Brahmaputra Community Radio Station damaged by floods

on Friday, 11 September 2015 18:54. Posted in News from the region

Broadcasting was recently temporarily halted in India's Assam state as floods from the overflowing river Brahmaputra have damaged the Brahmaputra Community Radio Station (BCRS) administrated by the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research (C-NES). The office and the studio have been touched by the water and the electricity supply has also been disrupted. 

BCRS began broadcasting in 2010 in five languages (Bhojpuri, Chadri, Assamese, Bodo, Mishing). The station serves as a bridge between communities who get to learn about each other through the station original programming. As Times of India reported in an interview published recently, BCRS uses various formats, including tailored programming for schoolchildren, youth, women and elderly, to reach its audience.

Some of the station's reporters are youngster whom have drop out of school. At BCRS, they receive a training and are encouraged to interact with the citizens in an aim to talk about issues that are important to the communities. Over the years, the listeners of BCRS have become attached to their community radio station which has been recognized many times for the quality of its work.

Source: Assam Times, Times of India
Photo: Brahmaputra Community Radio Station, Facebook

Ghana welcomes the 11th Conference of the World Association of Community Broadcasters

on Wednesday, 12 August 2015 15:24. Posted in Events

From August 10 to 14, the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN) in Accra, Ghana, is hosting the 11th World Conference of AMARC. Under the theme “Community Radio – Reframing and Reconciling a World of Dualities”, delegates, practitioners and academics from every continent are meeting to discuss the state of community media, share best practices, participate in various activities and discuss the future.

As part of the Conference, AMARC and FAO are co-organizing a Forum on Communication and Community Media for Sustainable Rural Development. This activity is a follow-up to the international  Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming (FCCM) held in Rome last October 2014, which showcased the role of communication as a driver for change and family farmers’ participation in rural development. 

Even if you are not travelling to Ghana for the Conference, you can join the conversation on social media, read the Storify and share your thoughts on community media and rural development.

Picture: © Daniel Peprah, Twitter


Seven Community Radio stations in Bangladesh Broadcast to address cyclone komen

on Thursday, 06 August 2015 10:14. Posted in News from the region

Communication Mission Jan 2009 288Seven Community Radio Stations operated in coastal region of Bangladesh are now continuously broadcasting 65 hours program ​to address the upcoming cyclone `komen’ in line with Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. 

Information are being provided to the community regarding preparedness for saving their lives,  and assets by 424 Community Broadcasters and volunteers around the radio station.

They are broadcasting special bulletin, PSA, docudrama, magazine programs etc. Additionally, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is maintaining full-time contact and coordination with the coastal community radio stations​ with support from Free Press Unlimited.​

To read the full article click here

Engaging Community Media in Rural Development - Mapping Community Media

on Wednesday, 29 July 2015 15:45. Posted in Events

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) have agreed to join efforts to promote Communication for rural development (ComDev) and Community Media as an integral part of agricultural and rural development. Since 2008, several field projects, regional initiatives and community media have benefitted from this collaboration. In particular, AMARC launched, with the support of FAO, three ComDev regional platforms: Onda Rural in Latin America, Yenkasa Africa in Africa, and ComDev Asia in Asia.

This survey will help AMARC, in partnership with FAO, to map the work of its affiliates, community media networks, communication practitioners, engaged in communication for rural development. This will help in identifying potential areas for improvement of the engagement of community media in sustainable rural development that will be discussed at the upcoming AMARC 11 conference  in Accra, Ghana, in August 2015. 

Please take the survey here.