The media provide comprehensive information on all matters of public concern, don’t they? At least if they want to be a force to be reckoned with in democratic and participatory processes. But what is the precondition for media in general and radio in particular to be able to highlight an issue from different perspectives? Right, they have to be financially independent.
‘Radio at the heart of the community’ introduced systematic funding policies and gave an insight into innovative modes of radio financing to Togolese local radio stations. This was intended to lay the foundation for sound finances and thus greater editorial independence from a limited number of funding sources to strengthen critical-constructive reporting. As a second and complementary component, the pilot project supported the production of live radio talk shows called ‘Radio Mobile’. This interactive format witnessed radio moderators facilitating discussions between citizens, civil society activists and local officials and councillors.