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Title:Can Rural Radio Increase Democratic Participation in Development? The Cases of Mali and Burkina Faso
Author:Myers, Mary
Periodical:African Rural and Urban Studies
Geographic terms:Mali
Burkina Faso
Subjects:popular participation
Literature, Mass Media and the Press
Politics and Government
Development and Technology
Abstract:This paper attempts to answer the question whether and to what extent radio is meeting the needs of everyone, particularly the rural poor, who are the vast majority in West Africa. In countries like Mali (more than 60 local stations by 1997) and Burkina Faso (27 State and private stations) radio pluralism is a reality, while for the rural Sahel, radio is by far the most important mass medium. The paper examines the potentials and limitations of broadcasting from the perspective of rural people. It covers the activities of four rural radio stations in Mali and Burkina Faso and using the ideas of Paulo Freire's 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed', it examines issues of empowerment, politics, popular expression, women's equal rights, and funding and control issues, in particular the involvement of external donors and NGOs. Bibliogr., notes, ref.