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The 2010 FRI’s scriptwriting competition winner is…

Alice Bafiala Mutombo, an independent radio journalist from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. My congratulations!

She won first prize in an Africa-wide scriptwriting competition on healthy communities organized by FRI.

writing a radio script

After the selection of a long and interesting list of 68 proposals, here is the complete list of winners in alphabetical order by country is:

  • Kpénahi Traoré, Burkina Faso – Composting human waste is a healthy way to reduce disease and feed the soil
  • Alice Bafiala Mutombo, Democratic Republic of the Congo – A clean village for a healthy life
  • Gabriel Adukpo, Ghana – A family fights malnutrition with local leafy vegetables
  • Simon Mukali, Kenya – Talking to teens about unsafe sex
  • Charles Kemboi, Kenya – Empowerment saves youth from drug abuse
  • Lawrence Wakdet, Nigeria – Occupational and nutritional therapy for people living with HIV and AIDS
  • Oluwakemi Aduroja, Nigeria – Empowering communities with participatory community enumeration
  • Ugonma Cokey, Nigeria – Florence saves girls from human trafficking
  • Bonaventure N’Coué Mawuvi, Togo – Collecting plastic waste: Cleaning the city and generating income
  • Filius Chalo Jere, Zambia – AIDS support program gives positive people a new lease on life

More details on the FRI scritpwriting website.

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Ten tips to improve your presentations

Engaging people during a meeting is one of the most difficult tasks a professional can face.

meeting on rural radio

While listening to a recent presentation, I put together some suggestions:

  1. Content is fundamental BUT the way to present it is at least as important as content
  2. VARY THE WAY to present your content to the audience. Do NOT adopt common methods but use a different style. The surprise will “shake” the audience and attract the attention, provoking emotions: this is the reason why, NOWADAYS, my suggestion is NOT to use .ppt presentations. They have been abused and, as a consequence, not able to stimulate reactions any more as the audience is TOO used to them
  3. AVOID the term PRESENTATION: it is always better “to meet people”, “to dialogue with them”, “to discuss about a certain topic” rather than to PRESENT them something, giving a clear one-way direction to the meeting
  4. Your VOICE is fundamental. The TONE and the VOLUME are key elements to engage with people in front of you
  5. Use IMAGES and CARDS as they can help to provoke emotions and reactions in the people listening to your speech
  6. Start speech with the CORE of your message, to capture the attention of the audience, and THEN provide more details and explanation of specific aspects
  7. DO NOT SIT behind you laptop during the presentation. Stand up and walk around the room. You need to add dynamism to the situation. If you have ten people sitting around a table, standing there for 1 hour or more, they need continuous stimulation to maintain their attention vivid and to the point. Otherwise you will loose their attention
  8. KISS (Keep It Short and Simple) Principle has to be always in your mind. Even if you like to talk, try to be as short as possible and keep your talking to the point (be sure with previous assessment and questions about what the exact point is)
  9. PREPARE EVERYTHING WELL IN ADVANCE and be sure that everything works in front of the audience at the right time. Otherwise you will offer a bad idea since the beginning
  10. Make your audience LAUGH. It always works

Note: if you see people yawning or leaving the room in advance, it is a clear sign that you have to go quickly to either the point or the conclusion of the speech!


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KM4DEV 2010

The blog of the KM4DEV 2010 annual meeting has just been launched.

Follow the activities of the next gathering of KM4Devers in Cali, next May 2010.

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In order to register, please fill out the form that is available at: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SFQX7S3 before May 14.


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Peer assist = fear assist?

Are we too proud to ask for a peer assist of our job?

I have the doubt that we all have problems with other people’s commenting our ideas and proposals. That’s why, when I think about peer assist (one of the most common knowledge sharing techniques), I wonder why it is not always adopted when we produce something of a certain “value”. I mean: the methodology is very easy, the contribution can be very useful, the benefits are clear. Still, peer assist is used only in a minority of cases.

This post has been in my mind for long time and now the moment came to put it down on paper.

Behind this, is there the fear to be judged? Is there a certain worry to be compared to someone else’s idea and suddenly discover that our job is not so fundamental?

These are, as usual, open questions. If you have comments, please do not hesitate to post them so as the reflection and the therapy for our fears is yet to be found!


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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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4th AMARC Pan African Conference

I’m very happy to participate to the AMARC Africa’s 4th Pan African Conference!

At the Conference, AMARC will gather its members, community radio stakeholders and relevant partner organizations to discuss the challenges of community radio in Africa. In his invitation, Marcelo Solervicens, Secretary General of AMARC, is eager to stimulate further collaboration between the major partners.

In particular, the Conference will be an excellent opportunity to follow-up on the technical consultation workshop organized jointly in Rome last year on the theme of “Independent, Rural and Community Radios” being other partners like Dimitra and Farm Radio International also invited.

My presence is intended to strengthen relationships with Radio broadcasters and the AMARC representatives in Africa and also to explore concrete possibilities to establish new partnerships in the field of rural radios. During the Conference it will be possible to learn more about habits, attitudes and needs of radio broadcasters in terms of: content needed, communication flows among members, computer literacy and use of ICTs.

The information collected and the relationships created during the event will allow a deeper knowledge of the communication needs of the AMARC members and will help the knowledge sharing process among partners.

To know more, have a look at: