In a move to address the needs of communities, boost access to information and mobilize communities, National Association of Professional Environmentalists (NAPE) has mobilized community radios in Uganda to form a forum.
The forum will help community radios meet and share ideas together on how to improve on their roles of serving communities and how to overcome the challenges they face; according to Mr. Allan Kalangi, the NAPE Programs Officer in charge of the Community Green Radio.
Mr. Adolf Mbaine of Makerere University said Community radio are channels that citizens use to obtain and share information and also participate in public life especially in times of media commercialization which makes it expensive for local citizens.
This was during a consultative meeting for community radios on the formation of the forum that was held at Muzabibu Hotel in Mbarara on 13th November 2017.
He said despite this great role, the sustainability of community radio has been a challenge due to lack of enough funds especially when donors pull out which leads them to accept temptation from business community hence turning into commercial radios.
Kalangi said that if formed, the forum will work towards ensuring sustainability of Community radios by reflecting on the challenges and find solutions together and also joiningefforts to fundraise.
The NAPE Executive Director, Mr. Frank Muramuzi called upon community radios to use strategic radio approaches that will the direct communities towards helping themselves by taking actions that change their lives.
He said NAPE is devoted to ensuring that a forum is formed to help community radios get together.
The radios that had preventives at the workshop were, Freedom Radio in Kabale, Kagadi-Kibaale Community Radio, Radio Ruhiira in Isingiro district, Radio West in Mbarara District and BFM in Bushenyi District.
Compiled by Precious Naturinda