AMARC Africa and FORCOM Will Hold a Conference on Community Radios and Access to Information in Southern Africa in October

Dakar, August 8th, 2012. The National Forum of Community Radio Broadcasters of Mozambique (FORCOM) is organizing in collaboration with the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters in Africa (AMARC Africa) an international conference on the theme: “Critical Reflections on Community Radios and Access to Information in Southern Africa”, from October 9 to 11, 2012, in Maputo, Mozambique. For more info, please visit our webpage.

The Conference is supported by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), Ibis Access to Information Program/AGIR, the Panos Institute for Southern Africa (PASf), EED, Oxfam Novib and Commonwealth of Learning (CoL).

The Conference seeks to critically examine both the governance of community radios and their effective role as channels of participatory and democratic communication for development for the poor and marginalized communities in the various Southern African countries, considering the socio-economic and political developments and the advent of the ICTs.

The Conference will facilitate experience and knowledge sharing so as to generate new knowledge and to develop new models for sustainable community radios in Africa.

Ten commissioned papers on various features and case studies concerning community radios in Mozambique and in Southern Africa will be presented and discussed.

The 3 day event will be attended by the national communication and media stakeholders including the Media Institute for Southern Africa (MISA), the Women Association in Social Communication (AMCS) and civil society organizations such as the national women organization, Forum Mulher, the Mozambican Association of Women Lawyers, the Mozambican Youth Organization and academic institutions, such as the Art and Communications School (ECA) of the national Eduardo Mondlane University.

Participants will also include delegates from national community radio networks of the Southern African region including the National Community Radios Forum of South Africa (NCRF), the Zimbabwean Community Radio Association (ZACRAS), the Namibian Community Radio Network (NCRN) and from community radios of Zambia. Other participants from Western, Eastern and Central Africa are expected as well.

To see the agenda, click here.
To register, click here.

For more info, please contact AMARC Africa regional coordinator, Alymana Bathily, at alymanab@yahoo.fr or FORCOM project officer, Carmen Nhanvupe, at conferencia.conferenciamoz@gmail.com.

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.

The Community Radios National Forum (FORCOM) is a national network of community radio stations created in 2004 for the main purpose of coordinating the work of community radio stations in Mozambique. FORCOM seeks to promote citizens’ access to information – especially those living in rural areas where mainstream media hardly reach. The organization promotes sharing of experiences and content among community radios in the country. For further info, please visit FORCOM website.

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