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This video animation was created for use in West Africa to help dispel myths about how Ebola is spread, and to prevent infection and further spreading of the disease. The story is based around a teenage boy on a hospital cot in Liberia, who speaks to his parents, brother and sister warning them about the disease and telling them how it can be...

Organised by Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE), this colloquium seeks to interrogate the impact and challenges of Entertainment Education (EE) in South Africa since the advent of democracy twenty years ago.

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

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Organised by Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies and the Centre for AIDS Development, Research and Evaluation (CADRE), this colloquium seeks to interrogate the impact and challenges of Entertainment Education (EE) in South Africa since the advent of democracy twenty years ago.

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

Ubongo Kids is a Tanzanian edu-cartoon series, designed to help children "discover the joys of math through fun, local stories, and songs". Produced by Ubongo, a social enterprise based in Tanzania, the show premiered in January 2014 on national television and can also be viewed online. Live interaction is also made possible through a text...

Produced by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, the twelfth series of the edutainment drama series "Soul City" premiered in July 2014. Comprising 26 half-hour episodes, the series is based around a community clinic in a fictional township in South Africa and deals with the challenges and triumphs of the clinic...

Published online and in print by Development Media Consulting, the Journal of Development and Communications Studies (JDCS) is an academic, peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to research exploring linkages between communication and human development. According to the publication, the core goal of the JDCS "is to make available to...

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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,...

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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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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From September 2014 to February 2016, Radio Okapi will broadcast the Vivra Verra (Time Will Tell) radio drama in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Produced in collaboration with Population Media Centre, the 156-episode radio serial drama is broadcast twice weekly in French to address issues such as maternal and child health, child...

Launched in January 2014, Aiisseee! (I Say!) is a radio-based game show in Tanzania designed to improve couple communication and promote couple connectedness by giving contestants and listeners the chance to discuss serious relationship issues in a humorous way. Topics covered include issues relating to sexual networks, HIV counselling and...

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Agashi (meaning "Hey! Look again!") is a Burundian 208-episode radio drama that addresses a variety of health and development issues including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and family planning, education and women’s empowerment, and entrepreneurship.

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

Produced by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, the twelfth series of the edutainment drama series "Soul City" premiered in July 2014. Comprising 26 half-hour episodes, the series is based around a community clinic in a fictional township in South Africa and deals with the challenges and triumphs of the clinic...

Launched in November 2013, Tafigawalo (Working Towards Change) is a 78-episode serial radio drama designed to raise awareness and dialogue around HIV/AIDS, adolescent reproductive health, girls’ education, and gender-based violence in Nigeria. It was produced by Population Media Center (PMC), with support from the MacArthur Foundation, Ford...

Published online and in print by Development Media Consulting, the Journal of Development and Communications Studies (JDCS) is an academic, peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to research exploring linkages between communication and human development. According to the publication, the core goal of the JDCS "is to make available to...

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...

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Launched in January 2013, the Let’s Speak Out project is working with young women in Liberia to tell their stories about sexual violence and issues related to sexual and reproductive health. Using participatory photography, music, a celebrity ambassador, community mobilisation, and print materials, the project is designed to support and empower...

Launched in March 2014, Réseaux ("Networks" in English) was a six-episode Ivorian television drama series designed to help promote safer sexual behaviours among sexually active young girls, and adult married men and women. The story follows the lives and relationships of three middle class family fathers in their 40s, and seeks to show how...

Published by Alliances for Africa (AfA), this comic aims to raise awareness about the link between the economy and violence against women and girls, and advocate for gender equality and women’s human rights.

Published online and in print by Development Media Consulting, the Journal of Development and Communications Studies (JDCS) is an academic, peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to research exploring linkages between communication and human development. According to the publication, the core goal of the JDCS "is to make available to...

The book, The Bravest Boy I Know, is about two friends, Kendi, who is living with HIV, and Kayla. The story is set in Africa and is a tale of how the two friends deal with HIV in a positive way. Illustrated by artist, Sujean Rim, the book conveys the message that by taking medicine children living with HIV can live active and healthy lives...

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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Launched in 2012, Agent Zee is a comic and social media project that engages students with information, insights, and inspiration to navigate the world of science and technology in Africa, particularly focusing on encouraging women in science. The project centres on the character Agent Zee, "a science diva and Bachelor of Science student who is...

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This 56-page document reports on an evaluation of the impact of a mass media behaviour change communication (BCC) campaign in Mozambique that focused on integrating a strategy to reduce multiple sex partnerships (MSP) and concurrent partnerships (CP) into existing HIV prevention programmes that have already increased condom use and HIV testing...

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The Everyday Heroes Comic Book campaign was launched in 2012 as part of a victim empowerment programme initiated by the South African government to respond to the growing needs of victims of crime and violence. Jive Media Africa designed and implemented the campaign, which highlights the role of communities in supporting victims of crime and...

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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Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Ubongo Kids is a Tanzanian edu-cartoon series, designed to help children "discover the joys of math through fun, local stories, and songs". Produced by Ubongo, a social enterprise based in Tanzania, the show premiered in January 2014 on national television and can also be viewed online. Live interaction is also made possible through a text...

Published online and in print by Development Media Consulting, the Journal of Development and Communications Studies (JDCS) is an academic, peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to research exploring linkages between communication and human development. According to the publication, the core goal of the JDCS "is to make available to...

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Launched in April 2014 by Future Agricultures and the University of Sussex, African Farmer is a free, open source online game that "simulates the complex decisions and uncertainties faced by small-scale farmers living in Sub-Saharan Africa." It is designed to engage students, development practitioners, and anyone interested in the challenges...

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Launched in 2012, Agent Zee is a comic and social media project that engages students with information, insights, and inspiration to navigate the world of science and technology in Africa, particularly focusing on encouraging women in science. The project centres on the character Agent Zee, "a science diva and Bachelor of Science student who is...

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Launched in June 2013, some of the world’s leading musicians have partnered with the International Labour Organization (ILO) International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) in an appeal to end child labour. The initiative includes a global concert series, a musician’s manifesto, and the development of a module on music...

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2014 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Award is to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals/organisations in the field of strategic...
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Launched in October 2013, Savings Matters is a radio drama series broadcast across a number of community radio stations urging South Africans not to forget the importance of saving and to plan properly for their financial future. The radio programme combines drama, storytelling, and talk radio, to teach and explain various issues around the...

Centre for Communication and Social Change Awards 2014

The Centre for Communication and Social Change is looking for outstanding and innovative individuals and organisations using communication and information and communication technology (ICTs) in communities to create meaningful change and facilitate social, economic, and technological development. The Award exists to recognise 'unsung heroes'...

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Launched in 2013, Wired For Sound is a project involving a mobile studio that will travel through five of Mozambique's northern provinces to work with local musicians and give marginalised youth an opportunity to openly discuss their rights and other critical issues – both locally via community radio stations and internationally via social and...

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Democracy and Governance

This video looks at Search for Common Ground's participatory theatre model which is being used in war-torn eastern DR Congo to deal with the effects of the violent conflict that has torn communities apart.

Published online and in print by Development Media Consulting, the Journal of Development and Communications Studies (JDCS) is an academic, peer-reviewed journal that is dedicated to research exploring linkages between communication and human development. According to the publication, the core goal of the JDCS "is to make available to...

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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Dukan Karshe, which roughly means "the last straw" in the Hausa language, was a nine-part radio series broadcast in 11 northern states of Nigeria between March 25 and May 4 2013 to guide young Nigerians on how the political process works and how to push for reforms. The series was intended to encourage political participation by women and youth...

I Voted, Now What - Film Project

Released in 2012, “Aftercount, I Vote Wetin?” or “I Voted, Now What?” is a civic education film encouraging young Nigerians to stay involved in the political process between elections. Produced by the Youngstars Foundation, with support from the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the drama is accompanied by a handbook, which is intended to...

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Launched in 2013, Wired For Sound is a project involving a mobile studio that will travel through five of Mozambique's northern provinces to work with local musicians and give marginalised youth an opportunity to openly discuss their rights and other critical issues – both locally via community radio stations and internationally via social and...

This video looks at the work of UNICEF partners in Mozambique who engage in communication through: mobile cinema, theater, inter-personal communication, radio and television, and peer education.

"Poor and marginalised people need to have their voices heard, because change can happen when they're listened to."

According to this animated video from Panos London, information and communication play an essential role in development. The key message is that sustainable development demands that people participate in the...

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This evaluation survey was designed to measure the impact of L’Equipe (The Team) on the knowledge, attitude, and behavior of a cross-section of the Ivorian society on the themes presented in the drama related to overcoming ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic divisions. According to the evaluation, the survey results regarding the effectiveness...

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This 24-page evaluation report shares findings of an assessment of Bana Dukine, a computer game designed to teach conflict resolution skills and create a space for Rwandan students to practice these skills. The game was designed through a partnership between Serious Games Interactive, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), and the Rwandan Ministry of...

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