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1. Community Radio: Its Impact and Challenges to Its Development
This 2007 working group report from the Center for International Media Assistance, National Endowment for Democracy, United States (US), describes results of a meeting on the impact of community radio, as well as the role and challenges of community radio development within the larger context of media development. The group discussed creating an enabling environment for community radio development, issues related to the sustainability of community radio stations, and appropriate assistance strategies that donors and implementers should consider, against a background of first-hand accounts of where and why community radio has been effective.

2. Documents on Evaluating the Social Impact of Community Radio 
Every four years the Association Mondiale des Radiodiffuseurs Communautaires (AMARC or World Community Radio Association) Africa organises a Pan-African conference for its members and community radio stakeholders to discuss the challenges facing community radio in Africa. As part of the Pan-African conference in 2009, some members participated in a workshop on measuring the social impact of community radio. A number of members prepared papers ahead of the conference to share their insights and experiences in assessing impact. These are made available on the AMARC website.

3. Community Radio Social Impact Assessment - Removing Barriers, Increasing Effectiveness
This evaluation report details a long-range participatory action research process launched in 2006 by AMARC. The research shared in this report was designed to identify the barriers that limit the potential positive impact of community radio, and to explore ways to increase the effectiveness of community radio in achieving poverty reduction, development objectives, inclusiveness, and democracy building in local communities around the world.

4. Women's Empowerment and Good Governance through Community Radio: Best Experiences for an Action Research Process
Published by AMARC in 2008, this book offers a collection of articles which seek to contribute to the impact of community radio on governance issues especially related to gender equality and women’s rights. The publication is part of a two-year participatory action research process seeking to address the challenges to women’s participation in democracy building. It brings together case studies and experiences written by women practitioners participating in democratic processes through community radio. Some articles also raise questions regarding the specific challenges to gender equality within community radio and explore how to increase women’s participation in community radio as a key governance challenge to the community radio global network.

5. Engaging Development: Environment and Content of Radio Broadcasting in Nigeria
By Dr. Ayobami Ojebode and Dr. Tunde Adegbola
According to this publication from 2007, Nigeria has developed a relatively huge radio broadcasting sector. However, critical observers claim that radio broadcasting has performed below expectations in engaging issues of development. This paper was commissioned to provide scientific data which would inform the development of future activities and provide a picture of the crucial challenges confronting radio broadcasting, as well as provide recommendations and impetus for further work to advance the cause of development-oriented radio broadcasting in Nigeria. It argues that the country needs to re-position the sector, in order for it to contribute to development.

6. Community Radio in East Africa: An Impact and Sustainability Assessment of Three Community Radio Within the EACMP
By Birgitte Jallov
This report from 2007 is the result of an impact study commissioned by the Division for Culture and Media with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). It includes an overview and summary of three separate impact studies of three radio stations supported by Sida via the East African Community Media Project (EACMP). The objective of the studies was to identify the Most Significant Change in the communities served by each station. The study reports the most significant change to be in participation involving empowerment and change.

7. Citizen Empowerment for Good Governance through Community Radios in West Africa
This book, published AMARC Africa in 2008, is a compilation of reports that seek to increase the social impact of community radio in West Africa. The book consists of papers by 24 different contributors. The contributions provide perspectives from a variety of West African countries related to the state of community radio, national broadcasting landscapes, legislative frameworks, good governance, and challenges and constraints in the sector.

8. Communication for Empowerment in Mozambique: An Assessment of Communication and Media Needs at the Community Level
By Faruco Sadique Ibraimo and Barry Driscoll
This document, published in 2008, is one of 5 national pilot studies to assess ways to empower vulnerable people who are marginalised by lack of access to central information flows and who lack the communication channels necessary to participate in national and local debates and agenda-setting. Funded by the United Nations Development Fund and coordinated by the Communication for Social Change Consortium (CFSC), the study describes the Mozambican context, including the legal and regulatory environment for communication and media. It suggests that there is a need for strong, organised support of community radio stations, in particular the need for a clear and specific legal framework and for support for wider community radio dissemination.

9. Fighting Poverty: Utilizing Community Media In a Digital Age: Practitioners’ Reflexions from an Interactive Roundtable at the World Congress on Communication for Development (WCCD)
This publication focuses on democratic and sustainable development in relation to community media. It discusses participation as the main interest of those who support or are active in community radio. The publication contains articles, audio, and video documents by practitioners, decision makers, and scholars. It argues that current evidence and experience should prompt a major re-evaluation and increasing interest in community radio by development policymakers and specialists. It also suggests that what is needed are strong efforts to create more enabling policy and regulatory environments for community media.


For more information related to community radio, please visit the Community Radio Theme site here http://www.comminit.com/africa/community-radio.html

On this site you will find programme experiences, strategic thinking documents, evaluations, and materials that deal with the role of radio, and community radio in particular, in development. 

Every second month, Soul Beat Africa sends out a Soul Beat Extra: Community Radio e-newsletter which features all the latest community radio-related summaries posted on the Soul Beat Africa website.

If you would like to receive this free e-publication, please register here http://www.comminit.com/en/user/register/38 and indicate an interest in radio or media or write to soulbeat@comminit.com indicating that you would like to receive the Community Radio Extra.   

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