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Phone: (415) 561-4884
38 Keyes Ave #3
Bld 38 The Presidio

San Francisco
California 94129

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Geographic areas served: Currently Asia & Africa

Programs: Equal Access delivers critically needed development information to underserved and marginalized communities by combining FM and digital satellite broadcasting with grassroots community outreach and leadership training so that, for the first time, communities in the developing world without access to terrestrial radio, newspapers or any other information sources are now being provided with engaging content that assists them in facing the challenges of a changing world. Equal Access? Asia Development Channels cover all of south and south-east Asia, including even the most remote rural communities. In Nepal, Afghanistan, Cambodia India, and Laos we have already implemented effective development projects using this unique approach.

Every day, millions of people throughout Asia, tune into Equal Access? radio programs to be informed and entertained on a range of development issues such as women's empowerment, HIV/AIDS, early childhood development, health, peacebuilding, youth life skills, rule of law and anti-trafficking. Designed to educate as well as entertain, most of Equal Access? radio programs consist of serial dramas, interviews and chat shows. After the broadcasts, these issues are discussed in thousands of villages through facilitated listening groups reinforcing the messages. Currently, Equal Access? programs can reach approximately 12 million people in Nepal, 5 million people in Afghanistan and 6 million people in Cambodia- allowing for a total beneficiary estimate of 23 million people in Asia!

In Nepal, a new Peacebuilding & Human Rights Initiative, Changing our Worlds, combines interviews and a radio drama, to promote increased participation of rural Nepalese? in local reconciliation and governance activities. In Afghanistan, a new Human Rights & Women in Islam Initiative, My Rights, Our Rights, Others? Rights in the Light of Islam, combines presenter led chats, engaging interviews, exciting serial dramas, and relevant case studies relating to the dramas to initiate and develop discussions about peoples? ?Rights? and how they can be understood within an Islamic framework, thereby reinforcing democratic principles and supporting civil society within existing Afghan social, religious and cultural traditions. In Cambodia, a new Safe Migration Initiative, The Future is in Your Hands, uses a combination of serial radio dramas and magazine shows to educate rural Cambodians about safe migration practices and to direct their inquiries to local organizations that provide support services.

To create positive social change for millions of underserved people in the developing world by providing critically needed information and education through innovative media, appropriate technology and direct community engagement.
Equal Access has grown in 4 years from reaching less than 5 million to a reach of almost 45 million in Asia and has just launched projects in the African Sahel.

In 2007, Equal Access has:

Engaged more than 9,000 local communities

Produced more than 590 hours of original media content

Delivered more than 30,000 person-days of training

Reach listeners for less than 10cents per year.

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While serving a worthwhile mission, Equal Access International has also at times created a negative impact amongst emerging/startup local businesses who do not always have the means or financial resources to compete with well-capitalized "MNC"s of the development media world. In Cambodia, the ... more »
Equal Access' mission to bridge the digital divide by increased access to information as a means to alleviate economic and social conditions is very valuable. Let me bring to your attention a quote from a recent Op/Ed article in The New York Times by the Secretary General. He underscored that &ldquo... more »
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