Community Media/Radio/Governance UNESCO Workshop/CR Strategic Plan
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Elements of the ACORAB strategic plan
The following elements – motto, vision, mission and guiding principles – were developed through a participatory workshop of members of the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters of Nepal.
Community radios for information, expression and development
Community owned radios in Nepal are established as fundamental means to promote rights to information, freedom of expression, development and social transformation.
To be actively engaged to promote, protect and sustained development of community radios through information, knowledge and skills. (ACORAB will make arrangement for or provide necessary services to its member organizations through information, knowledge and skills. It will also assist community radio stations to get established, strengthened through various supports: capacity development, equipment, technical, and organizational development).
- GUIDING PRINCIPLES
- Non-partisan politics
ACORAB will engage itself actively in politics of mission journalism for social transformation. However, the politics will not be tied up with political party line. As such, ACORAB espouses absolute neutrality towards partisan politics in its programs and activities. Similarly ACORAB will demand observance of this principle as a condition for the member radio stations to continue to be members and receive support.
- Pluralistic democratic norms and values – within the organization and members
ACORAB respects, observes and promotes pluralistic democratic norms and values within the organization and member radio stations. ACORAB will ensure that the essence of this principle is reflected in its rules, procedures, governance, programming, and management practice. ACORAB will periodically review for the observance to this principle in practice and make necessary adjustments in the rules, system, processes and activities of its board officials, staff and members.
ACORAB will adopt, strive and espouse for inclusion in its policies and operations. It respects the people, community, and issues that come from diverse social, gender, geographic, ethnic, and economic backgrounds and gives due space to them, but gives special preference to the poor and disadvantaged. The respect for diversity and inclusiveness will be reflected on the staffing, programs, and supports to member radio stations.
- Right to information, freedom of expression
ACORAB will honor, uphold, stand firm, and work actively for promoting and preserving one’s individual right to information and freedom of expression. The same will be upheld at societal and institutional (government, non-government, civil society and private sector organizations…) affairs.
- Respect all religions and groups but not biased towards any one
ACORAB respects religious faiths, cultures, practices and traditions of all groups of people and will advocate for equal opportunity for all beliefs and mores. As such it will not discriminate any one positively or negatively on these grounds. However, ACORAB itself will not take side or give preference to any religion or beliefs and demand the same from its members.
- Problem cluster: Resource mobilization
|Problem||Causes||Underlying causes||Possible solutions|
|Financially weak|| * Financial plan not prepared
|| * Organization has not run in a systematic way
|| * Prepare strategic plan that includes:
|Technically weak|| * Absence of technical plan
|| * Inadequacy of technical knowledge
|| * Establish technical department
- Excerpted from the Strategic Plan of the Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (NEPAL) developed in March 2007