Wednesday, 2 September 2009

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Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio
September 2 2009

For people using community radio for social change...

For further information on Community Radio in Africa visit Soul Beat
Africa's Community Radio themesite


The Soul Beat (SB) Extra: Community Radio updates you on community radio
related programme descriptions, awards, trainings, evaluations, research
results, and resource materials recently placed on the Soul Beat Africa

SB Extra: Community Radio complements The Soul Beat newsletter through a
specific focus on Community Radio.

SB Extra: Community Radio subscribers: 7043
CI Portal User Sessions, past 12 months: 3,030,143


For further information on Community Radio in Africa visit Soul Beat
Africa's Community Radio themesite

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1. iLife Radio Drama Series - South Africa
Launched in August 2009, iLife is a radio drama series, produced by ABC
Ulwazi with support from the United States President's Emergency Plan for
AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), that seeks to promote HIV and AIDS prevention in
South Africa. The edudrama focuses on a range of HIV prevention issues
such as multiple concurrent partnerships (MCP), transactional sex,
intergenerational partnerships, condom use, and HIV testing. The
14-episode drama series has been produced in four of South Africa's
official languages (English, isiZulu, seSotho, and Afrikaans) and is being
broadcast on approximately 40 community radio stations across South

2. Applied Research on the Use and Potential for Mobile-friendly Content
of Community Media - Global
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO) is working with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to analyse the
potential for mobile-friendly audio or visual content generated by
community media in developing country contexts. Launched in January 2009
primarily in the countries of the Commonwealth, the applied research study
is designed to meet the needs of community media worldwide by building
their capacity to use mobile radio and television in their work...

3. Manooré FM - Senegal
Manooré (meaning "know-how" in Wolof) FM is a community radio station that
works to advance women's issues by giving them a chance to speak out and
be visible in the media in Senegal. The station seeks to highlight what
women do, their involvement, and importance in society by examining issues
such as health, HIV/AIDS, hygiene, human and economic rights, and income
generating activities from a gender perspective...

4. Independent Media's Vital Role in Development
To demonstrate the importance of fostering independent media, this report
provides examples of how access to information has transformed political,
economic, and social systems. The report was written for presentation to
the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National
Endowment for Democracy (NED) working group to support an examination of
the various ways in which media today have a significant impact on
decision making and the improvement of society...

5. Radio, Convergence, and Development in Africa Research Programme - Africa
This programme, initiated by the Centre for Media and Transitional
Societies (CMTS) at Carleton University and supported by the International
Development Research Centre, seeks to explore traditional radio in Africa
in order to understand how it can be enhanced by information and
communication technologies (ICTs). The overall objective of the project is
to identify and support research to better understand the current impact
and potential of radio as a development tool in Africa...

6. Documents on Evaluating the Social Impact of Community Radio
Every four years the Association Mondiale des Radiodiffuseurs
Communautaires (AMARC or World Community Radio Association) Africa
organises a Pan-African conference for its members and community radio
(CR) stakeholders to discuss the challenges of community radio in Africa.
As part of the conference, some members participated in a workshop called
"Training for trainers on evaluating the social impact of community
radio". A number of members prepared papers ahead of the conference to
share their insights and experiences in assessing impact. These papers are
available on the AMARC website...

7. Radio and Development in Africa: A Concept Paper
By Mary Myers
This paper was prepared for the International Development Research Centre
(IDRC) to guide the "Radio, Convergence, and Development in Africa"
research programme, designed to explore traditional radio and gain an
understanding of how ICTS can enhance the sector, as well as the current
impact and potential of radio as a development tool in Africa. According
to the paper, radio is still the dominant mass medium in Africa with the
widest geographical reach and the highest audiences compared with
television, newspapers, and other ICTs...

8. Coñal Keele (Harvesting the Seeds of Life) - Senegal
Launched in November 2008, Coñal Keele is a serial radio drama produced by
Population Media Center (PMC) designed to address adolescent reproductive
health and early marriage in Senegal. Working in coordination with Réseau
Africain de l'Education pour la Santé (RAES) based in Dakar, Senegal and
the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health, the
58-episode radio drama is part of a three-year project by PMC with funding
from United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)...

9. Radio for Peacebuilding Africa Awards 2009
Deadline: September 30, 2009
The Radio for Peacebuilding Africa Awards 2009 seek to recognise what the
organisers consider to be the best radio programmes contributing to peace
in Africa. The awards celebrate radio programmes which reduce tensions in
groups and communities, which enhance and give value to shared interests,
which break down listener stereotypes, and/or which provide positive role



How are new ICTs (such as the internet and mobile phones) being used most
effectively to support community radio in Africa? (you may choose more
than one option)

* to access information to better meet the information needs of the community
* to download radio content from other sources
* to improve local programme production and reporting, eg. through mobile
phones or digital audio technology
* to increase broadcast reach, making the voice of the community heard
beyond the immediate community
* to increase audience participation in programming
* other

To vote and send comments go to
and see the Top Right side of the page.


10. Ngelawu Nawet (Winds of Hope) - Senegal
Launched in October 2008, Ngelawu Nawet (Winds of Hope) is a serial radio
drama, produced by Population Media Centre (PMC), which is designed to
address family planning, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, child survival,
and malaria prevention in Senegal...

11. Training Programme on Media and Peace-building 2009 (Oct 8-Dec 16
2009) Bujumbura, Burundi
According to the organisers of this training, Radio La Benevolencija HTF
("la Benevolencija"), this training programme draws on their work in the
Great Lakes Region (Rwanda, Burundi, and Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC)) which applies psychological research to support violence
prevention, peace-building, and trauma healing through the targeted use of
communication outlets. The training programme for 2009 focuses on
mid-career media professionals of the Great Lakes region and is designed
to encourage exchanges between international and regional experts on core
issues relating to the media, and peace building and consolidation
initiatives in the region...

12. Media Development Indicators: A Framework for Assessing Media Development
This paper has been prepared in order to define indicators of media
development in line with the priority areas of the International Programme
for the Development of Communication (IPDC): promotion of freedom of
expression and media pluralism; development of community media; and human
resource development (capacity building of media professionals and
institutional capacity building)...

13. Engaging Development: Environment and Content of Radio Broadcasting in
By Dr. Ayobami Ojebode, Dr. Tunde Adegbola
According to this publication, Nigeria has developed a relatively large
radio broadcasting sector. However, critical observers claim that radio
broadcasting has performed below expectations in engaging issues of
development. This paper was commissioned to provide scientific data which
would inform the development of future activities and provide a picture of
the crucial challenges confronting radio broadcasting, as well as provide
recommendations and impetus for further work to advance the cause of
development-oriented radio broadcasting in Nigeria...


Soul Beat Africa is not just seeking information on new radio projects in
Africa, but we also like to keep the existing project information on our
website up to date. If your project is featured on the Soul Beat Africa
website, and if you think it requires an update, please send information
to We will then feature it in the next Soul Beat
Extra newsletter.


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See also:

Edutainment Theme Site


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