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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...

Pact Overview: 

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build...

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Television

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...

Launched in October 2014, the Pregnancy with Dignity Campaign is designed to support the Campaign of Accelerated Reduction in Maternal and Child Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) by advocating for policy interventions and actions to ensure the safety of pregnant women and their babies through pregnancy and childbirth in South Africa.

This 7-page executive summary shares the findings of a qualitative evaluation of the first series of Intersexions, a 26-part South African entertainment-education television drama series to communicate health- and HIV-related messages, with a focus on sexual networks. This report presents qualitative research findings about audience responses...

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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Radio

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...

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...

This 19-page peer reviewed case study, which appeared in the Cases in Public Health Communication and Marketing Journal, discusses the impact of the Tisankhenji radio programme, which was designed to prevent HIV among young people in Malawi, especially girls age 10 to 14, by increasing self-efficacy, encouraging open discussion, promoting...

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...

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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...

Launched in October 2014, the Pregnancy with Dignity Campaign is designed to support the Campaign of Accelerated Reduction in Maternal and Child Mortality in Africa (CARMMA) by advocating for policy interventions and actions to ensure the safety of pregnant women and their babies through pregnancy and childbirth in South Africa.

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...

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Digital

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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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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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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