Brief Information on
Funded by: United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF)
Implemented by: ACORAB Nepal
Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) Nepal is implementing Institutionalizing Social Accountability of Community Radio in Nepal since June 2012 funded by United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). The duration of is 24 months and coverage across 74 district of Nepal. The aim of this project is to strengthen the institutional capacity of community radios to effectively serve as legitimate watchdogs for social accountability issues, ensuring that they work as agents of social transformation at the community level while themselves operating within the parameters of accountability principles.
The project strategy focuses on capacity building for community radios, to improve their journalistic capacities and advocacy skills, promote the effective use of media, strengthen the legitimacy and quality of their news coverage, as well as their business and internal accountability practices, and enhance the breadth and scope of community participation.
Beneficiaries: The project intends to strengthen the professional capacity of 220 radios to deliver media services, with increased institutional capacity of 100 member community radios and accountability capacity of 30 radios from across the country, so as to institutionalize their social accountability mechanism. Each community radio station has an estimated listenership of 3000 dedicated people in average, so the improvement in services will directly benefit these people as well.
Outcome 1: Improved internal governance, oversight, financial and operational management of 100 community radios (Target: More than 60% of member stations (at least 132) are run with defined organizational and financial systems, standards, norms procedures, including good governance policy, GESI policy, long-term strategy and social auditing).
Accountability Status Review of CRs
Enforcing internal governance oversight and accountability measures in 100 community radios
Outcome 2: Transparency, equity and social accountability actively promoted across Nepal by community radios (Target: 220 CR journalists are trained on accountability issues; trained journalists use skills in organizing public hearings and social audits; Trained journalists regularly contribute to programming on accountability)
Journalism Capacity of CR journalists enhanced for enhancing advancing watchdog role of CRs for in promoting accountability
Media advocacy on locally identified issues on related to transparency, integrity and accountability related issues
Capacity of CRs developed in social accountability tools and their active engagement in governance across CR sector
Under this project, ACORAB had prepared a training manual for providing capacity building training to the community radio professionals on social accountability. Click here to download a copy of the publication.
ACORAB Nepal conducted a research to assess the current social accountability status of Nepalese community radios and also study to whom are they accountable and whether their activities alienating or galvanizing the democratic ideals of accountability. Click here to read the research findings online.