FLAGSHIP UN ACTION FOR COMMUNITY RADIO IN BANGLADESH
Project Funded by:
International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC)
BNNRC has been struggling for the last 12 years to open up the community media (including Community Radio, Community Television and Community film) and giving focus on its vital role as voices of the voiceless people. BNNRC has been addressing the community radio & community TV access issue for over a decade, almost since its emergence in the year 2000.
BNNRC established the Community Media News Agency (CMNA), Community Media Academy (CMA) and Monthly Community Media to share development news & building capacity for the Community Media sector in Bangladesh.
This proposal is specifically expected to address developing capacity of the CR initiators as well as the communities where the stations are going to be set up. It’s a new sector and the initiator organizations have scant management and technical skills. So the lacking needs to be addressed to get the stations beginning operations on a solid ground. The areas the proposal seeks to address involve technical, operational and management capacity, program design through the active participation of the community and on the basis of community needs.
The allocation will target to fulfill the most demanding area of the stations. Although each of the stations are now in operation, they are still not in a position to utilize their efforts and efficiency fully due to their depence on one transmitter. Currently, out of 14 community radio stations , only 03 have got their back up transmitters.
Therefore to fulfill the needs (demands) of other stations, it has been planned and set the objective to make the stations fully operational by providing supports for additional (back up) transmitter. The Radio stations will be provided matching grants for purchasing back up transmitters.
For that ,the International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) of UNESCO allocation of US $ 40 000 will be distributed among 12 community radio stations through which each of the stations will get a one-slot grant ,the amount they will receive after submission of all relevant documents (quotation, procurement order, bills, vouchers etc.) against the purchasing of a back up transmitter .
The present version of the Project outputs may be described as below:
- §11 Community Radio Stations will receive matching grant for setting up 10 back up transmitter.
- §1 Community radio station will receive matching grant for setting up 1 main transmitter.