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GenARDIS 2002 - 2010: Small Grants that Made Big Changes for Women in Agriculture

Author: 
Jennifer Radloff
Helen Hambly Odame
Sonia Jorge
September 1, 2010
Affiliation: 

Association for Progressive Communications (Radloff), University of Guelph (Hambly Odame)

This document discusses the work of the Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund, which was initiated in 2002 to support work on gender-related issues in information and communications technologies (ICTs) for the African, Caribbean, and Pacific regions. The small grants fund was disbursed to diverse projects in order to counter barriers to women living in rural areas. This document records the process and results, and is intended to contribute to more gender-aware ICT policy advocacy.

Source: 

Association for Progressive Communications (APC) website, February 16 2011 and March 30 2012.

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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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The View from Above

Author: 
Pierre Sibiry Traoré
February 1, 2010
Affiliation: 

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT)

From the "Farm Services" Issue 53 of ICT Update, this article discusses how very high resolution imagery (VHRI) made by sensors on satellites gives West African farmers data on soil fertility and land

Source: 

ICT Update Issue 53, February 2010. Source image: ICRISAT

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CEPEHRG and Maritime, Ghana: Engaging New Partners and New Technologies to Prevent HIV among Men Who Have Sex with Men

With the support of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), two of Ghana's community-based organisations (CBOs) are using behaviour change communication (BCC) strategies for the purpo

Communication Strategies: 

Specific elements of the project included:

  • Prevention outreach: Building on its research findings on MSM in Ghana, and in consultation with USAID and its government and non-governmental organisation (NGO) partners, SHARP worked with the Ghana Sustainable Change Project (GSCP) - another USAID-funded project implemented by AED - to develop a basic package of BCC tools and interventions for MSM, including a participatory training curriculum for peer educators. The package contained BCC materials that could be distributed to participants in prevention outreach sessions. The materials included pocket-sized brochures listing MSM-friendly clinics and drop-in centres or illustrating HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention behaviours. One of the brochures is purposefully graphic in its visual representation of behaviours that can reduce transmission risk of HIV and other STIs (see image above). The direct nature of these materials was designed to reinforce the lessons taught during peer outreach.

    Peer educator-led outreach sessions for MSM promoted risk reduction behaviours, offered referrals to testing and clinical services, sold condoms and lubricant, and provided counselling by trained health care workers.

    The programme also worked with its implementing partners on outreach events that included large community parties and small gatherings at private homes and at hot spots such as bars and clubs that attract MSM clientele. Integrating HIV prevention messages into social activities, these events were designed to raise awareness, within a broader peer group, of the value of open communication in MSM relationships and the importance of condom use and other prevention behaviours, such as partner reduction.


  • HIV and STI services: Clinical services for MSM were also supported at government-run clinics as well as at the four drop-in centres run by SHARP's NGO partners. Services included STI diagnosis and treatment, HIV counselling and testing, post-test counselling and support, antiretroviral therapy (ART), and referrals to other services if necessary.

  • Health care worker training: SHARP developed a most-at-risk-population (MARP)-friendly curriculum and trained providers to increase their understanding of MARP-related health issues and expand their capacity to provide responsive care in a supportive and non-stigmatising environment.

  • Support groups: SHARP encouraged CEPEHRG and Maritime to set up support groups for MSM living with HIV.

  • "Text Me! flash Me!" Helpline: In Ghana, if people have charged phones and a minimal amount of call credit, they can receive calls and "flash" others (call and hang up before the recipient of the call picks up). This costs nothing and signals that the caller at the number shown on the phone's screen wants to be contacted. Branded as part of the "It's My Turn" campaign, the Helpline was staffed by employees of implementing partners and by HIV counsellors from government clinics. To prepare them for this new role, SHARP worked with a number of stakeholders to develop a training curriculum and provided ongoing support to the counsellors. The Helpline was designed to function during a set period of time each day, and callers would "flash" the counsellor on call, who could then phone back directly to answer questions, provide support, or share information about where to find services. Users were also able to send text inquiries that generated automated text responses on a variety of basic topics relevant to MSM health and well-being. In turn, the callers' cell numbers were recorded, with care taken to maintain confidentiality and protect their identities. Subsequently, these contacts were sent regular text message reminders about condom use, the need for testing, and the availability of the Helpline to answer questions or provide directions to clinics.
Development Issues: 

HIV/AIDS.

Key Points: 

MSM are, on average, over nine times more vulnerable to infection than the general population. And yet, according to James Robertson, author of the case study "CEPEHRG and Maritime, Ghana: Engaging New Partners and New Technologies to Prevent HIV among Men Who Have Sex with Men", MSM have been neglected in HIV programming in sub-Saharan Africa - frequently ignored in national strategies and hidden in the face of intolerance, stigmatisation, and punitive laws. The media and most prevention programming in the region consistently describe HIV vulnerability in terms of heterosexual risk, and many African MSM do not realise that they too are vulnerable. (Robertson points out that, in discussions with MSM in Ghana, many said that before they received MSM-specific education, they had thought condom use was only necessary during vaginal sex.)

That said, Ghana, which, like its neighbouring states, condemns homosexuality, is distinguished from most countries in sub-Saharan Africa by the level of activity addressing HIV among MSM. Although the Ghanaian government has not publicly embraced these efforts, officials have also not prevented the development of these interventions, despite the legal prohibition of homosexual behaviour.

Partner Text: 

CEPEHRG, Maritime, USAID, AED/SHARP.

Source: 

CEPEHRG and Maritime, Ghana: Engaging New Partners and New Technologies to Prevent HIV among Men Who Have Sex with Men, by James Robertson, January 2010.

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CEPEHRG and Maritime, Ghana: Engaging New Partners and New Technologies to Prevent HIV among Men Who Have Sex with Men

Author: 
James Robertson
Affiliation: 

John Snow, Inc. (JSI)

This 18-page case study provides an instructive example of how to manage some of the challenges of implementing HIV programming for men who have sex with men (MSM) in a socially hostile and politicall

Source: 

Posting from John Nicholson to the CORE Group Child Survival (CS) Community listserv, February 2 2010.

Image credit: James Robertson/JSI

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Freedom of Information (FOI) and Women’s Rights in Africa - A Collection of Case Studies from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa and Zambia

Author: 
Carlyn Hambuba
Rachel Kagoiya
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2009

Published by the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET), this resource book is a collection of case studies from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Zambia. It was produced as part of the Freedom of Information (FOI) and Women’s Rights in Africa Project, a collaboration between FEMNET and the United Nations Educational, Cultural, and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO), which works to strengthen women’s participation in the processes of formulating, enacting, and implementing the of the Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation in Africa.

Cost: 
Free to download
Languages: 

English

Number of Pages: 

106

Source: 

UNESCO website on January 20 2010.

Radio Ada

Broadcasting since 1999, Radio Ada is a community radio station that works to enable marginalised communities and groups in Ghana to: generate and share their knowledge and experience; participate in

Communication Strategies: 

Radio Ada is located in Ada in the Dangme East District, southeastern Ghana and broadcasts to four Dangme-speaking districts which cover a population of approximately 600,000 people of whom 60% are non-literate. The radio staff is comprised of approximately 50 full-time and part-time volunteers, all of whom come from the four Dangme districts.

According to Radio Ada, their approach to broadcasting is participatory and grounded in the needs and identities of the Dangme-speaking audience. The station's programmes are developed and produced with the active participation of people in the respective communities. Radio Ada also uses a broadcasting technique called "narrowcasting" to reach the different occupation-based groups within the four Dangme Districts. The occupation-based groups are comprised of farmers, fishermen, fishmongers who are exclusively women, breadmakers, taxi drivers, and tailors. Each week, a 30-minute radio programme is recorded with the specific occupation-based group and then re-broadcast later in the week. These groups determine the content of their own programmes and act as co-producers. For example, Radio Ada has created opportunities for voice and dialogue amongst fishermen and women fishmongers. The fishmonger programme producer would visit a different fishing community each week, gather together the fishmongers from that community to ask them questions about their fish smoking work, and facilitate a discussion on issues of importance to them. A 30-minute version of the discussion is later broadcast on Radio Ada. The fishmongers are therefore communicating with the men in their community, and men from all communities are listening to the women over the airwaves.

In a bid to involve and ensure a community voice in its operations, Radio Ada has trained about 500 people in various broadcast skills, which include programme recording, producing and delivering the news, marketing, music programming, and programming on conflict prevention.

As part of its programming, Radio Ada also tackled the poor treatment of physically challenged people through the "Advocacy through Radio" project. This was an initiative financed by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), which, according to organisers, contributed significantly to changing attitudes towards the disabled in the communities.

The station also plays a role in conflict resolution in the community. The station gives the community the space and opportunity to talk about burning issues that create conflict and to resolve their problems peacefully. For example, Radio Ada has resolved conflicts over cultural issues between churches and traditional worshippers in the district.

Development Issues: 

Economic Development, Natural Resource Management, Conflict Resolution.

Key Points: 

According to Radio Ada, community radio can play an important role in poverty reduction. Access to voice, information, and knowledge is vital in facilitating poverty reduction and sustainable human development, as voicelessness is a key dimension of poverty and exclusion. For many, Radio Ada is the only source of information; they have no television and more than 50% of the 600,000 in the station's broadcast range are illiterate. Community radio is also being used in the effort to create national functional literacy.

Research suggests that through Radio Ada's advice programmes, husbands and wives in Anyakpor are learning how to communicate and respect each other, which is helping to reduce household quarrelling and abuse. For example, men are learning to share money with their wives and learning how to explain to their wives that they have no money to share with them. They are realising that they should discuss problems with their wives rather than becoming angry and resorting to abuse. Women are learning how to respect their husbands, but also how to offer critical advice or approach them for help.

Contact Information: 
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Source: 

Kit website, All Africa website, and UNESCO website - all accessed on November 20 2009; and "Community Radio in Ghana: The Power of Engagement", by George White - accessed on July 26 2010.

Africa Talks Climate (ATC): Briefs on Climate Change in Africa

Author: 
Miriam Burton
Anna Godfrey
September 1, 2009
Affiliation: 

BBC World Service Trust

"Our climate is changing - the way we talk about it needs to change too."

 

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Emily LeRoux-Rutledge, Anna Godfrey, and Grace Davies to The Communication Initiative on October 1 2009, October 29 2009, and October 30 2009, respectively.

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Stop the Bus! I Want to Get On: Lessons from Campaigns to End Violence Against Women in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Ghana

Author: 
Kathleen Dey
Judith Chiyangwa
Netsy Fekade Odoi
Rachel Carter
Kanwal Ahluwalia
October 1, 2008

This 37-page report offers lessons learned from the "Stop the Bus" campaigns which were run in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Ghana to raise awareness about and contribute to a reduction in violence agai

Source: 

WOMANKIND Worldwide website on October 20 2009 and June 1 2010.

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Strengthening HIV and AIDS Response Partnerships (SHARP)

Initiated in May 2004 and completed in 2009, Strengthening HIV and AIDS Response Partnerships (SHARP) is a 5-year project by Academy for Educational Development (AED) which strived to reduce new HIV i

Communication Strategies: 

The SHARP team worked with the Ghana Health Service and the National AIDS Control Programme, with health planning bodies, and at the district and community levels with multiple traditional and formal sector entities, to achieve the following four goals:

  1. conducting operations research and second-generation surveillance to guide evidence-based HIV programming across the continuum of care;
  2. supporting the establishment and expansion of interventions among most-at-risk groups and in high transmission areas;
  3. strengthening capacities of the national response at all levels; and
  4. maintaining and ensuring HIV/AIDS programme information and results reporting integrated with the Government of Ghana (GOG) programme.


According to the organisers, the SHARP project has:

  • focused its work on over 20,000 female sex workers (FSWs), 8,000 men who have sex with men (MSM), 8,000 non-paying partners (NPPs), and 10,000 people living with HIV (PLHIVs);
  • developed tools, materials, and interventions that support behaviour change and improved access to quality services;
  • facilitated performance-based funding and capacity-building for non-governmental organisation (NGO) implementing partners;
  • developed knowledge management capacity and disseminated tools and best practices to NGOs and government;
  • conducted research, monitoring and evaluation, performance feedback, and supervision activities;
  • initiated and participated in evidence-based lobbying and advocacy for improved policies and programming at the national level; and
  • provided systems strengthening and technical support for sustainable interventions and quality service delivery for NGO implementing partners.

Another project that was part of SHARP initiative is the Text Me! Flash Me! Helpline service which was launched in September 2008. This project used cell phone technology to provide most-at-risk populations in Ghana with HIV and AIDS information, referrals, and counselling services from qualified providers. While the initial pilot reached out to men who have sex with men (MSM) exclusively, it was expanded in February 2009 to include female sex workers (FSW).

The 5-year SHARP programme developed a number of tools and resources for HIV and AIDS prevention, including training manuals, discussion guides, and video clips.

Development Issues: 

HIV/AIDS

Partner Text: 

Academy for Educational Development (AED), Ghana Health Service, United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Contact Information: 
Source: 

AED SHARP website on August 18 2009 (no longer in operation as of November 24 2009); and AED website, November 24 2009.

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This brief documents research on exposure and engagement of citizens of Nepal with BBC Media Action's Department for International Development (DFID)-funded governance project, comprising three media outputs:

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BBC Media Action's Sachay Sawal (True Questions) was a series of four electoral debates broadcast in Pakistan during the May 2013 general elections. "The debates were designed to create an opportunity for ordinary Pakistanis to question political candidates on key issues of concern. BBC Media Action research reflects the appetite of Pakistanis...

This analysis from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) examines Russian aspirations to influence the news media in the former Soviet republics. As stated here: "The objective appears to be to manipulate their media environments in order to promote dependence on Russia and distrust of the West and to help Russia to pursue its...

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Author: Caroline Sugg, January 10 2014       At BBC Media Action we’ve been talking a lot about sustainability and our commitment to supporting change that lasts beyond the lifetime of an individual project.

One of the best ways we can contribute to lasting change is by working with...

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Author: Karen Wespieser, October 29 2013      If you mention Tunisia to most people in the UK, they'd probably think of two very different things: the country which sparked the Arab Spring after protests in December 2010 and a holiday destination for those eager for winter sun. On my visit to the country...

Kenyan Parliament Passes Retrogressive Media Bills

Author: Noelina Nabwire, November 1 2013      October 31, 2013 was a sad day for the media in Kenya. The Kenyan Parliament passed draconian media bills that stifle media freedom and independence and violate the Kenyan Constitution. The passing of the Kenya Information and Communication Bill 2013 and the Media Council...

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Alpha Kamara, October 14 2013      Since the beginning of Charles Taylor’s trial for aiding war crimes during Sierra Leone's civil war, BBC Media Action has supported Sierra Leonean journalists in their reporting of the International Criminal Court proceedings in The Hague. And as the former Liberian...

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Author: Noelina Nabwire, October 28 2013       As many African countries, including Kenya, celebrate their golden jubilee, recent trends have put the state of the continent’s democracy on the spotlight. In particular, current media trends in East Africa are worrying, and indeed, a threat to media freedom.

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Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, crossposted April 22 2014       Since the departure of the Taliban regime in late 2001, experts on Afghanistan have been saying every year has been a critical year for the country. Often for very good reasons. But the significance of 2014 can hardly be exaggerated. Partly it...

"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...

BBC Media Action

This brief documents research on exposure and engagement of citizens of Nepal with BBC Media Action's Department for International Development (DFID)-funded governance project, comprising three media outputs:

BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action's Sachay Sawal (True Questions) was a series of four electoral debates broadcast in Pakistan during the May 2013 general elections. "The debates were designed to create an opportunity for ordinary Pakistanis to question political candidates on key issues of concern. BBC Media Action research reflects the appetite of Pakistanis...

Author Handel N. Mlilo, originally posted December 6 2013, cross-posted January 30 2014:       I feel empty today with Nelson Mandela gone from us. All of us as human beings experience a time or actually several times when we know that a relative or friend is about to leave us but that when it actually happens, the...

This analysis from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) examines Russian aspirations to influence the news media in the former Soviet republics. As stated here: "The objective appears to be to manipulate their media environments in order to promote dependence on Russia and distrust of the West and to help Russia to pursue its...

BBC Media Action

Author: Caroline Sugg, January 10 2014       At BBC Media Action we’ve been talking a lot about sustainability and our commitment to supporting change that lasts beyond the lifetime of an individual project.

One of the best ways we can contribute to lasting change is by working with...

BBC Media Action

Author Jackie Christie, December 13 2013:     With more than 50 episodes under our belt, the team on Kenya’s TV and radio debate show Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks) has the show’s many production tasks down to a fine art. But that doesn’t mean it’s always smooth sailing. Take, for example, the process of inviting...

BBC Media Action

Author: Karen Wespieser, October 29 2013      If you mention Tunisia to most people in the UK, they'd probably think of two very different things: the country which sparked the Arab Spring after protests in December 2010 and a holiday destination for those eager for winter sun. On my visit to the country...

Kenyan Parliament Passes Retrogressive Media Bills

Author: Noelina Nabwire, November 1 2013      October 31, 2013 was a sad day for the media in Kenya. The Kenyan Parliament passed draconian media bills that stifle media freedom and independence and violate the Kenyan Constitution. The passing of the Kenya Information and Communication Bill 2013 and the Media Council...

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"While the debates about the succession of the Millennium Development Goals are being held, the World Press Freedom Day offers the opportunity to highlight free media's central role in fortifying the post-2015 Development Agenda."

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Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, crossposted April 22 2014       Since the departure of the Taliban regime in late 2001, experts on Afghanistan have been saying every year has been a critical year for the country. Often for very good reasons. But the significance of 2014 can hardly be exaggerated. Partly it...

"The impact of free and independent media is empirically testable, supports inclusive governance and upholds the normative mandate of the United Nations system..."

"Is there a link between new digital technologies and good governance? What, if any, are the connections between increasingly digitally equipped populations and political change?... Is it legitimate to talk about 'liberation technology’?"

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This brief documents research on exposure and engagement of citizens of Nepal with BBC Media Action's Department for International Development (DFID)-funded governance project, comprising three media outputs:

BBC Media Action

BBC Media Action's Sachay Sawal (True Questions) was a series of four electoral debates broadcast in Pakistan during the May 2013 general elections. "The debates were designed to create an opportunity for ordinary Pakistanis to question political candidates on key issues of concern. BBC Media Action research reflects the appetite of Pakistanis...

This analysis from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) examines Russian aspirations to influence the news media in the former Soviet republics. As stated here: "The objective appears to be to manipulate their media environments in order to promote dependence on Russia and distrust of the West and to help Russia to pursue its...

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"Media and technology have revolutionized our daily lives, giving more people greater access to information and knowledge. Technology and social media connect...

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Author: Caroline Sugg, January 10 2014       At BBC Media Action we’ve been talking a lot about sustainability and our commitment to supporting change that lasts beyond the lifetime of an individual project.

One of the best ways we can contribute to lasting change is by working with...

BBC Media Action

Author Jackie Christie, December 13 2013:     With more than 50 episodes under our belt, the team on Kenya’s TV and radio debate show Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks) has the show’s many production tasks down to a fine art. But that doesn’t mean it’s always smooth sailing. Take, for example, the process of inviting...

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