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Utilizing community media to fight poverty in a digital age

During the World Congress on Communication for Development two years ago, communications professionals gathered around a table to share their experiences with using community media to fight poverty. These examples of the interactive and participatory potential of information and communication technologies (ICTs) within communication for development practices are now compiled in an online publication.

The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the Division for Communication Development of UNESCO, in collaboration with the Communication for Social Change Consortium, recently published “Fighting Poverty: Utilizing Community Media in a Digital Age.”

The publication contains articles, audio and video documents by practitioners, decision makers, and scholars. It focuses on the role of community media in underpinning democratic transition in Nepal in 2006, on experiences in Latin America, in Kenya, in francophone West Africa, and on the role of new information and communication technologies in facilitating the growth, the impact and dynamism of community radio. To download the book, audio and video files, for comments, and to order hard copies, visit: http://www.amarc.org/wccd/ [1].