Northern Uganda: Ensuring rural farmers have a say in Covid-19 response

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  Radio Apac reporter Deni Okelo (middle) receives a donation to help the radio station operate during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Radio Apac   WACC is surveying its community media partners on their response to COVID-19 and their needs to help keep the communities they serve informed and safe. Community media need your help! Please donate to the Community Media Rapid… Read more »

Uganda: Women’s radio gets creative in sharing Covid-19 information

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  The neighbourhood of Kikondi, Uganda during the lockdown imposed by the government to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. Photo: Ndahiro Derrick/Wikimedia Commons  Mama FM, a women-focused radio station serving the underprivileged in Uganda, has changed its programming to focus on the Covid-19 pandemic.  It has developed creative ways of delivering information about the contagious disease: a comedy skit, short spot messages, and a Q and… Read more »

WACC endorses UN body’s call for human rights-centered Covid-19 response

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    Multi-faceted responses to the pandemic must include the promotion of gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and the fight against all forms of gender-based violence, says the UN Interagency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development. Photo: Pisauikan/Unsplash      The United Nations Interagency Task Force on Religion and Sustainable Development (IATF), with the endorsement of… Read more »

Bangladesh: Community radio brings life-saving Covid-19 information to rural communities

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  Broadcasters from the Community Rural Radio Krishi Radio 98.8, a member of the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC),  bring awareness of the Covid-19 pandemic to far-flung rural communities. Photo: BNNRC    WACC is surveying its community media partners on their response to COVID-19 and their needs to help keep the communities they serve informed and safe. Community media… Read more »

Communication Saves Lives: WACC Rapid Response Fund for Community Media

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  In times of crisis, information saves lives.  In the response to Covid-19, we see how vital it is to get accurate and trusted messages to people so that they know what they need to do and where they can get help when they need it.   For many communities however, particularly the most marginalized and vulnerable, such as Indigenous communities, refugees,… Read more »

Syrian refugees vulnerable in Covid-19 pandemic

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Elham Amwar gets help from his children Rema and Ayman as they carry water back to their family’s shelter in the Zaatari refugee camp near Mafraq, Jordan. ACT Alliance member agencies provide a variety of services to refugees living in the camp. Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance   Amidst the coronavirus crisis, a community radio station supported by WACC Global in Amman, Jordan, is making sure that the plight of Syrians living in refugee… Read more »

Rights-based action in a time of Covid-19

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 Communication saves lives, strengthens solidarity    Community and communication in times of isolation For our common good, we need to use and promote technologies to unite people and communities who are divided by adversity. Digital First Responders The Center for Community Media investigates how innovative news outlets are meeting the needs of immigrant communities. UNESCO to support media in developing… Read more »

Communication in local languages vital in crisis situations

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By  on April 07, 2020   Tropical Cyclone Harold rapidly intensifying between the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu April 3, 2020. Image: National Hurricane Center/Wikimedia Commons  As Pacific Island Governments work on a coordinated regional response to Covid-19, Tropical Cyclone Harold, which has already hit the Solomon Islands and bears down at category 5 level on Vanuatu, the region faces a stark reminder… Read more »

Indigenous community radio addresses critical gap in Covid-19 information

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 Grassroots organization CONFENIAE translated  COVID-19 information and regulations released by the Ecuadorian government into the languages of various Amazonian cultures to help inform and protect Indigenous communities. Photo: CONFENIAE WACC Global’s grassroots partners in Ecuador and Nepal are actively responding to the Covid-19 pandemic by bringing crucial information about the infectious disease in languages that their local Indigenous communities speak and understand.   #WasipiSakiri (#StayatHome) is a hashtag… Read more »