1.Does all collaboration between radio broadcasters and stakeholders require funding? Why? Or why not?
Collaboration between broadcasters and stakeholders doesn’t necessarily requires funding. There is Community Collaboration, Perhaps the most common type of stakeholder collaboration is community engagement or public participation. For any project that might impact community members, it’s in everyone’s best interests to work closely together to ensure that the project delivers the best possible outcomes.
There are many ways you might collaborate with a community and allow members of the public to participate in your project or share their thoughts. For example, you might host community meetings to share information and gather feedback for an upcoming development or major event. Or you might survey community members to see what they think about local laws or a range of other issues like agriculture best approach in the rural communities, working on a collapsed bridge, rebuilding a broken walls of a community health facility, raising awareness on a particular disease like Diptheria going on in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
There is also Internal Collaboration, where taking a stakeholder engagement approach with your internal stakeholders can help you build stronger relationships, get aligned on goals, communicate better, work more efficiently, share resources, exchange ideas, and improve project outcomes. Some examples of Internal stakeholders, you might collaborate with include: Owners or directors, Management team, Colleagues and team members, Other departments and teams
2.How can collaboration between radio broadcasters and stakeholders be sustainable? Please provide examples of long-lasting collaboration you’ve been involved in related to radio programs.
Collaborating with stakeholders can help to support sustainability. For example, in sustainable neighborhood projects (with a variety of stakeholders and competing interests), collaboration can help to bring in more perspectives (supporting long-term performance) and find common ground.
In our program tagged “Me and My Community” where issues reflecting community development and challenges are discussed have overtime brought in government officials, agencies, local Community authority, members of the communities mostly affected in terms of water has alerted the government on the seriousness of providing water for the people. To this there was adequate communication where the radio station midwifed the idea of bringing the issue of water to the public knowledge and the agency now always reached out to the station for issues relating to community development without funding as it were.
The joy of every broadcasting organization is that whatever community issues that is brought to public glare gets an attention it brings fulfilment and greater recognition and participation by the public in order to look into other challenges which in this sense has built trust, confidence and ensured sustainability.