I have been somewhat dismayed in the past few years that (ED: HIV/AIDS related agencies highlighted) have in my view pretty much abandoned previous commitments to social and behavioural change communication, and in so doing have failed either to keep up to date or to forge ahead in evolving perspectives on the subject.
This has been acutely felt in HIV prevention where the overwhelming evidence of the past year is that HIV prevention efforts are going backwards - despite or perhaps because of the the naive faith in the impact of treatment as prevention. At the same time though, my last 3 years here in Zimbabwe have reinforced my view that donor driven SBCC is doomed to failure - there is simply no way that external actors whether bilateral or multilateral can foster authentic transformation on the ground. The solutions have to lie with much more removed and arms length mechanisms for financial support or partnership building or co-creation efforts.
Since Video Volunteers creation a decade ago, we have noticed very visible discourses on apparent issues such as violence, sexual rights, etc but very few discourses examine that examine the root cause of these issues, ie everyday gender discrimination and inequality that we face consciously and subconsciously in our everyday lives. These discriminations are present right in front of our eyes, sometimes as blatantly and sometimes in the guise of protection, love and tradition.
Challenging Everyday Patriarchy - On Ground and Online
UNICEF, with Rafael Obregon (Chief, Communication for Development, UNICEF New York) leading and The Communication Initiative, through Warren Feek (Executive Director) are holding a series of consultations, to gather views, opinions and ideas on what kind of global mechanism could be helpful for supporting advancements in the scale, sustainability, relevance and influence of programmes, strategies and organisations that develop and implement initiatives rooted in communication and media development, social and behaviour change.
The global development tapestry has seen the growth of a series of such mechanisms seeking to advance particular fields of work. For example, WASH for All; the Global Partnership for Education and, the Global Partnership on Violence Against Children, amongst others.
As we have reviewed these mechanisms it is clear that there are a range of differing goals and roles including:
With apologies for any double posting. Below was shared through the Health Communication Network but as the Policy Briefing is inclusive of HIV/AIDS I wanted to share also through this HIV/AIDS network
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Those of us involved in health communication are asked ad nauseum - where is the proof of impact? Of course there is loads of proof but still we get asked, mainly by policy makers and funders who come from a physical science background and orientation. So, lets add another strand to our impact data argument. One based on a simple premise.
Long life is an indicator of good health. If we can identify why people live longer then we will identify some key policy and strategy elements for overall health policy and resource allocation. Fair enough?
Welcome to Blue Zones (see the last section here as one example of reporting on this - the ethical stuff is fascinating also but we will come back to that!).