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This inaugural International SBCC Summit 2016 will bring together the global community of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) organisations, professionals and researchers to advance the practice of SBCC.

Moyo ndi Mpamba Health Campaign

Moyo ndi Mpamba, Usamalireni (Life is Precious, Take Care of It) is an interactive communications campaign designed to address public health challenges in Malawi. Moyo ndi Mpamba includes a radio drama, which encourages listeners to interact with the show using SMS (text messaging) and social media, as well as music, to communicate health...

Thuthuzeleka is a 13-part serial radio drama produced to encourage support for survivors of sexual violence and promote access to South Africa's Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCC) for care and treatment. The radio drama is designed to raise awareness and dialogue around sexual offences, as well as highlight the services and expertise available from...

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Experiences

Moyo ndi Mpamba Health Campaign

Moyo ndi Mpamba, Usamalireni (Life is Precious, Take Care of It) is an interactive communications campaign designed to address public health challenges in Malawi. Moyo ndi Mpamba includes a radio drama, which encourages listeners to interact with the show using SMS (text messaging) and social media, as well as music, to communicate health...

Thuthuzeleka is a 13-part serial radio drama produced to encourage support for survivors of sexual violence and promote access to South Africa's Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCC) for care and treatment. The radio drama is designed to raise awareness and dialogue around sexual offences, as well as highlight the services and expertise available from...

Since 2014, the Agritools multi-media project is providing an online platform to document and better understand the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the field of agriculture, fisheries, and livestock. The platform was created in order to provide a forum to exchange information, ideas, and resources related to the use...

Launched in Ghana in January 2013, No Yawa is a youth project developed by Marie Stopes International Ghana (MSIG), DKT International, and the Grameen Foundation that links sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education and behaviour change communication (BCC) to the provision of youth-friendly SRH services. No Yawa seeks to improve knowledge...

"Our vision is for all African children to have enough stories in a language familiar to them to practise reading and learn to love reading."  South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)

"Healthy Start is WaterAid’s four-year (2015-2019) campaign focused on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children."

The campaign aims to bring forward the evidence of "access to clean water for hygiene" on lowering infant mortality statistics. It gives guidance on pressing for clean water and sanitation in clinics...

Launched in 2015, Internews is implementing a 5-year project to assemble a global network of collaborators to: increase women’s leadership in the media and information communications technology fields; improve the quality and coverage of information on women's issues; and ensure safe access to information and the internet for women and girls....

Launched in 2014, Mpa, Mpa Nkuwe (Give Me and I Will Give You) is a communications programme in Uganda to share conservation and development messages through alternative media, such as talk shows, music videos, and comic strips. The first activity in the programme was the production of Imagine Bwindi, a music and video project to celebrate the...

Launched in April 2013, Le Journal Rappé is a weekly Senegalese video show in which two rappers (Cheikh 'Keyti' Sene and Makhtar 'Xuman' Fall) present the news in a rhyming rap format. Created to provide an alternative source of media, particularly for young people in Senegal, the series is designed to offer the news in a different format while...

Since 2012, Fahamu has been working with communities in Kenya to engage in participatory budgeting processes to help guide and direct public spending. Working with local government representatives, community activists, and existing social movements, citizens collectively identify priorities and make decisions about public monies. The projects...

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Strategic Thinking

HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Visions, Voices, and Prioriti

"These face-to-face dialogues created a platform for young people living with and most affected by HIV to share their lived experiences of and hope for: accessing HIV and SRH services, including family planning and contraceptives; participating in decision-making both in their personal lives and in programming and policy; and, their vision...

Accountability Tanzania (AcT) partners tend to use mass media extensively to enhance their interventions in governance, social, economic as well as environmental issues. Many of these CSOs have significant budgets to support the engagement of media (print, TV and radio, social) in furthering their objectives. Nonetheless, little is...

"Effective communication techniques - in the form of advocacy, social mobilization, and social and behavioral change - are key to a successful mass vaccination campaign. At a minimum, the Yellow Fever Initiative recommended that certain specific activities be included and budgeted for so that a good-quality campaign is conducted."

Findings suggested that truckers and female sex workers who effectively use condoms and regularly check their HIV status were motivated by a responsibility to their families, as well as their personal safety.

"Don't take the place of adolescents and young people in decision-making, but listen to us and support us, and together we will end AIDS." - Cédric Nininahazwe, executive director of the Burundian National Network of young people living with HIV

"The impact of this campaign demonstrated that IMC can be successfully applied to health products, services and behaviours when promoted within a private sector development approach. Demand-side interventions should be a primary component of an intervention to introduce mRDTs [malaria rapid diagnostic tests] in the private sector in order to...

"At the individual level, youth lack access to appropriate SRH [sexual and reproductive health] information and confidential, low-cost, and stigma-free SRH services. Institutional responses are hampered by sociocultural sensitivities to youth premarital sexual activity, inadequate provision of sexuality education, and limited geographic and...

"Formative research highlighted the shared concerns of Somalia’s youth and their aspirations for the future to inform the production of an interactive drama and radio phone-in."

This 143-page report discusses findings from a survey to evaluate health behaviour change communication interventions supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda, under the AFFORD/Uganda Health Marketing Group together with other implementing partners in Uganda. The survey particularly focused on...

"The study reveals that for both Malawi and Tanzania, there is clear demand for climate information services via radio and mobile phone. Both radio and mobile phones are in common use, and are rated by farmers and pastoralists to have great potential as effective and trusted channels where they can access various climate information services...

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Materials

"Knowledge management (KM) is an umbrella term encompassing the many unique but related facets of creating, organizing, sharing, and using information and experiences."

From the K4Health Toolkits website, this resource offers definitions of KM, explains its use in various disciplines, and offers resources and tools "for those working in...

This toolkit was published to help radio stations produce interactive programming that encourages audience participation through call-ins, while also managing associated risks involved. As stated in the guide, "Audience participation shows are not only the most popular radio format, they are also the most risky as callers can take over and...

This Ebola Communication Preparedness Implementation Kit (I-Kit) is designed to provide national and local stakeholders, as well as programme managers, with "key considerations and a roadmap for instituting and implementing critical, relevant, practical and timely communication for responding to the threat of an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)...

"Advocacy is defined as: A strategic effort to achieve change by creating political commitment and an 'enabling' environment. In immunisation, this means, for example, ensuring decision makers have the information and evidence to make good decisions about existing and new vaccines..."

This toolkit provides practical tools and resources to facilitate the use of multi-stakeholder, citizen-led dialogue processes to promote socio-political change. The proposed methodology is based on observations at several local dialogue processes initiated by civil society around crucial challenges experienced in their communities. The input...

Based on lessons learned from media coverage of the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, this guide was produced to help journalists and the media industry to "deliver a more public-interest oriented service geared towards combating the spread of the disease." According to the guide, the quick spread of Ebola, as well as the prevalence of other...

This hygiene advocacy toolkit is an evidence-based resource that outlines why hygiene must be a priority in the Post-2015 sustainable development agenda and goals (SDGs). It was developed by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW), in cooperation with the UNICEF/World Health Organization Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP)...

This training manual was produced to help build the capacity of village health teams (VHTs) in Uganda to promote healthy practices before, during, and after childbirth and to monitor maternal health care–seeking and pregnancy outcomes in their communities. The manual outlines training approaches and activities, and provides background...

Published by Integrated Communications Worldwide Events (ICWE), the 2015 eLearning Africa Report "provides a comprehensive overview of the impact technology is having on education and development throughout the continent." According to the editor, "as technology continues to drive development in Africa and fuel the economic growth of economies...

"A situation analysis or environmental analysis is the fundamental first step in the social and behavior change communication change (SBCC) process."

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Evaluations

"There is evidence of strong fidelity in training and delivery of program tools and messages at higher FLW [frontline worker] levels, but gaps in the reach of these to community volunteers and mothers and variability between regions could limit the potential for impact. Strengthening the linkages between HEWs [health extension workers] and...

"The quantitative and qualitative review of the web-based component of the RFPA [Radio for Peacebuilding Africa project] clearly showed that the global audience of the RFPA website has increased significantly in the third phase of the project, particularly among African members. From the end of Phase II to the end of Phase III, the number of...

This 8-page research brief discusses the challenges of poor sanitation and hygiene in rural Tanzania, provides an overview of two large-scale campaigns that sought to address these problems, and shares key results of an evaluation to assess the impact of these two campaigns. The campaigns - the Handwashing with Soap programme and the Rural...

Participants in post-broadcast focus groups reported "...that the drama series brought about a new level of consciousness about their personal risk to HIV, in part due to an increased sense of awareness or even suspicion of their sexual partners..." and that the series "sparked a considerable degree of meaningful self-reported behaviour...

"...the widespread penetration and use of phones in Somalia meant that it was appropriate for reaching hard-to-reach communities and represented a relevant mechanism to deliver health and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) information."

"The radio magazine and discussion programme Nyakati Zinabadilika (Times are Changing) aimed to empower individuals and communities to adapt to changing weather patterns. Research suggests that the programme helped people to address climate-related issues in three main ways. First, it improved skills, confidence and motivation. Second, it...

"People who listened to a radio drama and magazine programme about child health and nutrition in Somaliland knew more than non-listeners about how to prevent and treat children’s illnesses, and practised what they learned."

This 41-page research report discusses how debates between candidates during elections affect voting behaviours, based on research conducted in Sierra Leone during the 2012 Parliamentary elections. Researchers collaborated with Search for Common Ground to host, film, and screen structured inter-party debates. Debates were held in 14 competitive...

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Digital

"Knowledge management (KM) is an umbrella term encompassing the many unique but related facets of creating, organizing, sharing, and using information and experiences."

From the K4Health Toolkits website, this resource offers definitions of KM, explains its use in various disciplines, and offers resources and tools "for those working in...

Moyo ndi Mpamba Health Campaign

Moyo ndi Mpamba, Usamalireni (Life is Precious, Take Care of It) is an interactive communications campaign designed to address public health challenges in Malawi. Moyo ndi Mpamba includes a radio drama, which encourages listeners to interact with the show using SMS (text messaging) and social media, as well as music, to communicate health...

The African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) 2015 is being hosted under the theme 'Shaping Development Conversations in Africa: The Role of Media in the Digital Environment.' Convened by the African Media Initiative (AMI), the forum is expected to present "a critical look at the changing nature of media in a digital environment." The event will bring...

"The quantitative and qualitative review of the web-based component of the RFPA [Radio for Peacebuilding Africa project] clearly showed that the global audience of the RFPA website has increased significantly in the third phase of the project, particularly among African members. From the end of Phase II to the end of Phase III, the number of...

Farm Radio International is offering an online farmer radio programme e-course and competition for radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa who are involved in producing radio programmes for farmers. This online course seeks to "help radio broadcasters make an engaging, entertaining and informative farmer radio program." Participants will be...

"Effective communication techniques - in the form of advocacy, social mobilization, and social and behavioral change - are key to a successful mass vaccination campaign. At a minimum, the Yellow Fever Initiative recommended that certain specific activities be included and budgeted for so that a good-quality campaign is conducted."

Since 2014, the Agritools multi-media project is providing an online platform to document and better understand the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the field of agriculture, fisheries, and livestock. The platform was created in order to provide a forum to exchange information, ideas, and resources related to the use...

Launched in Ghana in January 2013, No Yawa is a youth project developed by Marie Stopes International Ghana (MSIG), DKT International, and the Grameen Foundation that links sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education and behaviour change communication (BCC) to the provision of youth-friendly SRH services. No Yawa seeks to improve knowledge...

"Our vision is for all African children to have enough stories in a language familiar to them to practise reading and learn to love reading."  South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)

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Awards

HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship

This HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship is designed to equip journalists with the knowledge and skills to report on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) and its implementation as an HIV prevention method. The fellowship is being offered by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates...

The African Media Initiative is calling for entries to its Zimeo Excellence in Media Awards 2015, which seek to recognise "meritorious individuals and organizations that, in their writings, productions or support for media development, demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism, focus and impact." The awards, which will be offered...

The World Health Summit (WHS) has called for applications for its Young Science Journalists Award: 

"In cooperation with Deutsches Ärzteblatt, the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations (EUSJA), and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the World Health Summit presents again the 'Next Generation of Science...

Launched in 2013 by The Womanity Foundation with the vision of supporting innovative and effective solutions focused on violence against women, this annual award seeks to identify evidence-based programmes and then to find and support partner organisations that...

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), with the support of Johnson & Johnson, is hosting a contest to recognise "the best media coverage of maternal and child health and other urgent health matters such as Ebola and vaccination" in Sub-Saharan Africa and the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China). Journalists from these...

Applications are invited for the New Directions for Climate Communication Research Fellowship, which seeks to encourage researchers with an interest in communication and media around climate change to think creatively about new directions for research. Funded by the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) and...

The AfricaSan Awards are dedicated to "recognising outstanding efforts and achievements in sanitation and hygiene in Africa which result in large-scale, sustainable behavior changes and tangible impacts." The awards were created to raise the profile of sanitation and hygiene by drawing attention to successful approaches and promoting excellence...

Young South Africans aged between 13 and 25 are invited to submit entries for the "My Rights, My Freedom" writing competition. Launched by FunDza Literacy Trust in commemoration of Human Rights Day, participants are requested to write an essay about which human right means the most to them and why, or write a story that illustrates the...

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals/organisations in the field of...

The Taco Kuiper Award recognises excellence in investigative journalism in South African print media. The Award can be made to a journalist or team of up to three journalists for a single story or a series of up to six related stories published or broadcast in 2014. The entries must deal with issues and events affecting South Africa.

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Print

HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship

This HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship is designed to equip journalists with the knowledge and skills to report on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) and its implementation as an HIV prevention method. The fellowship is being offered by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates...

The African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) 2015 is being hosted under the theme 'Shaping Development Conversations in Africa: The Role of Media in the Digital Environment.' Convened by the African Media Initiative (AMI), the forum is expected to present "a critical look at the changing nature of media in a digital environment." The event will bring...

"There is evidence of strong fidelity in training and delivery of program tools and messages at higher FLW [frontline worker] levels, but gaps in the reach of these to community volunteers and mothers and variability between regions could limit the potential for impact. Strengthening the linkages between HEWs [health extension workers] and...

Accountability Tanzania (AcT) partners tend to use mass media extensively to enhance their interventions in governance, social, economic as well as environmental issues. Many of these CSOs have significant budgets to support the engagement of media (print, TV and radio, social) in furthering their objectives. Nonetheless, little is...

"Effective communication techniques - in the form of advocacy, social mobilization, and social and behavioral change - are key to a successful mass vaccination campaign. At a minimum, the Yellow Fever Initiative recommended that certain specific activities be included and budgeted for so that a good-quality campaign is conducted."

This Ebola Communication Preparedness Implementation Kit (I-Kit) is designed to provide national and local stakeholders, as well as programme managers, with "key considerations and a roadmap for instituting and implementing critical, relevant, practical and timely communication for responding to the threat of an Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)...

This 8-page research brief discusses the challenges of poor sanitation and hygiene in rural Tanzania, provides an overview of two large-scale campaigns that sought to address these problems, and shares key results of an evaluation to assess the impact of these two campaigns. The campaigns - the Handwashing with Soap programme and the Rural...

"The impact of this campaign demonstrated that IMC can be successfully applied to health products, services and behaviours when promoted within a private sector development approach. Demand-side interventions should be a primary component of an intervention to introduce mRDTs [malaria rapid diagnostic tests] in the private sector in order to...

This 143-page report discusses findings from a survey to evaluate health behaviour change communication interventions supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda, under the AFFORD/Uganda Health Marketing Group together with other implementing partners in Uganda. The survey particularly focused on...

"Healthy Start is WaterAid’s four-year (2015-2019) campaign focused on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children."

The campaign aims to bring forward the evidence of "access to clean water for hygiene" on lowering infant mortality statistics. It gives guidance on pressing for clean water and sanitation in clinics...

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Radio

HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship

This HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship is designed to equip journalists with the knowledge and skills to report on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) and its implementation as an HIV prevention method. The fellowship is being offered by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates...

Moyo ndi Mpamba Health Campaign

Moyo ndi Mpamba, Usamalireni (Life is Precious, Take Care of It) is an interactive communications campaign designed to address public health challenges in Malawi. Moyo ndi Mpamba includes a radio drama, which encourages listeners to interact with the show using SMS (text messaging) and social media, as well as music, to communicate health...

Thuthuzeleka is a 13-part serial radio drama produced to encourage support for survivors of sexual violence and promote access to South Africa's Thuthuzela Care Centres (TCC) for care and treatment. The radio drama is designed to raise awareness and dialogue around sexual offences, as well as highlight the services and expertise available from...

The African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) 2015 is being hosted under the theme 'Shaping Development Conversations in Africa: The Role of Media in the Digital Environment.' Convened by the African Media Initiative (AMI), the forum is expected to present "a critical look at the changing nature of media in a digital environment." The event will bring...

This toolkit was published to help radio stations produce interactive programming that encourages audience participation through call-ins, while also managing associated risks involved. As stated in the guide, "Audience participation shows are not only the most popular radio format, they are also the most risky as callers can take over and...

"The quantitative and qualitative review of the web-based component of the RFPA [Radio for Peacebuilding Africa project] clearly showed that the global audience of the RFPA website has increased significantly in the third phase of the project, particularly among African members. From the end of Phase II to the end of Phase III, the number of...

Farm Radio International is offering an online farmer radio programme e-course and competition for radio broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa who are involved in producing radio programmes for farmers. This online course seeks to "help radio broadcasters make an engaging, entertaining and informative farmer radio program." Participants will be...

Accountability Tanzania (AcT) partners tend to use mass media extensively to enhance their interventions in governance, social, economic as well as environmental issues. Many of these CSOs have significant budgets to support the engagement of media (print, TV and radio, social) in furthering their objectives. Nonetheless, little is...

"Effective communication techniques - in the form of advocacy, social mobilization, and social and behavioral change - are key to a successful mass vaccination campaign. At a minimum, the Yellow Fever Initiative recommended that certain specific activities be included and budgeted for so that a good-quality campaign is conducted."

This 8-page research brief discusses the challenges of poor sanitation and hygiene in rural Tanzania, provides an overview of two large-scale campaigns that sought to address these problems, and shares key results of an evaluation to assess the impact of these two campaigns. The campaigns - the Handwashing with Soap programme and the Rural...

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Television

HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship

This HIV Prevention Reporting Fellowship is designed to equip journalists with the knowledge and skills to report on Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) and its implementation as an HIV prevention method. The fellowship is being offered by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), in conjunction with the Bill and Melinda Gates...

The African Media Leaders Forum (AMLF) 2015 is being hosted under the theme 'Shaping Development Conversations in Africa: The Role of Media in the Digital Environment.' Convened by the African Media Initiative (AMI), the forum is expected to present "a critical look at the changing nature of media in a digital environment." The event will bring...

Accountability Tanzania (AcT) partners tend to use mass media extensively to enhance their interventions in governance, social, economic as well as environmental issues. Many of these CSOs have significant budgets to support the engagement of media (print, TV and radio, social) in furthering their objectives. Nonetheless, little is...

"Effective communication techniques - in the form of advocacy, social mobilization, and social and behavioral change - are key to a successful mass vaccination campaign. At a minimum, the Yellow Fever Initiative recommended that certain specific activities be included and budgeted for so that a good-quality campaign is conducted."

This 143-page report discusses findings from a survey to evaluate health behaviour change communication interventions supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda, under the AFFORD/Uganda Health Marketing Group together with other implementing partners in Uganda. The survey particularly focused on...

"Healthy Start is WaterAid’s four-year (2015-2019) campaign focused on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children."

The campaign aims to bring forward the evidence of "access to clean water for hygiene" on lowering infant mortality statistics. It gives guidance on pressing for clean water and sanitation in clinics...

Launched in 2015, Internews is implementing a 5-year project to assemble a global network of collaborators to: increase women’s leadership in the media and information communications technology fields; improve the quality and coverage of information on women's issues; and ensure safe access to information and the internet for women and girls....

"The planning steps included in this implementation kit provide guidance on how to develop a communication strategy for social and behavior change communication (SBCC).

Launched in April 2013, Le Journal Rappé is a weekly Senegalese video show in which two rappers (Cheikh 'Keyti' Sene and Makhtar 'Xuman' Fall) present the news in a rhyming rap format. Created to provide an alternative source of media, particularly for young people in Senegal, the series is designed to offer the news in a different format while...

Participants in post-broadcast focus groups reported "...that the drama series brought about a new level of consciousness about their personal risk to HIV, in part due to an increased sense of awareness or even suspicion of their sexual partners..." and that the series "sparked a considerable degree of meaningful self-reported behaviour...

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