Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE credits
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.
2016. , 72 p.