AMARC Africa Held its First Capacity Building Conference in Dakar

Dakar, January 27, 2011. More than sixty Community radio stakeholders from 20 African countries from Eastern, Western, Central and Southern Africa, gathered in Dakar, Senegal, in the CESTI, on 24 -26 January, 2012, for the first AMARC Africa Capacity Building Conference “Enhancing the Impact of Community Radio Broadcasting in Africa. For further information visit here http://africa.amarc.org/dakar_conf_2012/dakar_2012_EN.html

AMARC Africa president Oumar Seck Ndiaye declared that the event allowed for specific evaluation of the effectiveness of community radios engaged in current social action projects of AMARC Africa seeking women’s empowerment through community radio, on fighting HIV-AIDS, on ameliorating water and sanitation, and good governance. The conference final declaration informed that the participants developed further evidence of the singular and consistent impact of Community Radio in effectively addressing the critical challenges facing Africa.

The participants also exchanged in four workshops at this Conference on the respective themes of Climate Change, Women’s Participation, Radio Production for Development, and Management and Sustainability of Community Radio. The final plenary discussed these and other issues including lines for action and a declaration calling for increased partnership of social actors and support for community radio was agreed upon.

Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. The main global impact of AMARC since its creation in 1983, has been to accompany and support the establishment of a worldwide community radio sector that has democratized the media sector. AMARC advocates for the right to communicate at the international, national, local and neighbourhood levels and defends and promotes the interests of the community radio movement through solidarity, networking and Cooperation.

For further enquiries, please contact Alymana Bathily, Regional Coordinator, AMARC Africa at : alymanab@yahoo.fr

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