Star FM – who we are
• Leading pioneering radio broadcast within Northern Kenya
and Somalia region
• Broadcast 24 hours a day – target audience are children,
youth, women and men
• The main aim is to empower households and communities
through providing a two-way communication process
between service providers and communities.
Star FM products and services
• Popular, public interest programs on key humanitarian and
refugees affairs, political and social issues
• Documentary production
• Commissioned videos
• Radio Commercials
• Translation services
Why radio is important for
humanitarian crises
• It saves lives! During humanitarian emergencies people have
an urgent need for information.
• “Poor information flow is definitely the biggest sources of
dissatisfaction, anger and frustration among affected people”
• Radio can deliver news to the most remote communities and
provide emergency information during crises
Innovative Tools that Star FM use
• Social media – Facebook, short code
• Mobile phones
• Telephone
• Connecting to diaspora community
• Live streaming
• Souktel
• Partnering and coordinating with humanitarian agencies
• Insecurity
• Lack of network
• Lack of electricity
Gargaar Program Update
• Daily one-hour program – humanitarian stories, features and
interviews, musical interludes and a daily poem introduced in
the camp
It is as if God sent a bridge to span the gap that affects the refugee community
concerning access to information” – Mohamud Bundid Saney, Security Chairman,
Gargaar Program
• Highlights include
– Extensive coverage of 2013 change of agency responsibilities in
different camps
– Returns and repatriation especially as Kenyan and Somali
Governments hold high level discussions
– Polio outbreak and process for vaccination
– New technology using bio-metrics for food distribution by WFP
– Numerous programs highlighting positive stories such as community
women’s groups, ICT ad YEP centers and distribution of Non-food
items such as radios
‘When I came to the camp I did not even have
information about how to access water or
simple things like that. Now that this program
is aired, new and old refugees have
somewhere they can get information” –
Maano Hussein Ibrahim, Trainnee Journalist
Monitoring and Evaluation
53.6% reported that they don’t have enough information to make decision for
37.9% reported that the main information they need to help them and their family
members is general news on what is happening in the camp and 22% wanted
information on humanitarian issues
74.2% of the population relies on the radio as the main ways of finding
information, and Star FM is the most popular local station
48.9% who reported they are able to talk to aid providers, only 14.3% were recent
arrivals against 34.6% of the long term arrivals – indicating length of stay is a
critical factor on whether they are able to talk to aid providers
Each and every aid agency has to coordinate with the local media by sharing the
information and the press release to us to inform the refugees, IDPs, vulnerable
people through radio
Improvement of working relationships between humanitarian agencies and the
private sector
For better communication between refugees and aid agencies radios are required,
and aid agencies should consider distributing solar radio
Less expensive solar mobile phones should be available to assist communication
Information is aid and the radio is the most informative tool for
affected people
Star FM directors holding the award the
station won ``CNN Africa award’’
FM presenter conducting Telephone
FM Presenter Editing The program
FM anchor reading news
FM anchor reading news
Star FM presenter in the studio during
live show on reproductive health issue.
Star FM Presenters Brain storming about the coming up
Star FM Staff entertaining the public on disaster reduction
campaign in Garissa.
Star FM Youth Training in Dadaab
Ali Idow listens to Star FM radio at the Ifo
extension refugee camp in Dadaab daab.
Refugees women received solar radio,
Star FM covered the Initiative.daab.
Star FM reporter interviewing the women
who received the solar radiosdaab.
Mobile Phone Charging Site.
Star FM – listen now
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Facebook: star fm-the voice of nep
Email: [email protected]
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