The U.S. Embassy Abidjan of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to create and broadcast radio programs that foster peace and community cohesion in northern Côte d’Ivoire.
This program aims to foster peace and build community cohesion through creating and transmitting radio programming in one of the primary languages native to northern Côte d’Ivoire (i.e., Senoufo, Dioula, Peuhl). Radio programming will include a minimum of three hours of broadcast time per week, at set times each week, for 52 weeks. Programming should include peace-building conversations with and among relevant and influential religious leaders, government officials, security forces, civil society members, community leaders, or other influential proponents of community cohesion in the region. Programming should also include educational content related to government assistance and other resources, including but not limited to information related to registering to vote in local and national elections, registering for schools, receiving healthcare, vaccinating livestock, reporting criminality, and filing legal proceedings.
- The program goal is to build a consistent, informative, and trustworthy radio source for those in northern Côte d’Ivoire who are most comfortable in their native language to foster community cohesion, build trust between civilians and security forces, and reinforce national cohesion. The objectives are as follows:
- Produce and broadcast three hours of peace-building radio programing per week in local languages potentially including Senoufo, Dioula, Peuhl, Lobi, and Koulango.
- Broadcast information related to receiving government services, such as registering to vote and attending school, receiving health care or security services, or engaging the judicial system.
- Utilize ‘local voices’ and capture local perspectives. Recordings should occur in villages and marketplaces.
- Host cohesion-fostering conversations on topics relevant to inhabitants of northern Côte d’Ivoire.
- Increase the capacity of community radio stations to create peace-building programming.
- Length of performance period: 12 months
- Number of awards anticipated: Two awards (dependent on amounts)
- Award amounts: Awards may range from a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $250,000
- Total available funding: $500,000
- Anticipated program start date: October 1, 2023
Participants and Audiences: This program’s audience is communities and individuals who are members of or interact with transhumance communities in northern Côte d’Ivoire.
Priority Region: Côte d’Ivoire
- The following organizations are eligible to apply:
For more information, visit U.S. Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire.