IMPROVING COMMUNICATION WITH CRISIS-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
Antenna Foundation Nepal
Antenna Foundation Nepal (AFN) is a local NGO that undertakes radio and TV production and training at its studios in Kathmandu.
It was founded in 2002 to promote socially inclusive public service broadcasting.
AFN has three core production teams specializing in Drama Production, Programme Production and Mobile Media outreach.
The radio programmes it produces are distributed through satellite to more than 50 partner stations.
AFN provides technical support for its partner FM stations and trains their staff in production, reporting, journalism and management.
Most of its work is in radio, but AFN also undertakes some television productions.
Its radio programmes include Nepal Chautari, a phone-in show about peace and democracy issues which has a toll-free phone line. Naya Bato Naya Paila, a radio drama produced in partnership with the US-base media development organization Search For Common Ground. It addresses the root causes of conflict in Nepalese society.
In 2007, AFN received a government licence to operate a mobile radio station which can be loaded onto a backpack and carried to remote communities to set up a FM temporary radio service. Usually it is deployed in each location for a week at a time.
This station, called Radio Doko, could potentially be deployed rapidly to provide a provisional channel of communication in emergencies.
Radio Doko has a 30 watt mobile transmitter and is powered by a mobile generator.