Accra, March 18, GNA-The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), has commenced a three-day capacity building programme for 12 journalists drawn from six radio stations in the Western Region.
The training programme forms part of the organisation’s ongoing projects activities aimed at strengthening the media to play a more effective role in promoting participatory, transparent and accountable local governance.
A statement issued by Professor Kwame Karikari, Executive Director of MFWA and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said the target radio stations include Skyy Power FM, Radio Maxx, Rock FM, Kasapreko FM, Velvet Beam and Rainbow Radio.
The programme is aimed at equipping trainees with relevant knowledge and skills that will enable them design produce and broadcast quality radio programmes that facilitate citizens’ dialogue, debates and discussions on local governance issues.
The project, is being carried out in collaboration with six Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) is on the theme: “Using Radio to Promote Effective, Participatory and Accountable Local Governance in the Western Region of Ghana.”
It is being implemented under the Local Governance and Decentralisation Programme being implemented by Management Systems International with funding from the United States Agency for International Development.
The project is built on the successful implementation of the first phase, which was carried out with nine radio stations in eight MMDAs in the region.
The first phase of the project resulted in demonstrable listener satisfaction and increased leadership responsiveness to the development needs and concerns raised by citizens on project radio stations.
Under the project, partner radio stations whose journalists are being trained will be provided with financial and technical support for the design and production of weekly local governance programmes that will allow citizens to pose questions to their local authorities and demand answers through phone-ins and text messages.
The MFWA is a regional independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Accra.
It was founded in 1997 to defend and promote the freedom of the media and of expression.