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Title:Using community radio in Ghana to facilitate community participation in natural resource management
Author:McKay, Blythe
Periodical:Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:natural resource management
community participation
Abstract:In West Africa, finding ways for rural people to improve their livelihoods and lives by participating in the management of natural resources is a pressing issue. The majority of the population, in particular the poor, live in rural areas and rely on natural resources but often lack control of these resources. This article describes a workshop in Ghana in 2004, which combined elements of appreciative inquiry (AI) and a rights-based approach (RBA), and whose aims were to develop a community radio programme series that could increase community participation in natural resource management (NRM). A description of the workshop and subsequent 13-week radio programme series demonstrates the process, contribution, and challenges of a participatory communication approach where community radio is used to encourage dialogue among different stakeholders within and externally to a community regarding forest resource management in Ghana's Brong Ahafo region. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]