Organized by UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa with funding from Sweden, this event aims at building a sensitized network of community of stakeholders to improve local knowledge on disaster risk and information management that facilitate community-based collaboration. This workshop also seeks to increase capacity of community media practitioners in addressing practical and specific adaptation solution to raise awareness on resilience planning by preparing radio programming content (through investigative journalism). This event is organized to celebrate the forthcoming International Day for Disaster Reduction that is held annually on 13 October every year as a reminder that disaster resilience must be a development priority in all parts of the world.
The event is a result of UNESCO’s close collaboration with UNRISD and calls upon UNCT members to share their knowledge and experience in communication for development and initiate joint partnerships.
Topics and discussions will include: Understanding Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Kenya context; Joint discussions on Community-based DRR in view of person with disability (PWDs); Broadcasting governance policy and guidelines pertaining to rapid response and life-line programming in covering disasters; Government coordination mechanism pertaining to emergencies; Community radio presentations on pre-recorded DRR programmes and discussion on community-based DRR initiatives and the role of the media among others.
60 participants will meet to come together in sharing their knowledge and experience, and to gain further insight on DRR through the participatory communication process.
Participants have been drawn from community radios Mwanedu FM, Radio Mang’elete, Sauti FM, and Mugambo Jwetu Radio. Other organizations joining the celebrations include: Meru FM, Muga FM, County Focus Newspaper (Media organizations based in Meru); Kenya Telecom (KenTel), Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET), and Community Media Support (Partners working with community media); Kenya Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (KAIH), Kenya Red Cross Siaya Branch, Baraka Orphans, Meru North Disability Centre, and Luthili Vision Disability Centre (Civil Society Organizations working with people with disabilities and emergencies); BBC Media Action and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (International and national broadcasters); and National Disaster Management Center, Taita Taveta County Government and Meru County Government.
This activity is part of UNESCO’s on-going SIDA project on “Empowering local radios with ICTs” in 4 radio stations located in Kenya” aimed at building capacities of radio practitioners in the region.