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Pioneering, Connecting & Empowering Voices for Change: Strengthening Community Radio in Bangladesh to Fight Poverty and Promote


Project funded by the European Union

It gives me a great pleasure to present you the Pioneering, Connecting & Empowering Voices for Change: Strengthening Community Radio in Bangladesh to Fight Poverty and Promote Development. Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) has been struggling for the last 14 years to open up the community broadcasting including Community Radio, Community Television and giving emphasis on its vital role as voices of the voiceless people. BNNRC has been addressing the community radio, community TV and community film access issue. For helping to bridge the information gap of rural Bangladesh. Now 14 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 120 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 536 youth & youth-women are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters. Ministry of Information (MOI) of Government of the Peoples Republic of Bangladesh has primarily approved another sixteen initiators to set up new community radio stations the subject to receive security clearance from Ministry of Home Affairs.

BNNRC has initiated a process to explore the future of development cooperation and the role of community broadcasting over the next 15 years, and we already have a new challenge! While we are in the process to set up Community Media News Agency (CMNA), Community Media Academy (CMA) Community Media Newsletter & online web portal for community radio at national level. In this opportunity, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to our Government, Development Partners, Academia, Researchers, Media, CSOs and Initiators taking interest on issue of community broadcasting for development in Bangladesh. We invite you to join in our STRUGGLE! We hope you are - or will become one of our future partners for promoting community broadcasting in Bangladesh. Lets all do our part for Pioneering, Connecting & Empowering Voices for Change: Strengthening Community Radio in Bangladesh to Fight Poverty and Promote Development Community Broadcasting.

AHM Bazlur Rahman-S21BR Chief Executive Officer Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)

Going to be self-sustain
Radio Padma 99.2
Station Manager

Holding # 418/A, Ward # 25, Monafer Morh, Rajshahi-6204 Tel : 0721 751001 Cell: 01751 137780 Email :

Centre for Communication and Development (CCD Bangladesh)

A friend of community in disaster and distress

Station Manager

Radio Nalta 99.2

Nalta Hospital & Community Health Foundation (NHCHF) Vill: Nalta, Upazilla: Kaliganj Dist: Satkhira Cell: 01712 526672 Email:

Become a support of coastal people

Station Manager

Lokobetar 99.2
Sadar Road West Barguna, Barguna. Tel : 0448 51263 Cell: 01716 327151 Email:

Mass-line Media Centre (MMC)

English language learning program has created stir among children

Radio Pollikantho 99.2
Station Manager

Matar Kapon, Moulvibazar Tel: 0861 63760 Cell: 01711 985510, 01930 874518 Email:


Farmers even call to the station for necessary information

Radio Sagar Giri 99.2
Station Manager

YPSA Human Resourse Development Ceter Sitakunda, Chittagong Tel: 03028 56242 Cell: 01712 021097

Young Power in Social Action (YPSA)

self-sufficiency is a big challenge

Station Manager

Radio Mahananda 98.8

Belepukur Chapai Nawabgonj-6300 Tel: 0781 52075 Cell: 01713 248557 Email :

Proyas Manobik Unnayan Society (PMUS)

Fighting social problems

Station Manager

Radio Mukti 99.2

305/1, Jerin Tower (1st Floor) Rahman Nagar (C&B Morh) Sherpur Road, Bogra Tel : 051 64308 Cell: 01911 388947(CEO) 01716 286573 Email:

Landless Distressed Rehabilitation Organization (LDRO)

Commuincation with the listeners is increasing

Radio Chilmari 99.2
Station Manager

RDRS Chilmari, Kurigram Tel : 0582 456333 Cell: 01719 464981 Email:

RDRS Bangladesh

Arrangement of colorful programs

Radio Jhenuk 99.2
Srizony Bangladesh 111, Pabahati Road Pabahati, Jhenidah-7300 Tel: 0451 63344 Cell: 01731 922647 01926 888677 Email:
Station Manager

Srizony Bangladesh

Agricultural programs are growing popular

Station Manager

Community Rural Radio

Krishi Radio 98.8

Agriculture Information Service Ministry of Agriculture

Amtoli Upazilla Complex Amtoli, Barguna Cell: 01913 029381 Email:

Creating awareness among people of necessary preparations for facing natural disasters
Radio Sundarban 98.8
Amadi Bazar, Koyra, Khulna Cell: 01919 123232 Email:
Station Manager

Broadcasting Asia Bangladesh (BAB)

Always alert to give appropriate weather forecast

Radio Naf 99.2
Station Manager

Nurmahal, Puratan Pallanpara Teknaf, Coxs bazar Cell: 01712 810626 01823 153475 Email:

Alliance for Cooperation & Legal Aid Bangladesh (ACLAB)

Creating public interest

Station Manager

Radio Bikrampur 99.2

Environment Council Bangladesh (EC Bangladesh) Dewbhogh, Munshiganj Cell: 01819 905782 01717 008683 Email:

It has created awareness against torture

Station Manager

Borendro Radio 99.2

Ukilpara, Naogaon Tel : 0741 62610 Cell: 01712 924062 Email:

Naogaon Human Rights Development Association (NHRDA)

Up coming Community Radio

Newly Approved

Costal Association for Social Transformation Station Manager Radio Meghna Charfashion, Bhola Cell: 01711 222922 Email:

Newly Approved

Dwip Unnayan Shongsta Station Manager Radio Sagardwip Hatia, Noakhali Cell: Email:

Newly Approved Community Radio

PROGATI Peoples Research on Grassroots Ownership and Traditional Initiative Shaymnagar, Satkhira Cell: 01718405066 01768511787 Email: Aparajeyo Bangladesh Pirganj, Rangpur Cell: 01720069029 01713000436 Email:

Newly Approved

Newly Approved

Newly Approved

Bangla-German Sampreeti (BGS) Tangail Sadar, Tangail Cell: 01761772377 01857823807 Email:

Newly Approved

SKS Foundation Gaibandha Sadar, Gaibandha Cell: 01714785878 01713210310 Email:

Newly Approved

Voluntary Association for Rural Development (VARD) Sunamganj Sadar, Sunamganj Cell: 01755578391 01730048803 Email:

Newly Approved

Somaj-O-Jati Gathan(SOJAG) Dhamrai, Dhaka Cell: 01716117337 01612708551 Email:

Newly Approved

Shechashebi Bahumukhi Mahila Samajkallyan (SBSSS) Bagha, Rajshahi Cell: 01715017372 Email:

Newly Approved

Jyoti Development Foundation Kushtia Sadar, Kushtia Cell: 01720507670 Email:

Newly Approved

Institute of Development Affairs (IDEA) South Surma, Sylhet Cell: 01712176667 01720979393 Email:

Newly Approved

Nazrul Smriti Sangsad (NSS) Kalapara, Patuakhali Cell: 01712795359 01717004640 Email:

Newly Approved

Karmojibi Nari Bheramara, Kushtia Cell: 01726291664 01714103696 Email:

Newly Approved

Bandhan Society Muksedpur, Kishoreganj Cell: 01712143916 Email:

Newly Approved

Patuakhali Development Organisation (PDO) Bauphal, Patuakhali Cell: 01712733207 Email:

Newly Approved

Coastal Association for Social Transformation Coxs Bazer Sadar, Coxs Bazer Cell: 01713 328828 01713328828 Email:

Newly Approved

Program for Eco-Social Development (PESD) Sherpur, Bogra Cell: 01712923523 Email:

Newly Approved

Borendra Unnayan Prochasta Mohonpur, Rajshahi. Cell: 01711708373 Email:

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication represents the community media sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Media and Development Partners.

This booklet published by BNNRC- a project funded by European Unions project for Pioneering, Connecting & Empowering Voices for Change: Strengthening Community Radio in Bangladesh to Fight Poverty and Promote Development The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily relect the views of the European Commission.

BNNRC is governed by Board of Trustee comprising of nine members from the eminent development practitioners in Bangladesh. The Chairperson of the Board of Trustee is Mr. Md. Raiqul Alam, Executive Director of Dwip Unnayan Songstha, Vice Chairpersons are Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, Executive Director of COAST Trust & Mr. Zahurul Haque Bali, Executive Director of BRIDGE, Treasurer Mr. Arifur Rahman, Chief Executive of YPSA. Other Trustees are: Mr. Mirza Shahidul Islam Khaled, Executive Director of SANGKALPA Trust, Mr. S M Nazer Hossain, Executive Director of ISDE Bangladesh, Mr. AHM. Shamsul Islam, Team Manager of Speed Trust, Mr. Ziaul Ahsan, Executive Director of PGUS and Chief Executive Oficer and Secretary Mr. AHM Bazlur Rahman-S21BR BNNRC is supported by contributions from different development organizations worldwide who share a commitment in building a free, independent and pluralistic community media of voices for the voiceless. We invite you to join in our Struggle!