December 12, 2017
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The Soul Beat 271 - Communication and Media News and Issues
December 12 2017
From SOUL BEAT AFRICA - where communication and media are central to AFRICA's social and economic development
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This is a general issue of The Soul Beat e-newsletter which contains a selection of summaries posted onto the Soul Beat Africa website in 2017. It includes programme experiences, research reports, evaluation reports, and resource materials which look at how media and communication, including information and communication technologies (ICTs), help address a range of development issues including health, gender inequality, governance, education, and violence against children.

This will be the final issue of The Soul Beat newsletter for 2017. As we end this year, Soul Beat Africa would like to wish all of you peace, prosperity, and joy for the New Year. We thank you for your support and look forward to providing you with more valuable communication for development knowledge and networking opportunities in 2018.


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  • 1. What's Your Story? Campaign - South Africa
    This is a story-based initiative to promote trust, understanding, and greater social cohesion in South Africa, a country with diverse cultures, languages, and races, and where suspicion, fear, prejudice, and racism forms a large part of people's daily interactions. Initiated by Heartlines in 2016, the campaign is based on the belief that personal storytelling has the power to create understanding and break down prejudice and stereotypes. In order to encourage the sharing and exchange of personal stories, activities involve a film, materials to encourage group discussions, leadership engagements, and an online platform.
  • 2. Shamba Chef Television Programme - Kenya
    This edutainment reality television show in Kenya is designed to promote the adoption of cleaner and more efficient cooking methods, as well as explore the culture of food and improve family nutrition. The series was created with support from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves as part of an effort to use communication to motivate households to purchase and adopt cleaner cooking solutions. Launched in September 2017, the television series is produced by The Mediae Company and also includes complementary radio and digital media content, as well as community outreach.
  • 3. Prevention+ Programme - Indonesia, Pakistan, Rwanda, and Uganda, and the Middle East and North Africa region
    This is a five-year (2016-2020) multi-country programme that envisions a world where healthy, respectful, and equal relationships are the norm. To achieve this, the programme addresses the root causes of gender-based violence - the social, economic, religious, and cultural contexts that shape attitudes and behaviour that lead to violence, and encourages care, respect, and equality. Activities include advocacy, working with community leaders as well as boys and men, and gender-sensitive training for government staff, service providers, and civil society organisations.
  • 4. Lobi Mokolo Ya Sika "Tomorrow is a New Day" Project - Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
    This is a security sector reform programme which was initiated by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in 2007 and has since been extended numerous times with funding from different donors. The project was developed in response to the ongoing conflict in the DRC and the trauma of past conflicts which led to deep mistrust between citizens and the security forces. The project seeks to give civil society groups, community leaders, and members of the public administration the tools and support they need to hold police and military forces accountable in a way that mitigates future conflict. The current phase (2015 - 2017) builds on previous activities, which used participatory trainings and innovative multi-media programming.
  • 5. Voice to the People (V2P) Project - Nigeria
    V2P is a good governance project supporting communities in Kaduna state and the Southeast region of Nigeria to take ownership of their own development by driving accountability among their leaders, raising their voices to demand the rights and services to which they are entitled, and taking part in the decision-making processes that affect their lives. Some of the core approaches used by the project are the use of community-developed charters of demand; the Problem Driven Identification Approach (PDIA) to supporting communities to address priority issues specific to their local contexts, power and gender analysis; and the use of Community-Based Monitors.
  • 6. Una Hakika Project - Kenya
    Una Hakika (which means "Are you sure?" in Swahili) is a mobile-phone-based information service that helps to address false rumours contributing to inter-communal conflict in Kenya. The goal is to prevent violence arising out of false rumours but also, in the long term, to encourage positive changes in people's attitudes and behaviours towards rumours, engendering a more critical mindset that questions information before believing or acting upon it.
  • Click here for the full list of Programme Experiences on the Soul Beat Africa website.

  • 7. Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the Issue of Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania [Nov 2016]
    This report offers a summary of the design, implementation, and evaluation of an interactive radio campaign that sought to improve mental health literacy among young people and create a demand for mental health services. Implemented by Farm Radio International and partners Teen Mental Health and Farm Radio Trust in Malawi, the project seeks to address the dearth of mental health care available for young people with depression, as well as poor mental health literacy, high levels of stigma and discrimination, and a weak capacity at the community level to address these needs.
  • 8. Harnessing the Potential of ICTs - Literacy and Numeracy Programmes using Radio, TV, Mobile Phones, Tablets and Computers [2016]
    This compilation of case studies, published by UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), presents promising literacy and numeracy programmes from around the world that use information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their access and outreach strategies. The case-studies illustrate how ICTs such as radio, television, mobile phones, tablets, and computers can be used as media of instruction, can supplement face-to-face teaching, and can help to develop and strengthen youth and adult literacy, language and numeracy skills. It is hoped that the creative solutions and strategies highlighted in the publication will encourage literacy stakeholders to invest in new technologies that address the learning needs of young people and adults with lower skill levels in reading and writing.
  • 9. Understanding Women's Lives in Polygamous Marriages: Exploring Community Perspectives in Sierra Leone and DRC [June 2017]
    This report shares the synthesised findings of research undertaken by Trácaire in Sierra Leone and the DRC to better understand practices and experiences of polygamy. The research has two specific objectives: 1) to describe the form that polygamy takes in the areas under study and how it is understood at local level; and 2) to generate insights into the division of resources, responsibilities, attributes, capabilities, power and privilege within polygamous unions. The research findings address the motivations for men and women entering into a polygamous marriage and the power dynamics that prevail within these marriages which have critical impacts on women's access to material resources, emotional support and well-being, and decision-making power.
  • 10. Budget Oversight and Accountability in Nigeria: What Incentivises Digital and Non-digital Citizens to Engage? - Making All Voices Count Practice Paper [August 2017]
    By Natalia Herbst and Oluseun Onigbinde
    This practice paper reports on practitioner research conducted by BudgIT - a social advocacy organisation in Nigeria, that uses technology to encourage citizen engagement with institutions, leading to service improvements and wider societal change. The research aimed to discover if access to information on public spending leads to empowerment as well as demands for accountability; and whether demands for accountability necessarily lead to the greater responsiveness of public institutions.
  • 11. Putting Citizens' Voice at the Centre of Development: Challenging Shrinking Civic Space Across Africa [Nov 2016]
    This policy brief aims to highlight the issue of closing civic space in Africa and is based on detailed research commissioned by Oxfam from the International Centre for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL). The research focused on six countries - Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Uganda - and identifies broader trends related to civic space, as well as recommendations for creating an enabling environment for meaningful civic action.
  • Click here for the full list of Strategic Thinking documents on the Soul Beat Africa website.

  • 12. Critical Choices - Assessing the Effects of Education and Civic Engagement on Somali Youths' Propensity Towards Violence [November 2016]
    This study by Mercy Corps sets out to generate evidence on the impacts of a youth-focused stability programme in Somalia on reducing youth engagement in violence (related in particular to extremist groups), and improving stability through education and civic engagement.
  • 13. Evaluation of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) Program [June 2017]
    This article, published online in the Studies in Family Planning journal, presents results of the impact evaluation of the Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) programme, which was led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and implemented in collaboration with partners. NURHI, implemented between 2010 and 2014 in six cities in Nigeria, was designed to be an integrated demand- and supply-side programme to meet the family planning needs of urban women, particularly poor urban women.
  • 14. Final Project Report: Her Farm Radio in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda [June 2017]
    This report describes the experiences, outcomes, and impact of the Her Farm Radio (HFR) project, which was implemented by Farm Radio International in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania, and Uganda between January 2015 and June 2017. The project goal was to increase the extent to which farm radio programmes broadcast by 12 stations in the four countries feature the voices, perspectives, and concerns of female farmers and provide them with increased access to information that is critical to improving their livelihoods.
  • Click here for the full list of Evaluation Reports on the Soul Beat Africa website.

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  • 15. Communication for Development: A Practical Guide [July 2016]
    By Thomas Jenatsch and Richard Bauer
    Published by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), this manual explains the basic concepts and provides practical methods for systematic planning of communication for development (C4D). C4D is defined here as "a tool for social and political transformation. It promotes participation and social change using the methods and instruments of interpersonal communication, community media and modern information technologies. C4D is not an add-on, but rather a cross-cutting activity in project management, aimed at strengthening dialogue with beneficiaries, partners and authorities in order to enhance local ownership of programmes and generate a sustainable impact."
  • 16. Gender, Power and Justice Primer [June 2017]
    This Primer is a curated gender resource highlighting key gender statistics, global commitments, evidence, and promising practices at the intersection of international development, emergencies, and gender justice. Published by CARE International, it highlights strategies to support progressive policy change and effective programming that advances gender justice in ways that are relevant to those targeted by gender injustice programmes.
  • 17. Practical Guide to Foster Community Acceptance of Girls Associated with Armed Groups in DR Congo [2017]
    This Guide was developed by Child Soldiers International to facilitate the release of girls from armed groups in the eastern DRC, improve support for their reintegration into their community, and promote their sustainable return to civilian life. It provides ideas for a series of small-scale interventions which are designed to: sensitise communities and families on the girls' suffering and the psychological and social impact of their experiences; offer guidance on how to offer psychosocial support; and help integrate the girls back into society.
  • 18. Singing to the Lions - A Facilitator's Guide to Overcoming Fear and Violence in Our Lives [2017]
    by Jonathan Brakarsh
    This facilitator's guide describes the steps for running a workshop for children to give them the skills to resolve the impact of violence and abuse in their lives, and to heal. This includes learning skills to respond effectively to current instances of violence and abuse, to create layers of social protection, and to start to resolve earlier negative and destructive experiences.
  • 19. ICT in Agriculture: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and Institutions (Updated Edition) [2017]
    This resource is designed to support practitioners, decision makers, and development partners who work at the intersection of ICT and agriculture. It seeks to be a practical guide to understanding current trends, implementing appropriate interventions, and evaluating the impact of ICT interventions in agricultural programmes.
  • 20. Youth-Led Research: Listening and Learning Toolkit [May 2017]
    This toolkit offers an introduction to the Listening and Learning (L&L) methodology - a youth-led research methodology which puts the power of research, design, and advocacy in the hands of young people. Developed by SFCG, the toolkit identifies the key considerations for a successful process, and includes guidance on best practice for implementing this research method.
  • 21. Boda Boda Talk Talk Learning Collection [2017]
    This three-part learning module on Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) describes the hyperlocal humanitarian information service currently operational in four United Nations Protection of Civilians Sites (PoCs) across South Sudan. The service includes a quad bike that moves around the sites playing prerecorded audio programmes that provide life-saving and life-enhancing information at dedicated public spaces or "Listening Stops"
  • Click here for the full list of Resource Materials on the Soul Beat Africa website.


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