Wednesday, 5 September 2012

[creative-radio] Soul Beat Extra: Community #Radio - September 5 2012

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Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio
September 2012

For people using community radio for social change...

The SB Extra: Community Radio updates you on community radio related
programme experiences, evaluations, research, awards, trainings, and
resource materials recently placed on the Soul Beat Africa website and
within the Community Radio themesite.

SB Extra: Community Radio complements The Soul Beat newsletter through a
specific focus on Community Radio and is sent out bi-monthly.

If you would like your organisation's communication work, research and
resource documents, or trainings and events to be featured on the Soul Beat
Africa website and in The Soul Beat newsletters, please contact



Does Africa need such a network? And if so, how would it function and what
purpose would it have?

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discussion is launched.


1. Tomorrow is a New Day Project - Nigeria
This is an 18-month violence-reduction project which seeks to promote
stability in the Niger Delta through community reconciliation and the
peaceful reintegration of ex-militants. Led by Search for Common Ground,
this includes community-level dialogues, facilitating structures that
encourage collaborative problem solving and inclusive decision making,
community radio shows to promote discussions, as well as a serial radio

2. Streets of Life Radio Drama - Angola
This is a serial radio drama designed to tackle violence against women in
Angola and to show how ordinary people can have a say in local politics. A
project of the Forum of Women Journalists for Gender Equality, in
collaboration with BBC Media Action, the drama blends information and
entertainment designed to help people claim their rights. The drama focuses
on the story of Edna, a single woman in her twenties studying law at

3. Tupange: Kenya Urban Reproductive Health Initiative - Kenya
The Kenya Urban Reproductive Health Initiative, known locally as Tupange
(Let's Plan), is a 5-year project, running from 2010 to 2014, to empower
people living in Kenya's urban slums to take control of their lives and
build a brighter future with family planning. The accompanying
communication strategy includes multi-media and a radio drama designed to
generate demand for reproductive health services...



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4. Driving Change Through Rural Radio Debate in Uganda: Evaluation Report
This mid-term evaluation report shares findings of an assessment of the
Rural Radio Debate (RRD) Project implemented by Panos Eastern Africa (PEA)
since July 2009. Part of the "Deepening Democracy" programme, PEA supports
20 radio stations to hold debates in communities on development,
governance, and political process topics that are generally selected by the
communities themselves. The evaluation seek to: assess the methodology and
its potential, asses the results so far, examine the topics for debate
emerging from the communities, and identify any challenges in

5. Participatory Radio Campaigns and Food Security: How Radio Can Help
Farmers Make Informed Decisions
This report presents and discusses key findings from an in-depth evaluation
of 15 participatory radio campaigns (PRC) conducted in round-two of the
African Farm Radio Research Initiative (AFRRI). Working with partner radio
stations in five African countries, AFRRI created a series of farm radio
programmes designed to educate farmers and enable them to improve their
agricultural practices. According to the report, approximately 40 million
smallholder farmers were served by the radio programmes...



Africa needs a continental media network for journalists working on issues
related to democracy, governance and human rights.

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6. Disaster through a Different Lens: Behind Every Effect, There is a Cause
- A Guide for Journalists Covering Disaster Risk Reduction
This guidebook for journalists, produced by the United Nations
International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), is written not for
disaster risk reduction (DRR) practitioners, but, rather, for journalists
and the media who are interested in learning more about DRR issues. It
describes how climate change, environmental degradation, evolution of
extreme events such as droughts and floods, poverty, and rapid urbanisation
contribute to exposing more people to disasters, and discusses what the
media can contribute to convince more national and local governments to
invest more in DRR policies...

7. Informing Refugees and Returnees on Gender Based Violence
This evaluation report shares experiences and lessons learned by Search for
Common Ground in using mobile cinema and radio programming to provide a
space for discussion, as well as raise awareness and strengthen prevention,
around gender-based violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
According to the report, years of conflict in the DRC have given rise to
misogynistic attitudes that have made the country one of the most dangerous
places in the world to be a woman, with high levels of Sexual and
Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). Focus group discussions and listener feedback
showed that mobile cinema screening and radio programming has helped to
initiate a free and open forum for dialogue around SGBV...



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8. Always Alert: Reducing Disaster Risk Guide for Communicators and Radio
This manual from Mozambique focuses on broadcasting around disaster risk
reduction. Although the focus is on disaster risk reduction, the
publishers, Community Media For Development/CMFD Productions, say that many
of the principles can be applied to any kind of reporting, especially
reporting related to humanitarian and development issues....

9. AMARC Africa/FORCOM International Conference: Community Radios and
Access to Information in Southern Africa (Oct 9-11 2012) Maputo, Mozambique
The National Forum of Community Radio Broadcasters of Mozambique (FORCOM),
in collaboration with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters
(AMARC) in Africa, are organising an international conference on the theme:
"Critical Reflections on Community Radios and Access to Information in
Southern Africa." The Conference seeks to critically examine both the
governance of community radios and their effective role as channels of
participatory and democratic communication for development for the poor and
marginalised communities in the various Southern African countries...

10. Stem Van Afrika Call for Proposal 2013 – 2015
Deadline: September 30 2012
Stem van Afrika are calling for proposals for innovative projects intending
to reinforce the community radio landscape in Africa. The project should be
designed to empower community stations, contribute to sustainability, and
improve living conditions in the community...



Soul Beat Africa is not just seeking information on new projects, 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

11. Children's Radio Foundation
Launched in 2007, the Children's Radio Foundation (CRF) works with children
and young people to use radio and other existing low-cost technologies to
create media content by and for children. The aim is to give children a
space to share their stories, voice their concerns, and share their
triumphs and strategies for success...



For further information on Community Radio in Africa visit Soul Beat
Africa's Community Radio theme site -


See also the Soul Beat Africa Democracy and Governance theme site here

It has a special section on Media and D & G (see
and a section on Freedom of Information (see



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