A two-day National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India was organized by the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, with the support of International Programmes for Development of Communication (IPDC), UNESCO at UNESCO, New Delhi on April 11 and 12, 2017. The Consultation brought together around 100 representatives and domain experts from the Government of India, the Indian community radio (CR) sector, civil society organizations, development agencies, the media, and the academia. The consultation was conducted with the objective of revisiting the recommendations made at the National Consultation in 2010 and reviewing the status of the community radio sector in India since the policy guidelines issued in 2006 opened the airwaves for community broadcasting.
The two-day deliberations focused on six themes:
● Community radio policy
● Inclusivity, equity and diversity
● Capacity Building
● Research, documentation and evaluation
● Technology & community radio
Recommendations arrived at NATCON 2017 have also been translated into four other languages as resolved at the closing session. The links to the language versions have been provided below (all links open in a new window).
- NATCON 2017 RECOMMENDATIONS (ENGLISH VERSION)
- HINDI VERSION (Credits: Shri Pankaj Chaturvedi, Ideosync Media Combine)
- MALAYALAM VERSION (Credits: Fr. Sebastian PV, Radio Mattoli)
- MARATHI VERSION (Credits: Nilay Wankhade (IUIF), Manndeshi Tarang Vahini, Mhaswad)
- TAMIL VERSION (Credits: Centre for Development Communication, DHAN Foundation)
All translations have been volunteered by members from the CR sector. When in doubt, readers are requested to refer to the English version.
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