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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...

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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Experiences

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...

The Anti-corruption Caravan is a mobile, citizen-led campaign traveling through Uganda to raise awareness, encourage dialogue, and improve accountability to fight corruption. Led by ActionAid with the support of the Democratic Governance Facility (DGF), the caravan moves from district to district hosting events where people are invited to...

Running from 2012 to 2014, the Radio for Resilience project was designed to to empower individuals and communities in Tanzania to adapt to changing weather patterns and improve resilience, as well as improve local government accountability towards helping communities to do this. The project included a radio magazine and discussion programme...

A pilot project in the Eastern Province of Zambia is working to improve early childhood education (ECE) by using radio to reach out to children who are unable to attend preschool because of poverty, disability, or distance. The Educational Broadcasting Service (EBS), through the Zambian Ministry of Education and United Nations Children's Fund (...

Niambie ('Tell me' in Kiswahili) is a three-year civic engagement project which is designed to inform Tanzanian youth of political processes and issues so that they can play a more constructive role in the country’s democratic processes. This is particularly important in light of the local, parliamentary, and presidential elections taking place...

Running from February 2014 to July 2015, the Early Steps Program (ESP) is promoting increased investments and greater understanding of the importance of early childhood development (ECD) as a means to strengthen the business sector and economy of Uganda. The approach is based on evidence suggesting that many intellectual and social skills, as...

Since 2008, the Health Policy Initiative (HPI) in Tanzania has been working with faith leaders to strengthen their capacity and active participation in addressing key barriers to scaling up HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Broadcasting from February 2015 to October 2016, Elembo is a 156-part serial radio drama that uses entertainment education to address issues such as adolescent reproductive health, child and maternal health, refugees, and deforestation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Elembo (meaning "Footprint") airs in Lingala, one of the four...

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Strategic Thinking

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)...

"Niambie (Tell Me), a new radio programme in Tanzania, seeks to increase young people’s civic and political engagement. Formative and baseline research reveals that young people are deeply frustrated by what they perceive as obstacles to achieving their aspirations, such as a weak education system and a lack of employment opportunities."...

"IICD believes that equipping teachers with pedagogical tools and access to information can bring about large-scale social changes in entire educational systems. Many of the gaps in education in developing countries can be bridged with the help of ICTs and enhanced capacities for creating, sharing and using information and materials."...

"Finally, as international initiatives emphasise the importance of health strategies that promote gender equality and prioritise the needs of women and girls, this study’s findings suggest that the SHARE model is a promising, gender-responsive intervention to reduce both IPV against women and infection with HIV."

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 fourteen...

"4Play: Sex Tips for Girls was a television drama that brought a rare touch of glamour and a distinctly feminine sensibility to the HIV communication genre in South Africa. 4Play also confronted the fact that – in the absence of a widely available female-initiated and controlled HIV prevention method – the key to protection for women lies in...

 

"HIV-related stigmatisation and discrimination by young children towards their peers have important consequences at the individual level and for our response to the epidemic, yet research on this area is limited."

 

"The media have the ability to put VMMC [voluntary medical male circumcision] on the agenda for public discussion and to keep it there. Accurate, informed reporting of HIV- and VMMC-related issues can improve policies and outcomes, stimulate action, and bring about change."

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Materials

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...

This guide was produced to help journalists and writers to report on sex work in South Africa in a respectful and sensitive way. It sets out basic facts about the sex work industry and contains sections on appropriate terminology, use of images, and respectful interviewing techniques. Produced by Sonke Gender Justice, the Sex Workers Education...

This guide, developed by Communicating with Disaster-Affected Communities (CDAC) Network Member agencies in collaboration with the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), contains "common tools to assess information and communication needs of communities affected by disasters" and is designed for staff working on a humanitarian response.

The "Cry of Love" film and accompanying resource pack were produced to help teachers promote human rights and democracy among their students, as well as contribute to learners’ social, cultural, moral, and spiritual development. The pack is designed to educate students about the meaning of democracy, justice, human rights, the nature of...

"Formative research is an activity conducted at the beginning of the SBCC [social and behaviour change communication] project design process. It is used to gain insight into the health issue or behavior the project intends to address; relevant characteristics of primary and secondary audiences; communication access, habits and preferences;...

The World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ) organised free webinars on Ebola/Infectious diseases in March 2015, which are now available online. They seek to raise journalist's awareness about the current situation and the longer-term outlook on Ebola. They also look at what lessons can be learned from the Ebola outbreak and from the...

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Evaluations

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 fourteen...

This project "has created a radio-based knowledge exchange platform with radio programming that will ultimately help strengthen the science-policy–practice dialogue involving several stakeholders, among which are local communities."

"Formative research is an activity conducted at the beginning of the SBCC [social and behaviour change communication] project design process. It is used to gain insight into the health issue or behavior the project intends to address; relevant characteristics of primary and secondary audiences; communication access, habits and preferences;...

"All victims need to be believed and heard, they need to cry, shout or be silent, get rid of guilt and normalise their reactions. They need their expectations to be confirmed, supported and upheld. They need to be respected at their own pace, to be safe, encircled and to regain power over their lives."

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Digital

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...

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)...

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...

"Niambie (Tell Me), a new radio programme in Tanzania, seeks to increase young people’s civic and political engagement. Formative and baseline research reveals that young people are deeply frustrated by what they perceive as obstacles to achieving their aspirations, such as a weak education system and a lack of employment opportunities."...

Niambie ('Tell me' in Kiswahili) is a three-year civic engagement project which is designed to inform Tanzanian youth of political processes and issues so that they can play a more constructive role in the country’s democratic processes. This is particularly important in light of the local, parliamentary, and presidential elections taking place...

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...

"IICD believes that equipping teachers with pedagogical tools and access to information can bring about large-scale social changes in entire educational systems. Many of the gaps in education in developing countries can be bridged with the help of ICTs and enhanced capacities for creating, sharing and using information and materials."...

Organised by The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) in collaboration with FEMRITE–Uganda Women Writers Association, this 10 day writing workshop is for women writers, journalists, and activists "who wish to step-up their involvement in highlighting issues around women’s rights and social justice." During the ten day event, participants...

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Awards

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.

Media in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are invited to submit entries for the 2015 SADC Media Awards competition.

Launched in December 2014 by Corruption Watch, this Pan-African writing and photographic competition is running under the theme, "My Corruption Free Africa". The contest is open to African youth between the ages of 16 and 30. Prizes are being offered in the two categories of photography and writing (fiction or non-fiction). The first prize in...

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Print

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...

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)...

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...

Organised by The African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) in collaboration with FEMRITE–Uganda Women Writers Association, this 10 day writing workshop is for women writers, journalists, and activists "who wish to step-up their involvement in highlighting issues around women’s rights and social justice." During the ten day event, participants...

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...

This guide was produced to help journalists and writers to report on sex work in South Africa in a respectful and sensitive way. It sets out basic facts about the sex work industry and contains sections on appropriate terminology, use of images, and respectful interviewing techniques. Produced by Sonke Gender Justice, the Sex Workers Education...

This guide, developed by Communicating with Disaster-Affected Communities (CDAC) Network Member agencies in collaboration with the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), contains "common tools to assess information and communication needs of communities affected by disasters" and is designed for staff working on a humanitarian response.

 

"HIV-related stigmatisation and discrimination by young children towards their peers have important consequences at the individual level and for our response to the epidemic, yet research on this area is limited."

 

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Radio

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)...

"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...

Running from 2012 to 2014, the Radio for Resilience project was designed to to empower individuals and communities in Tanzania to adapt to changing weather patterns and improve resilience, as well as improve local government accountability towards helping communities to do this. The project included a radio magazine and discussion programme...

A pilot project in the Eastern Province of Zambia is working to improve early childhood education (ECE) by using radio to reach out to children who are unable to attend preschool because of poverty, disability, or distance. The Educational Broadcasting Service (EBS), through the Zambian Ministry of Education and United Nations Children's Fund (...

"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."

"Niambie (Tell Me), a new radio programme in Tanzania, seeks to increase young people’s civic and political engagement. Formative and baseline research reveals that young people are deeply frustrated by what they perceive as obstacles to achieving their aspirations, such as a weak education system and a lack of employment opportunities."...

Niambie ('Tell me' in Kiswahili) is a three-year civic engagement project which is designed to inform Tanzanian youth of political processes and issues so that they can play a more constructive role in the country’s democratic processes. This is particularly important in light of the local, parliamentary, and presidential elections taking place...

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...

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...

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Television

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...

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)...

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...

"4Play: Sex Tips for Girls was a television drama that brought a rare touch of glamour and a distinctly feminine sensibility to the HIV communication genre in South Africa. 4Play also confronted the fact that – in the absence of a widely available female-initiated and controlled HIV prevention method – the key to protection for women lies in...

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...

This guide was produced to help journalists and writers to report on sex work in South Africa in a respectful and sensitive way. It sets out basic facts about the sex work industry and contains sections on appropriate terminology, use of images, and respectful interviewing techniques. Produced by Sonke Gender Justice, the Sex Workers Education...

This guide, developed by Communicating with Disaster-Affected Communities (CDAC) Network Member agencies in collaboration with the Assessment Capacities Project (ACAPS), contains "common tools to assess information and communication needs of communities affected by disasters" and is designed for staff working on a humanitarian response.

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