Gender Based Biolance
Curriculum on Community Radio Training
Achieving Sustainability in Community Radio-Self Assessment Tool
Hand book on Right to information and Community Radio
Community Radio Handbook
Guideline for Community Radio Drama
Community Radio Continuous Improvment toolkit
Guideline on Community Radio Financial Management
GPP Story Output: WIND OF CHANGE
Girl Power Project is a five-year (2011-2015) global programme funded by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for promoting equal rights and opportunities for girls and young women. This programme is being implemented by local civil society organizations (through partners) in 10 countries with a common goal. GPP goal is to reduce gender-based violence against girls and young women. Objectives of this Project are strengthening civil society organizations to influence policy makers through lobbying and advocacy, increasing awareness and sensitizing duty bearers on the rights of girls and young women, improving legal protection system and increasing capacity of right holders (girls and young women). Read More..
Gender Guideline for Community Radio Stations
GPP - BNNRC Brochure
Girl Power Newsleter
Girl Power Newsleter
Community Radio in Bangladesh: Achievement and Challenge
It is really amazing that toady 14 community radios are broadcasting 100 hours program in a day! I am proud to feel that community radio is taking place as an essential mass media within the lives of the rural people.
We convey our thanks to Ministry of Information of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh that they have approved community radio activities with the objectives to achieve empowerment and to ensure right to information of the rural people. What was our dream now becomes a reality in 2012!
We could rightly identify that due to globalization, in receiving information and knowledge, the difference between urban and rural societies widened. As a result, people are losing access to the basic ingredients of life.
As days go on they are becoming asset-less. On this context, we have started policy advocacy with government for community radio installation to exchange and disseminate information and knowledge effectively within the rural society. We also believe that any good work needs devotion and dedication. We have now achieved community radio after 14 years of dedication.However we did not fail! While we see 536 young boy and girls are now working as rural broadcasters in community radio stations. A total of 125 (98 male and 27 female) are now involved in community radio station management committees from the rural community and trying to achieve the ownership at the local level.
The government officials and civil society at upazila/district level have joined in CR station Advisory Committee and started motivating the mass people to take part in local development and entertainment by using community radio as a platform for mutual learning. In this way, these officials are taking a great role to build a knowledge-based society at rural level. Therefore our effort for 14 years was not mere wastage! The reality of today is that the bondage between the community radio and local-level radio stations are getting strengthened day-by-day. Community Radio has now become their part of life. Community Radio becomes the instrument for the livelihood battle of the rural people. We have now started advocacy with the government of Bangladesh on community television. We hope that community television will come into being within a short time.
Community Radio Stations in Bangladesh will be a wonderful platform for dialogue of the rural people. This dialogue will help the community to discover their own voice. For them, this will ensure helpful social, economic and cultural conditions and the freedom of opinion in the realm of politics.
We hope this book will be useful for the community media activist, policy makers, academia and development partners working to achieve a free, independent and pluralistic community media sector of voices for the voiceless in rural Bangladesh
Momentum for Change: Community Radio in Bangladesh
Using Community Radio To Fight Poverty
It gives me a great pleasure to present you the Momentum for Change: Community Radio in Bangladesh – Voice of Rural People.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been struggling for the last 14 years to open up the community broadcasting including Community Radio, Community Television and giving emphasis on its vital role as voices of the voiceless people. BNNRC has been addressing the community radio, community TV and community film access issue. For helping to bridge the information gap of rural Bangladesh.
Now 14 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 120 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 536 youth & youth-women are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters.
The reality of today is that the bondage between the community people and local-level community radio stations are getting strengthened day-by-day. Community Radio has now become their part of life. Community Radio becomes the improving for the life & livelihood of the rural people.
Besides BNNRC has been awarded affiliate membership with Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) & Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union(ABU) for knowledge exchange and resource sharing in regional and global level.
BNNRC has initiated a process to explore the future of development cooperation and the role of community broadcasting over the next 15 years, and we already have a new challenge! While we are in the process to set up Community Media News Agency (CMNA), Community Media Academy (CMA) & online web portal for community radio at national level.
In this opportunity, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our Government, Development Partners, Academia, Researchers, Media, CSOs and Initiators taking interest on issue of community broadcasting for development in Bangladesh.
We invite you to join in our STRUGGLE! We hope you are - or will become one of our future partners for promoting community broadcasting in Bangladesh. Let’s all do our part to build Momentum for Change in Bangladesh through Community Broadcasting.
Community Radio Directory in Bangladesh
We are pleased to present Directory of Community Radios in Bangladesh supported by International Program for the Development of Communication (IPDC) of UNESCO.
The Directory will serve as an easy reference of Community Radio Stations in Bangladesh to development partners, officials of different Ministries of Government, Academia, researchers, media, and other profession groups working or taking interest on issue of community radio for development in Bangladesh.
It is sincerely hoped that the information and short profile of community radio stations in Bangladesh will be useful to many different users in Bangladesh and abroad.Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication is promoting the advocacy with the government in relations to community radio with other organizations since its emergence from 2000. BNNRC has been addressing the community radio and community TV access issue for over a decade, helping to bridge the information gap of rural Bangladesh.
The reality of today is that the bondage between the community people and local-level community radio stations are getting strengthened day-by-day. Community Radio has now become their part of life.
Community Radio becomes the instrument for the livelihood battle of the rural people. We have now started advocacy with the government of Bangladesh to open up community television.We hope that community television will come into being within a short time.
Gender Policy in Community Radio Stations in Bangladesh (2nd edition) English and Bangla
Community Radio is playing very significant role in the countries of South Asia responding to other regions of the world. Ministry of Information, People’s Republic of Bangladesh formulated Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy 2008 and Community Radio Strategy 2012.
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been struggling for the last 14 years to open up the community media (including Community Radio, Community Television) and giving focus on its vital role as voices of the voiceless rural people. The reality of today is that the bondage between the community people and local-level community radio stations are getting strengthened day-by-day. Community Radio has now become their part of life and livelihood.
BNNRC established the Community Media News Agency (CMNA) & Community Media Academy (CMA) to share development news & building capacity among the community radio stations.
The third goal of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is gender equity and women empowerment. Considering the ownership and access to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) as an instance, it appears transparent that gender discrimination in technological use is extensively wide in Bangladesh. Gender discrimination is much wider in broadcasting sector. As community radio is going to run in the country, if the gender issue is considered with much emphasis since the beginning, it will be possible to ensure gender equality at least in the administration, management, program and financial planning of community radio operation.
One of the objectives of publishing the very 2nd edition Gender Policy in Community Radio Stations prepared by World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) - Women International Network (WIN) Asia Pacific in Bangla is to create massive awareness of the government, non-government and development initiators on eliminating gender discrimination in community radio stations.
We hope the community radio initiators will follow the instruction stated in the 2nd Edition Gender Policy in Community Radio Stations and play marking role in ensuring gender equity in the broadcast sector in Bangladesh. Be Community Radio one of the development tools for the voiceless. We invite you to join in our STRUGGLE!
Guidebook: Community Radio Program on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Bangladesh
National Strategy for the Implementation of Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operations Policy in Bangladesh 2012
This document details the main steps for the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) to implement the Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy (CRIBOP) of 2008 published by Ministry Infromation with support from UNICEF Bangladesh.
The National Strategy for the Implementation of CR policy places the GoB at the centre, having two pivotal roles: as regulator and facilitator, to enable community radios to become full-fledged partners in the development process of Bangladesh.
As regulator, the main role of the GoB is to implement and opportunely revise the legislation for community radios, to create an enabling environment conducive to a strong CR sector. It must also ensure that national and local government officials understand the principles of CR and effectively implement the policy, supported by transparent, competent licensing, monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
As facilitator, the GoB takes the leadership in promoting collaboration and establishing strategic alliances among all stakeholders to increase the chances of long-term sustainability of the CRs.
The Strategy identifies points of convergence and collaboration between community radios and several of the GoB most important initiatives, such as the Right to Information Act 2009, Vision 2021 and Digital Bangladesh, the National Strategy for Accelerated Poverty Reduction II 2009 (NSAPRII) and the Millennium Development Goals.
It also presents an assessment of the current situation in the county, in terms of enabling factors and opportunities for the establishment and growth of community radios, areas for further development and challenges ahead. Based on this assessment and the legislation itself, it sets out strategic objectives to guide the GoB’s interventions leading to a meaningful and sustainable Community Radio Sector. For Download/Reading
Radio Listeners Club Guideline in Bangladesh
Radio is one of the most popular, cheaper (sets) and friendly media to create an easy accessible environment for the community in line with the Right to Information (RTI) as well as enter-educating the listeners. Indeed, the listeners are the main stakeholder of this intervention.
Without listeners, Radio programs and services are useless. In Bangladesh there are few Radio listeners clubs but scattered all over the country. They do not have any organogram or institutional structure even no regular internal organizational communication in between them as having no platform.
On the other hand, they have no structural or vertical linkage or connection with the Radio stations. As a result, Radio management could not know the real needs of the listeners properly; likewise, radio programs are developed without reflection of expectation of the larger numbers of listeners.
For the sake of achieving development goals of the country, listeners as well as the larger community need to be connected with radios. To ensure this, it is considered essential to structure country wide Radio Listeners Clubs within a short and set form. RLCs, thereby, will take part in developing radio programs towards achieving the development goals.
UNICEF is implementing a number of development activities in Bangladesh giving special focus on women and children related issues. The programs implementation process can best strengthened if the people participations are ensured. For prompt dissemination of information and building awareness among the communities, radio is the most prior and friendly media to connect the extreme remote communities of the country.
In this connection UNICEF has taken initiative to develop and finalize a Radio Listeners Club Guideline for the RLCs for forming, strengthening and bring them in common understanding platform for contributing their support for designing, developing and producing development-oriented appropriate radio programs. UNICEF has offer this job and Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication, as pioneer networking non-government organization took the opportunity for implementing the activities towards developing and finalizing a Radio Listeners Club Guideline. For Download/Reading
Community Radio Installation, Broadcast and Operation Policy - 2008
Ministry of Information, People's Republic of Bangladesh
BNNRC Information Disclosure PolicyFor Download/Reading
Community Radio Map in Bangladesh Dated: 4 August, 2014
Community Radio Monitoring Framework in Bangladesh
Community Radio is a new media in Bangladesh context. This is the first time inhistory, a community driven broadcasting system is about to air programs which contain voices of the voiceless people. There is a mind-set that media should be monitored to make it accountable or controlled. In case of CR, the intention is not putting control over its operation but to ensure its effective operation. The monitoring framework is aimed to assist CR from the beginning to be an effective medium for community people as mentioned inthe policy.
A handbook of monitoring is needed to address issues related license, establishment, planning, operation, content management, production, broadcast and evaluation. Community people don’t have practical knowledge and expertise for operating CR in this moment. A practical guideline could help them for smooth operation on CR station
For Community Radio Monitoring Hand Book, Please visit:http://www.scribd.com/doc/47352260/Community-Radio-Monitoring-Handbook1
Community Radio Handbook in Bangladesh: Good Governance & Development [1st Edition]
Community Radio Handbook in Bangladesh: Voices for the Voiceless of Rural People
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), since its inception, has been advocating with the government and with other organizations for the promotion of Community Radio to address critical social issues at community level, such as poverty and social exclusion, empowerment of marginalized rural groups and catalyze democratic process in decision making and ongoing development efforts.
Community Radio is going to make an important place in development field in Bangladesh. Ministry of Information has approved 14 Community Radio in Bangladesh on 22 April, 2010. Now total 14 Community Radio Stations are going to On Air first time in Bangladesh.
Under this circumstance, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has taken initiative of publishing a Handbook on Community Radio: Voices for the Voiceless of Rural People with the support from Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to meet the basic needs and demands of the community radio initiators, regulators, managers, community leaders and community broadcasters in respect to setting up and operating the community radio stations successfully in Bangladesh.
In the meantime, Community Radio Academy has been established by Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) with the view to building up capacity on community radio operation of the initiators. Under the initiatives of the academy, training workshops, round table, seminar etc are being organized incessantly.
This handbook will be a good compilation of all necessary chapters and key aspects of community radio operation mechanism. With the help of this Community Radio Handbook, Community Radio stakeholders will have knowledge of technical and management skills come to know about the function, management, procedure, prospect, sustainability, working environment, interest issues, culture, socio-economic status, challenges and difficulties of running Community Radio and have all concerned resources and facilities available for their progress and success.
Besides, from this handbook, a reader will also get better understanding of the relevance of community radio in poor communities; the broad applicability of community radio to a range of sectoral activities such as MDG, PRS, WSIS action Plan, health, rights, education, livelihoods, and conflict prevention; the need to deepen the capacity of community radio broadcasters at all levels to conduct effective monitoring and evaluation.
This handbook will be helpful for long-term preservation and sharing as a guide with the concerned policy makers, donor agencies, regulatory, technical and monitoring committee members, local administration, parliamentarian, upa zila chairman, deputy commissioner (DC), upazila nirbahi officers (UNO), officials of the local intelligence wings and law enforcing agencies, local government and people working in this field for nation building process at different level.
Voices of Change: Strategic Radio Support for Achieving the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs): Translated in Bengali by BNNRC
English and Bangla Copy
It is our great pleasure to inform you that Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is going to translate in Bengali of the book Voices of Change: Strategic Radio Support for Achieving the Millennium Development Goals published by Information and Communication for Development (ICD) of Department for International Development (DFID). We acknowledge the congenial support from DFID Bangladesh.
The objective of translation the book is to help target audiences to know more on the prospect of the use of Radio as a tool of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to achieve the goals of Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP). So, NGOs/Community Based Organizations (CBOs) can prepare future project proposals by accommodating the use of Radio to reach mass people including rural and disadvantage people. Moreover this publication will help academicians, researchers, government officials, media activities, policy makers including Parliamentarians to understand the role of radio for the advancement of Bangladesh in various development sectors.
The book provides the scope of radio's involvement in underpinning sustainable livelihoods, realizing rights, human development and the broader goals and targets of the United Nations Millennium Declaration.
It clearly highlights the relevance of radio in poor communities, its broad applicability to a range of sectoral activities such as health, rights, education, livelihoods etc. It also identifies the need to deepen the capacity of radio broadcasters at all levels to conduct effective monitoring and evaluation, so as to begin the process of developing a rigorous information and communication for development evidence base, which highlights radio's and other communications mediums strategic contribution to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals.
It is accepted that the knowledge/information divide is the result rather than the cause of poverty and that efforts to bridge it must be embedded within effective strategies that address the causes of poverty. This book details how Radio as on the component of ICTs are being used today, challenges and opportunities presented by radio and it's potentiality to bridge knowledge divide. It also challenges DFID and other donors to increase support to the radio sector.
VOICES FOR CHANGE: Community Radio in Bangladesh- Creating Opportunities for Voices for Rural People
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication(BNNRC) devoted Entirely to Promote Community Media for Development (CM4D) & Leads Supports and Advocates for the Initiators to actively provide independent community broadcasting in Bangladesh since 2000.
It gives us a great pleasure to present you the VOICES FOR CHANGE: Community Radio in Bangladesh- Creating Opportunities for Voices for Rural People
Currently 14 Community Radio Stations are on-air aiming at ensuring empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 120 hours of program everyday on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. The programs are quite supportive to the activities reflected in the 6th 5-year plan of the Government of Bangladesh, UN World Summit on Information Society (UN WSIS) Action Plan, and UN Millennium Development Goals (UN MDGs).
Around 536 youth women & youths are now working with the stations throughout the country. Community radio programs have already been widely accepted among the local communities.14 community radio stations currently covers 67 upazilas of 13 districts & more than 4.6 million listeners.
Ministry of Information (MOI) of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has primarily approved another 18 Community Radio Stations.
BNNRC has initiated a process to explore the future of development cooperation and the role of community broadcasting over the next 15 years, and we already have a new challenge! We have already started Community Media News Agency (CMNA), Community Media Academy (CMA) & Community Media Newsletter for building capacity of community broadcasting sector.
We invite you to join in our STRUGGLE! We hope you are - or will become one of our future partners for promoting community broadcasting in Bangladesh.
Let’s all do our part for VOICES FOR CHANGE: A Quiet Revolution of Community Broadcasting in Bangladesh to Fight Poverty and Promote Rural Development.
Our Voice Our Power: Empowering Women through Community Media in Bangladesh
Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) represents the community electronic media [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film] sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Media, Academia and Development Partners from 2000. BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 2010 & accredited with UN World Summit on the Information Society.
We are pleased to post herewith the booklet titled Our Voice Our Power: Empowering Women through Community Media in Bangladesh a publication that presents highlights in the professional and personal achievements of 12 young women that recently completed a community media fellowship at community radio stations. The program was designed and implemented by BNNRC in cooperation with 11 community radio stations and supported by Free Press Unlimited.
Now 14 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 120 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those Stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 4.6 million rural people in 67 upazillas under 13 districts.
BNNRC has initiated a process to explore the future of development cooperation and the role of electronic community media over the next 15 years, and we already have a new challenge! We have already started Community Media News Agency (CMNA), Community Media Academy (CMA) & Community Media Newsletter for building capacity of electronic community media sector.
Community Radio in Bangladesh: Achievement and Challenge
Achieving Sustainability in community radio-self Assessment Tool