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Accountability and the citizen-led control of public initiatives today are now crucial to the development policies implemented in Africa. In Benin, civil society has shown a desire for more active involvement in public life. The 2016 presidential elections fuelled a new kind of active and organised citizenship, as exemplified by the online and mobile platform Vote 229, which was created so that people could follow the elections via a network of observers across the country.
The media have a key role to play in this dialogue between civil society and the government.
The Benin Citizens' Dialogues project aims to increase the involvement of the media, so that they play their part in promoting more active citizenship and encouraging greater civic engagement. It follows on from the initiatives already carried out by CFI in Benin, and has been devised by taking account of the results of other projects launched in Côte d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso covering similar issues.
It is aimed primarily at eight community radio stations in the Littoral, Borgou and Alibori regions along with a private television channel, print and online media outlets, and bloggers.
Print, radio and television journalists, and bloggers.
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.
Eight community-based or commercial radio-station managers received training in marketing and financial management for radio stations on a course which ran from 25 January to 2 February 2017 in Bembèrèkè (Benin).