In a country such as Myanmar, marked by transition and deep wounds following five decades of military dictatorship, community radio – made by the community for the community, has a huge potential to bring together the communities and promote positive change. In Myanmar, much of the population lives in rural areas without access to media and is characterised by multiple ethnic backgrounds and languages. For this reason, establishing multi-ethnic radios can help contribute to community cohesion.
This potential prompted IMS–Fojo to begin piloting community radio in Myanmar in 2016 where the organisation delivered its first training in Ayeyarwady Region as part of its media development programme. The interest in more community radio stations and training grew quickly and especially young people in rural areas who lacked jobs and basic education have found inspiration and direction in the community radio training being offered.