FemmepowermentAfrique is a project based at the University of Sheffield, in the UK, working with partners in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Switzerland. We are analysing the impact of radio on perceptions of women’s empowerment in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. We are working with Studio Yafa in Burkina Faso, Studio Kalangou in Niger and Studio Tamani in Mali, who are run by Fondation Hirondelle which is based in Switzerland.

Image: radio focus group in Niger, shared with permission of participants.


team members



Haoua Issoufou Maikano

Beatrice ivey

Studio Kalangou is run by Fondation Hirondelle and based in Niamey, Niger. It is an independent provider of domestic news in five languages. Studio Kalangou programmes focus on the daily life of the population in Niger and are broadcast daily by a network of 34 radio stations across Niger. Topics covered include women, education, and politics

Studio Tamani

Studio Tamani has broadcast daily radio programmes in Mali since 2013 in 5 languages across 70 partner radios. All the broadcasts are produced by a team of journalists based in Bamako, Mali. Studio Tamani was created by Fondation Hirondelle in partnership with URTEL (Union des radios et télévisions libres du Mali).

Studio Yafa

Studio Yafa was founded by Fondation Hirondelle and since 2019 has been run by a team of journalists based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The studio produces programming across radio, video and multimedia  all dedicated to young burkinabès. It provide information and spaces for young people to discuss the social and political life of the country. 

Foundation Hirondelle

Fondation Hirondelle is a non-profit organisation based in Lausanne in Switzerland.


It was founded in 1995 and provides information to populations faced with crisis. The aim is to empower them in their daily lives.

Studio Kalangou



Working with the University of Sheffield

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