Knock knock! Great news! UNESCO supported Koch FM to hold its 4-day workshop to develop its first Strategic Plan since its inception in the year 2006. The workshop took place at Jowanga Holdings Hotel, Huruma, Nairobi from 15 to 18 September 2015. It attracted the participation of 25 participants comprising of 16 men and 9 women from Koch FM Team (K-Crew), Koch FM listeners and stakeholders from the civil society organizations (CSO).
The objective of the workshop was to have a consultative process that will not only give KOCH FM an opportunity to improve on delivery of its mandate in a strategic manner, but also interact with its stakeholders in developing a clear understanding of the needs and objectives of the radio station.
Through the training, participants also learnt how to undertake an institutional and environmental overview of Koch FM in line with the new constitution of Kenya and requirements for a community radio station.
Exploring avenues for programmes sponsorship and sustainability of Koch FM was set also as a goal while reviewing the importance of rightly shaping the existing Vision, Mission and programmes for a higher relevance and consistency.
Trainers achieved the workshop’s goals by analyzing the background of Koch FM and the operation context. The main challenge was to give an understanding of how and why Koch FM was formed and the situations which prompted its formation with an aim to bring every participant at par with the founders and build a common understanding of where Koch FM is coming from and where it wants to go.
Therefore, the workshop largely depended on individual testimonies, buzz groups, group work and plenary discussions as methods of facilitating the workshop deliberations. Individuals testimonies were used to give every member of the K-Crew an opportunity to express themselves on factors and also motivate them to continue volunteering at the station. Once again, UNESCO succeeded at facilitating the understanding among the local community while improving the marketing and strategic skills of participants.
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.