Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) is a National Apex Body on Community Media Development working for building a democratic society based on the principles of free flow of information; equitable, affordable access to information; and communication technology (ICT) for remote, marginalised communities.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication represents the community media sector to Government, Industry, Regulatory Bodies, Media and Development Partners. Much of the BNNRC’s work has a strategic emphasis and the organization was been intensely involved in policy advocacy on behalf of the Community Media sector. BNNRC provides a range of advice, information and consultancy, offering support to anyone with an interest in the sector of Community Media through Building Capacity, Research and Development & Technical Cooperation.

BNNRC is in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations from 2010.

BNNRC's outreach extends to local, national and international forums for communicating Knowledge for Development (KM4D). In this backdrop, communication is recognized as an essential human need and, therefore, as a basic human right. Our working strategies are:

  • Communicating on the Public Sphere: The role of communication and media in exercising democratic political participation in society
  • Communicating Knowledge: The terms and means by which knowledge generated by society is communicated, or blocked, for use by different groups.
  • Civil Rights in Communication: The exercise of civil rights relating to the processes of communication in society &
  • Cultural Rights in Communication: The communication of diverse cultures, cultural forms and identities at the individual and social levels.

BNNRC now strives for the following core interventions to contribute in achieving 7th five Years Plan of Government of Bangladesh, UN World Summit on the Information Society (UN WSIS) Action Plan, and UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) through:

  • Community Media Development (Community Radio & Community TV Community Film) for amplifying voices for the voiceless
  • Right to Information (RTI) for ensuring improved livelihood of the marginalized
  • ICT for Development for Bridging the Digital Divide in rural areas
  • Amateur Radio or HAM Radio for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Community Film for Social Transformation

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