UNESCO’s celebration of World Radio Day 2016 in India took place in New Delhi, India on 16 February 2016, with a regional event on the theme ‘Radio in Times of Emergency and Disaster’. Dr Kanchan K. Malik, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad and Faculty Fellow, UNESCO Chair on Community Media, shared the work of the Chair in designing and implementing a unique inter-regional initiative between East Africa and South Asia that involved adapting the Community Radio Continuous Improvement Toolkit – widely used in India and Bangladesh – for five East African countries.

Organized by UNESCO in partnership with the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia – CEMCA, and AMARC Asia-Pacific, the World Radio Day event brought together around 100 stakeholders, including representatives of theGovernment of India, regional development organizations, UN agencies, NGOs working on media development and Disaster Management (DM), and research and academic institutions.

Among those present at the inaugural were: Ms R Jaya, Joint Secretary (Broadcasting), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Dr Anil Kumar Gupta, Head (Policy Planning Division) National Institute of Disaster Management.

The day’s programme included experts’ presentations about using CR for DM; as well as a high-level panel discussion moderated by Mr Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, on the theme of the event. Dr Kanchan K. Malik from the UNESCO Chair on Community Media was a panelist for this discussion.

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