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STRATEGIC THINKING: Communication and Nepal Quake Response, State of Vaccine Confidence 2015
JOIN OUR RENEWING ASSOCIATES: Shayna Plaut, Ph.D., The Manoff Group, University of Guelph
EXPERIENCES: Puppets Talk Climate Change, Paedogagy for Vulnerable Brazilians,Science Journalism
MATERIALS: Youth Radio Toolkit, Reporting Atrocities
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1. Can You Hear Me Now? Why Good Communication Is Critical to the Nepal Quake Response
by Imogen Wall
“Nepal is proving yet again just how important communication is to disaster survivors. Images of Nepalis charging their phones on the street, listening to the radio, sending an SMS even while lying injured: that this is an operational priority for the survivors of this quake is already clear.” One suggestion: “Help local media do their job. For many in rural Nepal, radio is their sole link with the outside world….Have a local spokesperson fluent in the right languages. Distribute newspapers with aid packages…” [Apr 2015]
2. The State of Vaccine Confidence 2015
by Mohammed Hussein Abu Arqoub, Donya al Amal Ismail, Omar Nazzal, Nazer Magally, Said Abu Moalla, and Hedaya Shmun
This report: analyses some of the vaccine confidence issues that have occurred with a range of vaccines (such as the oral polio vaccine – OPV), details strategies that have had positive impacts on engaging populations and building trust and confidence, and reflects on what still needs to be learned. It also includes research examining vaccine hesitancy rates in 5 countries, using a tool called the Vaccine Confidence Index, which is designed to start a global initiative. [Mar 2015]
3. Youth in Cambodia: Media Habits and Information Sources
by Tori Harris and Sally Gowland
This BBC Media Action Research and Learning paper describes a knowledge, attitudes, and practice (KAP) quantitative survey and its results to “measure current levels of civic attitudes, knowledge and engagement, assess the impact of this youth media project and capture a snapshot of the ways in which youth engage with a range of media.” There is a positive association between media consumption, higher levels of civic knowledge, and increased interest in civic engagement; this suggests that media can continue to support and reinforce these trends. [Aug 2014]
4. Women Out Loud: How Women Living with HIV Will Help The World End AIDS
Featuring the voices of 30 women living with HIV, this Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) report explores how the epidemic is affecting women and on how women are actively working to reduce the spread and impact of AIDS. According to the report, many laws and policies punish, stigmatise, and discriminate against women living with HIV, creating a significant barrier to women accessing both harm-reduction and HIV-related services. The report highlights the need for advocacy-related changes and calls for women to be an integral part of policy-making and programming. [Dec 2012]
5. Social Media, Social Networking and Complex Emergencies: Issues Paper
by Andrew Skuse and Tait Brimacombe
“Numerous humanitarian organisations are now working to exploit the vast potential of social networking and social media, placing them at the heart of how they organise, design, deliver and monitor assistance. This is, however, not an easy task and is fraught with constraints and risks.” This paper is one of the outputs of Australia’s Communication and Complex Emergencies Project. Each of the case studies features: activities, outcomes, limitations, links to further information, and source URLs. [June 2014]
We thank all of our Associates, including these three, who have recently committed to again support the work of The CI:

  1. Shayna Plaut, Ph.D. whose dissertation was entitled “Writing/Righting Truths across Borders: Learning from Transnational Peoples Journalism and Politics”. She is a consultant who works on: training, curriculum development and evaluation, grant and media/production research, communications strategies, policy drafting, and programme development.
  2. The Manoff Group, which provides expertise in social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) and knowledge management (KM) to programmes throughout the developing world.
  3. University of Guelph, whose students undertake research projects typically addressing communication, learning, and community engagement processes as they relate to the areas of environment, agriculture, food, and rural communities in Canada and around the world.

Will you join them? You can here or contact vmartin@comminit.com for assistance.

6. Jol-Danga [Water and Earth]
This initiative revolves around a televised puppet show that sheds light on critical climate change issues in an entertaining way. It is part of WaterAid’s efforts to build worldwide awareness on: climate change, risk, environmental conservation, energy efficiency, preservation of natural resources (i.e., air, fresh water, etc.), protection of biodiversity, CO2 emission reduction, and resilience towards adaptation and sustainable development in the coastal areas of Bangladesh.
7. Uerê Project
This project works to help children and youth recover from trauma resulting from public violence in areas of Río de Janeiro, Brazil that are subject to conditions of extreme poverty and violence. The paedagogy emphasises fun games that are designed to stimulate memory and the expression of emotions through conversation. As of June 2015, over 7,000 participants had passed through Uerê, 84% of whom were not left to chance in the streets or involved with drug traffic inside the community and were instead able to go to either high school or technical school.
8. Science Journalism COOPeration (SjCOOP)
Through peer-to-peer mentoring, this project seeks to train journalists to cover science (health, environment, agriculture, and technology) in Africa and the Arab world. In addition, the project is designed to increase reporting of relevant scientific knowledge and research by the African and Arab mass media and ultimately contribute to the use of evidence into policy making and decision-making. SjCOOP is a project of the World Federation of Science Journalists (WFSJ), which represents 41 associations of science and technology journalists all over the world.
9. Dawaran Shoubra (Shoubra Roundabout)
Broadcast in Egypt in 2011, this television drama portrayed the lives of people living in Cairo’s inner-city neighbourhood of Shoubra, exploring issues such as poverty and lack of opportunity, corruption and social injustice, and radicalisation and youth alienation. Produced by Egypt’s Misr International Films with support from BBC Media Action, the TV series is part of a wider project, Socially Responsible Media Platforms for the Arab World.
10. Sustainable Harvesting Training for Sundarbans Golpata Collectors
To build capacity, raise awareness, and facilitate dialogue, Bangladesh’s grassroots organisation Centre for Coastal Environmental Conservation (CCEC) held a training-based initiative geared to assist those whose livelihoods depend on the Sundarbans Reserved Forest (SRF). It featured: a traditional “pot song” (accompanied by the ceremonial painting of a pot and a performance based on the pot, which was then documented in DVD form), a rally, group discussions, focus group discussions (FGDs), informal discussions, and publications of different awareness materials.
11. Global Efforts to Eradicate Polio: Backgrounder
by Danielle Renwick
This webpage from the Council on Foreign Relations serves as a resource for communication practitioners and others seeking to understand and access resources about the global effort to eradicate polio. Clicking on each of the subheadings in the background brings the reader to information and multiple URLs leading to further data – for example, the reasons polio remains endemic mostly in conflict zones. [Feb 2015]
12. How to Make Your Own Radio Shows: Youth Radio Toolkit
by Yumna Martin and Lee Middleton
Published by the Children’s Radio Foundation and the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the toolkit is built around the importance of giving young people an opportunity to participate and voice their perspectives on issues that concern them. It outlines elements of making a good radio show, which allows young producers to engage in dialogue with their peers and adults. [2011]
13. Reporting Atrocities: A Toolbox for Journalists Covering Violent Conflict and Atrocities
by Peter DuToit
This Internews toolbox for journalists “uses the principles of conflict-sensitive journalism (CSJ) to teach reporters how to cover even the most senseless acts of cruelty in a way that contributes to peacebuilding. It includes theoretical background, practical tips, and additional resources available to journalists reporting on conflict, or those who may need to in the future.” [Jan 2014].
14. Micro-planning in Peer Led Outreach Programs: A Handbook Based on the Experience of the Avahan India AIDS Initiative
by Chris Parker
Based on the experience of the Avahan India AIDS Initiative, this handbook presents basic information about peer-led micro-planning – a process that decentralises outreach management and planning to grassroots-level workers and allows them to make decisions on how to best reach the maximum number of community members – and how it can improve peer-led outreach. It also includes descriptions of various micro-planning tools, with a focus on how to use them with those at high risk of HIV infection (sex workers (SWs), injecting drug users, high-risk men who have sex with men, and transgender persons) and bridge populations (long-distance truck drivers and clients of SWs). [May 2013]
15. Monitoring the Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations
This website is dedicated to providing relevant tools, materials, and support for the “National Coordinators and International Focal Points” who are implementing the 2009 “Survey on Monitoring the Fragile States Principles [a set of 10 Principles for Good International Engagement in Fragile States and Situations from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)]”. The site includes a regularly updated “What’s New” section that includes, amongst other things, reports on country consultations and links to the 10 Principles in multiple languages.
This issue of The Drum Beat was written by Kier Olsen DeVries.

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