For World Radio Day: Messages from Mahad

Friday, February 12, 2016

Internews supports citizen engagement in media to connect and empower communities. For World Radio Day, February 13, we celebrate a radio program from South Sudan, one of the most difficult countries for journalists.

In Mahad, an informal settlement of nearly 3,000 displaced South Sudanese, a young woman—Riak Akech—carries an audio recorder with her every day to record messages from residents for lost family members.

World Radio Day, London: New Perspectives on Traditional Radio

Since the first broadcast over 100 years ago, radio has proved to be a powerful information source for mobilizing social change and a focal point for community life. In recognition, UNESCO has announced February 13 as World Radio Day.

To celebrate, a variety of practitioners, academics and tools providers are coming together at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London to explore ways in which this traditional platform reaches even the most remote and vulnerable communities.

When Information Is a Lifeline: the Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises

When Information Is a Lifeline: the Role of Local Media in Humanitarian Crises
Wednesday, February 13, 2013

(This article in the January/February 2013 edition of USAID Frontlines discusses Internews' program providing humanitarian information to Haitians after the 2010 earthquake.)

When the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake shook Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, resulting in more than 230,000 deaths and at least 300,000 injuries in the country’s capital, Port-au-Prince, communications infrastructure went critical.

Radio for a New Nation

Radio for a New Nation
Friday, January 13, 2012

In 2003, when Sudan was still embroiled in civil war, Sudan Radio Service, the country’s first independent broadcaster of news and information, was launched with USAID assistance. In the early days, broadcasts took place on shortwave from Nairobi for just one hour per day.

Naath FM Audience Survey

The Research & Learning (R&L) Group, part of the BBC World Service Trust, conducted a survey with radio listeners in Unity State in November 2010. The objectives of the survey were to establish an understanding of Naath FM’s reach with audiences in Unity State; provide Naath FM with information on audience needs and preferences, in order to help the station serve its audience better; and collect data on audience radio listening behaviours including listening times and competitor stations.

Date: 
2011-05-31 00:00:00

Mayardit FM Audience Survey

The Research & Learning (R&L) Group, part of the BBC World Service Trust, conducted a survey with radio listeners in Warrap State, South Sudan in December 2010. The objectives of the survey were to establish an understanding of Mayardit FM’s reach with audiences in Warrap State, to provide Mayardit FM with information on audience needs and preferences, to help the station serve its audience better, and to collect data on audience radio listening behaviours including listening times and competitor stations.

Date: 
2011-05-31 00:00:00

Africa's quiet digital revolution

Africa's quiet digital revolution
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Services begun in the UK to help allay middle-class indignation about the the lack of transparency from MPs is playing an increasingly important role in bringing democracy to countries that have known little.

MySociety founder Tom Steinberg created TheyWorkForYou to offer greater dialogue between citizens and MPs, following the huge success of his FixMyStreet platform.

Now a version of TheyWorkForYou is due to launch in Kenya. It offers something that Facebook cannot, thinks Mr Steinberg.