In February MIC will be hosting a delegation of journalists from 11 African nations (Cameroon, Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Swaziland), here under the auspices of the U.S. State Department. Several members of this delegation have agreed to share their perspectives of the role and influence of radio broadcasting on the public in Africa. They will provide an overview of the role of radio in Africa in informing and engaging citizens in discussions about public issues.
In the United States, radio can be an important medium for informing and promoting discussion about a variety of public issues and, therefore, it can be a contributing factor in efforts to strengthen democracies. In Africa, where radio has greater reach than other media, radio broadcasting plays a central role in political debate, as well as building public awareness of social issues, such as HIV/AIDS.