Training Material

A majority of community radio stations in India lie in parts of the country where migration is a significant issue, both at source and destination. Given UNESCO’s objective to  support through the Internal Migration in India Initiative (IMII) the social inclusion of migrants in the economic, social, political and cultural life of the country, and respond to the many challenges raised by the internal migration phenomenon in India using a three-legged approach combining research, policy and advocacy; community radio stations represent a vital opportunity to build a supportive environment for internal migrant populations.


UNESCO’s Training Material for Migration and Community Radio

Internal Migration: A Manual for Community Radio Stations (2015) is a training tool proposed by UNESCO and IDEOSYNC to support community radio personnel in their capacity and potential to produce and broadcast migrant-sensitive programmes. Please click on the following links to access to the chapters, resources and annexures of the manual.

Table of Content (to read more, click here)
Chapter 1: Understanding Internal Migration (to read more, click here)
Chapter 2: The Vulnerability of Migrants (to read more, click here)
Chapter 3: Migrants and Voice (to read more, click here)
Chapter 4: Researching Migrant Issues (to read more, click here)
Chapter 5: Designing CR Content on Migration (to read more, click here)
Chapter 6: Content and the Challenge of Migrant Mobility (to read more, click here)
Chapter 7: Ethical Concerns While Addressing Migrant Populations (to read more, click here)
Chapter 8: Working with Migrant Populations: Learnings (to read more, click here)
Resources (to read more, click here)
Annexure 1: Sample Questionnaire for Quantitative Research with Migrants (to read more, click here)
Annexure 2: A Short List of NGOs Working on Migration Issues (to read more, click here)

UNESCO’s Survey on Migration and Community Radio:

Under the Internal Migration in India Initiative (IMII), UNESCO has mapped Community Radio (CR) stations that are broadcasting programs related to internal migration in India, or that are interested in doing so in the future. A short survey was conducted on these CR stations using a questionnaire on the UNESCO publication “Internal Migration. A Manual for Community Radio Stations” to collect practical suggestions and general feedback. Please find the final report for this survey here.


Community Media Networks and Platforms

AMARC: World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) aims to support and contribute to the development of community and participatory radio along the principals of solidarity and international cooperation. All continents are represented on AMARC’s International Board of Directors. It is  is an international non-governmental organization serving the community radio movement, with almost 4 000 members and associates in 130 countries. Website:

Community Media Manch: Community Media MANCH is a collaborative platform for community media practitioners for content creation and community engagement across regions. It is supported by Ideosync Media Combine as part the Grassroot Mediascapes grant from the FORD Foundation. Website:

Community Radio Association: Community Radio Association is a member based organization of operating community radio stations, in India.
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CRux: Community Radio Users’ Experience (Crux) community of practice was developed  primarily for use by CR stations seeking to engage in self-assessment. However, the CRux community of practice can also be used by anyone around the world. The CRux forum is set up by Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) and UNESCO Chair on Community Media, Hyderabad. Website:

EDAA: EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA)– One World, Many Voices is a web based free and open audio content and resource exchange platform for community radio broadcasters. The EDAA platform is run by OneWorld South Asia and supported by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) is a strategic partner. Website:

Mobile Vaani: Mobile Vaani is a Gram Vaani project (a social tech company based at IIT-Delhi) aimed at building a social media platform equivalent to Facebook/YouTube/Twitter for rural areas. The Mobile Vaani network spans 15 districts in Jharkhand and over 30 community radio stations in the states of Uttakhand, MP, Rajasthan, Andra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Orissa. Website:

SANCOM: South Asia Network for Community Media (SANCOM) is a forum where freedom of expression is promoted and media development is strengthened. The countries currently involved in the SANCOM initiative are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Website:


Community Radio Compendium 2016

The compendium of operational Community Radio Stations in India provides information in summary form and is meant for quick reference and general guidance. It is published by OneWorld Foundation India on behalf of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India. More: