The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) is the foremost umbrella organisation of all community radios and organisations supporting community broadcasting in the world. It is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organization serving the community radio movement worldwide.
The Asia-Pacific chapter of AMARC was formally established in November 2005 by the 1st AMARC Asia Pacific regional conference and assembly entitled 'Community Radio and Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific' held in Jakarta, Indonesia. The assembly elected a regional board and finalized a regional action plan for developing the community-broadcasting sector in the region.
ACORAB has been affiliated with international and regional networks, working for enhancement of community radios. Among which World Association of Community Radio (AMARC) is the biggest platform. AMARC-AP is going to hold its 4th Asia Pacific Conference on 16-19 November, 2018 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, which is the great forum to share and exchange the practices of community radios around Asia Pacific. This conference holds the floor to exchange the deliberation on issue of community radios and its relevancy, which strengthen the objectives accomplishment of community Radio operation. More than 90 participants from Nepal will participate in the conference.
In the upcoming 4th AMARC Asia-Pacific regional conference, the theme ‘Community radios for Building Resilient Societies’ has been selected as guiding issue for discussion. The role of community radios in disaster risk reduction and disaster management features very prominently within the scope of this theme. The 4th AMARC Asia-Pacific regional conference aims at organising hands-on training workshops and discussion seminars on the main theme of the conference along with relevant issues and sub themes.
In addition to the main theme, all regional conferences of AMARC also take up for discussions and deliberations issues and subjects that are of high relevance to community radio sector in a given region. In this regard, the upcoming AMARC Asia-Pacific conference will include discussions on issues including but not limited to the following:
Diversity of people coupled with diversity of ideas and issues will assess challenges and opportunities facing the community radio sector in the region. The conference will finalize strategies and action plans for advancing freedom of expression and community development through community radio in the Asia-Pacific region.
The conference will serve a multitude of objectives including advocacy for community broadcasting, sharing of good practices from the region and the world, strengthening network of community radios, and finalising action-plans and strategies for the next four years for the development of community radio broadcasting in the Asia-Pacific region.