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the way for a Community Radio Forum
A National Community Radio Forum will be a reality in Mozambique,
when a major national conference-cum-festival is held April 26-30 this
The Forum will thereafter work to coordinate needs of and experience
by the stations, with a view to find ways of meeting their needs for
technical and financial sustainability, coordinate activities in the
area of training, women's network and the work for a firm, supportive
legal framework for community radio in Mozambique.
The Coordination Group for Community Radio, a joint structure defined
and mandated by a National CR Seminar in June 2001, is now planning the
Forum. The Coordination Group has since 2001 worked to establish an
overview of all the radios active in Mozambique, set up a technical
sustainability network, prepared a Code of Conduct for election periods,
established a women's network and organized a vast number of training
The Conference/Festival in April intends to join as many community
broadcasters as possible - some 300 people. The first 2-day part of the
meeting will be "business-oriented" : finalizing tqe draft statutes of
the Forum, including agreements for the day-to-day mechanisms of the
executive coordination and support functions.
The second 3-day part of the event will be a more celebratory,
cultural and educational activity, where we plan to have:
· technical exhibits, demonstrations and discussions;
· small stalls presenting 40 radio stations province-by-province;
· prize competitions for programmes in areas like: HIV/AIDS, Women,
· radio programme exchange sites (stations bring copies of best
· presentation of video productions about community radio in Mozambique;
· book launch:Community Radio and the 2003 Municipal Elections;
· debate forums on topics such as elections, content development,
These and many other activities will be planned to demonstrate and
celebrate that the 40-45 strong community radio movement is a
wideranging, pluralist movement in Mozambique, counting radios owned by
the satate, the Catholic Church and by the communities through civic
Centre closed in Beira
The Media Project has decided to close down the Communication Centre
installed in Beira since 2001, after three years of inactivity arid
The CC had been established as a technical resources center to
support the then emerging independent print media in Sofala Province,
where in 1999 about five such initiatives were trying hard to survIve.
A declining business community, combined with a rather divided media
operators group, which failed to join forces for more sustainable
initiatives, resulted in the collapse of all local independent
newspapers, since 2002.
Media Project's continued efforts to revitalize the CC in Beira ,
including through transfusion of emergency funds could not improve the
scenario until December 2003.
While the informatics equipment, composed of computers and printers
were transferred to Dondo and Cuamba, Were the Media Project is boosting
its local community radio partners with more digital capacity, the
robust printing press was sent to Lichinga, for common use by Faisca and
Amanhecer, two local independent newspapers striving to become
Seminar for Community Radios
Managers of the eight Unesco Community Radio partners will gather in
Beira for a one week workshop on the development of partnership
relations with different public, private and independent entities.
With a view to sharpen their ideas on how to attract, keep and
developed partnership ties with a variety of organizations with similar
social missions and commitments, the community radio managers will be
prepared to be able to :
Identify potential partners, at local,
national and intemationallevels;
Identity different types of collaboration, including:
sponsorship for programme production, institutional development schemes,
strengthening technical capacity, among others.
associativism alive and active
All UNESCO supported community radios are based upon legally
established civic organizations, generally defined as non-profit
institutions catering for the development of a sense of citizenship
among its members, whereby the community freely discusses issues of
common interest with the ultimate objective of improving their lives.
While the radio functions as a catalyzing element within the general
debate on social change, the civic associations owning them represent
the organized forum for the debate, with their leaders being elected
periodically in general assemblies.
The need to ensure that the social organs of the association do not
become a propriety of a single, minor, dominating sector of the
community implies that the statutory principles and the elections
periods and methodologies are respected. This was one of the topics
discussed during UNESCO Community Radio seminar in December in Chimoio.