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Soul Beat Africa

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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Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Author: Kathryn Bertram, crossposted from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) website on August 21 2014 - During a capacity building workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone this past June, the mood was understandably tense as Ebola continued to spread from the East. Tea-break conversations became heated about regional responses to...

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

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Experiences

"Utabiri wa hali ya hewa" (Swahili for "Beep for Weather") is a radio and mobile phone service designed to enable farmers to receive important weather and agricultural information on their mobile phones. The farmers call into a radio station and promptly hang up (known as a beep), then receive a return call, free of charge, to listen to a...

In 2013, the Chitambo Hospital in Zambia partnered with Medical Aid Films (MAF) to use a selection of MAF educational films to educate communities on maternal and child health care issues. Although the films are intended for skilled or semi-skilled health workers, for the Chitambo Film Education Project the health workers used the films as part...

Agashi (meaning "Hey! Look again!") is a Burundian 208-episode radio drama that addresses a variety of health and development issues including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and family planning, education and women’s empowerment, and entrepreneurship.

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

Ubongo Kids is a Tanzanian edu-cartoon series, designed to help children "discover the joys of math through fun, local stories, and songs". Produced by Ubongo, a social enterprise based in Tanzania, the show premiered in January 2014 on national television and can also be viewed online. Live interaction is also made possible through a text...

This 3-year programme aims to engage marginalised children and youth in their rights to health and education services in 8 countries: Afghanistan, Georgia, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Viet Nam. Activities in each country are tailored to the specific contexts and conditions children and young people experience, but all come...

mFistula: A Mobile-Based Film and Advocacy Initiative to End Fistula

This film and advocacy initiative seeks to highlight the importance of mheath in the fight against obstetric fistula, and start a "dialogue about how the popularity of mobile phones can really overcome the obstacles that fistula repair facilities face." The campaign is based around a film made by Governess Films in collaboration with the United...

Launched in May 2014 and led by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SCI), the RISE Young Women's Clubs initiative seeks to reduce new HIV infections among young women in South Africa. The initiative supports the establishment of women's clubs, which are designed to mobilise and empower young women to advocate for...

Produced by Internews Humanitarian Information Service in South Sudan, Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) is a recorded audio service which seeks to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced by the conflict at two of the United Nations Missions in Sudan South (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites in Juba. The BBTT...

Produced by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, the twelfth series of the edutainment drama series "Soul City" premiered in June 2014. Comprising 13 half-hour episodes, the series is based around a community clinic in a fictional township in South Africa and deals with the challenges and triumphs of the clinic...

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Strategic Thinking

"The research finds that a wide range of factors currently inhibit media in the three countries sampled from playing a more substantive role in promoting awareness of child rights, as well as in helping children realize their rights and in holding government accountable."

This journal article shares findings from a study to gain insights into the knowledge, attitudes and practices of youth around sexual health, as well as the barriers facing young people in accessing sexual reproductive health services (SRHS) in Mtwara district in Tanzania, which has the highest percentage in the country of teenage pregnancy....

This 84-page report shares findings of a baseline survey conducted at the beginning of the Zambia-led Prevention Initiative Program (ZPI), to inform monitoring and evaluation as well as programme design. The study was conducted to collect information on key indicators related to HIV knowledge and risk, gender and gender-based violence (GBV),...

This summary highlights insights gained through an assessment process conducted in Swaziland to better understand the linkages between sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and HIV/AIDS. The assessment was part of a multi-country initiative conducted using an assessment tool developed in 2009 by the International Planned Parenthood Foundation,...

"Engaging developing-world universities, NGOs [non-governmental organisations], national policy activists and others in research about ICTs in development was the special IDRC niche."

This 46-page report discusses how children and young people are using information and communication technologies (ICT) before and during migration, as well as how organisations supporting children and youth are using ICT in their work. According to the report, "children and young people are using ICTs to prepare for migration; to guide and...

This 156-page report discusses the findings of research conducted in Namibia with youth regarding their attitudes toward gender, sexuality, and traditional practices. The research was conducted to provide information to improve educational and social programmes around HIV prevention, gender equality, and sexual rights, as well as provide data...

This 33-page report shares the findings of key informant research in Zimbabwe conducted to inform a communication initiative to address young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The research was undertaken with 10 key informants in 7 provinces by Action Institute for Environment, Health and Development Communication. It...

This 3-page case study discusses the experience of leveraging the passion and reach of football (soccer) to communicate messages about malaria prevention and treatment. Beginning during the 2012 World Cup, the United Against Malaria (UAM) partnership and the Voices project of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs (JHU-...

This 53-page report discusses the findings of research conducted into sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) among mobile populations in two of Zimbabwe's border areas, Chirundu and Beitbridge. Focus group discussions and in-depth key informant interviews were conducted by Action Institute for Environment, Health and Development...

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Materials

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this manual discusses various techniques used to build a story, analyse information from sources, and possibly discredit lying interviewees through cross-examination. Used as part of a course offered by the author, Heinrich Böhmke, the manual is based on some of the same principles...

Published by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this guide is designed to help journalists to use undercover investigative techniques. The booklet is based on the experience of the author, Ghanaian journalist and lawyer Anas Aremeyaw Anas, drawing on his experience of working undercover, and offering tips and advice on how to...

Published by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), this 8-page guide is designed to help broadcasters in Ebola-affected areas "to develop a clear strategy to ensure that they are able to provide continuous and effective operations during the outbreak."

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this booklet outlines ethical guidelines for journalists. According to the publication, "democracy and the rule of law depend on a free and independent press that can help citizens hold public officials and institutions in check. Central to this essential role is trust that...

This publication was developed as part of the behaviour change strategy of a project in Kenya that seeks to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by expanding the engagement of men in religious and cultural institutions. The publication seeks to clarify some of the common myths and misconceptions that perpetuate FGM and "opens space for dialogue...

Published by Alliances for Africa (AfA), this comic aims to raise awareness about the link between the economy and violence against women and girls, and advocate for gender equality and women’s human rights.

"Access to timely and accurate life-saving information is hence absolutely crucial. This is where UNICEF is focusing its efforts moving forward." - UNICEF Representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoy.

Published by the Global Initiative for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (GI-ESCR), this guide seeks to provide an outline for how development practitioners can implement a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to participatory development.

"If children's participation is to be sustained, replicated, resourced, and institutionalised into the wider communities in which children live, it is necessary to develop methods of measuring what is being done and how it is affecting children's lives."

Published by the AIDS Alliance, "this tool is intended to support national-level advocacy as an element of HIV programmes designed with and for key populations".

As stated in the publication, in many settings key population representatives do not have a voice in HIV policy processes, and must lobby persistently to be included. In...

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Evaluations

Nearly one-third of Mozambican women aged 15-49 who are married or live in marital union have ever experienced domestic violence, and close to one-quarter have experienced domestic violence within the past 12 months. Young women are particularly at risk for sexual violence - the percentage of young women who experience sexual violence increases...

This report describes the findings from an external evaluation of the Namibia component of the Southern African Regional Social and Behavior Change Communication Program. The programme, which has been implemented in 8 countries in Southern Africa with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), aims to...

"If children's participation is to be sustained, replicated, resourced, and institutionalised into the wider communities in which children live, it is necessary to develop methods of measuring what is being done and how it is affecting children's lives."

This 39-page final report discusses the experience of the Radio Platform for Community Development (RPCD) project and the use of radio listening clubs to engage marginalised communities in development debates. Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), with funding from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, supported 15 radio stations...

This 73-page final report describes the activities and learning from a Participatory Video for Monitoring and Evaluation capacity building (PV for M&E) initiative implemented by InsightShare with Population Council Guatemala and BRAC Uganda, funded by the Nike Foundation. This initiative combined participatory video with the Most...

This 88-page report shares findings of an evaluation of the second season of Ruka Juu (Jump Up), a television show produced by Femina HIP in Tanzania which was designed to inspire and inform youth to take up viable rural livelihood opportunities. Ruka Juu used a reality television competition format, and the second season focused on young...

"To evaluate the mobile phone intervention, a participatory evaluation method called Net-Map was used, an approach built on traditional social network analysis."

"Where geography, poverty and lack of infrastructure make face-to-face interaction between disparate communities difficult, media can play a vital role in connecting these groups and in national debates on governance."

This research briefing discusses the impact of Sema Kenya, BBC Media Action's national radio and television debate...

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This 22-page report shares the experience of the Swaziland Action Group Against Abuse (SWAGAA) to use a "Safe Spaces" approach to build girls’ social assets in order to mitigate sexual and gender based violence (SGBV). The goal of the Girls’ Empowerment Clubs Plus (GEC-Plus) project was to prevent SGBV and improve reporting such cases among in-...

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This 16-page programme report shares insights from the assessment of a pilot project in Zambia to use a "Safe Spaces” approach to build girls' "social assets" to reduce their vulnerability to gender-based violence, unsafe sex, unwanted pregnancy, HIV infection, and early marriage.

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Digital

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...

The East Africa Share Fair seeks to "bring together family planning professionals to share knowledge around country-level FP2020 implementation, best practices in making progress towards these goals, and build the capacity of local family planning (FP) program managers to understand and use knowledge management (KM) techniques to support family...

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Author: Kathryn Bertram, crossposted from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) website on August 21 2014 - During a capacity building workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone this past June, the mood was understandably tense as Ebola continued to spread from the East. Tea-break conversations became heated about regional responses to...

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this manual discusses various techniques used to build a story, analyse information from sources, and possibly discredit lying interviewees through cross-examination. Used as part of a course offered by the author, Heinrich Böhmke, the manual is based on some of the same principles...

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this booklet outlines ethical guidelines for journalists. According to the publication, "democracy and the rule of law depend on a free and independent press that can help citizens hold public officials and institutions in check. Central to this essential role is trust that...

Ubongo Kids is a Tanzanian edu-cartoon series, designed to help children "discover the joys of math through fun, local stories, and songs". Produced by Ubongo, a social enterprise based in Tanzania, the show premiered in January 2014 on national television and can also be viewed online. Live interaction is also made possible through a text...

"Access to timely and accurate life-saving information is hence absolutely crucial. This is where UNICEF is focusing its efforts moving forward." - UNICEF Representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoy.

Nearly one-third of Mozambican women aged 15-49 who are married or live in marital union have ever experienced domestic violence, and close to one-quarter have experienced domestic violence within the past 12 months. Young women are particularly at risk for sexual violence - the percentage of young women who experience sexual violence increases...

This 3-year programme aims to engage marginalised children and youth in their rights to health and education services in 8 countries: Afghanistan, Georgia, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Viet Nam. Activities in each country are tailored to the specific contexts and conditions children and young people experience, but all come...

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Awards

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:

To help recognise emerging medical science journalists, Germany's medical journal Deutsches Ärzteblatt, the World Health Summit, the European Union of Science Journalists' Associations (EUSJA), and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will grant the "Next Generation of Science Journalists Awards" at the World Health Summit (WHS) in Berlin,...

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) is inviting Ugandan journalists to apply for grants to support public affairs reporting "that require more than the regular newsroom facilitation to pull off".

Story proposals should fall under at least one of the following 12 priority areas:

  • Agriculture...
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The Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) is offering qualified journalists in Kenya an opportunity for financial, logistical, and advisory support to focus on an investigative story about governance and anti-corruption reform in the management of the country’s public and economic affairs.

The 2014 CNN MultiChoice African Journalist Competition "encourages, promotes, and recognises excellence in African journalism" across all media disciplines. Launched in 1998, the award seeks to build recognition for the importance of journalism on the continent. Finalists in the 2014 competition will participate in a finalists’ programme that...

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Amarc Europe Women Network, Search for Common Ground, and Elenos are sponsoring a contest to promote women in media and to empower community radio broadcasters in Africa. The Women Radio Training Network, an e-learning platform, will then teach technical skills and best practices to female professionals who can then pass on their knowledge to...

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The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) invite entries for the 5th WASH Media Awards.

International Peace Pals invites children throughout the world between the ages of 5 and 16 to participate in The Annual International Peace Pals Art Competition and Exhibition. Entries are divided into four age categories for the awarding of prizes: 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-13 years, and 14-16 years of age.

African Climate Change and Reporting Awards

The African Climate Change and Reporting Awards (ACCER) honour journalists whose work has enhanced access to information about climate change. An initiative of The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and partners, this is the second edition of the awards. Each winner will receive a certificate and US$1,000. Three journalists will take home...

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Print

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...

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this manual discusses various techniques used to build a story, analyse information from sources, and possibly discredit lying interviewees through cross-examination. Used as part of a course offered by the author, Heinrich Böhmke, the manual is based on some of the same principles...

Published by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this guide is designed to help journalists to use undercover investigative techniques. The booklet is based on the experience of the author, Ghanaian journalist and lawyer Anas Aremeyaw Anas, drawing on his experience of working undercover, and offering tips and advice on how to...

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this booklet outlines ethical guidelines for journalists. According to the publication, "democracy and the rule of law depend on a free and independent press that can help citizens hold public officials and institutions in check. Central to this essential role is trust that...

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

Published by Alliances for Africa (AfA), this comic aims to raise awareness about the link between the economy and violence against women and girls, and advocate for gender equality and women’s human rights.

"Access to timely and accurate life-saving information is hence absolutely crucial. This is where UNICEF is focusing its efforts moving forward." - UNICEF Representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoy.

Nearly one-third of Mozambican women aged 15-49 who are married or live in marital union have ever experienced domestic violence, and close to one-quarter have experienced domestic violence within the past 12 months. Young women are particularly at risk for sexual violence - the percentage of young women who experience sexual violence increases...

This 3-year programme aims to engage marginalised children and youth in their rights to health and education services in 8 countries: Afghanistan, Georgia, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Viet Nam. Activities in each country are tailored to the specific contexts and conditions children and young people experience, but all come...

This report describes the findings from an external evaluation of the Namibia component of the Southern African Regional Social and Behavior Change Communication Program. The programme, which has been implemented in 8 countries in Southern Africa with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DfID), aims to...

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Radio

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...

"Utabiri wa hali ya hewa" (Swahili for "Beep for Weather") is a radio and mobile phone service designed to enable farmers to receive important weather and agricultural information on their mobile phones. The farmers call into a radio station and promptly hang up (known as a beep), then receive a return call, free of charge, to listen to a...

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this manual discusses various techniques used to build a story, analyse information from sources, and possibly discredit lying interviewees through cross-examination. Used as part of a course offered by the author, Heinrich Böhmke, the manual is based on some of the same principles...

Published by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this guide is designed to help journalists to use undercover investigative techniques. The booklet is based on the experience of the author, Ghanaian journalist and lawyer Anas Aremeyaw Anas, drawing on his experience of working undercover, and offering tips and advice on how to...

Published by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), this 8-page guide is designed to help broadcasters in Ebola-affected areas "to develop a clear strategy to ensure that they are able to provide continuous and effective operations during the outbreak."

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this booklet outlines ethical guidelines for journalists. According to the publication, "democracy and the rule of law depend on a free and independent press that can help citizens hold public officials and institutions in check. Central to this essential role is trust that...

Agashi (meaning "Hey! Look again!") is a Burundian 208-episode radio drama that addresses a variety of health and development issues including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and family planning, education and women’s empowerment, and entrepreneurship.

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

"Access to timely and accurate life-saving information is hence absolutely crucial. This is where UNICEF is focusing its efforts moving forward." - UNICEF Representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoy.

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Television

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...

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this manual discusses various techniques used to build a story, analyse information from sources, and possibly discredit lying interviewees through cross-examination. Used as part of a course offered by the author, Heinrich Böhmke, the manual is based on some of the same principles...

Published by the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this guide is designed to help journalists to use undercover investigative techniques. The booklet is based on the experience of the author, Ghanaian journalist and lawyer Anas Aremeyaw Anas, drawing on his experience of working undercover, and offering tips and advice on how to...

Published by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA), this 8-page guide is designed to help broadcasters in Ebola-affected areas "to develop a clear strategy to ensure that they are able to provide continuous and effective operations during the outbreak."

Published by Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), this booklet outlines ethical guidelines for journalists. According to the publication, "democracy and the rule of law depend on a free and independent press that can help citizens hold public officials and institutions in check. Central to this essential role is trust that...

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

Ubongo Kids is a Tanzanian edu-cartoon series, designed to help children "discover the joys of math through fun, local stories, and songs". Produced by Ubongo, a social enterprise based in Tanzania, the show premiered in January 2014 on national television and can also be viewed online. Live interaction is also made possible through a text...

"Access to timely and accurate life-saving information is hence absolutely crucial. This is where UNICEF is focusing its efforts moving forward." - UNICEF Representative in Guinea, Dr. Mohamed Ag Ayoy.

Nearly one-third of Mozambican women aged 15-49 who are married or live in marital union have ever experienced domestic violence, and close to one-quarter have experienced domestic violence within the past 12 months. Young women are particularly at risk for sexual violence - the percentage of young women who experience sexual violence increases...

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