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246 2014-11-24 Soul City: Celebrating 20 Years of Communicating for Social Change
245 2014-10-20 The Soul Beat 245 - Communicating for Improved Agriculture in Africa
244 2014-09-22 The Soul Beat 244 - Protecting Girls from Child Marriage and FGM in Africa
243 2014-08-25 The Soul Beat 243 - Communication and Change News and Issues
242 2014-07-22 The Soul Beat 242 - Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Southern Africa
241 2014-06-25 The Soul Beat 241 - ICTS for Development in Africa
240 2014-05-12 The Soul Beat 240 - Participatory Video and Photography in Africa
239 2014-04-22 The Soul Beat 239 - Communicating for Malaria Prevention and Control in Africa
238 2014-03-25 The Soul Beat 238 - Social and Behaviour Change Communication and Health in Africa
237 2014-02-26 The Soul Beat 237 - Communication and Change News and Issues
236 2014-02-12 The Soul Beat 236 - Celebrating World Radio Day
235 2014-01-28 The Soul Beat 235 - Communicating for Education in Africa
234 2013-12-10 The Soul Beat 234 - Soul City: Communicating for Health and Development
233 2013-11-26 The Soul Beat 233 - Promoting Healthy Border and Migrant Populations
232 2013-11-13 The Soul Beat 232 - Communication to Address Gender-based Violence
231 2013-10-23 The Soul Beat 231 - Communication and Change News and Issues
230 2013-10-08 The Soul Beat 230 - Communicating About Climate Change
229 2013-09-25 The Soul Beat 229 - Soul Beat Africa Turns 10
228 2013-09-12 The Soul Beat 228 - Sex Worker Health and Rights
227 2013-08-28 The Soul Beat 227 - Media for Development - Resources for Journalists
226 2013-08-21 The Soul Beat 226 - Communication and Media for Agriculture
225 2013-07-24 The Soul Beat 225 - Television Supporting Social Change in Africa
224 2013-07-10 The Soul Beat 224 - Communication and Change News and Issues
223 2013-06-26 The Soul Beat 223 - Maternal Health and Communication
222 2013-06-12 The Soul Beat 222 - Social Media for Social Change
221 2013-05-23 The Soul Beat 221 - Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Youth in Africa
220 2013-05-08 The Soul Beat 220 - Libraries for Development in Africa
219 2013-04-24 The Soul Beat 219 - Malaria and Communication in Africa
218 2013-04-10 The Soul Beat 218 - Communication and Change News and Issues
217 2013-03-27 The Soul Beat 217 - Disability and Communication in Africa
216 2013-03-13 The Soul Beat 216 - Communication for Tuberculosis Prevention and Treatment
214 2013-02-13 The Soul Beat 214 - Radio for Development
213 2013-01-23 The Soul Beat 213 - Communicating about Family Planning
212 2013-01-09 The Soul Beat 212 - Games for Social Change
211 2012-12-12 The Soul Beat 211- Communication and Change News and Issues
210 2012-11-28 The Soul Beat 210 - Children and HIV/AIDS in Africa
209 2012-11-14 The Soul Beat 209 - Eliminating Gender-based Violence in Africa
208 2012-10-24 The Soul Beat 208 - Communication and Change News and Issues
207 2012-10-10 The Soul Beat 207 - Climate Change and Communication in Africa
206 2012-09-26 The Soul Beat 206 - Non-Communicable Diseases in Africa
205 2012-09-12 The Soul Beat 205 - Communicating for Peace in Africa
204 2012-08-22 The Soul Beat 204 - Monitoring and Evaluation Methodologies and Tools
203 2012-08-08 The Soul Beat 203- Communicating for Food Security
202 2012-07-25 The Soul Beat 202 - Communication and Change News and Issues
201 2012-07-11 The Soul Beat 201 – ICTS for Development in Africa
200 2012-06-26 The Soul Beat 200 - Promoting Education in Africa
199 2012-06-14 The Soul Beat 199 - The Role of the Media in Promoting Democracy and Governance
198 2012-05-23 The Soul Beat 198 - Communicating through Art and Music
197 2012-05-10 The Soul Beat 197 - Advocacy and Social Change
196 2012-04-25 The Soul Beat 196 - Communication and Change News and Issues

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A collective of African musicians have come together to record a song to help raise awareness about Ebola in Africa. This song, entitled "Africa Stop Ebola", is a message to citizens about what they can do to help stop the spread of Ebola in Africa. The lyrics include messages of caution and comfort, warning people not to touch the bodies of...

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...

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...

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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...

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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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...

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...

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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...

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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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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