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

Community Radio Stations in Coastal Bangladesh address Cyclone Roanu in Disaster Risk Reduction

on Monday, 23 May 2016 13:47. Posted in News from the region

roanuAs part of addressing the risk of cyclone Roanu, eight community radio (CR) stations in the coastal region of Bangladesh broadcast 348 hours program hours for 3 days continuously from May 19 to May 21, 2016

The community radio stations broadcast and served on 24-hours basis to keep alert the community during and after the cyclone Roanu hit in the coastal belt of the country. There are eight community radio stations situated in the coastal region that played a big role in saving people’s lives and assets.

Following the cyclone warning signals, the stations started broadcasting from 19 May afternoon and continued non-stop till midnight of 21st May. During the time, they have broadcasted 348 hours, of those 187 hours are fully around the message and information on cyclone Roanu, the disaster, it’s after-effects and what should be done for the community.

The CR stations continuously broadcast the updates by increasing their previous air-time in line with the "Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh".

The stations collected updated information from Meteorological Department, the disaster cells and local control room set up by the District and Upazila administrative authority. As there was no electricity in the area during the time, they were to depend fully on the generator and keep the broadcasting service un-interrupted.

The community radio stations maintained full-time liaison with the disaster monitoring cells at district and Upazila administration. They also kept contact and collected updated information from the Red Cresent volunteers and the scouts who were working hard with the disaster-prone community. Along with broadcasting message and PSAs received from the local government authority, they also broadcasted their own programs which they have learned and produced through training and their experiences from previous disasters.

With broadcasting of weather news bulletin after every 10-15 minutes, they also broadcasted magazine program, drama, feature, interview and talk show of the responsible persons involved in disaster management in the area. As an offline support group, the members of the radio listeners clubs also took part in the process of fulfilling the objective of the station. They visited the house-to-house of the listeners and disseminated information on the latest situation of the cyclone, their contact points during an emergency, what types of services available for them during rescue or rehabilitation community. At the same time, they also supplied information to the radio stations and kept them updated about the community situation.  

Eight radio stations are Community Radio Nalta 99.2 ( Kaligonj, Satkhira), Community Radio Sundarban 98.8 ((Koyra, Khulna), Community Lokobetar 99.2  (Barguna Sadar), Community Rural Radio Krishi Radio 98.8 (Amtoli, Barguna), Community Radio Naf 99.2 (Teknaf, Cox's Bazar), Community Radio Sagargiri 99.2 (Sitakunda, Chittagong), Community Radio Meghna 99.00  (Charfasion, Bhola) and Community Radio Sagardwip 99.2 (Hatiya, Noakhali).

Broadcasting continued even at power failure/load shedding, by using alternative power supplies through generators. Since the stormy weather caused power disruption all over, community Radio stations became the only source of information to the local people so that they could know all the details related to the cyclone and how to take precautionary measures to address their safety. This saved many lives and assets, and thus proved the essential role of community radio stations at a grassroots level in our coastal region.

A total of 116 community broadcasters (Female 37, Male 79) and volunteers and members from 175 listeners clubs worked throughout the whole service. The broadcasters continued broadcasting service on shifting basis.

It can be mentioned that Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has supported the radio stations during the times of cyclone Mahasen and Komen and thus helped to save the lives and assets of millions of the coastal region. BNNRC kept constant coordination with those stations and provided information and guidance in the whole process.

Source: © BNNRC

FemLinkPacific's « Women Weather Watch »: Highlighting the role of women in disaster response

on Wednesday, 11 May 2016 20:33. Posted in News from the region

logo FemTalkCommunity radios are a privileged place where women can make their voices heard, find a space for discussion, empowerment and emancipation. They are vectors of education, culture, knowledge sharing and development. Through them, women can enforce their role as major social actors.

On the occasion of the 2016 International Women’s Day and in the frame of the AMARC Global Campaign Fund, AMARC highlighted the challenges and achievements of women by presenting the work of journalists and producers celebrating the voices of women in an international audio series.

FemLinkPacific, a Fiji based feminist community media organisation, contributed three audio productions to the series.

« Women Weather Watch » is a media advocacy campaign initiated following Cyclone Mick in 2009, which resulted in the displacement of 2000 people. During this crisis it was evident from the accounts of women that they had not been accounted for their leadership and recommendations in the coordination of relief efforts, even though women were leading the response in their communities.

The first production highlights the impact of climate change on rural women in the Pacific and how they are organising themselves to overcome the challenges that they face due to climate change.

The second production focusses on the important role of women before, during and after any natural disaster. It also focus on the need to be inclusive during rehabilitation process during and after a natural disaster.

The third production talks about the experience of women when they have no or limited access to water. It also includes some policy recommendation from women.

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