Community mobilisation and good governance : via the community radio network – Umeed, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, in the time of COVID-19

Thomas, Saritha and Gaind,, Sanjana and Satija, Shivani (2021) Community mobilisation and good governance : via the community radio network – Umeed, in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand, in the time of COVID-19. Project Report. People’s Power Collective (PPC), Bengaluru.

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Community radio (CR) is a participatory form of radio where communities own, manage and run their own radio stations, creating engaging programming in their local language/dialect. The People’s Power Collective (PPC) is an NGO that specialises in CR capacity-building and training, working across isolated regions in the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand. When the COVID-19 outbreak sent India into a total lockdown (in March 2020), the isolated communities of Uttarakhand struggled with poor state communication, fake news and many unanswered questions. In order to address this issue, the PPC coordinated with five CR stations in Uttarakhand – Kumaon Vani, Mandakini Ki Aawaz, Pantnagar Janvani, Radio Khushi and Radio Zindagee – to create the Umeed Network. The Umeed Network’s mission over the past months has been to: 1. Build awareness of COVID-19, its symptoms, precautions, treatment and recovery. 2. Disseminate daily updates on government directives and community relief policies. 3. Respond to communities’ daily needs for information, reassurance and support through tailor-made content. Through their research report, Community Mobilisation and Good Governance: Via the Community Radio Network – Umeed, in the Himalayan State of Uttarakhand, in the time of COVID-19, the PPC lays out the process, operations, challenges and achievements of the Umeed Network since inception and until the end of the research period i.e., November 2020.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: COVID-19, Pandemic, Civil society organisations, Community radio (CR), CR capacity-building and training, Uttarakhand, Umeed Network’s, Good Governance
Subjects: Technology > Medicine & health > Promotion of health
Depositing User: Mr. Sachin Tirlapur
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2021 10:33
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2021 10:33
Note: "This report was created as part of the COVID-19 Research Funding Programme 2020, which received financial support from Azim Premji University. The facts, opinions and conclusions mentioned in the report are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the position or policy of Azim Premji University. No warranties or guarantees are expressed or implied by the University. The University does not assume responsibility or liability for in respect of the data, material or opinions therein”.
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