We use radio to amplify youth voices across Africa, giving them the skills and tools to speak about their lives
Young reporters Wily, 16 years old and Ines, 17 years old, meet with parents in the streets of Abidjan to discuss behavior of adolescents at home, for the weekly radio show. Our Ivory Coast youth reporters broadcast a weekly show from 10 different community radio stations across the country.
We are proud to announce that one of our project partners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Jeunialissime, an LGBTI youth advocacy group based in Kinshasa, have recently won second prize in the NOW-Us! Awards at the Partos Innovation Festival in Amsterdam.
The NOW-Us! Awards recognize projects that support thus far unheard voices to express their views and demand their right to be heard and included. Three initiatives that work to empower marginalized groups were selected and awarded cash prizes.
We partner with Jeunialissime to implement the LGBTI Youth Radio Initiative, which develops the communication capacity of LGBTI activists and human rights groups in Kinshasa. The programs advance LGBTI rights, erode stigma, and improve access to health services. Read here to find out the context of this radio initiative, and the impact that it can have in the DRC LGBTI community.
You can read more about their work in this recent...
World Sight Day is commemorated each year on October 11th. This year our Zambian partners Agents of Change Foundation participated in a special event in Mulfira in the Copperbelt Province, raising awareness about eye health and promoting eye checkups.
The theme for the event was ‘Eye Care Everywhere’. In partnership with DFID Zambia and The Zambian Ministry of Health, and with support from Orbis Africa, our youth reporters conduct a radio listening survey, and reported on the event. The youth reporters broadcast live from Mufulira town on Radio Ichengelo 88.9 and 102.9 mhz, and have been actively promoting eye health in their regular radio shows.
Great work Agents Of Change Foundation team!
Recently we welcomed 50 young reporters from across South Africa to Cape Town for the 2018 Youth Radio Awards! This 5th annual event celebrates the youth we work with, for the community stories around various social issues that they have captured, and shared with their listeners.
The Awards ceremony took place on October 5th, at the Alliance Francaise in Cape Town, and this year we saw some new faces as youth reporter coming from Emalahleni FM in Mpumalanga, Umgungudlovu FM in KwaZulu-Natal, and a health-focused youth reporting group from Qwaqwa Radio.
The Youth Radio Awards ceremony celebrates the exceptional radio craft of these young broadcasters. They are awarded for their ability to tell focussed, creative, powerful stories that reflect the lives of young people and their community. This year we received over 100 submissions which were independently judged by a professional panel. These are the winners for 2018:
Universal Access to Information Day is celebrated by UNESCO each year on September 28th. We acknowledge this day, as we believe that youth have the right to know the facts, services, and stories that build more peaceful and open societies.
The International Day for Universal Access to Information aims to raise awareness of how media and universal access to information are important aspects of ensuring sustainable development. Access to information brings people together, encourages us to ask questions, and allows us to make informed decisions about our futures. Radio remains one of the most powerful media tools to get vital information to the public. We appreciate the 727 youth reporters across 79 radio station projects in Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ivory Coast who share information, generate dialogue, and inspire action in and beyond their communities!