Mekong ICT Camp 2013

on Sunday, 27 January 2013 13:59. Posted in Events

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The Mekong ICT Camp is a biennial workshop-camp for individuals and groups involved in ICT4D (information, communication, and technology for development). Its 3rd edition will be on 6-10 May 2013 at The Sirindhorn Environmental Park, Cha-am, Phetchaburi, Thailand.

The event, which is co-organized by the Thai Fund Foundation, Open Dream, Thai Netizen Network, and Frontier Foundation, bears the theme "A Mekong Sub-region Network for Information-Communication-Technology Capacity Development". 

Participants are required to choose the track of training that best fit their line of work, expertise, and experience among:

  • disaster management
  • digital democracy
  • ICT for social development

For each track, lectures, hands-on technological workshops, case studies, program initiation and collaboration will be conducted.

The camp is open to individuals from any country; however, 60 participants will be selected from the Mekong sub-region while 5-10 will come from other territories. Full sponsorships (subsidy and/or reimbursement for a round-trip ticket from residence, visa application, food and accommodation) are available for individuals from the Mekong sub-region while partial sponsorships (camp fee and accommodation) may be availed of by individuals outside Mekong.

Deadline of application to the camp is on 28 February 2013. Only online applications will be accepted.

For visa application, check Thailand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

For more information on the Mekong ICT Camp, visit Mekong ICT or contact Traon Pongsopon - Tae at

South Asian seminar on community radio development

on Saturday, 19 January 2013 16:00. Posted in Events

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A two-day seminar titled "Voices for Change and Peace: Taking Stock of Community Radio in South Asia" was held on 17-18 January 2013 at the Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India. The seminar was organized by AMARC Asia Pacific and the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, University of Hyderabad and was in collaboration with the UNESCO, International Media Support, the Community Radio Forum of India, and the Indian Academy of Self Employed Women.

Radio broadcasters, civil society groups, academics, policymakers, and media activists gathered to discuss the South Asian experiences with community radio and its strong potential for social change and promotion of peace in the region and to craft recommendations for a better enabling policy environment for this.

The following sessions comprised the areas for discussion in the seminar: Community Radio (CR) Policy Environment and Regulation in South Asia; CR in South Asia - Perspectives from Civil Society; CR for Peace and Conflict Resolution; CR and Freedom of Expression; and Recommendations and Resolutions for CR Movements and Policies in South Asia.

For more information, visit AMARC Asia Pacific or contact the regional coordinator at

Directory of community radios in Bangladesh

on Sunday, 13 January 2013 10:19. Posted in News from the region


The Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), with support from the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) of UNESCO, has recently released the publication "Community Radio Directory in Bangladesh". The directory provides a list of the 14 community radio stations currently broadcasting in Bangladesh, with a total of 120 hours of programming on information, education, local entertainment, and development motivation activities for its local communities. At present, there are 536 rural broadcasters managing these programs.

According to BNNRC, "the Directory will serve as an easy reference of community radio stations in Bangladesh to development partners, officials of different Ministries of Government, Academia, researchers, media, and other profession groups working or taking interest on issue of community radio for development in Bangladesh."

For more information, see the directory or contact the BNNRC CEO at

Related articles can be found here: One Year of Rural Broadcasting in BangladeshCommunity Radio Stations Broadcast 100 Hours; and Community Radio in Bangladesh.

BNNRC is a national networking body on alternative mass media working for building a democratic society based on the principles of free flow of information, equitable and affordable access to information and communication technology for remote and marginalized populations in Bangladesh.

Training workshop for women community broadcasters of South Asia

on Friday, 04 January 2013 06:29. Posted in Opportunities

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The capacity building workshop for women community radio broadcasters of South Asia organized by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) Asia Pacific will be held on January 19-22, 2013 in New Delhi, India. The workshop is in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair on Community Media and is hosted by the Community Radio Forum of India. It aims to enhance access to community media and promote social change and peace building through community broadcasting. About 75 women broadcasters from South Asia will be trained on effective radio program production on the topics of climate change and poverty eradication. The workshop welcomes participants from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. 

The topics that will be covered in the training include:

  • Best practices of community radio on coverage of climate change adaptation and poverty eradication;
  • Lessons from community radio on adaptation practices from the Himalayas to the Indian Ocean and from Afghanistan to Bangladesh as well as association/collaboration with organizations dealing with climate change adaptation issues and how community radios can effectively raise awareness at local levels;
  • Sharing local knowledge and protecting the environment and conserving local knowledge; and
  • Dialogue, exchange, and discussion with local authorities on climate change adaptation issues.

The following themes will be discussed in the four-day training: Gender Policy and Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Reduction; Feminist Broadcasting and Radio Interview; Studio Operation, Digital Sound Editing, and Participatory Learning; and Radio Listening Lounge.

For more information, visit AMARC Asia-Pacific or contact the regional coordinator at

A previous article on this workshop can be found here.