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WADR launches new website

WADR team in DakarWADR team in Dakar (Photo: Ljuba Ranković)
April 1, 2011

The sub-regional West Africa Democracy Radio (WADR) Friday launched its new website in Dakar, providing new features such as social media and audio on demand.

Speaking during the launch, WADR Station Manager Peter Kahler thanked the Swiss-based Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) for a grant to the radio that made the new website a reality.

Kahler also thanked its partner, Sourcefabric, a Czech non-profit organization that provides technical support to independent media organizations, for sending three technicians to build the site and train WADR staff to operate it.

In remarks, Sourcefabric’s Clients and Services Director Douglas Arellanes said that he was honored to work with such a professional and transnational organization as WADR, and that his organization is focused on providing solutions that emphasize open source methods in technology. These open source solutions are far more cost-effective and allow media organizations such as WADR far greater flexibility and reach in covering the news.

“Our organization’s motto is “find a way or make one,” and I’m happy to say that WADR’s new website is definitely one of the most advanced radio websites, not only in the subregion but in the world. We will seek to promote similar solutions based on what we have developed here in Dakar with other independent media worldwide.

“We’re especially happy to partner with such a forward-thinking station such as WADR and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship between our organizations,” he said.

WADR was created by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) to be a hub of a network of community, public and private radio stations in the sub-region, serving as a platform to promote peace, transparent governance, regional integration and  information exchange among the peoples of West Africa.

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