Radio equipment for communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Equipment for producing and receiving radio programmes was officially handed over to the Minister of the Press and Information, partner radio stations and members of the Association of Community Radios in the Democratic Republic of the Congo by UNESCO and UNICEF representatives earlier this month.
The equipment was given in the framework of the United Nations support to the Congolese government, thereby contributing to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
UNESCO granted 512 radio receivers working on solar energy, thanks to an integrated board, or on mechanical energy, thanks to a crank. These receivers are highly appropriate for rural areas, often deprived of electricity, but also for low income communities, because there are no energy costs. The radios provided to the Minister of the Press and Information shall be distributed to Media Clubs in the suburbs of Kinshasa and to listeners? clubs of the Association of Community Radios of Congo. In DRC, 152 community radios are members of ARCO.
UNICEF offered 50 Sony tape recorders, 50 recorders with incorporated microphone and earphones, 500 60? audio tapes and 250 battery packs.