[FoME] Folgestudie 2012: Community Radio Performance in Nepal

Christoph Dietz Christoph.Dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Mi Jun 6 14:45:39 CEST 2012

Community MHz II: Assessing Community Radio Performance in Nepal
Kathmandu: Community Radio Support Center (CRSC), Nepal Forum of
Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ); Open Society Foundation (OSF), 2012,
94 p.
Download: www.nefej.org/images/crsc_books/community_mhz_II.pdf
Vorgängerstudie 2011:
Community Radio Performance Assessment System:
Aus dem Executive Summary, S.1-2:
The Community Radio Support Centre (CRSC) at the Nepal Forum of
Environmental Journalists (NEFEJ) assessed the performance of 15
community radios based on the Community Radio Performance Assessment
System (CR-PAS) in 2012.
The assessment was a first full-fledged test after a successful pilot
study in 2011. The radio stations were provided with organization
development (OD) support to address to the findings of the pilot
assessment. The OD support provided the stations with advice and
mentoring on improving their structures, systems and processes to meet
the requirement of community radios.
The CR-PAS measures the performance of radios using a set of 60
performance indicators in seven performance areas (composites). These
include participation and ownership, governance, programs, resource
structure and management, station management, financial management and
networking. Each composite has three to 14 indicators and scores are
given against performance standards and the marks allotted to the
indicator. The aggregate score (maximum 100) is the basis for
categorizing radios as ‘endeavoring, evolving, performing, and model
community radios. As designed in the CR-PAS, the aggregate score, the
score in a composite and the marks obtained against the standard for
each indicator indicate the overall performance rating, capacity gaps or
areas for improvement, and improvements over time. The CR-PAS is
intended to be a practical tool that the stations could eventually adopt
for continuous self-assessment.
 ... None of the 15 stations scored enough to be included in ‘model
community radio’ category, three qualified as ‘performing’, four as
progressing, two as evolving, and six as ‘endeavoring’. If the previous
assessment is taken as the baseline then the overall performance of the
stations increased - from 44 to 48 - in six months and after the OD
input. There has been an upward movement of the stations in terms of
categories, as shown by reduction of number of stations in the
endeavoring category and increase in the performing category. This
suggests that frequent assessments such as this can encourage the
stations to improve performance. 
The composites in which most stations failed were financial management
(7 radios), participation and ownership (5 radios), and resource
structure and resource management (3 radios). Two stations failed in
governance and there were two failures in the program composite. In
networking all the radios appeared to be performing better. The scores
of the two assessments show that the average performance score of the 15
radios improved from 44 to 48, and 10 Radios improved
their overall performance. Further, some stations that had done better
earlier could not repeat their performance in the second assessment.
There are a number of strong areas in which stations were performing
well. All the community radios have defined their community and operate
with the objective of bringing about social transformation in rural
areas through information and communication.
There was noticeable improvement in three composites – participation
and ownership, program, and resource structure. The stations held their
general assembly regularly, and democratically elected their governing
boards, that were largely independent, non-partisan and free from
business interests. Apart from the governing board different committees
have been established and they were functional. The meetings of the
board and committees were regular and done in the manner that is
In terms of broadcast content the strong areas included a balance of
news, educational and musical programs. There was diversity in content,
and the stations exhibited community orientation by promoting local
artists and local music, and by highlighting successes and good
practices in different aspects of social and community lives.
Reorientation of focus on local resource mobilization, thus reducing
dependency over external resources and traditional commodity markets,
was another notable positive change at the stations. The community
stations were putting efforts in strengthening their organizational
structure, systems and processes for managing human resources, resources
and finance. The stations also collaborated with other agencies for
social transformation and for their own organizational strengthening

Christoph Dietz
Postfach 10 21 04 
D-52021 Aachen, Germany
Tel.: 0049 - 241 - 70 13 12 14
Fax: 0049 - 241 - 70 13 12 33
christoph.dietz at cameco.org
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