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World Cup in My Village

As part of the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) World Cup in My Village Project, initiated during the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup 2010 in South Africa, the Children's Radio Foundation and local partners in Mongu, Zambia, and Rubavu districts in Rwanda worked with young people to produce radio shows and videos that were broadcast during open-air public viewings of the World Cup football matches. The programme was designed to use the power of football to communicate with young people and encourage them to make their voices heard.

Communication Strategies: 

The public viewing areas were mounted using inflatable air screens and satellite dishes, often in locations with no electricity, in football pitches, open fields, community schools, and refugee settlements. In Zambia, the screens were moved around each night and, according to organisers, viewings attracted 12,000 people. Earlier viewings took place in community schools and later screenings took place at a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) refugee settlement 8 hours away from Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. The public viewing spaces were also used for community events such as youth football games and educational activities on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. According to UNICEF, 20,000 people in Rwanda who are living in isolated communities and are cut off from mainstream sources of information, made use of the public viewing areas in their communities.

As part of this initiative, the Children's Radio Foundation trained groups of young people in each country as youth journalists. In the radio and video workshops, young people learned about interviewing techniques, how to express their opinion clearly, and production of media pieces. Using audio recorders, cameras, and flip video cameras, young people were encouraged to report on issues affecting young people in their communities and to share their experiences and concerns with the rest of the world.

The youth-produced pieces were broadcast and live talk shows held during half-time at the public viewings, complemented by public service announcements on education, child rights, health, and other issues. Programmes were also broadcast on local, national, and international radio stations, and content was posted on the CRF website and disseminated via other social media platforms.

Following the conclusion of the World Cup, the young journalists in Zambia have arranged to work with reporters at a local community radio station to create regular youth programming and to host a talk show for young people in their communities. Acting as peer leaders, they are engaging young people from their communities in the programme. Many of the young journalists have also taken on the role of climate ambassadors, advocating for responsible environmental behaviour in their communities.

The inflatable screens and projectors will also be used by UNICEF Country Offices for future community activities. The project's community partner in Rwanda, Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle, is discussing the possibility of starting a youth radio station based on the philosophy "radio for young people, by young people" with the core group of newly trained youth reporters.

Development Issues: 

Children, Education, Environment, HIV/AIDS, Rights.

Key Points: 

World Cup in My Village was created as a part of UNICEF's support of the 1 Goal campaign, which is designed to get every child into primary school by 2015. The majority of media pieces produced by young people were about how education or the lack of it had affected their lives.

Many young people in Zambia who were interviewed by the youth journalists remarked that they had only ever heard football games on the radio and that it was the first time they had actually seen the players they had heard so much about.

Partner Text: 

United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF), Children's Radio Foundation, Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle (Rwanda), Grassroots Soccer (Zambia), and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Source: 

CRF website and UNICEF website on September 10 2010.

Understanding Community-Based Information Systems in the Millennium Villages

December 1, 2009

This website from newmediadev2009 was a project of a 2009 research seminar developed and taught by Professor Anne Nelson at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York, the United States (US).

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Anne Nelson to The Communication Initiative on January 11 2010.

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Generation Grands Lacs

Launched in 2006, Generation Grands Lacs (Great Lakes Generation) is an hour-long radio talk show programme for youth produced by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) together with local radio stations in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The project seeks to support peace between countries in the region by breaking down stereotypes and encouraging dialogue between Rwandan, Burundian, and Congolese university students.

Communication Strategies: 

This 60-minute live phone-in talk show for youth is simulcast on five radio stations in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo every Saturday afternoon. Each week the show addresses a different theme, such as identity, manipulation by leaders, gender, violence, youth participation in political life, and issues of ethnicity and nationality.

The format includes invited studio guests, pre-recorded interviews, voice-on-the-street interviews, music, and audience call-ins. Listeners participate by calling in, sending short message service (SMS)/text messages, or by sending emails. In collaboration with the Great Lakes Inter-University and Youth Forum, listening sessions are organised in universities and secondary schools each week during the broadcasts, followed by a facilitated discussion. Forum members then gather ideas and concerns from the listeners and feed these into joint planning sessions with the programme journalists from the partner radio stations.

Each week the place of broadcast rotates between Kigali, Bujumbura, and Kinshasa. The radio station webstreams the live broadcast, which is then picked up by the other four stations who broadcast it on FM. Young journalists from the partner radio stations host the programme, and invite callers to phone in - in any of the six major languages of the region.

Development Issues: 

Peace, Youth, Reconciliation

Key Points: 

According to a recent SFCG survey, the programme is listened to by more than 90% of university students in Kigali, Butare, Ngozi (Burundi), and 86% of students in Bujumbura, as well as 57% of students in Bukavu (DRC). Of these listeners, 20% listen regularly in Bukavu, 36% listen regularly in Kigali, and 60% listen "every week" or "almost every week" in Butare, Ngozi, and Bujumbura. Similarly, the programme reaches between 30% and 60% of non-university youth at the survey sites. Survey findings show a strong correlation between listenership and reduced prejudices and positive attitudes.

Partner Text: 

Initial funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with continued funding from the Belgian Cooperation.

Source: 

"Hello Kigali! Hello Kinshasa!" press release [PDF], January 15 2010; and SFCG website on February 19 2010 and February 24 2010.

Rural Internet Kiosks Project

Rural Internet Kiosks (RIK) is a Kenyan-based organisation that manufactures and distributes movable, recyclable, cost-effective kiosks that operate with satellite connectivity and solar energy to ena

Communication Strategies: 

Rural Internet Kiosks produces kiosks that are independent, freestanding booths functioning on solar power and other forms of renewable energy. Each kiosk houses 3 energy-efficient personal computers. The kiosks are modelled on user-friendly software and hardware and are manufactured and assembled in a "knock-down" format, enabling them to be easily transported and set up in even very rugged regions.

The kiosks have been designed to give access to all users, including children and the disabled. According to RIK, they are also working on ways to use portable USB pen screen readers and accessible websites, which will help the visually impaired access information. Screen readers could also help people who can understand, but not necessarily read, English.

The kiosks are designed to promote entrepreneurship and electronic service delivery within rural and urban settings and, in turn, facilitate e-commerce, e-education, e-health, and e-governance. The organisers say that the kiosks have helped farmers obtain regular updates on weather patterns and produce prices, thereby expanding their revenue. Business start-ups have been able to exploit digital multimedia advertising. The internet kiosks are helping government agencies to create awareness concerning health and environment and reach out to local communities. Through the use of multimedia information outlets, communities can also access information about infectious diseases such as malaria, polio, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. The kiosks also create platforms for the promotion of tele-medicine, which is still in its infancy in most African countries.

The kiosks use the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, as well as other open-source software. This virtualisation technology allows up to 10 uses to share a single personal computer (PC).

Development Issues: 

Information and Communication Technology, Economic Development, Agriculture.

Key Points: 

The RIK project was developed by Jitu Patani, also project manager at Rural Internet Kiosk, who has a vision of bridging the digital divide by providing the last mile access to rural or remote communities. RIK is working to help Africa move towards the Millennium Development Goal of Bridging the Digital Divide by year 2015.

Partner Text: 

Rural Internet Kiosks, InterSat, and Userful.

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Source: 

eLearning Africa website on February 5 2010.

Radio Salus

Radio Salus (derived from the Latin word "salut", meaning salvation) was established in 2005 at the National University of Rwanda as a result of a project implemented by the United Nations Educational

Communication Strategies: 

Radio Salus broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and organisers say its programming reaches the entire population of Rwanda, as well as neighbouring communities in DRC and Burundi.

The radio station team, which includes professional journalists and journalism students, produces a variety of news, educational, and entertainment programming broadcast in Kinyarwanda, Swahili, English, and French. According to organisers, each week more than 25 different programmes are broadcast on a broad range of topics including education, agriculture, health, HIV/AIDS, Rwandan history, news, conflict management, sports, and coffee (a long-established, but not well understood industry in the country).

In advance of the August 2009 elections, journalists from the station received training specific to election coverage, including election laws and rules, understanding the Rwandan journalists' code of conduct during elections, the professional standards of free and fair elections, and covering elections independently and professionally.

According to the radio station, the training of students and professionals at the radio station has become a key determinant in diversifying media programming in Rwanda and in building confidence in private radio as a viable means of mass media. Radio Salus has reportedly also managed to empower Rwandan youth, women, and disabled people. Through its educational programmes on economy, environment, HIV/AIDS, health and history, organisers say that it has become a socio-economic development tool for many Rwandans. For example, Radio Salus has contributed to educating local small businessmen and women on how to advertise their products and services. In addition, it has supported and promoted young artists by giving them the opportunity to publicise their new songs.

Development Issues: 

Democracy, Media Development.

Key Points: 

As of November 2008, more than 100 young journalists had received training through Radio Salus, and many students continue to work there as trainee journalists. The station's sports programme has been rated the top radio programme in the country.

Partner Text: 

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Contact Information: 
Source: 

National University of Rwanda website and UNESCO website - both accessed on January 12 2010.

Youth Empowerment through Arts and Media (YETAM)

Initiated in 2008, the Youth Empowerment Through Arts and Media (YETAM) project is an initiative by Nokia, Plan International, and local partners which seeks to give youth the skills and tools to communicate at local, national, and global level about issues impacting on their lives. Through arts, traditional media, and new media tools, youth engage in the community development process and beyond.

Communication Strategies: 

Using mapping, participatory video, visual arts, and performing arts as a means of investigation and expression, youth, aged 12-18, work in small teams to identify resources and challenges in their communities, understand more about causes and effects of key issues impacting on youth, and learn about different viewpoints held by community members and community leaders around those issues. They then produce arts and media about the issues and develop an action plan to raise awareness and community support to begin resolving the issues. By developing youths’ communication and leadership skills, coupled with technology education and practice with information and communication technologies (ICTs), YETAM seeks to open new possibilities for youth so that they are more able to engage using 21st century skills. The importance of ownership and commitment to local development is emphasised, and the methodology is designed to form capable and positive community leadership for the future.

The arts and media are also used as a starting point to raise issues and youth viewpoints with district and national leaders and the public, and to advocate for change. At the same time, the youths’ materials are posted on the web so that the public can learn more about issues and get involved. Rather than hearing about youths' viewpoints via foreign and/or adult journalists, the YETAM project allows youth to claim their own place and directly debate and discuss the issues they care about. Curricula based on the youth’s key issues and video/arts materials are developed and used to engage additional groups in the 6 African focus countries, and an on-line curriculum for the "Global North" allows youth not living in Africa to better understand the issues and learn how to get involved. The web allows cross-country and global interaction among youth, building confidence and motivating them to continue moving forward.

In each country, the YETAM programme involves youth, teachers, local media, and arts organisations in a 1-week training of trainers, followed by a 2-week training programme with secondary school youth. A local follow-up plan is created by the youth, teachers, and local partners for organisation and continued advocacy by the youth, refresher training, and additional arts and media work around the identified issues.

Some 350 youth (according to the 2008 annual report) participated in direct skills training workshops on arts and media, including new media tools, such as mobile phone technology and applications, internet, search engines, social media, 'Flip' cameras, mobile internet, and mobile video production and editing.

According to YETAM, collectively the youth have produced around 100 short videos, 100 art works, several theatre pieces, hundreds of photographs about their lives, newspapers, and community murals on themes pertinent to them. Sixty staff, teachers, and partner organisations have been trained on child rights, child participatory facilitation methodologies, arts and media as tools for development and advocacy, and social media/new technology. About 1500 community members in 25 communities have attended events and discussions related to these materials.

Click here to view these materials on YouTube. (To turn on the captions option to see subtitles, click on the triangle at the bottom right corner of the video player. A red ‘cc’ button will appear. Click on the small triangle to the left to select language options). Some of the materials are also available on the Plan Virtual Villages website. The current redesign of the YETAM website will additionally provide a space for school-school communication and joint projects and learning across Africa and between African countries and the "Global North".

Development Issues: 

Youth, Gender, Education, Rights

Key Points: 

According to YETAM, children and youth in Africa, in general, are not expected to speak up or speak out in their families or communities; nor do they have an equal seat at the table in national and global dialogue about issues that impact them. In order to be effective in local, national, and global dialogue, children and youth need to have access to skills and tools to develop analytical abilities and leadership behaviours, and to be effective communicators. They also need access to the places where these discussions are taking place. YETEM therefore seeks to address these issues at a local and global level.

Partner Text: 

Nokia, Plan International

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Source: 

Email from Stefanie Conrad on August 20 2009 and Plan and Nokia Annual Report 2008 [PDF] on November 14 2009.

Sinigurisha Campaign

Initiated in May 2009, "Sinigurisha" ("I am not for sale") was a 6-month HIV prevention campaign in Rwanda working to warn against cross-generational sex involving both older men and older women.

Communication Strategies: 

The first message of the campaign was "Gifts don't equal sex. You always have the right to say no!". With this message, the campaign sought to empower youth to say "NO" to cross-generational sex by increasing their awareness of their fundamental right to say "NO" to sugar daddies and sugar mommies, regardless of what gifts or money they are promised or have already received. In this first phase of the campaign, 85 billboards were placed across the country to remind young people of their right to say no to "Shuga Dadis" and "Shuga Mamis".

The second phase of the campaign sought to combat peer pressure as a key driver of cross-generational sex. The message "True Friends Don't Put Me at Risk!" draws upon studies conducted in 2008 in Kigali and all four Rwandan provinces that showed that peer pressure is a key factor encouraging young girls and boys to engage in cross-generational sex. Some young girls are even acting as "pimps" - making connections between their friends and older men, often in exchange for money or gifts. Sinigurisha urges young people to resist and challenge peer pressure, emphasising that true friends would never put their friends at risk.

The third phase of the Sinigurisha campaign urged youth to stand together against cross-generational sex and to focus on achieving their future hopes and dreams. The message was "There is NO price that will buy my future!". This phase of the campaign is based on research that indicated that low self-esteem influences youth to engage in cross-generational sex. Young people feel pressured to have material goods such as fashionable clothes, jewellery, and cell phones, which leads them to accept short-term gifts given by sugar daddies or sugar mommies and puts them at increased pressure for cross-generational sex.

The campaign called on all Rwandans - not just youth - to engage in the fight against cross-generational sex. The campaign also reached out to opinion leaders, teachers, parents, and communities with the message that sugar daddies and sugar mommies should be considered "Enemies of Rwanda's Bright Future." According to the organisers, the commitment of political, religious, and other opinion leaders to sensitise and mobilise communities is especially important. They can play an important role in encouraging society as a whole to first acknowledge that cross-generational sex is wrong, shameful, and risky, and then to stop it.

In addition to appearing on billboards, the campaign's messages were broadcast in television and radio spots, and publicised via print materials and community events. Orange wristbands were distributed which announced that the wearer is not for sale.

Three films were also produced to support the campaign and were broadcast on Rwanda TV. The films were produced with the help of a theatre competition carried out in 60 schools (in 14 districts) as part of the Abajene! youth movement. A local non-governmental organisation (NGO) called RAPP (Rwandans Allied for Peace and Progress) trained teachers and students in forum theatre techniques. Following that, two rounds of competitions were held where schools wrote and performed their own plays. The three winning plays were made into short films by RAPP together with the student actors who wrote and performed the original plays.

Development Issues: 

HIV/AIDS

Key Points: 

Cross-generational sex refers to sexual relationships between girls and older men (sugar daddies), and boys and older women (sugar mommies) - often in exchange for gifts and money. Evidence suggests that cross-generational sex happens in Rwanda.

  • Girls aged 20-24 are five times more likely to be infected with HIV than boys of same age (Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), 2005);
  • One out of 10 girls has her first sexual experience with a man who is 10 or more years older (Rwanda Behaviour Surveillance Survey (BSS), 2006);
  • Since older men are much more likely to be infected with HIV than younger boys, young girls appear to be getting infected by older men, rather than by boys of their own age (Rwanda DHS, 2005).


According to organisers, cross-generational sex increases the risk for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and for unwanted pregnancies - all of which can lead to school drop-out and family conflict. As a result, cross-generational sex can cause girls to be less productive in schools and at the work place.

Some of the factors that lead to cross-generational sex include the following:

  • "Permissive" environments that make cross-generational sex "easier". These include: (a) homes: where "trusted" family members or friends target domestic workers or younger family members. (b)schools: where sugar daddies and mommies target students by pretending to be family members to pick up students during breaks or weekends. (c) hotels: where sugar daddies and mommies believe they won't be caught. (d) cars: where sugar daddies and mommies give lifts to boys and girls in need.
  • Peer pressure within an urban network of girls who act as "pimps" - making connections between their friends and older men - often in exchange for money or gifts.
  • Economic need among youth who seek out older partners with money to buy material goods that make them more "cool", to pay for their school fees, or to get a job.
  • Loneliness and the desire for sexual gratification among older men and women lead to them seeking younger partners.
Partner Text: 

National AIDS Control Commission (Commission Nationale de Lutte Contre le Sida, CNLS), Ministry of Youth, United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Population Services International (PSI).

Source: 

African Press website on November 9 2009 and July 28 2010; Ministry of Youth website on November 9 2009 and press releases from Ministry of Youth (issued May 23, July 23, and October 8 2009).

Internews Peace-Building Films

Internews, an international media development organisation, produced a series of 12 documentaries designed as part of a peace-building project to help populations of Rwanda and Eastern Democratic Repu

Communication Strategies: 

Internews Europe worked with local journalists to produce the 12 documentaries, which were filmed in both countries and tell stories of everyday life involving music, sport, and village events. The films seek to familiarise communities on both sides of the conflict-affected border with each other and to show how they can live together in peace. The productions were also broadcast on local television and radio stations in both countries and were broadcast daily on public buses and a ferryboat in the DRC.

The following 4 films are being shown in screenings in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and on the "Hillywood Country Tour" (nicknamed for Rwanda's hilly countryside):

  • Les Enfants de Dieu (Children of God): The film examines the various activities of family planning organisations in internally displaced persons camps. It describes family planning options and how women can access these methods, and discusses the new, more open attitude of the Catholic Church regarding family planning.
  • Special Koffi: This movie features Congolese music star Koffi Olomide. Olomide once performed at a stadium in Kigali, Rwanda, where he explained how natural it is for music and musicians to cross borders.
  • A Letter to My Daughter: This film was produced in French and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles. A young Congolese journalist is shocked when she interviews victims of domestic violence in Rwanda and Congo.
  • 24h in Mutubo Camp: This film shows the Hutus ex-combatants in a transit camp in Rwanda. Click here to watch this film.
Development Issues: 

Conflict.

Key Points: 

According to the organisers, since November 2008, public screenings of the documentaries by Internews' office in Rwanda have led to nearly 20,000 people returning from all parts of the country and Eastern Congo.

A Letter to My Daughter was nominated for an Award in the international documentary category of the International Film Festival South Africa, which took place in November 2009, and was selected for the Radar Hamburg Film Festival that same month in Hamburg, Germany.

Internews is an international media development organisation whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.

Partner Text: 

Funding provided by the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID).

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Internews website on September 23 2009.

Women Building Peace and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict-Affected Contexts: A Review of Community-Based Approaches

Author: 
Annalise Moser
October 1, 2007
Affiliation: 

UNIFEM

This United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) document focuses on specific thematic areas of good practice in the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and women's participation in peacebuilding. The study was developed as a background document to inform programming and advocacy within the context of UNIFEM programming, and builds on country-level visits conducted in early 2007. The programme is supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

 

The study looks at five areas of intervention:

Contact Information: 
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Urungano (Generation)

Urungano (Generation) is a youth radio programme, launched by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in Rwanda in 2008, which is designed to give young people, especially girls, a platform to explore and dis

Communication Strategies: 

Each week, the hosts of the show conduct all the interviews as well as plan and lead the show. The girls typically begin their programme with a teenage chat and then work their way into discussions of such issues as underage marriage and child labour. Throughout the weekly programme, they move the conversation toward understanding how they, the next generation of Rwandan women, can empower themselves to build a better future. Designed to ensure that girls get their fair share of time on air, the team is designed to represent the diversity of youth in the capital, with a range of backgrounds and life experiences.

The first edition of Urungano focused on the subject of rural-urban migration. SFCG reports that Kigali is the world's fastest growing city and that the government is trying to remove its slums, while more and more people flood to the city. Rural-urban migration is therefore a subject about which people have an opinion. In addition to featuring the voices of youth from the countryside and the capital, the young journalists also interviewed a representative of the Ministry of Youth to ask him about the government's response to the situation. Between popular songs, sound clips, and jingles, the show also featured a studio discussion between two teenagers - one from the countryside and one from the city - who shared their perspectives on this trend and how it affects their lives.

The 2008 season ended with a 2-part series on the issue of street children. The segments looked at the realities of life on the street, including the challenges encountered during ordinary daily tasks like eating and sleeping. The coordinator of one of Kigali's centres for street children spoke on the show to share his perspectives on the realities faced by kids living on the streets. In the second programme, the young journalists spoke directly to former street children who are now living in rehabilitation and care centres. The programme highlighted services available to children looking to leave the streets, including education and housing. The kids interviewed told of their life in the streets, their battles with drug and alcohol abuse, and their lives away from family and friends. One former street child who has returned to his family told SFCG how proud he is that he left the streets.

In 2009, in commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda, Urungano focused on reconciliation. The reporters went into the countryside and found a mutual support group of genocide victims and perpetrators who, despite their tragic past of conflict, travel together from village to village to teach and model reconciliation. By selecting this topic, the girls sought to explain their vision of the Rwanda in which they want to live.

Urungano is broadcast on both Kigali's Contact FM and Radio Salus in Butare on Saturdays at 5pm (GMT+2), and can be heard online at the same time on the Contact FM website.

Development Issues: 

Youth

Key Points: 

SFCG uses media, including both radio and television, across its 19 programmes around the world, including in the Great Lakes region.

Partner Text: 

European Commission, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Search for Common Ground, Contact FM, Radio Salus

Source: 

SFCG website on April 21 2009; and "A Reminder of Radio's Power" [PDF], by Chris Plutte, The Philadelphia Enquirer, on April 21 2009 and May 11 2010.

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According to this 50-page report, published by the Research to Prevention (R2P) project, there is limited data on Female Sex Workers (FSW) and Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) in Swaziland, making it difficult to accurately gauge the role of these populations in larger transmission dynamics, as well as the biological, behavioural, and structural...

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This 137-page report shares findings of a regional curriculum scan, which was conducted in 2011, to assess the content, quality, and delivery methods of sexuality education (SE) curricula in ten East and Southern Africa (ESA) countries. The review was conducted to help countries to develop curricula designed to not only increase comprehensive...

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This 15-page report shares a study exploring the effectiveness of games designed to create awareness and trigger conversation about disaster risk reduction (DRR), particularly focusing on the example of Ready! played in Namibia. Designed by PETLab, at Parsons The New School for Design for use by the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, Ready...

This learning paper discusses the adaptation of best practices for delivering training of Community Drug Distributors (CDDs) in the implementation of integrated community case management (ICCM) to the context in South Sudan. In two states of South Sudan, NBeG and Unity, between June 2010 and June 2012, the Malaria Consortium developed materials...

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This 57-page report presents findings from a survey conducted in Malawi to understand the experiences of women living with HIV/AIDS (WLHIV) in relation to their sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). According to the report, WLHIV in Malawi face immense barriers to asserting their SRHR needs and aspirations. This baseline report was...

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This 50-page report discusses information‐seeking behaviours of small-scale farming households in Kenya. The research project focused on how farmers are informed about innovation regarding new methods of increasing agricultural productivity, which is one of the main challenges for Africa’s agriculture and its rural population. Based on findings...

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Materials

This 36-page learning paper discusses Malaria Consortium’s experience developing, implementing, and evaluating job aids for community health workers (CHWs) and health facility workers in Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. The paper notes that job aids are commonly accepted ways to enhance health worker performance, yet little...

According to this guide, published by the The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, "behaviour change communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programmes, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity...

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Launched in 2007, the Global Media Journal African Edition is published bi-annually. It is maintained by the Journalism Department of Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province of South Africa and is advised by an editorial board of international communication scholars. The journal publishes research papers, professional articles, and...

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This handbook presents the experience of a participatory social learning process that evolved to support individual and community level adaptation to a variety of stressors, such as climate change, affecting rural people in South Africa. It was developed as part of a four-year broader scientific research project, led through Rhodes University,...

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These guidelines have been developed to assist media covering elections in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. According to the publication, "credible and fair elections are an essential element of democratic societies.

Malaria Communities Program: Building Community Capacity in Malaria Control

This 6-page brief, published by the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP), shares the experience of The Malaria Communities Program (MCP), launched in December 2006. Through 20 awards to 18 partners in 12 countries, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) has supported efforts of communities and non-governmental organisations to...

"...[J]ournalism has the power to change lives. So the decision to commission this book was critical given the urgency with which the media must re-engage with social aspects of development."

Published by Action Institute For Environment Health And Development Communication (Action IEHDC) in Zimbabwe, this toolkit is designed to be used by facilitators and peer educators to conduct discussions around sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). According to Action IEHDC, young people need information about sexual and...

This Learning Guide was published by Plan to help improve understanding of governance with children and young people, and how to put it into practice in projects. It provides an overview of key concepts, approaches, and some experiences from Plan’s current governance work, and explores how some of Plan’s programmes have used a governance...

Published by the Congolese Women Journalists’ Association (UCOFEM) and Observatoire de Pavie, this is a guide for journalists on how to improve women’s image in the Congolese media.

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Evaluations

This 64-page report summarises the final evaluation findings of the effectiveness of an action research study by Care Zambia that explored the effects of two complementary sets of interventions to increase family planning (FP) use and address the underlying social norms that influence uptake, particularly among people living with HIV. First, in...

"RHV has ignited something in the women leaders - created motivation and inspiration that, for many, will continue after the formal interaction with the project and partners finishes. [They have] good relationships with the communities they represent - a strong social constituency which doesn’t depend on funds." - RHV Asia regional meeting...

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This Malaria journal article discusses the impact of a national communications campaign in Cameroon (July 2011 - March 2012) to accompany the distribution of free long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in an effort to reduce the morbidity and mortality burden of malaria in the country. Drawing on behaviour change communication (...

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This 56-page report shares insights from an interim evaluation of a year-long mass media behaviour change communication (BCC) campaign focusing on HIV prevention and the reduction of multiple sexual partnerships (MSP) and concurrent partnerships (CP), which was conducted jointly by four organisations in Mozambique. By evaluating the initiatives...

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This 48-page report shares findings of a "pulse-taking" study to explore knowledge of practices and attitudes around Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC), after the beginning of the Soka Uncobe initiative. Soka Uncobe, which means "to circumcise is to conquer" in siSwati, is working to scale up HIV prevention in Swaziland. The programme...

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This 70-page report discusses findings from Kenya on the impact of the Wanakonnect dedications pilot project for local community radio stations and their interaction with the community. The community radio stations participating in the pilot project offer special dedication and greeting programmes that allow community members to send greetings...

This 60-page report discusses findings of an evaluation to: assess the extent to which ActionAid International’s Action for Children’s Rights in Education (ACRE) project started bringing about anticipated changes during its initial phase, as well as examine factors critical in helping or hindering change and draw lessons for future programming...

Female Sex Workers Programme Impact Assessment

This 25-page report shares finding of an impact assessment of Theatre For Change's "Interactive Theatre and Legislative theatre for sex workers and their clients" project in Malawi. The initiative was designed to ensure that sex workers, their clients, and sexually exploited children have the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to reduce the risk...

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This 20-page report provides the results of an evaluation of both Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) adult education programme and a mobile phone-based adult education pilot programme (Project Alphabetisation de Base par Cellulaire or Project ABC) in Niger. The project gave adult participants traditional literacy and math classes, and in the case...

Encouraging Men’s Participation in HIV and AIDS Prevention and HIV Testing Servi

This 45-page report shares insights from a mid-project evaluation of The RESPOND Project's work in Côte d’Ivoire to build the capacity of local and international organisations to use the Men As Partners (MAP) approach to encourage men’s participation in HIV and AIDS prevention and testing. Map is designed to stimulates dialogue around gender...

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Digital

According to this guide, published by the The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, "behaviour change communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programmes, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity...

This contest, organised by Hala Nigeria, seeks to reward "compelling stories that use traditional and/or digital tools to engage citizens on health topics that matter to them. The goal is to spur quality journalism, creative presentation, citizen engagement, and sharing of information." Individual winners will receive cash prizes of up to $1,...

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Organised by African Media Initiative (AMI) in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the African Story Challenge is seeking applications to fund great story ideas on business and technology. This is the third round of its pan-African journalism competition. Twenty projects shortlisted for the final prize will be...

"...[J]ournalism has the power to change lives. So the decision to commission this book was critical given the urgency with which the media must re-engage with social aspects of development."

This 4-page learning brief shares Malaria Consortium’s lessons learned over three years of implementation and research on scaling up the use of Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) for malaria, at community and health facility level. It contains recommendations for stakeholders to ensure the successful roll-out of RDTs in Uganda.

"If you use digital technologies to create content addressing socially relevant issues, this could be your chance to bring your project to a stage of global recognition."

"Affording citizens with MIL competencies contributes to free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems, thereby improving the quality of information they provide. While free media is perhaps taken for granted in the western world, more than a third of the world's population lives in countries where media and other...

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This 51-page summary report provides an overview of how mHealth programming may be used to improve youth access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services and information. The report frames the discussion of mHealth through an examination of specific barriers that limit youth access to them: accessibility barriers, including cost and...

Organised by eLearning Africa, the 2014 "Through Your Lens" Photo Competition is being held under the theme "Social Africa: Building Bridges through ICT." Photographers are invited to submit snapshots depicting how information and communication technology (ICT) is enhancing the way individuals and communities in Africa live, learn, cooperate,...

"Together, we can agree and advocate for a new post 2015 framework that ensures sexual and reproductive health and rights and addresses the realities of young people today."

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Awards

African Climate Change and Reporting Awards

The African Climate Change and Reporting Awards (ACCER) honour journalists whose work has enhanced access to information about climate change. An initiative of The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and partners, this is the second edition of the awards. Each winner will receive a certificate and US$1,000. Three journalists will take home...

This contest, organised by Hala Nigeria, seeks to reward "compelling stories that use traditional and/or digital tools to engage citizens on health topics that matter to them. The goal is to spur quality journalism, creative presentation, citizen engagement, and sharing of information." Individual winners will receive cash prizes of up to $1,...

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Organised by African Media Initiative (AMI) in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the African Story Challenge is seeking applications to fund great story ideas on business and technology. This is the third round of its pan-African journalism competition. Twenty projects shortlisted for the final prize will be...

The Intercultural Innovation Award is a partnership between the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the BMW Group that aims to select and support innovative grassroots projects that encourage intercultural dialogue and cooperation around the world.

Not-for-profit organisations - in any country around the world - that...

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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) launched the Media Awards Competition to recognise excellence in journalism as well as to encourage media practitioners in member states to cover issues pertaining to the region. Each category winner will be awarded US$2,000.

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This award, organised by World Rural Forum (WRF) and AgriCultures Network, focuses on the decisive role of family farming in the sustainable production of 70% of the world's food and in the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity. The International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) 2014 photo competition collects visual expressions to build...

"If you use digital technologies to create content addressing socially relevant issues, this could be your chance to bring your project to a stage of global recognition."

Organised by eLearning Africa, the 2014 "Through Your Lens" Photo Competition is being held under the theme "Social Africa: Building Bridges through ICT." Photographers are invited to submit snapshots depicting how information and communication technology (ICT) is enhancing the way individuals and communities in Africa live, learn, cooperate,...

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The King Baudouin African Development Prize was created to reward outstanding contributions of individuals or organisations in the development field in Africa. The Prize spotlights what organisers judge to be innovative initiatives which improve quality-of-life and empower local communities to take development into their own hands.
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The One World Media Special Award will recognise a media organisation based in the developing world using media to address social, political, and economic issues. Various types of media content will be considered, including, but not limited to: investigative journalism, current affairs content, drama, or digital media content. According to One...

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Print

This 36-page learning paper discusses Malaria Consortium’s experience developing, implementing, and evaluating job aids for community health workers (CHWs) and health facility workers in Mozambique, Nigeria, South Sudan, and Uganda. The paper notes that job aids are commonly accepted ways to enhance health worker performance, yet little...

According to this guide, published by the The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, "behaviour change communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programmes, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity...

African Climate Change and Reporting Awards

The African Climate Change and Reporting Awards (ACCER) honour journalists whose work has enhanced access to information about climate change. An initiative of The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and partners, this is the second edition of the awards. Each winner will receive a certificate and US$1,000. Three journalists will take home...

This contest, organised by Hala Nigeria, seeks to reward "compelling stories that use traditional and/or digital tools to engage citizens on health topics that matter to them. The goal is to spur quality journalism, creative presentation, citizen engagement, and sharing of information." Individual winners will receive cash prizes of up to $1,...

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Launched in 2007, the Global Media Journal African Edition is published bi-annually. It is maintained by the Journalism Department of Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province of South Africa and is advised by an editorial board of international communication scholars. The journal publishes research papers, professional articles, and...

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Organised by African Media Initiative (AMI) in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the African Story Challenge is seeking applications to fund great story ideas on business and technology. This is the third round of its pan-African journalism competition. Twenty projects shortlisted for the final prize will be...

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These guidelines have been developed to assist media covering elections in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. According to the publication, "credible and fair elections are an essential element of democratic societies.

This learning paper discusses the adaptation of best practices for delivering training of Community Drug Distributors (CDDs) in the implementation of integrated community case management (ICCM) to the context in South Sudan. In two states of South Sudan, NBeG and Unity, between June 2010 and June 2012, the Malaria Consortium developed materials...

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Running from 2012 to 2014, We Have Rights Too! is working to ensure that the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of women and girls living with HIV and AIDS are respected, protected, and upheld, within six Traditional Authorities (TA) within Blantyre and Nkhotakota districts in Malawi. This will include raising awareness on SRHR...

"...[J]ournalism has the power to change lives. So the decision to commission this book was critical given the urgency with which the media must re-engage with social aspects of development."

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Radio

This 3-page case study shares information about the PataPata children's radio programme in Tanzania, and how the engagement of children was a key part of the strategy to increase net use in their communities. Launched in 2011 by Communication and Malaria Initiative in Tanzania’s (COMMIT), the "show not only educated children about malaria and...

During World Malaria Month 2013, Peace Corps volunteers in Uganda implemented the Village Drama Outreaches, Podcasting, and Programming Project to provide people in the West Nile region with information about malaria prevention and control. Over the course of the month, the project included training for radio presenters on producing malaria...

According to this guide, published by the The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, "behaviour change communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programmes, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity...

African Climate Change and Reporting Awards

The African Climate Change and Reporting Awards (ACCER) honour journalists whose work has enhanced access to information about climate change. An initiative of The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and partners, this is the second edition of the awards. Each winner will receive a certificate and US$1,000. Three journalists will take home...

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Running from 2009 to 2013, the Pioneer Project was designed to reduce malaria related morbidity and mortality in four districts in mid-Western Uganda, as well as gain a deeper understanding of the most effective approaches in achieving this objective. The project focused on supporting systemic malaria control by increasing both supply and...

This contest, organised by Hala Nigeria, seeks to reward "compelling stories that use traditional and/or digital tools to engage citizens on health topics that matter to them. The goal is to spur quality journalism, creative presentation, citizen engagement, and sharing of information." Individual winners will receive cash prizes of up to $1,...

The Wize up, Your Decision, Your life campaign in Zimbabwe used radio talk shows and community dialogues to address sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues for urban and rural youth. As part of the campaign, 9 radio discussion shows were recorded and broadcast by local community radio stations. Topics discussed were service...

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Launched in 2007, the Global Media Journal African Edition is published bi-annually. It is maintained by the Journalism Department of Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province of South Africa and is advised by an editorial board of international communication scholars. The journal publishes research papers, professional articles, and...

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Organised by African Media Initiative (AMI) in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the African Story Challenge is seeking applications to fund great story ideas on business and technology. This is the third round of its pan-African journalism competition. Twenty projects shortlisted for the final prize will be...

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These guidelines have been developed to assist media covering elections in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. According to the publication, "credible and fair elections are an essential element of democratic societies.

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According to this guide, published by the The Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership, "behaviour change communication (BCC) has been a critical component of malaria prevention and control strategies. Most programmes, however, have not been rigorously evaluated, either due to a lack of funding for such evaluations and/or due to lack of clarity...

African Climate Change and Reporting Awards

The African Climate Change and Reporting Awards (ACCER) honour journalists whose work has enhanced access to information about climate change. An initiative of The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and partners, this is the second edition of the awards. Each winner will receive a certificate and US$1,000. Three journalists will take home...

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Launched in 2007, the Global Media Journal African Edition is published bi-annually. It is maintained by the Journalism Department of Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape province of South Africa and is advised by an editorial board of international communication scholars. The journal publishes research papers, professional articles, and...

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Organised by African Media Initiative (AMI) in partnership with the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), the African Story Challenge is seeking applications to fund great story ideas on business and technology. This is the third round of its pan-African journalism competition. Twenty projects shortlisted for the final prize will be...

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Launched in November 2013, Zamuka (Rise Up), is a reality television series in Rwanda designed to encourage entrepreneurship and creative thinking among young people. The weekly series follows three budding entrepreneurs who overcome obstacles and receive coaching to set up new businesses. The series is produced by Search for Common Ground,...

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These guidelines have been developed to assist media covering elections in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. According to the publication, "credible and fair elections are an essential element of democratic societies.

"...[J]ournalism has the power to change lives. So the decision to commission this book was critical given the urgency with which the media must re-engage with social aspects of development."

Action Institute for Environment Health and Development Communication (Action IEHDC) in Zimbabwe has launched a sexual and reproductive health and rights campaign focusing on mobile populations at two border posts - Beitbridge and Chirundu. The campaign messaging focuses on addressing sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues to...

Published by the Congolese Women Journalists’ Association (UCOFEM) and Observatoire de Pavie, this is a guide for journalists on how to improve women’s image in the Congolese media.

Produced by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, this manual shares perspectives and insights about edutainment, using popular entertainment formats to tackle serious social issues. The manual is designed for media practitioners and social activists who wish to use the power of entertainment and mass media to...

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