The purpose of the Mozambique Media Strengthening Program - Community Radios project is to develop a network of community radio (CR) stations capable of acting as a catalyst for social change at the community level by providing essential information on a broad range of issues that are critical for economic and social development. The project aims at increasing the ability of community radio stations to provide more and better information to listeners, and to improve the stations’ financial and technical sustainability. The project is implemented in close collaboration with IREX’s broader media project in Mozambique funded by USAID.
The Mozambique Media Strengthening Program - Community Radios is a 2 years project, funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Contract attached:
With a population of more than 27 million, Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in Africa with a large proportion of young people (the median age is 17). In 2008 more than half of Mozambicans (54%) were living below the national poverty line and currently life expectancy is of approximately 55 years.
Community Radios in northern and central region
The majority of the country’s population does not have access to mainstream media. In this predominantly rural country it is estimated that only 6 out of 100 people are internet users. Moreover, many people who live in rural settings do not speak the official language, Portuguese.
In this context, many people rely on the local Community Radio as their only source of news and information. In addition to the fact that they broadcast the majority of their programs in local languages, CR play an essential role as amplifiers of a broad range of public service information, for example on health, good governance, education, gender, biodiversity or climate change, and act as a catalyst for social change at the community level.
December 2016-December 2018