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Case study: Pamoja Radio

Case study: Pamoja Radio
This week we’ve been talking about community media.   I’m at Pamoja FM in Nairobi, Kenya  a community-based radio station.
I like going around find out what is happening  in the community before going to the studio.
[RADIO BROADCAST] My names Philip Muhatia and I work with   Pamoja as a programs manager but at the same time  I’m also a radio presenter doing the breakfast   show. Remember Kibera is a cosmopolitan place  where all tribes in the world are represented.   Pamoja means togetherness so our main mission is  to bring them together. We speak a lot a lot about   current affairs about we are tackling issues like  sanitation issues like corruption good governance   you know in general.
Our main mission actually  is just to give that platform our main objective   is to give the platform to the people because  initially we did not have any radio station that   would actually tackle their own issues so will  give that platform for them to air their own uh   issues in the community and that is when initially  you would hear just rumors erupting in one corner   of Kibera and then there is a conflict so there  was that sense of giving them a platform where   they can give their voices if there is an issue  to be actually tackled before it gets worse.

Perhaps the most widespread and well-known form of community media is community radio.

Pamoja FM is a good example of a community radio station.Based in Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya – it aims to bring people together, provide useful information, highlight important social issues and provide a voice for local people. It describes itself as,

‘An instrument of peace and a medium of community development. Pamoja FM – the voice of Kibera – is a community radio station formed in 2007 to empower youth of Kibera and its environs through education, information and entertainment. Radio is the main and sometimes the only source of information for people living in informal settlements as they have limited access to TV or newspapers due to illiteracy, poverty or both’.

Watch the video above to find out more about this example of community radio.

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