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Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio - July 1 2009

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Subject: Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio - July 1 2009
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Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio
July 1 2009

For people using community radio for social change...


The Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio updates you on community radio
related programme experiences, awards, trainings, evaluations, research
results, and resource materials recently placed on the Soul Beat Africa

SB Extra: Community Radio complements The Soul Beat newsletter through a
specific focus on Community Radio.

SB Extra: Community Radio subscribers: 7009
CI Portal User Sessions, past 12 months: 2,942,382


For further information on Community Radio in Africa visit Soul Beat
Africa's Community Radio themesite -

If you know someone who would be interested in receiving this free
e-publication, please forward this edition to them. They can "subscribe"
by subscribing to The Soul Beat (through the registration process) and
indicating an interest in community radio. See


1. Women’s Empowerment and Good Governance through Community Radio: Best
Experiences for an Action Research Process
Published by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
(AMARC), this book offers a collection of articles which seek to
contribute to the impact of community radio on governance issues
especially related to gender equality and women’s rights. The publication
is part of a two-year participatory action research process seeking to
address the challenges to women’s participation in democracy building. It
brings together case studies and experiences written by women
practitioners participating in democratic processes through community

2. Community Radio: Its Impact and Challenges to Its Development
This working group report from the Center for International Media
Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy, United States (US),
describes the results of a meeting on the impact of community radio, as
well as the role and challenges of community radio development within the
larger context of media development. The group included community radio
developers and activists, representatives from donor and implementing
organisations, as well as scholars and policymakers, who met to form
recommendations on whether and how to address community radio development
within larger assistance initiatives...

3. Fighting Poverty: Utilizing Community Media In a Digital Age:
Practitioners’ Reflexions from an Interactive Roundtable at the World
Congress on Communication for Development (WCCD)
This publication on community media is focused on democratic and
sustainable development. It discusses participation as the main interest
of those who support or are active in community radio. The publication
contains articles, audio, and video documents by practitioners, decision
makers, and scholars. According to the introduction, "this publication is
not designed to be an exhaustive analysis of community radio in the 21st
century. It is designed to provide perspectives on a rapidly changing and
increasingly relevant movement within the context of contemporary
development debates"...

4. Community Radio in East Africa: An Impact and Sustainability Assessment
of Three Community Radio within the EACMP
This report is the result of an impact study commissioned by the Division
for Culture and Media with the Swedish International Development Agency
(Sida). It comprises an overview and summary of the three separate impact
studies of three radio stations supported by Sida via the East African
Community Media Project (EACMP). The objective of the studies was to
identify the "Most Significant Change" in the communities served by each
station. The study reports the most significant change to be in
participation involving empowerment and change...

5. Inzwi Redu/Ilizwi Lethu/Our Voice Radio Programme - Zimbabwe
Launched under the National Action Plan for Orphans and Vulnerable
Children Programme in May 2009, this interactive radio programme series
focuses on the needs of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in
Zimbabwe. The radio series, entitled Inzwi Redu/Ilizwi Lethu/Our Voice,
seeks to encourage children’s participation in response to HIV and AIDS
through a studio-based discussion between a grandmother and a group of

6. Tanzania Media Fund
Through a competitive grant system, Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) works to
support individual journalists, media houses, civil society organisations,
and training institutes to improve the quality and quantity of public
interest and investigative journalism in Tanzania. TMF offers two types of
grants: for individual journalists based in mainland Tanzania and/or
Zanzibar, and institutional grants for media houses, media associations,
civil society organisations (CSOs), and media training institutes
officially registered in mainland Tanzania...

7. Human Rights Reporting Handbooks for Journalists
Journalists for Human Rights (jhr) programmes promote Rights Media, the
process of writing, collecting, editing, producing, and distributing media
that creates societal dialogue on human rights issues. In an effort to
mobilise local media to create awareness of human rights in their stories,
jhr developed this series of Human Rights Handbooks for Journalists in

8. Vila Pisa Bem (Walk Well Village) - Mozambique
This is a six-episode (10 minutes each) serial radio drama. The storyline
focuses on a rural community around which a demining operation is in
progress. A young village woman who has returned from college in the city
for school holidays and a young deminer are the central characters who
find themselves searching for a missing brother. Despite landmine
accidents and heavy rain that cuts the village off from the main road to
town, the two young people and the community "learn about love, dealing
with life in a mined community, and the importance of a world without
mines." The programme is being distributed through the Mozambique
Community Radio Forum...

9. Eveil (Wake-Up) - Guinea
Eveil (Wake-up or Awake in French) is a multi-phase behaviour change
communication project designed and implemented by the Johns Hopkins
University Center for Communication Programmes (CCP) for the USAID/Guinea
3-year Faisons Ensemble ("Working Together" in French) Democracy (FED) and
good governance project. Launched in July 2008, Eveil is designed for
adult Guinean citizens in urban and rural areas, and uses television,
radio, drama, and interpersonal communication. The goal of the project is
to increase good governance practices (reduced corruption and increased
citizen participation) in Guinea, in the areas of health, education,
natural resource management, and governance...

10. Phukusi la Moyo (Bag of Life) - Malawi
Created in March 2009, Phukusi la Moyo (Bag of Life) is a radio programme
that focuses on mother and child health in Malawi. It is designed to
deliver learning content to a geographically dispersed audience and relies
on a network of trained women's listening groups who are involved in all
aspects of programming. Three representatives from each of the 200 groups
are being trained in the skills necessary to facilitate discussions about
the programmes; facilitate the application of what women are learning to
their own situations; and to facilitate group-based learning activities
and skills development...



Communities in Africa interact with their local community radio stations...

*Sufficiently: communities influence programming content in a meaningful way.

*Infrequently: communities don’t generally engage with their local
community radio stations.

*Not at all: community radio stations struggle to feature the voices of
their specific communities.

*With difficulty: communities try to engage with their community radio
stations, but the stations won’t hear them or feature their voices,
struggles, and opinions.

To vote and send comments go to and see the Top Right
side of the page.



Soul Beat Africa is not just seeking information on new projects, but we
also like to keep the existing project information on our website up to
date. If your project is featured on the Soul Beat Africa website, and if
you think it requires an update, please send information to
[hidden email]   We will then feature it in the next Soul Beat
Extra newsletter.

11. Nze N'Owange (Me and My Partner) Community Radio Game Show - Uganda
As part of a larger Ugandan Male Involvement in Family Planning Campaign,
the USAID-funded, Johns Hopkins University Delivery of Improved Services
for Health (DISH) II Project produced the community radio programme "Nze
N'Owange", which translates as "Me and My Partner". The purpose of the
project was to encourage husbands and wives to talk more to each other,
especially regarding issues of family planning. Nze N’Owange began as a
low-cost community game show event, which took place in Ugandan rural
communities, where married couples competed to see which couple knew most
about each other when asked questions about their family and their

12. Koch FM - Kenya
Launched in June 2006, Koch FM - self-described as "the first ghetto radio
in Kenya" - is a private radio station owned and run by the youth of
Korogocho slum in Nairobi. The radio station's editorial goals include
keeping people living in the slums of Korogocho updated on what is
happening locally, nationwide, and globally. By informing people about
what is going on in their neighbourhood, and what political decisions are
made, Koch FM hopes to ensure that people in the slums can engage in
dialogue and take part in governance...

13. Radio Ndeke Luka - Central African   Republic (CAR)
This is a radio station and programme focusing on development and peace in
the Central African Republic (CAR). The radio station, managed by the
Fondation Hirondelle (Switzerland), aims to provide humanitarian
information to local populations, as well as strengthen the local media
environment through capacity building and training. The radio also serves
as a ‘bush telephone’ for the local population of Bangui and its

14. The Okhayeni Strong Recorders - South Africa
Launched in 2005, Okhayeni Strong Recorders is a participatory children's
radio project designed to foster public awareness about, and encourage
appropriate responses to, the impact of poverty and HIV on children and
their communities. The children are involved in the ongoing production of
personal radio diary programmes as well as programmes which document and
explore local issues of their choice. Programmes are aired by broadcast
partner Maputaland Community Radio, as well as by other interested radio


For more information on Community Radio, see:

Community Radio Theme Site

See also:

Edutainment Theme Site


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