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Equal Access is an international not-for-profit organization that provides information and education about healthcare and social issues through radio in developing countries. The organization is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Kathmandu, Nepal; Kabul, Afghanistan; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and New Delhi, India.
The organization was founded in the belief that people everywhere are entitled to Equal Access to information and education and should have the opportunity to join the dialogue as both recipients and contributors of that information.
The mission, as stated by the organization, is to create positive social change for large numbers of people in the developing world by providing critically needed information and educations through:
- effective partnerships and community engagement,
- locally produced and targeted content
- the use of appropriate and cost-effective technology.
Equal Access works with local NGOs and community leaders in Nepal, Afghanistan, Cambodia and India, as well as with developmental agencies, foundations, governments, local media talent and the private sector in the design and delivery of its communication initiatives.
Equal Access receives support from the Ford Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Asia Foundation, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Population Fund and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Nations World Food Programme and the World Bank.
Ronni Goldfarb founded Equal Access in 1999 and is its Executive Director. She worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to create the Equal Access/UNDP Digital Broadcast Initiative and to launch an Asia Pacific Regional Information and Education Network, the Equal Access Asia Development Channel.