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A collaboration between the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication and The Communication Initiative. Offers a space to access and share knowledge (currently over 6500 knowledge items), as well as network around a wide range of development issues with a focus on media and communication for social change in Africa. Our current subscriber network consists of over 16,000 members. To join, click here. To discuss partnership please contact Anja

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"Whilst the number of interventions aimed at addressing the structural drivers of risk among young people are on the rise, there is a need for interventions to have a clear focus, indicate the pathways of risk they are trying to address and have a rigorous evaluation strategy to assess whether and how they work to reduce young people's...

This toolkit is intended for journalists who are covering, or would like to cover, stories relating to sustainable development and the design and implementation proposed for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related framework of policies. It has been prepared to help clarify background issues and provide some international facts and...

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Experiences

Since July 2012, Plan International has been using mobile phone videos to reach out to remote communities in Uganda to share best practices in supporting the early childhood care and development (ECCD) needs of young children. In collaboration with Nokia, the videos are being produced and screened in remote areas without network coverage or...

The Girl Hub initiative is working to improve girls' lives in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Nigeria through advances in education, health, safety, and economic opportunity. By providing safe spaces, engaging with leaders, and producing communication and media designed to motivate empowerment, Girl Hub is designed to "shift the social norms that hold...

Launched by Corruption Watch in late 2013, the Corruption in Schools Campaign is working to encourage public participation in combating corruption in schools in South Africa. Through its online and SMS [text messaging] platforms and other media and communication channels, the campaign: encourages reporting of corruption in the education system...

Published since 2009, Bingwa magazine for children is intended to be a source of information, advice, and fun for children aged 9-14. It also offers a space for children to speak up and be heard, with a particular focus on fighting corruption and eradicating poverty. Published by Child Africa, the free magazine began as a three-times-per year...

Black Gold (Ouro Negro) is a serial radio drama in Mozambique designed to raise awareness around improving children's health and development. The drama, which is being broadcast nationally in 2015, uses an entertainment-education approach to promote and disseminate the Facts for Life information developed by the United Nations Children's...

Culminating at a December 2014 conference, TELLME was a 36-month collaborative project that sought to provide evidence and to develop models for improved risk communication during infectious disease crises around the world. The TELLME project combined public health, social sciences, behavioural sciences, political sciences, law, ethics,...

Launched in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014, BBC Media Action's Kick Ebola from Africa weekly radio programmes in Liberia and Sierra Leone "provide reliable, timely, and useful information regarding Ebola prevention, treatment, and care." Kick Ebola from Liberia and Kick Ebola from Sierra Leone both feature the real-life...

Launched in December 2014, the I Survived Ebola campaign is using personal stories and experiences told by Ebola survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea "to inform, protect, and spread hope" while also countering stigma and discrimination. The stories are being documented and shared in video, audio, and print formats, and disseminated...

Deutsche Welle produced and broadcast an 8-part radio series on Ebola for listeners in Africa, which started broadcasting in November 2014 - initially in English, followed by programmes in four regional languages. Focusing on listeners in West Africa, the series uses African voices and experiences to communicate to other Africans about Ebola....

In August 2014, a group of youth aged 16 to 21 participated in a comic drawing workshop in the Northern Region of Ghana. During the workshop, Ebola emerged as a priority issue, and the young people, guided by facilitators, created comic strip stories around various aspects of the disease. The resulting booklet is being distributed to help raise...

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Strategic Thinking

"Whilst the number of interventions aimed at addressing the structural drivers of risk among young people are on the rise, there is a need for interventions to have a clear focus, indicate the pathways of risk they are trying to address and have a rigorous evaluation strategy to assess whether and how they work to reduce young people's...

This 4-page brief discusses how Girl Hub used a story collection research methodology called SenseMaker to help generate girl-centred evidence to inform girls' empowerment interventions. The brief outlines what Sensemaker is, provides examples of Girl Hub's experience in practice, and reflects on future implementation. As stated in the brief, "...

"Strategic health communication can play a key role in stopping the outbreak, primarily by helping community members recognize and identify how they can modify their religious and cultural practices and behaviors — such as not directly touching loved ones who are ill or by changing the way persons who die from Ebola are treated and buried —...

This 30-page paper, commissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), discusses how communication can be used in emergency contexts to improve humanitarian responses, with particular focus on the infoasaid project experience.

This 63-page report discusses findings of a study exploring child protection in the media in Uganda. The study examined the policy and legal environment, media coverage, and the relationship between civil society organisations, government, and media as it relates to child protection. Together with similar studies conducted in Kenya, Tanzania,...

"In the context of the Support to National Malaria Control Programme (SuNMaP), demand creation is the strategic combination of advocacy, communication, and mobilisation approaches that seek to achieve increased community awareness of, and demand for, effective malaria prevention and treatment services."

"This paper pulls together insights and lessons from 10 case studies of Oxfam’s's work in promoting active citizenship. The case studies, written over the course of 2013/14, employ a 'theory of change approach' to explore how change happens in different contexts." 

This Oxfam paper analyses case studies from a range of programmes,...

This 38-page report from the Center for International Media Assistance discusses the role of media assistance in sub-Saharan Africa's media liberalisation, particularly during the early 1990s. It also reflects on key lessons learned by donors over the past 25 years, and the implications of these lessons for the future of media development....

This 4-page research summary discusses the findings of a research study, conducted by the United Nations International Children Fund (UNICEF), on the use of "Speaking Books" as a health promotion tool to address maternal, newborn, child, and family health (MNCH) issues in the Amhara Region, Ethiopia. The MNCH book was designed to be used as a...

Produced as part of Internews' Project on Conflict and Media during 2012-2014, this toolbox for journalists "uses the principles of conflict-sensitive journalism (CSJ) to teach reporters how to cover even the most senseless acts of cruelty in a way that contributes to peacebuilding. It includes theoretical background, practical tips, and...

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Materials

This toolkit is intended for journalists who are covering, or would like to cover, stories relating to sustainable development and the design and implementation proposed for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related framework of policies. It has been prepared to help clarify background issues and provide some international facts and...

This toolbox contains a range of gender-sensitive and socially inclusive participatory action research tools which are designed to support data gathering that will help integrate gender and social perspectives in climate research and programme design.

"To achieve universal health coverage and better health outcomes, the world needs more health workers...Educating and training an ample supply of new health workers, though, is hindered by a limited number of schools and the scarcity of resources to scale up their efforts."

Offered by the NetWorks Project, this online training series is designed to strengthen capacity on how to use evidence and data to create strong social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) programmes for malaria prevention and control. The training series is intended for a wide audience, but primarily for those who work on malaria control...

This toolbox was primarily developed for "journalists who are reporting on conflicts taking place in their own communities and whose coverage will reach the people directly involved in and affected by the conflict." It was developed to help journalists face the challenges of being fair and accurate while also being a force for peace and...

"This I-Kit introduces users to the building blocks for a social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategy for breastfeeding. It links the SBCC strategy development to faith-based organizations (FBOs) assets such as religious leaders and religious texts. It includes basic information about breastfeeding and the role of FBOs, religious...

This guide seeks to offer journalists a methodological tool to help them become more gender responsive when producing radio broadcasts and managing radio stations. It is designed to help with the planning and production of radio broadcasts that address the theme of gender, that are sensitive to gender, and that target both women and men.

Produced as part of Internews' Project on Conflict and Media during 2012-2014, this toolbox for journalists "uses the principles of conflict-sensitive journalism (CSJ) to teach reporters how to cover even the most senseless acts of cruelty in a way that contributes to peacebuilding. It includes theoretical background, practical tips, and...

"...although two-way communication is listed as a strength of social media, this can also be used negatively to further perpetuate misinformation..."

Inside Story is a 98-minute African film that tells the story of the science of HIV transmission by combining the story of a rising soccer star with an animated journey of HIV infection through the human body.

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Evaluations

"The Wazazi Nipendeni campaign demonstrates the importance of multi-media campaigns in improving safe motherhood outcomes among pre- and post-natal women in Tanzania."

This 4-page brief discusses how Girl Hub used a story collection research methodology called SenseMaker to help generate girl-centred evidence to inform girls' empowerment interventions. The brief outlines what Sensemaker is, provides examples of Girl Hub's experience in practice, and reflects on future implementation. As stated in the brief, "...

This 30-page paper, commissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), discusses how communication can be used in emergency contexts to improve humanitarian responses, with particular focus on the infoasaid project experience.

This 83-page report discusses a study to assess the impact of the Shamba Shape Up (SSU) television edutainment programme on small-scale agriculture in Kenya and to research how the programme influences farmers' activities. Led by the University of Reading (United Kingdom), the evaluation study was commissioned by the Africa Enterprise Challenge...

This 53-page audience reception report discusses the findings of a study conducted by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication on the implementation of a programme on sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) among youths and key populations in Southern Africa.

This 53-page report discusses evaluation findings related to the use of the Community Conversation Toolkit (CCT) developed by Communication for Change (C-Change) to foster interactive communication through group dialogues and to prompt engagement on HIV prevention issues among low-literacy adults.

"When issues of good governance and economic growth are discussed in the development community, the role of the media is increasingly seen as central to success....This paper presents an approach to developing a toolkit for monitoring and evaluation that will serve as a resource for media development practitioners."

This evaluation report outlines key findings related to Community Media Trust’s (CMT) Siyayinqoba Beat It! programme in South Africa based on The Third National HIV Communication Survey 2012. The objective of this analysis of the survey was to examine and measure awareness, knowledge, and exposure to Siyayinqoba Beat It! and to estimate impact...

This 8-page project brief discusses the RESPOND Project's interventions to strengthen gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and response efforts in two provinces in Burundi, Kayanza, and Muyinga.

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Digital

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...

Duration: Minimum one year, up to three years

GENERAL FUNCTION

This 4-page brief discusses how Girl Hub used a story collection research methodology called SenseMaker to help generate girl-centred evidence to inform girls' empowerment interventions. The brief outlines what Sensemaker is, provides examples of Girl Hub's experience in practice, and reflects on future implementation. As stated in the brief, "...

The Girl Hub initiative is working to improve girls' lives in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Nigeria through advances in education, health, safety, and economic opportunity. By providing safe spaces, engaging with leaders, and producing communication and media designed to motivate empowerment, Girl Hub is designed to "shift the social norms that hold...

Launched by Corruption Watch in late 2013, the Corruption in Schools Campaign is working to encourage public participation in combating corruption in schools in South Africa. Through its online and SMS [text messaging] platforms and other media and communication channels, the campaign: encourages reporting of corruption in the education system...

This 30-page paper, commissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), discusses how communication can be used in emergency contexts to improve humanitarian responses, with particular focus on the infoasaid project experience.

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.

Offered by the NetWorks Project, this online training series is designed to strengthen capacity on how to use evidence and data to create strong social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) programmes for malaria prevention and control. The training series is intended for a wide audience, but primarily for those who work on malaria control...

The 10th eLearning Africa Conference will "showcase the stories, experiences, research, thinking and expertise that make up the complex but thrilling picture of ICT for development, education and training in Africa today, under the overall theme of Enriching Tomorrow." Hosted in 2015 in collaboration with the Ethiopian Ministry of Communication...

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Awards

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...


The African Centre for Media Excellence invites entries for the Uganda National Journalism Awards 2015. These awards intend to "recognise and promote excellent reporting which informs and empowers the public, increases the voices and spaces for critical information, and holds the powerful to account." Organised with support from Hivos,...

Journalists in Southern Africa are invited to submit their child-focused reporting for consideration for the Media Institute for Southern Africa's (MISA) third annual Regional Children's Reporting Awards. "The awards form part of MISA’s broader Children & The Media Project.

Science journalists from the Global South are being invited to submit their applications for the SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship, which will provide one successful fellow with a cash prize of £3500/$5837, laptop, mentoring support from experts in science journalism, and training/conference opportunities. Offered by SciDev...

"The annual SIMA Awards champion eye-opening impact films from around the world that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation."

The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) is an effort to unearth the stories of independent filmmakers, grassroots change-makers, and humanitarian organisations and to provide a springboard...

The Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year Award recognises print (including online), radio, and television journalism in South Africa that demonstrates outstanding work in the field of legal journalism. According to the Webber Wentzel legal firm, the award "was founded in 1999 to acknowledge the role played by journalists in promoting...

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Print

"The Wazazi Nipendeni campaign demonstrates the importance of multi-media campaigns in improving safe motherhood outcomes among pre- and post-natal women in Tanzania."

"Whilst the number of interventions aimed at addressing the structural drivers of risk among young people are on the rise, there is a need for interventions to have a clear focus, indicate the pathways of risk they are trying to address and have a rigorous evaluation strategy to assess whether and how they work to reduce young people's...

This toolkit is intended for journalists who are covering, or would like to cover, stories relating to sustainable development and the design and implementation proposed for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related framework of policies. It has been prepared to help clarify background issues and provide some international facts and...

Supporting Local Media To Inform & Engage with Vulnerable Populations

Position: Election Coverage Journalism Trainer (ECJT)

Reports to: Project Director (PD)

Duration: 2 months

Anticipated start date: April 2015

Deadline for applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling...

Term: 1 month

Anticipated start date: April 2015

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis

 

BACKGROUND:

Launched by Corruption Watch in late 2013, the Corruption in Schools Campaign is working to encourage public participation in combating corruption in schools in South Africa. Through its online and SMS [text messaging] platforms and other media and communication channels, the campaign: encourages reporting of corruption in the education system...

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...

This 83-page report discusses a study to assess the impact of the Shamba Shape Up (SSU) television edutainment programme on small-scale agriculture in Kenya and to research how the programme influences farmers' activities. Led by the University of Reading (United Kingdom), the evaluation study was commissioned by the Africa Enterprise Challenge...

Published since 2009, Bingwa magazine for children is intended to be a source of information, advice, and fun for children aged 9-14. It also offers a space for children to speak up and be heard, with a particular focus on fighting corruption and eradicating poverty. Published by Child Africa, the free magazine began as a three-times-per year...

This 63-page report discusses findings of a study exploring child protection in the media in Uganda. The study examined the policy and legal environment, media coverage, and the relationship between civil society organisations, government, and media as it relates to child protection. Together with similar studies conducted in Kenya, Tanzania,...

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Radio

"The Wazazi Nipendeni campaign demonstrates the importance of multi-media campaigns in improving safe motherhood outcomes among pre- and post-natal women in Tanzania."

"Whilst the number of interventions aimed at addressing the structural drivers of risk among young people are on the rise, there is a need for interventions to have a clear focus, indicate the pathways of risk they are trying to address and have a rigorous evaluation strategy to assess whether and how they work to reduce young people's...

This toolkit is intended for journalists who are covering, or would like to cover, stories relating to sustainable development and the design and implementation proposed for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related framework of policies. It has been prepared to help clarify background issues and provide some international facts and...

Supporting Local Media To Inform & Engage with Vulnerable Populations

Position: Election Coverage Journalism Trainer (ECJT)

Reports to: Project Director (PD)

Duration: 2 months

Anticipated start date: April 2015

Deadline for applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling...

Term: 1 month

Anticipated start date: April 2015

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis

 

BACKGROUND:

The Girl Hub initiative is working to improve girls' lives in Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Nigeria through advances in education, health, safety, and economic opportunity. By providing safe spaces, engaging with leaders, and producing communication and media designed to motivate empowerment, Girl Hub is designed to "shift the social norms that hold...

This 30-page paper, commissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), discusses how communication can be used in emergency contexts to improve humanitarian responses, with particular focus on the infoasaid project experience.

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...

This 63-page report discusses findings of a study exploring child protection in the media in Uganda. The study examined the policy and legal environment, media coverage, and the relationship between civil society organisations, government, and media as it relates to child protection. Together with similar studies conducted in Kenya, Tanzania,...

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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Television

"The Wazazi Nipendeni campaign demonstrates the importance of multi-media campaigns in improving safe motherhood outcomes among pre- and post-natal women in Tanzania."

"Whilst the number of interventions aimed at addressing the structural drivers of risk among young people are on the rise, there is a need for interventions to have a clear focus, indicate the pathways of risk they are trying to address and have a rigorous evaluation strategy to assess whether and how they work to reduce young people's...

This toolkit is intended for journalists who are covering, or would like to cover, stories relating to sustainable development and the design and implementation proposed for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and related framework of policies. It has been prepared to help clarify background issues and provide some international facts and...

Supporting Local Media To Inform & Engage with Vulnerable Populations

Position: Election Coverage Journalism Trainer (ECJT)

Reports to: Project Director (PD)

Duration: 2 months

Anticipated start date: April 2015

Deadline for applications: Applications will be considered on a rolling...

Term: 1 month

Anticipated start date: April 2015

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis

 

BACKGROUND:

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...

This 83-page report discusses a study to assess the impact of the Shamba Shape Up (SSU) television edutainment programme on small-scale agriculture in Kenya and to research how the programme influences farmers' activities. Led by the University of Reading (United Kingdom), the evaluation study was commissioned by the Africa Enterprise Challenge...

This 63-page report discusses findings of a study exploring child protection in the media in Uganda. The study examined the policy and legal environment, media coverage, and the relationship between civil society organisations, government, and media as it relates to child protection. Together with similar studies conducted in Kenya, Tanzania,...

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.

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