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Support the involvement of the media in the process of building social cohesion and working together for development and encourage closer collaboration between radio stations, CSOs and local authorities.
Facilitate access to information on the issues of decentralisation and justice.
Assist in the redeployment of decentralised services and reinforcement of local powers, and foster the provision of basic services and economic recovery
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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.
"Thanks to this training, especially during the public debate in Wapo, the radio station came into contact with the listeners, it became theirs!"
Constant Dipot, Chief Editor of Radio Zoukpana
Community radio stations, Association des Radios
Communautaires de Centrafrique (ARC)
Civil society organisations, local NGOs, local small
The most vulnerable sections of the population, young
people and women
Decentralised pubic services and formal and
traditional local authorities.
1.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 cohesion
March 23, 2017
From 16 to 18 March 2017, the Catholic Cultural Centre in Berberati hosted the first Recovery and stabilization in Central African Republic, medias Project focus seminar, entitled: Media, government and civil society: roles and relationships in the redeployment of decentralized services and enhancement of social cohesion.
3.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 Berberati
April 4, 2017
Radio station directors and editorial managers participated in two management training sessions in Berberati (Central African Republic) as part of the media component of the Recovery and stabilization in Central African Republic, medias project from 20 to 25 March 217.
Radio Zoukpana relocates for a special day in Wapo
October 30, 2017
A special day for Radio Zoukpana and a first for the inhabitants of Wapo, a village located 8 km from Berberati (Central African Republic), which welcomed all the journalists of this community radio station for a debate "away from base" and in public on the subject of "Wapo, a local example of social cohesion".
A sensitive journalistic approach to conflict in the Central African Republic
February 27, 2019
Sixteen professional journalists from radio stations mentored under the Relèvement et Stabilisation [Recovery & Stabilisation] project met up in Berberati from 14 to 28 February 2019 to hone their technique for reporting in periods of conflict.
Combining family life with professional training: a nanny in Bangui for Ornella’s son
April 8, 2018
In spring 2018, CFI and the ARC (Association des Radios Communautaires de Centrafrique – Association for Community-Based Radio in Central Africa) organised a training session on the subject of producing radio shows as part of the Relèvement et Stabilisation [Recovery and Stabilisation] project led by Expertise France. This was an opportunity that Ornella, a journalist and young mother, simply couldn't pass up...
5.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 stations
May 15, 2018
Produced initially in Bangui, with reports sent in by each of the partner radio stations of the Recovery and stabilization in Central African Republic, medias project, the programmes are now produced within each station.
6.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
As part of the Relèvement et stabilisation en Centrafrique project run by Expertise France, within which CFI manages media aspects, in partnership with the ARC, technical support is being given to Radio Zoukpana in Berberati, which is now able to broadcast to the region as a whole.
Brand new equipment for the Central African Republic radio station Voix de Barangbake!
June 26, 2019
Between April and June 2019, two technicians from the ARC [Association of Community Radio Stations] in the Central African Republic installed new equipment and a new transmission system for one of the flagship media outlets of the Recovery and Stabilisation Project.
Support in the areas of management and running the network.
8.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.
Recovery and stabilisation in the CAR - closing seminar in Bangui
July 12, 2019
The closing seminar of the media aspect of the project brought together the 6 Central African radio stations that received support and was held on 29-30 June 2019 in Bangui. It was an opportunity to chart the progress made for the first time and celebrate the winners of the best radio productions competition.