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March 3, 2003



1. Peace Talks - Nigeria

Implemented in the Niger Delta region in 2001, Peace Talks is a radio programme to raise public awareness about peace-related issues. Peace Talks broadcasts discussions about current issues related to conflict and crisis in the region. These discussions, which take place between listeners and experts every Friday morning, also focus on strategies for seeking peace, democracy, and sustainable development. Listeners are encouraged to ask questions and make suggestions via telephone and letters. The discussions are taped to be used as future training materials.

Contact Christian Akani

2. Nepal Education Project - Nepal

Aims to improve Nepal's primary education by establishing a sustainable teacher education system for primary education. Under the project, 32,000 primary school teachers - or the nearly 40 percent of those who have received no training - will undergo basic training. Another 41,000 teachers will receive additional training through distance learning. 34,000 teachers will receive an interactive package that focuses on classroom teaching.

Contact Sukhdeep Brar

3. Community Participation to Improve Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health - Burkina Faso

In 1998, the Pacific Institute for Women's Health (PIWH) began collaborating with Advocates for Youth and Mwangaza Action on a 4-year project to improve the health seeking behaviours of rural youth in 3 rural communities in Burkina Faso: Bittou, Pama, and Léo. With a focus on building the capacity of youth associations to provide reproductive and sexual health information and services to youth, the programme seeks the community's active involvement in identifying and prioritising community needs as well as in designing and initiating interventions. Research revealed 4 priority areas: HIV/AIDS and STIs; contraception; female genital mutilation (or excision); and parent-child communication. Strategies included: peer education, IEC (Information, Education and Communication) through the use of folk and modern media, parent-child communication and training of health educators in the provision of youth-friendly services.

Contact Muadi Mukenge

4. Documenting Traditional Knowledge in Yunnan - China

The Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (YAAS) is working to assist farmers with documenting their traditional agricultural knowledge in their own language. The goal is to help these farmers become economically autonomous within their communities; ultimately, farmers will hopefully discover, develop, and improve the market value of their local produce. Simple Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools such as a tape recorder are used. Programmes produced are broadcast on the radio.

Contact Dai Luyuan

5. Central American Communication Initiative for Sustainable Development (ICCADES) - Central America

A collaborative effort among organisations from several countries to develop a democratic, inclusive communication model in the San Juan River Basin. ICCADES functions as a regional network to bring together individuals, communication centres, and media organisations. In operation since 1998, the programme works to support the participation of civil society on the local level in the effort to enable communities to implement their own strategies of sustainable development.

Contact Luz Marina Rizo A.

6. Reznet - United States

An online newspaper aimed at facilitating the entrance of Native Americans into the profession of journalism and at providing a newspaper to tribal colleges that do not have one. Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) project organisers also hope that the newspaper will become a place for Native students to gather on the internet. The chief editor of the publication teaches student journalists from a distance via email. Of the 56,000 journalists working at daily newspapers in the US, only about 300 are Native Americans, according to a recent survey by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. (NAJA believes that number is inflated and there are actually only about 100.)

Contact Denny McAuliffe

7. Community Documentation of Indigenous Knowledge - Kenya

A 2-year project to conserve the diversity of Kitete - a bottle gourd that is found in virtually every aspect of the Kamba people's traditional and cultural life - and its associated indigenous knowledge. Involves the collection and sharing of knowledge about the Kitete. Community resource people were identified and invited to train women at a 6-day seminar so that they, in turn, could train other community groups to carry out the project in their respective areas. Kitete knowledge, experience, and collections are shared among the Kyanika Adult Women Group (KAWG) members and persons in the community through a resource centre in the Kyanika village. Other activities include storytelling by elders; sharing myths, songs, dances, riddles, poems, and drama; listening to taped materials, looking at photographs, watching videos, and reading written reports (in the local Kikamba language); and displaying materials at seed/fruit fairs and Indigenous Knowledge competitions.

Contact Yasuyuki Morimoto


NEW Pulse Poll

Has the word "AIDS", with the help of communicators, become too associated with stigma and finality? Does the all-encompassing term HIV convey hope and possibility? With fewer people developing the clinical manifestations of AIDS, will the word "AIDS" still be adequate for care efforts? Isn't the existence of two words an unnecessary complication? Shouldn't we refocus on preventing the virus transmission? All of which leads to the following question...

Do you agree that communicators should increasingly make reference to HIV instead of AIDS or HIV/AIDS in their work?

[Poll submitted by Paulo Lyra, Advisor on Social Communication/HIV-AIDS/STI, Pan American Health Organization/WHO]


RESULTS from our most recent poll:

Mass media campaigns have to be linked to communities and local community action to be effective.

Total # of respondents: 78

85.90 % Agree

7.69 % Disagree

6.41 % Unsure



8. Anti-Trafficking Programmes in South Asia: Appropriate Activities, Indicators and Evaluation Methodologies - Summary Report of a Technical Consultative Meeting Sept 11-13, 2001, Kathmandu, Nepal

by Dale Huntington

The overall goals for the technical consultative meeting were to increase awareness about the intersection of trafficking and development programmes in South Asia, mobilise resources to prevent the occurrence of trafficking, and ensure the reintegration of trafficked persons, all within a context that protects individuals' human rights.

9. Is it Possible to Tell People About Child Sexual Abuse in One Minute?

by Deepa Grover

Details the process of developing a 1-minute television commercial on the subject of child sexual abuse for a South Asian audience. "In this article we share our fears and concerns in addressing this task as well as how we rose to the challenge. We describe the detail and rigor that was required to do a job...and how in the process we evolved as social communicators. To our knowledge no communication agency before us had been recruited to execute such a task - least of all in South Asia. There was no road map; there were no signposts...."

10. Letter to Aunt Ofelia: Seven Proposals for Human Development Using New Information and Communication Technologies

by Ricardo Gómez & Benjamín Casadiego

The proposals are intended as a contribution to the ongoing debate over the use of new technologies for human development, which is understood here to mean promoting democracy with social justice, economic prosperity with equity, and realisation of the full human potential. Available in English, French & Spanish.

11. Local Health Content in Nigeria Blends Tradition and Science

by John Dada

"In recent years, the Fantsuam Foundation has worked with rural women to try to understand various traditional healthcare practices and, where appropriate, to introduce 'best practice' and safer techniques. The project recognises the role of traditional medicine, especially in communities where it is the only healthcare available. It also recognises the often-ignored strategic roles of women as primary caregivers in these communities...."


12. The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media's Effect on Our Children

By James P. Steyer

Explores the effects of television, video games, and the Internet on today's kids. Deals with the media's presence in children's lives, a presence that the author claims impacts children's relationships with commercialism, consumerism, violence, and sexuality. Offers concrete solutions to the problems that the media can cause in kids' lives, focussing not only on the role of parents in children's development but also on the ethical responsibility of those who produce kid-targeted entertainment.

13. Communication for Development Publications CD-Rom from the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO)

Contains publications from the FAO Communication for Development Group. Covers a wide range of searchable topics related to communication for development in many countries. Publications are in English, French and Spanish.

14. Manual of Psychosocial Support

Reflects growing awareness of the psychological impact on children whose parents are dying or have died from AIDS. The concern is that ignoring the psychosocial problems that these orphans suffer will result in many of them becoming homeless. The manual is designed to address this problem by training teachers in schools and day care centres and members of local NGOs to counsel orphans and children of dying parents.


15. IAT Newsletter Update - published on a semimonthly basis by the International AIDS Trust. By tracking key developments in the global AIDS arena, as they take place in the United States government, the public sphere, and the developing world, the Newsletter seeks to inform, educate, and galvanise the public and decision makers alike to take action against the epidemic.

Contact David Haroz

16. CHIN (Communication for Health India Network) News - published 3 times a year, CHIN is a network of advocacy organisations whose mission is strengthening the voices of vulnerable groups in India with a concern for poverty and health issues and developing relevant communication approaches.

Contact Ms.Chitra Iyer

17. AgBioIndia - an effort to bridge the gap in the understanding of the politics of food. The Forum for Biotechnology & Food Security believes this mailing list will create wider awareness & understanding of the complexities of the crisis facing Indian agriculture & food security.

Contact Devinder Sharma


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