Author: James Deane, May 12 2014 The World Press Freedom Day conference took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris earlier this week. Its theme - media freedom and the post 2015 development framework - added important heft to efforts to get these issues into the final declaration that will be agreed by the UN next September.
Author: Kirsty Cockburn, May 9 2014 I'm just back from Burma, also known as Myanmar, where I met the team who put together radio show Lin Lat Kyair Sin (Bright Young Stars). Designed for a new era in the country, it offers an unprecedented opportunity for young people to exchange ideas and talk to each other.
Author: James Deane, May 8 2014 This year's World Press Freedom Day celebrations will focus on whether issues of media freedom can realistically be integrated into the post-2015 framework that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals. Unesco [the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] hosts a conference on the issue on May 4th and 5th in Paris.
Authors: David Patient and Neil Orr, May 8 2014 On the 1st April, 2014, The South African (SA) National HIV Prevalence, Incidence and Behaviour Survey, 2012 was released.
Not only has the incidence of HIV increased in SA since the last survey; the rate at which prevalence is increasing is also going up. So clearly, when it comes to our prevention programs, they are simply not working...at least that is what the evidence suggests.
Author: Elias M. Banda, May 9 2014 The advancement in mobile phone technologies has brought about unlimited opportunities for seeking, storing and sharing of information.
Ten years ago, mobile phones appeared to be a preserve for a select few, mostly urban based. But the number has been rapidly growing. According to the Zambia Information and Communication Technology Authority (ZICTA), the number of mobile phone users grew from 413,120 in 2004 to 10,542,676 in 2012.
Authors: David Patient and Neil Orr, May 9 2014 Empowerment Concepts
No doubt you have seen or heard about the massive public drive to get men circumcised? If you haven’t, it’s referred to as Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC), and government and numerous international agencies are either implementing it or advocating for it.
Author: Jackie Christie, May 2 2014 The editorial team of our TV and radio debate show Sema Kenya - which returns for its third season this Sunday - have to be some of the luckiest programme makers in Kenya.
Author: Keris Raisanen, crossposted April 29 2014 Most of the time when we think about representing numbers in a visual way, we think about things like bar graphs and pie charts. These can be great tools for displaying development indicators, but recent software advancements have created a wealth of additional resources and tips for presenting data in ways that are both visually appealing and easy to understand. This field is called 'data visualization', and is loosely defined as the creation and study of the visual representation of data.
I am deeply dissatisfied with the current state of public discourse about the role of media in international development. It appears to be dominated by 'techno-utopian' narratives which celebrate the apparent capacity of the media to directly deliver 'positive' benefits to communities.