Venue : Hotel Pension Alexander,10 Beethoven Street, West Windhoek, Namibia
Tel : +264 61 240775
Note : MISA Namibia is collaborating with AMARC Africa in organizing the workshop and is in charge of the conference logistics and organization on the ground.
For any need, please contact MISA Namibia c/o Mr Ngamane Karualhe-Upi at the above email address and mobile number (+264-81 279 23 32) and/or collaborator Ms Sandra William by email and or mobile (264-81 127 0056).
FINAL PRESS RELEASE: Steering Committee nominated at the Knowledge Sharing Workshop to Strengthen the Namibia Community Radio Network
Windhoek, Namibia, September 7, 2012. A steering committee has been nominated to spearhead the development of the community broadcasters sector in Namibia, following a three-day workshop organized by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters in Africa (AMARC Africa) and MISA Namibia. See more...
Community Radio faces many challenges that range from unfavourable legislative environments to weak governance and poor sustainability. The advent of community radio was motivated by the empowerment of poor and marginalized communities. Given the relevant role played by community radios in promoting human development, good governance, social justice, empowerment of women and human rights, it is important to promote stronger partnership, collaboration and harmonization among them. Amarc Africa has identified as a key program area the development and capacity building of effective country networks. The Amarc Johannesburg Declaration provided a mandate to the organisation to facilitate projects that would enable a program of action that ensures the latter objective is met. This project is aimed at initiating the process of strengthening Community Radio Networks through building a culture of good governance and self-regulation in Namibia.
Following the Network’s workshop held by Amarc Africa in Johannesburg 2010, this project will provide Amarc with ideal opportunity to develop a toolkit to support sustainable development of country networks. To date, there has never been a single, coherent documentation of the strengths of the most effective community radio networks and there have been only limited efforts to help them to connect with each other and collaborate with less effective ones to share their experiences, lessons, and advice for community radio network development.
Consequently, this proposal seeks to contribute to knowledge sharing and experience exchanges between community radio network representatives in a sustainable manner to increase the social impact of community radio in achieving development objectives. This proposal further seeks to organize an 8-month governance support program to keep momentum after the recent launch of the report on the status of community radio in Namibia. It also endeavours to ensure concrete actions are taken to implement the resolutions and workshop conclusions of the two-day session held concurrently with the launch of the latter report that unanimously agreed for the revival of the Namibian Community Radios’ Network (NCRN).
The governance support program will build capacity within the community broadcasting sector and facilitate the effective development of policies and structures. The latter would depend on support to the steering committee to be put in place in developing discussion papers, draft policies and a charter on community broadcasting in Namibia.
Networks representatives from the neighbouring countries of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Angola will be invited to the proposed workshop and to share experience and knowledge in network building with the NCRN members.
The target group of this project is:
- All 7 licensed Namibian community broadcasters which will benefit from the establishment of structures and systems that ensure an effectively operating national network.
- Main stakeholders: UNESCO, MICTs, Communications Regulatory Authority Namibia (CRAN), MISA Namibia, FES Media Africa, CDC, Vision Africa, National Editors Forum, Media Ombudsman, AMARC, Southern Africa Media Development Fund (SAMDEF), OSISA, GEMSA, COL, DBSA Bank, Nordic SADC Fund, PANOS Institute of Southern Africa
Media as a platform for democratic discourse within a system of regulation conducive to freedom of expression, pluralism and diversity of the media: Community radios are channels that carry news and public information. Thus, they constitute a source of information and education through which citizens can communicate with each other, disseminate stories, ideas and information, facilitate informed debate between diverse social actors, a means by which society learns about itself and builds a sense of community and which shapes the understanding of values, customs and tradition, a vehicle for cultural expression and cultural cohesion. If the functioning of community radios is improved, all the above mentioned roles will be enhanced as well.
A self-sustaining community network with a strategic plan developed: The newly appointed steering committee and representatives of the Namibian licensed community broadcasters will attend a 3 day participative work session where a program of action will be developed to facilitate the development of different envisaged stages of the organisation. The workshop will identify the key themes and priority project activities and key stakeholders. The outcome will be a strategic overview document such as areas for consideration of Strategic Planning, a vision, Board and Governance structures, etc.
A functional structure of the Namibian Community Radios’ Network in place with an established steering committee: The institutional structures and systems will be put in place to enable NCRN to function as an organisation. NCRN to utilise capacity and support of key stakeholders and on the basis of existing good practices, develop self regulatory machanisms for the community broadcasting sector in Namibia. NCRN will also develop opperational templates related to financial and station management and good governance plans etc will be elaborated in order to share an unified and simplified set of templates which will facilitate the oversight role of NCRN and radios’ work and will save resources.
- 7 Capacitated community radios in Namibia through the Namibian Community Radios’ Network (NCRN)
- National Charter of Community Broadcasting with self-regulatory mechanisms adopted
- Strategic overview document clarifying the vision, values, key stakeholders and key objectives
- Shared set of operating mechanisms for sustainability planning, strategy formulation, fund raising will be put in place;
- Adoption of a Steering Committee and definition of the necessary organisation planning and set of rules for the good functioning of the Namibian Community Radios’ Network.
The main activity foreseen is a 3-day working session for the purposes of strategic planning and policy development of the Network of community radios. The working session will include a review of the community broadcast sector and the adoption of revised community broadcasting sector vision. This session will develop critical self-regulatory mechanisms that will assist in providing an environment of compliance to good practice codes for governance, community participation and overall station operations. The session will also conclude on NCRN, operational mechanisms, legal status, organizational support structures, statutes, physical address, goals, aim, website functioning (for content exchange) and program of action. The working session will conclude with a formal AGM of the network mandating the appointed Board.