UNESCO's "Empowering Local Radio with ICTs" project originally built the capacities of 32 local radios in 7 African countries, from 2012 until end of 2014. Due to its success, the project has been scaled-up for a second phase to benefit a further 26 local radio stations located in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda until 2018.
The “Empowering Local Radio with ICTs” project aims to raise the diversity and inclusiveness of community radio stations through the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). The overall goal of the project is to improve the lives of the poor, especially women and girls, by encouraging the quality of programming diffused by local radio. Accorrding to Mirta Lourenço, Chief of Section for Media Development, "UNESCO helps local radio acquire ICT skills and achieve an increased range of local news coverage, as well as gender equality and financial sustainability." By the end of the project, supported radio stations will be able to provide a greater social service and engage different sectors of the community in debate over issues of local concern.
This project is possible thanks to the support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).