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.

Starting a Local Radio Station: A Manual for Afghanistan

This manual describes the process for starting a local radio station—the organization of community support and planning, equipment needs, programming strategies, business growth and sustainability and journalistic ethics and standards.

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2011-09-01 07:00:00

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 07:00:00

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 07:00:00

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.

Haiti Radio Fills Information Void in Disaster

Haiti Radio Fills Information Void in Disaster
Thursday, January 20, 2011

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) -- The caller from Boston was desperate.

She had just received a text message Tuesday from a friend trapped in the rubble of a Port-au-Prince school and needed to get the news to rescuers, the Haitian government, the world.

She called the right place: Signal FM, the only radio station in the city that has broadcast nonstop during the earthquake. Its building, transmitting equipment and antennas escaped damage, and the station has been a key source of information since the magnitude-7 temblor wrecked Haiti a week ago.

Afghanistan’s Airways: Voices of Youth, Women and People with Disabilities

Afghan girl in a classroom
Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The program includes news, interviews and roundtables conducted by children with a focus on peace-building and other social issues.

Radio Kodak is part of Internews’ national production unit, Salam Watandar (Hello Countrymen), that was launched in 2003 in Afghanistan.

In the Pashtu version of the program, children fly around the world on a magic carpet and learn about the history and geography of the world. One important result is that the children who have participated in this program are now capable of running the program themselves.

On the Air, from Mobile to Radio

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Recently dubbed by TIME Magazine as the “Silicon Savanna,” Kenya is home to innovative mobile phone technologies that have transformed the lives of millions of people. Ahead of much of the rest of the world, Kenyans have adopted mobile money as an everyday way to handle financial transactions. More than half the population use mobile phones for everything from transferring money to family members to paying bills – even cab fare.