AFN organizes knowledge sharing workshop for media managers


Kathmandu, Jan 9- Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) organized a two-day knowledge sharing and learning workshop for its 10 partner FM radio stations, from January 7 to 8 at Dhulikhel in Kavere. The workshop was held as part of activities under the Radio for Integrated Sustainability after Emergencies (RISE) project in which AFN has been partnering with 10 FM radio stations of seven earthquake-affected districts namely, Gorkha, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk, Dolakha, Okhaldhunga, Kavre and Ramechhap.

The  event was  organize with a view to  sharing knowledge and skills gained from capacity building training on resource mobilization, fundraising and financial sustainability and program production, earlier provided by AFN to the radio stations. The workshop had 18 participants that included station managers and board representatives of those radio stations. Three of the participants are females.  

The RISE project, which is funded by Open Society Foundation (OSF), is an initiative to reach out to radio stations in the earthquake-affected districts and support them in enhancing their capacity on program production, institutional development, fundraising and promoting audience interactivity.  

The workshop was co-facilitated by community radio expert Mr. Bhumi Chapagain, and three guest speakers who are prominent personalities in radio management. They included Ms. Amita Kunwar, Station Manager, Dinesh FM; Mr. Chandra Neupane, Station Manager, Saptakoshi FM; and Mr. Tula Adhikari, Station Manager, Radio Krishnasar FM.

The RISE project aims to guide the local community radio stations in the districts for their long-term sustainability and raise public awareness by easing local people's access to news and information. The role of the community radio stations has remained crucial in serving communities during and after the devastating 2015 earthquake. AFN has been supporting these radio stations for them to be more accountable to deliver quality radio programs and for their sustainability in the long run. 

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