Association of Community Radio Broadcaster's (ACORAB), Nepal has successfully organized a two days creative workshop on governance on 18 & 19th October 2019 at Dhulikhel. Altogether 28 participants including information officers of 7 municipality, 7 radio program producers, 7 field coordinators of The Asia Foundation and representative from TAF and ACORAB were participated in the program.
The discussion in the workshop was focused on disseminating the message of local government about governance aspect. On the basis of discussion in the workshop, ACORAB/CIN will produce 44 episode radio programs on governance through its enormous News network 'Community Information Network' CIN and will broadcast through CIN network across the country with 300 plus community radios.
Information Officers of all seven local governments made their commitments for collaboration with community radios in the sector of good governance. Speaking at the workshop information officers said that community radios have played an important role in connecting the citizens in every sectors of the local government. They had also put their commitment to increase their cooperation with the local community radio to make local government's work more effective. Speaking at the program, Information Officer of Damak Municipality Mr. Sameep Chudal said that community radios seen as the most effective means information dissemination to all citizens. Mr. Suresh Kumar Yadav, information officer of Kalaiya Sub-metropolitan said 'community radios are an easy medium for local citizens to provide information in the local language. Mr. Jagadish Aryal, information officer of Bhimeshwor Municipality said that radios are supporting informing people about the work done by the municipality. He said, "We have also communicated our activities through the community radios to the people who have no access to internet." Speaking at the workshop, Dilliram Chapagain, Information Officer of Walling Municipality said that the partnerships with community radios are important for ensuring the citizens right of information. In the workshop, Mr. Bharat Prasad Acharya, information officer of Tansen Municipality, information Officer of Birendranagar Municipality Mr. Dipen Subedi and Information Officer of Tikapur Municipality Ms. Ranju Acharya agreed on role of community radios for two way communications between local government and the people.
Mr. Govinda Devkota, general secretary of the ACORAB said that there is need of strong coordination and collaboration between the radio and local governments as radio can play a vital role in carrying out the model and exemplary work that local governments are doing throughout the country. Executive Director of ACORAB Mr. Balkrishna Pokhrel said that the purpose of community radio and local government is the same, so, they should move forward together. He said that the cooperation of the local government and community radio can which make positive transformation of the society and expressed confidence that the cooperation will continue in the coming days. Namit Wagle, senior program officer of The Asia Foundation, said that long-time partnership with community radios has encouraged to work. 'The partnership will continue in the coming days' he added. He further added that community radios were collaborating in many districts of the country after the earthquake, now partnership for good governance and transparency will also go forward and it will be effective.
The workshop organized by ACORAB in partnership with The Asia Foundation's sub national governance project. The workshop was facilitated by ACORAB Program Manager Shreedhar Neupane,CIN News Chief Govinda Khadka and Program Officer of TAF Ms. Prakriti Nepal. Municipalities of all seven provinces have committed to cooperate with community radios to maintain good governance.