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Sustainability of a Community Radio


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Presentation by Rukmini Vemraju, CEMCA …

Presentation by Rukmini Vemraju, CEMCA
Presented at Chapai Nawabganj, Bangladesh

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  • 1. Sustainability of a Community Radio Rukmini Vemraju Programme Officer –Livelihoods &Health Project Director- CCFC June 9-11, 2013 Chapai Nawabgunj Bangladesh COMMONWEALTH of LEARNING Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia
  • 2. Core principles of CR  Promote community ownership and management  Operate on a not-for-profit basis  Reflect social and cultural diversity  Enhance community participation  Encourage inclusion  Contribute to horizontal communication  Exercise editorial freedom  Espouse self-sustainability (both social & financial) 19 July 20132
  • 3. Challenges faced by CRS  Finding adequate funds for setting up a station  Creating a regular funding source for running it  Increasing community participation  Creating relevant and engaging content  Finding, training and retraining human resource  Establishing economical technological options 19 July 20133
  • 4. Aspects of Sustainability  Social  Institutional  Financial  Technological 19 July 20134
  • 5. Social  Community needs, aspirations  Respecting local knowledge, beliefs, values  Preserving local culture, promoting local talent  Celebrating diversity  Providing relevant, useful and timely information  Role in decision making 19 July 20135
  • 6. Some Questions  Is the NGO licenced for a community radio station, required to have worked with a definable community (s) in order to obtain a license? (e.g. India –Yes, policy requires that)  Do members of the community participate various administrative bodies in the radio station? (e.g. CRS should have management committees with community members on board)  Is feedback from the members of the community taken into account, irrespective of caste, class, gender, occupation?  Are members of the community actively involved in promoting the radio station within the community?  Is the radio station’s policy inclusive of all the members of the target community in terms of class, caste, religion, ethnic, linguistic, gender and geographic characteristics?  Does the radio organise a public hearing/ community audit for assessment over regular time periods? July 19, 20136
  • 7. Institutional  Training and Capacity building for community  Resource Pool  Content Sharing  Listening groups  Outreach activities  Volunteer groups 19 July 20137
  • 8. Station Management  Content-creation, archiving, retrieval  Scheduling-FPC, repeats. Live, interactive  Staff roster  Volunteers  Training/retraining  Finances  Responding to local issues 19 July 20138
  • 9. Technological  Choosing right equipment-low cost/robust  Insurance  AMC  Training local persons  Buildings back-ups  Networking to share info 19 July 20139
  • 10. Some Questions..  Are there positions for members from the community in the technical management team  Is there significant focus on capacity building for the community with respect to handling and maintaining technical equipment in the radio station?  Is there an onus on the radio station to organize workshops for people from the community to learn production of programmes?  Is there an existence of a team assessing the technical equipment available to the radio station?  Does the station policy ensure compliance with safety standards for studio and production facilities? July 19, 201310
  • 11. Financial “low” cost, not ”no” Cost  Ads- government  Ads -private  Sponsorships  Local classifieds  Announcements, Greetings  Membership fee  Special days  Studio hire 19 July 201311
  • 12. By the community For the community Of the community
  • 13. Thank you for your attention 19 July 2013 13