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Social and Non-Formal Learning Environments

Subtitle: 
Educational Approaches to the Notion of 'Participation'
Author: 
Anders Høg Hansen
April 20, 2010
Affiliation: 

Malmö University

From the Introduction: "The purpose of this essay is to provide a series of brief short cases as examples unfolding a variety of learning approaches and communication practices, which w

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Flor Enghel to The Communication Initiative on May 10 2010; and the Glocal Times website, July 14 2010.

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Heinrich Böll Foundation

Communication Strategies: 

Through its conferences, training programmes, scholarships and awards, and publications, the Heinrich Böll Foundation acts from the core recognition that knowledge - especially scientific knowledge - has increasingly become a crucial resource and education the precondition for participation in the public sphere. For the Foundation, this participation in turn includes the ability to take part in social deliberations about the direction and the limits of scientific and technological progress.

To facilitate this in the fields of science and education, the Foundation promotes the broad production and distribution of literary and artistic work in recognition of its role in political education. From the Foundation's perspective, enabling people to perceive works of art and to grasp their meanings and dimensions promotes intellectual development and furthers citizenship and tolerance. The promotion of openness towards other cultures and lifestyles is an integral part of the Foundation's cultural exchange programmes, which involve regularly inviting writers and artists from abroad to stay in Germany for some months.

As a "Green think tank" that is part of the global Green network, the Foundation promotes the development of the Green political movement on all continents. The organisation focuses especially on the broadening and deepening of the European Green movement. The Foundation's initiatives are designed to promote democratic reforms and social innovation, advance ecological policies and sustainable development on a global level, facilitate transfer of knowledge and skills from experts to political actors, and provide a forum for open debate and dialogue between politics, business, academia, and society. One activity the Foundation engages in as a think tank is taking part in conferences and negotiations within the framework of multilateral organisations in order to advocate for and bolster the participation of civil society in politics.

Operating from the assumption that democratisation is a chief tenet of Green politics, the Foundation strives to translate the general notion of democratisation into concrete projects, campaigns, and educational programmes. The Foundation thereby works actively for the development of a political European public. Click here to access a world map with details about specific Foundation initiatives.

The Heinrich Böll Foundation looks at alternatives to the West-German model of a salaried, male, full-time job economy. At conferences and in publications (accessible on the Foundation's website), the organisation compares national models of employment and social policy, explores life- and work styles beyond the market or state, and discusses the potential of employment in the non-profit sector.

The Foundation works to gather resources in the above (and other areas - e.g., ecology and international politics), documenting the history of the Green movement in order to promote research and provide political inspiration. For example, the Archiv Grünes Gedächtnis (which translates as "Green memory archive") collects materials relating to the new social movements and to the German Green Party. This includes documents from federal and regional party headquarters, as well as from the European, German, and regional German parliaments. There is also a collection of posters, recordings, and photographs. Located in Berlin, the archive has a library which is open to the public.

The Foundation trains activists in an effort to enable them to self-organise and participate in political processes. Also, strengthening media - through workshops such as one co-organised by the Institute for Professional Journalists - is a key Foundation focus. Details about all such capacity-building efforts are available on the Foundation's website.

The Foundation's international Petra Kelly Prize has, since 1998, recognised people and civil society organisations for their outstanding achievements in respecting human rights, fostering non-violent conflict resolution, and protecting the environment. The award is endowed with € 10,000, but the Foundation views the awarding as "a political statement. The publicity, financial support, and political recognition related to the award should help to foster the advancement of the awarded person's or group's concern."

The Foundation's programme for undergraduate and PhD students active on socio-political issues both in Germany and abroad is described as more than the provision of education funding. In addition, recipients gain access to a Green network: "The scholarship department can assist you in getting in touch with experts in various fields, friends of the foundation and the regional as well as international offices of the Heinrich Böll Foundation. We support networking between our scholarship holders and provide an intranet platform for them."

Development Issues: 

Democracy and Governance, Media Development, Conflict, Rights.

Key Points: 

The Green Party may be described as "a formally organized political party based on the principles of Green politics. These principles include environmentalism, reliance on grassroots democracy, nonviolence, and support for social justice causes, including those related to the rights of indigenous peoples, among others" (source: Wikipedia, September 14 2009). Regional foundations close to the Green Party were set up in the early 1980s; in 1996 a Green Party convention pushed the merger of the separate foundations to form the Heinrich Böll Foundation on July 1 1997. The Foundation was named for Heinrich Böll (1917-1985), writer and chronicler of Germany's history at mid-century. "His global commitment to human rights greatly enhanced the image of the Federal Republic of Germany and fostered international understanding....Committed to speaking out against the global threat of nuclear destruction, he was actively involved in the peace movement in the early 1980s."

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Christoph Dietz to The Communication Initiative on July 2 2009; A-Z of German Media Assistance to Developing and Transitional Countries [PDF]; and Heinrich Böll Foundation website.

Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT)

Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) is a German media development organisation that implements projects in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Through activities focusing on the interplay between conflict, media coverage, and reconciliation in crisis regions, MICT aims to foster the transformation of conflict towards reconciliation and to encourage dialogue among conflicting factions within society.

Communication Strategies: 

From MICT's perspective, the key factor in conflict transition is supporting media cooperation, media networking, media development, and capacity building in the field of journalism. To that end, the focal point of MICT's strategies is the interaction and interdependence of media and conflict. MICT's services comprise the training of journalists and media producers, programme and content development, production of radio programmes, films, and books, as well as media research and monitoring in conflict zones. All projects are realised in close cooperation with MICT partners on-site.

 

Selected MICT project examples:

 

Web

  • Wirtschaftsplattform Irak (WPI) - In May 2009, MICT launched this online portal for German entrepreneurs interested in working and investing in Iraq. The website contains detailed information on jurisdiction, economic regulations, and current issues pertaining to politics, society, and the rebuilding and development of Iraq today. WPI is realised by a team of experts based in Berlin, Germany, in continuous interaction with journalists, activists and business operators in Iraq and the wider Middle East.
  • NIQASH - a trilingual website (Arabic, English, Kurdish) on politics, media, and culture in Iraq. Since March 2005, an international editorial team, in cooperation with a network of Iraqi correspondents, researches and publishes background information online and sends out a weekly newsletter with analyses of current political developments in Iraq to over 3,000 subscribers all over the world.
  • LIQA - a digital exchange of letters between experts from Iraq, its neighboring countries, and Europe in which 28 select participants from 9 different cities wrote each other letters on controversial questions situated at the intersection of politics and art. The resulting texts, letters, and opinions were published on the NIQASH website.
  • Electionnaire - interactive online voter education software. The user is asked to agree or disagree, per mouse click, to 30 statements on political core issues. At each new statement s/he can inform him-/herself about the respective position of all main political parties. At the end of the dialog the Electionnaire informs the user on which political party mostly closely represents his/her own positions. MICT developed the Electionnaire with a focus on the parties, lists, and candidates participating in the December 2005 elections in Iraq. Particularly against the background of an election campaign that was very emotional and focused on religious and ethnic aspects, the availability of such a tool, which focuses on political issues, seemed useful and necessary to MICT. To cite a more recent example, the Sudan Electionnaire is an online questionnaire that compares views on 30 debated issues with the positions of the 16 main parties for the upcoming elections in February 2010. A ranking shows how the answers match the party programmes. The tool is meant to offer more information before going to the ballot box.
  • Online School - MICT selected young Iraqi radio journalists and trained them in a 4-week online course designed to develop their skills in gender-sensitive journalism. Through this application an expert or teacher in charge is able to comment directly, on-time, and remotely to a radio report that has been submitted by a student. The teacher can either add a comment to a specific part of the audio file or can submit in-depth comments on the student's reports. The student responds to the comments in an extra text space.

 

Film

  • BABEL NOW - an art installation featuring conversations with 14 citizens of Babel exploring their projects and struggles, giving their political analysis, and reflecting on how ancient history influences daily life in the capitol city of Hilla. These conversations with Babylonians are shown as an installation with 10 screens in the Pergamonmuseum (Berlin/Germany) and in the British Museum (London/Great Britain) as part of the exhibition "Babylon. Myth and truth". One can watch/listen here as well.
  • Iraqiscope - an online platform for films and video clips made in Iraq. It allows people to upload and share video clips, short films, and movies of any kind. Users can see first-hand accounts of current events, made by Iraqis from the "inside perspective".

 

Radio

  • Election Coverage Network - a voter education project for the parliamentary elections in Iraq in January 2010. On July 5 2009 a consortium of journalists from all parts of Iraq began the production of radio interviews, reports, and information on election issues in cooperation with a German-Arabic team of editors working for MICT. The project aims to provide the Iraqi people with independent information about parties, candidates, and details on the voting process. The products will be made available to a network of FM radio stations across Iraq and will be open to a worldwide audience online. The radio reports will be broadcast in Arabic and Kurdish.
  • Journalists in Dialogue - initiated by MICT with the goal to to enhance tolerance and mutual understanding among the ethno-religious communities in the country and to increase dialogue between conflict partners on the community level via local Iraqi media. Starting on March 1 2007, a network of 6 radio stations cooperatively produced 10 radio shows on key conflicts revolving around the problem of federalism. In the run-up to the production, editors of the participating radio stations attended lectures on the federalism debate in Iraq and conflict-sensitive journalism and developed guidelines and a structure for the production. The participating radio stations exchanged reports, material, and phone calls during the show, which was broadcast every Monday at noon by all participating radio stations simultaneously.
  • Radio Reports Network (RRN) - Implemented from June 2005 to January 2007, RRN was a radio agency for production and dissemination of Iraqi radio reports. Linking a network of more then 30 journalists located all over Iraq with a network of Iraqi radio stations, RRN produced and disseminated radio reports (features, interviews, and vox pops - "man on the street" interviews) in all provinces of Iraq on a daily basis. The centrepiece of up- and download/dissemination was a secured internet platform managed and maintained by MICT. Although the core purpose of RRN was political education, MICT also hoped through the project to facilitate the capacity building of young journalists (all participating journalists underwent training measures before joining the network) and to strengthen linkages between the 20 participating radio stations.
  • Election Monitor Iraq (EMI) - Running from December 21 2005 to February 31 2006, this radio programme monitored the preparation, implementation, and analysis of the Iraqi elections in January 2006. Over 3 months, in daily 30-minute shows, EMI discussed election topics with candidates, presented parties and their programmes, asked election observers to comment on the state of the process, explained the technical aspects of voting, etc. The programme was aired by 4 different radio stations in 11 Iraqi provinces. The content was delivered by 20 correspondents in Iraq (who had been trained during a 7-day workshop in Amman), while the programme itself was put together at the MICT studio in Berlin. The various parts of the radio programme were collated on a website for further use and complemented by additional information. Part of the project was the creation of an election booklet in which all candidates and parties were explained. The guide to Iraqi Parties was distributed as complement with the Newspaper Sabah Al-Jadeed.
  • Sawtuha - Launched in June 2005, Sawtuha (her voice) was a year-long radio production on women's topics. Together with female journalists and Iraqi non-governmental organisations (NGOs), MICT developed shows and features on the situation of women in Iraq, which were broadcast by up to 15 radio stations throughout Iraq. The communication between MICT, radio stations, female journalists, and NGOs was coordinated through a virtual editorial platform.
  • Iraq 360 Degrees - Two Iraqi writers reported on their 3-month journey to Damascus, Istanbul, Ankara, Cairo, and Beirut. On a weekly basis 1 Lebanese and 3 Iraqi radio stations aired the show.
  • Telephone FM - produced 5 days per week for 3 months in 2004 in Berlin together with Iraqi journalists and transmitted via a partner radio station in Baghdad. At the centre of each show was the conversation between Iraqi radio journalists in Germany and young people in Iraq who, as academics, entrepreneurs, or cultural workers, reflect and evaluate the current changes in their country. The conversations focused on everyday life, private perspective, and professional activity of the interview partners in Iraq; these personal questions were intended to convey an evaluation of the political situation. To implement this project, Iraqi radio journalists were invited to Berlin, where together with German editors they developed and produced the programme.

 

Conferences and training

  • In Sudan, the Voters Education Project aims to support the country's media in covering the upcoming (February 2010) elections. MICT will train journalists from 14 newspapers and radio stations in various workshops designed to enable them to produce professional background information about parties, candidates, and the voting process.
  • Transmediale (Berlin, Akademie der Künste, February 2 2006) - On the occasion of the Transmediale art festival, MICT invited Iraqi journalists and writers to Berlin to discuss the role of Iraqi and foreign media in the political development of Iraq. The panel, "Fragile freedoms - Iraq's media landscape", was organised and moderated by MICT.
  • Election Day (Berlin, Kulturbrauerei, January 31 2005) - On the occasion of the Iraqi parliamentary elections, MICT invited 8 Middle East experts to a debate on the political process in Iraq, the elections within the context of political tensions, and the election results. The panel discussion, which was held before an audience of 350 guests, was held within the framework of a 4-hour live radio show, broadcast from Iraq. The audience in Berlin could listen via headphones either in the Arabic original or simultaneously translated into German. A bilingual ticker, projected on a big screen, provided the latest news sent to Berlin by MICT's correspondents and election observers in Iraq.
  • Radio Conference (Amman, August 15 2005) - MICT invited representatives and directors of 22 Iraqi radio stations to network, to find ways of future cooperation, and to discuss challenges and difficulties that radio broadcasters face in Iraq. All 22 radio stations agreed on cooperation within the framework of the RRN and to sign a Professional Code of Ethics.

 

Publications

  • SHAHADAT - a collection of interviews, articles, artwork, and other comments on the cultural transformation of Iraqi society in the past 4 years. The participating authors are key figures in the cultural political discourse.
  • Media on the Move - a reader on the developmental status of media in Iraq, with a focus on regulation and legislation issues.
Development Issues: 

Media Development, Democracy and Governance.

Partner Text: 

MICT is financed and supported by the Belgian Foreign Ministry, the German Foreign Office, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), the Government of Canada, and the Amman Centre for Human Rights Studies.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Christoph Dietz to The Communication Initiative on July 2 2009; A-Z of German Media Assistance to Developing and Transitional Countries [PDF]; and MICT website, September 10 2009 and September 16 2009. Image credit: Xchange Perspectives

Media Dialogues

The Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen (Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, or "IFA") is a German organisation operating worldwide to promote artistic exchange and dialogue between civil societie

Communication Strategies: 

The in-person media dialogues that take place on a yearly basis (since 2000) covered issues of stereotypes and prejudices early on; discussions now focus on subjects like the social and legal position of women, cultural globalisation, young people and political participation, as well as tolerance and freedom of opinion. For example, the July 4-8 2009 German-Pakistani Media Dialogue in Berlin explored political violence and the fight for democracy, with a focus on problems of reporting in difficult times.

All the details from each cross-cultural programme are available on the Media Dialogues page on the IFA website. The subjects discussed in the media dialogues are at times followed up on with media study tours at the end of some of the conferences.

Development Issues: 

Media Development, Democracy and Governance.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Christoph Dietz to The Communication Initiative on July 2 2009; A-Z of German Media Assistance to Developing and Transitional Countries [PDF]; and Media Dialogues page on the IFA website.

Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum

Communication Strategies: 

Deutsche Welle, Germany's international broadcaster, has developed this initiative based on "a simple philosophy": "Those working on the future have to think in networks - and in global dimensions." All the details of each past and forthcoming conference are available on a dedicated website, which features the use of social media (Twitter, blogging, audio, videos, photos, etc.) to connect participants, to offer them links to further information about the specific topics being covered in the conversations, and to exchange the results of their collaboration each year in Bonn.

 

For example, in June 2009, more than 1,200 participants from approximately 100 countries came to the World Conference Center Bonn to participate in a 3-day conference focusing on "Conflict Prevention in the Multimedia Age". Representatives from the media, politics, business, science, and culture joined in discussions with Deutsche Welle partners and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at the conference, which featured a programme of more than 50 different events. Speaking at the closing ceremony, Deutsche Welle's Director General highlighted key points to emerge from the discussions: "We have effectively overcome the struggle between traditional and new media....The media - regardless of how it is distributed - must live up to clearly-defined quality standards". He stressed that, especially in conflict situations and political hot spots, the media must act as responsible professionals - while honoring journalistic impartiality - and contribute to conflict prevention and containment. He also announced that the third edition of the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, which will focus on "Media and Global Warming", will take place from June 21-23 2010 in Bonn.

Development Issues: 

Media Development, Conflict, Environment.

Contact Information: 
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Source: 

Email from Christoph Dietz to The Communication Initiative on July 2 2009; A-Z of German Media Assistance to Developing and Transitional Countries [PDF]; and Media Dialogues page on the IFA website.

German Media Development Cooperation: A Survey

Subtitle: 
FoME Research No 3
Author: 
Christoph Dietz
November 1, 2010
Affiliation: 

Catholic Media Council (CAMECO)

The German Forum Media and Development (FoME) developed this document from a survey of current German media development cooperation practices.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Christoph Dietz to The Communication Initiative on January 12 2011.

Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution

Author: 
Richard Lance Keeble, ed.
John Tulloch, ed.
Florian Zollmann, ed.
Publication Date: 
January 1, 2010

Peace Journalism, War and Conflict Resolution draws together the work of more than 20 international writers, journalists, theorists, and campaigners in the field of peace journalism.

Cost: 
SFR36.00, €23.20 (please consult the website for added VAT), £20.90, US$35.95
Number of Pages: 

373

Contact Information: 
Source: 

EuroMed Intercultural Trends 2010: Anna Lindh Report

Publication Date: 
August 1, 2010

This "Report on Intercultural Trends", one of an ongoing series from the Anna Lindh Foundation, aims to provide a tool of action for the Euro-Mediterranean (EuroMed) region.

Publisher: 
Number of Pages: 

84

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Press release from Ingy Sedky to The Communication Initiative on September 16 2010.

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This article describes a suite of resources that provides implementation guidance for mHealth initiatives, particularly in less developed countries. The suite includes an "eLearning course, online guide, evidence database, and a High-Impact Practices brief, along with the mHealth Working Group and website."

"Cambodian government information technology policy has encouraged the use of open source programs and the uncensored transmission of information, resulting in an energetic IT community that has produced Khmer Unicode and indigenized software. ODC continues this tradition."

"Environmental stories are broad by their very nature and it's the job of a reporter to help readers pin down the often interconnected influences that drive environmental change. The growth of large, publicly available datasets about environmental topics has presented the media community with a new opportunity."

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"The initiative comes in the wake of the disclosure of 'diversity' figures by major tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn, which reveal that, across the board, the number of women in tech jobs is well under 20 per cent, with the percentage of women in leadership roles not much better - reflecting a global lack of...

The Manthan Award was created to recognise best practices in the areas of e-content, creativity, innovation, and development in internet content in India. This specific competition is a regional award for eleven states of southwest India. The core objective of the Manthan Award process is "giving visibility to the already existing content and...

"If you use digital technologies to create content addressing socially relevant issues, this could be your chance to bring your project to a stage of global recognition."

Centre for Communication and Social Change Awards 2014

The Centre for Communication and Social Change is looking for outstanding and innovative individuals and organisations using communication and information and communication technology (ICTs) in communities to create meaningful change and facilitate social, economic, and technological development. The Award exists to recognise 'unsung heroes'...

Manthan South Asia & Asia Pacific Award

The Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and .ORG, in association with Vodafone, present the Manthan South Asia & Asia Pacific Awards, open to participants located in South Asia and Asia Pacific.

The core objective of the Manthan Award process is: making visible the digital contents that already exist, thus demonstrating the richness...

GSMA mWomen Design Challenge aims to redefine and meet the needs of resource-poor women by improving the smartphone user experience. Designers, programmers, and innovators of all kinds are invited to consider the user experience of resource- poor women and re-imagine the smartphone’s core user interface to be more intuitive and accessible....

The Global Integrity Innovation

TESTING 1 2 3 is Global Integrity's Innovation Fund set up to invest up to US$10 000 in each brand new idea that addresses the challenges of transparency and accountability .  Global Integrity is seeking proof of concepts that are high-risk/high-reward and can be tested in up to 6 months post-investment.

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"How can we build health communication and other capacity in disadvantaged settings?"

"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."...

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...

"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...

"This report focuses on the ways in which youth in Cambodia access and use different types of media and explores media as a source of information for young people. It also looks at how media can have an impact on their levels of civic participation as well as their attitudes."

This group of papers on the use of mobile phones in India for social and behaviour change is the product of research and a two-day multi-stakeholder consultation in May 2013 sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), leading to the formation of the organisation Mobile Social &...

"[W]hile technology has the potential to amplify citizens' voices, it must be accompanied by clear political goals and other factors to increase their clout."

Drawing upon case studies from 9 programmes around the world and a citizen participation theory of change, this case study from the United States (US)-based National...

"Utilizing social media and user-generated content for post-conflict peacebuilding does not simply mean making a Facebook or Twitter account for your organization. Social media involves conversation, and listening as well."

Nervious Siantombo

Author: Nervious Siantombo, August 5 2014 - Citizen participation is a critical element in the development of Zambia’s agriculture sector, which is the mainstay of the majority of the country’s population.

Produced by Internews Humanitarian Information Service in South Sudan, Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) is a recorded audio service which seeks to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced by the conflict at two of the United Nations Missions in Sudan South (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites in Juba. The BBTT...

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"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...

"This report focuses on the ways in which youth in Cambodia access and use different types of media and explores media as a source of information for young people. It also looks at how media can have an impact on their levels of civic participation as well as their attitudes."

"...[T]he media children use can have a profound impact - both positive and negative - on learning, social development, and behavior. The only way to maximize the positive impact of media on children is to have an accurate understanding of the role it plays in their lives: which platforms they are using, the activities or content they are...

"The initiative comes in the wake of the disclosure of 'diversity' figures by major tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn, which reveal that, across the board, the number of women in tech jobs is well under 20 per cent, with the percentage of women in leadership roles not much better - reflecting a global lack of...

"BBC Media Action's qualitative research explored the maternal and child health information that is available and needed [in Afghanistan], and analysed which people in households and the community have significant influence over pregnant women."

This research summary describes BBC Media Action's scoping study of the potential of maternal...

I am deeply dissatisfied with the current state of public discourse about the role of media in international development. It appears to be dominated by 'techno-utopian' narratives which celebrate the apparent capacity of the media to directly deliver 'positive' benefits to communities.

"Affording citizens with MIL competencies contributes to free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems, thereby improving the quality of information they provide. While free media is perhaps taken for granted in the western world, more than a third of the world's population lives in countries where media and other...

The number of United Kingdom (UK) children who own a mobile phone is going down, as youngsters reject basic handsets and increasingly turn to tablet computers to access the internet. This is one of the findings shared in a report of communication trends published by Ofcom, the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK...

Joshua Masinde

Author Joshua Masinde, December 12 2013:       Information and communication technology has brought about a paradigm shift in agricultural practice by offering the sector a renaissance of some kind.

The increasing digitisation of agriculture has however, raised a lot of questions, many of which touch on...

Resource Media, a nonprofit public relations firm based in the United States (US) that develops and executes communications strategies for the environment and public health, offers an online toolbox containing practical guides, worksheets, and presentations on strategic communications. The offerings are divided into the following categories:...

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"This report focuses on the ways in which youth in Cambodia access and use different types of media and explores media as a source of information for young people. It also looks at how media can have an impact on their levels of civic participation as well as their attitudes."

"Utilizing social media and user-generated content for post-conflict peacebuilding does not simply mean making a Facebook or Twitter account for your organization. Social media involves conversation, and listening as well."

Produced by Internews Humanitarian Information Service in South Sudan, Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) is a recorded audio service which seeks to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced by the conflict at two of the United Nations Missions in Sudan South (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites in Juba. The BBTT...

"BBC Media Action's qualitative research explored the maternal and child health information that is available and needed [in Afghanistan], and analysed which people in households and the community have significant influence over pregnant women."

This research summary describes BBC Media Action's scoping study of the potential of maternal...

The Manthan Award was created to recognise best practices in the areas of e-content, creativity, innovation, and development in internet content in India. This specific competition is a regional award for eleven states of southwest India. The core objective of the Manthan Award process is "giving visibility to the already existing content and...

"This collaboration presents the opportunity to link citizen journalism, official elections monitoring, and traditional media coverage with a single platform that can provide a much more comprehensive picture of the election process than any of three could independently."

I am deeply dissatisfied with the current state of public discourse about the role of media in international development. It appears to be dominated by 'techno-utopian' narratives which celebrate the apparent capacity of the media to directly deliver 'positive' benefits to communities.

"The mapping tool should not be something that journalists should be afraid of, it is just a matter of being resourceful to know free, good apps, combined with imagination on how to use these tools to tell the story." - from a "Flag it!" participant

"Environmental stories are broad by their very nature and it's the job of a reporter to help readers pin down the often interconnected influences that drive environmental change. The growth of large, publicly available datasets about environmental topics has presented the media community with a new opportunity."

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