IPDC Project beneficiary type: Radio

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...

The immediate objective of this project is to promote the development and broadcast of more quality cultural and community programmes on radio and TV through the provision of training, over a 12-month period, to 30 media professionals in the required research and production techniques. The development objective is to give listeners and viewers a greater appreciation of the value and variety of cultural forms in Guyana and to develop community participation and voices on radio and TV. Expected project outputs include: 30 media professionals trained in researching, script-writing,...

Since the Beijing World Conference on Women (1995), a number of women's rights groups and associations have emerged in Mali. These organisations have been actively involved in various initiatives aimed at improving the status of women in the country. Thus, as a result of the impact of awareness campaigns conducted by Radio Bèlèkan, the last communal elections, held in May, 2004, saw an increase in the number of women sitting on Communal Councils within the Cercle de Kati. Despite its moderate significance, this breakthrough conveys a clear message of hope since these newly elected...

Guatemala is a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural nation that is still emerging from and struggling with the legacy of its 36-year civil war. The inequities and discrimination that helped fuel the repression of the war years still affect the country, particularly in the autochthonous highlands provinces that bore the brunt of the civil conflict. In part as a result, Guatemala suffers from the world's third most unequal distribution of wealth, with poorly developed and underfunded public education, especially in rural, autochthonous areas. Roughly 60 % of Guatemalans are...

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...

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-...

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...

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