Radio Sawa is a public radio Arabic language service, funded by the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the US Congress.

The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is a US Government agency with the goal of delivering accurate, non-partisan news to places in the world without a free and independent press.

BBG has a number of applications, all serving different countries with limited access to news-related media, mostly due to government restrictions. They also provide more language services than any broadcasting company in the world.

FigLeaf selected Apollo to partner with them on the creation of a Radio Sawa app for mobile phones. Apollo collaborated on the design with the Middle East Broadcasting Network and did all of the development work on the iPhone version of the app.

Features of the app include:

  • Live streaming audio
  • User generated content through Sawa chat
  • A daily live newscast
  • Text news articles
  • Accessible archive of past Sawa content

The app is currently available for iPhone and Android.