IMPROVING COMMUNICATION WITH CRISIS-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES
Salam Watandar network of community radio stations
The US-based media development organisation Internews runs
a radio programming service called Salam Watandar (Hello Countryman).
It produces 14 hours of programming a day, including hourly news
bulletins, current affairs and civic education programmes and provincial news
reporting. This package also includes programming produced by other media
organisations, such as BBC World Service Trust.
It is distributed to a
network of more than 70 community radio stations based in 27 of Afghanistan’s
Each radio partner is required to broadcast a minimum of three hours of
Salam Watandar programming per day during peak listening periods in the early
morning and evening.
More than 10 million people – a third of the population of Afghanistan -
live within the footprint of Salam Watandar partner stations. Internews was planning to add another 12 community
radio stations to the network in 2011.
Watandar programming is distributed from Kabul by satellite through two separate channels.
One is a mixed service of Pashto
and Dari, which reaches more than 40
radio stations in 27 provinces. It is Afghanistan’s equivalent of America’s
National Public Radio.
The other, launched in January 2010, is Pashto only and targets
audiences in the east and south of the country.
Salam Watander programmes are also distributed to some stations on CD.
Salam Watander partner stations
Radio Amo, Faizabad, Badakhshan (North
Qala-I Now, Badghis (North west)
Tiraj Mir, Pul-I Khomri, Baghlan (North east)
Now-Bahar, Balkh, Balkh (North)
Mazar-I Sharif, Balkh (North)
Bamyan, Bamyan (Central)
Nili, Daikundi (Central)
Maimana, Faryab (North West)
Malistan, Ghazni (East)
Ghaznawiyan, Ghazni, Ghazni (East)
Jaghuri, Ghazni (East)
Sada-I Adalat, Cheghcheran, Ghor (Central)
Lashkargah, Helmand (South)
Neda-I Sulh, Ghoryan, Herat (West)
Sada-I Jawan, Herat, Herat (West)
Herat, Herat (West)
Qarabagh, Kabul (East)
Paghman, Kabul (East)
Kabul, Kabul (East)
Spin Boldak, Kandahar (South)
Sul-I Paygham, Khost, Khost (East)
Asadabad, Kunar (East)
Imam Sahib, Kunduz (North)
Kunduz, Kunduz (North)
Mehtarlam, Laghman (East)
Pul-I Alam, Logar (East)
Milli Paygham, Mohammd Agha, Logar (East)
Jalalabad, Nangarhar (East)
Ghanikhel, Nangarhar (East)
Sharana, Paktika (South East)
Samkani Ghag, Samkanai, Paktiya (East)
Bazarak, Panjsher (North East)
Sada-I Sulh, Jabulsaraj, Parwan (East)
Sada-I Haqiqat, Aibak, Samangan (North)
Takharistan, Taluqan, Takhar (North east)
Radio Khas, Khas Uruzgan, Uruzgan
Radio Yawali Ghag, Wardak (East)
All the partner stations
can be contacted through Salam Watandar, which organizes advertising packages
that can be placed in some or all of them.
In 2010, the network carried adverts for the
Ministries of Education and Public Health, Save the Children, UNICEF, Da
Afghanistan Bank, Afghan Telecom and others.
- Salam Watandar
- House No. 99
- Darul Aman Road