Issue November 2013


Call for applications from Africa, Asia and Latin America
Cardinal Foley Scholarships for Communication Studies

Thanks to a scholarship granted by the Cardinal Foley Fund, three students from Burundi, India and Uganda were able to begin their communication studies in October 2013. This fund was initiated in 2012, by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (PCSC), missio Aachen, the Catholic Communication Campaign of the USCCB and CAMECO. Main objectives are to develop local capacity for providing proper formation for future Church communicators, and to broaden the base of qualified priests, religious and lay people capable of further developing the communication ministry of the local Churches.

This second call invites applications from Africa, Asia and Latin America to be submitted before 1st March 2014. The fund supports graduate and postgraduate studies in (pastoral) communications - both in the southern continents and Europe/North America. Find here the guidelines, the application form and the budget form. (df)

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Assessing organisational performance and impact
Evaluation of Radio Pacis in Northern Uganda

At the request of Dreikönigsaktion, Kindermissionswerk, missio Aachen and missio Munich, CAMECO implemented and supervised an evaluation and technical assessment of the Arua Diocese Media Centre/Radio Pacis in Northern Uganda. The technical assessment was carried out by two engineers from Broadcasting Center Europe (BCE) Luxembourg, at Radio Pacis sites in Arua and Gulu.

The evaluation team emphasised the high degree of organisational performance at the Arua Media Centre, and stressed that the technical infrastructure (PV solar production, UPS and generator sets) usually adequately meets the energy demands of the organisation.

However, further attention should be paid to a strategic plan/orientation roadmap, setting out goals, priorities and tactics for now and the future, motivational strategies for various groups of volunteers, and the financial, institutional and social sustainability of the Media Centre. Read the full text... (ps)

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Results of Stem van Afrika’s second Call for Proposals
Seven community radio projects in Africa receive support

Following the second Call for Proposals, launched in August 2012, the board of Stem van Afrika reached final decisions in May/November 2013, and approved seven projects for funding. One project each is from Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Kenya, Tanzania and Togo, and two requests are from Uganda.

In terms of content, three projects refer to health issues, such as improving mother and child nutrition in Burkina Faso, reducing diahorrea prevalence amongst children under the age of five in Kenya, or skills-building on sexual and reproductive health issues in Uganda. Three projects refer to environmental issues, such as activities against environmental degradation in Togo, Uganda and Cameroun, and one project addresses stimulation of local entrepreneurship, such as the enhancement of cross-border trade, in Western Tanzania.

Regardless of the different thematic emphases, the selected projects are characterised, among other aspects, by the fact that they use a variety of different radio formats, and combine radio productions or campaigns with other media and accompanying social actions, in order to achieve social changes/improve livelihood conditions, and/or network and cooperate with other local radio stations, relevant NGOs, local stakeholders, etc.

This second Call for Proposals launched by the Dutch foundation Stem van Afrika was prepared and implemented in close collaboration with CAMECO and covers a three-year funding period 2013-2015. The Call was open for applicants reinforcing the community radio landscape in Africa, focusing in particular on at least one of the following three themes: Stimulating local entrepreneurship, environmental protection and/or health.

A total of 149 Concept Notes were received, and thirty-one shortlisted coming from Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, D.R Congo, Gambia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Senegal, South Sudan, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda. Finally, sixteen partners were invited to present a full application.

Regarding the overall preparatory and screening process, CAMECO continues to be actively involved in all further proceedings connected with the SvA Call for Proposals. During the whole funding period, CAMECO monitors project implementation and respective reporting. (ps)

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Strategic planning workshops in Croatia and Belarus
Family TV and coordination of Church communication

At the request of partners, two strategic planning workshops were organised in Croatia and Belarus.

In Zagreb, a workshop focused on the establishment of a Catholic TV channel. During three days of intensive work, and consecutive meetings, key parameters of contents, programming and financing were discussed. The future TV channel will have a clear family orientation, perceiving itself as an advocate for young families in the newest member country of the European Union. CAMECO was asked to offer advice during the ongoing implementation process.

First tentative results could be seen following the workshop organised on behalf of Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz with heads of Catholic media and information offices in Belarus. During the three-day meeting in Minsk, the current situation was critically analysed and first steps of a participatory strategic planning process were initiated. Archbishop Kondrusiewicz, responsible for social communication in the Bishops' Conference, was among the sixteen participants representing all dioceses. Most Catholic print outlets and web based information services are highly dependent on foreign funding. Cooperation or coordination between the various initiatives is almost non-existent. Still open for discussion among key stakeholders is a first concept paper, proposing a new structure to coordinate, stimulate, and harmonise existing and future social communication initiatives of the church, and to develop future perspectives. (asj)

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Supporting Catholic radio stations in Kenya, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso
Establishment of national radio networks

During 2013, CAMECO's Africa desk has been greatly involved with projects and applications related to the establishment of national networks of Catholic radio stations in Kenya, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, by many means: on-the spot visits, email dialogues, skype discussions, consultations, etc.

During August and December 2012, the Catholic Church in Kenya acquired frequencies to establish radio stations in ten locations. If the network can be set up in time to adhere to the deadline imposed by the Communications Commission of Kenya, this network will serve eleven dioceses in the country and will reach 85 % of the Kenyan population. Thanks to a fair arrangement with a Kenyan company, transmission of the signal will be via satellite. Read more about KCCB Radio Network.

The government in Ivory Coast allocated a national licence to the main religious groups, including the Catholic Church, in 1999. Two years later, "La Voix de l'Evangile" was launched as the starting point of the Radio Nationale Catholique. Implementation of the project was stagnant for several years due to political and military disturbances. Since 2012, diocesan stations have gradually opened in five locations. The mother station RNC supplied the signal to the relay stations via Internet streaming. And it works, thanks to the quality and reliability of the Internet infrastructure in the country, and also to the amazing creativity and professional talents of the technical team.

In Burkina Faso, national networks are not legally permitted. Therefore, the "Association des Radios Catholiques du Burkina", bringing together fourteen radio stations covering a large part of the national territory, plans to create an on-line bank of programmes for sharing radio programmes among the various stations.

For all these projects, CAMECO's Africa Desk has been approached by local partners and/or funding organisations to accompany the whole process: looking for concrete ways to establish collaboration and partnership between the various stakeholders; discussing all ownership and organisational issues; studying technical aspects, sometimes in collaboration with external experts; and finally examining the sustainability of the project. (ph)

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CAMECO Practice Series
Editions available and new title in preparation

The CAMECO Practice Series provides practice-oriented materials to support partners in their communication activities.

"Managing Your Reputation. A Guide to Crisis Management for Church Communicators", by Jim McDonnell (46 pages, 2010) is now also available in French: "Gérez votre reputation - Guide pour la gestion de crise à destination des communicateurs chrétiens". Chinese (Mandarin) and Spanish versions of this book are in preparation.

Michael Bycroft's "Energy for Radio. A Guide for Practitioners", (243 pages, 2010) has also been published in French: "De l'Energie pour les radios. Un Guide pratique" (2011).

In the coming months, a book on audience research for community and local radio stations, based on experiences in francophone Africa, will be published under the title: "Le Public! Quel(s) Public(s)?

All editions of the CAMECO Practices Series can be downloaded free of charge. (ph)

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TOP Five Publications

This section features remarkable new titles in the CAMECO library.

The library catalogue and a complete list of new acquisitions are available at CAMECO Resource Centre

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James Deane: Fragile states: the role of media and communication. London: BBC Media Action, 2013, 27 p.

Examines how current media trends are affecting state and societal fragility, both positively and negatively, and argues that the role of a free and plural media should be prioritised rather than marginalised in fragile states' policy. The paper provides case studies on the role and impact of the media in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kenya and Somalia, examines some of the main academic and policy debates that have characterised discussion around media and fragile states, and also considers the role of public service broadcasting in fragile states. According to the executive summary "support to the media in fragile states designed to minimise the risk of division and maximise the opportunities for dialogue should feature more prominently in assistance to such states."

http:/ / mediaaction/ policybriefing/ fragile_states_policy_briefing.pdf

Zahir Koradia: Web radio: a manual for streaming audio on the web. New Delhi: Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), 2013, x + 60 p.

A basic manual for audio streaming and establishing a web radio station. Web radio is an increasingly popular, low-cost option for community radio. The manual outlines how web radio works, explaining the components involved and the roles they play, and giving details about the requirements for setting up a web radio station, software options, and cost implications. Chapter 5 introduces an emerging technology called mobile radio that allows a station to operate radio over mobile phone calls. The final sections provide references to open source software tools and other resources.

http:/ / ckfinder/ userfiles/ files/ Web Radio_inside_Final.pdf

Franz Krüger, Romanus Monji, Mike Smurthwaite: The healthy community radio station. Wits Radio Academy; Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), 2013, 72 p.

A diagnostic tool for a "health check" or assessment of the sustainability of community radio stations. The check includes five areas: mission and governance of a community radio station; management and staffing; infrastructure and finances; programming; and community involvement. Core aspects of these five areas are succinctly described in the first part of "The healthy community radio station". The second part provides checklists of ten factual questions (which require a simple yes/no answer) and two qualitative questions for each of the five sectors, and proposes combining the "checklist scores" and "judgement scores" to get an overall picture of the "health" of a given radio station. Also included are guidelines for focus group discussions. This publication is highly recommended, both because of its convincing concept of five "pillars" of community radio sustainability, and its practical approach.

http:/ / sites/ default/ files/ healthy_radio_station_final_for_print.pdf

Yumna Martin, Clémence Petit Perrot, Mike Rahfaldt: Linking generations through radio: a toolkit from Africa for radio producers working with children and youth. Paris: UNESCO, 2013, 62 p.

Toolkit offering radios in Africa and beyond proposals for participatory programming approaches to engage young people's presence in broadcasting. The publication is divided into four parts that guide the reader through a step-by-step process clarifying linkages between conceptualising and planning radio programmes with and for young people. It provides inclusive examples to allow free exchange of ideas between girls and boys, and increase awareness of radio producers and managers about ethical and legal requirements, particularly when working with minors. Four levels of involvement are distinguished: "radio for youth", "radio with youth", "radio by youth" and "reaching out to youth".

Sam Tennyson: Speak safe: media workers’ toolkit for safer online and mobile practices. Washington, DC; Arcata, CA: Internews, 2012, 56 p.

Introduces reporters, journalists and bloggers to simple yet effective practices for maintaining control of important information and communications. Thirteen short chapters, of two to four pages each, provide basic knowledge about issues such as safe emailing, surfing, Wi-Fi, data deletion, the risks of sharing data online, or mobile phone safety. Several online resources are introduced, where additional information, tutorials and software can be found. However, a further online resource may be consulted for more detailed information on strategies and tools around digital security, "Security in a Box", from the Tactical Technology Collective. Spanish-language speakers may use "Manual de seguridad digital y móvil para periodistas y blogueros" by Jorge Luis Sierra.

http:/ / research-publications/ speaksafe-media-workers-toolkit-safer-online-and- mobile-practices