WHO WE ARE
Radio changes lives: Solving community problems • Mitigating climate change • Promoting open elections • Improving quality of health • Increasing farmer income • Empowering women • Healthy stations make healthy communities
Developing Radio Partners (DRP) is a US-based non-profit media development organization that works with local radio stations in developing countries, providing them with the skills they need to bring reliable information to those who need it most.
DRP was formally established as a non-profit organization in 2004, but its origins are in Bill Siemering’s first-hand experience and research in media development over the last twelve years. After 20-plus years of experience in public radio management and program development in the U.S., Bill received a MacArthur Foundation fellowship in 1993 that afforded him an opportunity to turn his attention elsewhere in the world. From 1994 – 2004, he worked as a consultant and staff member with the Open Society Institute to develop independent media in new democracies. From his experiences working with local radio stations in countries such as Mongolia, South Africa, and Sierra Leone, Bill witnessed their tremendous potential as a positive force for community development; however, Bill also saw firsthand that radio’s full potential as a community development tool was largely unrealized.
Developing Radio Partners was created to help broadcasters build healthy stations that strengthen communities. It focuses on radio, as well as its relation to new media. No broadcasters face greater challenges than those in developing countries: they serve listeners in some of the most economically and politically fragile countries, often relying upon volunteers and staffs with limited or no broadcasting experience. In the prosperous United States, public broadcasters looked to the federal government and individuals for support; neither of these resources are available to these stations.
Developing Radio Partners therefore seeks new partnerships for new solutions.
THE DRP TEAM
Charles Rice, President & Chief Executive Officer
Chuck joined Developing Radio Partners in 2012.
His background is in journalism, management and media development. For the past 15 years, Chuck has managed numerous media projects for organizations that include Internews, the World Bank, and the International Center for Journalists. Most recently, he has worked in Kenya, Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi and Somaliland.
In March 2019, he was a guest journalism lecturer at the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland.
Previously, he has lived and worked on media projects in more than a dozen countries -- including Timor-Leste, where he managed a two-year, five-million-dollar media development project. It included developing a four-year journalism degree program, establishing media houses around the country, assisted a community in setting up its own radio station and establishing the online news agency. He has also designed monitoring and evaluation techniques to ensure journalism training programs are effective and meet the needs of the trainees.
Chuck spent nearly 18 years as a journalist with the Associated Press before he moved into development work.
In 2003, Chuck received a two-year Knight Fellowship. This took him to Mongolia to conduct training workshops with journalists at community radio stations, TV stations, and newspapers throughout the country. It also launched his career as an international media consultant.
Richard Eisendorf, Director of New Business Development
Rich has worked with humanitarian non-profit organizations for over 25 years. He managed a regional Middle Eastern and North Africa media working group of leaders in print and broadcast media with Search for Common Ground. He designed and managed international programs supporting freedom of the press, women’s rights, and human rights with Freedom House. And he helped establish an international newswire service plus one of the first private TV stations in Iraq.
Rich is a Certified Fund Raising Executive who has raised and managed over $50 million from government agencies, foundations, corporate donors and individuals. He is a seasoned new business development and fundraising professional with experience in every phase of program management – from assessments and project design to program implementation and evaluation.
He has served as Executive Director, Chief of Party, Senior Program Manager and development consultant to international, national and local organizations.
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MARTHA ZULU is DRP's chief trainer and mentor in Zambia. She also conducts radio station and community assessments. Ms Zulu also works with DRP on its projects in Malawi -- assisting in the development of youth radio programs on reproductive health.
Ms Zulu began her career in radio at Breeze-FM, a community-based, commercial station, with public interest programming in Chipata, Zambia. Breeze-FM is one of the largest commercial stations in Zambia. Over eight years, Ms. Zulu worked as a reporter, producer on-air host, and deputy director.
Among the many programs Martha produced was an hour-long weekly program called Good Governance that fostered discussion about the national budget. Breeze-FM has also aired programs on such topics as decentralization, corruption in public institutions and in land acquisition, and delivery of health care services.
After leaving Breeze-FM, Ms. Zulu worked as a consultant in Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. She worked with the Children's Radio Foundation, training youth in radio production, both in groups and one-on-one tutoring. Many of the radio youth are part of UNICEF Climate Change Ambassadors.
Martha is presently working toward a Diploma in Project Planning and Management at the National Institute of Public Administration in Lusaka.
She is fluent in all the Zambian local languages.
EUGENE NFORNGWA is DRP's chief trainer and mentor in Cameroon. He conducts assessments, handles logistics and develops training curricula. He also oversees all DRP project activities in the country.
Mr. Nforngwa is a an environmentalist and multi-award-winning journalist with more than 14 years’ experience in editorial and newsroom management positions with Cameroonian and international news media. Since October 2015, Eugene has worked as a consultant for Developing Radio Partners as a climate change reporting trainer and mentor for community radio stations in Cameroon. He also writes weekly bulletins to help community radio stations in Cameroon and Rwanda improve their coverage of climate change.
Eugene holds a Master in International Relations (International Cooperation, Humanitarian Action and Sustainable Development) jointly from the International Relations Institute of Cameroon and the University of Ca Foscari in Venice, Italy. He graduated from the University of Buea in 2008 with a BSc. in Geology and Botany. He has received journalism training from several reputed institutions including the University of South Florida (USA, 2010); Poynter Institutes (USA 2010); World Bank Institute (2003); European Journalism Center (2015) and the Advance School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Yaounde (2005).
Eugene regularly contributes in-depth development, conflict and environmental features to Al Jazeera and the Voice of America; and previously wrote macro-economic and political analyses for CEE Market Watch, an emerging markets intelligence publication for investment bankers in Western Europe. Before becoming a freelance journalist and producer, he was editor at The Standard Tribune and Managing Editor of the Herald, Cameroon’s best edited newspaper, according to UNESCO. His reporting has earned him many distinctions and awards, the more recent ones being a Ford Foundation Excellence in Media Award (Johannesburg, South Africa, 2016); The African Story Challenge (Mauritius, 2014); Media People Courage in Journalism Award (Yaoundé, Cameroon 2016); and the British High Commission Investigative Journalism Award (Yaoundé, Cameroon, 2016).
He is a member of the Global Climate Finance Campaign, a new initiative to pressure governments and investors to cut investments in fossil fuels and deforestation while increasing investments in clean alternatives.
VINCENT ZIBA has worked as a consultant for Developing Radio Partners since 2015. He represents DRP in Zambia and writes DRP’s Weekly Bulletin. The Bulletin focuses on a different environmental issue each week – offering background about the problem and solutions. The Weekly Bulletin is sent to DRP partner radio stations each week where it is used to generate stories for their weekly radio programs on climate smart agriculture.
In workshops, Vincent addresses climate change issues and their impact on Zambia. He also focuses on ways to adapt and mitigate the effects of climate change – particularly relating to farmers and their crops.
Vincent has an extensive background in agriculture and environmental issues -- with a Masters of Business degree from Cavendish University of UK/Zambia. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Zambia Crop Sciences Department and a post graduate certificate in governance for forest, nature and people. He has taken a variety of special courses including: ‘train the trainer’ skills, advanced organic agriculture development, training in disaster preparedness and additional training in community risk assessments and livelihoods adaptation.
He has won numerous awards for his work – including Best Environmental Activist in 2013 and 2014 by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency.
Vincent is also a founding member of the Zambia Climate Change Network and developed the first Constitution for the ZCCN.
CAROLYNE MAZIYA began working for DRP in 2014. Based in Blantyre, Malawi, she researches and writes the Weekly Bulletin which is distributed to radio stations each week. The Bulletins focus on a specific issue each week -- usually related to youth health services - and then presents possible solutions to the issue. The Weekly Bulletin also includes questions and contact details for specialists who can be interviewed for a radio program. Additionally, Carolyne conducts survey work for DRP.
She has an extensive background on health-related issues and has served as the program officer - coordinator for Johns Hopkins University in planning and coordinating health promotion activities in Malawi. She has also worked with Population Services International in the production of radio programs aimed at encouraging behavior change in young people relating to various health issues.
Carolyne has a diploma in Journalism from The University of Malawi Polytechnic, a diploma in Public Relations from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from the University of Malawi.
CHIKO MOYO has worked as a trainer for Developing Radio Partners since 2017. He oversees all DRP project activities in Malawi. He travels to our partner stations on a regular basis to assist youth reporters with their weekly radio programs. Chiko also helped organize and train nearly a dozen radio listening clubs that listen to the weekly radio programs each week and then provide feedback.
Previously, Chiko worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), on establishing and training members of radio listening clubs. The project was aimed at mobilizing communities to take part in holding government officials accountable when implementing government policies. He has also been involved in projects to raise citizen awareness about their rights and how to demand those rights.
Chiko has worked as a journalist in radio and television and also served a production chief and director of technical services. He is currently a sub-editor at The Nation online - a daily newspaper in Malawi.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Malawi and a diploma in Information Systems Analysis and Design from the Association of Computer Professionals, UK.
EDNA NGUKU is a media development specialist with more than ten years of experience in project management. Edna has been working with marginalized communities such as women and youth in demanding their rights and has been involved in community mobilization, establishing radio listening clubs and conducting journalism training.
She was trained in radio for development under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with the aim of giving the marginalized communities a voice to be heard. She worked as a radio programs producer for the Development Broadcasting Unit (DBU) a semi-autonomous body of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation responsible for producing development programs.
Later Edna joined the Development Communications Trust. She worked as Project Officer responsible for implementation of governance programs aimed at empowering communities to become active citizens and to hold government officials accountable.
Edna holds Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication. Currently she is studying for a Master of Arts in Health and Behavior Change Communication degree at the University of Malawi, The Polytechnic.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BRIAN D. FIX, Chair, is Of Counsel to Dentons, the largest international law firm into which his former law firm, Salans, combined five years ago. Based in Europe (Paris and London) for half of his career, Brian has specialized in structuring and negotiating joint ventures, international development agreements, acquisitions, and infrastructure financings in emerging markets, particularly throughout Africa and Central and Eastern Europe. In Africa, he has worked extensively for over 30 years and most recently, has been advising several African governments under the auspices of the International Senior Lawyers’ Project, serving as the “Public-Private Partnership Hotline” for the Government of Senegal, as an advisor to the Zambian Government on infrastructure development, and in the renegotiation of natural resource projects for the Government of Sierra Leone. He currently serves as Adjunct Professor at Sciences Po in Paris, teaching negotiation techniques for African development projects. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Brian opened and managed offices for the law firm in Poland and Ukraine. He has had a life-long interest in impartial, informative journalism, launched a foreign internship program for National Public Radio, and currently serves on the New York Advisory Committee of The News Literacy Project. He is now based in New York and works in both English and French
ANNIE de SAUSSURE, Secretary, is an Assistant Professor of French at Lafayette College. She received her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2016, and previously, earned a Licence (B.A. equivalent) and a Masters degree in Literature and Communications from the University of Rennes, France. While a student in France, Annie spent time teaching French and English to children in rural Burkina Faso as a field-based instructor, working in partnership with a Monaco-based NGO (Mission Enfance) and a Burkinabé grass-roots organization AZN (Association Zoramb Naagtaaba).
Annie is a proud advocate for public radio. Recently, she served as a volunteer at Maine Public Radio and helped to produce a show on community Improv Theater in Maine. In her research, Annie specializes in the history of community radio in France. Her book, Race, Radio, and the Republic: Decolonization on French Airwaves 1960-1990, explores ethnic and linguistic minority radios in France and how these local stations helped to shape the political and social landscape of an increasingly multicultural French society. Annie hopes to foster connections between DRP and educational institutions in the United States and beyond, as well as to expand its network and partnerships throughout the Francophone world.
PAUL MAGUIRE, Treasurer, has been a part of Developing Radio Partners for the past six year. He is a Certified Public Accountant and Managing Director,of Maguire Hegarty, LLC Littus. He splits his time between the United States and Ireland.
Paul has over thirty five years’ experience in providing consulting, taxation, and accounting services to U.S. and international clients. Starting in the Dublin, Ireland office of Deloitte, he subsequently transferred to the Philadelphia office. From there, he became the Controller of a Philadelphia area financial institution prior to starting his own accounting firm, now Maguire Hegarty LLC.
With his extensive experience in corporate finance, Paul has assisted clients in obtaining both private and public funding and has created innovative financing opportunities for clients through his provision of Outsourced Chief Financial Officer services.
His industry experience includes real estate development, construction, capital equipment, fitness clubs, retail vending and distribution, and information technology. Services to international clients have included the provision of USA-based CFO services.In 2019 the international economic development arm of Maguire Hegarty was spun off into a new entity Littus, of which Paul is a Managing Director.
Paul serves on three non-profit boards, having previously served as the Treasurer of the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute. Currently he is Chairman of the Philadelphia Alumni branch of Trinity College Dublin serving also on the US Advisory board of the College. He is a board member and Treasurer of Articulate Foundation, based in Philadelphia, which produces a weekly Arts based TV show distributed by PBS, and Treasurer of Developing Radio Partners which works with community radio stations in developing countries.
TROY ETULAIN is a technology for development and social innovation expert with 21 years' experience in 35 countries. Experience designing and implementing more than $100 million of media and technology for development programs, including strategies for the United Nations and USAID. Now focusing work and research on innovations in last-mile connectivity, digital identities, digital finance, machine learning, remote sensing and health technology innovations. Helping FHI 360's Digital Development Department initiate processes of digital transformation within the entire 4500-person organization.
ALOYSIUS FOMENKY, is a senior international communications consultant and former Communications Specialist at the African Climate Policy Centre, part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, UNECA. He splits his time between the United States and his home in southwestern Cameroon.
TRACEY ANN JACOBSON has had a three decade career in government service that included three Ambassadorships (Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Kosovo) as well as senior positions at the Department of State and National Security Council. She has expertise in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, public engagement, and leadership of both humanitarian and development assistance programs and has focused on good governance, economic development, education and empowerment of women and youth. As Dean and Deputy Director at the Foreign Service Institute, the U.S. government’s premier foreign affairs training institution, Ambassador Jacobson expanded training programs for 21st century challenges and taught national security professionals from the entry level to new Ambassadors; she continues to serve as a mentor. Currently, Ambassador Jacobson works on a variety of exercise and training programs with the Department of Defense designed to increase understanding of how the U.S. applies the full range of its interagency capabilities to solve complex geopolitical problems.
KEVIN KLOSE, Professor (2009-present) and Former Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland (2009-2012); President of NPR (1998-2009), led NPR to the largest audience gain in its history; to 30 million weekly listeners. Previously, Kevin served successively as director of U.S. international broadcasting, overseeing the United States Government's global news networks (1997-98); and director and president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), broadcasting to the former Soviet Union and Eurasia (1992-97; 2013-14). He was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for 25 years; assignments included city editor (1974-76); Moscow bureau chief (1977-1981); Midwest correspondent (1983-1987); deputy national editor (1987-1990). A former Woodrow Wilson National Fellow, he serves on several non-profit boards. Kevin is author of Russia and the Russians: Inside the Closed Society, winner of the Overseas Press Club's Cornelius Ryan Award; and co-author of four other books.
DONATELLA LIVIA LORCH is an award winning journalist with more than thirty years of experience - having served as East Africa Bureau Chief at the New York Times, and worked for The Washington Post, Newsweek, NBC News, National Public Radio and National Geographic Explorer. Dony also served as director of the Knight International Press Fellowship. She is currently an adjunct professor at Georgetown University.
RICH McCLEAR has managed media development projects in rural Minnesota, Alaska, Central Europe, and the Balkans. He has worked on projects in the Middle East and North Africa, South Sudan and the Caucuses helping media outlets, networks and associations develop strategic and business plans and acting as a trainer in media management, planning, and journalism. Rich started in community radio with its strong two-way citizen involvement. Because of this background he is comfortable helping move traditional media outlets into new and interactive platforms. Rich is a facilitator who has helped associations and organizations with different agenda come together in common cause. He is also an entertaining public speaker. Rich remains active in day to day radio as a volunteer programmer, documentary producer and news reporter at Raven Radio (KCAW) in Sitka, Alaska.
DEBBIE MESCE is a former program director for international media training in International Programs. Mesce coordinated PRB’s training of journalists in developing countries. Since joining PRB in 2000, she has worked with journalists in Africa, Asia, and Latin America to help them strengthen and raise the profile of their reporting on population issues. Her projects include seminars, study tours, and mentorship programs.
Mesce previously worked for The Associated Press in Connecticut and later in Washington, D.C., where she covered health and welfare issues at the Department of Health and Human Services, in Congress, and in the courts.
In 1998, she served as a Knight International Press Fellow, teaching at a university in Beirut and training Lebanese journalists. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Vermont.
ANN MARIE PLUBELL, is Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The Plubell Firm where she is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of TPF’s strategic engagement in domestic and emerging markets. Previously, she served as VP, Regulatory Affairs, the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association including regional Africa and practiced as an international attorney and business consultant in Washington, D.C. and Beijing on governance, technology and education finance. Ann Marie’s commitment to the power of community radio started in student days as a producer and engineer at WBFO-FM.
International Advisory Board
Bill Siemering, Founder of Developing Radio Partners
Bill has been a leader in U.S. public radio management, local and national program development, and fundraising for more than thirty years. His professional tenure includes 12 years of experience in international media development in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa.
A founding member of the National Public Radio Board of Directors and author of the network’s original mission and goals, Bill led the development of All Things Considered as NPR’s first Director of Programming. While serving as Vice President and Radio Station Manager of WHYY Inc. in Philadelphia, Bill developed a five-year plan for the station’s growth. He secured a $1 million development grant and applied it to surpass all of the plan’s objectives. Under his leadership, Fresh Air and Terry Gross gained a nationwide audience.
Bill began his international work in 1993 by assisting community radio stations in South Africa’s townships as a 1993 recipient of a five-year MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He returned to South Africa in 1995 as a Knight International Journalism Fellow. From 1996-97, he served as president of the Washington, D.C.-based International Center for Journalists, a leading print and broadcast journalism training program.
Bill served for ten years as a senior radio advisor for the Open Society Institute (OSI), which funds civil society initiatives in more than fifty countries and is among the world’s largest private foundations. His work with OSI took him to Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Ukraine, Macedonia and Moldova, as well as longer stays in Mongolia and South Africa. His work included assessing station news and information programming, management and technical needs, journalism and management training and mentoring.
Bill Siemering received the NPR Lifetime Achievement Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and has received honorary doctorates from State University of New York at Buffalo and Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. In 2010 he was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and is a Purpose Prize Fellow.
ADAM CLAYTON POWELL III, is Director, Washington Programs for the University of Southern California’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and directs USC’s multi-disciplinary Internet of Things (IoT) Emergency Response Initiative, in partnership with industry and the National Governors Association. He has been the coordinator of the Initiative on Mobile Telephones and Public Service, a joint program of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy (CCLP) and the Annenberg Trust at Sunnylands
He also coordinates CCLP's Washington DC programs, which include public forums on subjects ranging from public service and online media to the intersection of diplomacy and technology. He is also a senior fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, which is also housed in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Before his move to Washington in 2010, he served as USC's Vice Provost for Globalization, expanding USC's international presence and promoting the university throughout the world.
Adam previously served as director of the USC Integrated Media Systems Center, the National Science Foundation's Research Center for multimedia research. He has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the U.S. on training programs in digital media for journalists, educators and policymakers. Previous roles include vice president/technology and programs of the Freedom Forum and Newseum; general manager of WHUT-TV, the nation's first African-American-owned public television station; executive producer at Quincy Jones Entertainment; vice president for news and information programming at National Public Radio; and manager of special events and political coverage at CBS News.
Adam has been a leader of the Highway Africa conference, the largest annual gathering of African journalists on the continent. This well-established conference concentrates on newmedia issues relevant for journalists, encompassing the policy, economics, development and technology questions around Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It aims to help facilitate African media’s integration into the Global Information Society.
As a Senior Fellow at the CCLP, Adam focuses on trends and innovation in print, broadcast and new media, and mobile telephones as platforms for public service, including education, health care and public safety.
CAROL LANGFORD, has a diverse range of over 30 years of professional achievement in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She is presently a Senior Consultant and Coach at Korn Ferry International where she facilitates, customizes and conducts corporate training for Fortune 100 organizations. In her service with non-profits including Search for Common Ground, she has traveled to developing countries. In addition, Carol has a Masters of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and has acted in, written for and directed plays for theater in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. Carol has served as an educator on the high school and university levels specializing in English and the Humanities. As executive director of the Sutherland Family Foundation and advocate for non-profits, she has knowledge of philanthropy. She serves on the Board of Governors of Opportunity International, is a member of the Leadership Council of Convergence and a Stewardship Circle member of The Pachamama Alliance. She is also a Certified Professional Coach with the International Coach Federation. In the past, Carol served on the Board of Directors of the Marble Collegiate Church and Collegiate Corporation in New York.
JEFFREY JACKSON, recently served as Senior Private Sector Advisor in the Africa Bureau of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he had responsibility for the broad areas of trade, investment, enterprise development and finance. Earlier in his career, Mr. Jackson held positions at the International Monetary Fund, U.S. Treasury Office of International Affairs, and the US Congress Committee on Budget.
For nearly twenty-five years, he lived and worked throughout eastern and southern Africa in various positions that involved advising government departments and agencies on private sector-led economic growth strategies. He participated in the design, development and implementation of new financial products. With the Deloitte & Touche Emerging Markets Group and PGi LLC, Mr. Jackson served as corporate finance advisor and assisted client firms in capital raising, mergers and acquisitions.
BOB OTTENHOFF, is a veteran leader in nonprofit organizations, philanthropy and media. He served as the chief operating officer and acting president of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), founded and managed WBGO-FM, the jazz radio station in the NY metropolitan area, and was the General Manager of the New Jersey Public Broadcasting Authority, which operated multiple TV and radio stations.
He has been President and CEO of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy based in Washington D.C. since 2012.
TERRY DUNMIRE, is an investment banker and attorney whose focus is on international business development. He currently serves as Chairman and Principal of the August Group, an investment group focusing on technology investments in sub-Saharan Africa; and is on the Board of Directors of RippleNami, Inc. and Power7 Corporation.
He was the first Strategic Development officer at Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, which was then followed by a decade working as Managing Director/ international mergers and acquisitions for the bank CIC-UEI (Paris and New York) concentrating primarily on large infrastructure acquisitions for clients. He served as the senior privatization advisor to the Governments of Egypt and Nigeria on behalf of USAID, writing their operating and sales and investment banking procedures and protocols as well as training their professional staffs.