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WSIS Prize winner BNNRC

Community Media in Bangladesh

Pioneering, Connecting & Empowering voices for Change [Strengthening Community Radio in Bangladesh to fight poverty and promote development.] Overall objective of the Project : to strengthen the capacity of community radios in Bangladesh as sources of information on important issues affecting the lives of marginalized groups and as platforms to…

Project Supported by:
EU-Community Media Bangladesh
Project Implemented by:
Free Press - Community Media bd BNNRC - Community Media Bangladesh
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To produce quality content (program) on issues of development and poverty reduction: women rights, health


To do advocacy and raise awareness on the importance of community radio for inclusion of weak and marginalized groups.


To facilitate dialogue between communities and local and national governments.


To raise awareness and promote active use of the Right to Information Act as a tool to expose wrongdoing and fight corruption.

Latest Events

Training Workshop to become Peer Reviewer on Community Radio Continuous Improvement Toolkit (CR –CIT) started in Dhaka

  • Date: 11 May 2016. Venue: YWCA (1 st Floor), Mohammadpur. Dhaka.
    For building capacity of Community Radio Broadcasters in self-assessment process by using the ‘Community Radio Continuous Improvement Toolkit [CR CIT -version- 2.0’ ] a three day long training-workshop is being started from 11 May, 2016 at YWCA Meeting Room in Dhaka. This program will be continued till 13 May, 2016 including a field visit of a radio station (Community Radio Bikrampur). The workshop is being facilitated by Prof. Vinod Pavarala, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Dr. Kanchan K. Malik, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Faculty Fellow, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, University of Hyderabad and Dr. Vasuki Belavadi, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Faculty Fellow, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, University of Hyderabad while Syed Kamrul Hasan, Coordinator, Knowledge Management of BNNRC served as co-facilitator of the workshop. It can be mentioned that these (3) facilitators have developed and introduced the toolkit in India. Later BNNRC has made the Bangla version and customized it on the context of Bangladeshi situation so that the toolkit would be used and practiced by the community radio practitioners of Bangladesh.

Latest News

UNICEF Meena Media Award 2016: Five Community Radio Stations take a bow for Championing Child Right

WSIS Prize 2016 Community Radio received 7 out of 12 prizes in Radio Category of UNICEF Meena Media Award 2016. Five Community radio stations in rural Bangladesh received 7 awards in radio category in Meena Media Award-2016 for their.....

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Community Radio Chillmari and Community Radio Borendro won the ABU Prizes 2016

WSIS Prize 2016 Community Radio Chillmari 99.2 and Community Radio Borendro 99.2 of Northern part of Bangladesh won the prestigious Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) Prizes 2016 in three categories of radio .....

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Community Radio mainstreaming the marginalised, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP

WSIS Prize 2016 Infromation Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, today said community radio could play significant role to continue the trend of government’s development and ensure health, education, agriculture and free .....

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Community Radio Stations in Coastal Bangladesh in addressing Cyclone ROANU in Disaster Risk Reduction

WSIS Prize 2016 As part of addressing the risk of Cyclone ROANU, eight community radio (CR) stations in the coastal region of Bangladesh broadcast 348 hours program hours for 3 days continuously from May 21, 2016.....

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What Communities are Saying

fellow of Community Radio Padma

The same people I once thought were aggressive, dirty and mean, I now know after working with cleaners and char-dwellers that you should never judge anyone from a distance.

fellow of Community Radio Mohanonda

I think there's proper environment for women to work in the media. All they need is courage and the right mentality. I think every women should be aware and self-dependent.

fellow of Community Radio Chilmari

Speaking on her first day's experience Jany says, It felt very different. I was scared, but everyone at the radio was encouraging me. But from my first day till today, I have hed no bad experience.

fellow of Community Radio Jhenuk

Our community is small, everyone knows everyone, so if a girl is assaulted, I cannot bring it up even concealing her identity, in fear of her social position being marred. It really bothers me.

fellow of Community Radio Borendro

When I'd come home late after joining the radio, my neighbors passed comments. It saddened me. But now neglected, oppressed and repressed women are. And I have also learned that women have to be educated and aware of their rights.

fellow of Community Radio Borendro

Anyone can go the distance based on their ability; being a woman is no obstacle

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