For the last year or so, SAPEP have been partnering with the BBC and the Zambia Council for Social Development to run the MAKE Project. The aim of the MAKE (Media for Accountability & Empowerment) Project is to use media to give communities a voice and equip them with the information they need to address problems in their local area.
This March, PEPAIDS Founder and CEO, Helen Allen, went along to see the project in action:
Every Saturday at 12:00 midday, a group of villagers from St Mary’s in Monze District gather under a tree. A group of citizens, carefully selected to ensure that there is a balance of men, women and youth of various viewpoints, that are representative of the wider community. Their mission: to come, to question and to conquer! They have no radio, so the SAPEP vehicle, doors wide open and radio on, full blast, is their media platform and Wilson Nyirenda, SAPEP CEO, armed with a dictaphone to record their feedback, is their citizen journalist!