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Community radio is a radio station owned, run and maintained by a community.

It is called popular or educational radio in Latin America, rural or local radio in Africa, public radio in Australia and free or associative radio in Europe. All these describe the same phenomenon - gaining voices and democratising communication on a community / scale.

Community radio, although taking on diverse forms depending on its surroundings, remains a type of radio made to serve people; radio that encourages expression and participation and that values local culture.

Its purpose is to give a voice to those without voices, to marginalised groups and to communities far from large urban centres, where the population is too small to attract commercial or large-scale State radio."


Michael Delorme, World Association of Community Broadcasters [AMARC]



The Role of Community Radio in Youth and Youth Women Participation

Community Radio is popularly known as the mouthpiece of the youth. A recent radio audience survey done at the initiative of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) shows that among the broadcasters and volunteers working in the community radios are local college students and youth from marginalized societies. The broadcasters and volunteers themselves collect information for news and programmes, edit them in panels and finally present them for broadcasting.

As a result of the CR the very poor and the marginalized people now have a platform to directly express their concerns in public. The platform has created opportunities for the voiceless to make their voices heard.


Community Radio for Change

Community Radio for ChangeThis publication on the best practices of community radios in different parts of India encapsulates the experiences and journey of community radio stations in amplifying the voice of marginalized communities, the change result they have achieved partnering with the communities and the larger aspirations of the community for social justice and equality.

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UNICEF India - Community Radio: Going On Air



Helping NGO partners and stakeholders understand the process of setting up Community Radio stations in India.

UNICEF has helped its NGO partners in 4 states to set up community radio stations. Right from applying for licenses to going on air, this orientation film addresses all the 'how to' and don'ts in setting a community radio station.

It paints a true picture of all the processes involved in setting up and running a community radio station.


Community Radio -- One Voice for All



Giving voice to the voiceless and marginalized

Community radio stations help empower people at the grass root level. It's a participative tool that gives voice to the voiceless and marginalized and helps keep alive the language, dialect, oral and folk traditions of the community paving the way for a more inclusive and equitable society.

Since 2007 UNICEF has actively supported NGO partners in four states to set up community radio stations.

UNICEF has provided not just technical support to the NGOs in the form of setting up the studio but also helped build capacities of community reporters and station managers by providing technical skill building and training in marketing, sales and promotion.



Role of Information Communication Technology for Empowering Rural Women
by Arpita Sharma, Ph.D, Dept. of Agricultural Communication of G. B. Pant University at Pantnagar, India

Today is the era of Information Communication Technology (ICT). Various ICT tools are used to educate and inform the rural people. For generations, rural people have been living in complete isolation without much access to modern media of communication.  The development of a society largely depends on the access to information. Even though we live in the modern era, today, in the rural areas, women are suffering from various problems such as less accessibility to modern information sources. .... more

Role of Community Radio for Women's Empowerment

This is a continuation of two-part blog beginning with "Role of Information Communication Technology for Empowering Rural Women" by Arpita Sharma, based upon her research.


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