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26th, April, 2008 – Amarc Africa Pan Africa Community Radio Conference, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire


The partner organisations were introduced. Brief words of welcome were delivered by representatives by representatives of the partner organisations. Gurmit spoke on behalf of International Aids Society (IAS), Njuki Githethwa on behalf of EcoNews Africa (ENA) and Marcelo for Amarc International and Alymana for Amarc Africa. Commonwealth of Learning (COL) words of welcome were presented by Njuki through slides and a summary of the welcome text from Ian Pringle who could not be able to attend physically.


1.2 The objectives of the workshop were presented simultaneously by the two facilitators- Njuki and Gurmit


1.3 Participants self introductions: The name tag activity

Participants wrote names on papers and exchanged details of somebody in the room one has not met before. The introduction details were: Name; Country: Organisation; Role and Interests. They were 37 participants in attendance and they all exchanged name tags in the room for about 10 minutes in an activity that was referred to as closing the gap.


  • 5 coordinators of community media networks
  • 5 Programme Managers/Officers
  • 12 Station Managers
  • 5 Producers
  • 4 Administrators
  • 3 CSO/NGO representatives
  • 3 Educationists

These participants form what was referred to as the circle of partnership which link community media, CSO’s and educationists

Circle of Partnerships


Agreement on the day’s programme

9.00 -10.30 – Reflection

10.30 – Coffee/Tea Break

10.45 -13.00 – The Suitcase activity

13.00 -14.00 – Lunch

14.00 – Marketplace

15.30 – Coffee

15.45 -17.30 – Program development

2.0 Reflection 1: Plenary discussions

What do you expect from an effective learning programme?

Principles of effective learning programmes

  1. Involving the learners through participatory and active methodologies and starting at their level (where they are in terms of knowledge and understanding)
  2. Interactive
  3. Problem solving and related to the needs of the individual and the community
  4. Learning by doing through experiential learning and application
  5. Understanding that learners can teach by treating with respect and avoiding a patronising attitude
  6. Sharing knowledge and skills

Reflection 2

What do you expect either as audience or media professional from an effective learning programme on HIV/AIDS treatment literacy using community media?

Media Professional
* Effective communication – Simple, explaining jargons
  • Accuracy of information
  • Relevant to community context
  • Involving affected people and technical experts
  • Treating with respect, not patronising attitude

* Involvement
  • Relevance
  • Feedback for improvement
  • Impact Evaluation
  • Engage affected populations

3.0 Working Groups (WG’s)

Participants formed six working groups. Each working group was comprised of the following:

  • HIV Resource person
  • Radio Programme Manager
  • Radio Programme Staff
  • Radio NGO/Association Coordinator
  • Development CBO/NGO

3.1 Group Names

  1. Change
  2. Baako (Together as one)
  3. Gong Gong Beaters
  4. Umoja(Unity)
  5. Intervention International (II)
  6. Twaweza (We can)

3.2 Reflection: Suitcase activity

Set of interests, needs and resources: Individuals reflect on their INR’s and then pool them together with others in the working groups

Intervention International
  • New ideas
  • Improved/innovative programme formats
  • Sharing experiences(information, exchange programmes and information
  • Learning
  • Sensitivity to local cultures

Website on what we are doing
  • Exchange of accurate information/Knowledge
  • Centres for PLWHA(infrastructure, place)
  • Expert knowledge and networking

  • Human resources
  • Travel
  • Equipment
  • Training
  • Exchange of broadcast programmes
  • Networking
  • Resources mobilisation
  • Communication/ administration support and finances

Gong Gong Beaters
  • Voluntary counselling and testing
  • Terminology in local language
  • Behaviour change
  • Treatment Prevention
  • Strategic Planning documents

  • Programme production
  • Involving the affected
  • Indentifying and involving stakeholders
  • Updates on HIV/AIDS developments
  • Writing of programme development proposals

  • Books, journals, internet access
  • Skills/Knowledge
  • Experts/human resources/educators/content providers
  • Theatre/ Drama

Umoja (Unity)
VCT combining learning
  • Elimination of stigma
  • Creating enabling environment
  • How to raise funds

  • Training expertise
  • Database
  • Collaboration/partnership
  • Raise funds

Existing infrastructure
  • Training manuals
  • Print Media
  • Trainers/Producers
  • National Strategic plan

Universal access(prevention and treatment
  • Involving stakeholders/Networking
  • Building capacity, e.g Knowledge to impact
  • Using modern tools of communication, discussion and information, i.e the wiki
  • Involving/engaging communities
  • Creating dialogue between communities
  • Raising community awareness about HIV/AIDS
  • Advocacy, accurate and balanced information

Attract sponsorship and funding
  • Equipment for outside broadcast and recording
  • Balanced, accurate and reliable information gathering
  • Build capacity and empowerment in HIV/AIDS education
  • Capacity in relevant proposal designing
  • Record keeping
  • Independent and devoid of interference
  • Training
  • Sharing and exchange of ideas

  • Advocacy
  • Capacity
  • Federations/Groups/Associations i.e Amarc, IAS, Ghana Community Radio Network etc
  • National Strategic framework
  • Community members/knowledge and experiences

Twaweza (We Can)
  • News
  • Networking
  • Catalogue of experts
  • Regular data updates
  • Economic impacts
  • Localization of content
  • Research findings\

  • Audit Reports
  • Budget allocations
  • Internet connectivity and resources
  • Capacity building
  • Programme sharing
  • Local explanations of expert terminologies

National and sub-regional networks
  • Trainers/other expertise
  • Community Radio and other community media
  • Creativity
  • Experience

Baako (Together as one)
Adherence and access to treatment
  • ART’s and ARV’s
  • Stigma and Discrimination
  • Multiple concurrent partners
  • Intergenerational sex
  • Faith based organisations
  • Research

Basic accurate information
  • User friendly
  • Concerted/Coordinated efforts
  • Broadcasting skills
  • Writing/Reporting skills
  • Documention skills
  • Monitoring and Evaluation skills
  • Repackaging of information

  • Material
  • Logistical
  • Modern/updated equipment

3.3 Marketplace

a) Four (4) marketplaces

Participants move into the marketplace of selected good practices with a checklist of the principles of effective learning programmes.


  1. Gail White (Media Training Centre for Health, South Africa)
  2. Linda Kasonka (SafAIDS)
  3. Doreen (Kenya Community Media Network (KCOMNET)
  4. Cyriaque Ako (Ivory Coast Network of People Living with HIV)
b) Feedback from the marketplace

Good practices checklist

  1. A partnership among various stakeholders
  2. Tailor-made for specific audiences
  3. Integrate the research process in the activity
  4. Participatory engagement
  5. Documentation and sharing of documents

4.0: Workshop II: Next Steps

  • Programmes development
  • Action planning
  • Contribution to AMARC manifesto