Peace through Development II (PDev II) aims, in part, to strengthen civil society by focusing on issue-based campaigns integrated with radio.
As a component of this, the program assisted in the development of radio listening groups. The group pictured is a listening group from the Pas Bas neighborhood in Niamey, Niger. They meet once a week to listen to radio programming produced with the support of PDev II. The president of the group stated, “After listening to the broadcast, we begin a debate over the most interesting parts of the program… At every meeting, we make decisions together surrounding activities to benefit our community.” She went on to say, “There are benefits to listening to these productions that talk about problems in our society such as alcoholism, drug abuse, unemployment and crime. The men don’t listen to these programs as much because they are working, but they question their wives afterwards about what they were doing, this is when we tell them about the importance of these initiatives in our community.”