West Africa Democracy Radio

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West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) is a trans-territorial, sub-regional broadcaster based in Dakar, Senegal. WADR is a project of the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) set up in 2003 to protect and defend the ideals of democratic and open societies by disseminating development information through a network of community radios in the West African sub-region.[1]

The WADR network comprises nearly 40 partner radios in eight West African countries and a chain of correspondents in ten countries in the region. WADR broadcasts in French and English on 94.9 FM in Dakar, via satellite on Astra 4A to sub-Saharan Africa, and streams to the African diaspora from its website.[2]

In April 2011, Sourcefabric worked with West Africa Democracy Radio to build a news platform for the station using Airtime, Newscoop and Soundcloud integration.[3] The project was named as a special distinction winner in the 2011 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism which identify projects developing interactive journalism.[4]


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