Digital Broadcast Initiative of Equal Access in Nepal is a not-for-profit organisation that specialises in community empowerment through radio broadcasting. Community listening of radio programme is one of the strongest methodologies Equal Access uses to curb social evils like drinking, violence against women, HIV, poverty and illiteracy.
Digital Broadcast Initiative of Equal Access in Nepal creates and disseminates radio shows that empower listeners with critically needed information for social change. DBI started operations in Nepal as the executing agency for the UNDP Asia Pacific Regional pilot project. This initiative utilises digital satellite broadcasting technology to bring vital development information direct to underserved communities in rural settings. Equal Access has also implemented ‘communications for development’ projects in Nepal, with programming on a range of thematic areas including education, healthcare, micro-finance, sustainable agriculture, human rights and conflict management, HIV/AIDS and women’s empowerment. Equal Access projects are designed to reach the broadest possible audience in culturally appropriate and cost effective ways. The unique project methodology catalyses local content production and distribution as a tool to extend the reach and impact of health, education and other development programs. By using digital satellite technology and solar energy, Equal Access reaches areas with poor telephony, little or no electrical power and high rates of illiteracy. Twelve million listeners regularly tune into Equal Access Nepal radio programs which are broadcast to target rural Nepalis.