The Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists and the Kenyan Arid Lands
Information Network are the co-winners of the 2012 edition of the
UNESCO-IPDC Prize for Rural Communication, which recognizes meritorious
and innovative efforts to improve communication for rural communities in
The two laureates will share the US$ 20,000 Prize, which recognizes
meritorious and innovative effort to improve communication for rural
communities in developing countries. It is awarded every two years
following a recommendation to the UNESCO Director-General by the IPDC
Bureau, which acts as jury for the Prize.
*The Nepal Forum of Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ)
*NEFEJ is an NGO established in 1986 for the promotion of environmental
journalism in Nepal. Throughout its 25-year long journey, NEFEJ has been
actively engaged in raising public awareness about sustainable
development through the use of various forms of media, in particular
community radio. In 1997 NEFEJ created the first community radio in
Nepal, Radio Sagarmatha, marking a breakthrough in NEFEJ's struggle to
promote community radio in the country. Its efforts included providing
assistance to other community radio stations which were later
established in the country. With this aim, it launched the Community
Radio Support Centre (CRSC).
> Read interview with Raghu Mainali, Director of NEFEJ
> NEFEJ website: http://www.nefej.org/
*The Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN)
*ALIN is an NGO with a mission to improve the livelihoods of arid lands
communities in East Africa by facilitating access to information and
knowledge exchange between communities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.
This is done through community-based Maarifa centres (knowledge
community centres) via a range of channels that include: Web portals,
mobile phone platforms, workshops, exchange visits and regular
publications. Its activities focus on small-scale sustainable
agriculture, climate change adaptation, natural resource management and
other community livelihood issues.
> Read interview with James Nguo, Regional Director of ALIN:
> ALIN website: http://www.alin.or.ke/
Audio interview with James Nguo from ALIN in mp3 at:
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