9769 The Communication Initiative, The Drum Beat – 620, Communication and Change News and Issues

The Drum Beat – 620 – Communication and Change News and Issues
EXPERIENCES: Afghan Youth VoicesPost-War PhotosVietnamese Health Radio
EVENT: Communicate 2012: The Next Ten Years for People and Nature
STRATEGIC THINKING: Mapping AccessWomen Polio WorkersHaiti Communication
BUILD YOUR OWN: Social Networking Space
MATERIALS: Human Rights ToolkitTB/HIV CounsellingAfrican Mobile Phones
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1. Afghan Youth Voices Festival
This a platform where young Afghans can get together, produce stories, and express themselves – whether through filmmaking or Facebook, through new media tools like blogs or traditional ones like theatre. Visitors to the project website may view youth-produced videos that document different ways in which Afghan youth are reaching out to others: whether training them in new skills, expressing their thoughts and wishes, or exposing issues that concern them. [InterNews]
2. The Aftermath Project
This project uses photojournalism as a strategy for communicating the effects of war. The Aftermath Project’s core activity is an annual grant competition, open to working photographers worldwide. The organisation then amplifies the work of grant winners and finalists – and the aftermath issues they highlight.
3. Child-to-Child Health Clubs
This initiative uses a peer education model in which older youth between the ages of 17 and 24 are trained as facilitators to spread messages about the importance of sanitation and hygiene to schoolchildren in the outlying areas of Lebialem, in the southwest region of Cameroon, through various interactive strategies. [Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Cameroon Link Programme]
4. Proyecto “Fortalecimiento de la institucionalidad y la perspectiva de género en el MERCOSUR” – Project “Strengthening MERCOSUR’s Institutionality and Gender Perspective”
This project focuses on: (i) the incorporation of gender in the MERCOSUR parliament and the promotion of women’s political participation; (ii) prevention, attention to, and eradication of the trafficking of women; and (iii) creation of a system of comparable indicators regarding gender-based domestic violence. For instance, in Argentina, a broadcasting tool was designed to raise awareness among functionaries and technocrats. An interactive DVD is available that contains all the information about national and international laws and regulations pertaining to gender. [Agency for Cooperation for Development (AECID), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)]
5. Frontiers Prevention Project (FPP)
A community-based prevention initiative, FPP set out to empower key populations (KPs), defined as those at high risk for HIV infection and transmission, in the state of Andhra Pradesh (AP) in India by improving advocacy within these groups, changing policies that affect these groups, and increasing community awareness. Examples of activities include: capacity building for peer education and other outreach strategies; using KP-specific cultural- and gender-sensitive information, education, and communication (IEC) materials and strategies delivered through multiple channels, including folk arts and folk media; and promotion and skills building for negotiating safer sex and using condoms and lubricants. [International HIV/AIDS Alliance]
6. Khat Vong Song (“The Desire of Life”) and Hanh Trinh Xanh (“Green Journey”)
Khat Vong Song, a radio serial drama created in Vietnam to promote reproductive health and avoidance of HIV/AIDS, included in its broadcast agenda issues such as improving the status of women, delaying the age of marriage, and equal valuing of male and female children. Trinh Xanh is a radio drama focusing on climate change and natural disasters adaptation. [Population Media Center (PMC) provided assistance to the Voice of Vietnam Radio (VOV) at the invitation of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)-Vietnam for the development of Khat Vong Song. Hanh Trinh Xanh was funded by DANIDA]
COMMUNICATE 2012 – BREAKING BOUNDARIES: The Next Ten Years for People and Nature
The United Kingdom (UK)’s Bristol Natural History Consortium is hosting its tenth annual conference for environmental communicators from October 24-25 in Bristol, UK. Amongst the components is an expert panel debating different approaches to environmental communication, from behavioural economics to engagement with intrinsic values, a “People Engagement Group”, and a “Delegate Showcase” designed to foster exchange of practical case studies from communicators.
Click here in order to learn more about the event, to register, and/or to locate contact information for further queries.
7. Improving Access to Mapping, Modelling and Scenario-Building Technology in Climate-Vulnerable Regions: Learning from ClimSAT
by Karen Anderton
This report examines the ClimSat project, which sought to provide greater access through information and communication technology (ICT) to information that can improve resilience in the face of climate change. In the 6 projects that were implemented, there is evidence of community and partner involvement and evidence that the information derived has been used in risk management. “For example, in the development of Uruguay’s Metropolitan Area Integrated Territorial Climate Plan, specific information from ClimSAT on watershed and coastal erosion management, agriculture, and food security was used.” [From University of Manchester’s “Climate Change, Innovation and ICTs” research project, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and managed by the University’s Centre for Development Informatics (CDI), Feb. 2012]
8. Empowering Women on the Frontlines
This article explores the strategy of drawing on women to act as polio’s frontline workers: the vaccinators and social mobilisers who go door-to-door each month to identify every eligible child in the household and ensure that parents accept the oral polio vaccine (OPV) each time it is offered. “In the socially conservative communities where polio still persists today, cultural norms often do not allow male vaccinators to enter a home, or even communicate with women on the doorstep.” [United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Jun. 2012]
9. People’s Video: Preserving Biocultural Diversity through Participatory Video
by Nick Lunch
This article explores the use of participatory video to enable indigenous peoples to share wisdom and to promote local solutions to preserve the world’s biocultural diversity. As the author claims, participatory video pilots launched by InsightShare around the world “have resulted in startling video messages, filmed and authored entirely by indigenous communities and directly involving men, elders, youth and women.” [InsightShare, Sep. 2008]
10. Ann Kite Yo Pale or Let Them Speak: Best Practice and Lessons Learned in Communication in Haiti
by Imogen Wall and Yves Gerald Chéry
This report includes practical case studies and best practice in communications with affected communities during the response to the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the south of Haiti on January 12 2010 – a humanitarian emergency that was followed by the outbreak of cholera in the town of St Marc on October 18 2010. Throughout these responses, a number of organisations tried to operationalise ways to fill a long-acknowledged gap in humanitarian response: the way in which aid agencies share information with and listen to those affected by the disaster. [infoasaid, Nov. 2011]
11. Vijana Tunaweza Newala: Findings from a Participatory Research and Action Project in Tanzania
by Jennifer McCleary-Sills, Zayid Douglas, Annagrace Rwehumbiza, Aziza Hamisi, and Richard Mabala
This report describes a participatory research and action project (Vitu Newala) that aimed to both understand and respond to girls’ HIV-related vulnerabilities in Newala, Tanzania. Formative research findings led the organisations and youth researchers to develop and pilot a life skills education (LSE) programme. An evaluation found that 1,678 youth were reached through project activities. [International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Taasisi ya Maendeleo Shirikishi Arusha (TAMASHA), and Pact Tanzania, Jan. 2011]
Build Your Own Social Networking Space
Looking to network within your organisation? Needing to link together colleagues from different organisations under one project? Contract The CI to build you a branded social networking space using core CI functionality. For more information, contact wfeek@comminit.com
12. Improving a TV Spot: Pretesting a Script
This handout comes from a “Research to Action” case study on designing communication about child feeding in Bangladesh. It is offered in tandem with video samples that demonstrate the process of pretesting a television script designed to change community-wide social norms and to influence breastfeeding behaviours. [Alive and Thrive, Feb. 2012]
13. Speak Up, Speak Out: A Toolkit for Reporting on Human Rights Issues
This toolkit is both a human rights reference guide and a workbook for journalists and civic activists – especially those working in situations of war or conflict, or in post-conflict areas where human rights violations continue to occur – who want to improve their ability to report on human rights issues in a fair, accurate, and sensitive way. It follows Internews’ training methodology, which is hands-on, practical and links content knowledge to journalism skills and technical tools in a specific environment. [Feb. 2012]
14. Interpersonal Communication and Counseling for Clients on Tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS
This training curriculum for tuberculosis (TB) health care workers in Ukraine introduces principles of interpersonal communication and counselling of clients on TB and HIV. It provides a framework for the development of experience in TB and HIV counselling skills in a 3-day workshop. [PATH, Sep. 2009]
15. Mobile Phones: The New Talking Drums of Everyday Africa
by Mirjam de Bruijn (eds.), Francis B. Nyamnjoh (eds.), and Inge Brinkman (eds.)
This book presents studies in the fields of social sciences and humanities on the mobile phone in Africa, featuring the work of scholars exploring the economic, social, and cultural contexts in which the mobile phone is being adopted, adapted, and harnessed in Africa. [Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group and African Studies Centre (ASC), Jun. 2009]
16. Handbook for Science Educators
by Marie-Eve Migueres and Marie-Lise Sabrié
This guide gives advice on how to organise and manage a public science outreach event, including tips for successful science communication. [Institute of Research for Development (IRD), Dec. 2007]
This issue of The Drum Beat was written by Kier Olsen DeVries.
The Editor of The Drum Beat is Kier Olsen DeVries.
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