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crunesco[2001] This handbook is meant to help different communication actors, technicians, operators and radio producers to make more efficient use of community media for local development by getting people involved. It aims to demonstrate that starting a small radio station is not as expensive and complex as most would think and is actually within the reach of almost any community.

The handbook covers legal and technical aspects and sets out the practical steps to get started with a community radio service. It also deals with participatory programming and provides a prototype code of conduct for community broadcasters.
[2002] This primer for community radio operators builds on the experience of Tambuli (Tinig ng Aming Munting Bayan Upang Umunlad Ang Maliliit or the Voice of the Community), an independent community radio in the Philippines which in the past ten years has grown from one community radio to a network of 25 stations. Often located in remote rural areas, these stations are “operated in the community, for the community, about the community and by the community”.

The second section of the document focuses on practical aspects of community radio programming.
tufte-mefa[2009] This publication is an easy-to-read introduction to current concepts and practices of development communication. The first chapters present the main conceptual approaches to development communication and develop the principles of participatory communication. The authors describe 4 phases of the communication programme cycle in the context of development cooperation, including the participatory communication assessment (PCA), the communication strategy design, the implementation and the monitoring and evaluation.

The final part presents 3 cases to illustrate how civil society organisations approach participatory communication: the Peruvian community development NGO 'Minga Peru'; the Tanzanian NGO 'Femina'; and the Indian 'National Center for Promotion and Employment for Disabled People'.
empowerment radio
[2012] ‘EMPOWERMENT RADIO – Voices building a community’ sets out to demonstrate why community radio during the past decade has repeatedly been recommended as a powerful catalyst for development – ‘the missing link’ between development support being provided and change actually taking place.

This book has been written with a desire to share powerful insights and experiences that can help get a genuine community radio off the ground – and keep it on air. It offers a step-by-step presentation of the central conceptual and practical aspects that are essential for creating EMPOWERMENT RADIO: A sustainable, community-run, well managed, simple and effective platform for the community’s voices, with space for debate on issues of importance that range from urgent ad hoc problems, over continued debate on community development, and onward toward a celebration of the local culture.
facettoolkitcover[2012] This toolkit is designed to help projects and organizations use low-cost video to augment the traditional agricultural development activities and extension services they provide. It was developed by FHI 360 as part of the USAID project Fostering Agriculture Competitiveness Employing Information Communication Technologies (FACET).

Given the increasing availability of low-cost digital video cameras and editing software - and the increasing use of video media in donor-funded agricultural development projects - this toolkit aims to enable practitioners to develop a more systematic approach to using low-cost video as one of the mediums through which they share information with farmers. It includes practical guidelines about storyboarding, technology choices, video production, editing and dissemination.
social-media africa[2012] This Social Media Guide is intended for researchers, practitioners (from a non-governmental or community-based organisation) or information intermediaries working on development and climate change. It was developed by Africa Adapt and the International Livestock Research Institute.

The purpose of this guide is to promote an increased understanding of the different types of social media and encourage their use for accessing and sharing knowledge on climate change adaptation in Africa. Offering practical advice on sharing, accessing and exchanging climate change knowledge from and about Africa using social media, it is a good place to begin your social media journey.

ifad[2010] This IFAD publication seeks to provide guidance on developing a participatory communication strategy to strengthen the impact of participatory mapping initiatives, especially among pastoralists, indigenous peoples and forest dwellers. It can also be used as a general guide for developing participatory communication strategies.

The first section provides a review of participatory mapping and communication, while the second outlines a four-stage process for developing and implementing a communication strategy and action plan in support of participatory mapping. The third section addresses knowledge management procedures that can be employed in collecting and documenting information to be included in the participatory map or to record the mapping process.

cr principles and prospects

[2008] In this book the journalist and community radio campaigner/expert Raghu Mainali introduces the basics of Community Radio. It is about how all those involved in community broadcasting can contribute to the maximum, by rising up to definite and desired professional standards.

This book is a primer for someone who might have spent years in community broadcasting and a guide for those who aspire to take up a career in radio broadcast journalism. 

[2006] This handbook was written by InsightShare's directors Nick and Chris Lunch as a practical guide to setting up and running Participatory Video projects. The booklet illustrates the nuts and bolts of Participatory Video: from how to set up a new project, to the key games and activities to use. Helpful tips for the facilitator clarify how to use video for positive social change, to empower the marginalized and encourage individuals and communities to take control of their destinies.

The authors draw on nearly two decades of experience of facilitating Participatory Video projects in the field, and share case studies and useful anecdotes, as well as responses to their work from diverse sources. The key messages are further highlighted by illustrations, cartoons and photographs.
[2gender sensitive indicators2012] The Gender-Sensitive Indicators for Media (GSIM) have been designed by UNESCO to encourage media organizations, and particularly citizens' media, to make gender equality issues comprehensible to the public, as well as to analyze their own internal policies and practices. The aims is contributing to gender equality and women’s empowerment in and through media of all forms, irrespective of the technology used.

The main focus of this publication is on the equality and gender dimensions of social diversity in the media. Annexes include selected case studies on gender mainstreaming in media from Asia-Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe and the Arab States, Latin America and Southern Africa.
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