In 2012-2013, the Central African Republic (CAR) experienced an unprecedented humanitarian crisis, resulting in thousands of deaths and huge numbers of displaced persons. Now, this country of 4.6 million inhabitants, which has been rocked by a series of political-military crises since its independence in 1960, is struggling to attain stability. The Bangui Forum, which concluded on 11 May 2015, was an important step in the country's transition phase. The Forum's conclusions focused on issues such as the timeline for elections and beginning the process of reconciliation between warring parties.
Against this highly unstable political background, the Central African media are barely subsisting and struggling to make an impact (lack of financial and human resources, poor equipment and training). Radio, in particular community radio, is the only real mass medium capable of reaching the Central African public, irrespective of its level of education and literacy.
The Recovery and stabilization in Central African Republic, medias project is run by Expertise France in partnership with CFI, the French media cooperation agency, and ASF, Avocats sans frontières Belgium, with funding from the European Union (Bêkou Trust Fund). The project aims to provide support, in two selected locations, for the redeployment of local authorities, for the strengthening of consultation, justice and local media, and for socio-economic recovery, with an inclusive, participatory approach. The first phase of the project consists in drawing up a profile of four pre-selected locations (Berberati, Bangassou, Bambari and Bria), before selecting the two areas where the project will be implemented.
The media component of the project, managed by CFI and its partner, ARC (the Association of Central African Community Radio Stations), aims to establish better collaboration between radio stations, civil society organisations and local authorities so as to foster social cohesion, to facilitate access by the people to information of public interest and to support efforts to redeploy decentralised services in the two selected locations.
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- Community radio stations, Association des Radios Communautaires de Centrafrique (ARC)
- Civil society organisations, local NGOs, local small businesses
- The most vulnerable sections of the population, young people and women
- Decentralised pubic services and formal and traditional local authorities.
Profile/map of local stakeholders (authorities, CSOs, radio stations, etc.)
Report on the situation of radio stations and contribution to the drafting of a 'map of the land', a local development planning tool that will help to clearly identify all existing stakeholders (detailed mapping of local stakeholders, their relationships, constraints and needs in the area of access to the media).
A session for consultation between local authorities and local media stakeholders will be held.
In the Central African Republic, the hot-topic debate concerns social cohesionMarch 23, 2017
Training in the basics of journalism and editorial management
Researching and prioritising information for a given audience, interviewing, reporting and recording, writing and presenting of radio news, ethics and social responsibility in journalism, and strengthening of the skills of managers and chief editors when it comes to the establishment of information processing systems and programme schedules.
Radio & management in BerberatiApril 4, 2017
Radio Zoukpana relocates for a special day in WapoOctober 30, 2017
Tailored coaching for a Bria radio stationMay 10, 2018
A sensitive journalistic approach to conflict in the Central African RepublicFebruary 27, 2019
Training in the production of radio magazines
Design and hosting of news and awareness programmes on the issues relevant to the project.
What role do radio stations play within a community?July 12, 2017
A contest between radio stations in CAROctober 30, 2017
Combining family life with professional training: a nanny in Bangui for Ornella’s sonApril 8, 2018
Creation of a synergistic production and broadcasting network
Synergistic production and network broadcasting of programmes on topics of common interest to the various ARC radio stations, related to issues relevant to the 3R project and requiring access to sources located in Bangui or elsewhere in the country.
Programme broadcasting in synergy for six Central African Republic radio stationsMay 15, 2018
Increase in the broadcasting range of radio stations at a regional level
This action will allow the two radio stations selected for the project to extend their broadcasting range to six additional priority urban centres, which are currently isolated and very vulnerable, and to reach a wider audience more effectively.
Radio Zoukpana goes regional!February 27, 2019
Brand new equipment for the Central African Republic radio station Voix de Barangbake!June 26, 2019
Operational support for the ARC
Support in the areas of management and running the network.
Enhancing the management and viability of the two radio stations in the regions selected
Training in team management, management of charitable organisations and community mobilisation organised for the heads of radio stations and sponsor establishments, and in situ management training sessions.