WINDHOEK: The Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Namibia and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) in Africa will host a regional workshop aimed at strengthening community radio networks from tomorrow.
The workshop, to be held under the theme ‘Knowledge-Sharing to Strengthen the Namibian Community Radio Network’, will commence in the capital on Tuesday and end on Thursday.
MISA Namibia Acting National Director Ngamane Karuaihe-Upi explained in a media statement here on Monday that the workshop seeks to engage established community radio houses in Namibia in order to reflect on existing good practices in Africa and elsewhere.
He added that the re-establishment of the Namibia Community Radio Network (NCRN) is essential to facilitate knowledge-sharing and exchanges on institutional structures and systems between all Namibian stakeholders so as to provide the NCRN with the tools to function as a self-sustaining organisation.
The NCRN was launched in 2003 with the mandate to promote the sector by advocating for appropriate policies and regulations for the sector, but has remained ineffective ever since.
“The workshop will thus explore such concepts and issues as the vision and mission of community broadcasting in Namibia, community participation and the challenges related to the production of relevant and good quality programmes,” Karuaihe-Upi noted.
Participants will include seven Namibian community radio stations, MISA Namibia, the Communications’ Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) and other relevant stakeholders.
Attendants will also include delegates from national community radio networks of the southern African region, including the National Community Radio Forum of South Africa (NCRF) and the Community Radio Forum of Mozambique (FORCOM).
AMARC Africa is the regional branch of AMARC, which advocates for the right to communication and freedom of expression for the poorest and most marginalised in Africa, while promoting sustainable development and good governance.