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AMARC Africa Capacity Building Conference:
« Enhancing the Impact of Community Broadcasting in Africa».









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Venue :

CESTI, (Centre d'etudes des sciences et techniques de l'information), Universite de Dakar, Fann Corniche, Dakar, Case Foyer du CESTI, Salle de conférences.

1.- Overview

The AMARC Africa Capacity Building Conference will be held in Dakar, Senegal from 24 to 26 January 2012 under the theme: “Enhancing Community Broadcasting in Africa”.

This event will gather more than 80 community radio practitioners and stakeholders to evaluate current project & activities of the community radio movement in Africa in achieving MDG and development objectives on food security, water & sanitation, HIV-IDS, climate change adaptation & mitigation and good governance.

The participants will have capacity building activities on content development, on use of ICTs, on gender sensitive programming and planning for increasing the effectiveness of community radio.

They will also exchange knowledge and strategize on defining community radio activities and partnering needed for 2012-2013 in order to increase the effectiveness of Community Radio Interventions and activities leading to social change.

The event will be the occasion for the opening of AMARC Africa Bureau in Dakar, Senegal, that supports the AMARC Africa Regional Board and helps coordinate the activities and projects of AMARC in Africa.

The Capacity Building Conference of AMARC Africa will include representatives of community radios and federations from Eastern, Western, Central and Southern Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Chad, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinee, Ouganda, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Senegal) with AMARC International officials including Haitian, and with experts, scholars and trainers.

2.- Objectives of the AMARC Africa Capacity Building Conference

The Conference will bring together African and international representatives of Community radios, AMARC and community radio stakeholders, donor organizations, development agencies, media and media support organizations, scholars and experts to enhance the effectiveness of Community radios and AMARC Africa Program of Activities for 2012 to 2014.

Specific Objectives of the Conference:

  • Share the necessity of enhancing social, developmental, good governance, climate change and humanitarian impact of community radio.

  • Identify and share best practices in the region for adaptation to different local contexts of the region in order to increase the social impact of community radio;

  • Develop training capacity of trainers, particularly women to address capacity building needs of local community broadcasters across Africa;

  • Address sustainable development and governance related to the specific challenges of Africa through effective community radio program production;

  • Provide conceptual clarity and practical skills to trainees to enable them to address developmental and governance issues related to their respective communities more effectively;

  • To identify and share practical and technical ways for community radios in the African environment to address specific thematic areas of development, such as women rights promotion, agriculture and food challenges, MDG progress reporting, climate change management.

  • Share AMARC Africa’s vision, objectives, strategies, methodologies and timetable to support the African community radios in providing communication platforms for the poor and marginalised and promoting sustainable development and good governance with partners to mobilize their support.

  • Mobilize support among donors, media support organizations, experts and specialized media institutions for the implementation of AMARC Africa Program of Activities for 2011-2014;

3.- Activities

Evaluation of Activities and Projects
Through action research techniques and using performance indicators, the participants will exchange on the evaluation of AMARC Africa activities and projects in 2011 in order to learn on best experiences, challenges.

Training of trainers
In preparation of the implementation of AMARC Africa Program of Activities, the Conference will provide an opportunity to initiate training of trainers on the main topics on which it will support production of programmes: MDGs, gender sensitivity, climate change, agriculture, food and governance, notably elections.

Definition of the AMARC Africa Program of Activities for the 2012-2014 period
The AMARC Africa Program of Activities for 2011-2014 has been developed along the lines of the AMARC Global Strategic Plan for 2011-2014 as adopted by the AMARC Africa General Assembly held in Abidjan on March 2009.
The Program of Activities has been also endorsed by the AMARC Africa Board.

The Forum will now provide an opportunity for AMARC Africa to present it to its partners, donor institutions, experts, scholars and media support organizations to seek their support for its implementation.

4.- Conference Content

  • Day 1: Evaluation of Activities and AMARC Africa Projects

Lessons learned. Including Food security Campaigns, Coverage of climate change and disaster management; Women International Network Activities (16 Days against gender violence), Capacity Building on health, eater & sanitation and good governance; network development and, On Women platforms for exchange and women empowerment;

  • Day 2 and Day 3: Parallel capacity building workshops

In preparation of the implementation of AMARC Africa Program of Activities, the Conference will provide an opportunity to initiate training of trainers on the main topics on which it will support production of programmes: MDGs, gender sensitivity, climate change, agriculture, food security and governance, notably elections

  • Day 3: Definition of the AMARC Africa Program of Activities 2011-2014

The AMARC Africa Program of Activities for 2011-2014 has been developed along the lines of the AMARC Global Strategic Plan for 2011-2014 as adopted by the AMARC Africa General Assembly held in Abidjan on March 2009.

The Program of Activities has been also endorsed by the AMARC Africa Board. The Forum will now provide an opportunity for AMARC Africa to present it to its partners, donor institutions, experts, scholars and media support organizations to seek their support for its implementation.

5.- Detailed list of workshops

Evaluation of “Social Campaigns”; Development and Governance through Community Radios in Africa and “Women Voices” projects

Issues to be addressed:

  • Assessing Food Security social Campaigns and Community Radio in Rural Areas;

  • Assessing community participation in community radio production through Community based organizations and NGOs representatives in programmes

  • Assessing radio production skills transfers and capacity development through mentoring and projects sponsored workshops

  • Assessing ICT skills transfers through mentoring and knowledge exchanges organized by the projects.

  • Effectiveness of the projects in empowering women in community radios and promoting gender equality in society.

  • Assessing the overall effectiveness of community radios in promoting sustainable development, ie, HIV AIDS awareness, understanding the challenges concerning and the need to advocate for water and sanitation.

Training of trainers to report on Development (including MDGs) and Governance.

AMARC Africa considers that:

  • Community radio is an effective tool in the fight for poverty reduction. Access to voice, information, and knowledge are vital factors in facilitating the achievement of poverty reduction and sustainable human development, as voiceslessness is a key dimension of poverty and exclusion.

  • Community broadcasting plays a specific and crucial role in encouraging public participation, facilitating community level debate, facilitating inclusion and cultural diversity.

  • Community radio can contribute to rendering governments accountable by enabling ordinary people to question their leaders on matters such as the use of public resources.

  • Community radio is effective in facilitating communication for key development sectors such as developing awareness for HIV AIDS, reporting on the situation of the MDGs, covering elections to encourage community participation etc.

Issues to be addressed:

  • Understanding the context sustainable development, good governance and human rights.

  • Capacity development and knowledge exchange as essential tools for producing community radio programmes on development and governance with an enhanced social impact.

  • Social action campaigns at the national, continental and global levels to promote development and good governance in Africa through community radio.

  • Promote community participation in programmes on development and governance in order to enhance their social impact.

Broadcasting for Climate Change with focus on Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Readiness and Mitigation:

Issues to be addressed:

  • Best practices of community radio on coverage of climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness and response

  • Lessons from community radio on adaptations to climate change from the experience of community radios in Ghana and in Senegal.

  • Case studies on impact of community radio on climate change adaptation

  • Dialogue, Exchange and discussion with local authorities on climate change adaptation issues

Enhancing Women's Participation, Volunteer management, and implementing the Gender Policy in Community Radios

Women represent only 30% of the community radio personnel on average in the community radios of AMARC Africa network.

Among the women personnel, very few occupy managerial or technical positions to be able to influence programming. African community radios are thus controlled and managed by men.

This is why objective 4 of the AMARC Africa Program is “to see to it that women in community radios are full members just like men. To produce and broadcast programmes by women for women and programmes from a gender perspective that will contribute to promote gender equality in society…”

Issues to be addressed:

  • Understanding gender perspective and women empowerment as required for development and democracy.

  • Strategies for women empowerment in community radio.

  • Content for programmes to promote women’s rights and women participation in community radios.

Producing for Community Radio, production Technology and Techniques and interview techniques, script writing and New Technologies in Community Broadcasting

The purpose of this workshop is to develop a higher degree of production techniques for community radio broadcasters. Participants will be introduced to the principles of sound recording and tips on how to record high quality audio in the field. Their recordings will be produced using computer based editing software.

Participants will break into small groups and develop a strategy for addressing a particular issue relevant to their community. They research the issues and develop a broadcast strategy to address that issue.

New technologies like the internet, social media, mobile technologies have changed the way people communicate. In countries where freedom of expression and right to information is controlled by the government people are turning to new technologies to communicate. The purpose of this workshop is to introduce people to the scope and possibility of new technologies for community media.

6.- Conference deliverables

  1. Conference report along with summary of presentations;

  2. Training handouts;

  3. Programmes on the conference produced by the participants and broadcasted by their Community radio.

  4. Workshop evaluations from participants;

  5. Strategic recommendations.

7.- Conference participants and beneficiaries

  • The direct beneficiaries of the AMARC Africa First Conference will be the attending 50 community radio broadcasters from 14 countries from Eastern, Western and Central Africa and the partners, from NGOs, donor organizations, experts and scholars. Organisers will ensure that 50% of the participants are women.
  • The indirect beneficiaries will be community radio audiences who listen to the more than 30 community radio stations represented at the Conference. They will be able to hear broadcasts of the conference proceedings.
  • Community radios and their audiences will benefit also from improved skills developed by those taking part in the Conference.
  • Women broadcasters will be among the groups benefitting the most as the Conference will enable them to use community radio as an empowerment and development tool and their continental network (AMARC International Women Network in Africa-WIN) will be strengthened.