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Community radios are the one and only means of communication for rural Nepalese community as the literacy rate of the country is only 65% and the reach of print media is limited to only 11% of the total population of the country (CBS 2011).  In Nepal most forms of mass media are in Nepali language whereas only 56% population of the country can speak or understand Nepali language (CBS 2011). Community radios have been producing and broadcasting the radio programs and public service announcements in more than 70 languages spoken in Nepal (ACORBA 2016).

Community radios are the one and only means of communication for rural Nepalese community as the literacy rate of the country is only 65% and the reach of print media is limited to only 11% of the total population of the country (CBS 2011).  In Nepal most forms of mass media are in Nepali language whereas only 56% population of the country can speak or understand Nepali language (CBS 2011). Community radios have been producing and broadcasting the radio programs and public service announcements in more than 70 languages spoken in Nepal (ACORBA 2016).  In Nepal, community radios are known for highly influencing the quality of living in rural Nepal. ACORAB has been empowering community radios to produce and broadcast radio programs on eradication of anti-social traditions, good governance, development communication, climate change adaptation and mitigations, human rights and other social cultural and economic development issues.

Community radios disseminate pertinent and up to date information through airwaves and reach larger population across the country inspiring social transformation where justice and peace prevail and human rights are respected and protected. Community radios encourage communities to resolve their conflicts through peaceful means.

Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) Nepal is the umbrella organization of 360 community radio stations spread across the length and breadth of Nepal. It is registered under the national directive act 2018 in 2002 with the status of a ‘national professional organization’. ACORAB is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council as a non-profit-making organization. It has been working in the area of social empowerment through community broadcasting.

Community radios are entirely different from commercial and public broadcasting radios as they serve rural communities and work to enhance the rights of marginalized and disadvantaged communities. They produce and broadcast content that is relevant and important to local audiences who are often overlooked by the other broadcasters. Community radio stations are owned and operated by local communities. Community radios are non-profit and non-political organizations that work towards enabling communities to tell their own stories thus mitigating the barriers of communication.

ACORAB operates its’ Nepal’s largest community media network – the Community Information Network (CIN) -- linking all community radios of the country. CIN is served ably by a professional team of radio journalists along with more than 360 reporters contributing from every nook and corner of the country.  CIN produces and distributes national news bulletins and educational radio programs on different thematic issues on a daily basis.

ACORAB has declared the radio campaigns against Harmful Traditional Practices (HTP) such as Child Marriage, Gender Based Violence, Dowry system, Caste Based Discriminations, Bokshi (witchcrafts) and Chaupadi* practices since 2015. CIN in collaboration with various development partners has produced and broadcasted innovative radio programs on “Community Mediation”, “Community Journalism”, “Girls Empowerment”, “Buhari (daughter in law) Empowerment” through Journalism, etc.

ACORAB is democratic organization led by an elected central committee. It operates out of a well-equipped secretariat staffed by a team of professionals under the leadership of the Executive Director. It’s annual programs and budgets are approved by an annual assembly of members and a new leadership is elected every three years through a democratic election process. ACORAB has an inclusive board and human resource structure with representation from Dalit, Janajati, Madeshi, Women and other marginalized communities.

Vision

Connecting people for dignified and prosperous life through value based radio journalism

Mission

Reliable, trustworthy, professional community radios to connect the grass root with government for strengthening of democracy, peace, environmental and social justice in the country.

Goal

The main goal is to promote community broadcasting as an authentic and trustworthy source of information for community people, that empower them to unleash positive potential of natural and social resources to create vibrant, pluralistic and positive society.

Specific Objectives

  • Develop institutional capacity of community radios
  • Develop capacity and professional security of the radio journalist
  • Promote moral & ethical values and professional journalism
  • Strengthen democracy, peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

SOrganizational Values

ACORAB, Nepal adheres to organizational values that guide its staff and members with a set of common beliefs.  Organizational values of ACORAB from which its members and staffs are guided are as below:

  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Accountability
  • Empowerment
  • Excellence
  • Balanced
  • Fairness
  • Dedication
  • Community
  • Communication
  • Community radios as the main source of strength
  1.  Community Information Network (CIN)

ACORAB established Community Information Network (CIN) in the year 2009 to serve as common platform for all community radios to develop community driven radio programs. CIN allows member radio stations to receive news and information from the association’s studios as well as to share information among them. As most community radios are located in remote areas of the country, the option for receiving and sharing of information are few and limited.

CIN has a large pool of radio journalists from 360 community radio networks which is managed by a central news and program team. This network has more than 900 radio journalists in 77 districts and 9 journalists at the center. CIN has strong experience of radio programming on social accountability, gender equality & equity, social inclusion, good governance, civic education, climate change, food security, reproductive health, sanitation, hygiene promotion and safe migration. It is actively involved in raising awareness and empowerment of citizens, especially those from disadvantaged, illiterate and rural communities, in their day-to-day issues. Moreover, CIN’s production and broadcasting activities focus on generating critical dialogues from local perspectives to uphold participatory decision-making.

CIN Network is able to share news and information from local levels to central level and vice versa. Advocacy of democratic culture, sense of inter-community cooperation and promotion of right to information of the rural people is the main objective of the network. It has been connecting the community radio stations located mostly in rural areas where communication is limited and frequently distributed. This network is vital in the Nepal political climate to allow the flow of information even when interrupted by infrastructural difficulties or socio-political challenges. It focuses on encouraging critical dialogues on diverse current issues such as national identity, democracy, human rights, good governance, social- inclusion and social justice and other socio-political issues. To ensure the high level of participation of local community radios, CIN works to enhance the capacity of the local producers and reporters.

  1. Program

ACORAB is mainly engaged in production and dissemination of impartial media contents, mentorship and policy advocacy to aware, empower and engage communities as well as concerned stakeholders through radio programming and outreach activities. Since its establishment, it has been engaging in awareness building, advocacy and lobbying on numerous civic and socio-economic issues.

ACORAB operates Community Information Network (CIN) - Nepal's largest Community radio network linking all the community radios in one. CIN served ably by a professional team of radio journalists at the center (Kathmandu) along with more than 350 reporters contributing from every nook and corner of the country.  CIN produces and distributes national news bulletin "Sajha Khabar" every morning at 6 and 7:30 in the evening. ACORAB/CIN Nepal has been engaging in awareness building, advocacy and lobbying on numerous civic and socio-economic issues. ACORAB/CIN has strong experience of on-air and off-air accomplishments on Water Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, social accountability, gender equality/equity, social inclusion, good governance, civic education, food security, reproductive health and safe migration and so on. It produced and broadcasted programs on these issues in partnership with the government of Nepal, international development agencies including UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, ILO, PANOS South Asia, Give2Asia, VSO Nepal, The Asia Foundation, Plan International Nepal, World Vision International, CARE Nepal, Water Aid, WWF/ Hariyo Ban Program and national non-government organizations.

The Major focus area of the program are:

  • Advocacy and Lobbying for Community Radio Friendly Policies at all Local, Provincial and Federal Level
  • Institutional Sustainability of Community Radios
  • Quality and Trustworthy Radio Programs
  • Community Empowerment to Eliminate the Harmful Social Tradition
  • Technical Support to the Community Radios
  • Capacity Development, Research and Outreach
  • Strengthening governance system
  • Awareness raising on health, hygiene and sanitation
  • Information for emergency Preparedness and response

 

ACORAB/CIN works with national and international public and private organizations that share common objectives with a purpose of service, empowerment and awarenessof citizens:

  • ACORAB is a member of World Association of Community Radio (AMARC),
  • Associate member of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
  • Associate Member of Asian Institute of Broadcasting and Development (AIBD).
  • It has very smooth relationship with the various broadcasting organization of Asia-Pacific regions.
  • ACORAB has strategic partnership with BBC World Service Nepali Sewa to broadcast the Nepali News through CIN satellite.

 

Community radios are the one and only means of communication for rural Nepalese community as the literacy rate of the country is only 65% and the reach of print media is limited to only 11% of the total population of the country (CBS 2011).  In Nepal most forms of mass media are in Nepali language whereas only 56% population of the country can speak or understand Nepali language (CBS 2011). Community radios have been producing and broadcasting the radio programs and public service announcements in more than 70 languages spoken in Nepal (ACORBA 2016).  In Nepal, community radios are known for highly influencing the quality of living in rural Nepal. ACORAB has been empowering community radios to produce and broadcast radio programs on eradication of anti-social traditions, good governance, development communication, climate change adaptation and mitigations, human rights and other social cultural and economic development issues.

Community radios disseminate pertinent and up to date information through airwaves and reach larger population across the country inspiring social transformation where justice and peace prevail and human rights are respected and protected. Community radios encourage communities to resolve their conflicts through peaceful means.

Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (ACORAB) Nepal is the umbrella organization of 360 community radio stations spread across the length and breadth of Nepal. It is registered under the national directive act 2018 in 2002 with the status of a ‘national professional organization’. ACORAB is affiliated with the Social Welfare Council as a non-profit-making organization. It has been working in the area of social empowerment through community broadcasting.

Community radios are entirely different from commercial and public broadcasting radios as they serve rural communities and work to enhance the rights of marginalized and disadvantaged communities. They produce and broadcast content that is relevant and important to local audiences who are often overlooked by the other broadcasters. Community radio stations are owned and operated by local communities. Community radios are non-profit and non-political organizations that work towards enabling communities to tell their own stories thus mitigating the barriers of communication.

ACORAB operates its’ Nepal’s largest community media network – the Community Information Network (CIN) -- linking all community radios of the country. CIN is served ably by a professional team of radio journalists along with more than 360 reporters contributing from every nook and corner of the country.  CIN produces and distributes national news bulletins and educational radio programs on different thematic issues on a daily basis.

ACORAB has declared the radio campaigns against Harmful Traditional Practices (HTP) such as Child Marriage, Gender Based Violence, Dowry system, Caste Based Discriminations, Bokshi (witchcrafts) and Chaupadi* practices since 2015. CIN in collaboration with various development partners has produced and broadcasted innovative radio programs on “Community Mediation”, “Community Journalism”, “Girls Empowerment”, “Buhari (daughter in law) Empowerment” through Journalism, etc.

ACORAB is democratic organization led by an elected central committee. It operates out of a well-equipped secretariat staffed by a team of professionals under the leadership of the Executive Director. It’s annual programs and budgets are approved by an annual assembly of members and a new leadership is elected every three years through a democratic election process. ACORAB has an inclusive board and human resource structure with representation from Dalit, Janajati, Madeshi, Women and other marginalized communities.

Vision

Connecting people for dignified and prosperous life through value based radio journalism

Mission

Reliable, trustworthy, professional community radios to connect the grass root with government for strengthening of democracy, peace, environmental and social justice in the country.

Goal

The main goal is to promote community broadcasting as an authentic and trustworthy source of information for community people, that empower them to unleash positive potential of natural and social resources to create vibrant, pluralistic and positive society.

Specific Objectives

  • Develop institutional capacity of community radios
  • Develop capacity and professional security of the radio journalist
  • Promote moral & ethical values and professional journalism
  • Strengthen democracy, peace, human rights, social and environmental justice. 

Organizational Values

ACORAB, Nepal adheres to organizational values that guide its staff and members with a set of common beliefs.  Organizational values of ACORAB from which its members and staffs are guided are as below:

  • Integrity
  • Diversity
  • Accountability
  • Empowerment
  • Excellence
  • Balanced
  • Fairness
  • Dedication
  • Community
  • Communication
  • Community radios as the main source of strength

 

  1.  Community Information Network (CIN)

ACORAB established Community Information Network (CIN) in the year 2009 to serve as common platform for all community radios to develop community driven radio programs. CIN allows member radio stations to receive news and information from the association’s studios as well as to share information among them. As most community radios are located in remote areas of the country, the option for receiving and sharing of information are few and limited.

CIN has a large pool of radio journalists from 360 community radio networks which is managed by a central news and program team. This network has more than 900 radio journalists in 77 districts and 9 journalists at the center. CIN has strong experience of radio programming on social accountability, gender equality & equity, social inclusion, good governance, civic education, climate change, food security, reproductive health, sanitation, hygiene promotion and safe migration. It is actively involved in raising awareness and empowerment of citizens, especially those from disadvantaged, illiterate and rural communities, in their day-to-day issues. Moreover, CIN’s production and broadcasting activities focus on generating critical dialogues from local perspectives to uphold participatory decision-making.

CIN Network is able to share news and information from local levels to central level and vice versa. Advocacy of democratic culture, sense of inter-community cooperation and promotion of right to information of the rural people is the main objective of the network. It has been connecting the community radio stations located mostly in rural areas where communication is limited and frequently distributed. This network is vital in the Nepal political climate to allow the flow of information even when interrupted by infrastructural difficulties or socio-political challenges. It focuses on encouraging critical dialogues on diverse current issues such as national identity, democracy, human rights, good governance, social- inclusion and social justice and other socio-political issues. To ensure the high level of participation of local community radios, CIN works to enhance the capacity of the local producers and reporters.

  1. Program

ACORAB is mainly engaged in production and dissemination of impartial media contents, mentorship and policy advocacy to aware, empower and engage communities as well as concerned stakeholders through radio programming and outreach activities. Since its establishment, it has been engaging in awareness building, advocacy and lobbying on numerous civic and socio-economic issues.

ACORAB operates Community Information Network (CIN) - Nepal's largest Community radio network linking all the community radios in one. CIN served ably by a professional team of radio journalists at the center (Kathmandu) along with more than 350 reporters contributing from every nook and corner of the country.  CIN produces and distributes national news bulletin "Sajha Khabar" every morning at 6 and 7:30 in the evening. ACORAB/CIN Nepal has been engaging in awareness building, advocacy and lobbying on numerous civic and socio-economic issues. ACORAB/CIN has strong experience of on-air and off-air accomplishments on Water Sanitation and Hygiene, WASH, social accountability, gender equality/equity, social inclusion, good governance, civic education, food security, reproductive health and safe migration and so on. It produced and broadcasted programs on these issues in partnership with the government of Nepal, international development agencies including UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNWOMEN, ILO, PANOS South Asia, Give2Asia, VSO Nepal, The Asia Foundation, Plan International Nepal, World Vision International, CARE Nepal, Water Aid, WWF/ Hariyo Ban Program and national non-government organizations.

The Major focus area of the program are:

  • Advocacy and Lobbying for Community Radio Friendly Policies at all Local, Provincial and Federal Level
  • Institutional Sustainability of Community Radios
  • Quality and Trustworthy Radio Programs
  • Community Empowerment to Eliminate the Harmful Social Tradition
  • Technical Support to the Community Radios
  • Capacity Development, Research and Outreach
  • Strengthening governance system
  • Awareness raising on health, hygiene and sanitation
  • Information for emergency Preparedness and response

ACORAB/CIN works with national and international public and private organizations that share common objectives with a purpose of service, empowerment and awarenessof citizens:

  • ACORAB is a member of World Association of Community Radio (AMARC),
  • Associate member of Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
  • Associate Member of Asian Institute of Broadcasting and Development (AIBD).
  • It has very smooth relationship with the various broadcasting organization of Asia-Pacific regions.
  • ACORAB has strategic partnership with BBC World Service Nepali Sewa to broadcast the Nepali News through CIN satellite.