Reflections on a two-week global LinkedIn debate: Community participation for radio financial sustainability


  • Birgitte Jallov
  • A. Sofie Jannusch


A lively debate on (community) radio sustainability took place on the LinkedIn platform, with more than 200 people, from all continents, sharing and discussing simultaneously in English, French and Spanish. The debate was initiated in April 2014 by the communication consultancy CAMECO, run by its team of professionals with supporting translators, and coordinated by the authors of this article for ten days.

Author Biographies

Birgitte Jallov

Birgitte Jallov has worked with community radio as a tool for empowerment since she engaged in the community radio movement in 1980 in Denmark. She has worked with community media development in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East in several capacities. Her EMPOWERHOUSE initiative supports sustainable community radios for change. E-mail:

A. Sofie Jannusch

A. Sofie Jannusch is a media expert at Catholic Media Council (CAMECO), a consultancy for media and communication in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Pacific. Among her various assignments is the coordination of CAMECO’s “Participatory Radio” project.  E-mail: