Welcome to the Collaboration e-discussion. My name is Busi Ngcebetsha, I am the moderator for this e-discussion. You will learn more about me a little bit later.
This discussion is about collaboration for effective rural communication services. We want to look at how broadcasters and stakeholder groups can work together to produce better radio programs that reach more people in their rural communities. Examples of stakeholder groups are extension workers, women’s organizations, farmers organizations, youth organizations and agricultural researchers.
This is a 4-week discussion and each week we will have specific topics that we will be concentrating on. During the course of the discussion, we will cover these and other topics:
- The benefits of broadcasters and stakeholders collaboration.
- The challenges broadcasters and stakeholders face in collaborating with each other.
- What broadcasters and stakeholders should keep in mind for a radio program interview.
- Strategies for sustainable collaboration between radio broadcasters and stakeholders.
- How collaboration with stakeholder groups help radio programs address gender issues
These 4 weeks are a chance for us all to learn from each other. I would also like to introduce our resource people for this e-discussion, Dr Patrick Mphaka, Josephat Mwanzi, Thomas Zulu and Fridah Nkonde Mubanga They will tell us more about themselves as we move along.
For this first week, you need to do the following 3 things:
1.Click on the “reply” button and introduce yourself. Your introduction should include your name, where you are from, the name of your radio station or organization, and your role.
2.After introducing yourself, please share your understanding of collaboration for effective rural communication and tell us what exactly about “collaboration” you would like to discuss with others.
If there are other topics that are not related to collaboration you would like to discuss you can visit the Cafe make a post there.
Active participants who introduce themselves in week 1 and make at least two meaningful posts in weeks 2, 3 and 4 will receive an “Active Participant” certificate at the end of the discussion.