Mobile phones and the rural poor: gender perspectives from Asia

on Monday, 01 August 2016 10:47. Posted in News from the region

Use of mobile phones by the rural poor gender perspectives in South Asian countriesMobile phones have contributed in various ways to rural development, from reducing information asymmetry, improving functional networks, to increasing access to services and finance. Yet a digital gender divide exists.

The study examines gender perspectives on the use of mobile phones by the rural poor by identifying their information needs using gender-disaggregated statistics gathered from developing economies in South and South East Asia. 

Nepal holds its First National Community Radio Journalists' Conference

on Monday, 20 June 2016 18:19. Posted in News from the region

acorab 20062016At the end of the month of May, 110 participants gathered in Kathmandu, Nepal, for the first National Community Radio Journalists' Conference. The inauguration session was chaired by the President of ACORAB, Mr. Mohan Chapagain and Honorable Information and Communication Minister, Mr. Sherdhan Rai.

Community radio journalists, media researchers, community radio activists, academicians, development communication practioners joined dignitaries from various organisations for the event.

Learn more about the Conference on ACORAB’s website.

Source: © ACORAB
Photo: © ACORAB

In India, five community radio stations to be set up in remote areas to help with disaster management

on Tuesday, 14 June 2016 18:44. Posted in News from the region

peoplepowercollectivelogoA Bangalore based organization, People’s Power Collective, with the help of the disaster management department, will set up five community radio stations in disaster prone district and remote areas of Uttarakhand.

The stations will help to reach out to community affected by disasters. The disaster management department will help People’s Power Collective get licenses for the stations from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. 

Let’s recall that UNESCO marked the 2016 World Radio Day with the theme "Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster" highlighting how radio and especially community radio stations are a useful tool in sharing important life-saving information during time of crisis and natural disaster.  

Read more about the initiative in India in the Times of India and in Signis.

Listen to AMARC’s 2016 World Radio Day international audio series.

TARANG – A National Leadership and Capacity Building Program for CR Practioners

on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 16:12. Posted in Opportunities

Tarang 08062016There is only a few days left to submit an application for the second round of the national level leadership and capacity building program for community radio practitioners.

Designed for community radio stations who are not yet fully operational, this programs aims to build the capacity and leadership skills of practioners in programming, managing human resources and planning for financial sustainability. The program is spread over the course of nine months.

To learn more about the program and how to submit an application, please visit UNESCO Chair on Community Media.

Source: © UNESCO Chair on Community Media