About Us

Dabanga – Radio TV Online is an independent Sudanese news and information broadacster and publisher. Founded in 2008 to report on the Darfur crisis, Dabanga is now an exiled media house providing coverage to all corners of Sudan via shortwave radio, satellite television, and online platforms. Dabanga has gained a widespread and diverse audience, and has a particular strength in serving marginalised and hard-to-reach communities. During the current crisis in Sudan, Dabanga is at the forefront to provide trusted news and information.

Dabanga is committed to serving as a vital information and communication loop between citizens and those who are in power or aspire to be in power. Dabanga’s programming is also focused on educating and informing people about peace & democracy, providing a space for informed debate, and holding decision makers to account. Dabanga specialises in reporting on human rights, health, gender, youth, transitional justice, peace, reconciliation, culture, and civil society.

Dabanga’s Vision, Mission & Values

VISIONA democratic Sudan where there is freedom, peace and justice, and where human rights are enshrined; particularly the right to free speech and access to information.

MISSIONTo be a public service media house for all Sudanese that enables people in all states and regions to participate in the exchange of knowledge, news, and information.

VALUES: Dabanga is committed to professional journalistic values. We strive for impartiality through:

  • Accuracy – in our reporting of facts and opinion
  • Fairness – representing all angles and views in our reporting, and providing an open platform for all
  • Independence – in all of our activities, we are not influenced by outside bodies or partisan interests
  • Reliability – striving to ensure consistent reporting on multiple platforms available at all times​

Dabanga treats everybody equally in equal circumstances and does not discriminate based on race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, political convictions, religion, or for any other reason, in any way.


Executive Board: Editorial Director Kamal El Sadig, and Managing Director Nigel Ballard

Supervisory Board: Chair Hamid Ali Nur, Abdelbagi Jibril, and Joop Daalmeijer

Advisory Board: Dr Suleiman Baldo, Dr Hamed Tijani Ali, Dr Musa Adam Abdel-Jalil, Dr Mudawi Ibrahim, and Ms Safaa Al-Aqib


Dabanga’s content has been and will always remain free for all its audiences. Dabanga is funded through grants by different international, governmental and non-governmental bodies; and receives donations from private individuals. 

Dabanga’s value of independence applies also to its funding, and it will only accept funding that safeguards its (editorial) independence. 

The meaning of Dabanga

The dabanga is one of the most important parts of a family home. Sometimes written ‘damanga’ or ‘dabunga’, it is a large storage vessel, made of a mixture of clay, water and dried grass, and used by Sudanese farmers to preserve food. Dabangas are used to store crops, such as corn and grain, to keep them from spoiling. These provisions can be lifesaving reserves in the event of a famine. Farmers sometimes hide their money or other valuables in the bottom.

“Life is like a dabanga, roll it with care”