Radio’s Role in Development
July 24, 2015
IWDA Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women program partner FemLINKPACIFIC is a not-for-profit media organisation. While FemLINKPACIFIC actively engages with a range of media channels, their community radio station “femTALK 89.2FM” is particularly influential. FemLINKPACIFIC’s report exploring “The Potential of Community Radio” identifies the crucial role radio plays in development. Its effectiveness can be put down to its broad reach and low cost. These factors overcome geographical barriers and enable important dialogue about social, economic and political issues to be had and heard even in rural areas. The informative function of radio is providing a platform for individuals to advocate for broader issues by telling their personal stories and ultimately lobbying for development in the process.
“When radio fosters the participation of citizens and defends their interests; when it truly informs; when all ideas are debated in its programs and all opinions are respected; when cultural diversity is stimulated over commercial homogeneity; when everyone’s words fly without discrimination or censorship, that is community radio”
For the full report, see here: