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The FM Revolution in Niger : Radio's Impact on Capacity Development

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World Bank, Washington, DC
Africa | Niger
2012-08-13T08:56:56Z | 2012-08-13T08:56:56Z | 2007-10

In Niger, where only a fifth of the population is literate and poverty is rife, radio has taken on an extraordinarily important role in the lives of its citizens. Radio programs are not only the means through which people entertain themselves and get the daily news, they are also playing a proxy role for the health clinics, schools, social support networks, and continuing education needed for economic progress. Women debate their role in society; citizens call in to complain about poor local services; radio reporters, microphones in hand, chase down politicians and demand answers on the air. Although Niger has a long way to go in creating a viable and free media market, radio has nevertheless flourished in a remarkable way in this landlocked francophone country of 13 million and given people a taste of democracy. Providing the citizens of Niger with perspectives from around the world, radio is a major instrument in the process of capacity development in the country.

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