Podcast to Radio- Bringing Global Issues Home
The Africa Regional Services (ARS) branch of Africa Bureau’s Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs (AF/PDPA) of the U.S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program to reach millions of young professionals in sub-Saharan Africa by podcast and radio on a variety of themes including democracy; entrepreneurship; Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math; climate change; and health.
Produce 30 episodes (between 15-30 minutes each) of audio programming to be available as podcasts to be downloaded by individuals and provided to radio stations over the course of a minimum of 6 months in English, French and Portuguese.
Create a narrative budget that describes production costs that may include compensation to on-the-ground reporters or for the collection of authentic b-roll audio footage, payment for radio time, USB keys, data cards, advertising, etc.
Reach at least 10 million youth between 25-45, in at least 25 sub-Sahara African countries over the course of the project via radio and online means.
Increase public awareness, especially among women, about global issues and what that concern means to them.
Increase public awareness about an individual’s role in a citizen-responsive government and democratic stability.
Make programs available with specific attention to community radio stations in English, French and Portuguese and 10 episodes in Kinyarwanda. (Include translation costs in budget.)
Increase positive views of the United States or U.S. foreign policy as seen in polls. (Include polling or sub award for polling in budget.)
Provide evidence of public discussion on ten of the twenty topics.
Promote U.S. values or assistance in thematic discussions.
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The roles of journalists, elected leaders, community leaders, strong institutions, civil society, and security forces in democracies.
What is the United Nations Security Council and rotating presidency? And why should I care?
Contributions of stigmatized groups, such as LGBT, women, youth, and persons with disabilities.
Human rights: what are they, what safeguards protect them, why should this matter to me?
How rumors start and how to overcome incorrect rumors or misinformation.
Citizen participation: how and why people take on active roles in their communities.
Independent Judiciary- what is it and examples where it has worked
How are young people on the continent making a difference in their communities?
How vaccines work, from measles to polio to COVID-19
Gender-based violence and legal protections available.
Successes in community health (Ebola, vaccine or malaria campaigns)
Healthy lifestyles: Nutrition, exercise, good health practices
U.S. and African partnerships in health
Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Africa Free Trade Agreement.
AGOA: what it is and how it has helped African countries
Web based business models in Africa
Development assistance and the differences between foreign aid and loans for infrastructure projects
Success stories (American Chambers of Commerce, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), African Woman’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), Nouveaux Horizon bookstores, etc.)
What scientific fields contribute to the knowledge of space and what institutions in Sub Sarahi africa are connected to Space exploration or policy
Why should I care about space? (should encourage STEM studies)
The connection of private companies, NASA, and international space travel
Teaching the next scientists- what teachers and parents can do to encourage curiosity
The threats climate change poses to sub-Saharan Africa
Innovative solutions to climate issues
The connection between maritime security, enforcement of IUU fishing restrictions, and food security in Africa.
Total available funding: $400,000
Award amounts: awards may range from a minimum of $50,000 to a maximum of $400,000
Anticipated program start date: September 2021
Length of performance period: 12 months; first episode broadcast expected December 2021
Sub Saharan Africa: Lusophone and francophone countries; South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda, Eswatini, Lesotho, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi.
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Young professionals speaking English, French, Portuguese, and Kinyarwanda in sub-Sahara Africa by radio in low bandwidth environments and by podcast for download or streaming in highly digitized environments.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
Not-for-profit organizations, including think tanks and civil society/non-governmental organizations with proof of past grants implementation experience with the U.S. government.
Public and private educational institutions.
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=333850