Brief summary of activity

Through participative discussion, participants will learn of the links between community development and community media.

Aim of the activity

To make participants aware that media could be a tool for community development.

Expected Outcomes

Participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the: • Link between ethos of community radio and community development • use of community radio broadcasting as a medium for community • development • Importance of training and development of individuals and communities through community radio

experience and skills required

Broad knowledge of all kinds of media and particularly community media (history, legal status, networks), facilitation skills, as this activity is mostly an open discussion.

infrastructure, setting, resources

Training room with chairs.


30 minutes


Digital projector, recorder, Power Point, Flip chart, markers (all optional) and/or Recorder/studio.

How the activity should take place

Brainstorm Ask the participants to brainstorm what they understand by the term ‘Community development’. Note the results on a flip chart. Trainer Info: Community development is about people’s involvement in identifying what changes are needed for their community. Community development enables people to participate in their own growth and that of their community. Traditionally, community development organisations are not for profit organisation and many are registered as charities. Similarly community radio is a not for profit organisation and uses its funds for the benefit of the community it is licensed to serve. Often this includes participatory approaches in working with marginalised groups including ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and young people. Community development organisations have a mechanism for members to become involved in the governance and decision making processes. This is also referred to as ‘participative practice’.Ask the participants to form small groups to discuss and compare the results of the discussion against Handout on Community Development and/or the ideas presented by the workshop facilitator/trainer.

Recommended max. number of participants and trainees to trainers ratio

10 (for visually impaired and learning difficulties, 4 per trainer)

Risk and possible adaptation

Discussion can be recorded, edited and podcast and offered as a resource to vision impaired participants. Leaflets and hand-outs can be e-mailed to the group.

Tips for Trainers

Keep the discussion interactive. Ask questions to trainees as to keep then engaged. Distribute handout Community Development.

No specific requirements.

Analysis and evaluation

Can participant name three key elements of community development?Can they find links between community development and community radio ethos and activities?


This is not a compulsory workshop, but if included it should go as part of an introduction and before research and interviewing
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