Community radio has a special place in UNESCO’s programmes. The aim of UNESCO’s community radio programme is to address crucial social issues at a community level, such as poverty and social exclusion, empower marginalized rural groups and catalyse democratic processes and development efforts.
Tambuli (Tinig ng Aming Munting Bayan Upang Umunlad Ang Maliliit or the Voice of the Community) in the Philippines was among the first independent community radios set up with help from UNESCO, in collaboration with DANIDA.
In 2006, UNESCO and UNIFEM launched a joint programme to establish an e-village in Lib and Mleih. UNIFEM is leading the e-village project while UNESCO is providing the first ever community radio station in Jordan to the e-village.