The ComDev Asia Initiative organized the training-workshop on communication planning for community radio focusing on disaster risk management (DRM) towards resilient family farming and rural livelihoods. It was held from November 1-3, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal, with 18 participants representing community radio, community media organizations and farmer groups. Participants came from five South Asian countries, namely: Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Nepal.
In a bid to hasten restoring life to Manila Bay, a historic landmark in the Philippines, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) organized four batches of training workshops on ComDev planning last June and July 2017. Through the Manila Bay Clean Up, Rehabilitation and Preservation Program (MBCRPP), 250 staff from Regional Project Management teams, 5 provincial offices, 1 highly urbanized city, and 94 towns and cities in Metro Manila and surrounding Regions III and IV-A, went through the formulation of a five-year ComDev plan.
The Sarawak Development Institute (SDI), in collaboration with the College of Development Communication (CDC), University of the Philippines Los Baños, has set up the Sarawak Communication for Development Centre (SCDCentre).
The SCDCentre aims to provide capacity building on strategic communication planning for its stakeholders that include grassroots leaders, civil servants, and members and/or volunteers of community organizations.
In an effort to advance resilient family farming in the Asia-Pacific region, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters-Asia-Pacific (AMARC-AP) ventures into its ComDev Asia Initiative starting this mid year. The initiative aims to support ongoing development programs, rural institutions, and rural communities; enhance local capacities in communication for development; and foster partnerships with regional actors, farmer organizations, community media, universities, and governments.