Enhanced Citizen Participation Through Sustainable Community Radio Stations – ZACRAS Zimbabwe 

Capacity building and developing six community radio stations that provide target communities with important information and platforms so they can take part in socio-economic and democratic political spaces. 

The mission:

Strengthening the civic space through community radio stations, they are important in Zimbabwe because they provide critical information and platforms for marginalized communities, allowing them to participate in socio-economic and democratic processes. These stations are essential for promoting social justice by giving voice to underrepresented groups and fostering inclusive sustainable development. However, these newly licensed community radios face various challenges, including governance, content creation, and financial sustainability. 

The important role of Community Radio Stations in Zimbabwe: 

This intervention takes place in a context where political power has long been dominated by the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF). Zimbabwe has experienced economic instability, food insecurity, and limited civic space over the years. This shrinking civic space undermines democracy, independence, and anti-corruption efforts, posing challenges to promoting the rule of law and accountable institutions in Zimbabwe. 

Our partner:  

This is the first time the partners will be making a project together. The partners have come to know each other through a common acquaintance in the Ghana Community Radio Network (GCRN), with whom Crossing Borders have made projects for many years. ZACRAS and GCRN share a common mission as association network organisations for community radio stations in their respective countries. 

Our goal:

The community radio stations will produce content focusing on human rights and community radio advocacy. They’ll serve as platforms for citizens to interact with those responsible for solutions in areas of development and governance. Throughout the project, ZACRAS will monitor and evaluate progress both in person and online. 

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