Tuesday, 16 March 2010

[creative-radio] Role of #community #radio in disaster management


Role of #community #radio in disaster management on agenda of #workshop in

This week UNESCO and UNICEF are organizing a training workshop for
volunteers and members of the Board of the Ohangwena Community Radio in
Namibia to enhance their capacities in reporting on development issues.
The training, which will take place in Eenhana, will particularly focus on
disaster risk reduction, preparedness and management.
Requested by the Ohangwena Community Radio Board, the training will
address the principles of community media and its organizational
structures. Participants will also be trained in fundraising in order to
identify possible resources to ensure the sustainability of their radio. A
special session will address the role of community radio as an agent for
development and its ability to deal with such issues as disasters.
Community media practitioners will be introduced to basic principles and
ethical issues of crisis coverage, and acquire practical skills to ensure
data collection, analysis and dissemination during disasters.

Freedom of expression and improved access to information for affected
populations, including marginalized and vulnerable groups, are essential
pillars of disaster risk reduction, preparedness and management. Training
of media professionals in fair, unbiased and conflict-sensitive reporting
will add to mutual understanding and reconciliation, and ensure
appropriate dissemination of life-saving information.

The goal of this week training in Eenhana is to develop the capacity of
community media to make the public aware of disaster risk reduction. This
workshop is part of the series of training programmes that UNESCO, UNICEF
and the Namibian College of Open Learning (NAMCOL) are developing under
the theme "Lessons Learned in Educational Flood Responses". Preliminary
workshops already took place in January and February this year.

Closely coordinated with UN and national Namibian institutions, this
series of programmes aims to provide practical support to the Government
in its efforts in disaster management. It is based on the 2009
Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Report, the Revised Flash Appeal Namibia
2009 and the National Policy for Disaster Risk Reduction in Namibia.
Launched in 2003, the National Policy recognizes the crucial role that
media could play in strong community involvement not only during the acute
phase of a disaster, but also during post-disaster activities. The Policy
also states that regional authorities and disaster risk management
committees must establish relations with relevant media to ensure maximum
benefit from media coverage of disaster management activities.
Related themes/countries

· Namibia
· Community Media
· Training of Media Professionals
· Media in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations

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