<a href="/africa/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:38">Featured content</a> http://www.comminit.com/africa/promoted-rss.xml/38 en 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" 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 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 Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Global Children, Equity and Development Africa Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:41:23 +0000 kdevries 9351027 at http://www.comminit.com Improving the Lives of Married Adolescent Girls in Amhara, Ethiopia: A Summary of the Evidence http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/improving-lives-married-adolescent-girls-amhara-ethiopia-summary-evidence <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/tesraeval.jpg" alt="" title="Improving the Lives of Married Adolescent Girls in Amhara, Ethiopia: A Summary of the Evidence" width="100" height="66" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeffrey Edmeades </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 16-page evaluation report discusses the experience and impact of the Towards Economic and Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls (TESFA) project, which focused on empowering married girls with reproductive health and financial knowledge and skills. The evaluation "found that the lives of married adolescent girls in the TESFA programme improved significantly in economic, health and social terms. "<br /></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.icrw.org/files/publications/140406_ICRW_ChildMarriage_RptRev_pages4_lo.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download the full evaluation 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/325020">International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) - 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.icrw.org/publications/improving-lives-married-adolescent-girls-amhara-ethiopia" target="_blank">International Center for Research on Women website website</a> on September 11 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/towards-economic-and-sexual-reproductive-health-outcomes-adolescent-girls-tesfa">Towards Economic and Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls (TESFA)</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/improving-lives-married-adolescent-girls-amhara-ethiopia-summary-evidence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/improving-lives-married-adolescent-girls-amhara-ethiopia-summary-evidence#comments Ethiopia Project Evaluations Strategy Evaluations Evaluations Children MDG 3. Gender Equality Person-to-Person Interpersonal Economic Development Gender NGOs Reproductive Health Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Fri, 12 Sep 2014 07:10:23 +0000 aventh 9350977 at http://www.comminit.com Towards Economic and Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls (TESFA) http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/towards-economic-and-sexual-reproductive-health-outcomes-adolescent-girls-tesfa <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/1photovoice12.jpg" alt="" title="Towards Economic and Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls (TESFA)" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Launched in 2010, the Towards Economic and Sexual Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls (TESFA) project was designed to improve the lives of child brides ages 10 to 19 in Ethiopia’s rural Amhara region by empowering them with financial and livelihoods skills and providing sexual and reproductive health information. Led by CARE International and the International Center for Research on Women, with funding from the Nike Foundation, the 3-year project used peer-education within small group settings, modelled on CARE’s Village Savings and Loans (VSLA) approach used around the world. </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>Peer educators met with groups of married adolescent girls to provide information, lead discussions, and support group actions around savings. The girls were organised into four main groups, each receiving a slightly different intervention, in order to test the impact of the project components. One group received economic empowerment (EE) information and guidance based on an adapted VSLA model, while another learned about issues related to their sexual and reproductive health. A third group received programming that combined the two, while a comparison group received a delayed version of the combined curriculum. <br /><br /></p> <p>The peer educators were selected and trained from the community, and met once a month to discuss how to support girls and receive their own training on gender and health. They also reached out to other community members (five families each) to share their knowledge about various programme topics such as child marriage. These facilitators also led discussion and awareness dialogues in the community, including with the girls husbands and men in the village. <br /><br /></p> <p>In the groups, topics covered included skills such as how to stay healthy during their reproductive years, the benefits of family planning, and how to communicate and negotiate with others, including husbands. They also learned about earning and managing money, how to save, and how to make good use of earnings. This was intended to both help them better support themselves and their families, as well as increase their negotiating capacity within the household. The group meetings also provided the young women with the opportunity to develop support networks. <br /><br /></p> <p>The programme also directly engaged the community. "In particular, community members, including village elders, religious leaders and health workers, were recruited as a part of Social Action and Analyses groups – also called 'gatekeepers.' These adults received training in areas related to the main project goals through a peer education system similar to that used with the girls' groups." The community "gatekeepers" engaged in dialogue around factors that contribute to early and forced marriage, supported the peer educators, and took action in the community. This engagement is cited as critical to the success of the programme. <br /><br /></p> <p>A post-intervention evaluation was conducted by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). As part of this process ICRW and Care Ethiopia used a Photovoice approach to enable some of the girls to document their perspectives on change. After receiving training in the mechanics and ethics of photography, 10 girls spent five days taking photos that reflected what they felt to be the impact of the project. The photographs were organised into five categories: education; burden of labour; gender roles; economic and social lives; and sexual and reproductive health. These are part of a travelling photo exhibit and have been published in a <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.care.org/sites/default/files/documents/Photo_voice_final3.pdf" target="_blank">Photovoice booklet</a> that includes their reflections on the photos. </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>Reproductive health, child marriage</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 Care, child brides have little or no have access to reproductive health information or services, and face many health problems. "They are at greater risk of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. They face complications – and death – as a result of early pregnancy and childbearing. Further, children born to child brides are more likely to experience death, malnutrition, stunting and ongoing health problems than those born to mothers just a few years older." <br /><br /></p> <p>Overall the project sought to provide "opportunities for married adolescent girls – who are among the most marginalized members of society – to participate in the social, economic and political life of their families and communities." The evaluation conducted by the International Center for Research on Women "found that the program helped to greatly better many aspects of the girls’ lives and even yielded a few unexpected, positive outcomes."</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>CARE International, Nike Foundation, International Center for Research on Women</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/267618">International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/node/293383">CARE International UK</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/improving-lives-married-adolescent-girls-amhara-ethiopia-summary-evidence">Improving the Lives of Married Adolescent Girls in Amhara, Ethiopia: A Summary of the Evidence</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.icrw.org/tesfa-project-empowering-ethiopian-child-brides" target="_blank">International Center for Research on Women website</a>, <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.icrw.org/files/publications/140406_ICRW_ChildMarriage_RptRev_pages4_lo.pdf" target="_blank">Improving the Lives of Married Adolescent Girls in Amhara, Ethiopia A Summary of the Evidence [PDF]</a>, <a href="/redirect.cgi?r= http://www.care.org/sites/default/files/documents/TESFA%202%20page.pdf" target="_blank">Towards Improved Economic and Sexual/Reproductive Health Outcomes for Adolescent Girls [PDF]</a>, and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r= http://www.care.org/impact/stories/my-life-was-dark-now-there-light" target="_blank">Care website</a> on September 11 2014. <bR /><bR /><br /> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/B0VasWTUpiY?list=PL_1TzcAmZQmjid7E9SwPUhZsdpgNMWlo7" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe></p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/towards-economic-and-sexual-reproductive-health-outcomes-adolescent-girls-tesfa#comments Ethiopia Experiences Children MDG 3. Gender Equality MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health Research Gender NGOs Reproductive Health Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:25:21 +0000 aventh 9350974 at http://www.comminit.com Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) 2015 http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/social-impact-media-awards-sima-2015 <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/simapic.jpg" alt="" title="Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) 2015" width="100" height="60" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"The annual SIMA Awards champion eye-opening impact films from around the world that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation."</em></p> <p> The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) is an effort to unearth the stories of independent filmmakers, grassroots change-makers, and humanitarian organisations and to provide a springboard for creative and educational media to inspire social change.</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">Monday, October 27, 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>Films must be completed between Jan 2013 and October 2014 to be eligible for entry. <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://simaawards.org/submit/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here for full submission details and to apply.</a> Please note that, while there is no cost associated with submitting an impact video, entries in both of the documentary categories must be accompanied by the appropriate entry fee:</p> <ul> <li>Early Bird Deadline (September 8-25 2014): Documentary Features: US$20; Documentary Shorts: US$15</li> <li>Regular Deadline (September 26 - October 9 2014): Documentary Features: US$ 25; Documentary Shorts: US$20</li> <li>Late Deadline (October 10-27): Documentary Features: US$30; Documentary Shorts: US$25</li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-4"> <div class="field-label">Previous Winners:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://simaawards.org/2014-winners/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here to read about - and watch the film trailers of - the 2014 winners.</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/social-impact-media-awards-sima">Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA)</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://simaawards.org/sima-awards-competition/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SIMA website</a> on September 11 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/social-impact-media-awards-sima-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/social-impact-media-awards-sima-2015#comments Global Awards 2014 October Advocacy Digital Community Participation Film and Video Community Media Education Rights Featured Global Africa Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:33:03 +0000 kdevries 9350947 at http://www.comminit.com Reimagining Mobile in South Africa: Lessons from Year One http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/reimagining-mobile-south-africa-lessons-year-one <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/mobilemothers.jpg" alt="" title="Reimagining Mobile in South Africa: Lessons from Year One" width="100" height="88" 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-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, June 1, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This 14-page report discusses the processes, successes, and lessons learned by Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action South Africa (MAMA SA) related to using mobile technologies to deliver health information to new and expectant mothers and their families. Working together with a consortium of organisations, MAMA SA is using mobile-based technology channels to provide information, improve access to clinical services, and build proficiency in research. This report reflects on the first year of implementation. <br /></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://mobilemamaalliance.org/sites/default/files/Reimagining%20Mobile%20in%20South%20Africa.%20Lessons%20from%20Year%20One.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/stephanie-bowen-mobile-alliance-maternal-action">Stephanie Bowen - Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/marcha-bekker-praekelt-foundation">Marcha Bekker - Praekelt Foundation</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://mobilemamaalliance.org/node/770" target="_blank">Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action South Africa (MAMA SA) website</a> on September 2 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/mobile-alliance-maternal-action-mama-south-africa">Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) - South Africa</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/reimagining-mobile-south-africa-lessons-year-one" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/reimagining-mobile-south-africa-lessons-year-one#comments South Africa Southern Africa Strategic Thinking Academic Institutions Digital Phone/Mobile News/Information Government Departments New Technology Company NGOs Reproductive Health Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights HIV/AIDS - Africa Africa Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:58:44 +0000 aventh 9350946 at http://www.comminit.com Influencing the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Urban Youth Through Social and Behaviour Change Communication: A Literature Review http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/influencing-sexual-and-reproductive-health-urban-youth-through-social-and-behaviour-chan <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/urbanyouthsrh.jpg" alt="" title="Influencing the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Urban Youth Through Social and Behaviour Change Communication" width="100" height="65" 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"> Alessia Radice </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">Tuesday, April 1, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This 105-page report discusses the findings of a literature review and programme scan to reflect on urban adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health (AYSRH) interventions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The review was conducted by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) to highlight promising programme practices, share lessons learned, and offer insights into behavioural determinants and potential strategies for reaching young people, in order to strengthen Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC).</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.healthcommcapacity.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/UrbanYoutLitReview-FINAL.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/health-communication-capacity-collaborative-hc3-0">Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3)</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.healthcommcapacity.org/hc3resources/influencing-sexual-reproductive-health-urban-youth-social-behavior-change-communication/" target="_blank"> Health Communication Capacity Collaborative website</a> on September 8 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/africa/content/behaviour-change-interventions-targeting-urban-youths">Behaviour Change Interventions Targeting Urban Youths</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/influencing-sexual-and-reproductive-health-urban-youth-through-social-and-behaviour-chan" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/influencing-sexual-and-reproductive-health-urban-youth-through-social-and-behaviour-chan#comments Africa Latin America South Asia South East and East Asia Strategic Thinking Government Departments Research NGOs Reproductive Health Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Africa Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:39:12 +0000 aventh 9350943 at http://www.comminit.com 20 Years of Edutainment Television in South Africa: Achievements and Possibilities (9 - 10 October 2014) http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/20-years-edutainment-television-south-africa-achievements-and-possibilties-9-10-october-20 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-event-date"> <div class="field-label">Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-start">Oct 9 2014</span><span class="date-display-separator"> - </span><span class="date-display-end">Oct 10 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/ee_collogium.jpg" alt="" title="20 Years of Edutainment Television in South Africa: Achievements and Possibilties (9 - 10 October 2014)" width="100" height="61" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Location:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa <br /><br /></p> </div> </div> </div> <p>Organised by Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE), this colloquium seeks to interrogate the impact and challenges of Entertainment Education (EE) in South Africa since the advent of democracy twenty years ago. <Br /> </p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/20-years-edutainment-television-south-africa-achievements-and-possibilties-9-10-october-20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/event/20-years-edutainment-television-south-africa-achievements-and-possibilties-9-10-october-20#comments South Africa Events Calendar Entertainment Entertainment Orgs Television Health HIV AIDS NGOs Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights HIV/AIDS - Africa Edutainment - Africa Africa Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:53:58 +0000 aventh 9350928 at http://www.comminit.com Legal Journalist of the Year 2014 http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/legal-journalist-year-2014 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/africa/files/imagecache/thumbnail/legaljourno.jpg" alt="" title="Legal Journalist of the Year 2014" width="100" height="83" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Webber Wentzel Legal Journalist of the Year Award recognises print (including online), radio, and television journalism in South Africa that demonstrates outstanding work in the field of legal journalism. According to the Webber Wentzel legal firm, the award "was founded in 1999 to acknowledge the role played by journalists in promoting knowledge of the judiciary and understanding of the country's civil and criminal justice systems."<br /></p> <p>There are three categories: Print (including Online), Radio and Television, and a R50 000 prize for each category. <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">Thursday, October 2, 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 competition is open to all journalists working and reporting on legal issues in the Republic of South Africa on a freelance basis or as a full-time employee.<br /><br /></p> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.webberwentzel.com/wwb/action/media/downloadFile?media_fileid=9284" target="_blank">Click here</a> to download the entry form. <br /><br /></p> <p>Below are some of the rules to be considered:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>Articles written by Webber Wentzel partners and staff are excluded.</li> <li>Only work published or broadcast between September 1 2013 and August 31 2014 may be entered.</li> <li>An entrant may submit up to four articles or reports in each of the print and television categories.</li> <li>In the radio category, there is no limit on the number of entries but the combined length of all entries should not exceed 20 minutes.</li> <li>In the broadcast category, a two-minute clip which contains some highlights of the entry is required. This is in addition to the complete report, which is required for judging purposes.</li> <li>Webber Wentzel reserves the right to use highlight clips or print extracts of entries for marketing purposes. Due credit will be given to the original publisher(s).</li> <li>Entries that cannot be clearly read, viewed or heard will not be considered.</li> </ul> </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/bongi-makama-webber-wentzel">Bongi Makama - Webber Wentzel</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.webberwentzel.com/wwb/content/en/ww/ww-legal-journalist-of-the-year" target="_blank">Webber Wentzel website</a> on September 9 2014.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/legal-journalist-year-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/legal-journalist-year-2014#comments South Africa Awards Digital Governance and Democracy Print Media and D and G News/Information Radio Recognition/Awards Television Rights and Justice News Media Rights Community Radio - Africa Africa Wed, 10 Sep 2014 11:32:04 +0000 aventh 9350926 at http://www.comminit.com REAL Fathers Initiative http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/real-fathers-initiative <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/realfathers.jpg" alt="" title="REAL Fathers Initiative " width="100" height="59" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Running from 2013 to 2015, the Responsible, Engaged, and Loving (REAL) Fathers Initiative is working to develop and test a set of interventions intended to "build positive partnerships and parenting practices among young fathers (aged 16-25) in post-conflict Northern Uganda to reduce the incidence of intimate partner violence and physical punishment of children."&nbsp; The interventions include a mentoring programme and a poster-based community awareness campaign, which are being assessed through pre- and post-activity monitoring, to determine effectiveness and feasibility.</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 focusing on young fathers aged 16 to 25 in order to reach young men before their "expectations, attitudes, and behaviours related to parenting and relationships are well established." The mentoring programme uses a peer education approach. Mentors from the community are being selected and trained, each supporting approximately four fathers. The mentors meet with young fathers once a month for six months (four individual sessions and two couple sessions with their wives). Mentors also invite fathers to attend six monthly group discussions with other young fathers and their mentors.<br /><br /></p> <p>The second part of the initiative is a community message board campaign "to encourage community led reflection on fatherhood norms, parenting practices, and intimate partner violence." Six large-scale community posters are being posted, sequenced over time in central meeting locations to reinforce themes raised in mentor sessions and spark community dialogue. According to Save the Children, "pretesting of concepts for the community posters found that young fathers are ready to participate. They care deeply about their families, and want to be the best fathers and husbands that they can be. As one young father shared, 'In the future I want my child to say 'Baba is the one who made me the way I am. Baba showed me the right way.'"<br /><br /></p> <p>This intervention is being evaluated using a pre-test/post-test control experimental design, including randomisation and control groups. At the outset of the project, the 500 young fathers participating were randomly assigned to either participate in the full set of activities, or to be a control group exposed only to community poster series. All 500 were interviewed at the beginning of the intervention to learn about their current parenting practices, and their relationship and communication skills. The testing component called for all fathers to be interviewed after 10 months, and the most effective activities brought to the fathers in the control group. <br /><br /></p> <p>The project design was based on the concept of positive masculinity, "validating men’s caring nature and understanding how violence is caused both by male privilege and powerlessness."</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-based violence, Child Protection</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 project organisers, young fathers’ willingness and ability to make positive changes was evident following discussions around proposed mentor sessions and community poster concepts. “Young fathers reported making a number of changes at home. Some became more involved in child care and spent more quality time playing and talking with their children. Others communicated more with their wives and helped their wives with household chores such as peeling sweet potatoes and washing dishes. Finally, some young fathers reduced the amount of alcohol they drink and shared the savings with their wives."</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>Save the Children, Institute for Reproductive Health, United States Agency for International Development.</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/thomas-odong-institute-reproductive-health-irh">Thomas Odong - Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/africa/content/dickens-ojamuge-save-children-uganda">Dickens Ojamuge - Save the Children - Uganda</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://irh.org/projects/real-fathers-initiative/" target="_blank"> Institute for Reproductive Health website</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://irh.org/resource-library/real-fathers-initiative-factsheet/" target="_blank"> REAL Fathers Initiative Fact Sheet [PDF]</a> on September 2 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/real-fathers-initiative" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/real-fathers-initiative#comments East Africa Uganda Experiences Children Community Participation Bilaterals Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal Print Gender NGOs Featured USAID Africa Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:13:13 +0000 aventh 9350892 at http://www.comminit.com Building Peace through Social Change Communication: Participatory Video in Conflict-affected Communities http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/building-peace-through-social-change-communication-participatory-video-conflict-affected <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/sport_for_change.jpg" alt="" title="Building Peace through Social Change Communication: Participatory Video in Conflict-affected Communities" width="100" height="67" 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"> Community Development Journal </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"> Valentina Baú </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">Thursday, May 1, 2014</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This 17-page journal article shares insights into the use of participatory video (PV) in peacebuilding initiatives, based on the experience of Mercy Corps' incorporation of video into a "Most Significant Change" monitoring exercise in the Rift Valley of Kenya. Following post-election violence in 2008, Mercy Corps initiated the Local Empowerment for Peace (LEAP) Programme, which used sports to bring together young people of different ethnicities and tribes.</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.academia.edu/6958591/Building_Peace_through_Social_Change_Communication_participatory_video_in_conflict-affected_communities" 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/valentina-ba%C3%BA-macquarie-university">Valentina Baú - Macquarie University</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 Valentina Bau and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://www.academia.edu/6958591/Building_Peace_through_Social_Change_Communication_participatory_video_in_conflict-affected_communities" target="_blank">Academia.edu website</a> on September 3 2014. </p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/building-peace-through-social-change-communication-participatory-video-conflict-affected" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/africa/content/building-peace-through-social-change-communication-participatory-video-conflict-affected#comments Kenya Strategic Thinking Community Participation Film and Video Conflict Conflict and Peace Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy Interpersonal New Technology Company NGOs Youth Africa Mon, 08 Sep 2014 09:29:11 +0000 aventh 9350890 at http://www.comminit.com