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OneWorld-UNDP Webinar on Building Capacity of Community Radio Stations to Fight COVID-19

UNDP OneWorld Webinar

Community Radio stations have an important role to play not only in giving local communities a voice to make themselves heard, but also to deliver timely, accurate and useful information to people affected by emergencies. It has been repeatedly demonstrated that the life-saving function of timely information is taken seriously by the audience of community radio stations and this facilitates open debate as well as creation of life saving knowledge. There is, however, a growing need for the community radio stations to learn from experts as well as one another to arrive at an understanding of their ongoing and future work pertaining to Covid-19 related information and knowledge and filter infodemic to draw genuine communication and also demystify disinformation, misinformation and malinformation.

Building the knowledge and skills of community radio practitioners can make a difference in the way people think and act in view of the continued threat of the Covid-19 pandemic. As community based organisations, community radio stations are first line of communication for communities. Many of the community radio stations have worked with communities for over 10 years disseminating valuable, life-saving information to the communities. The community radio stations have also disseminated Covid-19 related information in recent times.

OneWorld Foundation India (OneWorld) and UNDP are organising two webinars to strengthen the capacity of community radio stations in creating awareness on Covid-19, promoting Covid-appropriate behaviour, and removing vaccine hesitancy in people, and advancing their involvement in inclusive initiatives and communication for development.


Agenda I
Date: 18th October 2021; 11.00 am-3.00 pm
Agenda II
Date: 18th November 2021; 11.00 am-3.00 pm

Webinar I Videos

Sh Rajesh Bhushan, IAS
Ms. Nadia Rasheed
Prof Vinod Pavarala
Dr Jugal Kishore
Dr Yashpal Sharma
Dr Anil Agarwal
Dr Mohd Aleem Arif

Webinar II Videos

Dr Sanjay K Rai
Dr Meenu Singh
Prof Rajendra Pratap Gupta


Dr M. A. Arif
COVID-19 Awareness, Behavior Change and Vaccine, Issues and Challenges
Bhaskar Jyoti Bhuyan
Broadcasting and Producing, Research for verified information on COVID-19
Ms Radha Shukla
Sharing of good practices on Covid-19
Ms Aarti Bisht
Program design on Covid-19
Ms Sharmila Sharma
कोविड में चुनौतियां, कठिनाइयां, निवारण

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Lokvani Chhatisgadh Ep 2
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Mandakini Ki Aawaz Uttarakhand Ep 2
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Radio Dastak Ujjain Ep 2
Radio Jagriti Jharkhand Ep 1
Radio Jagriti Jharkhand Ep 2
Waqt Ki Aawaz Kanpur Ep 1
Waqt Ki Aawaz Kanpur Ep 2

Resource Persons

Shree Rajesh Bhushan

IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India

Nadia Rasheed

Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP India

Prof Vinod Pavarala

Senior Professor of Communication & Unesco Chair on Community Media, University of Hyderabad

Ms Aarti Bisht

CR Experts, Henwalani, UK

Ms Abha Negi

MD, OneWorld

Dr. Aleem Arif

Public Health Advisor, WHO

Dr.Anil Agarwal

Director, GB Pant Hospital, Delhi

Bhaskar Bhuyan

CR Experts, Brahmaputra Community Radio, Assam

Dr. Jugal Kishore

Director Professor and Head of Department, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi

Ms Radha Shukla

CR Experts, Waqt Ki Aawaz, Kanpur Dehat, UP

Rajiv Tikoo

Director, OneWorld

Ms Sharmila Sharma

CR Experts, Gurgaon Ki Aawaz, Gurugram

Ms Soumya Jha

CR Experts

Dr. Yashpal Sharma

HOD - Cardiology, PGI Chandigarh

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