<a href="/africa/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:38">Featured content</a> http://www.comminit.com/africa/promoted-rss.xml/38 en Behaviour Change Toolkit for International Development Practitioners http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/behaviour-change-toolkit-international-development-practitioners <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-label">Subtitle:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enabling People to Practice Positive Behaviours </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"> Petr Schmied </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 1, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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/screen_shot_2017-06-19_at_13.23.17.png" alt="" title="Behaviour Change Toolkit for International Development Practitioners" width="100" height="49" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>“The vast majority of development interventions have one thing in common: their goals can be achieved only if the target groups start practicing new behaviours, such as washing hands with soap, using new agronomic practices or sending girls to school.”</em></p> <p>This toolkit is designed to give development practitioners the know-how they need to understand people's behaviours and to help people make positive changes in their lives. It highlights how behaviour change is key to addressing many development issues such as child mortality, climate change, gender inequality, and poor governance, and offers practical and easy-to-read guidance on how to go about developing a behaviour change intervention. It is based on insights gained from decades of research and the practical experience of development workers and social scientists into what determines how people behave. </p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.fsnnetwork.org/sites/default/files/pin_2017_behaviour_change_toolkit_mail_0.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download this toolkit in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/people-need"> People in Need</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cost-ma"> <div class="field-label">Cost:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free to download </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>60</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> petrschmied </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.fsnnetwork.org/behavior-change-toolkit-international-development-practitioners-enabling-people-practice-positive" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Food Security and Nutrition Network website</a> on June 19 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/behaviour-change-toolkit-international-development-practitioners" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/behaviour-change-toolkit-international-development-practitioners#comments Global Materials Advocacy Digital Community Participation Film and Video Person-to-Person Children Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Print News/Information Radio Television Research SDG 3: Good Health NGOs Gender Health Immunisation and Vaccines Natural Resources Management Nutrition Reproductive Health Health Communication - Africa Global Health Polio Africa Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:22:53 +0000 petrschmied 9494284 at http://www.comminit.com Khutbah and Sermon Guides on Children and HIV for Religious Leaders http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/khutbah-and-sermon-guides-children-and-hiv-religious-leaders <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-label">Year:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2017 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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/screen_shot_2017-06-06_at_10.37.37.png" alt="" title="Khutbah and Sermon Guides on Children and HIV for Religious Leaders" width="100" height="46" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>These Islamic and Christian khutbar or sermon guides were developed to empower religious leaders in Kenya with the tools and skills to reach their congregations with key messages on pediatric HIV transmission and prevention.&nbsp; The guides deal with the importance of testing and counselling; stigma and discrimination; treatment, care, and support and the role of parents and caregivers; as well as male involvement in the HIV prevention and response continuum. </p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://aidsfree.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/2017.3.9_sermon-guide_web_tagged.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the &quot;Christian Sermon Guide: Children and HIV&quot; in PDF format.</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="https://aidsfree.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/2017.3.9_khutbah-guide_web_tagged.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the &quot;Islamic Khutbah Guide: Children and HIV&quot; in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/aidsfree">AIDSFree</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cost-ma"> <div class="field-label">Cost:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free to download </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>39</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> vmiranda </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=https://aidsfree.usaid.gov/resources/khutbah-and-sermon-guides-children-and-hiv-religious-leaders" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">AIDSFree website</a> on June 6 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/khutbah-and-sermon-guides-children-and-hiv-religious-leaders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/khutbah-and-sermon-guides-children-and-hiv-religious-leaders#comments Kenya Materials Person-to-Person Children Interpersonal Testing and Counselling Treatment SDG 3: Good Health NGOs HIV AIDS Treatment, Care and Support USAID HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Tue, 06 Jun 2017 08:40:48 +0000 vmiranda 9494065 at http://www.comminit.com AcQual II Project http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/acqual-ii-project <p>The AcQual II Project is a three-year (2014-2018) family planning project which seeks to increase access and quality of family planning services in the Democratic Republic on Congo (DRC), specifically in Kinshasa and Kongo Central. The project is led by Tulane University, in partnership with Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) and local partners Association pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ABEF), SANRU (Santé Rurale), and Association Santé et Développement (ASD). The project works closely with the Ministry of Health, including the National Program for Reproductive Health (PNSR) and the National Program for Adolescent Health (PNSA) to expand the community-based distribution of contraceptive methods, improve the quality of sexual and reproductive health services, and conduct research on innovative strategies for contraceptive method distribution.</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>Using data from the 2013 DHS and PMA2020, CCP developed a demand creation strategy centred around the main reasons for non-use of family planning. The demand creation objectives are to:</p> <ul> <li>Increase knowledge of family planning service sites;</li> <li>Increase knowledge of methods, including management of side effects, and</li> <li>Increase spousal communication about family planning methods.</li> </ul> <p>Additional objectives are to:</p> <ul> <li>increase client-provider communication/counseling about family planning advantages and methods, to welcome young clients to services; and</li> <li>increase client satisfaction with family planning services.</li> </ul> <p>To achieve these objectives, CCP and its partners have implemented the following communication activities:</p> <ul> <li>6 leaflets were produced and distributed on contraceptive methods (intrauterine device (IUD), implant, injectable, contraceptive pills, and emergency contraception) in French, Lingala, Kikongo, and Swahili. Roadside billboards were also produced with messages emphasising the benefits of a smaller family. <a href="http://familyplanning-drc.net/communication.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here</a> to view copies of the leaflets and billboards. </li> <li>The programme also launched a 24-hour family planning information phone service (1-5-5) with private phone company Vodacom. Within the first few months of launching the line, there were already over 340,000 callers.</li> <li>Family planning messages were also included on the popular national TV show, Libala ya Bosembo.</li> <li>In 2017, the project also organised a youth-focused song contest, <a href="//mongongoyabilenge.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mongongo Ya Bilenge</a> “Voice of Youth”), using inspiration from the popularity of shows like America’s Got Talent. The contest was designed to identify young singer/songwriters who can communicate with their peers about sexual and reproductive health and ultimately increase the intention among youth to adopt a modern contraceptive method. The contest was advertised on radio, TV and social media in collaboration with international music star Ferré Gola. Youth between the ages of 18-24 submitted their audition video or audio file to the organisers via WhatsApp. Out of over 200 submissions, seven finalists from Kinshasa and Kongo Central were selected by judges and invited to participate in a weeklong ‘maquis’ or camp to arrange their songs to music, where they were coached by well known lyricists and music producers from the DRC, including Pascal Poba, Alfred Nzimba and Zola Tempo. During the televised finale, each finalist performed his or her song with professional musicians and chorus.&nbsp; Audiences could follow the contest thorough the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/concoursmongongoyabilenge/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mongongo Ya Bilenge Facebook page</a>.&nbsp;</li> </ul> </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>Family Planning, Youth</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><strong><em>Context</em></strong><br />“Young people in the DRC have been frustrated with a lack of access to family planning information. Social disapproval of premarital sexual activity and taboos about discussing sexuality with youth affect their knowledge of, and access to, sexual and reproductive health services, making them more vulnerable to contracting sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy. Research shows that youth are not always welcome in health centers and rely on pharmacists, street drug vendors and rumors to guide their reproductive health choices.</p> <p>The prevalence of these attitudes in DRC among providers and parents means that young people do not have willing sources of information on reproductive health – and it may be having an impact on their behaviors. For example, among young women in DRC, the median age at first intercourse is 16 years (in Kongo Central) or 17 years (in Kinshasa), but the median age for first contraceptive use is 20. The gap between when youth begin having sex and when they start to use contraception is a critical area to be addressed. (Source PMA2020/Kinshasa 2016R-5; PMA2020/Kongo Central 2016 R-2).”</p> </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/screen_shot_2017-06-05_at_14.00.49.png" alt="" title="AcQual II Project" width="100" height="50" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </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>Tulane University, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), Association pour le Bien-Etre Familial (ABEF), SANRU (Santé Rurale), Association Santé et Développement (ASD), Ministry of Health, the National Program for Reproductive Health (PNSR), the National Program for Adolescent Health (PNSA), and funded by Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Claudia Vondras... </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/Z8ghU3C8Ysw&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/Z8ghU3C8Ysw&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=Z8ghU3C8Ysw"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/Z8ghU3C8Ysw/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=https://ccp.jhu.edu/projects/projectsacqual-ii/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">JHUCCP website&nbsp;</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://ccp.jhu.edu/2017/05/30/family-planning-voice-youth-democratic-republic-congo/" rel="nofollow">JHUCCP website </a>on June 5 2017, and email received from Claudia Vondrasek on June 5 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/acqual-ii-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/acqual-ii-project#comments Congo (DRC) Experiences Entertainment Live Performance Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Print News/Information Television SDG 3: Good Health NGOs Health Reproductive Health Youth Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs Health Communication - Africa Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:02:14 +0000 Claudia Vondrasek - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public 9494037 at http://www.comminit.com Youth-Led Research: Listening and Learning Toolkit http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/youth-led-research-listening-and-learning-toolkit <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Monday, May 1, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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/screen_shot_2017-05-31_at_10.22.05.png" alt="" title="Youth-Led Research Listening and Learning Toolkit" width="100" height="65" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This toolkit offers an introduction to the Listening and Learning (L&amp;L) methodology - a youth-led research methodology which is based on conversations to capture individual perspectives and experiences.&nbsp; The toolkit identifies the key considerations for a successful process, and includes guidance on best practice for implementing this research method.&nbsp; It was created by Search for Common Ground’s Children and Youth Division and the West Africa research team, and is based on the organisation’s experience in conducting youth-led research projects which put the power of research, design, and advocacy in the hands of young people. </p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sfcg.org//wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Youth-Research_Listening-Learning-Toolkit_dr-1.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the toolkit in PDF format. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/277874">Search for Common Ground</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cost-ma"> <div class="field-label">Cost:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free to download </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>37</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Search for Comm... </div> <div class="field-item even"> SajiPrelis </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/engaging-children-youth-partners-preventing-violence-against-children-guinea-liberia-and">Engaging Children &amp; Youth as Partners in Preventing Violence against Children in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone</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=https://www.sfcg.org/youth-led-research" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SFCG website </a>on May 31 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/youth-led-research-listening-and-learning-toolkit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/youth-led-research-listening-and-learning-toolkit#comments West Africa Global Materials SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities Community Participation Person-to-Person Interpersonal SDG 16: Peace and Justice Governance and Democracy Research NGOs Rights Youth Democracy and Governance - Africa Global Africa Wed, 31 May 2017 08:35:11 +0000 Search for Common Ground 9493948 at http://www.comminit.com Accommodating Religious Identity in Youth Peacebuilding Programs http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/accommodating-religious-identity-youth-peacebuilding-programs <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"> Ariel Ehmer </div> <div class="field-item even"> Brianna Musselman </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Sarah Mokadem </div> <div class="field-item even"> Joshua Kvernen </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Jiro Okada </div> <div class="field-item even"> Caitlin Kelly </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Matthew Mead </div> <div class="field-item even"> Heidi Green </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Rachel Walsh Taza </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wednesday, May 10, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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/religyouth.png" alt="" title="Accommodating Religious Identity in Youth Peacebuilding Programs" width="100" height="43" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"Becoming familiar with the dynamics of privilege and oppression between religious groups in the community or country where a program takes place allows peacebuilders to be sensitive toward participants and ensure everyone is included and comfortable."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.sfcg.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Accomodating-Religious-Identity-in-Youth-Peacebuilding-Programs-050917-dr3.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 33-page resource in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/node/277874">Search for Common Ground</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>33</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Search for Comm... </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="https://www.sfcg.org/tag/children-youth-toolkits" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Search website</a>, May 30 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/accommodating-religious-identity-youth-peacebuilding-programs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/accommodating-religious-identity-youth-peacebuilding-programs#comments Global Materials Advocacy Digital Community Participation Film and Video Live Performance Person-to-Person Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Conflict Print Radio SDG 16: Peace and Justice Adolescents and Violence Television Enabling and Inclusive Environments for Adolescents Visual Arts NGOs Gender Religious Groups Youth Adolescent Development Democracy and Governance - Africa Global Africa Tue, 30 May 2017 14:06:39 +0000 Search for Common Ground 9493933 at http://www.comminit.com Harnessing the Potential of ICTs - Literacy and Numeracy Programmes using Radio, TV, Mobile Phones, Tablets and Computers http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/harnessing-potential-icts-literacy-and-numeracy-programmes-using-radio-tv-mobile-phones- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle"> <div class="field-label">Subtitle:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Case studies from the UNESCO Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase) - 2nd Edition </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-year"> <div class="field-label">Year:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> 2016 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <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/screen_shot_2017-05-30_at_12.32.41.png" alt="" title=" Harnessing the Potential of ICTs - Literacy and Numeracy Programmes using Radio, TV, Mobile Phones, Tablets and Computers" width="100" height="64" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>“It is my hope that this publication contributes to the advancement of innovative and effective ICT-oriented solutions for literacy teaching and learning. It should support the building of a more solid knowledge base for what works (and what doesn’t) in the field of adult literacy programmes using ICTs.” Arne Carlsen, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)</em></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002439/243981e.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the English version of this report in PDF format. </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002474/247467F.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the French version of this report in PDF format. </a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/unesco-institute-lifelong-learning-uil">UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cost-ma"> <div class="field-label">Cost:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Free to download </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English and French</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>157</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UNESCO Institut... </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.uil.unesco.org/literacy-and-basic-skills/modern-technologies/harnessing-potential-icts" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning website </a>on May 30 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/harnessing-potential-icts-literacy-and-numeracy-programmes-using-radio-tv-mobile-phones-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/harnessing-potential-icts-literacy-and-numeracy-programmes-using-radio-tv-mobile-phones-#comments Global Materials Strategic Thinking Access Digital Film and Video Phone/Mobile Radio Television School Curricula Education SDG 4: Quality Education United Nations New Technologies Global ICT for Development Africa Tue, 30 May 2017 11:58:03 +0000 UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning 9493918 at http://www.comminit.com C4D Network Country Mapping Study - Key Findings 2016/2017 http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/c4d-network-country-mapping-study-key-findings-20162017 <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wednesday, March 1, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><em>“C4D [communication for development] is, as many people acknowledge in this study, a burgeoning field of development practice, and still in some quarters misunderstood and underrepresented. But it is also thriving, with an energy in-country that comes through in this Study and mapping process very clearly.” </em></p> <p>This study presents a a country snapshot of 'Communications for Development' around the world, from the perspective of the <a href="http://c4dnetwork.apps-1and1.net" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">C4D Network</a>, a global community of professionals working in communication for development (C4D). It reflects the views of Network members who are either working in C4D or teaching it, studying it, supporting it, and on occasion commissioning it. The report offers a summary of findings from across the globe, as well as results from individual participating countries. </p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://c4dnetwork.apps-1and1.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Final-Stand-Alone.-Mapping.-28.03.2017.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download this 70-page report in PDF format. </a></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/screen_shot_2017-05-30_at_09.54.39.png" alt="" title="C4D Network Country Mapping Study - Key Findings 2016/2017" width="100" height="61" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> NSutherland </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://c4dnetwork.apps-1and1.net/c4d-network-launch-of-network-yearbook-and-201617-network-mapping-study-march-2017/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">C4D Network website</a> on May 30 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/c4d-network-country-mapping-study-key-findings-20162017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/c4d-network-country-mapping-study-key-findings-20162017#comments Global Strategic Thinking Advocacy Digital Community Participation Film and Video Entertainment Person-to-Person Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Print Radio Television Visual Arts Education NGOs Gender Health HIV AIDS Media Development Natural Resources Management Global Africa Tue, 30 May 2017 08:06:47 +0000 NSutherland 9493913 at http://www.comminit.com One World No Hunger Initiative http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/one-world-no-hunger-initiative <p>The One World No Hunger initiative seeks to improve the secure and fair access to resources, land, and land use rights for women in four regions in Namibia, with the ultimate objective to increase food security. Launched by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in partnership with Women’s Action for Development (WAD), the project is scheduled to run for four years, from the beginning of 2016 to the end of 2019, in the districts of Omusati, Oshana, Ohangwena, and Oshikoto. Project activities include: research; lobbying of government and traditional leaders; training workshops for women, government, and traditional leaders to create awareness of the laws surrounding women and land rights; the distribution of a comic on land rights issues; a weekly radio show on Oshiwambo Radio; and an edutainment roadshow to raise awareness within communities.</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 Namibian Constitution, the National Land Policy, the Communal Land Reform Act, and the Local Authorities Act promote gender equality and protect women’s rights. However, despite the positive legal framework and the codification of gender equality, in reality, women do not have equal access to land. For this reason, the project has the following three main goals:</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; GOAL 1: Women in the project regions are informed about their rights, the contexts of traditional and codified law, and the possible means of legal redress and begin to demand these rights.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; GOAL 2: Traditional authorities increasingly take codified law into consideration in arbitrating land questions and strengthen the position of women in questions of land use and land ownership.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; GOAL 3: Political decision-makers consider the basic interests and needs of women in land reform initiatives and the associated legislation.</p> <p>The intended group of the project are women (particularly widows and single mothers), traditional authorities, female and male political decision-makers on a local and national level, and media representatives.</p> <p>The project is based on the following principles for achieving gender equality and empowering women in agriculture:</p> <ul> <li>Eliminate discrimination against women under the law: Ensure equal rights for men and women to control assets such as land.</li> <li>Ensure that women are aware of their rights and have support of their government, communities, and families in claiming their rights.</li> <li>Strengthen rural institutions and gender awareness.</li> <li>Build the human capital of women and girls.</li> <li>Improve the collection and analyses of sex-disaggregated data.</li> <li>Make gender-aware agriculture policy decisions.</li> </ul> <p>Project activities include the following:</p> <ul> <li>Research studies on the application of laws and norms in the domain of land rights in the project regions;</li> <li>Peer reviews in municipalities on the current situation and strategic plans around land rights issues;</li> <li>Activities to raise awareness of civil rights, particularly land law and family law, among women in rural areas;</li> <li>Dialogue events with political decision-makers, local elites, and traditional authorities;</li> <li>Analysis and adoption of examples of best practice in this area; and</li> <li>Training seminars for lobbying and advocacy at all political levels.</li> </ul> <p>Specific activities to date have included several workshops in the project regions to inform communities about the project and to gather input from communities on the current situation related to gender and land rights. This workshop was attended by traditional authorities from the region, as well as community members, widows, and single mothers. Topics discussed included: family law in terms of gender and culture, the Married Persons Equality Act of 1996, customary marriages, and the law of succession (inheritance). It also explored: the establishment of traditional authorities; the designation, election, appointment, and recognition of traditional leaders; as well as the powers, duties, and functions of traditional authorities and members. Finally, there was discussion of communal land, including registration and the allocation of rights in respect of communal land.</p> <p>In order to raise awareness of land rights issues, the initiative, in partnership with the Legal Assistance Centre, published a comic book called <a href="http://www.kas.de/wf/doc/kas_47813-544-2-30.pdf?170202143746" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">“A Land for Women - Women’s Rights to Land in the Communal Land Reform [PDF]”.</a> </p> <p>The initiative also organised a roadshow during the festive season in December 2016 in the 4 project regions. The roadshow sought to raise community awareness of the "One World - No Hunger" project, as well as land rights and gender issues. The roadshow included a theatre performance, which was based on the story in the comic. In addition, communities were entertained by the well-known music star "Mushe" and his dancers. The road show is going to be continued at the Ongwediva trade fair in August 2017</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, Rights, 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><em><strong>Background Information and rationale for the programme (as extracted from the KAS website):</strong></em></p> <p>“The Germany Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has initiated the Special Initiative 'One World - No Hunger' to address food security and agricultural issues worldwide. All over the world, almost 800 million people are afflicted by hunger. In Namibia, 76,4 % of the population experienced a food shortage in 2013/2014 (NSA, Namibia Census of Agriculture 2014/2014). Food and nutrition security for the world’s growing population can only be achieved by investing in sustainable agriculture and in the rural regions of developing countries. Further questions related to food security that need to be addressed are land rights, sustainable use of land, access to water and other resources as well as the legal environment.</p> <p>Since the 1970s, experts support the thesis that not only natural circumstances (like draught, parasites or bad weather) or economic reasons (a lack of seed or resources),are cause to poverty and famine, but that political and social circumstances also play a big role. The eradication of hunger and poverty and the sustainable use of the environment depend in large measure on how people, communities and others gain access to land. This is defined and regulated by societies through systems of tenure. These tenure systems determine who can use which resources for how long and under what conditions. The systems may be based on written politics and laws, as well as on unwritten customs and practices.</p> <p>Namibia is a role model for its positive legal framework on land rights for women. The Namibian Constitution, the National Land Policy, the Communal Land Reform Act and the Local Authorities Act promote gender equality and protect women’s rights. Yet, despite the positive legal framework and the codification of gender equality, in de facto women do not have equal access to land. According to international estimates, if women had the same access to land, education and technology, it would be possible to reduce the number of people suffering from hunger in the world by more than 100 million.</p> <p>That’s why we must promote gender equality and empower women in agriculture to win, sustainably, the fight against hunger and extreme poverty. We must eliminate all forms of discrimination against women under the law, ensure that access to resources is more equal and that agriculture policies and programs are gender aware and make women’s voices heard in decision-making at all levels.”</p> </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/oneworld.png" alt="" title="One World No Hunger Initiative" width="100" height="41" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </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>Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Women’s Action for Development (WAD), and Legal Assistance Centre.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Stefanie_braun </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.kas.de/namibia/en/pages/15785/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">KAS Namibia website </a>and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.kas.de/wf/en/33.47813/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">KAS website</a> on February 20 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/one-world-no-hunger-initiative#comments Namibia Experiences Advocacy Agriculture Community Participation Livelihoods Entertainment Live Performance Person-to-Person Interpersonal Print News/Information Radio Economic Development SDG 2: No Hunger NGOs Gender SDG 5: Gender Equality Natural Resources Management Rights Women Global Natural Resource Management Africa Fri, 26 May 2017 10:16:04 +0000 Stefanie_braun 9493877 at http://www.comminit.com Don't Lose the Plot Television Programme http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/dont-lose-plot-television-programme <p>Launched in May 2017, Don’t Lose the Plot is a competition reality television series that is designed to encourage Kenyan, Tanzanian, and Ugandan youth to go into agribusiness. It brings a particular format of reality television – the 'makeover' and the 'competition' - to the context of farming to promote farming amongst the youth as a ‘cool’ and viable career venture. The show follows four young farmers from Kenya and Tanzania as they put their farming skills to the test and battle it out to win the final prize worth US$10,000 (Ksh 1 million). Overall, it seeks to increase farm productivity beyond subsistence needs, stem the exodus of rural youth to urban areas, and change the profile of farming.</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>Set in a rural area just outside Nairobi, Kenya, Don’t Lose the Plot features four young farmers given one acre of land each and nine months to turn them into successful farms. The four contestants were picked from a pool of 200 youth who applied. The producers ended up choosing people who would be free for nine months, had the passion, and were between 19 and 28 years old, because that is the intended audience of the show. </p> <p>The farmers receive guidance and practical insights from agriculture experts on financial planning, planting strategies, agricultural inputs, and marketing. Contestants chose what activity they wanted to engage in and then pitched a budget of their expenses to the judges before getting funding for farm inputs. In the end, the farmer with the most profitable and sustainable farm will win an agricultural investment worth US$10,000.</p> <p>The show aims to demystify the social and emotional barriers of starting a small business, challenge the societal prejudices against farming-related careers, and arm potential youth entrepreneurs with basic knowledge on the entire value chain. It also seeks to educate youth on the range of opportunities within the agricultural economy. Ultimately, it is hoped that audiences will learn from and emulate the contestants, and be inspired to own, lease, and run farms and agribusinesses of their own.</p> <p>Don’t Lose the Plot is produced by Mediae, the creators of the popular TV series Shamba Shape Up and Makutano Junction (see Related Summaries below) and will be broadcast in Kenya, Tanzania over 13 episodes. The show will air on Citizen Television in Kenya in two major languages. In Tanzania, episodes in Swahili will be airing on ITV.</p> <p>The television programme is complemented by a <a href="https://dontlosetheplot.tv/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">website</a>, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/DontLoseThePlot/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Facebook page</a> and a <a href="https://twitter.com/dltpTV" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Twitter account</a>, which allow audiences to interact with the show and the contestants. The website features: profiles of the contestants, episodes for downloading, and information about the different issues dealt with in the programme such as finance (e.g., making a business plan, banking, and using mobile money), livestock, and crops.</p> <p>The programme has also designed a web-based agricultural budgeting tool, <a href="https://dontlosetheplot.tv/en/budgeting/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Budget Mkononi</a>, to help young aspiring and inexperienced farmers view estimated costs and revenues from various commodities such as potatoes, onions, and spinach. Through this tool, users can explore the relative profits of each commodity and visualise their cash flow requirements for the duration of the cycle. Users should be able to edit costs to reflect their specific circumstances, so that their budgets are realistic and personalised. They will be able to save them in order to refer to them later, and can share their budgets with their friends and family. The tool has been designed primarily for mobile phone users, as the majority of Kenyan and Tanzanian youth use their handsets to access the internet. Ultimately, Don’t Lose the Plot, through the Budget Mkononi tool, aims to show young farmers how to farm in a productive and sustainable manner.</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>Agriculture, Youth</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 the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), most farmers around the world today are old, with the average farmer in Africa being 60 years old, despite 60% of the population being under 24.</p> <p>Don’t Lose the Plot is supported by Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and USAID’s Kenya and East Africa Mission through Feed the Future’s continent-wide capacity building programme, Africa Lead. Support to Mediae from Feed the Future and USAID is focused on increasing media content on the agriculture sector and opportunities for youth employment and development.</p> </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/plot.jpg" alt="" title="Don&#039;t Lose the Plot Television Programme" width="100" height="40" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </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>The Mediae Company, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mercy Corps’ Agrifin Accelerate Program, CropNuts, Osho Chemical Industries Ltd., Mavuno Fertilizer (ARM- Cement), SunCulture, Kenchic, Cooper K- Brands Ltd., RoyalSeed, and Futurepump.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DavidCampbell </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/F2TQAKls5ic&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/F2TQAKls5ic&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=F2TQAKls5ic"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/F2TQAKls5ic/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-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/shamba-shape">Shamba Shape Up</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/makutano-junction">Makutano Junction</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/knowzone">KnowZone</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=https://dontlosetheplot.tv/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Don't Lose the Plot website</a>, <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/magazine/TV-show-to-promote-farming-as-cool-/434746-3909994-2g23yi/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Africa Lead website</a>, and article on <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/magazine/TV-show-to-promote-farming-as-cool-/434746-3909994-2g23yi/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The East African website </a>on May 25 2017, and email received from Vanessa Mukhebi, The Mediae Company, on June 12 2017. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/dont-lose-plot-television-programme" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/dont-lose-plot-television-programme#comments Kenya Tanzania Uganda Experiences Agriculture Digital Livelihoods Bilaterals Entertainment Interpersonal SDG 15: Life on Land Entertainment Orgs News/Information Television Economic Development SDG 2: No Hunger NGOs SDG 8: Good Jobs and Economic Growth Natural Resources Management Youth USAID Global Edutainment - Africa Natural Resource Management Entertainment-Education Africa Thu, 25 May 2017 08:32:17 +0000 DavidCampbell 9493862 at http://www.comminit.com Una Hakika Project http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/una-hakika-project <p>Una Hakika (which means “Are you sure?” in Swahili) is a mobile phone-based information service which helps to address false rumours contributing to intercommunal conflict in Kenya. Una Hakika began in the Tana Delta, an area with a history of violent conflict between the pastoralist Orma and the farming Pokomo tribes. Una Hakika has since grown to cover all of Tana River County, Lamu County, and the major slums of Nairobi, areas with a total population of more than one million people. The service enables local people to report rumours anonymously by SMS (text message), through a phone call, using social media, by signing up to the Una Hakika website, or by contacting a trained community ambassador. Rumour reports are investigated and verified before feedback is given to the community about whether the rumour is true or false.</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>Before setting up the system, the Una Hakika team conducted a baseline survey throughout the Tana Delta during January-February 2014 in order to understand the spread of information in the region, what technologies people use to share that information, and to generally understand the potential users of Una Hakika in order to better design the system. One key finding from the survey was that 87.3% of the 249 respondents believed rumours contributed to violence in the region, while 61.1% of respondents had heard information they believed to be untrue within the previous 12 months. Out of those 61.1% only 50.6% took further action to verify if the information was true.</p> <p>Una Hakika consists of the following stages:</p> <ol> <li>Rumour reporting - Users send information to the system, through SMS, phone calls, the Una Hakika website, or by speaking to a trained community ambassador.</li> <li>Verification - Una Hakika team members prioritise and verify rumour reports by drawing upon a variety of information sources which may be able to provide the facts of the situation relating to a given rumour. These sources include the community ambassadors, community-based organizations (CBOs), community and religious leaders, local authorities (police and administration), other non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in the area, and the media (social media and mainstream media). As no two rumours are created equal, the project team has to prioritise which ones to address first, especially in emotionally-charged environments like the Tana Delta. Here the project makes use of WikiRumours, purpose-built software for managing the Una Hakika workflow developed by the Sentinel Project.</li> <li>Countermessaging - Once the Una Hakika team has verified reports of a rumour, they are then able to provide feedback to the community about the authenticity of the information. This response is responsive and targeted in order to ensure that the rumour management process does not inadvertently spread rumours. Rumour verifications are still only sent to subscribers in the villages from which those rumours were reported, since there is a risk of people who have not heard a given rumour focusing on the wrong parts of a counter message and disregarding the statement that the rumour is false.&nbsp;</li> </ol> <p>Finally, the project does not just need to verify rumours and respond to the individuals who initially reported them, but also to consider strategies for containing and countering false information on a community level before it can spread and do harm. This is where community partners such as chiefs, elders, youth leaders, and women’s representatives are essential.</p> <p>Community ambassadors play a key role in this process as they serve as a bridge between people and technology. They help assist in reporting rumours, verifying the information, and providing feedback to the communities. Participants are briefed on methods of reporting information accurately, and ongoing training promotes keen observation and attention to detail when reporting. They are also given skills in intercultural communication, so that they are able to work with people from diverse cultural and geographical backgrounds, i.e. across the two conflicting communities. They are also encouraged to foster their interpersonal skills, tapping into their respective communities through their networks of family and friends, and reaching out through local social functions to broaden their networks, all while maintaining strong and healthy relationships with community members.</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>Conflict, ICTs</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><em><strong>Context:</strong></em></p> <p>The Tana Delta region in eastern Kenya has been suffering violent conflicts between the nomadic Orma and the farming Pokomo tribes, which killed nearly 170 people during 2012 and 2013.&nbsp; Una Hakika researchers found that misinformation has played a significant role in causing fear, distrust, and hatred between these communities. Misinformation can be subdivided into “organic” rumours, which arise due to misunderstandings (but without malicious intent), and disinformation, which is intentionally created by someone to achieve a specific objective, such as encouraging conflict for political reasons.</p> <p>Misinformation is significant in the Tana Delta because – despite high levels of mobile phone usage – it is an information-starved environment with no local media (e.g. radio station) and most people still rely on word-of-mouth to get news about the world around them. The project survey found that the majority of Tana Delta residents consider themselves to be well-informed about their own villages and national events in Kenya as a whole (thanks to national broadcasters) but not about events in neighbouring villages (which may be only a few hundred meters away or on the other side of a river) or their county. This gap is particularly dangerous when the residents of those neighbouring villages are members of another ethnic group that is seen as hostile. This situation is why rumours are a threat in the area, with 71% of survey respondents indicating that rumours have strongly contributed to violence in the Tana Delta. Early examples of such rumours which inspired Una Hakika included:</p> <ul> <li>An outside actor has armed the Orma community with 3,000 AK-47s to destroy the Pokomo</li> <li>A Pokomo health worker tried to poison Orma children instead of vaccinating them</li> <li>Orma attackers captured and raped a Pokomo boy who was gathering mangoes at the river</li> <li>Pokomo thieves stole Orma goats (a serious offence against a livestock-focused community)</li> <li>Orma herders have intentionally grazed their cattle on Pokomo farms.</li> </ul> <p>These accusations are rarely true but the truth does not matter when enough people believe them. Without an alternate source of information about local events, rumours contribute to the atmosphere of fear, distrust, and hatred which enables violence.</p> <p><em><strong>Outcomes</strong></em><br />After two years, Una Hakika showed positive results. People’s mindsets have changed in the sense that now when a resident in the Tana Delta hears a rumour their first reactions is increasingly likely to verify its validity before passing it on or taking any action. The number of survey respondents who would look into the accuracy of information they were not convinced was true has risen from 50.6% to 57.4%. Previously, information tended to be taken at face value, and some people would take drastic action upon hearing threatening rumours. Even more encouragingly, the inter-village information gap appeared to close, women reported higher levels of access to information, and respondents ranked Una Hakika as the most highly trusted locally-originating source of information.</p> <p><a href="https://thesentinelproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/UHPublicReport_Final.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here</a> for project report following Phase 1 of the project which ended in 2015.</p> </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/community_ambassadors.jpg" alt="" title="Una Hakika Project" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </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>The Sentinel Project with funding from International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), and Making All Voices Count (MAVC).</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sealia Thevenau </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=https://jefcas.wordpress.com/tag/una-hakika/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">John and Elnora Ferguson Centre for African Studies (JEFCAS) website</a>, <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.socialtech.org.uk/projects/una-hakika/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Social Tech website</a>, <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.unahakika.org/about" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Una Hakika website</a> and the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://thesentinelproject.org/2014/02/17/how-it-works-una-hakika/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Sentinal Project website</a> on June 2 2017, and feedback received from Sealia Thévenau on June 6 2017. </p> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/una-hakika-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/una-hakika-project#comments Kenya Experiences Conflict and Peace Person-to-Person Interpersonal Phone/Mobile News/Information SDG 16: Peace and Justice Governance and Democracy New Technology Company NGOs New Technologies Democracy and Governance - Africa Africa Wed, 24 May 2017 12:10:24 +0000 Sealia Thevenau 9493838 at http://www.comminit.com