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.

LGUs boost Comdev efforts to clean up Manila Bay, Philippines

on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 03:31. Posted in News from the region

LGUsIn a bid to hasten restoring life to Manila Bay, a historic landmark in the Philippines, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) organized four batches of training workshops on ComDev planning last June and July 2017. Through the Manila Bay Clean Up, Rehabilitation and Preservation Program (MBCRPP), 250 staff from Regional Project Management teams, 5 provincial offices, 1 highly urbanized city, and 94 towns and cities in Metro Manila and surrounding Regions III and IV-A, went through the formulation of a five-year ComDev plan.

‘Voice of Coastal People’ Tackles Climate Resilient Agriculture in Bangladesh

on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:35. Posted in News from the region

RuralRadioA network of rural radio stations in Bangladesh called “Opukoler Kotha” or “Voice of the People” has been addressing climate resilience among small farmers in southern coastal areas of the country. Composed of Krishi Radio, Radio Nalta, Radio Sundarban, and Radio Lokobetar, the network has established 100 listener clubs with at least 25 members each in their coverage areas.

Using transistor radio units and their mobile phones, members of the listener clubs learn and share agricultural technologies that enable them to cope with impacts of climate change. The areas are highly prone to increased salinity and more frequent floods and cyclone. The technologies shared include the use of saline tolerant crop varieties, organic fertilizers, floating cultivation, sarjan method, vegetable production along fences of fishponds, crop management during winter, and tree plantation in saline soil. The network regularly airs a 30-minute magazine program twice a week with replays also twice a week at 7:30 or 8:30 in the evening.

Supplementing the regular radio broadcasts are other communication media such as posters, leaflets, field demonstrations, visits, dialogue, and Facebook.

Members of the listener clubs give opinion and feedback via mobile text or call to ensure that radio addresses their information needs. They listen and sit together to critically assess the strengths and weaknesses of the radio programs. They also get involved in program production and broadcasting, hence, they have been trained on how to become an effective leader, communicator, broadcast producer and presenter.

The clubs assist in social mobilization campaigns to create awareness of the radio programs, increase listenership, and form new listener clubs in coverage areas of the station. Furthermore, they arrange and organize social development activities designed to address the common issues affecting them. Each listener club has a focal person who coordinates and monitors its activities that support the network of community radio. The radio stations for their part conduct quiz and essay competitions with modest prizes as a mechanism for sustaining and monitoring listenership and probable radio program impact.

Based on the preliminary evaluation of the project conducted last April, listeners found the program content motivating and useful. Among the benefits gained, they value their being able to use their idle or fallow lands because of the availability of saline tolerant variety and green manure they learned from radio  listening. There was, however, a still very low access to social media such as Facebook, and familiarity with youtube was almost nil.

The ‘Voice of Coastal People’ program  is being implemented under the Rural Radio Initiative of the Coastal Climate Resilient Infrastructure Project of IFAD, the Local Government Engineering Department through the Agriculture Information Service of the Ministry of Agriculture, Bangladesh, and the College of Development Communication-UP Los Baños in the Philippines. The Voice of the People started airing in March 2016.