Strengthening Lobby & Advocacy to Contribute to Community Media Development and Fellowship for Rural Journalists Through Community Radios in Bangladesh

   

Donor(s)

Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Strategic Partnership)

Partner(s)

Bangladesh NGO’s Network of Radio and Communication (BNNRC)

Overall objective

To enable the community media sector in Bangladesh to exercise their role as watchdogs for local communities and to capacity community radio journalists in producing media content that is inclusive to all Bangladeshi citizens

Achieved results

  • BNNRC encouraged and guided 18 community radio stations in organising special day observations as an advocacy strategy. Days observed were: World Radio Day, World Press  Freedom Day and Universal Access to Information Day

  • BNNRC mobilized a large number of participants (both in the capital Dhaka, as well as at 18 CR locations) for the Men4Women (International Women’s Day) marches and human chains.

  • In the light of the recently adopted policy, “Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy -2018”, which allows community radios to allocate 10 percent of their total airtime to commercial advertisements, two important trainings/workshops for community radio stations were organized by BNNRC. 17 Community radios have been trained to put to practice the recently adopted new policy, including on collecting advertising and implications on the sustainability of the stations.

  • A conference on the effects of the 4th Industrial Revolution on rural communities in Bangladesh (including on community radio stations) was organized for learning purposes.

  • A total 40 fellows took part in the Fellowship and produced and distibuted a large number of materials (more than 300) on two themes: 1) government services such as Vulnerable Group Development-VGD card, Vulnerable Group Feeding- VGF program, elderly allowance, maternity allowance, educational scholarship and 2) gender discrimination among every sphere of society, social taboos including the improper distribution of basic services among vulnerable people. The fellows come from marginalized communities (Dalit community, persons with disabilities, transgender). Among them, 20 Female, 13 Male and 5 belonged to the transgender community.

  • A dedicated website for the fellowship programmes by BNNRC has been launched: http://youthwomenfellow.bnnrc.net/