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Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2, Bangladesh received ABU Awards on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction from Asia-Pacific Region


Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2, from the North–East part of Bangladesh received the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union Award on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction on 10 May 2017 at a Gala Award Ceremony during the ABU Media Summit on Climate Change and DRR, 10-12 May 2017, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio, Community TV, Community Film] & its work in and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve from 2000 with support from Free Press Unlimited.

Ms. Ankhi Palit, the producer of Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2 received the best radio feature international award in the category of “Disaster Risk Reduction” in a competition for the broadcasters organized by Asia – Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU).

The award was given in recognition of the best production and presentation of a community radio feature titled: “Follow Earthquake Practices and self yourself.” Ankhi Palit produced the program following a radio script prepared by Mr. Biplob Kanti Dev, another producer of Radio Pollikontho.

Mr. Martuza Ahmed Hon’ble Secretary of the Ministry of Information handed over the prize to Ankhi Palit on 10 May, 2017 at a Gala night held at Bangabandhu International Conference Center (BICC).

H E Hasanul Haq Inu MP, Hon’ble Minister for Ministry of Information, & Dr. Javed Mottagi, Secretary General, the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) and all participants of 3rd ABU Media Summit were present during the Gala Awards Ceremony.

The program was organized on the occasion of 3rd ABU Media Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 10-12 May. The Summit was organized with the objectives to highlight the Asia –Pacific best practices, skills and lessons learnt in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptations.

Radio Pollikontho is the only recipient of this award from Bangladesh.  It can be mentioned that Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar jointly co-organized the 3rd ABU Media Summit on Climate Change & Disaster Risk Reduction.

The Awards encourage inspiring story telling from across the globe about the biggest challenge to the mankind and solutions to this global threat. This is annual competition honours the best Radio and Television program on climate change adaptation, disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction. The competition has two radio and two television categories and two special awards.

Source: BNNRC

Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya – A World of Migrants Disrupting the Singular Narrative

Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya – A World of Migrants
Disrupting the Singular Narrative

New Delhi, 25 April 2017. On the occasion of International Labour Day, UNESCO is launching an awareness campaign to highlight the importance of creating inclusive urban spaces for migrants. Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya or A World of Migrants is a series of 10 Radio Programmes (3–4 minutes each) produced by UNESCO featuring several real-life situations involving migrants and the challenges they face in accessing their rights and entitlements.

The first radio programme will be aired on Monday 1 May 2017 on three channels of All India Radio (FM Gold, FM Rainbow and MW Indraprastha)* and the complete series will be broadcast over a period of 4 weeks, on weekdays, twice a day, from 1 May till 26 May 2017.

With Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya, UNESCO attempts to disrupt the singular image of the underprivileged migrant as a suffering, needy and dependent person to a resilient, strong survivor and entrepreneur through the medium of radio.

The radio programmes adopt alternative narratives to highlight unique characteristics of migrants in the city, for example: migrants as agents of development, migrants as upholders of cultural diversity, the migrant working woman, migrants as contributors to skill diversity and migrants as symbol of new aspirations.

The approach adopted is to evoke empathy amongst urban dwellers by focusing on similarities between migrants from rural areas and residents from urban areas. The series will focus on sharing the lived experience and contributions of migrants to the cities they migrate to and thereby disrupt the homogeneous image. “We wish to draw attention to the brave choices migrants make and encourage city dwellers to ensure that migrants feel part of a city which is welcoming, inclusive and recognizes migrants entitlement to a dignified life” says Ms. Marina Faetanini, Section`s Chief and Programme Specialist, Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO New Delhi.

The Radio Programmes can be accessed at:

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Ms Marina Faetanini, Section Chief and Programme Specialist, Social & Human Sciences (SHS)

Ms Rekha Beri, Documentalist and Public Information Officer
* AIR FM Gold 106.4 MHz, AIR FM Rainbow 102.6 MHz, AIR MW Indraprastha 819 KHtz (366.3 meters)



A World of Migrants
Khanabadhoshon Ki Duniya

The format of the 10 radio programmes is dramatized situations and portraits interspersed with short interviews and announcements of facts/statistics (All 10 Radio Programmes are available on the attached DVD, along with transcripts in both English and Hindi).

Each Radio Programme has a specific theme and an objective targeting a unique issue:

Radio Programme N.1 – The right to migrate: The programme contrasts how international migration is seen as desirable and internal migration is seen as problematic by the city dweller. The programme puts aspiration in context by juxtaposing the animated preparations before travel that migrants from both classes (lower and upper) undertake. The focus is on similarities to evoke empathy.

Radio Programme N.2 – The migrant as an entrepreneur: The lived experiences of migrants and their contributions to the place/city they migrate to: The ways in which they create opportunities and identities for themselves; the ways in which they create housing and water facilities for themselves.

Radio Programme N.3 – A life without migrants: Using satire and irony to draw out a number of everyday tasks that city dwellers take for granted that will come to a halt in the absence of the migrant community that is willing to take on the dangerous and difficult jobs.

Radio Programme N.4 – Disrupting the homogenous image: The child and his school; the woman and domestic work; the man in the factory/rickshaw (very short positive narratives)

Radio Programme N.5 – Belongings and un-belongings: How migrants’ identities depend on cultural, social and other cooperation and dynamics in the city and the amount of othering they face. The city dweller is a part of this project.

Radio Programme N.6 – The working woman: Creating an equity of inequities. A portrait of two migrant working women from two different classes struggling for childcare.

Radio Programme N.7 – Agencies and Choices: Narratives of the brave choices that migrants make when deciding to leave adversity and how they bring change in their source areas.

Radio Programme N.8 – Migration and Change: The small and incremental changes in gender norms; how the experience of travel expands narrow traditional and caste based restrictive practices.

Radio Programme N.9 – What can we do?: Highlighting very small and doable things city dwellers can do to contribute, like don’t haggle with the rickshaw puller, strike up a conversation, pay minimum wages, provide leave to the domestic help, etc.

Radio Programme N.10 – A did you know quiz with migrants and city dwellers alike on internationally acknowledged rights of migrants. It is done by asking people on the streets the questions regarding migration.

For full transcripts in Hindi and English, click here:

Social & Human Sciences (SHS), UNESCO New Delhi: Through the Gender Youth Migration Initiative (GYM) a UNESCO Online Initiative on Migration, UNESCO promotes the social inclusion of migrants (internal and international) in the economic, social, political and cultural life of the country, using a multi-track approach combining research, policy and advocacy. Since June 2014, the web-portal received 1.8 million page views from over 112,000 visitors belonging to 183 countries. A GYM Newsletter is issued monthly to 690 subscribers from across the world.

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Community Radio Stations in Coastal Bangladesh in addressing Cyclone ROANU in Disaster Risk Reduction


Eight community radio (CR) stations in the coastal region of Bangladesh broadcast a combined total of 348 hours of programs for 3 continuous days from May 19 to May 21, 2016 as they addressed Cyclone Roanu in the region.

The community radio stations broadcast on a 24-hours basis in order to keep communities alert during and after Cyclone Ronau hit the coastal belt of the country. In order to broadcast around the clock, their previous air-time was increased in line with the “Standing Orders on Disaster (SOD) of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.” These eight community radio stations, all of which are situated in the coastal region, played a big role in saving people’s lives and assets.

Following the cyclone warning signals the stations started broadcasting from 19 May afternoon and continued non-stop till midnight of 21 May. Out of the total 348 hours, 187 hours were information specific to the cyclone itself, the disaster unfolding, the after-effects of the cyclone and what should be done for the community.

The stations collected updated information from the Meteorological Department, the disaster cells and local control room set up by the District and Upazila administrative authority and maintaining full-time liaison with theses groups. As there was no electricity in the area, due to power failure/load shedding, the stations, which were the only source of information, depended fully on the generators and kept the broadcasting services uninterrupted. In addition, the community radio stations also kept contact and collected updated information from the Red Cresent volunteers and the scouts who were working hard with the disaster-prone communities.

Along with broadcasting messages and PSAs received from the local government authority, they also broadcast their own programs which they have learned and produced through training and their experiences from previous disasters. With broadcasting of weather news bulletin after every 10-15 minutes, they also broadcast magazine programs, dramas, features, interviews and talk shows of the responsible persons involved in disaster management in the area. As an offline support group, the members of the radio listeners clubs also took part in the process of fulfilling the objective of the station. They conducted house-to-house visits of the listeners and disseminated information about the latest situation of the cyclone, their contact points during an emergency and what types of services were available for them during rescue or rehabilitation of the communities. At the same time, they also supplied information to the radio stations and kept them updated about the community situation.

The eight radio stations are Community Radio Nalta 99.2 ( Kaligonj, Satkhira), Community Radio Sundarban 98.8 ((Koyra, Khulna), Community Lokobetar 99.2  (Barguna Sadar), Community Rural Radio Krishi Radio 98.8 (Amtoli, Barguna), Community Radio Naf 99.2 (Teknaf, Cox’s Bazar), Community Radio Sagargiri 99.2 (Sitakunda, Chittagong), Community Radio Meghna 99.00  (Charfasion, Bhola) and Community  Radio Sagardwip 99.2 (Hatiya, Noakhali).

A total of 116 community broadcasters (37 females and 79 males), volunteers and members from 175 listeners clubs worked throughout the whole period by operating on a shifting basis in order to continue broadcaasting.

It can be mentioned that Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), with support from Free Press Unlimited, supported the radio stations during the times of Cyclones Mahasen and Komen and, thus, also kept constant contact and assisted in coordination with these stations and provided information and guidance throughout the entire process in relation to  Cyclone Roanu.

Source: BNNRC