Community Radios serving access to information in Democratic Republic of Congo

Advancing participatory communication

Enabling community dialogue

Promoting gender equality

Raising farmer’s voice

From 2011 to 2014, Free Press Unlimited conducted a project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. To ensure access to information for people in the remote region of Bandundu, nine local community radios have received support to strengthen their capacities.

By improving the quantity and quality of radio productions, the program helped increase audiences and to reach more people. Essential information can now be relayed to the communities that benefited so far of little or no information. For example, radio stations have been able to develop a report on the state of the roads and create a child abduction warning system.

For many isolated communities in Banduntu region, radio is the only means of access to information about education, health and agriculture. To meet these needs, radios have implemented a variety of programs and topics as diverse as advices on family farming or chicken farming.

The complete project report is available online.