Recovery and stabilisation in CAR
For better social cohesion
Calendrier : May 2016 – November 2018 / Budget global : €700,000
In the Central African Republic (CAR), in a political and security climate that is still very unstable, CFI is focusing its action on strengthening social cohesion and “living together in harmony”, via the media component of the Recovery and Stabilisation in CAR project.
Run by Expertise France and financed by the Bêkou Trust Fund with co-financing from the European Union, this project aims to provide support to radio stations in the regions of Berbérati and Bria. In 2017, traditional authorities, district leaders, prefects, mayors, associations and radio stations met to discuss the topic “Media, public authorities and civil society: what are the roles and relationships in the redeployment of decentralised services and strengthening of social cohesion? ” These meetings were organised in partnership with the ARC (Association of Central African Community Radio Stations).
The initiatives carried out at radio stations throughout the year enhanced the skills of the managers and journalists in management, journalistic techniques and the production of programmes in line with the expectations of the communities. The eight training courses conducted in 2017 benefited 150 journalists and local actors and amounted to over 90 days of support in total.
Production of synergistic programmes and temporary relocation
After taking part in a training session in company management, six radio stations managers teamed up to create a synergistic programme on “the role of a radio station in a community”. In parallel, the Berberati radio station also relocated for a special day in Wapo, a village located 8 km from Berberati. A debate “away from base” was held on the town hall square, bringing together the entire community. Tribal leaders, an examining magistrate and “displaced” inhabitants, for example, were invited to express their views on “Wapo, a local example of social cohesion” with journalists who moderated the debate.
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
Finally, a contest for the “best magazine on social cohesion” was launched in September for the six radio partners in order to assess what had been learnt and the way in which journalists approach community living in CAR, by giving a voice to various stakeholders (citizens, local authorities, experts) and through better-mastered genres of journalism.
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