Mozambique Flood Recovery Radio

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The Gaza region of Mozambique is very vulnerable to natural disasters, and in 2012 was hit by some the worst flooding since 2000, killing 68 and displacing over 168, 000 people. To support IOM’s extensive work in this region for both recovery and future preparedness, CMFD worked with IOM Mozambique and community radio stations in Gaza to build capacity around reporting on Disaster Risk Recovery. The project involved developing magazine style radio programmes that will be aired by community radio stations in the Gaza province. The project included the production of pilot programmes, and tools, guides, and training to support community radio stations in how to develop their own magazine programme, to communicate information in a way that is easily understandable and fun.

 Pilot Materials

To assist with the production of these programmes, as well as subsequent programmes, CMFD created set of pilot materials, given to the radios during a 3-day training. The toolkit comprised the following.

  • A 15-minute pilot programme (programme 0), demonstrating a fully produced high quality, produced model of a magazine style programme on flood recovery.
  • A set of pre-recorded audio materials/ scripts to kick off the stations’ first programming, by combining the existing audio materials and their own programmes.
  • 4 recorded interviews with DRR/ flood recovery “experts”
  • 4 testimonials of people affected/ involved with flood recovery.
  • 4 short drama insert scripts that can be recorded/ adapted/ translated.
  • Original theme music – to be used for all programmes.
  • A Contact list sheet for sources
  • Ten thematic issue guides

3-Day Station-based Training


A three person team travelled to Gaza to work with community radio stations to produce programmes on flood recovery and disaster risk reduction. The 3-day hands on workshop focused on producing magazine programmes – including planning, going out to the field to do interviews, writing and recording reports, and putting the programmes together. Using the materials as tools, the group planned out their magazine programme, stories and interviews needed, and produced their first programme.

Monitoring and Mentoring

In order to encourage radio station to use the tools and training to create programming, the project included ongoing monitoring and mentorship of the programmes. Each of the 3 participating stations produced 12 magazine programmes covering various aspects of disaster preparedness and flood recovery.

Awards programme

To recognise and encourage the participating radios, awards for the best progrmming were awarded at the close of the project.

Best overall technical production - Chokwe.

The team showed ample vision in terms of production capability. Their end product was well edited and mixed. Good quality recordings.

Best overall 20 minutes programme – Educacao e Criancas (Chibuto)

The best overall programme on education and children went to Chibuto. The programme showed a higher level of elaboration. The team carefully followed the instructions given in the guide.

Best example of getting and using interviews – Agua e Sanamento (Chibuto)

The interviewees selected were creatively selected and interesting. The interviews were very informative and highlighted issues important to the community.

Best report on gender/woman – Mulher e Genero (Chokwe)

The programme focussed on the activities and habits of the people in the area. The description of gender issues was very clear using many local references. The situation of gender inequality is very serious in this district.

Best health report - Saude (Chibuto)

The overall programme was good and the drama was very well directed. Many people will understand the issues of this programme through this drama.

Best usage of creativity in reporting – Educacao e Crancas (Chibuto)

Best usage of creativity in reporting goes to Chibuto. Verry creative approaches to their coverage. The team followed very carefully the instructions laid out in the assignment.

Best example of extra effort – Habitacao (Xai-Xai)

NOTE: Discussions with the radios showed that the team at this station did not work together very effectively, and one journalist drove the process. Thus, we felt he deserved an effort award for perseverance.

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