The Contributions of Community Radios in Fostering Social Services in Tanzania: An Evaluation of “Maendeleo vijijini” Program by Radio SAUT FM in Misungwi District
Social Sciences
Volume 8, Issue 5, October 2019, Pages: 255-260
Received: Aug. 15, 2019; Accepted: Sep. 16, 2019; Published: Sep. 26, 2019
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Mwidima Peter Charles, Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, St Augustine University of Tanzania, Mwanza, Tanzania
Fortunatus Manenosabini, Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (Radio SAUT FM), St Augustine University of Tanzania, Mwanza, Tanzania
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Being one among the peripheral countries in the world, the provision and access of social services in the rural areas in Tanzania is still one of the major stumbling blocks facing the country. Access to clean water and health services in the rural Tanzania areas are one of the major challenges facing residents in those areas. Likewise, about 85% of the roads in the rural Tanzania areas are either rough roads or mad roads. In Misungwi, access to clean drinking water and the provision of health services are still problematic. The roads are also very poor to allow a free movement of people and goods. The focus of this study was to evaluate the contributions made by community radio stations in fostering the improvements of social services in Tanzania. Specifically, the study evaluated the maendeleo vijijini program aired by radio SAUT FM and its contributions in the improvement of roads, safe drinking water, and health services in Misungwi rural area. This was a qualitative research whereby the data collection method used was interviews. A purposive sampling technique was used to select respondents for this study whereby a total of 33 respondents were interviewed. They included; three (3) head of units from Misungwi district, 20 members of the development committee, and 10 local leaders. The finding show that community radios through maendeleo vijijini program had played significant contribution towards the promotion and improvements of social services in the rural areas of Misungwi district. Nearly over 60% of the interviewees confirmed that the program had played grate contributions in promoting and education residences and government officials about the importance of good roads, safe drinking water, and improved health services. In conclusion, these findings have confirmed that community radios have not played any noticeable contributions in Tanzania. The findings also suggest that running a community radio in Tanzania need to be well prepared in terms of financial and human capital. Because of untrained staff to run the program and financial shortages, community radios will continue suffering because of poor coverage, frequent power cut-offs, poor program preparations, just a few to mention.
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Contributions, Community Radios, Fostering, Social Services, An Evaluation, Maendeleo Vijijini Program, Misungwi District
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Mwidima Peter Charles, Fortunatus Manenosabini, The Contributions of Community Radios in Fostering Social Services in Tanzania: An Evaluation of “Maendeleo vijijini” Program by Radio SAUT FM in Misungwi District, Social Sciences. Vol. 8, No. 5, 2019, pp. 255-260. doi: 10.11648/j.ss.20190805.16
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