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Establishment of Umoji Community Radio

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US$20 000.00

While Mozambique as a whole has a fairly developed media sector, the Manda Wilderness area faces limitations to media coverage. Journalism as a profession does not exist in the area. There are no daily newspapers; no Mozambican Internet or mobile network coverage (only expensive Malawi services); and no media tools to share relevant information (e.g. on health, education and agriculture). As a result, the Manda Wilderness communities have no voice on issues of concern to them.
Training community individuals to cover issues and spread freedom of speech would therefore be a great step towards development. The Umoji association proposes to do just this. It plans to set up Umoji Community Radio, a community station serving the 20,000 people who live in 16 communities in the Manda Wilderness. The radio station, which has full support from the Mozambican government, will run autonomously and be editorially independent from Umoji. It will broadcast locally produced programmes aimed at promoting health, human rights, democracy and good governance and will enable the Wilderness communities to spread daily news about issues regarding community development. In addition, Umoji Radio will send local youth to the nearest community radio in Metangula for journalism training. 

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Umoji Peasants Association
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The project is the initiative of Umoji association. Umoji is a peasants association, registered in the Provincial Government of Niassa, Mozambique. The main mission of Umoji is, in an organized and formal manner, to call for the participation of all genders, age groups, independent of religious and political beliefs. As the association has been operating for several years, it has an excellent record of operation with continuous participation of all in the day to day and long term plans of the communities. A group of inhabitants totaling 20,000 people, from 16 different villages, has for more than five years been meeting and finally in 2009 constituted a legal entity duly represented (each village is represented by an Elder, a Woman, a Youth and an administrator). Their coordination team will carry out the implementation of the community radio and the project management. Umoji is gazetted in the Government of Mozambique Boletim da Republica.

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+258 86031, +256 774 190533

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The Manda Wilderness area, Cobué, Lago District, Niassa Province, Mozambique

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This project was never implemented. The project proposal that was submitted turned out to be for a construction license rather than a broadcasting license. Since it was in Portuguese, the verification process took some time. UNESCO CI/HAR tried to help the beneficiary obtain a valid broadcasting license at the beneficiary's expense (as per IPDC rules), however no progress was made. Consequently, UNESCO CI/HAR recommended to the Maputo Office and to IPDC that the project should be cancelled.