<a href="/africa/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:38">Featured content</a> http://www.comminit.com/africa/promoted-rss.xml/38 en ICT-Enhanced Advocacy: Mobilising Communities Around Children’s Rights http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/ict-enhanced-advocacy-mobilising-communities-around-children%E2%80%99s-rights <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/tccchild.jpg" alt="" title="ICT-Enhanced Advocacy: Mobilising Communities Around Children’s Rights " width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Launched in July 2014, the ICT-Enhanced Advocacy: Mobilising Communities Around Children’s Rights project is using SMS and radio to mobilise communities in Malawi around issues affecting children’s rights and education. The initiative is designed to empower the community to voice their concerns and puts a structure in place for facilitating follow up and feedback. Parents, teachers, and children are able to receive informational messages about child abuse and send reports about incidences of abuse, which can then be referred to the appropriate authorities.</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 initiative is using information and communication technology (ICT) to map the local situation of children, particularly in schools and with a focus on girls, to raise community awareness of various aspects of child abuse and to advocate for children’s rights. <Br /><br /></p> <p>Parents, teachers and other community members are encouraged to enrol in a mobile platform which both provides information and surveys participants on various children’s rights topics via sms. After opting-in by sending ‘FAWEMA’ to short code 55111, the participants are surveyed about different types of child abuse, followed by awareness raising and sensitisation messages on the topic, concluded by another round of survey questions. In this way, information and awareness is spread, while the impact of the programme can be grasped. The messages focus on child abuse in many forms, including but not limited to child marriage, child labour, sexual harassment, and severe punishments by teachers. <br /><br /></p> <p>In addition to sms-based information, radio is also being used to further raise awareness and sensitise the community. <Br /><br /></p> <p>A toll free line has been set up which allows people to report incidents of child abuse, and reported cases are then followed up by linking to the appropriate authorities, such as the Victim Support Unit and the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare. <br /><br /></p> <p>According to the IICD, their experience "shows that inclusion of all community stakeholders from the beginning is crucial in advocacy work. Furthermore, the diversity of issues addressed by this campaign requires the engagement of all community stakeholders to support and hold each other accountable to their shared goals. For these reasons, IICD worked to include not only local authorities but also school management committees, teachers, parent-teacher associations, teacher training colleges and primary education advisors in the workflow." </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>Children, Rights, 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>The IICD believes that keeping issues such as child abuse on political and community agendas is a central component of bringing about sustainable social changes. By advocating for children’s rights via an ICT platform, parents and educators in the community become better equipped to deal with these concerns and offer their children a safer environment for learning and living.</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>International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), Connect4Change, Text to Change, Forum for African Women Educationalists</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/katali-rise-text-change">Katali Rise - Text to Change</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/judith-schoot-uiterkamp-international-institute-communication-and-development-iicd">Judith Schoot Uiterkamp - International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD)</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.ttcmobile.com/newsitem/using-mobile-fight-child-abuse-malawi/#more-628"target="_blank">TTC Mobile Solutions for Social Change website</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.iicd.org/about/news/ict-enhanced-advocacy-mobilising-communities-around-children2019s-rights"target="_blank">IICD website</a> on September 26 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/ict-enhanced-advocacy-mobilising-communities-around-children%E2%80%99s-rights" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/ict-enhanced-advocacy-mobilising-communities-around-children%E2%80%99s-rights#comments Malawi Experiences Children New Technologies Rights Africa Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:56:12 +0000 aventh 9351355 at http://www.comminit.com SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship for the Global South http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/scidevnet-investigative-science-journalism-fellowship <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/sciencejourno.jpg" alt="" title="SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship for the Global South" width="100" height="89" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Science journalists from the Global South are being invited to submit their applications for the SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship, which will provide one successful fellow with a cash prize of £3500/$5837, laptop, mentoring support from experts in science journalism, and training/conference opportunities. Offered by SciDev.Net with support from the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW) and with funding from the International Development Research Centre, the fellowship is designed to encourage investigative science journalism in the Global South.<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, October 10, 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>The fellowship is open to all science journalists (working in print, broadcast, or online) living and working within non-OECD countries who are employed by or freelance for a media outlet.<br /><br /> </p> <p>To apply for the fellowship, the applicant must write a proposal of no more than 1,000 words which outlines the investigation they wish to carry out and include the following:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>The outline of the story/investigation: This should include the purpose of the investigation, what the applicant is hoping to uncover and report on, and how this will be done.</li> <li>Details of the existing evidence already gathered: SciDev.Net will expect evidence of a strong case for the investigation which will require the applicant to already have carried out some initial investigative work to support their case. The stage one fellowship will not support initial development of a 'hunch' or an 'idea'.</li> <li>Proposals that offer groundbreaking stories are encouraged: However, if the subject has been covered previously, please acknowledge prior coverage and explain how the proposed investigation would significantly advance the story.</li> <li>Consider and outline any legal implications of the investigation: SciDev.Net and any affiliated partners will not bear any legal responsibility for the actions of the Fellow or the final piece of work. </li> <li>The anticipated start and completion date of the full investigation. </li> </ul> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.scidev.net/filemanager/root/site_assets/docs/fellowship_application_form.docx" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download application form in Word format. <br /><br /></p> <p>Please email the complete application form, a copy of your CV/resume, and 2 examples of published or broadcast investigative work to <a href="mailto:award@scidev.net">award@scidev.net</a></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/scidevnet-investigative-science-journalism-fellowship-0">SciDev.Net Investigative Science Journalism Fellowship </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.scidev.net/global/content/announcements_notice.4E56778E-D464-4A93-9F9AB3C65149FC11.html" target="_blank">SciDev.Net website</a> on September 16 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/scidevnet-investigative-science-journalism-fellowship" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/scidevnet-investigative-science-journalism-fellowship#comments Global Awards Digital Community Media Opening Up Information Print News/Information Radio Television Environment Health News Media HIV AIDS Natural Resources Management New Technologies Nutrition Population Reproductive Health Featured Science and Media Public Engagement with Science Global Community Radio - Africa Media Development Africa Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:59:04 +0000 aventh 9351220 at http://www.comminit.com UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/unfpa-unicef-joint-programme-female-genital-mutilationcutting-accelerating-change <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/jointprogun.jpg" alt="" title="UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Accelerating Change" width="100" height="83" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle-st"> <div class="field-label">Subtitle:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Summary Report of Phase I 2008 - 2013 </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"> 2014 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This 52-page report reflects on the experience of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting, which is being implemented in 15 African countries. A partnership between the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the programme applies a culturally sensitive, human rights-based approach that strategically leverages social dynamics to promote abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).</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="https://www.unfpa.org/webdav/site/global/shared/documents/publications/2014/Joint%20Programme%20on%20FGMC%20Summary%20Report.pdf" 0="s:21:&quot;s:13:&quot;s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;&quot;;&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here to download the full report 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/268800">United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)</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.unfpa.org/public/home/publications/pid/18135" target="_blank">UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme website</a> on September 16 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/unfpa-unicef-joint-programme-female-genital-mutilationcutting-accelerating-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/unfpa-unicef-joint-programme-female-genital-mutilationcutting-accelerating-change#comments Africa Project Evaluations Strategy Evaluations Evaluations Strategic Thinking Advocacy Children - Communicating with, for and about Community Partnerships for Dialogue and Action Multi-Media Innovations for Behaviour and Social Change Strengthening Capacities for Excellence in C4D Practice Children Community Participation MDG 3. Gender Equality Person-to-Person Interpersonal Print Radio Television Gender NGOs United Nations Reproductive Health Rights UNFPA UNICEF Communicating with, for and about children Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:54:14 +0000 aventh 9351112 at http://www.comminit.com Stories from Galeshewe http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/stories-galeshewe <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"> 2014 </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/galeshewe.jpg" alt="" title="Stories from Galeshewe " width="100" height="62" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Published by Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, this booklet offers a collection of personal stories that reflect how the availability and consumption of alcohol has had an impact on the Galeshewe community in the Northern Cape Province in South Africa. </p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-htmllink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.soulcity.org.za/projects/phuza-wize/resources/print-supplements/stories-from-galeshewe/at_download/file" target="_blank">Click here to download the booklet in PDF format. </a> </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>13</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/node/267329">Soul City Institute for Health &amp; Development Communication</a> </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/northern-cape-community-alcohol-advocacy-project">Northern Cape Community Alcohol Advocacy Project</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/phuza-wize-campaign">Phuza Wize Campaign</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.soulcity.org.za/projects/phuza-wize/resources/print-supplements/stories-from-galeshewe/view" target="_blank">Soul City website</a> on September 16 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/stories-galeshewe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/stories-galeshewe#comments South Africa Materials Advocacy Person-to-Person Interpersonal Print Health HIV AIDS NGOs Soul City Health Communication - Africa HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:11:07 +0000 aventh 9351086 at http://www.comminit.com Protecting Girls from Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation: The Experience of Working With the Maasai Communities in Kenya and Tanzania http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/protecting-girls-undergoing-female-genital-mutilation-experience-working-maasai-communit <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/massaifgm.jpg" alt="" title="Protecting Girls from Undergoing Female Genital Mutilation: The Experience of Working With the Maasai Communities in Kenya and Tanzania " width="100" height="89" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </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"> 2011 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>Published by Equality Now, this 36-page booklet discusses the experiences of the Tasaru Ntomonok Initiative (TNI) in Kenya and the Network Against Female Genital Mutilation (NAFGEM) in Tanzania - organisations that both take a gender and rights based approach to the prevention of female genital mutilation (FGM), mostly in Maasai communities.</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://www.equalitynow.org/sites/default/files/Protecting%20Girls_FGM_Kenya_Tanzania.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the full report 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/content/equality-now-africa-regional-office">Equality Now Africa Regional Office</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.equalitynow.org/fgm" target="_blank">Equality Now website</a> on September 16 2014 and email received from Ruth Njeng'ere from Equality Now on September 22 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/protecting-girls-undergoing-female-genital-mutilation-experience-working-maasai-communit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/protecting-girls-undergoing-female-genital-mutilation-experience-working-maasai-communit#comments Kenya Tanzania Project Evaluations Strategy Evaluations Evaluations Strategic Thinking Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:37:48 +0000 aventh 9351085 at http://www.comminit.com ICTs, State-building, and Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/icts-state-building-and-peacebuilding-eastern-africa <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/ict4d_-_statebuilding.jpg" alt="" title="ICTs, State-building, and Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa" width="100" height="63" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This 2-year research-focused project is exploring the expectations and conceptualisation of using information communication technologies (ICTS) for state-building and peacebuilding in developing contexts, compared to the reality of adaptation and use on the ground.</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 three focus countries are neighbours, and according to CGCS were chosen because each is "characterized by a very distinctive approach to ICTs...by concentrating on processes of state-building and peace-building, our project seeks to bring greater clarity about the expectations and the realities of the use of communication technologies in developing contexts." The research is being conducted at macro and micro levels. <br /><br /></p> <p>At the macro level, the research project is "examining how norms and practices in the field of ICT which have emerged internationally are adopted, resisted or reshaped at the local level." The project website explains that while various development actors have promoted standards, policies, and practices in how ICTS can be used to support state-building, peacebuilding, and governance, in reality this has resulted in mixed responses. The macro-level research will investigate how ICT policies have been shaped and implemented in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia, "to understand how different discourses (i.e development, stability, prevention of violence) and actors (from governments to religious organisations) have been instrumental in shaping ICT policy and practice and how these can support or disrupt state-building and peace-building."<br /><br /></p> <p>At the micro level, the project will focus on citizens' use of ICTs, in comparison to the macro-level conceptions, examine both day-to-day use, as well as who and how people are embracing ICTs as a tool for state-building and peace-building. This second component of the project includes case studies of how people are in reality using ICTs for peacebuilding. <br /><br /></p> <p>A key part of the project is the development of the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://africaictresearch.org/" target="_blank"> ICTs, State-building, and Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa website</a>, which brings together research, scholarship, and news pertaining to the use of ICTs to promote peacebuilding and state-building in Eastern Africa. It is intended to "increase access to the limited amount of information on ICTs in order to spark conversation and improve research." Along with news and updates on research and events, a key part of the website is the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://africaictresearch.org/research/" target="_blank">ICT Research Library</a>, which provides summaries of research related to the project. As part of developing the website, a literature review was conducted to produce the annotated bibliography which forms the core of the Library. </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>Technology, Peace-building, Governance</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>Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS), Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP) at Oxford University, Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY), as well as several institutions in Africa, including the Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology at Strathmore University (Kenya), the School of Journalism and Communication at Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia), The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies and SIMAD University (Somalia), and the Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) (Uganda).</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/node/324751">Center for Global Communication Studies</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://africaictresearch.org/" target="_blank"> ICTs, State-building, and Peacebuilding in Eastern Africa website</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.global.asc.upenn.edu/projects/icts-statebuilding-peacebuilding-in-eastern-africa/" target="_blank">Center for Global Communication Studies website</a> on September 8 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/icts-state-building-and-peacebuilding-eastern-africa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/icts-state-building-and-peacebuilding-eastern-africa#comments East Africa Ethiopia Kenya Somalia Experiences Academic Institutions Digital Civic Engagement Conflict and Peace Governance and Democracy Phone/Mobile Research New Technologies Democracy and Governance - Africa Africa Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:09:15 +0000 aventh 9351084 at http://www.comminit.com Aligning With Local Cultures to End Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/aligning-local-cultures-end-female-genital-mutilation-cutting <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/aligningcultures.jpg" alt="" title="Aligning With Local Cultures to End Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting" width="100" height="87" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </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"> 2013 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This 28-page booklet discusses how efforts to end Female Genital Mutilation/ Cutting (FGM/C) will be most successful when approaches that are respectful and sensitive of local culture are used, while also recognising that such traditions are deeply entrenched social norms.</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://www.unfpa.org/files/live/sites/unfpa/files/Documents/FGM/2014/UNFPA%20Booklet%20Culture.pdf" 0="s:13:&quot;s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here to download the full report in English 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/268800">United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/node/313531">United Nations Children&#039;s Fund (UNICEF) Publications</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.unfpa.org/topics/genderissues/fgm" target="_blank">UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme website</a> on September 16 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/node/322381">Evaluation of the Long-term Impact of the TOSTAN Programme on the Abandonment of FGM/C and Early Marriage: Results from a Qualitative Study in Senegal</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/experience-community-based-education-program-burkina-faso-tostan-program">Experience from a Community Based Education Program in Burkina Faso: The Tostan Program</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/tostan-breakthrough-community-empowerment-programme-cep">Tostan (Breakthrough) Community Empowerment Programme (CEP) </a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/aligning-local-cultures-end-female-genital-mutilation-cutting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/aligning-local-cultures-end-female-genital-mutilation-cutting#comments Kenya Senegal Sudan Strategic Thinking Advocacy Children - Communicating with, for and about Community Partnerships for Dialogue and Action Multi-Media Innovations for Behaviour and Social Change Children Community Participation MDG 3. Gender Equality Person-to-Person Interpersonal Gender Health NGOs United Nations Reproductive Health UNFPA UNICEF Communicating with, for and about children Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:27:31 +0000 aventh 9351083 at http://www.comminit.com Ending Female Genital Cutting: Lessons From a Decade of Progress http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/ending-female-genital-cutting-lessons-decade-progress <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/endfgm.jpg" alt="" title="Ending Female Genital Cutting: Lessons From a Decade of Progress" width="100" height="77" 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"> Charlotte Feldman-Jacobs </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"> 2013 </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This 24-page report reflects on and discusses efforts to promote the abandonment of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) over the last decade. It synthesises lessons learned from interventions and outlines insights to strengthen future programmes. It is intended to provide policymakers and advocates with perspectives on how to better move forward to create the conditions needed to end FGM/C. Overall, the review and interviews suggest that there has been significant progress in building momentum for change, with particular successes in advocating for improved policies and laws.</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://www.prb.org/pdf14/progress-ending-fgm.pdf" 0="s:21:&quot;s:13:&quot;s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;&quot;;&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here download the full report 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/277327">Population Reference Bureau (PRB)</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.prb.org/Publications/Reports/2014/progress-ending-fgm.aspx" target="_blank">Population Reference Bureau website</a> on September 16 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/ending-female-genital-cutting-lessons-decade-progress" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/ending-female-genital-cutting-lessons-decade-progress#comments Africa Strategic Thinking Advocacy Children - Communicating with, for and about Community Partnerships for Dialogue and Action Multi-Media Innovations for Behaviour and Social Change Strengthening Capacities for Excellence in C4D Practice Children Community Participation MDG 3. Gender Equality Person-to-Person Interpersonal Print Radio Television Gender NGOs Reproductive Health Communicating with, for and about children Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:31:01 +0000 aventh 9351080 at http://www.comminit.com More Power to Her: How Empowering Girls Can End Child Marriage http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/more-power-her-how-empowering-girls-can-end-child-marriage <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/girls_5.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="84" 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"> Ann Warner </div> <div class="field-item even"> Kirsten Stoebenau </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Allison M. Glinski </div> </div> </div> <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">Monday, September 1, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><em>"...ICRW set out to discover how programs in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia and India are working to empower both girls at risk of child marriage as well as already-married girls, and how empowerment leads to changes in knowledge, attitudes and practices."</em></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://www.icrw.org/files/publications/More%20Power%207%20pages%20Web.pdf" 0="s:13:&quot;s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here for the 32-page report 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/267618">International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)</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>Email from the International Center for Research on Women to The Communication Initiative on September 12 2014. <em>Image credit:</em> Robyne Hayes</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/solutions-end-child-marriage">Solutions to End Child Marriage: What the Evidence Shows</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/new-insights-preventing-child-marriage-global-analysis-factors-and-programs">New Insights on Preventing Child Marriage: A Global Analysis of Factors and Programs</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/more-power-her-how-empowering-girls-can-end-child-marriage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/more-power-her-how-empowering-girls-can-end-child-marriage#comments Bangladesh Egypt Ethiopia India Strategy Evaluations Evaluations Strategic Thinking 10 to 14 years 15 to 19 years Advocacy Children - Communicating with, for and about Community Partnerships for Dialogue and Action Multi-Media Innovations for Behaviour and Social Change Children Community Participation MDG 3. Gender Equality Adolescent Sexual Health Adolescents and Education Interpersonal Economic Development Education Gender Gender and Adolescence NGOs Reproductive Health Rights Women Youth Featured Adolescent Development Communicating with, for and about children Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Global Children, Equity and Development Africa Mon, 22 Sep 2014 19:41:23 +0000 kdevries 9351027 at http://www.comminit.com Could mHealth and behaviour change communication help turn the Ebola tide? http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/could-mhealth-and-behaviour-change-communication-help-turn-ebola-tide <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_outbreak.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="52" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Willie Ngumi, September 15 2014 - It’s not the first time I’ve heard of Ebola.&nbsp; Every time the epidemic has raised its ugly head, it has been a fairly safe distance from me.&nbsp; And like any other human being, I figured it was "their problem".&nbsp; Even on this occasion it didn’t raise any flags for me personally until it touched Nigeria, and when I had to book a flight to Ghana.&nbsp; Faced with the reality of air travel to West Africa, I began to Google everything about Ebola.&nbsp; Suddenly, it was an issue for me.&nbsp; I have a wife and three young children, as do so ma</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/could-mhealth-and-behaviour-change-communication-help-turn-ebola-tide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/could-mhealth-and-behaviour-change-communication-help-turn-ebola-tide#comments West Africa Access Blogs: Global Health Policies Bilaterals Phone/Mobile News/Information Foundations Government Departments Health NGOs Featured Health Communication - Africa Global Policy Blogs Health ICT for Development Africa Mon, 15 Sep 2014 14:06:13 +0000 9351021 at http://www.comminit.com