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World Cup in My Village

As part of the United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF) World Cup in My Village Project, initiated during the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup 2010 in South Africa, the Children's Radio Foundation and local partners in Mongu, Zambia, and Rubavu districts in Rwanda worked with young people to produce radio shows and videos that were broadcast during open-air public viewings of the World Cup football matches. The programme was designed to use the power of football to communicate with young people and encourage them to make their voices heard.

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The public viewing areas were mounted using inflatable air screens and satellite dishes, often in locations with no electricity, in football pitches, open fields, community schools, and refugee settlements. In Zambia, the screens were moved around each night and, according to organisers, viewings attracted 12,000 people. Earlier viewings took place in community schools and later screenings took place at a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) refugee settlement 8 hours away from Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. The public viewing spaces were also used for community events such as youth football games and educational activities on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. According to UNICEF, 20,000 people in Rwanda who are living in isolated communities and are cut off from mainstream sources of information, made use of the public viewing areas in their communities.

As part of this initiative, the Children's Radio Foundation trained groups of young people in each country as youth journalists. In the radio and video workshops, young people learned about interviewing techniques, how to express their opinion clearly, and production of media pieces. Using audio recorders, cameras, and flip video cameras, young people were encouraged to report on issues affecting young people in their communities and to share their experiences and concerns with the rest of the world.

The youth-produced pieces were broadcast and live talk shows held during half-time at the public viewings, complemented by public service announcements on education, child rights, health, and other issues. Programmes were also broadcast on local, national, and international radio stations, and content was posted on the CRF website and disseminated via other social media platforms.

Following the conclusion of the World Cup, the young journalists in Zambia have arranged to work with reporters at a local community radio station to create regular youth programming and to host a talk show for young people in their communities. Acting as peer leaders, they are engaging young people from their communities in the programme. Many of the young journalists have also taken on the role of climate ambassadors, advocating for responsible environmental behaviour in their communities.

The inflatable screens and projectors will also be used by UNICEF Country Offices for future community activities. The project's community partner in Rwanda, Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle, is discussing the possibility of starting a youth radio station based on the philosophy "radio for young people, by young people" with the core group of newly trained youth reporters.

Development Issues: 

Children, Education, Environment, HIV/AIDS, Rights.

Key Points: 

World Cup in My Village was created as a part of UNICEF's support of the 1 Goal campaign, which is designed to get every child into primary school by 2015. The majority of media pieces produced by young people were about how education or the lack of it had affected their lives.

Many young people in Zambia who were interviewed by the youth journalists remarked that they had only ever heard football games on the radio and that it was the first time they had actually seen the players they had heard so much about.

Partner Text: 

United Nation's Children's Fund (UNICEF), Children's Radio Foundation, Vision Jeunesse Nouvelle (Rwanda), Grassroots Soccer (Zambia), and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Source: 

CRF website and UNICEF website on September 10 2010.

Understanding Community-Based Information Systems in the Millennium Villages

December 1, 2009

This website from newmediadev2009 was a project of a 2009 research seminar developed and taught by Professor Anne Nelson at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York, the United States (US).

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Anne Nelson to The Communication Initiative on January 11 2010.

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Generation Grands Lacs

Launched in 2006, Generation Grands Lacs (Great Lakes Generation) is an hour-long radio talk show programme for youth produced by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) together with local radio stations in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The project seeks to support peace between countries in the region by breaking down stereotypes and encouraging dialogue between Rwandan, Burundian, and Congolese university students.

Communication Strategies: 

This 60-minute live phone-in talk show for youth is simulcast on five radio stations in Rwanda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of Congo every Saturday afternoon. Each week the show addresses a different theme, such as identity, manipulation by leaders, gender, violence, youth participation in political life, and issues of ethnicity and nationality.

The format includes invited studio guests, pre-recorded interviews, voice-on-the-street interviews, music, and audience call-ins. Listeners participate by calling in, sending short message service (SMS)/text messages, or by sending emails. In collaboration with the Great Lakes Inter-University and Youth Forum, listening sessions are organised in universities and secondary schools each week during the broadcasts, followed by a facilitated discussion. Forum members then gather ideas and concerns from the listeners and feed these into joint planning sessions with the programme journalists from the partner radio stations.

Each week the place of broadcast rotates between Kigali, Bujumbura, and Kinshasa. The radio station webstreams the live broadcast, which is then picked up by the other four stations who broadcast it on FM. Young journalists from the partner radio stations host the programme, and invite callers to phone in - in any of the six major languages of the region.

Development Issues: 

Peace, Youth, Reconciliation

Key Points: 

According to a recent SFCG survey, the programme is listened to by more than 90% of university students in Kigali, Butare, Ngozi (Burundi), and 86% of students in Bujumbura, as well as 57% of students in Bukavu (DRC). Of these listeners, 20% listen regularly in Bukavu, 36% listen regularly in Kigali, and 60% listen "every week" or "almost every week" in Butare, Ngozi, and Bujumbura. Similarly, the programme reaches between 30% and 60% of non-university youth at the survey sites. Survey findings show a strong correlation between listenership and reduced prejudices and positive attitudes.

Partner Text: 

Initial funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), with continued funding from the Belgian Cooperation.

Source: 

"Hello Kigali! Hello Kinshasa!" press release [PDF], January 15 2010; and SFCG website on February 19 2010 and February 24 2010.

Rural Internet Kiosks Project

Rural Internet Kiosks (RIK) is a Kenyan-based organisation that manufactures and distributes movable, recyclable, cost-effective kiosks that operate with satellite connectivity and solar energy to ena

Communication Strategies: 

Rural Internet Kiosks produces kiosks that are independent, freestanding booths functioning on solar power and other forms of renewable energy. Each kiosk houses 3 energy-efficient personal computers. The kiosks are modelled on user-friendly software and hardware and are manufactured and assembled in a "knock-down" format, enabling them to be easily transported and set up in even very rugged regions.

The kiosks have been designed to give access to all users, including children and the disabled. According to RIK, they are also working on ways to use portable USB pen screen readers and accessible websites, which will help the visually impaired access information. Screen readers could also help people who can understand, but not necessarily read, English.

The kiosks are designed to promote entrepreneurship and electronic service delivery within rural and urban settings and, in turn, facilitate e-commerce, e-education, e-health, and e-governance. The organisers say that the kiosks have helped farmers obtain regular updates on weather patterns and produce prices, thereby expanding their revenue. Business start-ups have been able to exploit digital multimedia advertising. The internet kiosks are helping government agencies to create awareness concerning health and environment and reach out to local communities. Through the use of multimedia information outlets, communities can also access information about infectious diseases such as malaria, polio, HIV/AIDS, and tuberculosis. The kiosks also create platforms for the promotion of tele-medicine, which is still in its infancy in most African countries.

The kiosks use the open-source Ubuntu Linux operating system, as well as other open-source software. This virtualisation technology allows up to 10 uses to share a single personal computer (PC).

Development Issues: 

Information and Communication Technology, Economic Development, Agriculture.

Key Points: 

The RIK project was developed by Jitu Patani, also project manager at Rural Internet Kiosk, who has a vision of bridging the digital divide by providing the last mile access to rural or remote communities. RIK is working to help Africa move towards the Millennium Development Goal of Bridging the Digital Divide by year 2015.

Partner Text: 

Rural Internet Kiosks, InterSat, and Userful.

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Source: 

eLearning Africa website on February 5 2010.

Radio Salus

Radio Salus (derived from the Latin word "salut", meaning salvation) was established in 2005 at the National University of Rwanda as a result of a project implemented by the United Nations Educational

Communication Strategies: 

Radio Salus broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and organisers say its programming reaches the entire population of Rwanda, as well as neighbouring communities in DRC and Burundi.

The radio station team, which includes professional journalists and journalism students, produces a variety of news, educational, and entertainment programming broadcast in Kinyarwanda, Swahili, English, and French. According to organisers, each week more than 25 different programmes are broadcast on a broad range of topics including education, agriculture, health, HIV/AIDS, Rwandan history, news, conflict management, sports, and coffee (a long-established, but not well understood industry in the country).

In advance of the August 2009 elections, journalists from the station received training specific to election coverage, including election laws and rules, understanding the Rwandan journalists' code of conduct during elections, the professional standards of free and fair elections, and covering elections independently and professionally.

According to the radio station, the training of students and professionals at the radio station has become a key determinant in diversifying media programming in Rwanda and in building confidence in private radio as a viable means of mass media. Radio Salus has reportedly also managed to empower Rwandan youth, women, and disabled people. Through its educational programmes on economy, environment, HIV/AIDS, health and history, organisers say that it has become a socio-economic development tool for many Rwandans. For example, Radio Salus has contributed to educating local small businessmen and women on how to advertise their products and services. In addition, it has supported and promoted young artists by giving them the opportunity to publicise their new songs.

Development Issues: 

Democracy, Media Development.

Key Points: 

As of November 2008, more than 100 young journalists had received training through Radio Salus, and many students continue to work there as trainee journalists. The station's sports programme has been rated the top radio programme in the country.

Partner Text: 

United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Contact Information: 
Source: 

National University of Rwanda website and UNESCO website - both accessed on January 12 2010.

Youth Empowerment through Arts and Media (YETAM)

Initiated in 2008, the Youth Empowerment Through Arts and Media (YETAM) project is an initiative by Nokia, Plan International, and local partners which seeks to give youth the skills and tools to communicate at local, national, and global level about issues impacting on their lives. Through arts, traditional media, and new media tools, youth engage in the community development process and beyond.

Communication Strategies: 

Using mapping, participatory video, visual arts, and performing arts as a means of investigation and expression, youth, aged 12-18, work in small teams to identify resources and challenges in their communities, understand more about causes and effects of key issues impacting on youth, and learn about different viewpoints held by community members and community leaders around those issues. They then produce arts and media about the issues and develop an action plan to raise awareness and community support to begin resolving the issues. By developing youths’ communication and leadership skills, coupled with technology education and practice with information and communication technologies (ICTs), YETAM seeks to open new possibilities for youth so that they are more able to engage using 21st century skills. The importance of ownership and commitment to local development is emphasised, and the methodology is designed to form capable and positive community leadership for the future.

The arts and media are also used as a starting point to raise issues and youth viewpoints with district and national leaders and the public, and to advocate for change. At the same time, the youths’ materials are posted on the web so that the public can learn more about issues and get involved. Rather than hearing about youths' viewpoints via foreign and/or adult journalists, the YETAM project allows youth to claim their own place and directly debate and discuss the issues they care about. Curricula based on the youth’s key issues and video/arts materials are developed and used to engage additional groups in the 6 African focus countries, and an on-line curriculum for the "Global North" allows youth not living in Africa to better understand the issues and learn how to get involved. The web allows cross-country and global interaction among youth, building confidence and motivating them to continue moving forward.

In each country, the YETAM programme involves youth, teachers, local media, and arts organisations in a 1-week training of trainers, followed by a 2-week training programme with secondary school youth. A local follow-up plan is created by the youth, teachers, and local partners for organisation and continued advocacy by the youth, refresher training, and additional arts and media work around the identified issues.

Some 350 youth (according to the 2008 annual report) participated in direct skills training workshops on arts and media, including new media tools, such as mobile phone technology and applications, internet, search engines, social media, 'Flip' cameras, mobile internet, and mobile video production and editing.

According to YETAM, collectively the youth have produced around 100 short videos, 100 art works, several theatre pieces, hundreds of photographs about their lives, newspapers, and community murals on themes pertinent to them. Sixty staff, teachers, and partner organisations have been trained on child rights, child participatory facilitation methodologies, arts and media as tools for development and advocacy, and social media/new technology. About 1500 community members in 25 communities have attended events and discussions related to these materials.

Click here to view these materials on YouTube. (To turn on the captions option to see subtitles, click on the triangle at the bottom right corner of the video player. A red ‘cc’ button will appear. Click on the small triangle to the left to select language options). Some of the materials are also available on the Plan Virtual Villages website. The current redesign of the YETAM website will additionally provide a space for school-school communication and joint projects and learning across Africa and between African countries and the "Global North".

Development Issues: 

Youth, Gender, Education, Rights

Key Points: 

According to YETAM, children and youth in Africa, in general, are not expected to speak up or speak out in their families or communities; nor do they have an equal seat at the table in national and global dialogue about issues that impact them. In order to be effective in local, national, and global dialogue, children and youth need to have access to skills and tools to develop analytical abilities and leadership behaviours, and to be effective communicators. They also need access to the places where these discussions are taking place. YETEM therefore seeks to address these issues at a local and global level.

Partner Text: 

Nokia, Plan International

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Source: 

Email from Stefanie Conrad on August 20 2009 and Plan and Nokia Annual Report 2008 [PDF] on November 14 2009.

Sinigurisha Campaign

Initiated in May 2009, "Sinigurisha" ("I am not for sale") was a 6-month HIV prevention campaign in Rwanda working to warn against cross-generational sex involving both older men and older women.

Communication Strategies: 

The first message of the campaign was "Gifts don't equal sex. You always have the right to say no!". With this message, the campaign sought to empower youth to say "NO" to cross-generational sex by increasing their awareness of their fundamental right to say "NO" to sugar daddies and sugar mommies, regardless of what gifts or money they are promised or have already received. In this first phase of the campaign, 85 billboards were placed across the country to remind young people of their right to say no to "Shuga Dadis" and "Shuga Mamis".

The second phase of the campaign sought to combat peer pressure as a key driver of cross-generational sex. The message "True Friends Don't Put Me at Risk!" draws upon studies conducted in 2008 in Kigali and all four Rwandan provinces that showed that peer pressure is a key factor encouraging young girls and boys to engage in cross-generational sex. Some young girls are even acting as "pimps" - making connections between their friends and older men, often in exchange for money or gifts. Sinigurisha urges young people to resist and challenge peer pressure, emphasising that true friends would never put their friends at risk.

The third phase of the Sinigurisha campaign urged youth to stand together against cross-generational sex and to focus on achieving their future hopes and dreams. The message was "There is NO price that will buy my future!". This phase of the campaign is based on research that indicated that low self-esteem influences youth to engage in cross-generational sex. Young people feel pressured to have material goods such as fashionable clothes, jewellery, and cell phones, which leads them to accept short-term gifts given by sugar daddies or sugar mommies and puts them at increased pressure for cross-generational sex.

The campaign called on all Rwandans - not just youth - to engage in the fight against cross-generational sex. The campaign also reached out to opinion leaders, teachers, parents, and communities with the message that sugar daddies and sugar mommies should be considered "Enemies of Rwanda's Bright Future." According to the organisers, the commitment of political, religious, and other opinion leaders to sensitise and mobilise communities is especially important. They can play an important role in encouraging society as a whole to first acknowledge that cross-generational sex is wrong, shameful, and risky, and then to stop it.

In addition to appearing on billboards, the campaign's messages were broadcast in television and radio spots, and publicised via print materials and community events. Orange wristbands were distributed which announced that the wearer is not for sale.

Three films were also produced to support the campaign and were broadcast on Rwanda TV. The films were produced with the help of a theatre competition carried out in 60 schools (in 14 districts) as part of the Abajene! youth movement. A local non-governmental organisation (NGO) called RAPP (Rwandans Allied for Peace and Progress) trained teachers and students in forum theatre techniques. Following that, two rounds of competitions were held where schools wrote and performed their own plays. The three winning plays were made into short films by RAPP together with the student actors who wrote and performed the original plays.

Development Issues: 

HIV/AIDS

Key Points: 

Cross-generational sex refers to sexual relationships between girls and older men (sugar daddies), and boys and older women (sugar mommies) - often in exchange for gifts and money. Evidence suggests that cross-generational sex happens in Rwanda.

  • Girls aged 20-24 are five times more likely to be infected with HIV than boys of same age (Rwanda Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), 2005);
  • One out of 10 girls has her first sexual experience with a man who is 10 or more years older (Rwanda Behaviour Surveillance Survey (BSS), 2006);
  • Since older men are much more likely to be infected with HIV than younger boys, young girls appear to be getting infected by older men, rather than by boys of their own age (Rwanda DHS, 2005).


According to organisers, cross-generational sex increases the risk for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, and for unwanted pregnancies - all of which can lead to school drop-out and family conflict. As a result, cross-generational sex can cause girls to be less productive in schools and at the work place.

Some of the factors that lead to cross-generational sex include the following:

  • "Permissive" environments that make cross-generational sex "easier". These include: (a) homes: where "trusted" family members or friends target domestic workers or younger family members. (b)schools: where sugar daddies and mommies target students by pretending to be family members to pick up students during breaks or weekends. (c) hotels: where sugar daddies and mommies believe they won't be caught. (d) cars: where sugar daddies and mommies give lifts to boys and girls in need.
  • Peer pressure within an urban network of girls who act as "pimps" - making connections between their friends and older men - often in exchange for money or gifts.
  • Economic need among youth who seek out older partners with money to buy material goods that make them more "cool", to pay for their school fees, or to get a job.
  • Loneliness and the desire for sexual gratification among older men and women lead to them seeking younger partners.
Partner Text: 

National AIDS Control Commission (Commission Nationale de Lutte Contre le Sida, CNLS), Ministry of Youth, United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and Population Services International (PSI).

Source: 

African Press website on November 9 2009 and July 28 2010; Ministry of Youth website on November 9 2009 and press releases from Ministry of Youth (issued May 23, July 23, and October 8 2009).

Internews Peace-Building Films

Internews, an international media development organisation, produced a series of 12 documentaries designed as part of a peace-building project to help populations of Rwanda and Eastern Democratic Repu

Communication Strategies: 

Internews Europe worked with local journalists to produce the 12 documentaries, which were filmed in both countries and tell stories of everyday life involving music, sport, and village events. The films seek to familiarise communities on both sides of the conflict-affected border with each other and to show how they can live together in peace. The productions were also broadcast on local television and radio stations in both countries and were broadcast daily on public buses and a ferryboat in the DRC.

The following 4 films are being shown in screenings in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, and on the "Hillywood Country Tour" (nicknamed for Rwanda's hilly countryside):

  • Les Enfants de Dieu (Children of God): The film examines the various activities of family planning organisations in internally displaced persons camps. It describes family planning options and how women can access these methods, and discusses the new, more open attitude of the Catholic Church regarding family planning.
  • Special Koffi: This movie features Congolese music star Koffi Olomide. Olomide once performed at a stadium in Kigali, Rwanda, where he explained how natural it is for music and musicians to cross borders.
  • A Letter to My Daughter: This film was produced in French and Kinyarwanda with English subtitles. A young Congolese journalist is shocked when she interviews victims of domestic violence in Rwanda and Congo.
  • 24h in Mutubo Camp: This film shows the Hutus ex-combatants in a transit camp in Rwanda. Click here to watch this film.
Development Issues: 

Conflict.

Key Points: 

According to the organisers, since November 2008, public screenings of the documentaries by Internews' office in Rwanda have led to nearly 20,000 people returning from all parts of the country and Eastern Congo.

A Letter to My Daughter was nominated for an Award in the international documentary category of the International Film Festival South Africa, which took place in November 2009, and was selected for the Radar Hamburg Film Festival that same month in Hamburg, Germany.

Internews is an international media development organisation whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect, and the means to make their voices heard.

Partner Text: 

Funding provided by the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID).

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Internews website on September 23 2009.

Women Building Peace and Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict-Affected Contexts: A Review of Community-Based Approaches

Author: 
Annalise Moser
October 1, 2007
Affiliation: 

UNIFEM

This United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) document focuses on specific thematic areas of good practice in the prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and women's participation in peacebuilding. The study was developed as a background document to inform programming and advocacy within the context of UNIFEM programming, and builds on country-level visits conducted in early 2007. The programme is supported by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

 

The study looks at five areas of intervention:

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Urungano (Generation)

Urungano (Generation) is a youth radio programme, launched by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in Rwanda in 2008, which is designed to give young people, especially girls, a platform to explore and dis

Communication Strategies: 

Each week, the hosts of the show conduct all the interviews as well as plan and lead the show. The girls typically begin their programme with a teenage chat and then work their way into discussions of such issues as underage marriage and child labour. Throughout the weekly programme, they move the conversation toward understanding how they, the next generation of Rwandan women, can empower themselves to build a better future. Designed to ensure that girls get their fair share of time on air, the team is designed to represent the diversity of youth in the capital, with a range of backgrounds and life experiences.

The first edition of Urungano focused on the subject of rural-urban migration. SFCG reports that Kigali is the world's fastest growing city and that the government is trying to remove its slums, while more and more people flood to the city. Rural-urban migration is therefore a subject about which people have an opinion. In addition to featuring the voices of youth from the countryside and the capital, the young journalists also interviewed a representative of the Ministry of Youth to ask him about the government's response to the situation. Between popular songs, sound clips, and jingles, the show also featured a studio discussion between two teenagers - one from the countryside and one from the city - who shared their perspectives on this trend and how it affects their lives.

The 2008 season ended with a 2-part series on the issue of street children. The segments looked at the realities of life on the street, including the challenges encountered during ordinary daily tasks like eating and sleeping. The coordinator of one of Kigali's centres for street children spoke on the show to share his perspectives on the realities faced by kids living on the streets. In the second programme, the young journalists spoke directly to former street children who are now living in rehabilitation and care centres. The programme highlighted services available to children looking to leave the streets, including education and housing. The kids interviewed told of their life in the streets, their battles with drug and alcohol abuse, and their lives away from family and friends. One former street child who has returned to his family told SFCG how proud he is that he left the streets.

In 2009, in commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda, Urungano focused on reconciliation. The reporters went into the countryside and found a mutual support group of genocide victims and perpetrators who, despite their tragic past of conflict, travel together from village to village to teach and model reconciliation. By selecting this topic, the girls sought to explain their vision of the Rwanda in which they want to live.

Urungano is broadcast on both Kigali's Contact FM and Radio Salus in Butare on Saturdays at 5pm (GMT+2), and can be heard online at the same time on the Contact FM website.

Development Issues: 

Youth

Key Points: 

SFCG uses media, including both radio and television, across its 19 programmes around the world, including in the Great Lakes region.

Partner Text: 

European Commission, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Search for Common Ground, Contact FM, Radio Salus

Source: 

SFCG website on April 21 2009; and "A Reminder of Radio's Power" [PDF], by Chris Plutte, The Philadelphia Enquirer, on April 21 2009 and May 11 2010.

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This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

"A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

This 89-page report discusses the experience and impact of working with security and defense force personnel to build capacity around child protection, with specific focus on insights gained from trainings conducted by Save the Children in East, West, and Central Africa. A key question posed for the research was whether the training resulted in...

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"By adding social media to the annual work plans and official set of strategies that are being used in an emergency, you will be able to reduce opposition, increase internal awareness and buy-in for your activities..."

"This resource provides an in-depth look at three programs that illustrate the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media - specifically using mobile technologies - as part of an integrated strategy to increase demand for and use of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) commodities and services."...

"[T]he UNCoLSC’s Neonatal Resuscitation Technical Working Group (TWG) was formed to systematically identify best practices for scaling up interventions, identifying barriers in current implementation and gaps in knowledge, and addressing other issues related to reducing neonatal mortality through the development of technical standards."

The authors of the more than 60 articles in this supplement to The Journal of Infectious Diseases reflect on the tools, tactics, and alliances that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners have undertaken as part of the effort to combat the international spread of wild polioviruses into previously polio-free countries...

This tool from the global initiative Every Newborn aims to support countries to analyse health system bottlenecks and challenges preventing the scale up of high-impact, cost-effective interventions for newborns and to identify solutions. It is part of the...

This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

Chevening Scholarships are the United Kingdom (UK) government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations for outstanding scholars with leadership potential.

The scholarships are offered for many fields of study, including journalism and media. The programme provides full or...

The Matter International Reporting Fellowship is accepting applications for its international reporting fellowship. One writer or team of journalists will receive US$10,000 to investigate and report a narrative feature on an issue of global importance or local stories of global interest.

The grant will also cover travel expenses up to US...

This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

"A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

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This website is a repository of materials on the use of the mineral zinc and oral rehydration salts (ORS) to treat childhood diarrhoeal diseases. The website offers this advice on the use of materials available for free downloading on this website (See video below for a guide to site use): "By using and adapting the...

This Colombian project, begun in 2007 and now ongoing as Revela2, uses theory and evidence, ongoing research and university partnerships, monitoring and evaluation, strengthening of local and regional capacity, local participation, a focus on national, regional and local levels of intervention, inter-institutional and multisectorial work, and...

"I danced today to demand the female condom so women can control their sexual health...and have access to the female condom worldwide."

As part of the third annual Global Female Condom Day (GFCD), September 16 2014, this social media campaign is inviting sexual health and reproductive justice advocates to use music and dance to...

Edutainment +Mobilization = Social Change is a communication and mobilisation process, based in Colombia and on a multimedia edutainment platform, aimed at facilitating dialogue and behaviour change about sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) amongst adolescents and youth 12-19  years of age, with emphasis on the 15-19 age group.

"The annual SIMA Awards champion eye-opening impact films from around the world that inspire activism, compassion and social transformation."

The Social Impact Media Awards (SIMA) is an effort to unearth the stories of independent filmmakers, grassroots change-makers, and humanitarian organisations and to provide a springboard...

"When communities drive their own messaging, they magnify the power of persuasion among their peers, accelerating the adoption of healthier behaviors that can save the lives of women and children."

"[D]igitally literate women can bring about a lot of change in culture, thinking and social welfare."

Through collaboration between Google and the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), amongst other partners (see below),  with training through Community Information Resource Center (CIRC) of women, adolescent girls, and "dropout"...

Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) is a website, YouTube video channel, and training project (see Related Summaries below) aimed to increase knowledge and access of Indian women to information and communication technology (ICT) usage through the internet and a telephone hotline.

The website includes a step-by-step guide, covering, for...

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Author: Allison Tunnoch, August 19 2014, crossposted from The WVoice, a publication of Women's Voices Now - "Honor killings are acts of vengeance, usually death, committed by male...

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"This resource provides an in-depth look at three programs that illustrate the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media - specifically using mobile technologies - as part of an integrated strategy to increase demand for and use of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) commodities and services."...

This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

Chevening Scholarships are the United Kingdom (UK) government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations for outstanding scholars with leadership potential.

The scholarships are offered for many fields of study, including journalism and media. The programme provides full or...

This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

"A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

Journalists in Southern Africa are invited to submit their child-focused reporting for consideration for the Media Institute for Southern Africa's (MISA) third annual Regional Children's Reporting Awards. "The awards form part of MISA’s broader Children & The Media Project.

This 70-page report presents the results of media monitoring and analysis conducted to explore post-conflict media content in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), with a view to developing strategies for peacebuilding. The media monitoring research was conducted by Internews during a month-long period, April and May of 2014, as part of the...

Author: Aashish Yadav, October 2 2014  - After a two year journey and countless stories of success, our bonded labour project is coming to an end.

Launched in July 2014, the ICT-Enhanced Advocacy: Mobilising Communities Around Children's Rights project is using SMS (text messaging) to mobilise communities in Malawi around issues affecting children's rights and education. The initiative is designed to provide information, empower the community to voice their concerns, and put a structure...

"This mapping examines the use of Communication for Development (C4D) in peacebuilding efforts ....The objectives of this mapping are to identify C4D interventions that might be applicable to peacebuilding and what lessons can be drawn about process and impact."

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This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

Chevening Scholarships are the United Kingdom (UK) government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and partner organisations for outstanding scholars with leadership potential.

The scholarships are offered for many fields of study, including journalism and media. The programme provides full or...

This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

"A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

Journalists in Southern Africa are invited to submit their child-focused reporting for consideration for the Media Institute for Southern Africa's (MISA) third annual Regional Children's Reporting Awards. "The awards form part of MISA’s broader Children & The Media Project.

This 70-page report presents the results of media monitoring and analysis conducted to explore post-conflict media content in the Central Africa Republic (CAR), with a view to developing strategies for peacebuilding. The media monitoring research was conducted by Internews during a month-long period, April and May of 2014, as part of the...

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Launched in February 2013, the Maternal Health Channel is a television and radio series that is part drama, part documentary, and part discussion, designed to improve maternal health in Ghana. Produced by Creative Storm Networks, the project comprises documentaries about real-life stories, studio discussions, bulletins, and special reports. The...

Author: Bidhya Chapagain, September 26 2014 - Man Bahadur Lama was sitting in a relief centre when I first met him. Visibly shocked and heavy with grief, he told me he was desperately awaiting government papers which would qualify him for help as a person displaced by disaster.

We were at the makeshift centre...

Author: Zabiullah Faizy, September 26 2014  - Abdurrasul Pamiri stunned the studio audience of our discussion programme Open Jirga when he revealed he had travelled eight days from the Pamir Mountains in northern Afghanistan to ask a question.

"Twenty kilometres on foot from my village to the Wakhan...

"Theories are often used to guide the design of messaging content aimed at increasing demand for health services and commodities. However, it not always the case that theories are used to guide the selection of the media through which those messages are conveyed; especially in modern demand generation initiatives that leverage new...

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Community Participation

Author: Raj Panjabi, October 20 2014 - With war or a disease like Ebola, fear is natural. It seems like people all around you are dying. People you love, people you take care of, people who take care of you.

In such a context of enormous grief, it is human to imagine that these deaths are the result of a "curse" or conspiracy.

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Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, October 20 2014 - People, the world over, are entitled to universal, inalienable and indivisible rights, by virtue of their common humanity.

Everyone is entitled to live and enjoy a life of freedom and dignity regardless of their age, status, income, gender, sexual orientation, religion, among others. Human...

"This resource provides an in-depth look at three programs that illustrate the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media - specifically using mobile technologies - as part of an integrated strategy to increase demand for and use of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) commodities and services."...

"Polio eradication's surveillance, communications, and service delivery systems were unmatched in terms of combining quality with reach....Applying the resolve and dedication that characterizes polio eradication to a wider suite of services could provide communities with the services they are demanding, give workers a fresh reason for...

"[T]he UNCoLSC’s Neonatal Resuscitation Technical Working Group (TWG) was formed to systematically identify best practices for scaling up interventions, identifying barriers in current implementation and gaps in knowledge, and addressing other issues related to reducing neonatal mortality through the development of technical standards."

The authors of the more than 60 articles in this supplement to The Journal of Infectious Diseases reflect on the tools, tactics, and alliances that the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners have undertaken as part of the effort to combat the international spread of wild polioviruses into previously polio-free countries...

Author: John Kuumuori Ganle, October 15 2014  - The story below of a Ghanaian midwife from the Ashanti region illustrates how one person was able to mobilize local community members in rural Piase in the Bosomtwi district to create demand for, and improve access to and use of, emergency and routine maternal health services. Her...

"Injectable antibiotics for newborns remain underutilized and as such, have been identified by the UN [United Nations] Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health as one of 13 commodities that if more widely accessed and properly used, could save the lives of more than six million women and children worldwide."

This 5-minute animated video, available in English and French, has been produced to help encourage pregnant women to be tested during pregnancy and to inform them about the process and steps a woman would ideally follow once she finds out she is pregnant and living with HIV, namely immediate and lifelong antiretroviral treatment. The animation...

This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of chlorhexidine, one of "13 Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for newborn umbilical cord care to prevent infection. The document forms part of a comprehensive Demand Generation Implementation Kit for Underutilized Commodities in RMNCH (Reproductive, Mother, Newborn...

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Materials

"By adding social media to the annual work plans and official set of strategies that are being used in an emergency, you will be able to reduce opposition, increase internal awareness and buy-in for your activities..."

This tool from the global initiative Every Newborn aims to support countries with a roadmap, "Every Newborn: an action plan to end preventable deaths", by improving quality care at the time of birth and support for small and sick babies through the scale...

This tool from the global initiative Every Newborn aims to support countries to analyse health system bottlenecks and challenges preventing the scale up of high-impact, cost-effective interventions for newborns and to identify solutions. It is part of the...

This 5-minute animated video, available in English and French, has been produced to help encourage pregnant women to be tested during pregnancy and to inform them about the process and steps a woman would ideally follow once she finds out she is pregnant and living with HIV, namely immediate and lifelong antiretroviral treatment. The animation...

This roadmap for communication design focuses on advocacy for use of misoprostol, one of 13 "Life-Saving Commodities." The commodity is used for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) , a leading cause of maternal deaths, along with another underutilised commodity, oxytocin, as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for cases of PPH when...

"A communication strategy provides a 'road map' for local action targeted at behavior change and creates a consistent voice for the messages, materials, and activities developed. It also ensures that activities and products work together to achieve the program goal and objectives. The final communication strategy should be used to guide content...

"Successful IPV introduction relies on effective planning with measurable outcomes and processes. Key components of planning include vaccine procurement and supply, cold chain and logistics, health worker training, communications, and social mobilization."

"Enhanced child participation improves parliament by making it more inclusive, more representative and more democratic. Indeed, if parliaments are to serve and reflect the will of all the people, then including children will help engender a system that better serves the entire population; it will in consequence strengthen parliaments'...

This Cholera Toolkit was produced to provide United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) staff and partners with practical resources to support the implementation of integrated approaches to cholera prevention, preparedness, and response. "It addresses water, hygiene and sanitation, health, and communication for development...

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Ebola News Feed

DRC: Continuing efforts to contain Ebola
Oct 21 2014 - 12:29pm
An Ebola outbreak that has killed several people in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) appears to be slowing down, but health workers say there is a need for continued vigilance in order to contain the virus. 'Their last confirmed case was admitted in the MSF [Médecins Sans Frontières]/Ministry of Health Ebola ward on October 10, after two weeks with no confirmed cases,' Olimpia de la Rosa,...

Heroes of our time
Oct 21 2014 - 12:29pm
2014-10-14 - http://jpupdates.com/2014/08/10/fidel-castro-signs-anti-israel-international-manifesto-defense-palestine/The departure of the first batch of Cuban medical personnel to fight the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone rekindles in the mind of Fidel Castro memories of Cuba’s military support for the liberation struggle in Angola. It is continuation of the Black revolutionary tradition

Heroes dressed in white
Oct 21 2014 - 12:29pm
2014-10-15 - http://medicoanthropologist.blogspot.com/Cuba recently sent a medical team of 165, consisting of 63 doctors and 102 nurses, to Sierra Leone to support efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak. It is a mission they were happy to undertake and it goes right into the heart of Cuba’s people-to-people solidarity.

The Cost of Ebola
Oct 21 2014 - 12:29pm
The Ebola Crisis in West Africa has saturated international news. The current outbreak has killed thousands of people. Beyond the obvious health and humanitarian concerns, the Ebola Crisis is threatening the stability of some already fragile states, recovering from civil wars. Mistrust and poor communication between the government […]

The fear and hopelessness behind the deadly attack on Ebola workers in Guinea
Oct 21 2014 - 12:29pm
Originally published on WashingtonPost.com – Sept. 19By Abby Phillip When the Ebola outbreak made a resurgence in Guinea in early August, after earlier showing signs of stabilizing, Moise Mamy knew what he needed to do. The Guinean pastor had already been traveling from remote village to remote village […]

DRC: Ebola toll rises, health system on its knees
Oct 21 2014 - 12:29pm
Since the start of the month the death toll of the Ebola outbreak in the north-east has climbed from 15 to 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, defining the situation 'serious'. Fadela Chaib, a spokeswoman for the Geneva-based agency, stressed that 'it is unusual that the first person to be infected was a health worker'. The areas affected by the outbreak are Isiro and Viadana (70km...

DRC: Ebola toll rises to 36
Oct 21 2014 - 12:29pm
An outbreak of Ebola fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo may have killed up to 36 people, out of 81 suspected cases, according to a new death toll released by the health ministry. The ministry said that 20 confirmed cases have been recorded, as well as 32 likely and 29 suspected as of 29 September.

Uganda: Killer disease reaches Uganda capital, five dead
Oct 21 2014 - 12:29pm
An outbreak of the deadly Marburg virus in Uganda has spread to the capital Kampala after an infected woman travelled to the city and the death toll from the disease, a cousin of Ebola, climbed to five, a health official said on Monday. The latest outbreak of another haemorrhagic fever, first confirmed on Friday in Kabale district, 430 km (270 miles) southwest of Kampala, has rattled a country...

Executive VP Sandra Melone on Ebola Crisis and Border Issues
Oct 21 2014 - 12:29pm
The second case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States is sparking off a debate on disease control and border issues. For all our Spanish speakers, hear what our Executive VP Sandra Melone has to say about the Ebola crisis on Telesur. Watch the video here.   Location:   Washington, […]

Press release: A fleet of pickup trucks joins RFA Argus in Gibraltar
Oct 21 2014 - 11:31am
32 UK-funded pickup trucks to assist efforts to defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone have been loaded aboard the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus during a planned stop at a British Naval Base in Gibraltar. Throughout the day on Tuesday 21 October, the vehicles were lifted onto the deck of the ship where they will remain until the ship reaches Freetown later next week. On arrival in Sierra Leone they...

Liberia: Ebola Survivors Filling Gaps for Orphans
Oct 21 2014 - 11:31am
[FrontPageAfrica]Decontee Davis, serving lunch to the kids in the dining room of a new center run by Ebola survivors for Ebola orphans, immediately stopped and ran upstairs upon hearing two-week-old Sam cry. Little Sam was crying to have his diaper changed. "As soon they [two babies] are crying, when we are in the kitchen or doing something else, the children will yell and say 'your children are...

Africa: Anti-Ebola Response Gathers Pace
Oct 21 2014 - 11:04am
[Deutsche Welle]The World Health Organization is to hold an emergency meeting as the global community ratchets up its response to Ebola. Liberians have told DW the help was commendable, despite delays.

West Africa: Researchers Develop Quick Ebola Diagnosis Device
Oct 21 2014 - 9:15am
[RFI]The new tool, developed by France's Atomic Energy Commission, could allow doctors to diagnose a patient with suspected Ebola in under 15 minutes.

News story: More UK troops deploy to Sierra Leone
Oct 21 2014 - 6:05am
The soldiers, mostly medics from 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment of the Royal Army Medical Corps, are due to arrive in Freetown, Sierra Leone, later today. They will run the Ebola Training Academy – teaching local healthcare workers and hygienists how to protect themselves from infection and how to...

Press release: Justine Greening and British Army medics fly to Sierra Leone
Oct 21 2014 - 6:01am
International Development Secretary Justine Greening will depart from RAF Brize Norton today [Tuesday 21 October] for Sierra Leone with around a hundred soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps as part of the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Ms Greening is travelling to Sierra Leone to see how Britain’s £125 million assistance package is helping the country to tackle Ebola....