Promoting open, interactive discussion

June 12, 2017

Nine producers or presenters from community and commercial radio stations in Benin had the opportunity to build on their skills in leading interactive discussion broadcasts. The training took place in Parakou, from 15 to 27 May 2017.

eir objective: to acquire the skills they need in order better to prepare and to lead discussions between local leaders, experts and listeners in order to promote greater involvement in citizen-led public initiatives.
Upon completion of a second training course, they will be able to lead radio broadcasts of discussions between citizens, CSOs and local authorities on topics such as the provision of basic social services (water, electricity, health, education or housing).

In keeping with the spirit of the Benin Citizens' Dialogues project, one of the objectives of which is to step up collaboration between radio stations, civil society organisations and local authorities, meetings were organised to improve journalists' knowledge, to enable them to identify key contacts, and to set up future collaborations to provide all citizens with more information.

The 9 radio stations in question broadcast from:
- Banikoara (Radio Banigansé),
- Bembéréké (FM Nonsina),
- Cotonou (Radio Soleil & Radio Tokpa),
- Kandi (Radio Kandi FM),
- Nikki (Radio Su Tii Dera),
- Parakou (Radio Deeman & Radio Fraternité)
- Segbana (Radio Bio Guerra FM).