Laos – Creating Useful Radio

Laos

Our cooperation with LNR, Lao National Radio, ran from 2006 to 2010 with a clear focus on developing real interaction with listeners, creating what came to be called “Useful radio”, in a Sida-financed collaboration.

At nine provincial stations and in the national radio channel we developed interactive programme formats where listeners could participate in live radio broadcasts.

This meant that radio became for the first time in Laos a vehicle for public debate and open discussion on social problems.

We also held specialised trainings for reporting on HIV and gender consciousness, and took part in the first ever media survey in Laos, together with Unicef. Another outcome of the work we did together with LNR was the establishment of a national training centre for radio.