In 2017 Policy Forum intends to use community radio stations to inform and raise awareness of the targeted community on issues related to extractive industry, gender, social development goals, accountability and policies related to public resources.
Four community radio stations located in Lindi, Mtwara, Iringa and Kahama have been employed to broadcast PF’s agenda through their programmes. The stations are Mashujaa FM (Lindi), Safari FM (Mtwara), Ebony FM (Iringa) and Kahama FM (Kahama). The radio programmes will commence from the mid-April to November 2017.
Prior to the commencement of the programmes, two radio presenters from each radio station attended a two day training in Dar es Salaam which highlighted about PF’s areas of advocacy and contents of the programmes.
Overall objectives of the radio programmes are to equip the targeted community with information and knowledge on the investment of extractive industry and how it can impact development of the community. Relevance and importance of openness in the extractive contracts, gender, oil and gas policy, local content, laws and regulatory framework will be emphasized in the programmes.
The programmes will be tailored to raise awareness, increase understanding and emphasize importance of shared obligation in governance and accountable use of public resources.
The community will participate in the programmes by contributing in the discussion through phone calls, short text messages and interviews. Later on they will also be involved in the evaluation of the radio programs.