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• South Africa: Giving Community a Voice at Radio Zibonele




Community radio sustainability project


Financial sustainability presents the greatest challenge to the success of independent radio stations operating in developing countries and is inextricably linked to a news outlet’s ability to preserve its editorial freedom. In developing countries there is a critical need for gathering and sharing information about the small steps media can take to build their capacity for sustainability.

Through a grant from the Open Society Institute Network Media Program, Developing Radio Partners researched and produced guides on local radio management and sustainability.

This guide may be downloaded below. If you are unable to download this document, please contact Developing Radio Partners for a CD version of this guide.

Guidebook to Sustainability:
High Resolution (9 MB)
Low Resolution (3 MB)


Helpful Links


Radio and Public Deliberation by Brett Davidson, written when he was a Fanning Fellow at the Kettering Foundation. He draws upon experiences in both South Africa and the U.S. radio. He is now the Sr. Program Officer at the OSI Health media Initiative in New York.

Community Radio Handbook, published by UNESCO.

Communication Initiative Network provides an excellent online newsletter on development communication issues The Drum Beat.

AMARC is an international organization that supports and contributes “to the development of community and participatory radio and the principals of solidarity and international cooperation,” with 3,000 members in 110 countries.

Communication for Social Change Consortium seeks to increase the capacity of communication specialists, development workers, aid agencies, nonprofit organizations and communities to use communication for social change concepts in order to improve the lives of those who have been long excluded. They offer an online report, Mazi, (‘together’), “on trends and issues in communications for social change.”

The World Bank sees community radio as important to community-directed development and poverty reduction. Learn more about this by typing in ‘community radio initiative’ in the search box in the upper right hand corner of their website. Broadcasting, Voice, and Accountability, written by Steve Buckley, Kreszentia Duer and others was published by the World Bank.

International Center for Journalists is dedicated to improving the quality of journalism worldwide, especially in new democracies. ICFJ administers the Knight International Press Fellowships and ICFJ operates ijnet, the best source of information about journalism training programs worldwide:

Independent Journalism Foundation supports professional journalism training in Romania and Hungary. IJF has special programs for Roma journalists.

Pact is a networked global organization that builds the capacity of local leaders and organizations to meet pressing social needs in dozens of countries around the world. “Our work is firmly rooted in the belief that local communities must be the driving force in ending poverty and injustice.” Pact created the Impact Alliance, the first global capacity building network where you can learn the know-how of experiences from leading development organizations.

American Public Media produces over 20 national public radio programs and APM producer, Minnesota Public Radio, has hosted visiting radio broadcasters from overseas.