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GenARDIS 2002 - 2010: Small Grants that Made Big Changes for Women in Agriculture

Author: 
Jennifer Radloff
Helen Hambly Odame
Sonia Jorge
September 1, 2010
Affiliation: 

Association for Progressive Communications (Radloff), University of Guelph (Hambly Odame)

This document discusses the work of the Gender, Agriculture and Rural Development in the Information Society (GenARDIS) small grants fund, which was initiated in 2002 to support work on gender-related issues in information and communications technologies (ICTs) for the African, Caribbean, and Pacific regions. The small grants fund was disbursed to diverse projects in order to counter barriers to women living in rural areas. This document records the process and results, and is intended to contribute to more gender-aware ICT policy advocacy.

Source: 

Association for Progressive Communications (APC) website, February 16 2011 and March 30 2012.

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Citizens' Voice and Accountability: Understanding What Works and Doesn't Work in Donor Approaches

Subtitle: 
Lessons and Recommendations Emerging from a Joint Donor Evaluation
Author: 
Alina Rocha Menocal
Bhavna Sharma
February 1, 2009
Affiliation: 

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

This Policy Brief summarises the synthesis report from a project that looked at what works and what does not work - and why/why not - in donor support to citizens' voice and accountability (C&V) inter

Contact Information: 
Source: 

ODI website, February 25 2010.

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Track the West Africa Polio Campaign

In early 2009, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) created an initiative to enable tracking of the West Africa polio campaign via Google maps. This ongoing communication initiative is designed to raise awareness about polio by sharing updated information through information and communication technology (ICT).

Communication Strategies: 

Visitors to the West and Central Africa Regional Office website can track the progress of the February 2009 8-country synchronised polio campaign. The technology of "Google maps" provides various windows on the polio outbreak response, which sought to reach 53 million children under the age of 5 in 8 West African countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, and Togo, in coordination with Nigeria). Click here to view the map with either English or French content.

 

The map includes details such as polio-related facts and figures about each country, 2008 imported polio cases, and 2009 polio case count. Also, one may locate media reports about polio and the campaign for each country; for example, by clicking on an icon that looks like a transmission tower on the map in Nigeria, one accesses a list of articles published recently on strategies being implemented to fight false rumours about the vaccine, etc. Also, a green icon that looks like a microphone signifies "voices from the field". By clicking there, one may listen - for example - to an interview of Dr. Chitou, Chief of UNICEF Immunization Programme in Niger, discussing preparation efforts in that country.

Development Issues: 

Health.

Key Points: 

More than 162,000 trained immunisers will aim to reach every child with a polio vaccine (67,000 for Nigeria only). A total of 66 millions doses of vaccine are made available for each round of the campaign (33 million for Nigeria only). The campaign is scheduled in two rounds: the first from February 27 to March 2 and the second from March 27-30 2009.

Partner Text: 

This action is being organised as part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a partnership spearheaded by the World Health Organization (WHO), Rotary International, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and UNICEF.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Emails from Gaëlle Bausson to The Communication Initiative on March 2 2009 and March 3 2009. Image credit: UNICEF/2009/wcaro.

Why Languages Matter: Meeting Millennium Development Goals Through Local Languages

August 29, 2008

Published in the International Year of Languages (2008) by the Christian faith-based organisation SIL International (formerly Summer Institute of Linguistics), “Why Languages Matter” provides readers with stories about how literacy programmes in local languages are intending to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The 16-page brochure also highlights how partnerships can revitalise local languages. According to the brochure: "The MDGs focus the work of advocates, aid workers, governments, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as they partner with local communities.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

UNESCO website accessed on October 6 2008; and email from Luci Tumas to The Communication Initiative on December 5 2008.

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Kids Waves

Communication Strategies: 

Each radio show revolves around a theme linked to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and is broadcast on 110 radio stations across the region each week. According to the organisers, a big part of the project is the involvement of children and youth in the production and broadcasting of the programmes.

Each week, producers travel from village to village to train 12 children to produce and host radio shows. The project is designed to allow children to express themselves, gain valuable skills, and entertain their peers and families, while at the same time raising awareness of their rights and responsibilities. The programme's jingles as well as songs promoting child rights are also produced by young musicians.

The 30-minute radio shows are recorded live - a strategy for giving parents, community leaders, and local authorities the opportunity to discuss issues that are relevant and interesting to children. The goal is to thereby foster a greater interest and awareness of the needs, desires, and rights of young people in their communities.

Since Kids Waves has been used, adapted, and localised in different ways in each country, a brief description of each country's version is outlined below:

  1. Radio Gune Yi (Senegal) - According to the organisers, RGY was the first radio programme in West Africa produced by, for, and with children. On air since March 2005, RGY provided the base from which Kids Waves was developed. A television version, Télé Gune Yi, is currently being developed with national broadcaster RTS (Senegalese Radio Television).
  2. Deviwo Be Radio (Togo) - DBR was launched in December 2004. It has one main production partner station, and broadcasting is assured by 13 other private partner stations, rural or community, giving the programme airplay across the country. According to the organisers, the programme has had a significant impact on Togo's children and adults.
  3. Bibir Radio (Burkina Faso) - Launched in April 2005, this programme was broadcast in French and four local languages through February 2009. Child hosts hailed from diverse communities and localities where Plan works. Professional journalists from the national broadcaster supervised production. A total of 127 radio shows were produced in 127 communities for broadcast on 12 partner stations across the country. The children who participated set up 15 Bibir radio clubs in order to continue child rights promotion. One of the radio partners, "Radio La Voix du Lac", now offers his studio space for one hour per week so that the local radio club can broadcast a live radio show called "Les enfants à l'antenne". The show, which also features a contest, is designed to allow children to discuss child rights and their needs and concerns.
  4. Eto Dodo Deviwo (Benin) - Launched in May 2005, the EDD programme broadcasts in French and four local languages. Recently, Plan Benin partnered with the Office of Radio and Television in Benin (ORTB) to produce TV programmes to complement the radio show. In addition, Plan supports Radio Tokpa in their programme, Dimanche des Enfants, which gives children a half-day radio show on the last Sunday of each month. They discuss child rights and their needs and problems with adults and peers. The children are trained by professional journalists in gathering news and writing content. In this way, these shows complement those made by EDD and ORTB.
  5. Demisenw Kun Kan (Mali) - Launched in July 2005, the project has also supported the formation of 45 children's clubs to promote child rights. The programme is produced by the Office for Radio and Television Mali, and broadcast on 13 partner radio stations across the country.
  6. La Voix de Finda et Alpha (Guinea) - Launched in March 2006, this programme is, according to the organisers, possibly one of the most popular shows for young people in Plan's operational zones. It broadcasts in five languages.
  7. Pikin Dem Voice (Sierra Leone) - This programme was launched in May 2006. Prior to the launch, a recording session of stories of "I am a child but I have my rights too!" was held in the production studios in the Moyamba District Children's Awareness Radio (MODCAR) in August 2005. A two-week jingle and music workshop was also conducted in Freetown in March and April 2006 with the support of WARO radio technicians.
  8. Yen Adwen (Ghana) - These radio shows, hosted by children themselves, discuss various subjects : parents' separation/divorce, drugs, protecting children's private lives, parents' responsibilities, hygiene, protection of the environment, teenage pregnancy, water and sanitation, etc.
  9. I am a child but I have my rights too! (Cameroon) - Launched February 27 2007 following the training of radio presenters in May 2006 in Yaoundé, this initiative involves 18 partnering radio stations assuring the broadcast and coordination of short sketches related to various child rights and played by children in French and English.
  10. I am a child but I have my rights too! (Liberia) - Dozens of children were chosen and trained by professional actors to play short sketches linked to different child rights. These sketches have been recorded on CD and broadcast on various partner radio stations.


The Plan regional child media website provides details on Kids Waves and its activities in each country as well as on all the radio shows produced.

In addition to the radio programmes, Plan has produced two guides to help children and trainers prepare radio shows in the Kids Waves framework. They have also produced an information guide on child rights that can be used for planning and preparing shows.

Click here to view the Children's Guide for Pikin Dem Voice in PDF format.
Click here to view the Trainer's Guide for Pikin Dem Voice in PDF format.
Click here to view the Information Guide for Pikin Dem Voice in PDF format.

Development Issues: 

Children, Rights.

Key Points: 

According to the organisers, as of 2009:

  • More than 25,000 young people have been directly involved since 2004;
  • 2,000 radio shows have been produced since 2004 and broadcast on 110 radio stations;
  • more than 500,000 people have attended the live shows; and
  • millions from the region have listened to the programmes.
Partner Text: 

110 media partners, with funding by Nokia.

Source: 

Kids Waves website on July 16 2008; and emails from Stefanie Conrad and Allain Kounsovin to The Communication Initiative on August 20 2009 and August 26 2009, respectively.

Danida Fellowship: Role of Media in the Democratic Process

Danida (Danish International Development Agency) and the Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) invite senior reporters and editors of print or electronic media with an interest in political reporting and deb

Deadline Date: 
August 4, 2010

Achieving the "Good Life": Why Some People Want Latrines in Rural Benin

Author: 
Marion W. Jenkins
Val Curtis
June 1, 2005
2005
June
Affiliation: 

Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California (Jenkins) and The Hygiene Centre, DCVB Unit, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (Curtis)

Source: 

Hygiene Central website on October 27 2008.

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Anna Owen's picture

<I am a journalist working for the BBC in London and would like to move into the media for development field.  I also have experience of working abroad for the EU and the OSCE>

FALOLA's picture

I am a multi-skilled Marketing, Communication and Public Relations professional with interest in agriculture, business developement, education, and international developement issues.

I...

WINNER's picture

I am a multi-skilled Marketing, Communication and Public Relations professional with interest in agriculture, business developement, education, and international developement issues.

I...

cliehr's picture

3 years project management experience in Southeast Asia (Cambodia)

Masters in journalism (online/print)

Data journalism, digital technologies, media development

Change...

Poppy Spowage's picture

A producer and researcher committed to raising the profile of cultural interventions and their contribution to sustainable development.

Jane Martin's picture

I'm a creative media for development specialist with experience in three continents and over twenty years with NGOs, INGOs, Governmnets and UN agencies.

jenny_k's picture

Experienced writer and qualitative researcher working mostly in health and global health. Keen interest in public health, immunization, maternal and child health. Also interested in health system...

manonkoningstein's picture

I believe that each of us has something special to contribute to this world.
With a Masters Degree in Intercultural Communication and many years experience of living and working abroad I have...

BSimpson's picture

I'm editor-in-chief of Global Health NOW. Published by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Global Health NOW delivers the essential news in global health in a smartly curated...

Hiwot Gebeyehu's picture

Advocate for the rights of women and children. Strive to bring sustainable development and eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.  Work in all my capacity to bring positive change in the life...

Salma Bani's picture

Senior Strategic Planner/ Coordinator at Planning Directorate, Ministry of Municipality Affairs and Urban Planning in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Worked as food policy specialist, head of...

cassie's picture

Seasoned development professional specialising in media, media-related capacity building, governance and conflict management with cross-cutting skills in the fields of international development...

Rjkin's picture

Researcher in communication for development monitoring and evaluation. Currently developing an M and E strategy for a C4D office.

sophie green's picture

Communication Manager

 

8 years of experience in a humanitarian aid context

 

Skills

Communication...

LEARNING TRAILS's picture

Roots Trust builds replicable models for interventions in the Health and Education Sectors. Contributing to the way learning is perceived and practised in these key areas serving as a nodal...

EmilyBrewster's picture

Currently a Trust & Foundation intern at Emerge Poverty Free in London. Spent 6 months teaching English in Sudan this year. Run my own travel and volunteer themed website.  Volunteered as...

sbalog12's picture

With an MSc in Environmental, Health and Safety Risk Analysis, risk communication specialization, I have been interested in natural hazards and weather in the developing world for some time. I...

lukungu Hakka's picture
By names am lukungu Hakka, Am a student in s4 on waitambogwe secondary school am agriculture researcher were by itake my research on brosdi . Am good carrying out agriculture and i enjoy foot ball...
gustavo_c's picture

I'm a copy writer with experience in marketing, photography and digital contents management.

I've worked at the public sector for over a year, focusing violence prevention. During this...

tdavis's picture

I am interested in learning from ;and sharing with like-minded individuals that are involved in the important work of positively;impacting lives through social and behavior change...