Pamela Eleazar

Supporting women entrepreneurs in Ghana

A recent study on street food vending in Ghana conducted by FAO showed that it is dominated by women.  The said survey showed that with the estimated 8000 to 10000 street food vendors in Accra, Ghana, at least 90% are women. Majority are between 25 to 45 years old and most of them rely on family or personal money to fund their enterprises.  This is a considered a time-consuming business since vendors

"Communicating Development": call for audio pieces

As part of the continued partnership of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC), their respectively Office of Corporate Communication join forces again this year to facilitate the production of 40 audio pieces by producers and community radio journalists.  The international audio series dubbed as “Communicating Development” will facilitate access to the following: Best management practices Increase public education  Encourage dissemination of

66th ICA Annual Conference: Communicating with Power

The 66th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association with the theme “Communicating with Power” will be held on 9-13 June 2016 at the Fukuoka Sea Hawk Hilton Hotel, Fukuoka, Japan. The five-day conference will have over 550 presentations showing the latest innovations in the field of communication. The theme of this year’s conference is a reminder about the potential contribution of our work and raising awareness about such contribution.

UNICEF Innovation Fund willing to invest in tech innovations for children

UNICEF is looking to provide investment-style funding to early-stage tech startups that is willing to express their interest to fund open source technology solutions for children until 26 February 2016. Eligible institutions will be issued with Institutional Contracts with a selected number of successful vendors for a period of one year.  UNICEF will consider applications for funding of approximately up to US$100,000. Projects funded need to increase the ability of children

Recommendations from UNESCO seminar on community media sustainability

UNESCO hosted a major international conference on community media sustainability that brought together a wide range of community radio stakeholders, representing governments, regulators, practitioners, civil society, academics, and other experts, from all regions of the world last 14-15 September 2015 at its headquarters in Paris. The seminar participants agreed on 37 recommendations aimed at four different sets of actors, namely Governments and Regulators, Community Media Outlets, UNESCO, and the International Community. The

Call for Proposals: International Radio Series on Climate Change

AMARC will host the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) where the countries will negotiate a new universal climate agreement. The AMARC Global Campaign Fund, The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) wishes to highlight how the poorest and most marginalized populations in various regions of the world are touched by climate change, global warming and pollution. This international

FAO provides support to beat El Nino

The Food and Agriculture Organization is mobilizing resources to provide direct assistance to production and to support food and nutrition monitoring systems in regions where the El Nino phenomenon severely reduced this year’s cereal outputs. El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua have large number of farmers in need of agricultural assistance as the subregion tries to recover amidst the prolonged dry weather.This has been the second consecutive year that the

The Future of Farming: video and ICTs to promote agricultural practices

The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) through Project Manager Kishor Jagtap is working on a novel initiative in rural Maharashtra, India. His team is working with Digital Green, an international non-profit development organisation spreading the use of clean technologies among women farmers in the Wardha and Yavatmal districts of the state. MSSRF rolled out the Digital Green model – video-based demonstration of the best farm practices – in 2013 across 30

AMARC 11: New management, new challenges

The recently concluded 11th International Assembly of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) held in Accra, Ghana last August 10-14, 2015 was attended by 260 participants from 50 countries worldwide.  Mr. Emmanuel Boutterin was elected to presidency by the international organization who also renewed its Board of administrators. According to Boutterin, he wished to make AMARC into a great organization of the 21st century, stronger, meaningful and able to carry

ComDev training for rural radio station managers and broadcasters in Bangladesh

A capacity development program on rural ComDev is being undertaken by the College of Development Communication (CDC-UPLB) in the southern part of Bangladesh. The first training was held last June 29-July1, 2015 among rural radio station managers and broadcasters of Krishi Radio, Radio Nalta, Radio Sundarban and Loko Betar (see the Bangladesh Community Radio Portal).  Using the Communication for Rural Development Sourcebook as a main reference, the program entails six monthly missions that include three-day