About the project

English

UNESCO's project "Empowering Local Radios with ICTs" aims to bridge the gap between poor people - especially women and girls - and the public debate on issues of local public concern. This is achieved through a series of capacity-building activities in local radio stations, improving the programming quality, providing training on the use of ICTs and helping them to increase their geographical range of news coverage with a network of correspondents. The project, furthermore, focus on gender equality actions and  financial sustainability of the radio stations.

The activities were designed in a way to be sustainable and participatory; creating knowledge that will remain longer than the period of the project itself. Assuming this approach, it was necessary to understand and be deeply involved with the radio stations' modus operandi and community. Among the 26 local radio stations from 6 different countries that are currently participating in the second phase of the project, there is great diversity with some located in busy urban centers and others in remote parts of the countryside. Certain stations operate on modern levels and maintain active social media profiles, while others still have problems due to inconsistencies in electrical supply. Because of such variety, the first stage of the project was to carry out a research about the community and the local radio stations, getting information on the community listening habits, issues of local public concern in areas of health, agriculture and one another relevant area for the community. Regarding radio stations, UNESCO surveyed the programming quality, gender equality, ICT literacy, financial management capacity and existance of correspondent networks. All the gathered information is being applied along the project implementation as, for example, when choosing the topics of training, suggesting best ICTs or assessing best options to monitor the radio performance.

A series of Open Educational Resources are being produced from the trainings that  are being carried out, aiming to broadly share knowledge about local radio. These resources will be open to copy, share, translate and improve, aiming a collaborative way to turn local radios into social service providers.

Access to national and regional expertise is important for the implementation of all activities in the project: research, workshops, survey, monitoring, etc. Despite sometimes being a challenge to find resources, the result is a multiplication of beneficiaries. Professionals and organizations involved are closely accompanied by our staff, assessing the activities to enhance the outcomes. In accordance to UNESCO work, another assumed guideline is to give priority to Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) when choosing Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for local radios. Besides being no-cost, such software is developed to best satisfy the needs of the users, since it is developed by the users themselves.

The project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), has defined main lines of action, as you can check in our results chain.

People in the project

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Sida
Sweden

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Radio Atlantis
South Africa

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Sengerema FM
Tanzania

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Community Media Training
Tanzania

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UNESCO Windhoek
Namibia

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UNESCO Harare
Windhoek
 

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Pangani FM
Tanzania

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UNESCO Headquarters
France

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Sida
Sweden

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UNESCO Nairobi
Kenya

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Mugambo Jwetu Radio
Kenya

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Ohangwena Radio
Namibia

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Radio Deo Gratias
Democratic Republic of Congo

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UNESCO Harare
Zambia

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UNESCO Headquarters
France

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UNESCO Nairobi
Kenya

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Mafeteng Radio
Lesotho

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Jozi FM
South Africa

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Radio Moanda
Democratic Republic of Condo

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Mtegani FM
Tanzania

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Live FM
Namibia

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Zambezi FM
Zambia

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Radio Riverside
South Africa

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Mtegani FM
Tanzania

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Mwanedu Radio
Kenya

 

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Kahama FM
Tanzania

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UNESCO Kinshasa
Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Micheweni FM
Tanzania

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!aH Radio
Namibia

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UNESCO Dar es Salaam
Tanzania

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UNESCO Windhoek
Namibia

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Orkonerei FM
Tanzania

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Kyela FM
Tanzania

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Radio Bangu,
Democratic Republic of Congo

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Base FM
Namibia

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UNESCO Libreville
Gabon

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Radio Mang'elete
Kenya

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UNESCO Nairobi 
Kenya

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Breeze FM
Zambia

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UNESCO Headquarters
France

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Bush FM
South Africa

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UNESCO Dar Es Salaam
Tanzania

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Pambazuko FM
Tanzania

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Iso FM
Zambia

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Sauti FM
Kenya

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Mkushi Community Radio 
Zambia

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Fadeco FM
Tanzania

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UNESCO Headquarters
France

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Kyela FM
Tanzania

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Valley FM
South Africa