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The role of community radio in the response and recovery phase of the Gorkha earthquake: A case study research on humanitarian communication in Kathmandu Valley
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

When the Gorkha earthquake hit Nepal on 25th April 2015, radio proved to be one of

the major sources of information. Especially community radio could provide essential

and life-saving information, reflecting the needs of the affected, local communities.

Those stations claimed to speak “not about but for the people”. While community radio

practitioners have repeatedly highlighted the benefits of the participatory approach, the

linkage between the concept and its implementation when disaster strikes remains


Thus, the following thesis is aimed to illuminate the manifold role community radio had

during the earthquake in 2015. The theoretical framework is based on key concepts such

as community radio, crisis and humanitarian communication, resilience and Disaster

Risk Management. The thesis strives to discuss various disciplines as well as

practitioners and researchers perspectives. For that purpose, normative theory is

contrasted by a survey with 30 community members, which had been affected by the

earthquake, five interviews with community radio practitioners, one focus group

discussion and several key-informant interviews, that I conducted in Nepal in February

and March 2016. Having identified common challenges and lesson learned, one central

outcome of this thesis are recommendations that are aimed to foster resilience towards

future crisis in the earthquake prone country.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 72 p.
Keyword [en]
Participatory Media
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-296694OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-296694DiVA: diva2:939423
Educational program
Master Programme in International Humanitarian Action
2016-06-01, 17:52 (English)
Available from: 2016-06-21 Created: 2016-06-19 Last updated: 2016-06-21Bibliographically approved

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