First phase (2012-2014)

92.7 FM

Mkushi Community Radio is located in Mkushi in the Central Province of Zambia. It started in 2005 with UNESCO/IPDC support and has been successful in sustaining itself and growing. Its audience includes peasants, farmers, traders and general community members and is estimated at about 150.000 people. It was chosen because it is well established and has emerged with interesting income generating activities that has made it one of the most sustainable UNESCO-supported community radios in Zambia.

The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Mkushi Community Radio’s coverage area:

Health

  1. Access to health care services
  2. HIV/Aids
  3. Poor hospital services

Agriculture

  1. Food insecurity
  2. Insufficient water resources
  3. Frequent floods
  4. Tsetse flies affecting cattle rearing

Social services

  1. Youth unemployment and delinquency (e.g.: drunkenness and unsafe sexual behavior)
  2. Lack of vocational  or skills training facility for youth
  3. Infrastructural development

“UNESCO’s project has come at a right time when we need to improve on the performance of our staff and the general operations of our radio station”, says Mkushi Radio Station Manager Boniface Susa when talking about the contribution that the UNESCO project makes to the station’s development. To learn more about how Mkushi Radio promotes local culture and empowers people in the area with access to information, listen below the station’s audio presentation:

Resources and further information

Related capacity building workshops

Contact info

P.O. Box. 840228, Mkushi
mkushiradio@gmail.com

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