Community Radio Host Centers for Survivors of Earthquake

on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 01:48. Posted in News from the region

CC GorkhaIn a unique experimentation, five community radios in as many districts of Nepal hosted Community Centers within their station premises from August 2015—four months after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the country—until March 2017. Inspired by the Japanese experience of running community centers a er the Fukushima disaster in 2011, the main purpose of the Centers was to provide a physical space for the earthquake survivors to spend some peaceful time over tea and coffee, help each other forget the su ering the disaster brought upon them and promote community healing.

Community Radios for Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:01. Posted in News from the region

February 2017, Jakarta: Four AMARC members in the Asia- Pacific region -- FMYY of Japan, JRKI, COMBINE Resource Institution and University of Atma Jaya Yogyakarta of Indonesia have embarked on a collaborative project on ‘Enhancement of disaster risk reduction capacities utilizing community radios on the basis of government-residents’ collaborations in Indonesia.” The project, which officially began from April 2017,is being aided by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

AMARC Asia-Pacific is represented in the project steering committee by its board member Imam Prakoso. Imam’s presence in the project will ensure that experiences and knowledge accumulated by AMARC-AP on community radio vis-à-vis disaster Risk reduction bene ts the new project.

The project aims to establish replicable examples of disaster risk reduction through com- munity radios in the selected project areas, with the aim of scaling up later.

Community radio in Bangladesh speaks up for domestic girl workers

on Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:32. Posted in News from the region

shapla logoCommunity radios in Bangladesh are collaborating with Shapla Neer for disseminating messages about domestic girl workers to raise mass awareness about its implications on the child and the society as a whole.

After successfully broadcasting informative contents over partner stations, Shapla Neer designed a radio drama series on the same issue to generate more understanding among people in the grassroots who send their girls to work as domestic help. While collecting feedback, several people mentioned that they had always viewed this as normal, and never considered it as a social problem.

Linkage between Community Radios and Family Farmers to be Strengthened

on Friday, 13 October 2017 05:57. Posted in ComdevAsia News

AMARC FAO workshop  BKK  19 21Sept 16 29 29World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the College of Development Communication (CDC) of University of the Philippines Los Baños (CDC-UPLB) have renewed their commitment for jointly promoting communication for development as a key element in agriculture and rural development. An existing MOU between AMARC and FAO since 2008 was recently renewed to further strengthen collaborations and activities at regional and global levels.

AMARC has been selected as the main partner for linking with community radios (CR) working in rural areas, especially in areas where rural agriculture and family farming is dominant. AMARC also brings into this collaboration the capacity of facilitating interactions with and participation of other local partners.

The main goal of this initiative is to enhance capacity of institutions and particularly community radios in the region to include communication for development as a key factor for sustainable development. Improving communication between family farming units and local radio stations is a key element of this initiative.