Radio, especially community radio, remains one of the most effective forms of media in the world today and is especially important in parts of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific.
SIGNIS supports the development of community radio and Catholic radio stations, and promotes existing radio networks and associations. There are dozens of Catholic radio networks and associations across the globe. Some of these networks, especially in Latin America and Europe, have existed for some time now. Others, in particular in Africa, have only come into existence within the last three years.
SIGNIS does not intend to establish its own Catholic radio networks. Rather, SIGNIS seeks to reinforce existing networks and encourage interaction between networks to enhance the shared learning experience. SIGNIS policy is one of subsidiarity and promoting professional collaboration.
SIGNIS members in Latin America have been in the forefront of the development of community and educational radio in the region. The community radio networks in Latin America are legendary in their creative use of radio for development and the promotion of human rights.
In Africa, SIGNIS supports an expanding network of radio stations. In 2003, SIGNIS held its first workshop for Catholic radio stations in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2005, SIGNIS facilitated a second workshop for French speaking radio stations in West Africa in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Moreover, at the SIGNIS World Congress 2005 in Lyon, a workshop was devoted to catholic Radio Networks.
A seminar for Eastern and Southern African radio stations organized by SIGNIS in
2006, focused on creative production for conflict resolution and peace building.
SIGNIS seminars and workshops enable local FM radio stations to debate creative ideas, appreciate and review production techniques and share problem solving solutions. They generate communities of practice that stimulate creative production in community radio stations in Africa.
In addition, SIGNIS Services Rome has traditionally provided technical consultation and equipment to radio stations, especially in Africa.