13,044 The Communication Initiative Network, Thanking and Inviting CI Associates, The Drum Beat 724, November 30 2016

The Drum BeatThanking and Inviting CI Associates – The Drum Beat 724
November 30 2016

Do you, your office, and/or your organisation gain value from the knowledge sharing and social networking platforms of The Communication Initiative (The CI)? If so, can we please encourage you to make a small financial contribution that recognises that value and helps to sustain and grow this platform? Below are profiles of some of the individuals and groups that have answered yes to these questions, becoming CI Associates. Please access this link for ways to contribute. We invite you to add your name to the list, joining them in keeping The CI processes, including The Drum Beat, flourishing in support of your very important work.
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Our current CI Associates, in alphabetical order by first letter of first word, are:
  • 1. Breeze FM
    Operating out of Chipata, the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia, Breeze FM is a public interest radio station combining education, information, news, and entertainment. Overall, content is oriented towards community and small business development.

    • * For a summary of Breeze FM, please click here.
    • * A recent edition of The Soul Beat explored Edutainment for Social Change in Africa; click here to access it.
    • * For further community radio content from Soul Beat Africa, click here.
  • 2. Communication and Development Studies, Ohio University
    Offered in the United States (US), this Master’s degree programme “emphasizes the use of communication to promote positive social change….The ‘Comm Dev’ curriculum encompasses core courses that emphasize topics and proficiencies in areas that include Communication and Social Change; Development Theory; Communication Theory; Participatory Research Methods; and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)….[S]tudents have specialized in areas that include, among others, health communication, participatory video, the digital divide, gender and development, conflict resolution, and the political economy of media. The program encourages original research…”

    • * To access summaries on communication theories on The CI website, click here.
    • * The CI has many resources on the topical foci of Communication and Development Studies, Ohio University, such as participatory video, gender, and the digital divide. Please head to our home page and search or browse around.
  • 3. Developing Radio Partners (DRP)
    DRP is a US-based, non-profit, solutions-oriented media development organiation committed to building “vibrant, participatory communities internationally through the development of financially and editorially independent media services”, with a focus on community radio. “Country by country, we build the capacity of individual radio stations, associations and programming networks by working alongside station managers, their staff and their communities” to bring information to those hardest to reach on development topics such as population, climate change, health, and governance.

    • * Please see The CI’s Media Development theme site for more.
    • * To subscribe to our niche e-magazine sharing with you the latest CI postings on media development, send an email to: mediadev@comminit.com
  • 4. Doug Ward
    “Doug Ward’s passion for radio was stoked by listening to crystal sets in the 1940s, then helping design CBC’s As It Happens in the 70’s, and now working with rural African broadcasters to give voice to small-scale farmers. He is Chair of the Board of Farm Radio International.”

    • * To access our Natural Resource Management theme site, click here.
    • * To view content related to Farm Radio International, click here.
  • 5. Early Childhood Development Virtual University, University of Victoria
    ECDVU offers a “multi-faceted approach to addressing Early Childhood Development (ECD) leadership needs in the Majority World. It is a unique training and capacity building programme using distributed learning methods including the internet, CD-ROM and face-to-face seminars, and is a programme of the School of Child and Youth Care at the University of Victoria.”

  • 6. Equal Access International
    Equal Access is an international non-profit organisation creating interactive media and community mobilisation programmes designed to inform, educate, and inspire locally driven, lasting positive social change in thematic areas including: empowerment of women and girls and ending violence against them; youth life skills and livelihoods; civic engagement and peacebuilding; human rights; agriculture and economic development; and early childhood education. In 2016, Equal Access is launching a new peacebuilding programme in Cameroon.

  • 7. Globalization and Development Communication, MS / Temple University’s School of Media and Communication
    Temple University’s Master of Science in Globalization and Development Communication (GDC) covers the goals, issues, and practices of development communication. While the GDC programme includes training in research skills and theory, it emphasises effective action and involves a practicum capstone experience. Offered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US, the programme prepares students with the knowledge and skills required to address challenges in areas such as public health, environmental sustainability, human rights and others.

    • * Graduating students – or anyone looking to work in the fields of communication and media – may find information of interest to them in the Vacancies section on our Classifieds site. We welcome submissions as well! If you would like to list your vacancies, please contact Victoria Martin – vmartin@comminit.com
  • 8. Health Communication Resources (HCR)
    HCR is an international not-for-profit “specialising in training grass roots community practitioners to utilise the power of community radio for positive social change. HCR’s mission is to ‘equip communities and partners with the skills and resources to support community transformation and well-being through community-centred radio programming’….HCR provides support at all stages of the project cycle from project development to implementation to monitoring and evaluation.”

In recognition of the value that you or your organisation gains from The CI process, please consider joining the individuals and organisations listed above and below by contributing to the growth and sustainability of The CI’s social network and knowledge sharing platform.

Simply click here in order to help share the load and ensure you are listed as a supporter in an upcoming Drum Beat calling attention to our CI Associates.

  • 9. iMedia Associates
    United Kingdom (UK)-based international media development and communications company iMedia works with “rapidly converging media to tackle communications challenges presented by conflict, fragile governance and poverty.” iMedia works with donors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), mobile phone companies, and broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. For example, in Ethiopia and Zambia, iMedia is building capacity of local teams to write and produce long-running radio dramas for social and behavioural change.

  • 10. International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
    “A key part of Canada’s foreign policy efforts, IDRC supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development.”

  • 11. Internews
    Having worked in over 90 countries since its formation in 1982, Internews “is an international non-profit organization whose mission is to empower local media worldwide to give people the news and information they need, the ability to connect and the means to make their voices heard….Internews trains both media professionals and citizen journalists, introduces innovative media solutions, increases coverage of vital issues and helps establish policies needed for open access to information.”

    • * Click here to filter through the hundreds of postings on The CI site related to Internews’ work. See, for example, an October 2016 summary of “Compromised Connections: Overcoming Privacy Challenges of the Mobile Internet”, available here.
  • 12. Shayna Plaut, Ph.D.
    Dr. Plaut is the Simons Postdoctoral Research Fellow in International Law and Human Security at the School for International Studies in Simon Fraser University. Her work focuses on human rights and journalism and journalism education with a specific focus on people who do not fit well into the traditional understanding of the nation state.

  • 13. Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation (SASEF)
    SASEF’s mission is to “provide education to children and youth throughout the world. Through continued research of educational programs, we identify and implement solutions impacting the development of children and youth.” SASEF created The V Sign to equip children and youth with a real self-protection tool in the event they are being trafficked or stolen.

    • * Click here to access Communication: Achieving Results for our Children theme site.
    • * A search for the terms children and education, which can be filtered by the categories on the right-hand side, can be found here.
    • * The Soul Beat 264 explored media and communication for children’s rights in the African context.
  • 14. Strategies for Hope Trust
    “The Strategies for Hope (SFH) Trust produces books, films, and training manuals on community-based approaches to HIV prevention, care and support, especially in sub-Saharan Africa….They include, for example, the film ‘What can I do?’ and the ‘Called to Care’ toolkit, which are designed particularly for use by faith-based organisations but are also used by many secular NGOs and community groups. They also include the ‘Stepping Stones’ training package, including the ‘Stepping Stones PLUS’ manual…”

  • 15. The Healthy Aboriginal Network
    “The Healthy Aboriginal Network creates comic books on health and social issues for youth. Their work is innovative in that they create rough animations to focus group test their draft stories on YouTube with youth and professionals.”

    • * Click here to view a summary of (and to access) one of this organisation’s recently published comic books (with video), “Emily’s Choice”.
    • * The CI’s Entertainment-Education theme site shares resources that draw on popular culture for a purpose.
  • 16. The Manoff Group
    The mission of The Manoff Group is to “help families improve their wellbeing by using their own resources to practice healthy behaviors. To achieve this, we provide expertise in Social and Behavior Change (SBCC) and Knowledge Management (KM) to programs throughout the developing world.”

    • * The Manoff Group focuses on community-based development. Click here to read a recent Drum Beat focused on Participation and Power. For additional offerings on The CI website that explore the strategy of community participation, click here.
    • * The CI offers a bi-monthly e-magazine featuring our latest postings on issues related to children and development. To subscribe, send a message to: children@comminit.com
  • 17. The Media Studies and Journalism Department of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)
    Located in Dhaka City, ULAB “aims to continuously produce graduates who are globally competitive, critical in thinking, problem solvers, excellent communicators and professional through a curriculum that is liberal arts-based and devoted to communication, journalism and media studies.”

    • * The Training, Conferences, and Meetings section on our Classifieds site offers a number of upcoming events that may be of interest to those studying the media and journalism. (If you would like to submit information about a training programme or C4D gathering, please contact Victoria Martin – vmartin@comminit.com).
  • 18. University of Guelph
    Ontario, Canada’s University of Guelph provides “learning for local and international development education and research….The evolution of communication studies and its nexus with development studies (i.e. community development and international development) are key dimensions of our teaching. In class, we examine the fundamental principles, theoretical perspectives and practices existing currently, and historically, in the field of communication for social and environmental change.”

    • * Click here to read a summary of a thesis presented to The University of Guelph called “Campus/Community Radio in Canada: Linking Listener to Broadcaster with Web 2.0 Technologies.”
Many thousands of people turn to The CI each year – from major funders to small local organisations to individuals in economically impoverished locales. Staff and others from those agencies: submit knowledge for sharing within the network; access knowledge in support of their work; identify and make contact with people and organisations that they pinpoint as being able to support their work; and express, share, and debate their views and opinions on a range of development challenges. Because you are reading this Drum Beat, we can conclude that you are making use of this community of practice yourself.

The CI is largely supported and sustained by a group of partners that guide the strategic direction of the organisation. In addition, The CI is bolstered by a cadre of CI Associates who provide some level of financial support (from US$100 for very small organisations and individuals to US$5,000 for larger ones). These amounts are roughly the equivalent of sending a staff member to a training event or conference, producing a small publication, researching an issue, etc.; these trip- and research-related processes are parallel to the connections made through The CI (and you get to stay home and keep working!). Please become a CI Associate today so that we can continue to support your work and can bring into our foundation the additional diversity of perspective, increased network contacts, and C4D information from which The CI network can draw upon for knowledge sharing globally and locally.

Simply click here to join the CI Associates. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Martin vmartin@comminit.com

Thank you!

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.

Chair of the Partners Group: Garth Japhet, Founder, Soul City garth@heartlines.org.za

Executive Director: Warren Feek wfeek@comminit.com

The Editor of The Drum Beat is Kier Olsen DeVries.
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