For the last 10 months ToroDev has been partnering with KRC FM, Manya Ekiragiro Kyawe program every Wednesday from (08:00Pm to 10:00Pm ) with an aim of using radio talkshows for public accountability for improved service delivery in Rwenzori Region Western Uganda under SIDA, SPIDER, ICT4Dem ,CIPESA, DRT, WOUGNET and , Indigo trust NED Projects and Supporting a democratic space to improve public service delivery through 2015/2016 general elections in Uganda under NED project.
For ToroDev program to plan for the next four months the evaluation talkshow had to be held, to effectively collect and analyze information from the listeners about a program’s activities, outcomes, challenges, and solutions to the challenges and way forward. The main purpose of the evaluation was to help to make judgments about a program, to improve its effectiveness, and/or to inform programming decisions. The evaluation talkshow was attended by Sheila Amanya M&E Officer and David Kugonza documentation and communication officer ToroDev and moderated by Kaahwa Kansengerwa Abooki.
|ToroDev staff during an Evaluation Talkshow|
“As ToroDev’ programming team we are holding this evaluation talkshow to plan with our listeners, to know what they want to hear in the next four months, to know which leaders they want to engage in the radio debate, and to have exchange of information between all stakeholders and ToroDev team to help us determine plans, needs, challenges, changes and future plans that help in demonstrating the program’s successes or progress.” Said Sheila Amanya M&E Officer ToroDev.
Sheila added guiding questions were given to the listeners to help in getting the necessary information these included; What predicted and unpredicted impacts has the program had to you listeners since 2015?, Are the radio talkshows making a difference in your community?, Which kind of issues do you want us to discuss, Which people do you want us to host?, Is the time we use to run the talk show enough to air out people’s concerns? , How can we improve women’s participation? etc
The one and a half hours were given to callers to call in and send in SMS to share their issues that can help us plan for the next four months as ToroDev holds radio talk shows for improved accountability and service delivery. Over 30 listeners from Kyenjojo, Kabarole, Kyegegwa, Ntoroko, Bundibugyo districts participated through calling-in out of 30 callers who called in 6 were women.
|Kaahwa Kansengerwa the moderator of 'Manya Ekiragiro Kyawe' on KRC FM|
“These talkshows have wakened the sleeping leaders because they hint on those who are inactive and they come back to their senses”. Said Scovia from Harukoto, Kabarole district during the evaluation talkshow on KRC Fm
“We are courageous and brave enough , to face any leader whenever we want to ask them for accountability, we are now sensitized due to these talkshows thanks to Torodev for the development and educative programs”. Said Shafic a caller from Kyenjojo district during the evaluation talkshow on KRC Fm
“Local leaders of all levels have been hosted and we have heard them give accountability and we also participate in these debates, so they have been a very good platform to engage leaders in lively debates”. Said Annet a caller from Kyenjojo district
“We appreciate ToroDev for sponsoring the talkshows; they have done us great to keep shaking our leaders. The talk shows have awakened the inactive leaders to check themselves and start working”. Said Friday Swibu a caller from Kigarare , Kyenjojo districts during the evaluation talkshow on KRC Fm
“The construction of the road is going on in Harugongo Sub County I believe due to the efforts of radio talkshows, because these issues have been discussed on many talkshows". Said Chris a caller from Harugongo in, Kabarole District, during the evaluation talkshow
“Leaders of all levels from LCI- , LCIII, LCV, MPS and even the President should be hosted in the next talkshows to present their work plans to us who voted them, this will help us to task them after 2 years”. Said Stanley a caller from Kabarole district.
ToroDev should continue injecting more money in these talkshows because the radio talkshows have empowered us local citizens with information and knowledge to know how to demand public accountability for improved service delivery from the leaders we elected, this has enabled us to keep monitoring on the leaders”. Said Tusime from Mugusu, Kabarole district.
The live radio programs are proudly sponsored by ToroDev in partnership with SIDA, NED, DRT, CIPESA, SPIDER, ICT4DEM, JUBILEE RADIO, HITS FM and KRC FM.