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To enable the various actors of civil society (CSOs) and local authorities to take ownership of the notions of citizenship and accountability.
To encourage civil society organisations and the media to work together, and enable citizens to express their needs clearly in the public sphere and to achieve effective dialogue and communication with local authorities.
To provide lasting support for the management and control of radio stations.
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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.
Strengthening radio station marketing and financial management
February 2, 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).
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.
Building on the experience gained from the previous session, a workshop devoted to hosting adversarial and interactive debates was held in Parakou in July 2017 to consolidate the fundamentals of preparing and hosting a radio debate in public.