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Conference on effective usage of communication tools for rural communities

IRRAD is organising a conference on 'Rural Voices: Unheard to Empowered 'on 3-4 May, 2012 at Gurgaon, Haryana. The conference will feature creative ways in which rural communities receive information and express their needs and concerns effectively using varied channels of communication.

Institute of Rural Research and Development (IRRAD), rural development NGO, is organising a conference on 'Rural Voices: Unheard to Empowered' on 3-4 May 2012 at Gurgaon.

The first day of the conference on May 3rd, 2012, also celebrated as World Press Freedom Day, will be held at institute's Green Campus in Gurgaon.

It will provide a platform in which diverse stakeholders discuss alternative media, existing policies, support from organisations and successes in using community media tools including community radio, vernacular newspapers, wall paintings, theater, comics, songs and other art forms. 

The second day of the conference will witness a field visit to Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8, a unique Public Private Community Partnership (PPCP) model of community radio station in Mewat, initiated by IRRAD and funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, and run by the village community.

Objectives of the conference are to:
  1. Highlight the positive impact of participatory communication within rural communities
  2. Showcase successful models and practices in alternative media
  3. Reiterate the need for community inputs in the development process
  4. Identify resources for rural development communications

Conference Design: The conference is divided into four sessions:

  1. Celebration of Rural Voices
  2. Alternative media in rural development communications
  3. Policy framework, guidelines and resources for development communications
  4. Action planning for collective initiative and cooperation

Venue: IRRAD Auditorium, Gurgaon (May 3, 2012)

Alfaz-e-Mewat, Community Radio Station, Mewat (May 4, 2012)

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Pooja O Murada
Director, Communications
+91-124-4744118; +91-9810529324

Ms. Arti Manchanda
Communications Associate
+91-124-4744115; +91-9971695935

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