Uganda Debt Network recognises the importance of the media in facilitating its advocacy work both at the local and national levels, for public information and action by duty bearers. Over the years, UDN has developed working relationships with several media houses to express national policy concerns affecting service delivery and good governance in Uganda for Government action. Furthermore, UDN has entered strategic partnerships with local radio stations across its areas of operation to run radio programmes where duty bearers, service providers and community members (rights holders/beneficiaries) come together on the same platform to discuss service delivery concerns and accountability issues for improved service delivery.
On Monday, 14th July 2014, Uganda Debt Network launched a new community radio programme in the Bunyoro Sub-Region as a platform for increased community participation in monitoring and evaluation of Government service delivery programmes within the region. This comes after UDN conducted a training in the Community Based Monitoring and Evaluation System (CBMES)for community monitors from Pakany and Kajarubu Sub-Counties in April. The live interactive bi-monthly Radio TalkShow that will air from 10:00am-11:00am every first and last Saturday of the month on Bunyoro Broadcasting Station (96.0 FM) is to be jointly run by UDN community monitors in conjunction with staff from Recreation for Development and Peace (RDP), a local NGO. It is hoped that the Community Monitoring and evaluation and radio programme will go a long way in fostering social accountability in Masindi District and the entire Bunyoro area through community empowerment.
Executive Director, Patrick Tumwebaze (left) briefs listeners on UDN's work during the launch of the Community Radio Programme on Bunyoro Broadcasting Station in Masindi Town
Currently, UDN facilitates five other community radio programmes on Kinkizi FM in Kanungu District, Saviour FM (Amuria District), Continental FM (Kumi District), Crane FM (Bushenyi District) and Eastern Voice FM (Bugiri District).