Community Radio

EMPOWERHOUSE was originally created by Birgitte Jallov as an initiative to meet the needs in and around the development of sustainable community radio. EMPOWERHOUSE continues to engage with this important work, empowering community radios and their networks to reach their full potential as a motor for transforming communities through people-centred development.


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EMPOWERHOUSE has seen and documented how, as a result of community radio:

  • women have found a new and stronger role in their community – and have been beaten up a lot less;
  • communities have gone from an annual cholera death toll of 300 to zero after a community radio went on air and the community took the advice serious;
  • people living with AIDS have gained new hope and recognition in the community – and better lives;
  • corrupt politicians have been brought to account by the community and actually provided the electricity or road or other asset that their embezzlement had stopped from being realised.

EMPOWERHOUSE works with Community Radio/Media in the following ways:

  • Researching, mapping and presenting media landscapes and enabling frameworks for Community Media development, legal reform, advocacy and action
  • Developing a sustainable framework through holistic, participatory planning and capacity building
    including aspects of social, organisational and financial sustainability
  • Management and Organisational strengthening matching the local realities, plans and potential for community media and their networks. Focus on in-house, holistic capacity building, and training.
  • Evaluating, reviewing and assessing impact of community media and advising on ways forward.

CR phases matrix Generic phases of community radio development used by EMPOWERHOUSE for planning, diagnostics and evaluation
from: ‘
EMPOWERMENT RADIO – Voices building a Community’ by Birgitte Jallov (2012)


The EMPOWERHOUSE portfolio of Community Radio/Media experience includes the following:

Fojo Media Institute
2014, Planning, organisation and facilitation of advanced community radio management workshop for all community radio initiatives in Zimbabwe. Support of Federation of African Media Women, Zimbabwe in proposal writing, LFA, etc.
2014, Planning, organisation and moderation of a 10 day online debate on Community Radio Sustainability in French, English and Spanish on different social media platforms
International Media Support
2014, Analysis of IMS’ past practice in support to radio, and assistance to IMS in clarifying future strategic focus and priorities based on lessons learnt
2013/14, Review of Lao PDR’s civil society, community communication programme, carry out impact assessment of community radios and develop concept note for new phase
2013, Development of Community Radio Strategy, Implementation plan and Sustainability Guide for major USAid Media Strengthening Programme in Moz.
India Options 2013, Support to health programme Community Radio policy/ strategy development
2012, Training manager, marketing, fundraising, producer and trainer for Online training: “How to turn voices into community radio?“
Fojo Media Institute
2012 – 2014: Management of the Swedish Media Development Support to Zimbabwe
UNDP Oslo Governance Centre
2010: Participation in in fifth and final national stakeholder forum with a focus on communication for empowerment and community radio.
2009: Development of M&E focused Media Development Wiki: part of expert team, present tool at int’l conference, moderate workshop on community radio and M&E
2009: Participation in a ‘Media expert panel’ advising on Wiki on C4D and ‘Measuring Change’.
2009: Coaching of radio staff, volunteers: partnership strategy, community research, formation of community radio network, guide on ‘Community Research, Impact Assessment’
UNDP Oslo Governance Centre / UNDP Bangkok Regional Office
2009: Presentation of global C4E perspectives and ‘About Community Radio’ in C4E national stakeholder validation conference and a workshop on future C4E strategy
2009: Review of project and assessment of impact and sustainability of Laos’ first community-run community radio. Facilitation of update of radio’s strategic plan.
2007/08: Facilitation of the establishment of a sound and sustainable basis for community radio in Laos including the participatory development of a strategic plan. Support to the preparation of an international Community Radio Seminar and the official launch of the radio. Seminar coordinator and main technical speaker. Seminar report.
2007/08: Evaluation of pilot community radio in Laos and elaboration of strategic roll out plan for Laos. Strategic advice on role of UNDP, overall funding & partnerships.
Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda
2006/07: Impact Assessment of three ‘East African Community Radio Project’ Stations: Based on “Most Significant Change” methodology:3 in-depth change-story reports from: a Maasai radio in Tanzania, a Kenyan Women’s radio, a Ugandan rural radio. (Download here )
FORCOM, Forum for community radio in Mozambique
2006: Institutional coaching and organizational support – Ongoing general advice and support, among others QA support for Austrian funding.
2006: Organizational Set-up and Procedures’ Manual Mozambique for community radio network/FORCOM.
Austrian Develop-ment Cooperation
2006: Impact Assessment and Review of ‘Rádio Comunitária do Búzi’ in Sofala province, including extensive desk study on ‘state of the art’ of community radio in development
1998 – 2004: Chief Technical Adviser, Media Development Project in Mozambique ( strategies, concepts and implementation methods for:o      Community Radio – one by one and as a cooperating sector
o      Participatory strategic management coaching of media houses
o      Strategies for strengthening the role of women in community media
o      Strengthened HIV/AIDS coverage in community media including development of national HIV/AIDS communication strategy
o      Sustainability and Partnership strategies in various contexts
Europe focus
AMARC Europe
1996: Editor and writer of Introductory article of “Women’s Voices Crossing Frontiers – 1996 European Directory of Women Community Radio Stations and Women’s Radio Production Collectives”, Published by AMARC
Sokkelund Radio – Women’s Waves
1981-1984: Co-initiator of Women’s Community Radio Collective in Copenhagen Grassroots radio station (first Danish Community Radio station). Co-editor of weekly women’s programme. Host of daily morning programme: ”Good Morning, Copenhagen”. Carried out a number of radio training courses for new recruits – both on radio production in general and on specialised issues such as in-depth interview techniques, Feminist Journalism.


EMPOWERHOUSE publications on Community Radio/Media include:

2015 “Quand des voix construisent la communauté: Radios communautaires et empowerment”, par Birgitte Jallov, in Marie-France Soleil (ed.): “Vingt-cinq années et une vie”. Karthage.
2014 “Reflections on a two-week global LinkedIn debate: Community participation for radio financial sustainability” by Birgitte Jallov and A. Sofie Jannusch, In: Glocal Times, # 21.
2014 “With the FM system in your Pocket – informing, entertaining, saving lives!” by Birgitte Jallov. An MICT pamphlet on Radio in Development. MICT.
2012 “EMPOWERMENT RADIO – Voices building a community”, by Birgitte Jallov, 236 pages, Published by EMPOWERHOUSE.
2012 “How can the internet and social media contribute to community communication for empowerment?” in: “Social Media in Development Cooperation”, Ørecomm, 2012
2011 “Communication for Empowerment”, in Measuring Change II. Planning, M&E in Media and Development Cooperation. CAMECO, 2011
2012 “EMPOWERMENT RADIO – Voices building a community”, by Birgitte Jallov, 236 pages, Published by EMPOWERHOUSE.
2010 “How-to Note” on Freedom of Expression and Independent Media, Published by Danida
2009 “Getting your support to community media right” and “Community Research for Community Media Sustainability” in “Community Media Sustainability Guide: The Business of Changing Lives”, Internews, 2009
2008 “Now we are seen as real human beings” and “Setting agenda of public concern” in: “Whose Voices – Media and Pluralism in the Context of Democratization”. Uppsala University, Sweden
2007 “Most Significant change. A tool to document community radio impact” in: Measuring Change. Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in Media and Development Cooperation. CAMECO, 2007
2007 “Women & Community Radio in Mozambique” Feminist Media Studies, Sept ‘07
2007 “Pioneering Community-run Radio in Laos: The Khoun Community Radio Station” Photo Essay in: MAZI 14, the electronic newsletter of the CFSC Consortium.
2006 “Voice, participation and empowerment – using community radio”. Report to the World Bank Institute.
2005 “Assessing community change: development of a ‘bare foot’ impact assessment methodology” in: Radio Journal Vol. 3.1, July 2005.
2004 “Community Radio for Empowerment and Change” in: Journal for Development Communication, December 2004
2004 “Participation by Community Radios in Civic Education and Electoral Coverage. The Experience of the Community Radios in Mozambique’s 2003 Local Elections. Specific Cases of: Dondo, Chimoio and Cuamba” by Acia Sales. Commissioned, designed and supervised by Birgitte Jallov on behalf of UNESCO Mozambique
2003 “Creating and Sustaining ICT Projects in Mozambique”, in “The One to Watch -Radio, new ICTs and interactivity”, FAO.
2001 “Creating Sustainable Community Radio – a Major Challenge”, Mozambique
1999 “Community Radio Mushrooming in Mozambique”, Interradio, AMARC
1996 “Women’s Voices Crossing Frontiers – 1996 European Directory of Women Community Radio Stations and Women’s Radio Production Collectives”, editor and writer of Introductory article. Published by AMARC Europe.
1995 “Using Communication Techniques to Diversify Women’s Training a Employment.”A manual with video examples. ILO, Geneva.
1992 “Women on the Air – Community Radio as a Tool for Feminist Messages” In ‘The People’s Voice’ ed. by Nick Jankowski, Ole Prehn and James Stappers.
1986 “Village Video for Women” and “Women will have to Reinvent Communication”. Publications of: “ KULU-Women & Development”.
1983 “Women on the Air”. On Women and Community Radio in Europe. RUC
1982 “A counter-image in Sound. A method for Empowering Radio Production for Women.” Thesis. Roskilde University Centre.