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Author: Thomas Tufte and Paolo Mefalopulos
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This user guide on participatory communication aims to answer the following questions: What do we mean when we say participatory communications?  What are the practical implications of working with participatory communication strategies in development and social change processes? What practical experiences document that participatory communication adds value to a development project of programme?

Many communication practitioners and development workers face obstacles and challenges in their practical work. A participatory communication strategy offers a very specific perspective on how to articulate social processes, decision-making processes and any change process for that matter. Participatory approaches are nothing new.  At a time when institutions, both governmental and nongovernmental, increasingly seek participatory approaches in their development initiative, this guide provides perspective, tools and experiences on how to implement participatory communications strategies.

Source: World Bank Working Paper No. 170


Option to upload content in free and open source audio file formats
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EK duniya anEK awaaz firmly believes in idea of free exchange of knowledge and content. Abiding by these principles, EDAA has decided to provide a choice to its users to opt Free and Open Source Audio Codecs. EDAA has introduced a new feature that allows users to convert the MP3 audio files into .Ogg file format. Similar features will be introduced as and when the situation demands.


Author: Seidu Al-hassan, Alhassan Andani and Abdulai Abdul-Malik
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The present study focuses on the contribution of Simli Radio to the livelihood improvement of the people in the Tolon-Kumbungu District of the Northern Region of Ghana. The study established that Simli Radio has worked to improve awareness and knowledge of solutions to community development problems ranging from culture, rural development, education, hygiene  and sanitation, agriculture to local governance. The station has been an appropriate medium that has facilitated an interface between duty bearers and rights holders. It has promoted small and medium enterprise development by creating market opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) operators and consequently improved sales and incomes.

Available for personal, scientific or educational purposes excluding any commercial exploitation under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License

Source: FACTS Reports


John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
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This guide aims to help organizations collect useful information about the effectiveness and impact of their community information projects by highlighting aspects of the evaluation process that are unique, challenging or critical in a community information context. It also describes and includes relevant and meaningful tools that can be used to assess community information projects.

The guide is not meant to be a comprehensive how-to guide on evaluation. For any of the community information activities described above, this guide is designed to help practitioners, producers and station managers chart their progress and achievements toward their goals.


Dean Graber, National Federation of Community Broadcasters Youth Initiatives Programme of the Open Society Institute
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There are young people learning to write commentaries, report the news, broadcast symphonies, produce radio dramas, host talk shows, stream audio, operate remote equipment, run radio stations. In this manual you will find descriptions of many programs, sample curricula, information about equipment, additional resources, and stories about lessons learned, obstacles overcome, and challenges still to be met. Let a Thousand Voices Speak is designed to share information about many projects so that community radio stations, high schools, non-profit arts organizations and community groups can start and grow their own youth in radio programs.

Let a Thousand Voices Speak is supported by the Youth Initiatives Program of the Open Society Institute


Community Radio in Bangladesh: Achievements and Challenges
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)
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This publications collects the experience of 14 community radio stations currently on air in Bangladesh. It maps the achievements and challenges faced by these radio stations since their launch. Among the main challenges are generating financial resources and ensuring community partnership and spontaneous people's participation.

This book, published by the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), is useful for the community media activist, policy makers, academia and development partners working to achieve a free, independent and pluralistic community media sector for the voiceless in rural Bangladesh.

To read or download this book, click here.

Source: BNNRC


Blane Harvey, Institute of Development Studies University of Sussex, UK
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Community radio is well recognised as a powerful vehicle for advocacy and social change in Africa, but its use in the field of climate change has remained very limited, and then largely for top-down transmission of information to communities.

This article discusses lessons learned to date from the Climate Airwaves project, an initiative aimed at developing new approaches for supporting community radio broadcasters to investigate, communicate, and engage in broader debates on the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities in Ghana. It also discusses in depth the central role that action research aimed at effecting social change plays in this particular initiative, and in climate justice initiatives more broadly.


Bikram Subba and Raghu Mainali, NEEFJ
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This manual was prepared for officials and managers of community radio (CR) stations in Nepal but can be adapted in response to locally-specific needs to guide the formulation of strategic plans for any type of local radio stations.


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