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[creative-radio] Bangladesh: Handbook on Community Radio: Voices for the Voiceless of Rural People


Handbook on Community Radio: Voices for the Voiceless of Rural People

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication, since its inception, has been advocating
with the government and
with other organizations for the promotion of Community Radio to address
critical social issues at community level, such as poverty and social
exclusion, empowerment of marginalized rural groups and catalyze democratic
process in decision making and ongoing development efforts.

Community Radio is going to make an important place in development field in
Bangladesh. Ministry of Information has approved 14 Community Radio in
Bangladesh on 22 April, 2010. Now total 14 Community Radio Stations are
going to On Air first time in Bangladesh.

Initially government approved 14 Initiators like Young Power in
Action(YPSA) for Sitakunda, Chittagong, Nalta Community Hospital
for Satkhira, LDRO for Bogra, BRAC for- Moulivi Bazer, Barandro Community
Radio for -Naogaon, Proyas for -Chapai Nababgonj, CCD for - Rajshahi,
Srizoni for - Jhinaidhah, EC Bangladesh for - Munsihigonj, MMC for -
Barguna and RDRS for- Kurigram, Sundarban Community Radio for
Koyra(Khulna), ACLAB for - Telnaf (Cox's Bazer) and Agriculture
Information Services(AIS) for - Community Rural Radio for Amtoli (Barguna)

Under this circumstance, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication
(BNNRC) has taken initiative of publishing a Handbook on Community Radio:
Voices for the Voiceless of Rural People with the support from Canadian
International Development Agency (CIDA) to meet the basic needs and demands
of the community radio initiators, regulators, managers, community leaders
and community broadcasters in respect to setting up and operating the
community radio stations successfully in Bangladesh.

In the meantime, Community Radio Academy has been established by Bangladesh
NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) with the view to building
up capacity on community radio operation of the initiators. Under the
initiatives of the academy, training workshops, round table, seminar etc are
being organized incessantly.

This handbook will be a good compilation of all necessary chapters and key
aspects of community radio operation mechanism. With the help of this
Community Radio Handbook, Community Radio stakeholders will have knowledge
of technical and management skills come to know about the function,
management, procedure, prospect, sustainability, working environment,
interest issues, culture, socio-economic status, challenges and difficulties
of running Community Radio and have all concerned resources and facilities
available for their progress and success.

Besides, from this handbook, a reader will also get better understanding of
the relevance of community radio in poor communities; the broad
applicability of community radio to a range of sectoral activities such as
MDG, PRS, WSIS action Plan, health, rights, education, livelihoods, and
conflict prevention; the need to deepen the capacity of community radio
broadcasters at all levels to conduct effective monitoring and evaluation.

This handbook will be helpful for long-term preservation and sharing as a
guide with the concerned policy makers, donor agencies, regulatory,
technical and monitoring committee members, local administration,
parliamentarian, upa zila chairman, deputy commissioner (DC), upazila
nirbahi officers (UNO), officials of the local intelligence wings and law
enforcing agencies, local government and people working in this field for
nation building process at different level.

AHM. Bazlur Rahman-S21BR
Chief Executive Officer
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
[NGO in Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council]
Head, Community Radio Academy
House: 13/1, Road: 2, Shaymoli, Dhaka-1207
Post Box: 5095, Dhaka 1205 Bangladesh
Phone: 88-02-9130750, 88-02-9138501
Cell: 01711881647 Fax: 88-02-9138501-105,

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