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UNESCO: Local self help groups strengthen community radio

24-04-2007 (New Delhi)

Women self help groups are playing an increasingly important role since the community radio station “Mandakini Ki Awaaz” (The Voice of Mandakini) located in Bhanaj, Rudraprayag district, Uttarakhand, India started its operations in 2004.

In the last few months, their participation has registered a quantum leap forward with the women taking ownership of the sustainability of their radio centre.

In February 2007, a women self help group in the village of Machkandi opened a post office savings account to collect funds for the repair and maintenance of the satellite radio receiver that their group had received from UNESCO. The community radio has been established with technical support and training from Ideosync Media Combine and Equal Access, two NGOs working in the field of development communication and long standing partners of community radio groups in the region. [more]