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The Drum Beat 602 - Communication and Change News and Issues

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Issue #: 
602
Date: 
December 19, 2011

This issue includes:

  • THANK YOU to our network.
  • STRATEGIC THINKING: ICTs & Climate, Edu TV, Migrant Youth, Pakistan Polio.
  • Call for PROPOSALS: Ending Violence against Women.
  • MATERIALS: Media Grant-Making, Child-Friendly Kit, Positive Prevention.  
  • Advertise Your Publications through The CI.
  • EXPERIENCES: Iraqi Radio, Indigenous Network, Youth Film, African Business.

 


 

At this time of year, we are especially reminded of how grateful we are to you, our network, for enhancing the work of your colleagues and of us here - The CI staff - with your information, experiences, and wisdom related to communication for development. Each time we receive a message from one of you drawing our attention to a new initiative, resource, or evaluation - or a notice that an older, yet still very valuable, summary needs to be updated - we appreciate the chance to participate with you in this knowledge-sharing process that is The CI. In that spirit, we thank you, and wish you a peaceful holiday season, however you might celebrate it, and look forward to moving into 2012 with you. Our warmest wishes ~ The CI staff.


 

STRATEGIC THINKING

1.    ICTs and Climate Change Mitigation in Emerging Economies
by Helen Roeth and Leena Wokeck
This paper, published in January 2011 by the University of Manchester, discusses needs and opportunities for information and communication technology (ICT)-enabled climate change mitigation in emerging economies. According to the paper, the use of remote sensing applications complemented by ground data gathered on location and geolocation information, including field data collection via mobile technologies, is an established and effective means of monitoring land-use change and forestry emissions. "ICT applications can also contribute to empowering groups and supporting them in efforts around environmental conservation. For instance, Amazon Indians in South America combine use of ICT solutions like Google Earth and Global Positioning System (GPS) mapping, with traditional knowledge of the rainforest to help detect illegal activities and thus fight deforestation."

2.    A New Meaning of Educational TV: From School to Audience's Everyday Life
by Valerio Fuenzalida Fernández
This March 2011 report seeks to analyse how different Latin American television genres are received by their audience and whether or not they constitute educational programming. The article concludes that the role of "'television education', as opposed to curricular schooling, carried out in lucid-emotional audiovisual language could help enhance capabilities such as empowerment and reliance, which nowadays are considered to be indispensable to overcome social adversity."

3.    Meeting Young People on the Move: Training Helps Migrant Youth in China Develop Skills for Life
This September 2009 PATH article presents, through the experience of a Chinese youth, the results of a vocational school "life-planning skills” training, part of the China Adolescent Health Project, in an urban centre in China's Hubei province. The training uses games, role-playing, and discussion to help students set life goals and avoid pitfalls. The programme includes a life-planning skills training that takes place in schools, school dormitories, and workplaces as part of a large-scale project for improving the health of youth in China.

4.    Barriers to the Up-Take of Telemedicine in Australia - A View from Providers
by JJ Moffatt and DS Eley
This September 2011 article reports on the barriers to the uptake of telemedicine, one example of a technology which has advanced in its capacity to increase access to healthcare services, from the perspective of participants in a national study in Australia. "The primary barriers identified were: funding; time; infrastructure; equipment; skills; and preference for the traditional approach....The results suggest that not using telemedicine is, in the current climate, a rational response - it is quicker, easier and more cost-effective not to use telemedicine."

5.    Sindh Polio Communication Review Recommendations: Building on Progress/Addressing Challenges
This summary describes both a report and a PowerPoint presentation - linking to 16 additional documents - emerging from the Sindh Polio Communication Review meeting, held in Karachi, Pakistan, in September 2008. As stated in the report, continued and visible commitment from the Provincial Ministry of Health (MOH) - supported at the Federal level - is an important achievement. There has also been improvement in the use of data - especially for social mapping, and communication activities in high-risk districts/towns (i.e., the work done with nomads and schools), and increased attention and focus is being given to communication components of the programme at all levels, as seen in joint workshops and national and global meetings. Finally, "good efforts are being made towards engaging other key partners such as the police, private sector, different political parties and other forms of intersectoral cooperation."

6.    "Nobody Remembers Us": Failure to Protect Women's and Girls' Right to Health and Security in Post-Earthquake Haiti
From Human Rights Watch, this August 2011 report documents the lack of access to reproductive and maternal care and the ways these gaps are harming vulnerable women and girls still displaced after the January 12 2010 earthquake. "The report finds, 18 months after the earthquake, the voices of women affected by the earthquake have been excluded from the reconstruction process - even though women are integral to the country's economy. Moreover, initial optimism felt by international aid agencies and donors that access to maternal health would improve in areas affected by the disaster has not been realized for all women and girls..."

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Call for Proposals: UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women

To mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (November 25), the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 16th grant cycle to support country-level programmes to end violence against women and girls.

The 2011 UN Trust Fund Call invites proposals in the following areas of action: (i) Closing the Gap on the Implementation of National and Local Laws, Policies and Action Plans that Address Violence against Women; and (ii) Addressing Violence against Women in Conflict, Post-conflict and Transitional Settings. The UN Trust Fund promotes initiatives based on the following approaches: human rights-based and gender-responsive approaches, including addressing inequitable gender norms and power disparities; holistic and multi-sectoral responses; focus on priority groups living in poverty and otherwise especially excluded or disadvantaged; coordination and partnership-building; commitment to sharing knowledge; and evidence-based programming.

The Call for Proposals is open until January 19 2012, 23:59 EST (GMT-5). For full details about the application process and/or to apply, please click here.

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MATERIALS

7.    Journalism and Media Grant Making: Five Things You Need to Know, Five Ways to Get Started
by Michelle McLellan and Eric Newton
"Foundations are making more media and journalism grants not for the sake of media alone, but because they are finding they need a healthy news ecosystem in order to achieve their strategic goals." With this in mind, in April 2011, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the William Penn Foundation published this booklet as a resource for use as a starting point for organisations interested in making media, journalism, or community-information grants.

8.    CFC DevInfo Assessment and Monitoring Toolkit
From the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and DevInfo, this January 2011 Child Friendly Cities (CFC) DevInfo assessment and monitoring toolkit is designed to help implementing countries automate database management on CFC. It comprises: (a) community assessment indicators (derived from the CFC community assessment tools) and (b) CFC objective indicators (derived from other administrative surveys). The toolkit's DevInfo templates and Data Capture sheets can be customised and managed by cities or countries that wish to collect data on children's living conditions and child well-being in local settings.

9.    Positive Prevention: HIV Prevention with People Living with HIV
The International HIV/AIDS Alliance published this report in January 2007 as a resource to help non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff and HIV service providers working across the spectrum of HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services to take steps towards integrating HIV prevention for, by, and with people living with HIV. The paper provides a set of guiding principles for positive prevention and details strategies to successful positive prevention in practice.

10.    Restoring Dignity: A Toolkit for Religious Communities to End Violence Against Women
by Jacqueline M. Ogega, ed.
"This [February 2009] toolkit is designed to help equip religious leaders and communities for multi-religious cooperation around needed education and advocacy to defend the dignity and rights of women and girls....The toolkit offers religious leaders and communities the tools to act together in partnership within and across faiths as powerful agents of prevention, protection and support to end all forms of violence against women and girls."

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EXPERIENCES

11.    Al Mirbad Radio
This independent broadcaster was created in Basra, southern Iraq as part of a media reconstruction project carried out by the BBC World Service Trust (BBC WST) with funding from the United Kingdom (UK) Department for International Development (DFID). The purpose of Al Mirbad is to provide an unbiased source of information that enables citizens to engage with officials, other listeners, and issues affecting their lives.

12.    Indigenous Information Network (IIN)

IIN is a non-profit, volunteer-run non-governmental organisation (NGO) working on rights issues for pastoralist and forest-dwelling indigenous groups in Kenya. It has been involved in dissemination of information, environmental conservation activities, community development, and advocacy activities in support of Indigenous and Minority Peoples in the region. IIN engages in research on the ground, the results of which are used to create trainings and workshops for grassroots community-based organisations. In urban areas, advocacy and lobbying are done at meetings, conferences, and other forums. IIN also engages in networking and information sharing between the indigenous peoples of Africa and worldwide via electronic and print media, including their bi-annual magazine, Nomadic News. These efforts include indigenous journalists' training.

13.    Youth Zones - Colombia, Lebanon, Liberia, Uganda, United States
"Youth Zones" is a film and poetry initiative that documents the voices of young people in 5 countries around the world affected by conflict and natural disaster. It is a project created by filmmaker Lisa Russell in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Women's Refugee Commission. The focus of the project is on allowing young people to speak for themselves. As educators, health care workers, artists, peace activists and others, ranging from ages 15-25, the young people in the film speak of the challenges they face - in terms of accessing services and overcoming the burdens that fall on their shoulders in times of crisis - and they illustrate how, when given the support and resources they need, youth can rise above such challenges.

14.    Africa Means Business - Africa
This pan-African media initiative, developed with local and international partners, works to build communication capacity with the media, financial, and other related sectors to enhance financial reporting and develop content on economic and business issues in Africa. The project has established four Africa Means Business Hubs, which are located within media institutions (broadcast and print) or within existing journalism schools.

15.    English Is Fun - Cambodia
This BBC World Service Trust English language radio series is designed to help young Cambodians learn English. "English is Fun utilises the power of radio to give young Cambodian learners across the country the chance to hear English as it's actually spoken by native speakers....Instead of generic situations,...we learn how to talk about things like local food and festivals."

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