Featured content http://www.comminit.com/africa/promoted-rss.xml/38 en Capacity Building for Civil Society in Africa Workshop (Oct 14-16 2014) http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/capacity-building-civil-society-africa-workshop-oct-14-16-2014 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-event-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-start">Oct 14 2014</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">Oct 16 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/capacity_building.jpg" alt="" title="Capacity Building for Civil Society in Africa Workshop (Oct 14-16 2014)" width="100" height="37" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Nairobi, Kenya</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This workshop is being organised to help build the capacity of civil society organisations (CSOs) in East Africa to work with United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU) systems. Hosted by the Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR), 24 members of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) from Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, and South Sudan are invited to participate in the training.</p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/310051">Programme on Women&#039;s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (PWESCR)</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/capacity-building-civil-society-africa-workshop-oct-14-16-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/capacity-building-civil-society-africa-workshop-oct-14-16-2014#comments Africa Events Calendar Advocacy Civic Engagement Community Participation Civil Society Governance and Democracy United Nations Democracy and Governance - Africa Africa Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:10:21 +0000 aventh 9350819 at http://www.comminit.com Haller Prize for Development Journalism http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/haller-prize-development-journalism <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/haller.jpg" alt="" title=" Haller Prize for Development Journalism" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>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. <Br /></p> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Deadline Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Deadline Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, September 19, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-3"> <div class="field-label">Application Info:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Haller invites Sub-Saharan African nationals, resident in the region, to submit an article focusing on any aspect of development in sub-Saharan Africa.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://haller.org.uk/haller-prize/submit-your-entry/" target="_blank">Click here</a> to submit an entry. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/haller-prize-development-journalism-0">Haller Prize for Development Journalism</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://haller.org.uk/haller-prize/about-the-prize/" target="_blank">Haller website</a> on September 2 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/haller-prize-development-journalism" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/haller-prize-development-journalism#comments Africa Awards Governance and Democracy Development Assistance Print Economic Development Media and D and G News/Information News Media Natural Resources Management New Technologies Democracy and Governance - Africa Africa Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:08:09 +0000 aventh 9350814 at http://www.comminit.com Audience Reception Analysis of the National Brothers for Life Mass Media Campaign http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/audience-reception-analysis-national-brothers-life-mass-media-campaign <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/brothersforlife.jpg" alt="" title="Audience Reception Analysis of the National Brothers for Life Mass Media Campaign" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Laura Myers </div> <div class="field-item even"> Helen Hajiyiannis </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Alice Clarfelt </div> <div class="field-item even"> Tshegofatso Bessenaar </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Ts’elisehang Motuba </div> <div class="field-item even"> Rethabile Mashale </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Nolwazi Mkhwanazi </div> <div class="field-item even"> Kevin Kelly </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2012 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>This 118-page report shares the findings of A qualitative audience reception analysis of the mass media component of the Brothers for Life campaign, which was launched in 2009 to promote the health and well-being of South African men with a focus on HIV. Analysis found that the integrated, multi-faceted approach to communication used by Brothers for Life successfully engaged men around issues of HIV/AIDS, violence prevention, and promoting positive gender norms. <br /></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://jhhesa.org/sites/default/files/brothers_for_life.pdf" target="_blank"> Click here to download the full paper in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/328547">Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa (JHHESA)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://jhhesa.org/research.html" target="_blank"> Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa </a> on August 26 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/brothers-life">Brothers for Life</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/audience-reception-analysis-national-brothers-life-mass-media-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/audience-reception-analysis-national-brothers-life-mass-media-campaign#comments South Africa Advocacy Community Participation Bilaterals Entertainment Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal MDG 6. Combat Diseases Print News/Information Radio Television Government Departments Multiple Concurrent Partnerships (MCP) Gender Prevention HIV AIDS NGOs Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs Soul City USAID HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:59:48 +0000 aventh 9350789 at http://www.comminit.com Let’s Speak Out Project http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/let%E2%80%99s-speak-out-project <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/letsspeakout.png" alt="" title="" width="100" height="72" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Launched in January 2013, the Let’s Speak Out project is working with young women in Liberia to tell their stories about sexual violence and issues related to sexual and reproductive health. Using participatory photography, music, a celebrity ambassador, community mobilisation, and print materials, the project is designed to support and empower young Liberian women who have experienced gender-based violence and sexual abuse, and encourage social change. The project is led by PCI Media Impact in collaboration with partners. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>A key part of the Let’s Speak Out project used a Photovoice approach to enable young women who experienced sexual violence during or after the civil war to express their stories. According to PCI Media Impact, "Photovoice is a unique, innovative, and contemporary form of communication especially suited for hard-to-reach populations and sensitive subjects. The Photovoice method centers around taking photographs, but also involves learning to express opinions, to interpret and discuss images, to work as part of a group, to develop ideas and a voice, to edit and caption images, and to identify and define audience and messages." By using photography as a way to tell stories, "the project hopes to break the silence on this violence, acting as a catalyst for social change throughout Liberia." <br /><br /></p> <p>PCI Media Impact worked with young women living at a place of safety run by THINK (Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness). "Ranging from ages 13 to 24, half of them already mothers and most below a fourth grade reading level, these girls have heart-wrenching stories to tell. None have ever used a camera before and most have never had a photo taken of themselves. Equipped with cameras and knowledge about how to use them, each becomes a powerful agent of change. As one girls explained, "If other girls are going to change and have different experiences in life, then they will have to learn from our example."" <br /><br /></p> <p>Guided by the overarching theme “What does it mean to be a woman in Liberia?”, the women at THINK learned the basics of participatory photography throughout a week-long workshop. Engaging in small, focused discussions, the girls chose six photos that represented their experiences as a woman in Liberia in the past, present, and future. The week concluded with a gallery walk, presentation, and discussion of their favourite photos. The stories can be found online on the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://backspac.es/tag/photovoiceliberia" target="_blank">THINK Photovoice Liberia website</a>. <br /><br /></p> <p>In addition to the Photovoice project, a Liberian rapper named Takun J worked closely with the young women at the THINK home, learning their stories and incorporating their experiences and hardship into the lyrics of two songs - "Where You At?" and "Song for Hawa". PCI Media Impact premiered the “Song for Hawa” music video to 700 change-makers at a United Nations Commission on the Status of Women kickoff event. Takun J and other musicians and a comedian have also been part of county tours to raise awareness and entertain communities in Liberia while also educating them about the issue. Each tour includes visits to local schools, radio stations, and community concerts. <br /><br /></p> <p>In collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Liberia, PCI Media Impact also produced a children's book called "Sara Let’s Speak Out", part of a series that encourages children to play positive roles in their communities. In this volume, Sara, the main character of the series, demonstrates how students can help break the silence surrounding child rape by speaking out about the abuse and supporting peer victims. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Gender Violence</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>PCI Media Impact, UNICEF Liberia, the Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development, African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect, THINK (Touching Humanity in Need of Kindness)</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/pci-media-impact-headquarters">PCI Media Impact - Headquarters</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-1" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-1"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="355" width="425" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/uXJN_Y263JM&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-1"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/uXJN_Y263JM&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXJN_Y263JM"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/uXJN_Y263JM/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="425" height="355" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://mediaimpact.org/production/mobilize4africa/" target="_blank">PCI Media Impact website</a>, <a href="/redirect.cgi?r= http://mediaimpact.org/news/joining-forces-with-unicef-students-artists-and-the-government-of-liberia-to-launch-anti-rape-childrens-book/" target="_blank">PCI Media Impact website</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r= http://mediaimpact.org/lets-speak-out-reaches-bong-county-in-liberia/" target="_blank">PCI Media Impact website</a> on August 28 2014. <br /><br /> <iframe src="//player.vimeo.com/video/71750006" width="500" height="281" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/let%E2%80%99s-speak-out-project#comments Liberia Community Participation Conflict Entertainment Live Performance MDG 3. Gender Equality Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal Print Visual Arts NGOs Reproductive Health Rights Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Edutainment - Africa Africa Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:07:31 +0000 aventh 9350787 at http://www.comminit.com Flamingo Awards for Business and Financial Journalism 2014 http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/flamingo-awards-business-and-financial-journalism-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/greater-flamingo_2.jpg" alt="" title="Flamingo Awards for Business and Financial Journalism 2014 " width="100" height="69" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Institute of Financial &amp; 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 Ghana. IFEJ believes that better, accurate and in depth reporting on the economy will generate more business interest and a better informed public on the Ghanaian business environment. <br /></p> <p>The award categories are as follows:</p> <ul type="square"> </ul><fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Deadline Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Deadline Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Friday, September 12, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-3"> <div class="field-label">Application Info:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Applicants are advised to meet the following criteria:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>Applicants must be fully paid up members of the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ).</li> <li>Applicants can only enter a maximum of three categories. Each article shall only be submitted once. In instances where more than three entries are submitted, only the first three will be considered. In instances where a piece is submitted more than once it will only be considered for the first category it was entered. There is a wide selection of categories, so select the category most relevant to your story.</li> <li>Applicants are strictly limited to a maximum of TWO different articles in each category of the competition.</li> <li>Submitted pieces should be a feature or series of related features<br /> delivered on any media platform (print, broadcast, online). Features should<br /> NOT be more than 1,300 words or more than 20 minutes of air time.</li> <li>Entries must be accompanied with a brief synopsis of not more than 300 words describing the article.</li> <li>Submission details to be provided for each piece as follows: Titles of Article(s);Publication(s)/Programme(s); Date of Publication/broadcast; and Medium of Publication or Broadcast.</li> <li>Seven copies of each category must be presented.</li> <li>The competition will be judged by a panel of distinguished, independent jury with appropriate knowledge and experience of journalistic practices. </li> <li>The jury reserves the right to transfer entries for consideration in other categories at their discretion.</li> <li>The jury upholds the integrity and reputation of the Awards and reserves the right to disqualify any piece of work and/or finalist if, in the jury’s opinion, there exists reasonable doubt about the authenticity and/or accuracy of the submitted entry and/or the integrity of the finalists.</li> <li>The decision of the jury is final and no correspondence will be entered into.</li> </ul> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://ifejghana.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Submission-Form.pdf" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download the submission form in PDF format.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/institute-financial-economic-journalists-ifej-ghana">Institute of Financial &amp; Economic Journalists (IFEJ) Ghana</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://ifejghana.org/ifej-flamingo-awards-for-business-and-financial-journalism-2014/" target="_blank">IFEJ website</a> on August 26 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/flamingo-awards-business-and-financial-journalism-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/flamingo-awards-business-and-financial-journalism-2014#comments Ghana Awards Digital Community Media Print Economic Development News/Information Radio Television News Media New Technologies Community Radio - Africa Africa Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:45:26 +0000 aventh 9350785 at http://www.comminit.com Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2014/15 http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/pfizer-mental-health-journalism-awards-201415 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/mental-health_2.jpg" alt="" title="Pfizer Mental Health Journalism Awards for 2014/15" width="100" height="65" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>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 explore topics related to mental health.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-3"> <div class="field-label">Application Info:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Pfizer invites South African journalists to enter. Applicants will be expected to supply samples of existing work related to mental health. For more information on how to enter, contact Marion Scher (see contact details below). <br /><br /></p> <p>Entries should be sent to Meryl Da Costa at the contact details below.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/marion-scher">Marion Scher</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/meryl-da-costa-south-african-depression-and-anxiety-group-sadag">Meryl Da Costa - South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/15/116771.html" target="_blank">Biz Community website</a> on August 26, 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/pfizer-mental-health-journalism-awards-201415" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/pfizer-mental-health-journalism-awards-201415#comments South Africa Awards Digital Print News/Information Radio Television Health News Media Health Communication - Africa Africa Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:38:02 +0000 aventh 9350729 at http://www.comminit.com Beep4Weather Radio and Mobile Phone Service http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/beep4weather-radio-and-mobile-phone-service <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/beep4weather.jpg" alt="" title="Beep4Weather Radio and Mobile Phone Service" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>"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 recorded message.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The project was initiated based on the idea that because of "weather patterns shifting due to climate change, farmers need weather-related information they can count on." The Beep4Weather audio recording featured a 30-second regional weather forecast recorded by Tanzanian journalist Rotlinde Achimpota with data from the Tanzania Meteorological Agency and Toto Agriculture, as well as weather-specific advice for farmers provided by an agricultural extension officer. This farming advice could, for example, be on when to plant certain crops and when to harvest based on the expected weather pattern. In collaboration with FRI staff, the journalist prepared both weekly and monthly weather reports for radio stations. Callers could also sign up for text message notices about future updates. <br /><br /></p> <p>In order to raise awareness and familiarise farmers with the service, the participating radio stations aired a promotional jingle that explained how the service works and encouraged listeners to beep (place a missed call) to sign up for updates. The promotional jingle ran for over a week. According to FRI, approximately 600 listeners subscribed to receive text message notifications to alert them of newly available updates. Over time, other farmers not subscribed to the SMS updates learned about the service over the radio and also beeped for weather. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Climate Change, Agriculture</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to Farm radio International, "Between December 2013 and April 2014, 1,241 different people called in to receive a call back with weather and farming advice, for a total of 2,041 beeps." As well, a recent poll of the subscribing farmers demonstrated positive results. "When asked if Beep4Weather information was helpful in farming activities, nearly 70 per cent of respondents said yes. And, when asked if they would recommend Beep4Weather to other farmers, nearly 85 per cent of respondents said yes."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Farm Radio International, The Hangar, Radio 5, Radio Sauti ya Injili, Habari Maalum Media.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/farm-radio-international">Farm Radio International</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-2" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-2"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="355" width="425" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/S118_9X4cnk&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-2"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/S118_9X4cnk&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S118_9X4cnk"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/S118_9X4cnk/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="425" height="355" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Email from Adam Bemma, Farm Radio in Tanzania, and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.farmradio.org/ourblog/2014/07/22/beep4weather-forecast-and-farming-advice-available-on-demand-in-tanzania/"target="_blank">Farm Radio International Website</a> on August 22, 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/beep4weather-radio-and-mobile-phone-service" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/beep4weather-radio-and-mobile-phone-service#comments Tanzania Experiences MDG 1. Poverty and Hunger Phone/Mobile Community Media Economic Development News/Information Radio Environment NGOs Natural Resources Management Community Radio - Africa Africa Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:11:15 +0000 aventh 9350718 at http://www.comminit.com East Africa Share Fair: Knowledge Exchange to Accelerate Progress Toward FP2020's Goal (September 10 - 11 2014) http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/east-africa-share-fair-knowledge-exchange-accelerate-progress-toward-fp2020s-goal-septembe <div class="field field-type-date field-field-event-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-start">Sep 10 2014</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">Sep 11 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/sharefair_0.jpg" alt="" title="East Africa Share Fair: Knowledge Exchange to Accelerate Progress Toward FP2020&#039;s Goal (September 10 - 11 2014)" width="100" height="81" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Arusha, Tanzania</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>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 planning programming." <br /></p> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/rebecca-shore-johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-public-healths-center-communication-program">Rebecca Shore - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health&#039;s Center for Communication Programs (JHUCCP)</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/east-africa-share-fair-knowledge-exchange-accelerate-progress-toward-fp2020s-goal-septembe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/east-africa-share-fair-knowledge-exchange-accelerate-progress-toward-fp2020s-goal-septembe#comments East Africa Events Calendar Digital MDG 5. 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Combat Diseases News/Information Health NGOs Reproductive Health Health Communication - Africa Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:34:12 +0000 aventh 9350667 at http://www.comminit.com Entertainment Media Can Help Change Behaviors and Stop the Ebola Outbreak http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/entertainment-media-can-help-change-behaviors-and-stop-ebola-outbreak <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/ebola_and_communication.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>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 (<a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeLrWx6AQec" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">See the trailer here</a>) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of the best examples of a movie taking on the subject of pandemic disease and managing to educate while providing gripping entertainment. This is no coincidence.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/entertainment-media-can-help-change-behaviors-and-stop-ebola-outbreak" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/entertainment-media-can-help-change-behaviors-and-stop-ebola-outbreak#comments West Africa Global Blogs: Global Health Policies Digital Film and Video Bilaterals Entertainment Community Media Entertainment Orgs Radio Foundations Television Government Departments Health News Media NGOs Featured Health Communication - Africa Global Edutainment - Africa Policy Blogs Health Entertainment-Education Africa Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:46:16 +0000 9350638 at http://www.comminit.com Communication Plays a Critical Role in Ebola Crisis http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/communication-plays-critical-role-ebola-crisis <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/ebola-300x225.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="75" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>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 it. While no one agreed on how long it would last or the toll it would ultimately take, one thing was universally accepted: there was a strong need for social and behavior change communication (SBCC) in communities.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/communication-plays-critical-role-ebola-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/communication-plays-critical-role-ebola-crisis#comments Guinea Liberia Nigeria Sierra Leone Academic Institutions Digital Community Participation Live Performance Person-to-Person Community Groups Phone/Mobile Entertainment Orgs News/Information Foundations New Technology Company Health Featured Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs Global Health Entertainment-Education Africa Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:07:48 +0000 9350624 at http://www.comminit.com