IPDC project priority: Community Media Development

There are hundreds of CLCs around Nepal, but only a handful of operative and self-sufficient CMCs. A proper network among these centres, starting from fewer districts, could become a fundamental awareness and information channel for communities. Although the quality and diversity of media are increasing in more populated areas, this is not true in remote areas. There, the often illiterate population has to receive information largely from local radio, and not enough quality information is available. CMCs practitioners have not received professional training, some are not well informed...

Mass media in Puntland is not well supported due to lack of facilities and expertise. It is therefore absolutely necessary that a well-equipped university campus radio station be established to not only serve as a community broadcaster, but more importantly provide the much needed training in professional journalism and broadcasting. Through its programming, this radio will address local issues as well as those that affect the surrounding communities, such as internally displaced peoples, educate the population about the negative effects and dangers of piracy, female genital mutilation and...

Somalia's plight is reflected in its media: undeveloped, fragmented and often partisan, poorly resourced, professionally and technically inadequate and operating in an atmosphere hostile to free expression and often dangerous. In spite of this, diverse and more professional media outlets have emerged in recent years, in particular FM radio stations with no explicit factional links. The TV and press sectors are weak and radio is the dominant medium. Radio Galkayo depends on its dedicated volunteer staff with very limited financial and capacity-building support. The lack of staff training on...

The first community radio in Senegal was licensed in 1996, and the number of stations has grown since then. Senegalese community radios play a very important role and are strongly rooted in the local communities. They have a strong commitment to provision of information, to raising local awareness of social and economic affairs and to encouraging participation in local life. Some of them have thematic programme campaigns on issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention of malaria, adult literacy, women's rights, peace in Casamance and care of the environment. The community radios broadcast...

New needs have been identified in Bolivia, namely: The indigenous Chiquitano organisations currently possess two FM transmitters, and a third on the way, all inspired by the Bolivian vision of community radio. However, the long-term viability of the equipment is jeopardised by the lack of human-resources trained in the production of multi-format radio material ; The indigenous organisations do not have a web site promoting their culture and the work they accomplish in their communities ; Media workers need to be provided with appropriate tools for training and facilitating information...

The population in the Palestinian territories is overwhelmingly young and exposed to a significant amount of stress and violence on daily basis, economical and social hardship and exclusion affecting their opportunities and abilities to build meaningful lives. As a result of ongoing occupation, internal violence and lack of political horizon, the young Palestinians have a general feeling of loss of hope, isolation and being irrelevant, and are becoming more marginalized in the society and more radicalized than their parents. Young Palestinians have few opportunities to express themselves,...

Samfya is about 700 kilometres from Lusaka the capital city of the country which is also the country's media. hub. The national radio signal barely reaches this area and the country's newspapers comprising of a few dailies and rare weeklies, all based in Lusaka, reach this area with stale information and often of less relevance to the people of this district who eke a living as subsistence farmers and fishermen. Poverty is rife in this district so are problems of the communities' livelihoods. Realising this, communities have united to find common solutions to their very precarious...

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...

As for the level of media development in the country we can say that Zanzibar particularly Pemba island the place we operate is not doing well. Although the law permits the existence of media pluralism but practically still the media area is dominated by government media. These media most of the time is a mouth piece of government and the voice of ordinary people is rarely got chance to be aired. In addition to that few private FM stations that have been established recently cover very small area and many people remain unserved. Worse enough media professionals in both private and...

Although deliberate attempts have been made to cater to the needs of female listeners, these have not been able to meet the required expectations and standards, because of their limited coverage in radius and area. As national issues of priority emerge, they often tend to override the specific geo-political concerns of individual communities. This community multi-media project is designed to offer an avenue to rural communities to specifically discuss and address issues of concern to them. It would also empower the women and youth by providing an effective communication channel at their...

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