Zabré, Centre-Est – Burkina Faso
PAG-LA-YIRI community radio station
THE CONTEXT OF YOUR INITIATIVE
The Pag-La-Yiri association is a women’s development association based in the centre-east region of Burkina Faso, in Boulgou province. Created in 1975 this association fights for the well-being of the population, notably for women living in rural areas. The HQ is in Zabré and the association intervenes in 11 areas across 5 communes (Zabré, Zonsé, Zoaga, Garango and Gomboussougou) in the provinces of Boulgou and Zoundwéogo.
In order to educate the population and raise awareness about development topics amongst women living in rural areas (communicating and providing information) the association launched a community radio station, ‘Radio Pag-La-Yiri’.
Financial and technical support from a Dutch NGO called IICD (The International Institute for Communication and Development) enabled us to launch Radio Pag-La-Yiri. We signed our first convention with the CSC (High Council for Communication) on 18 October 2007 and this agreement was renewed on 15 February 2013.
The main objective was to ensure women’s voices are heard given that both the association and the radio initiative are led by women. Radio Pag-La-Yiri is the only radio station in the commune of Zabré. It has been broadcasting officially since 8 February 2009.
Radio Pag-La-Yiri, despite being a specifically ‘women’s radio station’ and a ‘community radio station’, is also a generalist radio station.
The radio station’s specific objective is to contribute towards raising awareness amongst the local population by encouraging them to lead positive action, boosting integral human development.
With a transmission range of 80 kilometres Radio Pag-La-Yiri targets village communities (men, women and young people) and branches of the association are based in these villages. Radio Pag-La-Yiri’s broadcasts are generally addressed to the entire local population.
THE ACTIVITIES CARRIED OUT AS PART OF YOUR INITIATIVE
A journal in the local language focusing on life in the community.
Synchronising the information sessions broadcasted by Radiotélévision Burkina Faso in French and in the national languages.
Broadcasting the information sessions that focus on Africa (Afrique matin, Afrique midi and Afrique soir in partnership with RFI, Radio Pag-La-Yiri).
Broadcasting the opinions and communiqués from the community and from the State’s decentralised services in French and in the local language.
Broadcasting entertainment programmes.
Broadcasting awareness raising programmes on different topics (promoting women, health, hygiene and sanitation, local development, etc).
WHO IS INVOLVED FROM OUR GROUP?
5 staff members (4 presenters and 1 director of programming) work full-time for the radio station.
15 volunteer freelance journalists come in from time to time to support this initiative.
WHICH PARTNERS ARE YOU WORKING WITH ON THIS INITIATIVE?
Radio Pag-La-Yiri, a community radio station in the countryside, has been able to assure continuous broadcasting from 5.30am to 10pm, making a total of 17 hours of broadcasts per day.
The radio station uses 6 different languages: Bissa (the most frequently used language), Koussaré, Mooré, Fulfulde, Nankana and French (not frequently used). We are waiting for a study to be completed about our audience but we estimate that over 600,000 people listen to Radio Pag-La-Yiri.
Radio Pag-La-Yiri leads several diverse activities to satisfy its listeners. Radio Pag-La-Yiri has developed a wide range of areas of expertise over the years, including:
• producing and broadcasting both advertisements and small-scale awareness raising programmes
• organising public debates
• educational games on the radio
• the news, etc.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD ANY INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR INITIATIVE?
WHAT ARE YOUR PROSPECTS?
To find new partners to help the radio station to launch certain activities.