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AMARC Asia Pacific Conference – Conclusions

AMARC Asia Pacific Regional Conference is now closed.

After the interventions during Day 3 dedicated to fundamental issues like “Gender equality and empowerment through Community radio” and radio to give voices to diversity, AMARC AP and partner organizations met in the afternoon to discuss about the future and in particular the preparation for AMARC 10, the next AMARC World Conference that will take place in La Plata in Argentina, next November 2010.

It was an interesting meeting with a important round of table composed by FAO, UNICEF India and Bangladesh, UNDP, UNCRD, and Open Society to discuss how to proceed, how to bring relevant proposals to the World Conference, how to work for a smoother implementation of Community Radio in Asia Pacific in the next future.

Now it is time for AMARC AP, after the initial quadrennium dedicated to consolidate the movement in the region, to set up activities in support of the main topics of international development such as food security, climate change, national legislation, gender issues, human rights, knowledge management and capacity building.

Last day was dedicated to the election of the new Board that will be in charge for the next four years:

  • Ashish Sen from India was confirmed President of AMARC Asia Pacific,
  • Bianca Miglioretto from Philippines will be again Coordinator for WIN – Women’s International Network, and
  • Shane Elson, from Australia as Treasurer,
  • Maica Lagman, Philippines as deputy president,
  • Raghu Mainali, Nepal as vice-president for South Asia, and
  • Imam Prakoso, Indonesia as vice-president for South East Asia.

Some members of the new Regional Board

The board has now to front the occasion to follow the growth of the CRs movement in the region, provide support to those countries that still do not have a national legislation or have some problems (like Bangladesh, Thailand, India) and support the spreading of better and more relevant information in the region.

As final act of the Conference, the Assembly adopted the Bangalore Declaration.

Check the list of participants and the documentation on the Conference.

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Socialmedia and the Iranian Election

I found this very interesting article on how socialmedia are supporting the events and the information sharing process during the events which followed the Iran Elections.

I really think it’s worth reading it to have an idea of how information, people and Internet go together today.

UPDATE: more from the same source: a social media timeline on Iranian Elections.


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Indian election are going on under constant monitoring

As previously reported the Ushahidi engine is being used to monitor the Indian elections. Here is the situation as of today.

Vote in India

I find very interesting having such a mix of content available on the site!


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2009 AMARC Pan African Conference: the results

The results of the election of 4th AMARC Pan African Conference held in Abidjan the 27-30th April 2009.

The new Board of Directors is composed by (from left to the right):

  • Benilde Nhalevilo: Women Representative from Eastern and Southern Africa (FORCOM) Mozambique
  • Kofy Larweh: Training officer, (GCRN) Ghana
  • Zara Yacoub: Institutional development, (DJA FM) Tchad
  • Franklin Huizies: Vice-president from Eastern and Southern Africa (NCRF) South Africa
  • Karamoko Bamba: Treasurer, (URPCI) Côte d’ivoire
  • Oumar Seck Ndiaye: President and vice president for west and central Africa, (URAC) Sénégal
  • Haby Diallo: Women representative from west and central Africa, (Radio Bélékan), Mali
  • Jimmy Okello: ICT officer, (Radio APAC), Uganda

To all of them my sincere compliments and best wishes for their future activities.

Read the AMARC’s Abidjan Declaration in English or French and listen to the declarations and speeches during the Conference.