(Internews CEO in Europe, Daniel Bruce was interviewed about media development issues for this World Radio Day broadcast from SOAS Radio.)
For World Radio Day 2016, Suzanne Savage of SOAS Radio interviewed Internews CEO Daniel Bruce, who spoke about the importance of community radio in post-conflict zones and the growing challenges journalists are facing today.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.