Reaching Burkinabe Communities through Radio

I first began in radio programming working as a technician. Little by little, seeing people speak on radio, I then decided to become a journalist, speaking on air. We had people calling in and they responded positively to the messaging. I think [our commune is] one of the only communes where we can say that there were not problems during the elections. I think one of the reasons is thanks to the engagement of PDev II, especially if you compare with in the past, when leaders were giving guns to the youth to wreak havoc on opposition parties before elections.
— Daouda Yameogo, a Radio Journalist at Radio Savane FM in Gourcy, Burkina Faso

Radio plays an important role in the communities of Burkina Faso. It informs, educates and raises public awareness of issues in the community. During PDev II Daouda’s main role at the station is to read the news from the newspapers, as many people are illiterate. Engagement with PDev II involved raising awareness amongst youth of the threats of violent extremism. Radio Savane FM received material support from PDev II, including a computer and dictation machines.

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