Community radios against impunity

In support of the World Day against Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on 2 November 2016, AMARC launches a worldwide campaign for the safety of journalists that will highlight the work of journalists and producers of community radio.  The campaign aims to strengthen the efforts to reduce the level of impunity for crimes against freedom of expression, since based from a study conducted by UNESCO, 96% of crimes against freedom

Workshop on enhancing community radio to improve food security and resilient family farming in the Asia-Pacific region

The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) will conduct a three-day workshop on interactive community radio to enhance food security and family farming in Asia-Pacific. It will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 19-21, 2016. FAO reported in 2015 that 490 million people are still suffering chronic hunger in Asia and the Pacific region, which is also home to

"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

World Radio Day 2016: Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster

On February 13th World Radio Day is celebrated worldwide. This year, in recognition radio’s ability to reach the widest audience worldwide in the quickest possible time, the theme of World Radio Day 2016 is “Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster”. The aim of World Radio Day is to improve international cooperation between broadcasters, and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information, freedom of

Share your experiences for World Radio Day 2016!

February 13th is World Radio Day (WRD), a celebration of community radio as a medium of primary importance. This Day aims to promote gender equality on the air, access to information, development of independent media, safety of journalists and freedom of expression.  For the fifth edition, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and all the partners in the public, commercial and community media,

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

Mapping community media in rural development

In August 2015 a survey was launched as a global exercise to take stock of the work of AMARC’s affiliates, community media networks and communication practitioners engaged in communication for rural development. It helped to identify potential areas for improving the engagement of community media in sustainable rural development as well as feed discussions at the AMARC 11th Global Assembly in Accra, Ghana. The survey received 54% of responses from Anglophone speakers,

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

Generating sustainable rural development through communication and community media

The Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Sustainable Rural Development was held in Accra, Ghana on 13th August 2015 as part of the 11th International Conference of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC). The Forum was attended by representatives of community radio broadcasters, farmer organizations and development institutions from nearly 50 different countries.  The objectives of the Forum were to:• Share experiences about the role and contribution of ComDev and community

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