Baliti FM is a community radio broadcasting in Isiolo County, Kenya, whose mission is to enable people’s access to information which will support development by providing an easily accessible and affordable communication platform. Baliti 102.7FM was established by the Foundation for Women Pastoralists (FOWOPA) in collaboration with the local community in 2012. Baliti is an Oromo word meaning “Umoja” in Swahili, and can translate to ours / together/togetherness.
Baliti FM went on air on July 17th 2013 and has since produced, developed and aired programs on good governance, life stock development, climate change, gender and development, peace-building, children’s rights and the rights of marginalized groups like person with disability. Baliti FM has provided a platform for the people to communicate to each other towards pacific economic, social and political actions to protect their rights and improve their livelihood.
The community radio station is built on the concept of “Community Driven Development (CDD)” a concept that places people central to development from the onset to implementation. The radio station covers the Upper Easter region, an area that has faced the worst historical injustices in Kenya since independence. The aim of Baliti FM is to promote a culture of democracy in a non-ethnic, non-sexist society, free from all forms of discrimination whilst at the same time informing and educating the community on current development issues, helping them to actively participate and engage with listeners across the country.
Summary of issues of local public concern identified by inhabitants in the area of signal of Baliti102.7 FM:
- Inadequate rainfall and overdependence on rain fed agriculture
- Poor farming practices and shortages of farm inputs
- Poor road networks
- Inadequate health facilities
- Poor infrastructure
- Poor sanitation and hygiene
- Cattle rustling
- Community conflict