In Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic & Social Council

Name of the project:

Capacity Building, Lobby & Advocacy to Contribute to Community Media Development and Fellowship for Women Journalists


Supported by

Implemented by

Total Project Costs: 9,746,413 BDT, 110,254 EUR

Project Duration:

01 January 2017 to 31st December 2017


The project activities were concerned to fulfilled the objectives to contribute to a more divers and plural media environment. Increase access to information for citizens in the rural areas of Bangladesh, specially focus on marginalized communities (women and Dalits) was also the main focus to achieve this goals.

The specific and expected outcomes for the programme during this period (January to June, 2017:

  • Improved enabling environment for community media in terms of legislation and towards access to information and Right to Information
  • The access, participation and voice of women and marginalized communities in community media is increased
  • Community radios full-fill a watchdog role and hold local authorities accountable in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals through monitoring their actions

The above concerns would contribute in achieving the common objective of strategic partnership project .i.e. media and journalists, as independent players in civil society, constitute a diverse and professional information landscape and function as catalysts for change.

Key Activities

Events to create awareness on RTI, Freedom of Speech

As a follow up on lasts years organized programs, news bulletins and talk shows around World Radio day (13 February), World Press Freedom day (3 May), International Day of Impunity (2 November), 17 CRS will develop and broadcast 2-3 PSA (Public Service Announcement), community interviews/interactions on how to get required information and where to go for information. The aim is to create a more awareness, interest and demand for information and where to search it among the village people. Besides this, an easy and pictorial paper sheet will be developed and distributed within the listeners, where they will get all the directions to ask for any kind of information to the authority, related to their development issues. Moblie apps may be developed and social media will be utilized for better implementation of the initiative.

Lobby and advocacy for improvement legislation of community media

Lobby and Advocacy for inclusion of community media in capacity strengthening at policy level will be continued with National Institute of Mass Communication, Press Institute Bangladesh and other government departments-at least once in a month.

The policy advocacy will be continuing with the ministries seeking supports for establishing Community Radio Trust Fund and other sustainability support mechanism.

Encouragement of leadership position of women in community radios

As a follow up of distributing the FPU-gender Equality Policy among the community radio stations, women leadership and the issues of women empowerment will be promoted in CR management via the following ways:
1) The leadership issues will be discussed in committee meetings as priority agenda and women will be encouraged to take leading responsibility in CR management structure.
2) The radio program contents and the participants of the program will include women in a non-discriminated manner.
3) Each radio station will produce a status report on the present situation of women empowerment and leadership position in community radio stations.

SDG dialogues and debates

Community radio has a role to play to oversee the progress and transparency of the local development program implementation and also it can create collaboration within the CSOs and government partners. To achieve this, community radio will engage its journalists with certain assignments to investigate and prepare in-depth reports. Community radio stations will check the neutrality and editorial ethics of those reports before broadcasting. This report will be presented as a topic of social dialogue (for discussion, debate and solution).

A total of 34 social dialogues (along with an in-depth report) will be organized and broadcast in 17 community radio stations during the project period. The issues relevant to achieving SDG-16 will get the priority in issue selection of the dialogue series. The important issues may include corruption prevention, rule of law, empowering local government, youth and women employability, waster &sanitation, mother &child health, disaster risk reduction etc.

A Panel will join in the Dialogue involving local elected representatives, professionals and representatives of different sections of the society. Invited listeners will attend in the studio. Radio dialogues will be organized as studio live program while the local elected representatives and other guests will reflect on the report and respond to the questions of the listeners (inside and outside). The local elected representatives will interface the people in their constituency live. They will respond to the queries received from the listeners in and outside of the studio.

Community media conference at relevant stakeholders

A Community Media conference for 3 days will be organized where representatives from different media outlets (print, electronic, broadcast and online) will participate. The people’s perception, thought, opinion and challenges of current media sector and the future actions will be discussed in the conference. The best practices will be shared.VI. BNNRC attending in different networks and forums at regional and global levels
Knowledge Exchange regarding community media regulations will be continued by attending and representing BNNRC in different networks and forums at regional and global levels. To mention some of the forums: AIB, ABU, CMFE, GFMD.

Production promotional materials

  1. Stories on the impacts of CR Programs produced
  2. 04 Newsletters / 2000 copies each produced in a year and disseminated through relevant stakeholders
  3. One Video documentary of 10-15 minutes produced.

Investigative reporting by community journalists on achieving SDG’s in local communities

Community radios will engage its journalists with certain assignments to investigate and prepare in-depth reports regarding the SDG’s (corruption prevention, rule of law, empowering local government, youth and women employability, waster &sanitation, mother &child health, disaster risk reduction etc). Community radio stations will check the neutrality and editorial ethics of those reports before broadcasting. This reports will be presented as a topics of social dialogue.

Audience research among community radio listeners

One (1) Audience Research will be organized. The quality, content, format and impact of radio programs are reviewed. People’s expectations from community radio and the gaps are identified; to be used in further improvement of the formats and contents of radio programs in line with the research findings and recommendations.

Fellowship (basic and advanced)

A mixed group of youth & youth women (Dalits + other disadvantaged groups) receive fellowship on Quarterly basis (02 batches in a year). Selected fellows and mentors will receive a 2-day orientation. Besides, in 3rd batch, 17 promising fellows (selecting from previous batches, covering different regions of the country) will be provided three-month fellowship for advanced course on citizen journalism. Reputed institutions like Press Institute of Bangladesh can be the partners of this community media fellowship-the advanced level. The advanced fellows will intensively work on selected right based issues like child marriage, violence against women, scopes of women entrepreneurship at rural area. BNNRC will support the promising fellows in mainstreaming national media.

A data base will be formed with information of the fellows of past and present batches (including information on their present location/contact address, their occupation and other basic information).They will be linked in social media and blogs.

Proposal writing course for BNNRC staff

Stories on the impacts of CR Programs in rural lives/documentary on community rural youth broadcasters and their impacts produced. 04 Newsletters produced in a year, 2000 copy each. One Video documentary of 10-15 minutes produced.

Community radio Help desk

Support provided to CR stations via BNNRC community media HelpDesk. For example support in producing their bi-laws, code of conduct, editorial ethics, information disclosure policy and citizen’s charter.

Annual Progress Report

NGO Affairs Bureau

Approved: AFD-6

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Tamanna Rahman
Coordinator – Building Capacity, BNNRC
Tel: 88 02 9130750, 9138501, 9101479
Cell: +880 1720320189