Dr. Kanchan K. Malik, Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Hyderabad (UoH) attended AMARC 11 – the 11th World Conference of the World Association Of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), which took place in Accra, Ghana between August 10 And 14, 2015.
Kanchan who is also a faculty fellow with the UNESCO Chair on Community Media, presented the paper titled “Self- Assessment for Socio-Cultural Sustainability: Community Radio Continuous Improvement Toolkit (CR-CIT).” She also conducted a workshop on the Self-Assessment and Peer Review process of the CR-CIT on Day 4 of the conference.
AMARC 11 – an open and participatory event –brought together more than 300 community broadcasters and stakeholders from over 100 countries in all regions of the world. The conference was organised by AMARC in Partnership with the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN).It reflected on the growth of community radio worldwide, advocated for international solidarity and thrashed out the challenges faced in creating new forms of popular communication. The sessions included those on sharing of good practice in community radio; advocacy to improve media policies; laws and regulations; joint action through community media for social justice; gender equity and a sustainable planet; knowledge sharing and the use of new communication tools and technologies; and strategies to empower and support communities faced with conflict, emergency and disaster.