SDC ICT 4 Development

Journalists - Passive or Active?

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Journalists: Passive or Active?

The role, positioning and responsibility of journalists and journalism related to Development issues is much debated. The CI's summary of the recent Nordicom publication: "Journalism in Conflict and Post-Conflict Conditions: Worldwide Perspectivescommences with this challenging quote:

Social data?

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Under the heading “THE POWER OF SOCIAL DATA”, The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Polio Eradication concluded in its most recent, highly readable report - summary here with link to full document -  that there should be a greater emphasis on “Why?” data:

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Masters - Development Communication - Ahmadu Bello University

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Best wishes and many thanks for joining The Communication Initiative Network. We have been working with our Partner, Temple University, and a range of academic institutions to summarise and share information and insights on communication and media (for) development, social and behavioural change courses and programmes in Universities and other institutions of higher learning. As someone who is part of an accademic institution, these are shared for both your information and for your review. If you have any questions or comments please do click "Please review ..." below or just reply by email. First up is Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria.

Radio, radio ... and convergence

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As someone with active involvement and/or interest in community media I wonder if you agree with Natasha Beale's analysis in her blog Reaching Marginalized Populations: the Power of Radio and Mobile Voice that: "Indeed, radio is still the most pervasive medium of information in the developing world, with radio penetration and access close to 100% in many developing nations. Our experience is in accordance with other practitioners and researchers in the field of ICT4D and Communications for Development, who argue that older technologies cannot be dismissed, and that technology convergence, rather than the latest new ICT, holds greater transformative potential"?

Cochrane Review: Improving Immunisation Coverage

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We have just summarized a Cochrane Review: Interventions for Improving Coverage of Childhood Immunisation in Low- and Middle-Income Countries The relevant headline from the summary is: "Giving information about vaccination to parents and community members, handing out specially designed vaccination reminder cards, offering vaccines through regular immunisation outreach with and without household incentives (rewards), identifying unvaccinated children through home visits and referring them to health clinics, and integrating vaccination services with other

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HIV/AIDS - Progress or Stalled? What Next?

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I can get a bit confused by the mood around HIV/AIDS progress. A few questions follow below (click "please review") for your consideration. In general the people and organisations who either monitor and report progress and/or develop and oversee the main strategies, talk in positive tones - good progress being made. But when stories are heard from countries about the ongoing struggle to make even a minor improvement in the HIV/AIDS situation in particular communities/provinces/states or across the whole country, it can be difficult to spot the good news.

Media, Civil Society, Voice (and) Development?

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There are often contentious debates about the relationship between media, communication, civil society, dilague and debate, and Development Goals. I was intrigued by this IREX initiative: Trusted Voices in Challenging Times: Civil Society and Media Leadership (CSML) Program - Final Report, with this introduction from our summary - a five-and-a-half-year project was designed to contribute to building a more capable, collaborative, and agile civil society and media sector in Liberia, a country recovering from fourteen years of civil conflict.

What can ZIKA learn from EBOLA

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What can we learn from the communication strategies and actions on Ebola to address Zika? BBC Media Action's Sophia Wilkinson asked this question and provided some answers. Her blog at this link, "draws on the lessons for the health communication sector explored through a new practice briefing from BBC Media Action, Using media and communication to respond to public health emergencies - lessons learned from Ebola, and the unique role media and communications can play in effectively tackling Zika." Please do review, ask questions and/or comment based on your experiences and perspectives.

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Promotion of Girls' Education (PROGE) - presented by Blessings Mtuwa Nkhata

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I reviewed the presentation #5  on Girl Child Education in Malawi. Statement is clear and well organized. Ideas are potent and should yield results. My observations are:

1.     Ideally project should have included some qualitative research to explore why parents do not send girls to school and why girls drop out so rapidly.  What benefits and drawbacks they vision of girls education?

2.     This phenomenon is not only true for Malawi but many other countries with Muslim populations. In other words, religious instructions are misinterpreted to de-emphasize girls education. I have seen it in Kenya. In 1986, I launched a small initiative to raise awareness and funds for girls education in local Muslim communities.

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Health, Data, Decision-making

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There is lots of discussion about data related to health communication. Lora Shimp has produced a blog on Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use. It includes these 2 key questions:

  1. Are we helping the end-line users and those collecting the data at its source to make decisions themselves with their own data?
  2. Are we too focused on the short-term data (this month, this year) and not on analysis of the trends and how our program and activities are faring over time?

Your thoughts, analysis and ideas?

 

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