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September 6, 1999


1. Radio Show for Adolescents - Uganda - launched by Straight Talk Foundation and broadcast in English on 2 Kampala FM stations, the 22 min. show contains youth interviews, panel discussions, songs, sweepers, advice from experts, a quiz question, interviews with interesting teens and young adults. Topics include: right age to have sex; girls' right to say "no"; changing behaviour; conflicts with parents; and pressures on boys to have sex. Local language shows, to be broadcast Sept. 1999, will target out-of-school youth who do not speak English and address issues of HIV prevention. Contact Cathy Watson

2. Community Mobilization Project to Eradicate Female Genital Mutilation - Kenya - PATH and Population Action International (PAI) are working with Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organization (MYWO) to develop community-based programmes to reduce the incidence of FGM. District-level teams are designing and implementing communication programmes to increase awareness of the harmful effects of FGM and to promote alternative rituals that retain the cultural significance of the practice while eliminating the physical and emotional trauma. Path website. Contact Elaine Murphy

3. "Rahi Mathwale" - India - a 1 hour radio programme for truck drivers was broadcast from July 1998 - Jan. 1999 by the All India Radio Bhopal in association with the Madhya Pradesh AIDS control organisation India. Broadcast on 19 radio stations, it included Hindi film songs to draw in the audience, messages on AIDS, live interviews with drivers, interviews with the medical community, and interviews with truckers' families. Contact Dr. R. Sreedher

4. The Foundation for Independent Radio Broadcasting (FNR) - Russia - was set up by BBC MPM in April 1999. Its weekly "Environmentally Friendly Magazine" is broadcast on national and regional radio stations and was originally funded by the TACIS Environmental Awareness Programme for CIS. It won the Best Radio Programme nomination at the 3rd "Ecology Russia - 98" Russian Journalism Competition. FNR website. Contact

5. "Youth Whispers" - Egypt - a 20 min. TV programme on youth issues has been developed by UNICEF and the Egyptian AIDS Society and broadcast weekly on Alexandria's Channel 5. Aims to promote young people to identify and voice views on issues of concern for them and to increase community awareness of issues of concern for adolescence and youth and to make sure they are better informed and better equipped. Includes interviews, live tapings of youth and parent focus groups, and quiz questions promoting change in behaviour which offer a prize for the correct answer. Contact Ibrahim El-Kerdany

6. Health Information Waystations - Global - With input from WHO, World Bank, and the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications/ICSU, development has begun on a 5 yr project to upgrade 1,000 existing health information resource centers throughout the developing world into digitally-enabled Information Waystations (IWs). Project would supply computer, CD-ROM drive, databases, modem, global satellite telephone & Internet link, and includes training, maintenance, technical support and development of individual sustainabilility for each IW. Contact Chris Zielinski

7. Investments in New Media for Development - USA - The Markle Foundation has given a $50,000 grant for the Internation Rescue Committee to develop and implement 1) Child Connect, a software-based programme to reconnect refugee children with their parents, and 2) Kosovar Family Finder, using database technology to provide refugees with location information of displaced persons. Markle website. Contact Julia Moffett


8. Voices of Youth has a "Rights Referendum" online - Click here. They are also initiating a new discussion forum for young people - click here - where youth can test their knowledge of HIV/AIDS (medical knowledge as well as the socioeconomic realities of the pandemic) by taking the quiz on HIV/AIDS. Both sites available in English, Spanish and French.

9. The Panos Institute - Dakar Antenna has added to the Media for a Democratic West Africa site. The photo gallery is online:
click here for English

click here for French

10. Radio for Development (RfD) is a media consultancy specialising in the design and implementation of public education campaigns in the developing world. Website.

11. The Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families is a national United States resource center for journalists who cover children and family issues. Mission is to enhance reporting about the issues and institutions affecting disadvantaged children and their families and to increase public awareness about the concerns facing at-risk children.

12. The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) continues online discussions surrounding the African Development Forum 1999 (ADF'99 - Challenges to Africa of Globalisation and the Information Age). Click here for discussions. Hosted by Bellanet, it began 1 June 1999 and will continue until the start of ADF'99, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 25-28 Oct. 1999. Summaries of posted messages are archived to: click here for archives.

13. Image Database - Media/Materials Clearinghouse (M/MC) photo library has photos related to reproductive health activities and other subjects in developing countries. Non-profit organizations working to promote public health in developing countries are welcome to request free digital copies. M/MC website.


14. 2nd National Gender and Media Symposium, focusing on 'Gender Politics and the Media' was held 14 May 1999. Included presentation of a research report on Gender, Elections and the Media, as well as the official launch of "Redefining Politics", a book which captures the experiences of a sample of women politicians in South Africa. Contact Kubeshni Govender

15. International Executive Media & Television Workshop "How to Empower Yourself with the Media" will be in Amman Jordan 5-7 Dec. 1999. 2nd in a series designed to empower spokespersons and officials in both private and public sectors. Organized by the Center for Development Communication, in cooperation with The United Nations Staff College in Turin, Italy, the focus will be on problem based learning - using examples from participants' own professional experience. Website. Moncef M. Bouhafa


16. The African Women's Media Center (AWMC) has 2 new guides. The "Resource Directory for Women Journalists" lists national, regional and women's media associations in Africa, along with international press freedom and media groups. Also has training, fellowship, Internet and career resources. "Women Meeting the Challenge: A Handbook for Media Leadership" prepares women journalists to take management and decision-making roles in the media. Handbook compliments training workshops provided by the AWMC. Contact AWMC OR Website.

17. "ICTs, Poverty and Development," a report on Development Informatics from the Institute for Development Policy and Management, University of Manchester is available at: Website.

18. "Native Networking: Telecommunications and Information Technology in Indian Country" a new Benton Foundation report, analyzes the telecommunications and information technology policy issues facing tribes, focusing on the interaction between Indian sovereignty and federal and state regulation in a quickly changing policy and practice area. Website. Contact Rachel Anderson

19. Call for information - for project to document environment/ sustainable development (including health, women's rights, children's rights and related issues) films produced in India from Jan. 1994 - Dec. 1998. Film companies, private filmmakers, etc. contact Anjani Khanna

20. Call for information - for book to be published on successful examples of agricultural information management in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. Examples of sustainable ways organizations have developed to obtain, manage, store, retrieve and disseminate agricultural information. Information-management aspect may be part of a broader initiative. Send brief description including type of activity, location, organization, and contact address to Paul Mundy

21. Call for Information - The International Service for National Agricultural Research (ISNAR) is seeking research results, researchers and projects in: Agricultural research policy supportive to gender issues and mechanisms to implement the policy; Gender-related issues in organizational structure and development of agricultural research; Empirical results of gender analysis at any stage of the agricultural research programming and project cycle. Contact ISNAR


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