About Antenna Foundation Nepal

GPO Box 24225
Kusunti Marg, Jawalakhel, Lalitpur
Phone: (977-1) 5525471, 5000080, 5000084 Fax: (977-1) 5545857
URL: www.afn.org.np

Contact Person: 
Mr. Binaya Guragain
Executive Director
Mobile No: 9851127155
Email: ed@afn.org.np

Registration of organization 
District: District Administration Office, Lalitpur
PAN: 300987773
Registration Number: 09/59/60
Date: 2059/04/24 B.S.
SWC Affiliation Number: 14190
Date of Last Renewal: 2072/73 B.S.

Staff Number 
Management: Five (5)
Finance and Administrative: Four (4)
Program production: Ten (10)
Information communication technology (ICT): Four (4)
Monitoring, Evaluation: Three (3)
Number of Female Staff : Nine (9) 

Organizational background 
Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) is an independent, non-governmental and non-profit making organization working in media development since 2002. We mainly focus on production of innovative and distinctive radio and TV programs on various platforms, including social media, for raising public awareness, positive behavioral change and media advocacy. AFN has been providing comprehensive, innovative media interventions, through radio and television programs to raise public awareness, sensitize governments, promotes behavior change, and supports media advocacy. A team of 35 professionals, including part-time staffers, and a network also including over 60 radio partners across the country for effective implementation of our programs that address a range of development issues, including, good governance, democracy and transitional justice, child marriage, school education, rural infrastructure development, gender violence. Some of major projects AFN carried out include Loktantra Mantra, Gau Gauma Singha Durbar, Maile Je Bhoge, Hamro Suraksha Hamro Pahal, Andhyaro Ujjyalo, Madani, Sanghiyata Sangalo. Currently, AFN has been implementing Bikash ko Bato radio program, Nepal Chautari, Sunkhakhari Bahas, WO/MEN Only, Radio for Integrated Sustainability after Emergencies project, Jivanko Lagi Swastha Radio Bahas, Mai Sari Sunakhari and Hilkor radio drama programs. Live radio talks show, radio magazine, radio serial drama, short drama, docu-drama, soap opera, radio/TV public announcement services, TV documentary and serials, multimedia production, IEC materials production, content analysis, audience survey and capacity building of media persons are some approaches of ANF. AFN has implemented several projects with the funding support of JICA, UNICEF, Election Commission, NTI/USAID, and National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Search for Common Ground, DFID, Danida, Internews Network, OSF, International Alert, The Asia Foundation, SNV Nepal, FCO/British Embassy, Helvetas, JICA, Save the Children, and Safer World. In addition, it has institutional working relationships with the government agencies, Federation of Nepalese Journalists, Broadcasting Association of Nepal, Association of Community Radio Broadcasters Nepal, local level media and other civil society organizations. AFN has also acquired membership of World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and Asia Pacific Institute for Broadcasters Development. 

Geographic Coverage 
Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) partners with Nepal's independent FM radio to broadcast the radio programs of AFN. 

Thematic Areas AFN has so far worked: 
• Good Governance, Democracy and Transitional Justice:
• Peace Building and Conflict Transformation
• Gender Equity and Women's Rights/Early Childhood Development and Child Rights • Community Health and HIV/AIDS
• Entrepreneurship and Tourism, Youth and Democracy & Employment:
strong>AFN Core Values • Teamwork: Working together to produce result oriented and innovative radio programs to meet the need of our clients.
• Ownership: Taking ownership of our client's objective and being accountable for friendly, proactive and professional service.
• Excellence and Innovation: Commitment to excellence and innovation by undertaking rigorous research and evidence backed projects tailored to target beneficiaries even in hard to reach locations of the country. Ensuring issues are dealt with in acceptable and contextualized manner.
• Sustainability: Emphasis on local participation and capturing voices of locals and providing a channel for bottom-up and top-down communication with the concerned policymakers/authorities and line agencies contributes to the sustainability of projects. 

Programs of last five years 
1. Name of the program: Promotion of Community Mediation Capacity for Peaceful and Harmonious Society
Partnership organization JICA/COMCAP II
Duration: October 2012 till August 2013
Coverage district/s Sindhuli and Mahottari, Humla, Kalikot
Project description:The focus of this project was enhancing mediation skills to promote harmony in the community through production and broadcasting of radio programs, drama and PSAs on community mediation in Sindhuli and Mahottari districts. AFN produced three video programs--two 22 minutes long TV dramas with settings in Sindhuli and Mahottari districts and one 26 minutes long video documentary, under JICA/COMCAP II. 

2. Name of the program:Gender Mainstreaming in Local Peace building Programmes
Partnership organizationGIZ/Nepal Peace Trust Fund, 15 September
Duration:2013 to 15 May 2014
Coverage district/s Gender Audit in five districts; Broadcasted in 45 FM radio stations
Brief description: The project aimed to consolidate peace process for promoting gender sensitive and democratic values, and processes in Nepal. Organize central and local level consultations on gender mainstreaming in peace building programs. Production and broadcast of radio programs ("live" interactive, drama, PSA and news report); Gender audit of peace building programs; Documentation of outcomes of radio programs; Fellowship to journalists to enhance media coverage on peace-building initiatives were major components of the project were the major tasks undertaken under this project. 

3. Name of the program: Media Campaign against Gender Violence
Partnership organization Governance Facility
Duration: 2013 to 15 May 2014
Coverage district/s: 10 districts including Banke, Bara, Dailekh, Danusha, Doti,
Description: The interventions included radio magazine in collaboration with local radio stations, centrally packaged radio drama with the support from community focal points in the field, public service announcements, television serial, public pledges on print as well as online news portals and public dialogues. The project used multiple feedback mechanisms like Facebook, Twitter, SMS, Interactive Voice Response, etc. to communicate and obtain responses from listeners. The integrated approach of multi- media interventions and public dialogue successfully highlighted problems as well as increasing accountability of government and other stakeholders in varied issue of GBV. Production and broadcast of radio programs ("live" interactive, drama, PSA and news report); Gender audit of peace building programs; Documentation of outcomes of radio programs; Fellowship to journalists to enhance media coverage on peace-building initiatives were major components of the project. 

4. Name of the program: Engaging in a Conversation about Federalism through Community Based Radio.
Partnership organization National Endowment for Democracy (NED),
Duration: 11 July 2014 to 30 September 2015
Coverage district/s 16 districts, including Taplejung, Tehrathum, Ilam, Parsa, Kapilvastu, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Manang, Kaski, Salyan, Kalikot, Kanchanpur, Baitadi.
Brief description: Doko Media Mela was implemented in 16 districts to gather local content on federalism. National-level conference. Produce ready-to-broadcast radio program. 

5. Name of the program: Technical Assistance/Capacity Building Partners 
Partnership organization: USAID/RTI (Health for Life)
Duration: October 2013 to December 2014 
Coverage district/s 14 districts (Arghakhachi, Banke,Bardiya, Dailekh, Dang, Jajarkot, Jumla, Kalikot, Kapilvastu, Pyuthan, Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan and Surkhet)
Brief description: The project aimed to strategically contribute to healthy behavior and life of underserved population of mid-western and western region of the country through health focused informative radio programs via 28 local FM stations in 14 districts. 

6. Name of the program: Strengthening Political Parties, Electoral and Legislative Processes
Partnership organization: USAID/NDI/Internews
Duration: 15 June 2013 to 30 September 2014
Coverage district/s AFN in collaboration with five regional partner radio stations with further five partners through the regional partner.
Brief description: The project aimed to utilize media as a platform to amplify the people’s agenda at the national debate and mainstreaming the voices/opinions/ideas/priorities of grassroots and excluded communities for nation building. 

7. Name of the program: Media Campaign for Prevention of Gender Based Violence
Partnership organization ESP/DFID
Duration: July- December 2013
Coverage district/s 10 districts including Achham, Doti, Dadeldhura, Kanchanpur, Bardia, Makwanpur, Sarlahi, Sunsari, Kavrepalanchowk, Saptari.
Brief description: The project aimed at strategically and effectively using media advocacy to raise awareness and prevent GBV. Multiple forms of media TV PSAs and Drama, public pledges on online news portals and newspaper, Live radio Talk shows and radio magazine through 46 radio stations and news report Through more than 200 community radio stations of Community Information Network (CIN), Radio PSAs, social media, hoarding board including website and publication of stories covered and addressed information needs and concerns of people on GBV crosscutting all age groups, geographical region, religion, social diversity and economic status. 

8. Name of the program: Conflict Mitigation through Media in Nepal Radio for Peace Building in Nepal (Sunau Bolau) Gaun Gaun Ma Singhadarbar 
Partnership organization Search for Common Ground (SFCG)
Duration: May 1, 2006- May 31, 2010
June 1, 2011- March 31, 2012
April 1, 2014-October 31, 2015
Coverage district/s "Naya Bato, Naya Paila"was nationwide. "Gaun Gaun Ma Singhadarbar" covered 50 districts with a radio partner each while six others broadcasted voluntarily. 
Brief description: The program aimed at addressing root causes of conflict and equipping listeners with conflict mitigation tools. It included capacity building of local radio, monitoring regular feedback through weekly program “Sunau Bolau”. Gaun Gaun Ma Singhadarbar involved producing and broadcasting 52-episodes of radio drama. The formative research, focus group discussions and listeners’ interactions of these programs were led by focal points appointed in the districts. 

9. Name of the program: Maile Je Bhoge
Partnership organization: Save the Children, October 
Duration: 2012- April 2013
Coverage district/s 20 districts 
Brief description Production of TV program "Maile Je Bhoge" on different issues related to children, including nutrition. Popular Comedian Haribamsa Acharya has played a different role as the host of the program.
[The link of the promo is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=_LVzPg2RV7I while all 8 episodes are available in AFN's You Tube Channel] 

10. Name of the program: Hamro Suraksha, Hamro Pahal
Partnership organization UNDP/AVRSCS 
Coverage district/s 30 districts
Brief description Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) has been implementing one year communication program initiative for the production and broadcasting of radio drama in Nepali, Tharu, Maithili, Awadi and Bhojpuri languages, TV spots and PSAs. The overall objective this media initiative is to raise awareness on the impact of conflict and violence on citizens and encourage positive social behavior, reduce violent behavior and reinforce positive role models and opportunities. 

11. Name of the program: Radio for Emergency Disaster Preparedness
Partnership organization UKAID/IFRC/British Red Cross 
Duration: August –November 2014
Coverage district/s NA
Brief description: Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) trained a core of Nepal Red Cross Society staff and volunteers enabling them to design, plan, present and produce engaging humanitarian radio content as well as identify audience, best format and radio station for Red Cross radio show 

12. Name of the program: Bikash Ko Bato (Phase 1)
Partnership organization Rural Access Programme-3
Coverage district/s: 8districts including Jumla, Achham, Mugu, Humla, Kalikot
Brief description: Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) is producing and broadcasting a weekly 30- minute radio magazine in RAP-3 project districts providing a platform for communication between communities, government, RAP3 another development program teams 

13. Name of the program: Enabling Civil Society to contribute to the democratic reform of justice and security sector in Nepal
Partnership organization International Alert, February 2009- July 2011
Coverage district/s Dhanusha, Siraha, Nawalparasi, Banke, Kanchanpur and Parsa 
Brief description: The main focus of the project was to enable Civil Society to contribute to the democratic reform of justice and security sector reform (JSSR) in Nepal through talk show, local production of radio magazine and reports, and PSAs 

14. Name of the program: Conflict and Peace Building Policing in Nepal
Partnership organizationThe Asia Foundation
Duration: February 1, 2006-Jan 31, 2007 August to November 2011
public security. This was achieved through live call in radio program where the general public was able to interact directly with police personnel and voice their concerns. 

15. Name of the program: Mai Sari Sunakhari, Hilkor 
Partnership organization Population Media Center (PMC) 
Duration: April 2016- ongoing
Coverage district/s: 32 districts mainly from Tarai and mid-west and far-west regions
Brief description: To produce and broadcast a weekly radio serial drama of 15-minute radio to raise awareness on issues of child marriage, gender based violence, nutrition, and gender issues. It has a total of 104 episodes of Maithili language drama (Hilkor) and 208 episode of Nepali drama 

16. Name of the program: Bikasko Bato
Partnership with organization RAP3/ DFID Phase II 
Duration: July 2016 – ongoing 
Coverage district/s: Doti, Dadeldhura, Accham, Bajura, Dailekh,Kalikot, Jumla, Humla and Mugu. 
Brief description: A radio program named "Bikash ko Bato (Road to Development), a weekly 30-minute radio programme is produced and broadcast with the aim of enhancing the public's advocacy skills and creating a conducive environment for interaction between the public and/among development stakeholder and for open discussion on issues including irregularities potentially taking place. It broadcast the program in RAP 3 districts through its district-based over 17 partner radio stations. The program recognises that in order for development interventions to be effective, the communities must feel their voices are heard, their concerns and issues are addressed and their interests met. In its first phase, a total of 52 episodes were aired. Program components includes development news, field reports, Interviews and discussion. The program includes the voices of locals along with government officials, political party leaders, and civil society organizations and explore possible solutions. 

17. Name of the program: Radio for Integrated Sustainability after Emergencies (RISE)
Partnership organization:OSF
Duration: July 2016 – ongoing 
Coverage district/s: Dolakha, Gorkha, Okhaldhunga, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchowk
Brief description: The project aims to develop 10 locl radio stations in 5 earthquake affected districts in terms of production capacity, institutional capacity, and fundraising capacity and to promote interactivity for audience feedback 

18. Name of the program Swasthako lagi Radio Bahas (Health4Life)
Partnership organization Health for Life (HFL)/USAID
July 2016– ongoing 
Coverage district/ 14 districts, including Banke, Salyan, Kapilvastu, Arghakhanchi, Jumla, Dang, Kalikot, Bardiya, Surkhet, Jajarkot, Rukum, Dailekh, Rolpa, Pyuthan
Brief description: Under the project, public dialogue was conducted in 14 districts with the aim of improving local health governance system. The dialogue was later broadcast through local partner radio stations. It created a platform for the public and relevant stakeholders to share their concerns and commitments for enhancing the quality of existing heath infrastructure and service delivery. 

19. Name of the program: Wo/Men Only
Partnership organization Free Press Unlimited
Duration: October 2016– ongoing 
Coverage district/s N/A 
Brief description: The project aims to produce a weekly television show to raise public awareness and positive behavioral change on gender roles and offer fellowships to print media journalists 

20. Name of the program: Media Monitoring on Safe Migration
Partnership organization SAMI/Helvetas Swiss Cooperation
November 2016 - ongoing 
Coverage district/s NA 
Project The aim of the project is to monitor migration related news from 10 daily newspapers, 2 weekly magazines and 10 online news portals 

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