on Wednesday, 11 July 2012 16:00. Posted in Opportunities

The  Asia-Pacific Development Communication Centre (ADCC) of Dhurakij Pundit University offers a Facilitation Skills for Development (FSD) course on 27 August - 6 September 2012.

APDC_facilitationcourseThe FSD course is developed with the purpose to increase facilitation skills and techniques of potential trainers and facilitators in the context of development in order to achieve organisational change and development. It is open to professionals/management positions, trainers and training officers for development projects, undergoing project implementation or designated consultants involved in project training and facilitation management. Participants are required to have adequate proficiency in English to fully participate in all course activities

The course covers participatory learning methods and techniques, including essential skills on how to motivate, involve and stimulate people in the learning process along with necessary attitudes required for being an effective facilitator. Improving facilitation skills is a learner-centred training that sets a framework for participants to learn through presentations, the exchange of experiences, practical exercises, and role plays.

For more information contact the Registrar at Phone No: +66 (0) 2954 9512 (direct) or +66 (0) 2954 7300-29 or write an email to: adcc@adcc-dpu.org.



on Monday, 09 July 2012 16:00. Posted in News from the region

Radio Krishi was the first community rural radio initiated by the Government of Bangladesh with FAO support to focus mainly on agricultural development. Established in December 2011, the station airs 9-11 a.m, and 3-5 p.m. daily with news as a regular program. It is being managed by the Agricultural Information Service of the Ministry of Agriculture of Bangladesh.

See a photo set of Krishi Radio here

Unique to the operation of the radio station is the involvement of a number of community volunteers trained in various aspects of radio program production. Teachers, college students, agricultural extension workers, rural women and youth are actively doing field interviews, script writing, radio program production, equipment maintenance and listenership campaign.

Radio Krishi aims to cater to information needs of small farmers in Amtali, Barguna in Bangladesh. It is gaining headway, with requests from local people flooding the radio station daily. The requests are usually sent through mobile phones and focus on agricultural concerns pertaining to sources of quality seeds, livestock, poultry, fishery and others pertaining to health, nutrition, youth, science and education.

Read more about Krishi Radio here or contact Mario Acunzo, FAO Communication for Development Officer at mario.acunzo@fao.org.


on Wednesday, 04 July 2012 06:51. Posted in News from the region

As part of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction undertaken in 2007 by the University of Peradeniya, communities in Sri Lanka have been involved in a social mobilization program through comprehensive participatory needs assessment with a strong gender perspective.

The program implements a range of measures to support villagers livelihood while pursuing conservation goals. Through community-based participatory risk assessment, the men and women of the villages are able to agree on shared responsibilities to reduce risk, and they agreed to focus on water conservation. 

The participatory process for social mobilization is based on:

a. sharing experiences and reaching consensus
b. mapping out their own terrain and resources
c. working out their capabilities to respond
d. implement solutions with attention to gender capacities and roles

Their livelihood have been improved and diversified using home gardens both for sustainable livelihood and for conservation.   

The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) was adopted by United Nations Member States in 2000 and is owned by local, national, regional and international organizations. This initiative is part of the ISDR program undertaken in 2007 by the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka, with support from Darwing Initiatives - UP Aberdeen Link.

For more information, please contact Anoja Wickramasinghe, Professor of Geography at iniluwick@slt.lk.  


on Wednesday, 20 June 2012 17:14. Posted in News from the region

The Asia Pacific Board of AMARC urges the Government of India to enable an inclusive and truly participative community climate by taking steps that will revoke the spectrum fee hike recently imposed. Thanks to the Community Radio Guidelines of 2006, India was the first country in South Asia to have a distinct three-tiered policy for public, private and community radio which took sides with the excluded and marginalized based on the promise of inclusiveness and equity. But this is now defeated by the rise of spectrum fee from Rs 19,700/- to Rs 91,000/- per annum (USD 1 690).

As a global network committed to media democratization and strengthening the voices of the excluded through community radio, AMARC supports the Community Radio Forum of India's (CRF) stand that the hike will "choke the rights of communities to voice." Further, it goes against the spirit of the citizens' fundamental right to speech and expression as enshrined in Article 19 Clause 1 Sub Clause A of the Indian Constitution. As a result, "genuine and grassroots communities will be excluded and community radio will be a mockery of the stated policy objectives of the government of India."

A survey conducted by AMARC indicates that the movement towards reducing spectrum fees is gaining ground across the world. Countries like Australia, Canada, Denmark, South Africa, and Uruguay do not levy a spectrum fee, while in Bangladesh, Colombia or Nicaragua the amount ranges from USD 150 to 480.

For more information visit AMARC Asia Pacific or contact the regional coordinator at suman_basnet@asiapacific.amarc.org