First AMARC Africa - MENA conference on community radio
About one hundred broadcasters from the two regions are expected to attend the Conference in Casablanca, Morocco, from 22 to 24 October 2007.
The World Association of Community Broadcasters (AMARC) Africa, the UNESCO Office in Rabat and the UNESCO Chair in Public and Community Communication, organize an interregional conference on Community Radio in Africa-Middle East and North Africa: Sharing Experiences for development and democracy building from the grassroots.
The event will offer an opportunity for dozens of broadcasters from the two regions to advance their skills and to increase the social impact of community radio where it exists. It will also reflect on how to develop an enabling environment for community radio in countries where it is not yet established, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, by benefiting from the best experiences in Africa.
Participants will consider the situation with the community radio in their respective countries and its contribution to the democratisation of societies, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the resolution of conflict situations.
The main objectives of the Conference are the following:
- reviewing and evaluating the existing legislation and financing for community media, and defining strategies to remove barriers to community radio development in Africa and the MENA region;
- sharing experiences on how the AMARC network, NGO partners and multilateral institutions can best contribute to increasing the social impact of community radio;
- exploring mechanisms to increase networking among community radio operators, NGOs and institutions to support civil society development and democracy building in Africa and the MENA region;
- exploring how best practices in Africa and elsewhere can be replicated in the MENA region; and
- defining the mechanisms to develop the Women's International Network (WIN) across Africa and the MENA region.