Friday, 22 July 2011

[creative-radio] Gates Foundation Funds Community Radio in Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia Africa

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is funding a community radio network
in Africa that is aimed at breaking down linguistic barriers between rural
communities while improving their communication with decision makers.

*Pilot Project* *- Linking communities*

The Pan African Radio Platform
<>pilot project connects
broadcasters in Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, and Zambia to
give local communities a stronger voice in national development.

The Gates Foundation <> is
funding the program through the PANOS Institute of West Africa. At its
launch Friday, the institute's director general, Diana Senghor, said the
project aims to improve communication between decision makers and their
constituents. "I think the community radio are the only means for the
ordinary people to have their say, especially in the local governments
without radio stations," she said.

The project links community radio at local and national levels to produce
and exchange programs on development issues. Senghor says those stations
have a unique ability to empower local communities.

"Community radio stations can denounce corruption, for instance. They can
have groups of people [who are] generally excluded, included for instance
women or the young people you have here. So the role of the community radio
is really crucial for democracy," Senghor states.


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