development process in Niger. This project involves the setting up of a Community Multimedia...

Radio 'La voz de los Campesinos', created in 1965, was the first community radio in México. Since then, its purposes has been to serve as a communication bridge between the 1000 communities of the states of Veracruz, Hidalgo, Puebla, and San Luis Potosí. Otomí, Nahua, and Tepehua indigenous groups live in those states. The radio has helped spread the traditions of these indigenous groups, as well as promoting their rights and giving a voice to farmers. The aim of this project is to strengthen community communication in 80 communities from the Nahua, Otomí and Tepehua regions through the...

Community radios, such as Manooré FM, often face enormous problems, due, among other things, to poorly trained staff and partner producers, and inadequate or outdated equipment. This project seeks to help Radio Manooré FM overcome these difficulties by providing it with modern production and broadcasting equipment and by training its staff so that they gain a better grasp of ethical issues and of their practical application in a community radio setting. This second strand of the project is all the more important as the image of women as portrayed in the media is generally a negative one...

After seven years of existence, and despite continuing to broadcast as best it could, Radio Emergence is but a shadow of its former self. Its equipment is outdated, unreliable or simply unfit for use. Yet this is not a recent problem: as early as 2003, when confronted with the problems the station was experiencing, due to the dilapidated state of its equipment, Libreville school-goers decided that they would each make a donation of 100 CFA Francs for the repair of some of the station's equipment. However, the youths' initial enthusiasm progressively waned with time. When it first started...

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