Youth Development

Childrens Radio Foundation

Amplifying Youth Voices Across Africa

New York, NY


The Children's Radio Foundation uses radio to create opportunities for issue based dialogue, participation, leadership, and active citizenship in communities across Africa. This mission is guided by our vision of young people across Africa shaping their own futures and strengthening themselves and their schools, communities, and countries.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Dr. Michal Rahfaldt

Executive Chair

Linda Barnett

Main Address

1202 Lexington Avenue Suite 200

New York, NY 10028 USA


Children,Africa, Radio,Education,HIV/AIDS, Journalism, development, sustainable





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

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What we aim to solve

African youth today are burdened by a difficult past and an uncertain future, characterised by persistent inequality, poverty, violence, and unemployment. As a result, youth are often alienated and perceived as problems to be solved. The stigma associated with being young, coupled with the often-cultural adult views regarding young people's abilities and contribution to society, may further undermine their participation and feelings of inclusion. Though African youth have the potential to play a vital role in the transformation of the continent, the conventional adult approach is failing to see youth as stakeholders who should be consulted in social and political operations. This results in young people often being left to find their own spaces for expressing their identity and forging their own means of participation. Positive trajectories would involve promoting the participation of young people in community life be it: sports, cultural, civic, religious, or community organisations

Our programs

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Young Reporter Network

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The Children’s Radio Foundation uses radio to create opportunities for youth-led dialogue, participation, leadership, and active citizenship in communities across Africa. Our work is guided by a vision of young people shaping their own futures and strengthening themselves, their families, and their communities.

The Children's Radio Foundation methodology uses media training and production as a means of building life skills among youth. Through radio, opportunities for youth dialogue, participation, leadership, and active citizenship is created. By providing youth with the tools and skills to produce radio, young people are mobilised to engage in productive dialogue about the issues they face, and work together to improve their lives and communities. The programme has been designed to be low-cost and community-driven, adapting to the needs and constraints of targeted youth. All projects follow a cycle of development to encourage sustainability and local ownership. The young reporters exhibit increased confidence, communication skills, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. They take on important leadership roles in their communities, serving as peer educators of the airwaves. A team of content specialists create monthly production materials that allow youth to create a wide range of broadcasts around the issues relevant to them. Weekly consultations are held with all project site stakeholders, including youth reporters, mentors, and radio station management. A solid mechanism of regionally based support and training has been created to enable the projects to perform at optimal levels, and for youth to produce well informed shows that can have a considerable impact on their target communities.

Children's Radio Foundation is led by a close knit group of individuals representing diverse backgrounds and identities, from across South Africa and the world. Our educational backgrounds and work experience span the fields of development, finance, public policy, communications, media, the social sciences, etc. We bring our different perspectives and abilities to our work to accomplish our mission. And we are empowered by local non-profit and radio station partners across the sites where we work, which help us to carry out our mission on the ground. Speaking in local languages and in a youth-­friendly style, our youth reporters interview community members, host debates, and bring out local perspectives in their weekly youth-­targeted programs. Their broadcasts and outreach activities utilize peer-­to­-peer communication strategies, integration with social media, and long-­term issue­ driven campaigns to amplify youth voices and concerns, share vital information, and improve youth livelihoods on the local level. In rural and urban communities across Africa, radio is a powerful communication medium and information­ sharing tool.

Children's Radio Foundation develops logical frameworks outlining key qualitative and quantitative indicators at outcome, output and activity levels in order to monitor the ongoing progress and evaluate the impact of our projects. 
Project impact is evaluated by looking at the change at both target group level (participating youth and school implementing partner) and beneficiary level (youth listeners and community members more generally). Tools that CRF has developed include baseline focus groups, pre and post training surveys and pre and post project surveys. Results from these evaluations are shared with all project participants, partners and community. Tools that have already been developed by CRF and form part of our existing MEL toolbox include: ● Radio show and listener feedback reporting (for each broadcast) 
 ● Focus groups with project target groups (pre and post project) 
 ● Focus groups with project beneficiaries (pre and post project) 
 ● Monthly project update reporting that includes a narrative as well as a financial 
account and reflection on activities 
 Due to the important role youth reporters play as peer mentors in our projects, training evaluations are executed by looking at the level of critical thinking, topic integration, quality of radio broadcasts and ability to discuss topics. This is achieved through qualitative means, involving the data being translated, transcribed, coded using Nvivo software, and then presented in training evaluation reports. Further ad-hoc and easily implementable MEL tools are also used and adapted for specific projects on a needs basis.

With 72 projects across six countries in Africa, the Children’s Radio Foundation (CRF) uses radio to create opportunities for information sharing, dialogue, leadership, advocacy and community building among youth. CRF partners with radio stations and community­-based organizations, training youth to create well-­informed interactive radio programs that are broadcast live on local stations. Our reporters take on critical issues that affect youth in their community, including access to health services, climate change and the environment, education, gender-­based violence, HIV/AIDS, and human rights. Over the past five years, CRF has trained over 2,000 youth radio reporters (ages 13­-25) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ivory Coast, Liberia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zambia, and reaches an estimated 15 million listeners. In addition to building the capacity of radio station partners to support and sustain youth radio projects, CRF has developed an expansive strategy for using youth­ produced radio to share key messages that raise awareness around social issues, advocate for policy change, and create pathways of opportunity and access for youth. In the future, we aim to continue and expand the reach of our youth radio programs. In addition, we are launching a podcast company to bring African youth stories to global audiences, creating new programs to assist our youth reporters in continuing their education or pursuing careers in media and journalism, and designing open source toolkits and policies to share our best practices with other organisations,

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