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This 143-page report discusses findings from a survey to evaluate health behaviour change communication interventions supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda, under the AFFORD/Uganda Health Marketing Group together with other implementing partners in Uganda. The survey particularly focused on...

Launched in 2014, Mpa, Mpa Nkuwe (Give Me and I Will Give You) is a communications programme in Uganda to share conservation and development messages through alternative media, such as talk shows, music videos, and comic strips. The first activity in the programme was the production of Imagine Bwindi, a music and video project to celebrate the...

Launched in April 2013, Le Journal Rappé is a weekly Senegalese video show in which two rappers (Cheikh 'Keyti' Sene and Makhtar 'Xuman' Fall) present the news in a rhyming rap format. Created to provide an alternative source of media, particularly for young people in Senegal, the series is designed to offer the news in a different format while...

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This 143-page report discusses findings from a survey to evaluate health behaviour change communication interventions supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda, under the AFFORD/Uganda Health Marketing Group together with other implementing partners in Uganda. The survey particularly focused on...

Launched in April 2013, Le Journal Rappé is a weekly Senegalese video show in which two rappers (Cheikh 'Keyti' Sene and Makhtar 'Xuman' Fall) present the news in a rhyming rap format. Created to provide an alternative source of media, particularly for young people in Senegal, the series is designed to offer the news in a different format while...

Participants in post-broadcast focus groups reported "...that the drama series brought about a new level of consciousness about their personal risk to HIV, in part due to an increased sense of awareness or even suspicion of their sexual partners..." and that the series "sparked a considerable degree of meaningful self-reported behaviour...

"4Play: Sex Tips for Girls was a television drama that brought a rare touch of glamour and a distinctly feminine sensibility to the HIV communication genre in South Africa. 4Play also confronted the fact that – in the absence of a widely available female-initiated and controlled HIV prevention method – the key to protection for women lies in...

How Fo Do? was a ten-week television drama that sought to contribute to and promote meaningful participation in the 2015 election process in Nigeria. The objective of the drama was to educate eligible voters on their voting rights, the voting process, and the need to participate in the election process, and to encourage peaceful co-existence...

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals/organisations in the field of...

This 83-page report discusses a study to assess the impact of the Shamba Shape Up (SSU) television edutainment programme on small-scale agriculture in Kenya and to research how the programme influences farmers' activities. Led by the University of Reading (United Kingdom), the evaluation study was commissioned by the Africa Enterprise Challenge...

This 4-page case study shares the experience of Ghana's Aha Ye De (Twi for "It's Good Here [under the net]") campaign in keeping net use messages fresh and relevant over a 3-year campaign. The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) project, a four-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the...

Launched in October 2014, Newman Street is an entertainment-education television series in Nigeria promoting family planning and malaria-prevention practices. Set in a vibrant urban slum in Nigeria, the story is a "tale of the quest for fame, love and, acceptance" and how far people will go to accomplish these. Newman Street is a collaboration...

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Radio

This 143-page report discusses findings from a survey to evaluate health behaviour change communication interventions supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda, under the AFFORD/Uganda Health Marketing Group together with other implementing partners in Uganda. The survey particularly focused on...

"People who listened to a radio drama and magazine programme about child health and nutrition in Somaliland knew more than non-listeners about how to prevent and treat children’s illnesses, and practised what they learned."

Broadcasting from February 2015 to October 2016, Elembo is a 156-part serial radio drama that uses entertainment education to address issues such as adolescent reproductive health, child and maternal health, refugees, and deforestation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Elembo (meaning "Footprint") airs in Lingala, one of the four...

To help encourage better nutrition, hygiene, and health in Somalia, BBC Media Action implemented a radio-based media and communication project from 2011 to 2013. The radio programme, Tiraarka Qoyska (Pillars of the Family), included a drama called Dareemo (meaning "hay") followed by a studio-based on-air discussion where listeners could quiz...

Author: Angela Githitho Muriithi, April 13 2015  - In a crowded, dusty camp for displaced people in Somalia, Ibrahim and Raho are doing their best to raise two children. When their baby falls ill with diarrhoea, traditional birth attendant Raho treats her with the cures handed down over generations, refusing modern oral rehydration...

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals/organisations in the field of...

Black Gold (Ouro Negro) is a serial radio drama in Mozambique designed to raise awareness around improving children's health and development. The drama, which is being broadcast nationally in 2015, uses an entertainment-education approach to promote and disseminate the Facts for Life information developed by the United Nations Children's...

This 4-page case study shares the experience of Ghana's Aha Ye De (Twi for "It's Good Here [under the net]") campaign in keeping net use messages fresh and relevant over a 3-year campaign. The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) project, a four-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the...

Launched in December 2014, the I Survived Ebola campaign is using personal stories and experiences told by Ebola survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea "to inform, protect, and spread hope" while also countering stigma and discrimination. The stories are being documented and shared in video, audio, and print formats, and disseminated...

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This 143-page report discusses findings from a survey to evaluate health behaviour change communication interventions supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Uganda, under the AFFORD/Uganda Health Marketing Group together with other implementing partners in Uganda. The survey particularly focused on...

Launched in 2014, Mpa, Mpa Nkuwe (Give Me and I Will Give You) is a communications programme in Uganda to share conservation and development messages through alternative media, such as talk shows, music videos, and comic strips. The first activity in the programme was the production of Imagine Bwindi, a music and video project to celebrate the...

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals/organisations in the field of...

This 83-page report discusses a study to assess the impact of the Shamba Shape Up (SSU) television edutainment programme on small-scale agriculture in Kenya and to research how the programme influences farmers' activities. Led by the University of Reading (United Kingdom), the evaluation study was commissioned by the Africa Enterprise Challenge...

Inside Story is a 98-minute African film that tells the story of the science of HIV transmission by combining the story of a rising soccer star with an animated journey of HIV infection through the human body.

This 4-page case study shares the experience of Ghana's Aha Ye De (Twi for "It's Good Here [under the net]") campaign in keeping net use messages fresh and relevant over a 3-year campaign. The Ghana Behavior Change Support (BCS) project, a four-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by the...

Launched in December 2014, the I Survived Ebola campaign is using personal stories and experiences told by Ebola survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea "to inform, protect, and spread hope" while also countering stigma and discrimination. The stories are being documented and shared in video, audio, and print formats, and disseminated...

In August 2014, a group of youth aged 16 to 21 participated in a comic drawing workshop in the Northern Region of Ghana. During the workshop, Ebola emerged as a priority issue, and the young people, guided by facilitators, created comic strip stories around various aspects of the disease. The resulting booklet is being distributed to help raise...

This graphic story is the first in a planned series covering various aspects of prevention and treatment of Ebola in Liberia. Published by International Organization for Migration (IOM) Liberia, this graphic story was created in order to raise awareness about preventing Ebola and seeking early care when Ebola is suspected. The tool is being...

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Launched in 2014, Mpa, Mpa Nkuwe (Give Me and I Will Give You) is a communications programme in Uganda to share conservation and development messages through alternative media, such as talk shows, music videos, and comic strips. The first activity in the programme was the production of Imagine Bwindi, a music and video project to celebrate the...

Launched in April 2013, Le Journal Rappé is a weekly Senegalese video show in which two rappers (Cheikh 'Keyti' Sene and Makhtar 'Xuman' Fall) present the news in a rhyming rap format. Created to provide an alternative source of media, particularly for young people in Senegal, the series is designed to offer the news in a different format while...

The African Network for Strategic Communication in Health and Development (AfriComNet) invites entries for the 2015 annual Awards for Excellence in Health Communication in Africa. The purpose of the AfriComNet Awards are to:

  • recognise outstanding contributions made by individuals/organisations in the field of...

Launched in December 2014, the I Survived Ebola campaign is using personal stories and experiences told by Ebola survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea "to inform, protect, and spread hope" while also countering stigma and discrimination. The stories are being documented and shared in video, audio, and print formats, and disseminated...

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 and science 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. In partnership with Edume, Ubongo have...

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...

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Democracy and Governance

Launched in April 2013, Le Journal Rappé is a weekly Senegalese video show in which two rappers (Cheikh 'Keyti' Sene and Makhtar 'Xuman' Fall) present the news in a rhyming rap format. Created to provide an alternative source of media, particularly for young people in Senegal, the series is designed to offer the news in a different format while...

How Fo Do? was a ten-week television drama that sought to contribute to and promote meaningful participation in the 2015 election process in Nigeria. The objective of the drama was to educate eligible voters on their voting rights, the voting process, and the need to participate in the election process, and to encourage peaceful co-existence...

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...

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