Doko Radio

The power of a local radio station in the community


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About the project Edit

Doko Radio started off on its first journey on March 16, 2007 to Barpak, a VDC in Gorkha District in Nepal. With Antenna Foundation Network (AFN), Doko Radio team (suitcase radio) travels to remote areas of Nepal by carrying along simple radio equipment to be used in producing local radio programs and transmitting them locally. The team is stationed for approximately a week in each location in order to provide ample time for the technology to be absorbed by the locals. The Doko visits enable local community members to talk about their issues. The programs produced and aired during Doko events focus on pertinent local issues such as tourism, agriculture, public service delivery, local democracy etc. The Doko locations are chosen for their deprived status of any prominent national (SW) or local (FM) radio waves, while touching the lives of more than 50,000 rural community people.m

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The Doko Radio is a temporary radio station in itself and offers the community it visits with a chance to experience the power of a local radio station in the community. By taking community radio to the doorsteps of the people, Doko Radio empowers them with an information tool they is affordable and easily applicable. There are reports of radio batteries or dry cells going out of stock in some of the villages where Doko radio was on. This is another innovative approach in taking empowerment forward in a difficult terrain and it makes Doko Radio distinct.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

Regardless of the program's format, AFN involves local communities throughout the production and broadcast process. We jointly identify the local needs and issues to be addressed such as community conflicts, peace & democracy process, reconciliation and reintegration…– communities tell us their problems and stories.Each program is the result of in-depth research into the issue to be address to consider its impact at the local level and specific local needs.Our local broadcast partners, the FM stations, have become production partners giving a local flavour and relevance to the issues.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Mela” in Nepali is a festive fanfare in the villages and has been a deeply rooted cultural practice for centuries. Doko Media Mela is a very lively happening going on in Nepal that has weaved radio, video projections, reading materials and ethno-music archiving under one tent roof, regardless of season and geographical terrain.The 'Doko Media Mela' is organised with the active participation of the community radio stations in five regions of the country. It was considered an important approach as the corridor of FM-shadow regions is shrinking. Now there is a growing need for the existing and expanding number of community stations to maintain the true essence of community services, to assist the locals to solve their local problem locally through community radios and multimedia.

Manthan Award South Asia 2009 , Award Winners, COMMUNITY BROADCASTING CATEGORY

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Doko Radio was initiated in January 2007. Since then it has traversed hundreds of miles across the mountains, hills and plains of Nepal touching the lives of more than 50,000 rural community people. This outreach programme impact keeps growing as the Doko Radio project creatively evolves with newer innovations, strategies and sustainable outputs.The first phase was a pilot phase targeted in five FM-Shadow regions of Nepal. Due to the outreach of FM signals in almost all the regions in the plains of Terai and Middle hills. These sample destinations were chosen for their deprived status of any prominent national (SW) or local (FM) radio waves.Conducting micro-community radio in these five regions gave the team ample experiences and insights to magnify the positive impact of this kind of small radio station with a low budget but high output. The second phase has evolved into 'Doko Media Mela'.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Antenna’s programmes have reached all over the country through a network of commercial and community FM radio stations. They were chosen because of their extensive network and reach in the entire country. Two members of the local community radio station join the Doko crew along with one local resource person and ten local volunteers to organise the Mela.

Our supporting / implementing partners (past and present)
DFID,Save the Children US, Equal access, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), EU, The Asia Foundation, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), UNICEF, Nick Simons Institute (NSI), USAID/OTI, VSO Nepal

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