The West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) The West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) is a trans-territorial radio station set up to facilitate the exchange of development information between and among countries of West Africa, including Mauritania, Chad and Cameroon. In the station's first phase, it targeted mainly the Mano River Union (MRU) countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
An undertaking of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), WADR is conceived to be the hub for a West African network of public, private and community radio stations; creating an avenue for networking between these radio stations and a channel for dialogue among peoples of the respective countries they serve.
WADR's mission is to promote and defend the ideals of democratic and open societies, advocate for mutual understanding, respect between and among individuals and communities, promote peace and human security, transparency and accountability in governance, regional economic integration, and social and cultural development amongst the peoples of the region. Through Its programs, WADR seeks to provide the forum for various viewpoints to create understanding among individuals and between individuals and their governments.
To promote peace and reconciliation within a more open, tolerant and democratic society in West Africa - Create a channel to enable people to voice out their opinions on the many issues affecting them.
Facilitate information exchange, especially among the people in West Africa by encouraging dialogue at a grassroots and regional level, and therefore sensitizing them to appropriate the process of globalization.
Provide a platform for an alternative to the 'bad news is good news' notion and approach adopted by some groups reporting on Africa.
WADR is based in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, and has Country Offices in Freetown, Conakry and Monrovia. Contents for its news reports and other program materials come from a network of correspondents in 13 mainly West African countries. The ultimate goal of WADR is to build a truly West African radio fulfilling the information needs of the people of the whole of the region. It broadcast s in French and English.
In addition to the FM broadcast 94.9 in Dakar, WADR programs are also delivered via satellite to a string of partner community radios in a number of West African countries for rebroadcast and translation into local languages for target audiences. Our web site: www.wadr.org widens the broadcast coverage of West Africa and provides an outreach to the African Diaspora and the rest of the world. A third tier of program delivery is the use compact discs (CDs) for distribution to partner radios. Medium to long term projection is to set up FM stations in the West Africa capitals.
WADR's main partner and core donor is the Open Society for West Africa (OSIWA). However, WADR is seeking to work along with NGOs, UN agencies, governments, regional organizations, civil society and advocacy groups to broaden its resource base and heighten the impact of its programs and capacity to effect positive social change and help create open, free and democratic societies.Tweet