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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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"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

"The role that new media and communications technologies have played in the recent 'Arab Spring' uprisings, as well as in recent disaster responses, has sparked a large amount of academic and professional interest in their potential, how they can be harnessed effectively, but also their limitations."

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Experiences

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...

Launched in November 2011, Ni Nyampinga programme offers a quarterly magazine, a weekly radio show, and a networking platform designed to empower girls in Rwanda through information and positive role models. Loosely translated as the "beautiful girl inside out," Ni Nyampinga is led by Girl Hub Rwanda, part of the Girl Hub initiative, which is a...

Yegna (meaning "Ours" in Amharic) is Girl Hub Ethiopia's flagship programme comprising a radio drama, a radio talk show, and music platforms to champion girls' empowerment and create a national conversation about girls' potential. Yegna is led by Girl Hub Ethiopia, part of the Girl Hub initiative, a collaboration between the Department for...

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...

Launched on December 1 2014, this national campaign is mobilising South Africans to engage in dialogue and debate around social attitudes towards people living with HIV (PLWHV), while encouraging greater openness and disclosure by PLWHV about their status. Themed 'I Can't Change My HIV Status But You Can Change Your Attitude, Zero Stigma, Zero...

Launched in October 2014, Newman Street is an entertainment-education television series in Nigeria promoting family planning and malaria-prevention practices. Set in a vibrant, urban slum in Nigeria, the story is a "tale of the quest for fame, love and, acceptance" and how far people will go to accomplish these. Newman Street is a collaboration...

Launched in September 2014, the Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development initiative is an online initiative that is designed to pool ideas, innovations, and strategies to provide solutions for fighting the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa. The initiative was developed to respond to the public health challenges facing Guinea, Liberia...

The Families Matter! Programme (FMP) works with parents, guardians, and primary caregivers of pre-adolescents aged 9-12 years to "give parents the knowledge, skills, comfort, and confidence to communicate with their children about sexuality and sexual risk reduction." Parents and caregivers attend weekly sessions guided by a facilitator and...

Launched in October 2014, the Pregnancy with Dignity Campaign is designed to support the Campaign of Accelerated Reduction in Maternal and Child Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) by advocating for policy interventions and actions to ensure the safety of pregnant women and their babies through pregnancy and childbirth in South Africa.

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Strategic Thinking

This 4-page case study discusses the findings of community-based monitoring (CBM) of health services conducted in twelve South African communities to assess and support quality health care and increase access to and participation in health care by adolescents. "CBM is a form of public oversight that uses local information to describe and track...

This 3-page brief shares the experiences of the Tékponon Jikuagou project in Benin in using social network theory and analysis to influence social norms and family planning attitudes and practices. This approach focuses on considering "individuals as members of formal and informal networks that influence ideas and behaviours" and encourages...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

"[T]he findings clearly indicate that mobile reading is opening up a new pathway to literacy for children."

This 11-page project activity report shares the experience of the Cinema Leo project, which used community screenings of a film about child labour and forum theatre to raise awareness and encourage dialogue around child labour in two regions of Uganda. The pilot project was a collaboration between Tri-Vision Uganda and the International Labour...

This 6-page technical brief from CapacityPLus discusses how countries can make informed, evidence-based policy decisions to strengthen health care workforce recruitment and retention. Based on a literature review and the authors' experience in Uganda, the brief outlines how developing and sharing evidence "can build interest, momentum, and...

This journal article examines the potential of using community conversations to strengthen positive responses to HIV in resource-poor environments. Guided by a facilitator, community members collectively identify local strengths and challenges and brainstorm potential strategies for solving local problems. Researchers conducted a series of such...

This report discusses the findings of the African Rural Radio Program Analysis (ARRPA) project, a study launched in 2011 by Farm Radio International (FRI) to deepen understanding of farmer radio programming in sub-Saharan Africa and help inform the work of FRI and other organisations working with farmers. The report discusses "the circumstances...

"Changing our education systems and engendering a paradigm shift is not the work of the education ministry or even the government alone; it involves every one of us - parents, teachers, students, and civil society." - Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Co-ordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Federal Republic of Nigeria...

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Materials

This comic book on malaria forms part of the WASH 4 ALL (water, sanitation and hygiene for all) comic book series, which is being created "to positively engage youths in the fight against diseases related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene."

The series is being produced by Horizon International, a non-governmental organisation based...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

"The role that new media and communications technologies have played in the recent 'Arab Spring' uprisings, as well as in recent disaster responses, has sparked a large amount of academic and professional interest in their potential, how they can be harnessed effectively, but also their limitations."

This graphic story is the first in a planned series covering various aspects of prevention and treatment of Ebola in Liberia. Published by International Organization for Migration (IOM) Liberia, this graphic story was created in order to raise awareness about preventing Ebola and seeking early care when Ebola is suspected. The tool is being...

This booklet was produced as part of the Wize up, Your Decision Your Life campaign in Swaziland, which challenges young people to take control of their health and start thinking and talking about their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) (see Related Summaries below for more information on the campaign).

This Youth Radio Toolkit was produced to help support young people to produce their own radio shows from start to finish, and covers issues such as choosing and researching a topic, recording, and learning how to get a show out into the community. Published by the Children's Radio Foundation and the United Nations International Children's...

This Facilitators Handbook outlines a training curriculum and a series of workshops to help facilitators build a community-based youth radio project. Published by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Children's Radio Foundation (CRF), the handbook was produced to help facilitators who are engaging with CRF to...

The Adolescents' HIV Prevention and Treatment Toolkit for Eastern and Southern Africa is made up of 10 publications which are designed to help young people better understand HIV and what it means in their lives. The Toolkit, also known as Young Champions (YC) Support Pack, includes resources for facilitators or Young Champions working on HIV...

This toolkit is designed to help guide community dialogues around the prevention and management of childhood illnesses. Produced with support from Malaria Consortium, the toolkit is to be used within a Village Health Team (VHT) programme in Uganda to help community leaders and VHTs facilitate community dialogues. These dialogue sessions bring...

The Why Poverty? documentary film series is comprised of eight one-hour films and thirty-four shorts originating from 28 different countries, which are designed to get people thinking and talking about poverty. "It has been said that, in this century, we have the tools and potential to overcome extreme poverty. But poverty persists, and the gap...

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Evaluations

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.

This 7-page executive summary shares the findings of a qualitative evaluation of the first series of Intersexions, a 26-part South African entertainment-education television drama series to communicate health- and HIV-related messages, with a focus on sexual networks. This report presents qualitative research findings about audience responses...

This report discusses the Lesotho findings of an external evaluation of the Southern African Regional Social and Behaviour Change Communication Programme, an initiative implemented in 8 countries in Southern Africa from 2007 to 2011 to reduce HIV infection by increasing health awareness and facilitating social and behavioural change through...

This 19-page peer reviewed case study, which appeared in the Cases in Public Health Communication and Marketing Journal, discusses the impact of the Tisankhenji radio programme, which was designed to prevent HIV among young people in Malawi, especially girls age 10 to 14, by increasing self-efficacy, encouraging open discussion, promoting...

This 24-page report discusses the experience and post project evaluation of the Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia (MAMaZ) programme, which was designed to identify and document effective ways to stimulate demand for maternal and newborn health care services among economically poor rural communities in Zambia.

This 89-page report discusses the experience and impact of working with security and defence force personnel to build capacity around child protection, with specific focus on insights gained from trainings conducted by Save the Children in East, West, and Central Africa. A key question posed for the research was whether the training resulted in...

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Digital

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...

Yegna (meaning "Ours" in Amharic) is Girl Hub Ethiopia's flagship programme comprising a radio drama, a radio talk show, and music platforms to champion girls' empowerment and create a national conversation about girls' potential. Yegna is led by Girl Hub Ethiopia, part of the Girl Hub initiative, a collaboration between the Department for...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

"The role that new media and communications technologies have played in the recent 'Arab Spring' uprisings, as well as in recent disaster responses, has sparked a large amount of academic and professional interest in their potential, how they can be harnessed effectively, but also their limitations."

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications from women journalists to participate in one of two international reporting fellowships, tentatively scheduled to take place February 13-23, 2015. The fellowship, which forms part of IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, will lead delegations of six...

"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 18-page "Think Brief", published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), discusses the emerging use of social media, particularly Twitter, as part of emergency responses. It outlines the value of such social media, and in particular how twitter can be used effectively as a real time information...

The African Child Information Hub (InfoHub) is designed to be a one-stop shop of data and information on children in Africa. The main objective of the InfoHub is "to create a forum to facilitate the exchange of information, ideas and experiences on matters relating to children." The Hub was launched by The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) in...

"This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children....The scope of this review includes interventions that address interpersonal violence (emotional, physical and sexual) against children at home, school, work, the community at...

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Awards

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...

The goal of this inaugural Haller Prize for Development Journalism is "to encourage and advance excellent journalistic investigation of the charitable and entrepreneurial development sectors in sub-Saharan Africa." Three prizes will be awarded: 1st prize is GBP3000, 2nd Prize is GBP1000, and 3rd Prize is GBP500.

The Institute of Financial & Economic Journalists (IFEJ) in Ghana is inviting entries from fully subscribed members for this first edition of IFEJ Flamingo Awards for Business and Financial Journalism 2014. According to IFEJ, the award will recognise journalists and editors who provide high quality coverage of the business environment in...

This award will provide two print journalists (including online) and one television or radio journalist with a stipend of ZAR25,000 per person to produce media around mental health issues. Offered by Pfizer, together with the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG), the award is designed to encourage South African journalists to...

Amateur and professional photographers around the world are invited to submit images of scenes and individuals around the world that reflect the tagline of international nonprofit organisation IREX: "Make a Better World". Photos should demonstrate one or more of 3 theme categories:

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Print

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 comic book on malaria forms part of the WASH 4 ALL (water, sanitation and hygiene for all) comic book series, which is being created "to positively engage youths in the fight against diseases related to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene."

The series is being produced by Horizon International, a non-governmental organisation based...

Launched in November 2011, Ni Nyampinga programme offers a quarterly magazine, a weekly radio show, and a networking platform designed to empower girls in Rwanda through information and positive role models. Loosely translated as the "beautiful girl inside out," Ni Nyampinga is led by Girl Hub Rwanda, part of the Girl Hub initiative, which is a...

Yegna (meaning "Ours" in Amharic) is Girl Hub Ethiopia's flagship programme comprising a radio drama, a radio talk show, and music platforms to champion girls' empowerment and create a national conversation about girls' potential. Yegna is led by Girl Hub Ethiopia, part of the Girl Hub initiative, a collaboration between the Department for...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

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.

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...

This graphic story is the first in a planned series covering various aspects of prevention and treatment of Ebola in Liberia. Published by International Organization for Migration (IOM) Liberia, this graphic story was created in order to raise awareness about preventing Ebola and seeking early care when Ebola is suspected. The tool is being...

This booklet was produced as part of the Wize up, Your Decision Your Life campaign in Swaziland, which challenges young people to take control of their health and start thinking and talking about their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) (see Related Summaries below for more information on the campaign).

The Adolescents' HIV Prevention and Treatment Toolkit for Eastern and Southern Africa is made up of 10 publications which are designed to help young people better understand HIV and what it means in their lives. The Toolkit, also known as Young Champions (YC) Support Pack, includes resources for facilitators or Young Champions working on HIV...

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Radio

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.

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...

Launched in November 2011, Ni Nyampinga programme offers a quarterly magazine, a weekly radio show, and a networking platform designed to empower girls in Rwanda through information and positive role models. Loosely translated as the "beautiful girl inside out," Ni Nyampinga is led by Girl Hub Rwanda, part of the Girl Hub initiative, which is a...

Yegna (meaning "Ours" in Amharic) is Girl Hub Ethiopia's flagship programme comprising a radio drama, a radio talk show, and music platforms to champion girls' empowerment and create a national conversation about girls' potential. Yegna is led by Girl Hub Ethiopia, part of the Girl Hub initiative, a collaboration between the Department for...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

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....

This Youth Radio Toolkit was produced to help support young people to produce their own radio shows from start to finish, and covers issues such as choosing and researching a topic, recording, and learning how to get a show out into the community. Published by the Children's Radio Foundation and the United Nations International Children's...

This report discusses the findings of the African Rural Radio Program Analysis (ARRPA) project, a study launched in 2011 by Farm Radio International (FRI) to deepen understanding of farmer radio programming in sub-Saharan Africa and help inform the work of FRI and other organisations working with farmers. The report discusses "the circumstances...

This Facilitators Handbook outlines a training curriculum and a series of workshops to help facilitators build a community-based youth radio project. Published by the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Children's Radio Foundation (CRF), the handbook was produced to help facilitators who are engaging with CRF to...

Projekthope, a non-governmental organisation working to develop the capacity of media practitioners in Nigeria, is inviting journalists who cover, or are interested in, gender, gender-based violence, rape, sexual orientation, and gender identity to participate in a series of gender and sexuality reporting training seminars. This certificate...

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Television

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.

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

Projekthope, a non-governmental organisation working to develop the capacity of media practitioners in Nigeria, is inviting journalists who cover, or are interested in, gender, gender-based violence, rape, sexual orientation, and gender identity to participate in a series of gender and sexuality reporting training seminars. This certificate...

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) is accepting applications from women journalists to participate in one of two international reporting fellowships, tentatively scheduled to take place February 13-23, 2015. The fellowship, which forms part of IWMF's African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative, will lead delegations of six...

"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."

Launched in October 2014, Newman Street is an entertainment-education television series in Nigeria promoting family planning and malaria-prevention practices. Set in a vibrant, urban slum in Nigeria, the story is a "tale of the quest for fame, love and, acceptance" and how far people will go to accomplish these. Newman Street is a collaboration...

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...


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,...

Launched in October 2014, the Pregnancy with Dignity Campaign is designed to support the Campaign of Accelerated Reduction in Maternal and Child Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) by advocating for policy interventions and actions to ensure the safety of pregnant women and their babies through pregnancy and childbirth in South Africa.

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