Developing democracy through community radio in Cameroon

An UNDEF-funded project in Cameroon works to promote a culture of democratic practices among young people, and to transform community radio into an effective tool towards this end. It gives rural, marginalized people an opportunity to make their voice heard and to participate in discussions, decisions and actions that affect their collective well-being. Implemented by Change Communications, a local civil society group, the project held training seminars for journalists in July 2013 on how to use radio specifically to advance democratic and civic awareness in rural communities. Establishing consistent programming of this type as a matter of best practice, and ensuring increasingly wide participation, is expected to build a sustainable model for democratic participation.