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May 19, 2016

A brush with Somalia's people smugglers

Author: Mohammed A. Gaas, May 18 2016 - I came home from work to find my wife, visibly worried, standing at the gate. She had news about my teenage nephew. "Abdirisaq hasn't come home yet. Something...

May 19, 2016

Media and Communication in Governance: It's Time for a Rethink

This book chapter provides: a framework for thinking through the different development outcomes media support might achieve; arguments for why successful governance strategies are likely to involve a...

May 16, 2016

The Politics of Media Development: The Importance of Engaging Government and Civil Society

"Without the enabling political conditions for the media to operate freely, media development efforts can achieve only limited success." This report provides guidance on how to engage the public...

May 5, 2016

Developing the talent of Somali journalists

Author: BBC Media Action's Abdillahi Jama, May 5 2016 - As a Somali journalist, I’ve seen a lot. As the 1991 civil war erupted in Mogadishu, bombs and bullets interrupted my journalism studies....

May 3, 2016

EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices]

EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices] is a web-based, free and open audio content and resource exchange platform for community radio (CR) broadcasters in India. It enables CR stations...

May 2, 2016

Radio Saathi App

"We understood from the very onset that the role of the CR community in the creation of such a learning tool was pivotal..." The Radio Saathi app is an Android mobile application for multimedia-...

April 27, 2016

How to Report Scientific Findings

This online resource from SciDev.Net is written as a communication guide for journalists reporting scientific research. It explains how and why to interrogate research findings that might appear in...

April 26, 2016

Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on Research and Evaluation for an Emerging Field

"More effective instruments are needed that perform the difficult task of re-connecting broken communities, informing citizens and involving them in processes of reconstruction, and enabling all...

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Femme et Télévision au Maghreb (Women and Television in the Maghreb)

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Subtitle: 
Amélioration de l’image de la femme dans les télévisions du Maghreb francophone
Author: 
Sahbi Ben Nablia
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Publication Date: 
December 1, 2009

Published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Office in Rabat as part of its 2010-2013 programme to advance gender equality in media content of the Maghreb countries, this guide is designed to help television practitioners to create gender-sensitive TV content and to reduce stereotyping in their productions. It is the first in a series being produced to ensure gender equality in media content in the Maghreb.

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Free to download
Languages: 

French

Number of Pages: 

58

Source: 

UNESCO website on December 2 2010.

Femmes et Radio au Maghreb (Women and Radio in the Maghreb)

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Author: 
Sahbi Ben Nablia
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September 1, 2010

Published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Office in Rabat as part of its 2010-2013 programme to advance gender equality in media content of the Maghreb countries, this guide is designed to help radio owners, managers, and producers to create gender-sensitive content and to reduce stereotyping in their productions. It is the second in a series being produced to ensure gender equality in media content and follows the first guide, Femme et television au Maghreb (Women and Television in the Maghreb).

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Free to download.
Languages: 

French

Number of Pages: 

92

Source: 

UNESCO website on November 22 2010.

The Language of Water

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Implemented by Arca-MED, the communications branch of Arca Consulting, this film project involved the production of 4 documentarie

Communication Strategies: 

The 4 documentaries, each 52 minutes in length, explore water issues in 4 different sectors: water and peace, water conservation, water and health, and water and ecosystems. The contents were developed through a participatory field research process that involved interviews with personnel, acquisition and analysis of relevant documentation, and analysis of emblematic cases and success stories of individuals and communities. There were few formal interviews, since the strategy was to tell the stories with a creative approach by illuminating the daily life and activities of relevant community members. Themes highlighted in the stories concerning water include: innovation; changes in behaviour and practices; cultivations able to withstand water scarcity; examples of community participation or community-based initiatives; and examples of networking, south-south cooperation, and pooling of experience.

The films were produced through co-production agreements with television stations in each of the countries concerned. They have obtained, in exchange, the right to broadcast all 4 documentaries on their channels. The intended audience is within the Arabic speaking region, within the European region, and - internationally - via BBC World or the Arab television channels.

Click here to access, in PDF format, a dossier describing the films and the process in more detail.

Development Issues: 

Environment, Natural Resource Management, Peace, Health, Rights.

Key Points: 

Arca-MED explains that the various models developed by scientists in order to predict the effects of climate change indicate that the rise in temperatures and the change in rainfall patterns will produce more severe effects in some areas, including the Mediterranean. One of the consequences is the "intensification" of the water cycle - meaning that rainfall will be concentrated in fewer, severe storms, giving less time for the soil to absorb and store humidity. At the same time, the amount of precipitation in the Mediterranean will diminish. In conclusion, there will be less rain in absolute terms, and, of that rain, a larger share will be lost because of torrential runoff. All of this will happen in a region where water shortage is a centuries-old problem. "We can tell the story of conflicts about water, of how it affects life in the cities, on the farms and the steppe [per Wikipedia: a biome region characterised by grassland plain without trees apart from those near rivers and lakes]. Of how it affects and is affected by the quality of the environment, and the importance of conserving forests and even desert shrubs to save water resources. Of how cultures and society have developed different norms on its use and ingenious ways to make the best of it. Of the commitment of modern society, and of its failures."

Arca-MED continues: "Across our cultural and social differences, we share the awareness that water is a pressing issue, and of the need to develop synergies to address it. From being the subject of competition and even conflict, water can and must become a cross-cutting theme of cooperation, bridging our differences. Our objective is to use the universal language of water as a means to give birth to debate and meeting of minds and cultures, across the borders of religion, politics, and social layers, aiming at the development of practical, implementable solutions."

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Email from Emanuela Gasbarroni to The Communication Initiative on May 24 2010; and Arca-MED website, May 27 2010.

IMF Youth Video Contest

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This International Monetary Fund (IMF) contest invites young people across the Middle East, Pakistan, and North Africa to directly engage with the IMF on the issues of greatest concern to them by maki

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September 30, 2010

Euro-Med Dialogue Award

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This Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures is an annual prize which recognises the achievements of individuals and organisations working for the promotion of intercultural dialogue.

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May 20, 2010

Geo-bombing: YouTube and Google Earth

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Author: 
Sami Ben Gharbia
Publication Date
December 1, 2008
Affiliation: 

Global Voices

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Global Voices Advocacy website accessed on September 21 2009.

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