10-14 June 1996
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
The Communication for Development Branch of the Research Extension and Training Division, FAO, has organized an international workshop, on the theme of Development of rural radio in Africa. The venue will be Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 10-14 June 1996 and we anticipate representations from 21 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and from principal bilateral and multilateral organizations involved in this sector.
In Africa, radio is still considered to be the most appropriate communication tool to support and promote rural development. It remains the most suitable of the media because it is the least expensive and most easily available to rural populations. It is for this reason that FAO has been involved, for more than 20 years, in a programme which assists rural radio in Africa, in association with several bilateral and multi-lateral donors and as partners with the Union of the African National Radio and Television (URTNA) and the Centre of Inter-African Rural Radio Studies (CIERRO), Ouagadougou.
This ongoing programme has facilitated the launching of new radio stations in several countries and has contributed to the evolution of rural radio on various ways. Most significantly, the FAO programme has helped transform rural radio:
Today, radio in Africa is undergoing a major transformation: new protagonists are emerging, particularly in the commercial sector, and among NGOs and also rural community organizations. However, many stations are established without a proper and necessary legal and institutional framework and also without adequate equipment and material for producing programmes or, indeed, for training the broadcasters, technical staff and managers.
Several African countries have become aware of these rapid changes and the inadequacies of present infrastructure, training and equipment. They have requested assistance under FAO's Technical Cooperation Programme. The Rural Radio Workshop is a step to find appropriate, global and internationally agreed solutions to the major challenges of development of rural radio in Africa by bringing together representatives of the various interested organizations.
The main objectives of the workshop will be to:
This workshop promises to be a landmark event for African rural radio.
For further information, please contact:
L. Van Crowder
Senior Officer, Communication for Development
Extension, Education and Communication Service (SDRE)
FAO Research, Extension and Training Division
Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy
fax: (39-6) 5705.5731