Second phase (2015-2018)
Themes: ICT

 Success is the word to describe the outcome of this two-day workshop! UNESCO organized this event called “Inception workshop for UNESCO/SWEDEN funded project themed: Empowering Local Radios with ICTs (Phase 2)” from September 10th -11th in 2015 at Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya.

The workshop attracted participation of 35 participants composed of 19 men and 16 women drawn from Sauti FM, Mwanedu FM, Mugambo Jwetu FM, Mang’elete FM; Baliti FM, Bulala FM, Koch FM, Kwale Ranet FM. The event also counted with the cooperation of representatives from the Swedish government, as well as from various media organizations, associations, and networks of the country. The participation of numerous women showed once again the important progresses and impact made in terms of gender equality and gender balance in the mentioned radios.

The workshop was organized in order to enable participants to learn more about the project, its expected results as well as the previous measures that have been put in place to ensure the smooth running of the project during the period of its implementation from 2015-2017 in Kenya.

To do so, three round tables were also held to provide the community radios with an opportunity to interact with various stakeholders on a number of issues that affect their radio stations.

The main challenge encountered was to raise real awareness among participants of the great potential to support development, expansion of democratic space and human rights values of the poor to bring change in African societies through the efforts and work of community radio stations.

The presentations and lessons were followed on the last workshop’s day by a final presentation from Mr Christopher Tuckwood titled: “The Sentinel project and the use of ICT in radio broadcasting” in which he informed participants that the project aims at contributing to the positive benefits of openness and inclusion, particularly by focusing on increasing access to locally-relevant peace and security-related information amongst marginalized groups, such as women, youth, and those with economic disadvantages. Mr Tuckwood also expressed the desire for a partnership with UNESCO to explore possible avenues in which community radios participating in the project can be supported especially on the use of ICTs in radio broadcasting under “The Sentinel project”.

This time, this amazing workshops was not only a useful tool to develop participants’ technical skills but also, it was a great way to create a sense of cohesion among the participant radio stations in the project in order to work together toward the goals set. Together we will definitely succeed and continue to make a difference!

This workshop was organized within the framework of the “Empowering Local Radio with ICTs” project led by UNESCO and funded by the Swedish government 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.





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