community-centred media projects
Radio Gandingan - Mindanao, Philippines
In Mindanao, Radio Gandingan (RG) is an educational and advocacy radio program that is produced by community members. Community Radio Volunteers (CRVs) from marginalised communities participate in the design, gathering and presentation of audio for radio programs. Listeners say the radio program has contributed to a reduction of community violence and an increase in positive family dynamics.
Hela Radio - Papua New Guinea
In Tari, the capital of the Tari-Pori District and the centre of Huli country in the Hela Province of Papua New Guinea, HCR has trained community members from 5 districts in community-centred media principles to operate a new radio station currently under construction.
Afno FM - Nepal
A community-centred radio station in Okhuldunga, Nepal, has an intense focus on participation by the local community in designing, producing and contributing to local programs. Individual health behavioural change and community-wide social change has been documented. Government agencies have become more engaged in providing education, information and service to the communities. Social capital has increased.
Heartline FM - Bali
Heartline Bali FM mobilised local organisations in a multi-faceted project with on-air and off-air activities in a traditional Balinese village. Activities included mobilisation of mothers and health workers to improve infant nutrition, a radio station-based book library, volunteers trained as community radio reporters, a low-impact cultural daytour designed in collaboration with the community to contribute to the local economy from tour fees paid by foreign tourists.
Radio Salam - Kyrgyzstan
HCR was asked by UNICEF to assist with a youth health initiative, applying community-centred media principles to engage the youth community and encourage them to improve their life-styles.
Radio MAMA - WA Mid West
Radio MAMA is an indigenous broadcaster based in three rural and remote locations in Western Australia’s Mid-West. Radio MAMA and HCR strengthen community engagement through workshops with community members who participate in the design, production and presentation of radio messages for health and social development campaigns delivered by local service providers.
Charsaddar - Pakistan
In north west Pakistan community volunteers were trained to provide critical information over the local radio station during a flood. Energised by the positive social capital outcomes that resulted from collaboration between community groups that were traditionally separated by cultural and religious factors, the radio volunteers continue to engage community participation with programming that addresses local issues.
Radio Djati - Indonesia
Radio Djati, in Banda Aceh, Indonesia, was created to support the December 2004 tsunami recovery operation and was the pilot project for the Rapid Response Radio Unit initiative developed by HCR but which has now become an independent organisation. The station continues programming that is designed to improve and enhance the quality of life of local communities with community education and advocacy through on-air programming and off-air activities.
Nabua Kabua Wone - West Papua
HIV/AIDS information and education was provided to 2000 villagers in the Indonesian province of West Papua with audio programmes modelled on a radio programme format. A media unit of volunteers was trained to produce audio products with contributions from communities. Programs were distributed to the communities for replay on solar-powered MP3 players to ensure those with low literacy rates would have increased access to education.
Wind FM - Mongolia
WIND FM is a radio broadcast network in Mongolia aimed at strengthening family values through integrated radio programming and community activities in collaboration with local organisations. Teams of community volunteers are trained to gather and produce key feature material. Professional development workshops for service providers enable them to contribute radio programming focused on local issues.