Humanitarian Information & Disaster Reduction Training in South Africa

The training on Humanitarian Information & Disaster Reduction, held at Manhattan Hotel in Pretoria on the 14th and 15th November 2013,  focused on  preparing community radio practitioners to report disaster risk reduction issues at the community level . Three participants from each of the five community radios participants in the SIDA funded project in South Africa (Bush FM, Valley FM, Radio Riverside, Radio Atlantis and Jozi FM) received an introduction from South African key actors in disaster risk reduction and practical tools when reporting and preventing future disasters. 


Humanitarian Information & Disaster Reduction Training in Namibia

The training on Humanitarian Information & Disaster Reduction, held from 06-07 November 2013 at the UN House and Safari Court Hotel in Windhoek, focused on training participants how to communicate humanitarian and disaster risk management activities. The training was conducted by Polytechnic of Namibia media lecturer Wanja Njuguna, and followed a half day UN Interagency Roundtable Communication for Development.


Correspondents network and ICTs for programming, editorial and diffusion at Jozi FM, South Africa

The training was conducted at Jozi FM from 28th October to 1st November 2013 by Jacob Ntshangase and Kanyi Mkonza. Seven participants in total, ranging from interns, news reporters as well as a senior programme producer in the station, participated in the training. The group was well balanced with two males and five females. 


Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief information together with UN in Kenya

UNESCO, together with UNISDR and UNIC, highlighted the role of the media in disaster risk reduction under this year’s theme - Living with Disability and Disasters. The event was organized in Meru, Kenya, and counted with more than 70 participants from across Kenya, including representatives from national and local governments, public and community media broadcasters, and civil society organizations working with people with disabilities.


Correspondents' network and ICTs for programming, editorial work and diffusion at Base FM and !aH Radio, Namibia

A training for !aH and Base FM took place between 23 and 27 September 2013 in Katutura at the Base FM Studio. A total of 12 correspondents,  6 trainees from each radio station, attended this training in an effort to share good practices and provide hands-on training as well as participation in all activities. The trainers were Mr. Julius Mtemahandji and Mr. Jens Schneider.


Use of mobile phones by correspondents on reporting from Kahama, Tanzania

From September 16-19, 2013, twenty local correspondents representing four community radios in Tanzania (Sengerema, FADECO, Orkonorei FM, and Kahama) joined to build their knowledge and skills on the usage of mobile phones as tools for gathering and reporting news.


Workshop on correspondents' reporting at Valley FM, South Africa

The workshop took place during 4 days (23, 24 and 31 August and 1 September 2013), equipping 10 radio correspondents (4 men and 6 women) with the ability to use ICT in their broadcasting. The trainer was Mr. Al-Ameen Kafaar, an experienced journalist and communication specialist, and training was held at Valley FM’s premises, in Worcester, Western Cape.


Correspondents' network and ICTs for programming, editorial work and diffusion at Ohangwena Community Radio, Namibia

This training aimed at establishing a network of correspondents and increase their knowledge of ICTS in various areas to support local broadcasting. The training took place from 19-23 August 2013 in Eenhana at Ohangwena Community Radio for a total of 6 participants (2 men and 4 women).


National forum of radios on ICTs and sustainability in Zambia

The national forum of radios on ICTs and sustainability in Lusaka, Zambia was promoted to emphasize the scope and expected impact of the UNESCO project, exchange good local radio practices, and establish standing relations among the radios, as well as to promote knowledge of the project’s wider relevance to media pluralism and galvanize support to loca media. The event  was attended by a total of 18 participants (4 women), representatives of the 5 supported radios in Zambia and other national partners such as: the Panos Institute for Southern Africa (PSAf), the Zambia National Commission for UNESCO as well as the Zambia Community Media Forum (ZaCoMeF). 


Correspondents' network and ICTs for programming, editorial work and diffusion in Mafeteng

A workshop carried out from 15 to 19 July 2013 capacitated 10 correspondents (4 women) from Mafeteng community radio station. Trainees were motivated to discuss the value and possible applications of ICTs in the context of radio broadcasting. The workshop provided Mafeteng community radio station correspondents the knowledge and skills to integrate ICTs into broadcasting in order to improve the quality of programming and encourage Mafeteng community participation.



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