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Name of the project:

Capacity Building, Lobby & Advocacy to Contribute to Community Media Development and Fellowship for Women Journalists.

                                                     

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Project Duration:

January 2017 to December 2017Total Project Cost: 1,29,000 (in EURO), 1,13,44614 (in BDT)

Objectives:

The common objective of the Strategic Partnership program [No news is bad news] is: Media and journalists, as independent players in civil society, constitute a diverse and professional information landscape and function as catalysts for change Media play a crucial role in inclusive and sustainable growth and development, linking grass-roots civil society concerns to national and global policy levels. As indicated in the Theory of Change there are three domains that set pre-conditions for a proper function of the media: the enabling environment or the space of media to operate, the ability of media operate in a way that serves the needs of populations and civil society and the professional capacity and quality of the media. Therefore the common objective can be fulfilled by contributing to achieve the following 3 (three) Intermediate Outcomes :
IO-1. An enabling environment for the media is established, conducive to freedom of expression
IO- 2. Media serve the interests of the public and act as a watchdog on their behalf
IO-3. Journalists and media actors work professionally and are effective and sustainable.

Result:


Contributing to IO 1,2 & 3
1. Long-term or overall outcome: Supportive regulatory environment for community media (community radio) conducive to freedom of expression, pluralism and diversity.
[Will contribute to IO-1: An enabling environment for the media is established, conducive to freedom of expression.]


The following indicators (SMART as far as possible) are set to measure the expected outcomes for activities as follows:

 

1 1. i Promoting Women leadership at Policy level of CR Station :Aiming gender equity, women leadership and the issues of women empowerment will be promoted in CR management structure and its contents. The issues will be discussed in committee meetings as priority agenda and women will be encouraged to take leading responsibility in CR management structure. The radio program contents and the participants of the program will include women in a non-discriminated manner. Each radio station will produce a status report on the present situation of women empowerment and leadership position in community radio stations.

 

1. ii Promoting issues on Right to Information and Freedom of Speech : Organize talk show in CR stations on the occasion of observing Radio day(13 February), Press Freedom day(3 May), International Day of Impunity(28 September) and day on Freedom of Speech(2 November). Relevant Article/features will be published in local & national dailies. 68 radio dialogues will be produced and broadcast in 17 community radio stations on 04 occasions.CR station will lead the process.

 

1. iii Visibility :Stories on the impacts of CR Programs in rural lives/documentary on community rural youth broadcasters and their impacts produced. 03 Newsletters

 

iii-a. News Letter:Quarterly Basis produced in a year, 2000 copy each.

 

iii-b.One Video documentary of 10-15 minutes produced.

 

iv. Lobby and Advocacy at policy levelwill be continued with NIMC and PIB and other government departments-at least once in a month so that government institutions will include the community radio stations in their capacity strengthening plans.

 

v. Knowledge Exchangewill be continued by representing BNNRC and attending in different networks and forums at regional and global levels. To mention some of the forums: AIB, ABU, CMFE, GDFM

 

2. Long-term or overall outcome: Strengthened lobby and advocacy through effective cooperation and partnership between civil society and community media (community radio) to address crucial and critical social issues and serve the needs of population.

 

[Will contribute to IO-2: Media serve the interests of the public and act as a watchdog on their behalf].

 

The following indicators (SMART as far as possible) are set to measure the expected outcomes for activities as follows:

 

2. i Social Dialogue in Series(on SDGs):A total of 34 social dialogues will be organized and broadcast in 17 community radio stations during the project period. The issues relevant to achieving SDG-16 will get the priority in issue selection of the dialogue series. The important issues may include prevent corruption, rule of law, empowering local government etc. A Panel will join in the Dialogue involving local elected representatives, professionals and representatives of different sections of the society. Invited listeners will attend in the studio. Radio dialogues will be organized as studio live program while the local elected representatives and other guests will respond to the questions of the listeners (inside and outside). The local elected representatives will interface the people in their constituency live. They will respond to the queries received from the listeners in and outside of the studio. The program will be anchored by a facilitator of the respective radio station.

 

2. ii. Provide Fellowship for youth and youth women:A mixed group of youth & youth women (Dalits + other disadvantaged groups) receive fellowship on Quarterly basis (03 batches in a year). Selected fellows and mentors will receive a 2-day orientation. - A data base will be formed with information of the fellows of past and present batches (including information on their present location/contact address, their occupation and other basic information).

 

2.iii. Organize Audience Research:one (1) Audience Research will be organized. The quality, content, format and impact of radio programs will be reviewed. People’s expectations from community radio and the gaps will be identified which will be used in further improvement of the formats and contents.

 

2. iv. CR Common Content sharing programme / Alliance for Cooperation (at regional level): ): Alliance will be formed within the CR stations at regional level (northern, southern and/or coastal regions). 02 workshops will be organized in 02 regions. The stations will select common contents and themes relevant and specific to the region. The action plan for broadcasting will be prepared and the radio stations will broadcast the programs accordingly.

 

2.v. Organize Community Media Conference:A Media conference for 3 days will be organized where representatives from different media outlets(print,electronic,broadcast and online) will participate. The people’s perception, thought, opinion and challenges of current media sector and the future actions will be discussed in the conference. The best practices will be shared.

3. Long-term or overall outcome: Enhanced professional capacity of the community broadcasters and quality of the media contents.

[Will contribute to IO-3: Journalists and media actors work professionally and are effective and sustainable].

3.i Capacity building of BNNRC Staffs : Will continue as per the need of the staffs ,at least 04 BNNRC staffs will be trained.

3.ii. Supports provided to CR stations: to improve the internal governance and operational mechanism of the radio stations by producing their bi-laws, code of conduct,editorial ethics, information disclosure policy and citizen’s charter.

3.iv. Organize BOT Meeting: BOT meeting will be organized on quarterly basis to review the project progress and provide important guidance to improve internal governance of BNNRC. 3.v Monitoring, Evaluation, Assessment and Learning: BNNRC project monitoring Schedule will be developed and implemented in line with the MEAL guideline of FPU.

Activities:

 

IO-1 An enabling environment for the media is established, conducive to freedom of expression
i. Promoting Women leadership at Policy level of CR Station :
ii. Promoting Right to Information issues :
[Organize debate /dialogue around community radio stations on the occasion of observing Radio day (13 Feb), Press Freedom day (3 May) , International Day of Impunity (2 Nov) and Access to Information or RTI Day 28 (Sept)
iii. Visibility : Produce visual materials: stories on the impacts of CR Programs in rural lives/documentary on community rural youth broadcasters and their impacts (Newsletter): iii-a News Letter Quarterly basis 2000 copies will be published and distributed
iii-b Video Documentary on FPU support program (youth broadcasters)
iv Lobby , Advocacy at National and International level
iv-a Lobby and Advocacy at policy level will be continued with NIMC and PIB (so that training can be arranged on different aspects of editing, production, contents )
iv-b Lobby and Advocacy at regional and global level attend different forms by subscribing like AIB -ABU, CMEM, GMFD etc
IO-2 Media serve the interests of the public and act as a watchdog on their behalf
i. Social Dialogue in Series(on SDGs): Organize Radio talk show as studio live program while the local elected representatives will be present and respond to the questions of the listeners (inside and outside).
ii. Fellowships for youth and youth women (including orientation, mentorship etc)
iii. Organize Audience Research : expectations and gaps (to review and further improvement of the formats and contents)
iv. CR common content sharing platform / Alliance for Cooperation (at regional level): Alliance will be formed within the CR stations at regional level (northern, southern and/or coastal regions)
v. Organize Community Media Conference
IO-3 Journalists and media actors work professionally and are effective and sustainable.
i. Capacity building of BNNRC Staffs : Will continue as per the need of the staffs ,Assessment of Need
ii. Orientation on Bi-laws and rate card (34 Participant from 17 CRS 1 for 1 day)
 

BNNRC Strives for Achieving Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs)

BNNRC Strives for Achieving UN World Summit on The Information Society(UN WSIS) Action Plan

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