Media and Telecoms Landscape Guides


The online guides provide comprehensive and detailed information on the media and telecommunications landscape in a country. The guides can serve as a useful preparedness tool. In the immediate aftermath of an emergency, an information needs and access assessment can be undertaken in order to verify whether the channels of communication outlined in the guide are still functioning.


By the end of the project, guides will be developed for 22 countries at risk of both natural disasters and conflict or both.


The following guides are available in .html:



In addition guides for the following countries are available in .pdf format only:





Each country guide provide information on the following:

  • Profiles of the main radio stations, TV channels, newspapers and news websites
  • The most popular and trusted sources of news and information
  • Media outlets that command significant national, regional, ethnic and religious audiences
  • Media outlets which have strong influence on opinion formation in the ruling elite
  • Contact details for each media outlet
  • Radio stations and TV channel listings in the country
  • Peak audience periods for radio and television
  • Languages to use in both local and national broadcasts
  • A brief summary of the more traditional forms of communication such as theatre, music, dance and through respected channels such as religious or community leaders
  • Mobile phone ownership and mobile network coverage
  • Mobile phone usage by the local population and profiles of the main telecommunications companies in each country
  • Specialist services that mobile network operators may offer, such as mobile money transfer and agricultural information for farmers in the form of SMS and voice messages
  • Media resources including media service providers that aid agencies may need to engage with in order to produce radio programmes, print posters or create videos
  • Information about more traditional forms of communication such as religious institutions or community networks

Each guide may be viewed online together with dynamic TV and radio coverage maps or downloaded as a printable .pdf document.

The views expressed in these documents do not reflect those of either the BBC or Internews, rather they reflect the views of the infoasaid project.