12,676 The Communication Initiative Network, Power of 7: Helping to Make a Difference – Comments from the Network – The Drum Beat 700

The Drum BeatPower of 7: Helping to Make a Difference – Comments from the Network – The Drum Beat 700
From The Communication Initiative Network – where communication and media are central to social and economic development.
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Welcome to the 700th edition of The Drum Beat! The very first issue was published on September 1 1998. We hope that, over these past 17 years, you have found sustenance for your work in one or more of these 700 issues…and we look forward to sharing your ideas, papers, projects, and insights in many more Drum Beat issues into the future.

Seven is said to be the world’s favourite number: There are 7 days of the week, 7 colours of the rainbow, 7 notes on a musical scale, 7 seas, and 7 continents. In Chinese culture, the number 7 symbolises togetherness and is said to be a lucky number for relationships. In this vein, the collaborations we seek to cultivate through The Drum Beat and all of our online processes are meant to build and sustain connections and conversations that will inspire your communication for development (C4D) efforts.

In honour of the numbers 17 and 700, we include here 17 comments from The CI network describing ways in which The Drum Beat and our niche notes, such as our DB Clicks, have added value to their work.

The CI feels fortunate, indeed, for the critical role that you, members of our network, have played in making 700 issues of The Drum Beat possible by sharing your work with us. With the luck of number 7 on our side, we hope to find you reading the 800th edition!

  • 1. “I just wanted to quickly let you know that I’ve subscribed to Drum Beat for many years and shared it with many others. It is one of the main ways that I can regularly check the pulse of international development and it is much appreciated. I have shared linked articles, and job opportunities. I do consider it a valuable resource.” – Anne Robertson
  • 2. “Thank you for the update and for featuring my contribution on the Ebola epidemic in your e-magazine. I appreciate it so much. This would definitely inspire me to continue to share my thoughts in the CI network on emerging issues in the field of communication for social change as and when possible.” – Ibrahim Sesay
  • 3. “I have been on your listing at least 10 years + and have found the communication very useful not only for networking purposes also for keeping abreast with health and social development issues which remain dear to me.” – Felicity Hatendi-Gutu
  • 4. “Interestingly, [a] lot of colleagues from the academic community and programme groups have expressed interest in soliciting further information on the basis of the paper (Development Communication in Polio Eradication: Evolved and Succeeded?) that you carried over The Drum Beat.” – Anusha Agarwal
  • 5. “Thanks again for drawing up this nice profile of CCComDev and for including it in the latest Drum Beat. We look forward to reaching more communication professionals through the Communication Initiative Network. We will be sharing it also through our social networks. Let’s keep in touch for future updates!” – Marzia Pafumi
  • 6. “I am answering on my experiences with Drum Beat. I like the stories. When I read them, I get to learn what is working and what is not. I am an editor. So when I get reports to edit I enrich them by asking different questions regarding how the work is impacting development and how to find out.” – Dali Mwagore
  • 7. “I am very happy with the information i get through your publication and use it to seek jobs, participate in workshops, and up date my knowledge.” – Mathewos Tadesse
  • 8. “Thank you so much for including the IGWG Gender and Health Toolkit in your most recent issue of The Drum Beat! We’re always excited when folks are able to use the resources we have and share them with their networks. I think your team did a great job of summarizing the most important aspects of the toolkit and linking back to the K4Health website.” – Monica Bautista
  • 9. “Dear Kier, great newsletter. I have shared it with Plan country offices in Asia and our climate change advisor in headquarters.” – Caroline (Borchard) Zastiral
  • 10. “Thanks so much for your nearly instantaneous response (I assumed sending the request went to an automated system)! I have been receiving the Drum Beat messages at my work account at the White Ribbon Alliance and have so far been very impressed by the content. Thank you to the team for the work you all do in sending out those messages!” – Naomi Brodkey
  • 11. “Thank you very much for forwarding this [The Drum Beat – Issue 610 – Creatively Addressing the Need for Clean Water] onto us, it’s fantastic to read about the various mass media campaigns which have initiated such positive results! Particularly of interest to us was the piece on hand washing in Vietnam….[W]e’ve been keen to add to our website as this concerns our areas of work, that of child health (in addition to school health, and nutrition).” – Charlotte Broyd
  • 12. “I must applaud the Communication Initiative Network for the great job it is doing. Most of the projects you showcase are exportable throughout the developing world, including the Pacific region. These are very interesting projects and the Pacific would do well to contextualize some of these initiatives as relevant.” – Frida Bani
  • 13. “Greetings from Zimbabwe I want to thank you for all the good work you are doing in collecting and synthesizing information for practitioners in a diversity of fields. In Zimbabwe, we lose several hundred teens each year because of drunk or reckless driving. Have you ever done an issue on effective campaigns against drunk driving? Drinking is a foundation of the culture here and strongly interwoven with manhood. Most campaign attempts against drunk driving here have been through advertising which has failed. People here are looking for new ideas.” – Jonathan Brakarsh
  • 14. “Thanks for sharing this rich information pack on young people with us. It is very useful for our out of school youth programmme.” – Felix Ukam Ngwu
  • 15. “Great news, indeed. Will advise my colleagues to check up. You guys are doing terrific work to highlight communication developments and trends, the world over.” – M. Michael Daka
  • 16. “Thank you very much. This is a very good initiative with rich information. We shall collaborate with you in our new program, Masters in Health and Behaviour Change Communication, University of Malawi.” – Mike M. Nazombe
  • 17. “It was with great pleasure we got your email about your presentation of Bingwa on your website – THANK YOU. Child Africa is a small NGO that need all the help we can get, so it is much appreciated.” – Rino Solberg
  • 18. “I have been reading each edition thoroughly since we first spoke, looking for this feature. I am very glad for it, too, because I am now familiar with the richness of your publication and plan to read it thoroughly henceforth!” – Mallory Knodel
This issue of The Drum Beat was written by Kier Olsen DeVries.
The Drum Beat is the email and web network of The Communication Initiative Partnership.

Full list of the CI Partners:
ANDI, BBC Media Action, Bernard van Leer Foundation, Breakthrough, Citurna TV, Fundación Imaginario, Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI),Heartlines, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs, Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP), MISA, Open Society Foundations, Oxfam Novib, PAHO, The Panos Institute, Puntos de Encuentro, SAfAIDS, Sesame Workshop, Soul City, STEPS International, UNAIDS,UNICEF, Universidad de los Andes, USAID, World Health Organization (WHO), W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The Drum Beat seeks to cover the full range of communication for development activities. Inclusion of an item does not imply endorsement or support by The Partners.

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The Editor of The Drum Beat is Kier Olsen DeVries.
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