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Support Center for Indigenous Community Radio (SCICR) is a wing under Indigenous Media Foundation which produces radio programs in different indigenous languages, coordinates with Indigenous radios and periodically organizes training and workshops for Indigenous journalists. The value community radio brings to Indigenous people is innumerable. It is imperative that SCICR supports Indigenous radio producers, volunteers, and language activists in their efforts to legalize community-controlled media as a form of supporting Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

Radio is the major medium for Indigenous Peoples to communicate in Nepal. It is an important source of information and is accessible to Indigenous Peoples because most people have a radio in their home. Community radio in Nepal also has the potential to promote the voices and participation of Indigenous Peoples in public discourse at the national and local levels. On commercial radio, Indigenous Peoples’ issues are inadequately covered and often politicized. Therefore, in order to serve the poor and marginalized Indigenous Peoples and amplify their voices, Indigenous Media Foundation made an effort to set up The Support Center for Indigenous Community Radio. The Center now has been actively engaged in promoting and supporting the growth and strengthening of indigenous community radio in Nepal mainly through technical inputs, capacity building to producers, developing reference materials, conducting lobby and advocacy works, so that indigenous community radio are able to be best platform for Nepalese indigenous peoples to have their say.

In Nepal, census records state that Indigenous peoples comprise about 36% of the total population of 26 million, but Indigenous organizations place this figure closer to 50%. The 2011 census reported 125 caste and ethnic groups. The government has officially recognized 59 of these groups as Indigenous Peoples, or Adivasi Janajati (Indigenous Nationalities), as they are officially known. Of the 123 languages spoken in Nepal, 95% are spoken by Indigenous Peoples. Even though Indigenous peoples make up a significant portion of Nepal’s population, they have been marginalized in terms of land, resources, languages, culture, law, and economic opportunities. The new constitution, adopted in the aftermath of the devastating 2015 earthquake, has been disowned by Indigenous Peoples for denying their rights.

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