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Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa
July 12, 2017

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

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Author: George Ogola, originally posted May 16 2017 - The news media is usually one of first casualties of bungled or contested elections. From the recent US elections, the UK’s Brexit vote to Zambia’s controversial 2016 presidential elections, ...

Post-broadcast Evaluation of the Brothers for Life Medical Male Circumcision "Salon"  Campaign
June 13, 2017

Post-broadcast Evaluation of the Brothers for Life Medical Male Circumcision ...

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This report discusses the findings of an evaluation that sought to explore the reception impact of a medical male circumcision (MMC) campaign implemented in South Africa as part of the Brothers for Life programme. The “Salon” MMC campaign ...

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts
April 12, 2017

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts

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"[W]e question a characterisation that often contrasts vertical mainstream media with more horizontal and inclusive social media, arguing that a more nuanced view of the political significance of both spaces of communication is required, and one ...

Good Practice Guide to Integrated Sex Worker Programming - Based on the Experiences of the Red Umbrella Programme
April 7, 2017

Good Practice Guide to Integrated Sex Worker Programming - Based on the ...

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"Sex workers face many hurdles, including severe and systematic abuse of power by security services, and violence from police, clients and intimate partners. Sub-stance abuse and an increased risk of contracting HIV/AIDS and other STIs are two ...

Technology Innovation Hubs and Policy Engagement
March 24, 2017

Technology Innovation Hubs and Policy Engagement

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"There is latent, but recognised, potential for tech innovation hubs in the global South to play a more overt role in promoting social change through contributing to the 'thickening' of local democratic space and policy co-creation. ...

Prospects of Multilevel Communication by Children and Young People in Africa: A Case Study of the South African Children's Parliament
March 14, 2017

Prospects of Multilevel Communication by Children and Young People in ...

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“Child rights advocates are optimistic of its transformative role in enhancing the voice of young people and instituting an empowering narrative for social change. However, it is constrained by conceptual and programmatic weaknesses which impair ...

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides
February 22, 2017

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides

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"Knowing that tackling child marriage requires transforming the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate the practice among families and communities, Entertainment-Entertainment strategies could be a powerful way to engage individuals and ...

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the Eastern Cape
February 8, 2017

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the ...

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Author: Praekelt's Mitso Qalaba, originally posted February 8 2017 - Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, I grew up in a rural widowed single-parent household. My upbringing is not unique for the country. I did not have ...

Digital Mapping in Warwick Junction and the Remaking of 'Space': Notes from South Africa
July 12, 2017

Digital Mapping in Warwick Junction and the Remaking of 'Space': Notes from ...

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“With greater ICT availability, there is a growing possibility for citizens to use ICTs to hold government accountable, particularly around local public service delivery.”

Comparative Analysis of Civil Society, Media and Conflict
June 15, 2017

Comparative Analysis of Civil Society, Media and Conflict

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““The focus on the media’s relationship with civil society in democratisation conflicts rests on the notion that contemporary conflicts are increasingly mediatised events” (Cottle 2006) This working paper examines how civil society organizations ...

MTV Shuga: Down South
May 15, 2017

MTV Shuga: Down South

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MTV Shuga is a multi-channel campaign focusing on positive sexual health messaging for young people, with a television drama series as its central feature. The fifth season of the MTV Shuga television series was launched in March 2017 and is set ...

Hate Speech - Key Concept Paper
April 3, 2017

Hate Speech - Key Concept Paper

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“Hate speech is a type of discriminatory speech that arises when people from different social, ethnic, or religious groups interact with one another, or when one such group asserts its power over others”. This key concept paper explores the ...

Using Advertisements to Create Demand for Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision in South Africa
January 25, 2017

Using Advertisements to Create Demand for Voluntary Medical Male ...

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“Voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) reduces HIV transmission by between 51 and 76 per cent, yet take-up of this fully subsidised service remains low in much of the region of the world most heavily afflicted with the HIV/AIDS pandemic (WHO ...

Safe Ride Campaign
January 13, 2017

Safe Ride Campaign

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Launched in August 2016 in South Africa, the Safe Ride Campaign is aimed at preventing and responding to the abuse of women and girls at the hands of minibus taxi personnel, including drivers and queue marshals. The one-year campaign will work ...

A dramatic end to violence against women?
December 15, 2016

A dramatic end to violence against women?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Josephine Casserly, Governance and Rights Adviser on December 7 2016 - In the UK and South Africa, two dramas illustrate how stories can help people better understand gender-based ...

The 5 C's of Successful Digital Health Scale-up
December 14, 2016

The 5 C's of Successful Digital Health Scale-up

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Author: Dr. Sherri Bucher, December 13 2016 - Launched in August 2014, MomConnect, a stage-based text messaging platform which connects women in South Africa with targeted, evidence-based information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and ...

Impact of Health Communication on the HIV Continuum of Care
December 13, 2016

Impact of Health Communication on the HIV Continuum of Care

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"Health communication can motivate people to get tested, get treated and stay on treatment for the rest of their lives. That's because health communication seeks to address frankly the complex behaviors that influence HIV-related decision-making ...

NurseConnect
December 13, 2016

NurseConnect

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Launched in November 2016, the South African Department of Health's NurseConnect platform uses mobile technology to support nurses and midwives working in maternal health, child health, and family planning.  Nurses receive regular ...

Media Guide for Responsible Reporting on Mental Health
December 9, 2016

Media Guide for Responsible Reporting on Mental Health

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This guide is designed to empower the media in South Africa to help dispel the many negative beliefs that surround mental health. As stated in the guide: “Stigma and discrimination against people with mental disorders or disability is still ...

We Want To Be Free - A Book About Gender-Based Violence
November 17, 2016

We Want To Be Free - A Book About Gender-Based Violence

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This book about gender-based violence (GBV) is designed to inform young people in South Africa about violence against women and children, what to do when it happens, and how to help prevent it. It has been published by the Soul City Institute for ...

Media, participation and social inclusion: what are the links?
November 16, 2016

Media, participation and social inclusion: what are the links?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Chris Snow on November 10 2016 - Reviewing the results of a survey of 23,000 people across seven countries, Chris Snow looks at the potential of media to engage even hard-to-reach groups ...

Engaging Men for Effective Activism against Sexual and Gender-based Violence
October 12, 2016

Engaging Men for Effective Activism against Sexual and Gender-based Violence

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"Men are becoming ever more visible as integral partners in tackling sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), holding themselves, peers and power-holders accountable for maintaining harmful gender norms that perpetuate violence." This policy ...

Catalyzing Broadband Internet in Africa - Ensuring Economic and Social Inclusion
September 15, 2016

Catalyzing Broadband Internet in Africa - Ensuring Economic and Social Inclusion

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"Broadband Internet creates an environment that spurs business growth, nurtures science and innovation, and empowers people." This project aims to inform policies in Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria that help marginalised groups in Africa, such ...

New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important Issues, from Burial Societies to Protest Groups
September 8, 2016

New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important ...

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016: Grassroot is a free mobile phone tool that helps groups of people in South Africa interact and exchange information, ranging from small social groups to massive community organisations. Grassroot allows ...

Experiences in Conducting Participatory Communication Research for HIV Prevention Globally: Translating Critical Dialog into Action through Action Media
September 2, 2016

Experiences in Conducting Participatory Communication Research for HIV ...

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"Communication to address public health concerns is typically developed through expert-led didactic approaches that, at best, engage audiences at the end of the development cycle through pretesting of communication concepts. Action Media provides ...

Making All Voices Count
August 30, 2016

Making All Voices Count

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Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that supports effective and accountable governance in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. The initiative brings together actors from government, civil society, academia, and the technology ...

An Examination of MOOC Usage for Professional Workforce Development Outcomes in Colombia, the Philippines, & South Africa
August 25, 2016

An Examination of MOOC Usage for Professional Workforce Development Outcomes ...

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"Online courses have the potential to expand quality education and career training worldwide. Yet few people in developing countries access Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), despite the fact that MOOCs are open to the public and often ...

MomConnect
August 25, 2016

MomConnect

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MomConnect is a mobile phone-based initiative designed to to promote maternal and child wellbeing and reduce mortality, as well as strengthen health services in South Africa. The national initiative seeks to improve patients’ access to ...

Privacy, Anonymity, Visibility: Dilemmas in Tech Use by Marginalised Communities
August 17, 2016

Privacy, Anonymity, Visibility: Dilemmas in Tech Use by Marginalised Communities

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“LGBTQ activists in Kenya and low-income black and mixed-race housing activists in South Africa are marginalised and criminalised. The facts of their marginalisation and lack of rights cannot be ignored, and perhaps have to be the primary subject ...

Media Framing of Political Conflict: A Review of the Literature
August 15, 2016

Media Framing of Political Conflict: A Review of the Literature

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"[T]he literature suggests that media framing strongly influences political outcomes and thus fosters or undermines democratic institutions in new democracies in various ways."

Research Findings about Organisations Engaging in Media Assistance in the Fields of Journalism Training, Civil Society Support, and Good Governance
August 15, 2016

Research Findings about Organisations Engaging in Media Assistance in the ...

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This literature review from Media Conflict and DEMocratisation (MeCoDEM) provides a systematic overview of findings on media assistance in the fields of journalism training, civil society support, and good governance. MeCoDEM is a research ...

Journalistic Ethics and Practices in Conflict Societies
August 11, 2016

Journalistic Ethics and Practices in Conflict Societies

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This paper provides a critical review of literature on journalism in conflict societies ("conflict journalism") by investigating principal theories, concepts, and arguments, as well as empirical research findings concerning journalism and its ...

Supporting Journalism in Conflict Societies
August 11, 2016

Supporting Journalism in Conflict Societies

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This Media Conflict and DEMocratisation (MeCoDEM) policy brief puts forward suggestions for improved journalism support in the context of democratisation conflicts. It emerged from a research programme comparing and contrasting different types of ...

Civil Society, Political Activism and Communications in Democratisation Conflicts: A Literature Review
August 11, 2016

Civil Society, Political Activism and Communications in Democratisation ...

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This paper examines the role of civil society organisations in the democratisation process of four countries - Egypt, Kenya, Serbia, and South Africa. It explores the nature and organisation of civil society and the ways in which civil society is ...

South Africa Network
July 26, 2016

South Africa Network

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The SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT NETWORK provides the space for people involved or interested in communication, media, social and behavioural change related to development issues in SOUTH AFRICA to share knowledge and ...

Talking Man-to-Man: The Story of Brothers for Life
June 28, 2016

Talking Man-to-Man: The Story of Brothers for Life

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"B4L [Brothers for Life] was a visually striking and, at times, emotionally powerful mass media campaign supported by the most extensive community mobilisation initiative to date. It took the bold step of talking about widely accepted male ...

University of the Witwatersrand - Master of Public Health in the Field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication
May 4, 2016

University of the Witwatersrand - Master of Public Health in the Field of ...

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Background Information: The Master of Public Health programme launched the MPH in Social and Behaviour Change in 2010.  It was developed in partnership with the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication (SCI) and was ...

Answering Key Questions on Malaria
April 15, 2016

Answering Key Questions on Malaria

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"Effective health care interventions include technical, social, political and economic considerations." This resource provides a lay person's summary of 25 research studies in 10 countries in Africa and Asia conducted from 2007-2015 by the ACT ...

Predictors of Knowledge about Tuberculosis: Results from SANHANES I, a National, Cross-Sectional Household Survey in South Africa
March 24, 2016

Predictors of Knowledge about Tuberculosis: Results from SANHANES I, a ...

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"To reduce the burden of tuberculosis in South Africa, media campaigns targeting both rural and urban communities should include conveying accurate information about the disease. Policy makers should also address structural barriers that ...

Using Participatory Processes to Develop SBCC Materials
March 4, 2016

Using Participatory Processes to Develop SBCC Materials

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"Involving members of the intended audience in the development process results in more effective materials and activities with content and media that are understandable, relevant, and accessible to the intended audience."

Adolescent Health, Social Cohesion and Young Women's Clubs: Stories from Soul City: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Adolescent Health, Social Cohesion and Young Women's Clubs: Stories from ...

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"This paper will share stories from the clubs demonstrating how marginalised communities can be transformed through collective action." This Soul City Institute presentation for the International SBCC Summit 2016, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February ...

Resetting Beliefs about HIV Risk among Low-Income South African Teens: Abstract
February 22, 2016

Resetting Beliefs about HIV Risk among Low-Income South African Teens: Abstract

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"We designed a simple, interactive computer-based intervention to provide HIV relative risk information with tailored feedback..." The focus of this Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic opportunities (ENGINE) presentation ...

The Good Life Network
January 20, 2016

The Good Life Network

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The Good Life Network is a "pop-up" health and development television channel airing between December 1 2015 and March 31 2016 on satellite television in South Africa. Programmes cover nutrition, health, fitness, human rights, youth sexuality, ...

Kwanele
January 18, 2016

Kwanele

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Launched in July 2015, Kwanele is a five-year pilot programme working in 20 schools in Khayelitsha township in South Africa to decrease the high level of gender-based and sexual violence in schools and ensure a safe learning environment for ...

The One Man Can Model: Community Mobilisation as an Approach to Promote Gender Equality and Reduce HIV vulnerability in South Africa
November 30, 2015

The One Man Can Model: Community Mobilisation as an Approach to Promote ...

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"At the interpersonal level, adoption of gender equitable beliefs and values had positive effects on improved interpersonal communication and a more balanced division of labour in the home. At the community level, participation in collective ...

MTV Shuga - A Multi-platform Communication Initiative Achieving HIV Behaviour Change for Adolescents in Africa
November 23, 2015

MTV Shuga - A Multi-platform Communication Initiative Achieving HIV ...

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"MTV Shuga is a ground-breaking TV show that portrays the lives and loves of a group of young people.

A Chance Connection Becomes a Bond
November 10, 2015

A Chance Connection Becomes a Bond

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Authors: Sophia Luthuli and Eve Sullivan, October 15 2015 - A distance of 7,853 miles and a six-hour time difference separate Johannesburg from Boston. Flying time from one city to the other is 18 hours and 25 minutes. Nonetheless, by internet ...

Rising Waters: Working Together on Cape Town's Flooding
November 5, 2015

Rising Waters: Working Together on Cape Town's Flooding

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"Addressing life's challenges in Cape Town's flooded shacklands calls for communities and the municipality to work together, new research from the African Centre for Cities has found."

HIV/AIDS Vulnerabilities, Discrimination, and Service Accessibility among Africa’s Youth: Insights from a Multi-country Study
July 17, 2015

HIV/AIDS Vulnerabilities, Discrimination, and Service Accessibility among ...

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"At the individual level, youth lack access to appropriate SRH [sexual and reproductive health] information and confidential, low-cost, and stigma-free SRH services. Institutional responses are hampered by sociocultural sensitivities to youth ...

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