Dimitra Community Listeners' Clubs
The FAO Dimitra community listeners’ clubs are groups of women, men and young people – mixed or not – who decide to organize themselves so as to work together to bring about changes in their communities. They meet regularly to discuss the challenges they face in their daily lives, make decisions and take action to resolve their problems.
Set up in several sub-Saharan African countries - DR Congo, Niger, Mauritania, Senegal, Burundi and Ghana - the Dimitra listeners’ clubs have had a great success wherever they have been established. The formula is a simple one: the determination of community members to mobilise, a wind-up solar-powered radio – sometimes paired with a mobile phone – close collaboration with community radio stations, support from FAO, some flexibility and … that’s it! The listeners’ club members are ready to make their voices heared and to face challenges together.
Dimitra community listeners’ clubs: A unique approach
What is it that makes the Dimitra community listeners’ clubs so special? This fact sheet answers that question by highlighting the eight key features that are crucial to the functioning of the Dimitra listeners’ clubs, and which make the approach unique.
Community listeners’ clubs. Stepping stones for action in rural areas
FAO-Dimitra, August 2011
This publication summarises the unique experience of the community listeners’ clubs set up in Niger and the Democratic Republic of Congo by FAO-Dimitra and its partners. These actionbased information and communication processes have proved so successful that Dimitra decided to share the experience.
The first chapter offers a brief overview of the community listeners’ clubs, their goals and internal functioning and the results achieved. The second chapter tells the story of the listeners’ clubs in the words of the stakeholders, explaining how they were established in the two countries. The third chapter sets out more practical guidelines on the stages involved in creating community listeners’ clubs.
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Dimitra's community listeners’ clubs empower rural women and men
Give women access to information and the possibility to communicate and they will change the world. That is the premise behind the FAO Dimitra community listeners’ clubs – groups of rural women, but also men and young people, who meet regularly to discuss development issues and challenges, and to find solutions together.
Read the article (June 2013)