About Kenya Community Media Network

Foundation

KCOMNET was founded by a voluntary group of individuals, media practitioners, NGOs, and community media groups with an interest in development communications and committed to the promotion of community media in Kenya. The community groups included community radio listener groups, drama, puppetry, folk music, community resource centres and newsletters.

Over the years, KCOMNET has focussed its engagements on the development of community radio in Kenya. Community radio is considered as the flagship of community media as they are able to effectively integrate and promote other forms of community media. The Network provides a platform for networking between community media, with other media stakeholders, and the general public.  It also mobilizes resources for the development of community media in Kenya.

Our Work

KCOMNET has been supporting community radio stations in Kenya for the purpose of enabling them to take their rightful place as a distinct sector of the media that addresses pertinent and pressing issues at the grassroots communities. Community radio is distinct from the private and commercial media in that they are non-profit broadcasting initiatives that are established and sustained by civil society organisations at the grassroots communities.

The establishment and development of community radio station is based on five principles which are recognized globally as being the key pillars of community broadcasting: These are Community ownership, community service, community participation, a non-profit business model and independence (Coyer 2009, Fairbairn 2009).

Since its formation, KCOMNET has focussed its attention in the consolidation and strengthening of community media sector in Kenya through four programmatic interventions: Networking, capacity building, content development and policy advocacy

Where we work

The target of KCOMNET’s activities are spread out in all 47 counties in Kenya that are served by community radio stations. KCOMNET is  currently engaged with over 22 community radio stations spread out in 8 counties in Kenya. Working with the 22 community radio stations is only a start.  Eventually, KCOMNET activities will reach out to all the registered community radio stations in the country and even the upcoming ones in all the counties in the country.

Results of our work until now

KCOMNET has actively participated in the advocacy processes which led to the recognition of community radio as the third sector of broadcasting beside public and commercial radio stations in Kenya.  KCOMNET has achieved considerable success in serving its members, and building the capacity of community radio for them to address pressing local issues in their communities and achieve considerable impact in the service of local governance and community development.

Over the years, KCOMNET has collaborated with a variety of local and international development partners to build the capacity of community based media and their practitioners in Kenya. Some of these partners include: UNESCO, Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC), Commonwealth of Learning (COL),  Akiba Uhaki Foundation (AUF), HIVOS/ Kenya Media Programme (KMP) among other partners.

Amplifying community voices

KCOMNET’s 2010–2015 strategic plan envisions a strong secretariat that will take the sector to the next level in terms of ownership, funding, leadership, training, professionalism, governance and advocacy.

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