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    will become a reality soon said Uday Kumar Varma Secretary India s Ministry for Information and Broadcasting at the third National Community Radio Sammelan in New Delhi But we need to appreciate that spectrum is an expensive commodity which the community radio stations have to put to the best possible use and it should not be squandered cautioned Varma Drawing attention to the sustainability of the community radio stations as a key issue Varma said the Community Radio Stations must continue for years and also continue their expansion Closing of Community Radio Stations will bring discredit to the community radio movement in India Varma warned Talking to the representatives of Community Radio Stations from all over India Varma highlighted the need for highest levels of transparency as he said that these stations need to establish that they are an effective way for communication of government programmes to every nook and corner of the country Speaking about the importance of national meet of community radio in India Varma said conferences like this help us in providing us new perspectives and ideas He advised the people associated with the community radio stations to think out of the box and be innovative in their approach to prove the utility of this medium Conventional thinking might not help us to get out the equilibrium which we have reached and one needs to the take the less travelled road said Even as he invited the people associated with the community radio stations to celebrate the decade of the existence of the community radio he reminded that it was also a time to take stock and think for a way forward in taking this movement forward J S Mathur Additional Secretary India s Ministry for Information and Broadcasting appreciated the progress of the community radio and

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    environmental heritage Mumbai The Saijyoti Gramodhyog Samaj Seva Sansthan and Sambhav Social Service Organisation will set up their community radio station in Lalitpur UP and Shivpuri MP respectively within an estimated three months time According to a government release the ministry of Information and Broadcasting has signed Grant of Permission Agreements GoPA to establish CR stations in Lalitpur UP and Shivpuri MP with Saijyoti Gramodhyog Samaj Seva Sansthan Lalitpur and Sambhav Social Service Organisation Gwalior Both CR stations are being supported by UNICEF India as part of its Behaviour Change Communication programme in these two districts and are expected to be on air within the next three months Saijyoti has been working in Lalitpur district over the last decade on issues around health education sanitation minority rights and community empowerment Lalit Lok Vaani the proposed station in Lalitpur will make programmes addressing development needs in Bundelkhand along with programmes that offer local communities an opportunity to showcase the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of the region Situated 15 km outside Lalitpur town near Village Alapur on the road to Jakhlaun and Deogarh Lalit Lok Vaani s studio was inaugurated in September 2008 at a grand function at which a number of community members and village leaders participated Sambhav has been working in Shivpuri district over the last two decades on issues around health education sanitation safe drinking water minority rights and community empowerment and also runs the Shri Padmasambhav Eye Hospital in Shivpuri Radio Dhadkan the proposed station there is colocated with the hospital and will make programmes addressing the development needs in the region while highlighting the cultural traditions history and environmental heritage of the region Dhadkan Radio s studio was inaugurated in March 2009 at a well attended function that featured traditional entertainers alongside a showcase of radio

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    India Community Members on the Radio The villages these reporters represent are Azadpura Ramnagar Sitapur Basova Bagan Bhagwantpur Ghatao Jamuniya Gujerra Kalan Mathrapur and Ghatao There is also a Management Committee comprising the Sarpanch elected village head of Basova Village doctors farmers and Self Help Group members Until now Radio Bundelkhand has the longest duration of programming of four hours a day seven days a week in Bundelkhandi and Hindi amongst the government licensed community radio stations in India The Government of India has given licenses to several NGOs throughout India to start community radios in their project areas DA is one of the first to set up such a radio with the communities it has been serving for more than two decades in the Bundelkhand region The communities have decided that they would like information related to employment and livelihood opportunities development of women girl s education legal rights farmers issues training their culture and history how to ensure the availability of basic infrastructure such as water energy and roads development issues and any other information sought by the communities The broadcast timings in the morning and evening have been selected by the communities with the women preferring the morning and the men the evening The programming based on issues and content identified by the communities is broadcast in the formats which they have preferred that include the use of traditional Bundelkhandi songs folk music and nataks discussions reports commodity prices phone ins experts speak coverage of events in villages jokes and satire listeners letters and feedback The Wireless Operating License was issued on July 31 2008 and the first transmission took place on August 15 2008 with the broadcast of the national anthem Meanwhile the selected community reporters were trained over three months and a woman from Sitapur

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    Stations New Delhi Presenting his maiden budget India s Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has allocated Rs 100 cr for Community Radio stations This provision will help to attain the community development objectives The fund will be utilised to support 600 new and existing Community Radio stations The minister informed that around 400 permissions for setting up of Community Radio Stations have been issued till now The new scheme is targeted to encourage further growth in this sector and accelerate the Community Radio movement Sajan Venniyoor Member of Community Radio Forum stated that there was nothing new in this announcement To those who assume that the Govt is showering Rs 100 crore on Community Radio every other month let me hasten to add that the Rs100 crore announced by Arun Jaitley in his Union Budget is the same Rs 100 crore for Community Radio announced by Chidambaram in his interim budget in February 2014 which was the same Rs 100 crore announced by ex Information and Broadcasting I B Minister Manish Tewari at the CR Sammelan in February 2013 It is good to know that the entire Rs 100 crore was lying unspent with MIB the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting since the beginning of the Plan period 2012 so that it can be announced again next year and very possibly the year after that he further stated The Centre has proposed to launch a pan India Programme called Digital India to strengthen villages through ICTs Information and Communication Technology Jaitley said that special focus would be given on supporting software product startups Allocation of Rs 100 cr to this sector is a significant investment as a Community Radio serves a specific well defined local community It is known for broadcasting programmes relevant to the educational developmental social and cultural needs

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    with radio Thanks to radio debates women in rural Burkina Faso are for the first time getting a more active role to play in their community iframe align center Related topics regions Gender AIR News can be retransmitted on community radio The Indian Government is also in the process of creating a single window clearance system for making the process friendlier for setting up a community radio Related topics regions South Asia With CR good governance is upheld Lucio Tabing CR practitioner Foreign experts at the community radio meet say that the people s media helps in fostering community development which is inclusive as people get an Related topics regions South Asia Self regulation lends credibility to community radio expert The community radio movement will have to find out ways and means which will ensure its credibility as well as acceptability among the community it seeks to Related topics regions Community Radio News is a very tricky business says Indian Minister Community radio has the power to influence the mainstream discourse on various issues even at the national level said Manish Tewari India s Information and Related topics regions South Asia National Community Radio Awards 2013 conferred India s minister for Information and Broadcasting Manish Tiwari conferred awards on thirteen community radio stations at the final day of the 3rd National Related topics regions Community Radio CRS to use IDS knowledge platforms for radio content Operators of various community radio stations in India said that collating relevant content for their programmes is a challenge they face every day Related topics regions South Asia Combatting gender based violence through radio In an attempt to fight gender based violence in Senegal Africa Community Multimedia Centres CMC will train its volunteers to reach people in rural areas Related topics regions Africa Celebrating 200

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    Campaigns by MobileActive cites successful cases from Argentina UK USA and Africa and provides steps to how to achieve a successful campaign Using mobile phones in advocacy campaigns Publisher MobileActive org 2007 Speed is often critical in an advocacy campaign and mobile phones allow the rapid dissemination of messages to a network of supporters with specific calls for action In the developing world where internet access can be slow or limited mobile phone campaigns can reach a broad constituency of citizens This guide provides examples of successful advocacy campaigns in Argentina UK USA and Africa where mobile phone communication among supporters has played an important part Six steps for organising a successful campaign include Set goals and plan your mobile advocacy campaign ensuring the campaign is connected to existing real world advocacy efforts setting aside time and budget and identifying the most appropriate team and technology for carrying it out Identify a vendor to run your mobile advocacy campaign for larger NGOs it s important to set up a contract with a vendor who will support the crafting of the campaign strategy set up a suitable technological platform to meet the organisation s needs and manage inbound outbound messages For small grassroots organisations the guide recommends using open source mobile software packages Develop a marketing plan to reach your mobile constituency it s helpful to develop this around the following questions what are the goals of the campaign who do you want to reach what s the message and what is the action requested how does it fit in with other marketing efforts Craft the mechanics of your campaign and your mobile messaging steps this should include thinking about embedding the campaign in other media e g including the mobile short code in billboard advertisements emails websites etc how to

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    impact And how can ICTs really be used for a more effectively knowledge sharing and learning One key lessons learnt of the sector project knowledge systems in rural areas was that ICT is one of many instruments to share knowledge particularly in the local context There are various ways to exchange local or indigenous knowledge so the instrument of selection has to be best fit in the respective local context ICT might often not be the best choice and certainly can only be a mean and not the end itself ideally embedded into an existent system of knowledge transfer according to identified needs and opportunities In September 2007 GTZ held together with IICD CTA CGIAR and FAO the web2fordev conference to explore the potential of the participatory web and bring together some of these experiences This publication attempts to describe these latest trends and experiences around newest technologies and the network effects for a new ingenuity to improve living conditions One such example is Nabuur a global neighbourhood which shows new grassroots networks for development presenting innovative models of cooperation worldwide Rolf Kleef and Raul Caceres describe how solely webbased collaboration can work even with remotely villages in Africa and how they achieved an effective online peer to peer knowledge transfer impact Peter Ballantyne takes in his article a greater look at new emerging forms of cooperation between development institutions worldwide The social web helps to transcend organisations boundaries makes information resources transparent and gives spaces for innovation for better agricultural development The social web can be described as people interlinked and interacting with engaging content in a conversational and participatory manner via the Internet Wikipedia Ballantyne also compiles a list of all the different examples from a number of organisations developments using these interactive web tool impacts That is

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    relationships between companies like Google GOOG news people and Hulu and for companies that provide Internet service such as AT T T news people Comcast CMCSA news people and Verizon VZ news people Chairman Genachowki s statement correctly recognises the overarching value of a truly open Internet and of the principles that have guided the Internet s evolution and development Internet dominant online vehicle With the Internet an increasingly big part of everyday life we can easily forget that its huge growth was never a given Over the past 40 years while there have been many other networks and networking standards used or under development the Internet has risen from a relatively small US based research project into the dominant global vehicle for business and social interaction At the heart of that amazing growth and what distinguishes the Internet from other technologies is the Internet s continued evolution Its success lies precisely in its openness transparency and decentralisation in the fact that everyone can participate in its development This openness has allowed its underlying technologies to continuously draw on and benefit from the input of end users network engineers and businesses around the world A small group of individuals involved in the Internet s early technical design led the way in this regard As Stephen D Crocker an early Internet leader stated We deliberately exposed the internal architecture to make it easy for others to gain a foothold This approach was institutionalised by the creation of the Internet Engineering Task Force which continues to lead in the development of Internet standards The success of this model isn t limited to highly technical aspects on the Internet In fact the same distributed bottom up processes drive popular applications such as Flickr Twitter and Facebook Those businesses don t assume they have

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