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Development of a Set of Community-Informed Ebola Messages for Sierra Leone
August 23, 2017

Development of a Set of Community-Informed Ebola Messages for Sierra Leone

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"[S]ystematic, iterative qualitative research should be fully embedded into the message development process from the outset of the response to any future public health emergency, and the communication of those messages should also be conducted on ...

Advancing C4D in Academic institutions
April 24, 2017

Advancing C4D in Academic institutions

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This group emerged from an extensive discussion on The Communication Initiative platform that was prompted by a post from Caroline Hungwe entitled Lack of C4D modules in University courses. There were over 60 contributions to that discussion from ...

March 8, 2017

Advancing Communication and Media for Development - Consultation - Middle ...

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Many best wishes and much support for your very important work. UNICEF (Through Rafael Obregon, Chief, C4D), The Communication Initiative and other organisations are working togther to develop a possible global mechanism to help advance the ...

Middle East and Northern Africa Network
March 7, 2017

Middle East and Northern Africa Network

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The space for people and organisations active on communication and media development in the Middle East and North Africa

March 6, 2017

Advancing Communication and Media for Development - Consultation - East and ...

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To: Soul Beat Africa Network Re: Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change

March 6, 2017

Consultation: Advancing Communication and Media Development and SBCC

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Many best wishes. The Communication Initiative and UNICEF New York (Rafael Obregon, Chief of Communication for Development leading) are workng to assess the potential added value of a new global mechanism to advance further the communication and ...

February 16, 2017

Media - Awards, Smartphones, Data, Landscape - Development

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Media (and) Development Network and Community Some experiences and questions for your review, critique and comment please: Media Award: Data Journalism Awards 2017  - Interested? How do you view awards for media initiatives? Do they help ...

February 14, 2017

Request for Proposals to Document Contributions of NGOs and Civil Society to ...

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The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) is inviting front-line practitioners, non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, academics, researchers, and others to author scholarly research articles documenting the contributions of NGOs/civil society and ...

January 27, 2017

SDGs and progress towards gender equality?

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The discussion on whether and how the SDGs can accelerate progress towards gender equality has to be located in the context that gender inequality persists, particularly in the spheres of politics, economy, sexual & reproductive justice, and ...

January 27, 2017

India: Mobilizing rural communities

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Please provide me information regarding how to mobilize a rural community in Rajasthan, India and sensitize them towards social issues.

January 15, 2017

Conversation: Hard or Soft strategy?

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As the struggle continues to effectively address both the transmission of HIV and the social, political and economic ramifications of HIV/AIDS, how do you assess the value associated with conversation, dialogue and debate as key communication ...

January 13, 2017

Awards, Freedom, Citizen Data, Conflicts and Phones

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Recent Media Development knowledge shared and questions raised for your comment and conversation on the theme of Digital, Data and Social.  1. Data Journalism Awards 2017 - Interested? Do you think that awards work to enhance quality, ...

The Art of Saving a Life
January 9, 2017

The Art of Saving a Life

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"We want to get the buzz and the conversation going, because it's easy to take these important lifesaving tools for granted." - Dr. Christopher Elias, Gates Foundation The Art of Saving a Life is a creative project commissioned by the Gates ...

March 20, 2017

Lack of C4D modules in University courses

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Cross-posted from Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change - Your analysis and ideas? Reaching out to academia is important because academia contributes to the development of human resource needed by ...

Health Reporting and Lessons from the Polio Campaign in Ukraine
December 14, 2016

Health Reporting and Lessons from the Polio Campaign in Ukraine

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Five journalist workshops and one media conference on Polio Vaccination, Lessons From the Polio Campaign in Ukraine and Other Health Issues of Public Concern were held in Kyiv, Cherkasy, Odessa, and Svyatohirsk (Donetsk region), Ukraine, between ...

Dismantling Patriarchy in Rural India - One Aspect, One Video, at One Time
November 30, 2016

Dismantling Patriarchy in Rural India - One Aspect, One Video, at One Time

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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 ...

November 30, 2016

External actors ... can not foster transformation

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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 ...

Power, Fairness and Trust: Understanding and Engaging with Vaccine Trial Participants and Communities in the Setting up the EBOVAC-Salone Vaccine Trial in Sierra Leone
November 21, 2016

Power, Fairness and Trust: Understanding and Engaging with Vaccine Trial ...

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"...understandings of the community in which the trial was being set up have helped the teams to ensure that communities and participants are given an opportunity to voice concerns and to work with them to address mistrust."

November 9, 2016

Global Mechanism: Your analysis and ideas?

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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 ...

November 11, 2016

Reviewing Social Change

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Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change
November 7, 2016

Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and ...

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Hi and welcome to the online Group for the Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change. This is a space for everyone interested to share thoughts, analysis and ideas on both the rationale for this possible ...

November 7, 2016

HIV/AIDS: Why isn't communication a higher priority?

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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 Why isn't communication a greater public ...

November 7, 2016

Coming of Age: Communication’s Role in Powering Global Health

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Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?

Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear
November 2, 2016

Ebola in America: Epidemic of Fear

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"I thought the coverage here in the US was appalling. It was so hysterical..." - Helene Cooper From the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center, this documentary illuminates how Americans experienced ...

Social Change Network
October 24, 2016

Social Change Network

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The space for a focus on advancing social change strategies and actions for increased impact on local, national and international Development visions and goals.

October 18, 2016

Master of Public Health in the Field of Social and Behaviour Change ...

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Master of Public Health in the Field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa As someone connected with an academic institution, below is shared for both your information and your review. If you ...

October 17, 2016

Job Opening: Polio and Cross-Cutting Initiatives, Global Health - United ...

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Hi - just a quick note in case you know someone who may be interested in this United Nations Foundation job opening: Officer, Polio and Cross-Cutting Initiatives, Global Health - United Nations Foundation - Washington, D.C., United States Thanks ...

SBCC for Emergency Preparedness Implementation Kit
October 4, 2016

SBCC for Emergency Preparedness Implementation Kit

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"A well-coordinated, timely and strategic communication strategy and implementation plan can manage people's expectations during an emergency and assist response efforts. Affected communities can be engaged and supported to make the required ...

September 30, 2016

University of the West Indies MA in Communication for Social and Behaviour ...

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Best wishes. Working with our Partner, Temple University, we have been summarising a range of academic institutions' programmes on communication and media (for) development, social and behavioural change. As someone connected with an academic ...

Webinar: Strengthening Emergency Response through SBCC
October 4, 2016

Webinar: Strengthening Emergency Response through SBCC

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Organised by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), this September 29 2016 webinar explored the importance of social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) for emergencies and the ways SBCC activities, tools, and resources can ...

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to the next
October 4, 2016

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to ...

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Author: James Thomas, cross-posted on October 4 2016 - Ebola has once again surfaced in Guinea. Meanwhile, the battle with Zika virus continues in Latin America. American responses to outbreaks tend to be disease-specific, driven in part by the ...

October 3, 2016

Blue Zones and Impact

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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 ...

October 3, 2016

New Phone tool - Burials to Protest

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Grassroot is a free mobile phone tool that helps groups of people in South Africa interact and exchange information, ranging from small social groups to massive community organisations. Grassroot allows communities to engage with their members, ...

Engaging Social Media for Health Communication in Africa: Approaches, Results and Lessons
October 3, 2016

Engaging Social Media for Health Communication in Africa: Approaches, ...

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"...health-related social media interventions should be grounded in a theory of change, enhance meaningful participation of critical actors in the development process, and address the problem of inequities."

Soul Beat Africa Network
September 23, 2016

Soul Beat Africa Network

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To provide a space in which people engaged in media, communication, social and behavioural policy, strategy and programme action in AFRICA can share knowledge, debate shared issues, support each other on questions and issues in their work and ...

September 20, 2016

Refugee Journalism

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Refugees, the issues that they have raised, and the response from the contexts into which they have travelled, is headline material in many parts of the world. The Refugee Journalism Project is an effort to assist refugees who were journalists in ...

September 20, 2016

Monitoring m-Health interventions

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There is an increasing interest in and use of m-Health strategies and programmes. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other organisations are looking to expand the evidence base for these interventions through standardised reporting of ...

September 11, 2016

Social Media Editors - required or an oxymoron?

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The recent debate over the decision by Facebook to remove a famous, iconic, war photograph from its platform, for reasons of "community standards" related to children - see The Guardian article here for example - has brought to the surface the ...

August 30, 2016

Mainstreaming Indian Health Communication

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India: Mainstreaming Health Communication In his blog "Public Health Communication has to be 'Mainstream", Anshuman Rawat argues that "when it comes to catching eyeballs, the catchy promotions of, for example, private label herbal supplements ...

September 1, 2016

CORRECTION: The Polio Endgame and Communication

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CORRECTION: My apologies. Earlier today the wrong version of the post below was sent to the Polio Communication Network. Entirely my fault. Please see the correct version below - Warren Feek COMMUNICATION and the POLIO ENDGAME

August 31, 2016

South Africa: cell phones, youth, collective voice, social change?

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South Africa: cell phones, youth, collective voice, social change? A new mobile-based programme will soon be launched in South Africa called U–Report.  Initiated by UNICEF and partners, it is designed to let young people, called ...

August 29, 2016

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 ...

August 29, 2016

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 ...

August 18, 2016

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 ...

Managing Ebola Will Take Powerful Communication
August 2, 2016

Managing Ebola Will Take Powerful Communication

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Author: Christopher Graves, August 8 2014 [cross-posted from the Harvard Business Review, linked below] - Whether the world's scariest outbreak of Ebola can be managed may come down to communications. Can governments, NGOs [non-governmental ...

South Africa Network
July 26, 2016

South Africa Network

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The SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT NETWORK provides the space for people involved or interested in communication, media, social and behavioural change related to development issues in SOUTH AFRICA to share knowledge and ...

Cochrane Review: Improving Immunisation Coverage
July 25, 2016

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 ...

Ebola: A Behavior-Driven Crisis
July 25, 2016

Ebola: A Behavior-Driven Crisis

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From the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), this web-based multimedia package explores social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) in the context of a public health crisis. Presented in a gallery-style format, the multimedia ...

HIV/AIDS - Progress or Stalled? What Next?
July 19, 2016

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 ...

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