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    living in remote areas across a difficult terrain Doko Radio aims to take democracy to the doorsteps of local people Photo credit Livemint In Nepal the word doko refers to the baskets that women use to carry water firewood etc Madhu Acharya the head of Antenna Foundation describes Doko as a mobile radio station that brings information to areas that might otherwise not have access to it It s a backpack radio station he says Doko staff travel across Nepal stopping at locations for a few days where they create and broadcast local programming that residents can tune in to on their existing transmitters In radio shadow region which have no transmitters at all Antenna Foundation distributes cheap devices allowing the local population to tune into their programming While Doko first started off as a mobile initiative that focused entirely on creating and broadcasting its own programming in a region for a few days before moving on it didn t take long for the organisation to realise that it wasn t having a lasting impact Further consideration led the staff to conclude that their best shot at enhancing Doko s impact would to partner with local radio stations While the organisation has curbed traveling this year as of last year it had traveled to 25 locations and partnered with existing FM stations in most of these We provide then with training and technology so they can do on location recording explains Acharya Before this the broadcasts were limited to studios Stations weren t collecting voices from the grassroots He explains that this is a far more sustainable approach one that maximises ROI Among the major issues that Doko aims to tackle is how to create consensus in a region that is as politically complex as Nepal According to Acharya once

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    people in Nepal s hilly terrain access to information and opportunity to Related topics regions Communications Nepal Community Radio Rural children in Nepal embrace digital world Wireless computer labs set up in government run secondary schools in rural Nepal are helping children get equipped with digital technology These labs with Related topics regions Education Nepal ICTs Nepali girls get a chance to learn New innovations in Nepal have provided an

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/search?Subject%3Alist=Nepal (2016-02-17)
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    network will aid the development of telemedicine and surgical training in the region A third generation information highway known as the Trans Eurasia Information Network TEIN3 has been launched to connect more than 4000 research and education organisations in Asia Pacific enabling large volumes of data to be shared Image credits FutureGov TEIN3 cabling br The project which has a budget of US 35 million over four years is expected to see more universities and research institutes benefit from higher speed internet access next generation multi party teleconferencing virtual classrooms and remote consulting TEIN3 connected 11 countries in Southeast Asia in 2006 including Australia China Indonesia Japan Korea Laos Malaysia Pakistan the Philippines Thailand and Vietnam The latest extension will see countries in South Asia including India Pakistan Nepal and Bhutan come on board The project is being run by Dante a UK based not for profit networking organisation while Juniper Networks is supplying the network s routers and switches The network will greatly benefit those with high computational demands and enable universities in Asia to better collaborate internationally Dante s TEIN3 project manager David West said There are already 30 million users of our network in Southeast Asia and

    Original URL path: http://www.digitalopportunity.org/news/connecting-educational-institutions-in-asia/?searchterm= (2016-02-17)
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    radio in India is largely based on the voluntary contributions of the society be it in terms of time or money Community Radio serves as a tool for learning and development Each CR station owes a sense of responsibility to the community it serves he said Iskra Panveska UNESCO said that the success of Community Radio is the result of joint partnerships of the different stakeholders The Community Radio should be linked with the ability to empower communities Panveska urged the CR stations to become a force for social and economic transformation They should become an important part of the media landscape of this country as they can preserve the cultural diversity of this land she said Panveska said that CR helps in providing information on the developmental activities of the government to local people It should further contribute for strengthening the democratic processes with the right kind of communication she said We need to identify champion radio stations These stations should share their experience with the upcoming stations she suggested Paolo Mefalopulos Chief of Communication for Development at UNICEF in India said that the role of Community Radio is not to give one voice to a community but many voices to many communities Ravina Aggarwal from the Ford Foundation said that Community Radio needs to respond to the needs of the community it works for CR can serve as a knowledge base of the community and go to the last mile no matter what other forms of technology and media we have at present she added Ravina said that Radio can only work if we make it affordable My dream for Community Radio is that it will reach to far off places in a true sense There is a need of good governance and regulation and we also need

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    Management Authority said that Community Radio is the best tool to raise disaster alarm He also stressed on the need of linking the Community Radio with the national broadcasters to take the message to the national level and vice versa Community radio presents a platform for a two way platform for exchange of knowledge It is almost impossible for people living miles away from the big cities to gain access to relevant information from the mainstream media Early warning system must be developed to integrate local knowledge he said Ahmed said that Community Radio could play a significant role in dealing with natural calamities Community Radio played a major role in dealing with cyclone Phailin in Orissa he highlighted Ahmed said that Community Radio has assisted communities and nations in dealing with crisis situations by providing reliable information especially when the traditional means of communication are not working Measures taken must be grounded in local knowledge Ahmed stated that disaster management is a state level responsibility The Central government can only issue broader guidelines NDMA s priority is how to involve Community Radio in disaster mitigation he said He explained that Community Radio provides a wonderful platform for a dialogue with the communities It can play a vital role in creating awareness and also in community led disaster risk reduction Ahmed added Ahmed said that preparedness at local level is the best way to deal with natural disasters and minimise the unforeseen risks brought by the natural calamities Local Community Radio can play a vital role in disaster preparedness he said Manoj Kumar Das from Radio Sanskar in Orissa said that Community Radio needs to build their capacity to meet the preparedness during the time of cyclone We shared content creation with four Community Radio stations in Orissa during the

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    setting up a Community Radio as universities exist to empower people Dr Sanjay Mishra Director Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia CEMCA emphasized on the need for sensitizing top management towards work Since there are no common problems there cannot be common solutions he said Every station has a unique problem and should be looked at independently Lack of able leadership is a common challenge he said Mishra said that government should come forward by funding some of the projects Talking about CR stations housed within the educational campuses he said that students are the biggest strength of a Community Radio He added that Community Radio on campus is the voice of voiceless and urged the stations to define their own community For media institutes media students do not form the real community for the radio Mishra said Ajay Kumar from IIT Community Radio IIT Kanpur said that communities from both within the campus and outside it are involved in the process of programme making Jayant Patekar from Punjab University Chandigarh said that their Community Radio caters to different communities in the city Khursheed Alam from JIMS CR Radio Delhi said that their station airs programmes made by the campus students Sanjay Kumar from Pantnagar Janvani Pantnagar University said that their Community Radio was established through an extension programme of the university Shakeel Akhtar from Radio Jamia Jamia Milia Islamia University Delhi said that security of the Community Radio on the campus is one of biggest challenges He said that in mega cities like Delhi community participation and content creation is a tough job We are running CR under strict rules of government of India We also face problems in content creation and community participation For financial support we charge Rs 50 per student to raise funds for the Community

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    of ownership to the controllers of Community Radio Community Radio should not confuse people with what they do not want Sreedher exhorts Experts also called for giving a thought to the puzzle of volunteerism especially in the deprived sections of society as they felt that people from these sections find it difficult to work for Community Radio without any monetary support K S Rejimon Director MIB said that there should be a continuous participatory approach for content management Community Radio should maintain consistent broadcast hours he said Rejimon stated that retention of staff was a critical factor for the sustainability of Community Radio We are drawing a roadmap for capacity building of the sustainability of Community Radio personnel he said Talking about technical challenges Regimon said that stations often face technical glitches Sorting out minor problems is essential for a station to sustain Many stations have already taken steps for technical sustainability of the Community Radio he said According to Regimon financial sustainability is the key factor Over the years the funding scenario has improved a lot Stations need to develop a business plan and explore innovative ways for generating revenues he suggested Ashish Sen Former President World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters AMARC Asia Pacific said that ban on news for Community Radio is absolutely problematic There has been enough talk about policy reforms and a modified policy is also said to be on its way We need to ask ourselves as to how the new policy is going to help the cause of Community Radio he said Venu Arora from Ideosync said that Community Radio is all about voices We need to identify key functions which have to be performed continuously for sustainability she said Archana Kapoor Generally Secretary of the Community Radio Association CRA said that a

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    minority community of Meos The station bagged the National Community Radio Award 2013 in the most creative programme content category for its programme Apki Police Aapke Sath Talking about the issues affecting women of the Mewat area Kapoor said that while women contribute to up to 80 per cent of the household income not even 20 per cent of that is spent on them Talking about the importance of involving men in the process of women empowerment she said that men cannot be excluded from the process of women empowerment The process of development cannot be compartmentalised she added You cannot empower women without talking to men Modern tools like community radio should be used to empower women by raising issues related to them like menstrual hygiene and also educating men about them she said Speaking at an exploratory workshop on Science for Women s Health and Nutrition in New Delhi Lokesh Sharma manager of the community radio Apno Radio Banasthali of Rajasthan said his radio is focused on subjects like health hygiene and education of girl child Talking about the accessing the success of their programmes he said that through a feedback programme they got to know that their station had influenced people to change their mindset regarding the girl child Shivraj Shastri Herur manager of the community radio Antarvani CRS of Karnataka said that it is very challenging to run a community radio Herur a visually impaired professor who had some initial training on community radio at IGNOU said that his station regularly engages students in the programme making and related activities He added that bringing specialised personalities to the community radio station was a daunting task Tanvi Vijay from Radio Seven of Jaipur in Rajasthan said that exchanging ideas with people from other stations has tickled many

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