FADECO Community Radio operates from the region of Kagera, a region that was host to about one million Rwandese and Burundi refugees who have left a number of economic and social challenges resulting from the Rwanda and Burundi conflicts. These problems led to the UN system in Tanzania to develop a special UN programme on North Western Tanzania to assist those communities through a post refugee transition period. The station was set up with a grant of only USD 14,000 from UNESCO IPDC in 2007. Since then, the station has grown to a vigorous local radio with a strong editorial team, which has forged links with several national mainstream media and international media.
The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the FADECO Community Radio’s coverage areas of health, agriculture and education.