13,171 The Communication Initiative, Thanking and Inviting CI Associates – The Drum Beat 732 April 5, 2017

The Drum BeatThanking and Inviting CI Associates – The Drum Beat 732
April 5, 2017
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In this issue of The Drum Beat, we highlight and honour the communication for development (C4D) work of organisations and individuals that generously support The Communication Initiative (The CI) as CI Associates. In addition to briefly profiling them, we provide you with some CI connections related to each organisation/supporter that might resonate with you and/or inspire your thinking in new directions. We invite you to join them in keeping The CI processes, including The Drum Beat, flourishing.
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We welcome our newest CI Associate:
  • 1. Population Media Center
    Drawing on the entertainment-education approach in its work in more than 50 countries, Population Media Center is dedicated to women’s rights and empowerment, population stabilisation, and the environment. “Our drama-based strategy successfully addresses multiple, deeply-entrenched beliefs and the scale of impact creates the conditions for long-term individual behavior change and new societal norms.”

    • * For one example, click here to read a CI summary of two Population Media Center radio dramas seeking to address issues around the health and rights of girls and women in Nepal: Hilkor (“Ripples in the Water”) and Mai Sari Sunakhari (“Orchid, Like Me”).
    • * The CI’s Entertainment-Education theme site shares resources that draw on popular culture for a purpose.
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We also like to thank our CI Associates who have recently reaffirmed their participation:
  • 2. Equal Access International
    Equal Access is an international non-profit organisation working to create positive social change for underserved people in 9 countries across Africa and Asia through media programming, interactive technologies, and direct community engagement. Thematic areas include: peacebuilding, ending violence against women and girls, women’s and youth empowerment, youth life skills and livelihoods, civic engagement, human rights, agriculture, economic development, and early childhood education. In 2016, Equal Access began a multi-year, multi-country project to continue and expand its peacebuilding work across the Sahel.

  • 3. 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), researchers, broadcasters, and beneficiary communities, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Among other activities, since 2011, iMedia has provided oversight for BBC Media Action’s Global Grant, a UK Department for International Development (DFID) media and communications programme.

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In addition to our new and renewing CI Associates, our long-time CI Associates (in alphabetical order by first letter of the first word) are who have recently reaffirmed their participation:
  • 4. 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.
    • * Our ICT for Development area may also be useful.
  • 5. 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.”

  • 6. 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, and human rights.

  • 7. 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 has recently carried out projects in the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and remote Australia working with Indigenous communities.

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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.

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  • 8. 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.”

    • * Click here to view The Drum Beat 727 – Harnessing and Opening Data for Development, which explores IDRC initiatives to make data freely available and searchable, encourage feedback, share information, and promote transparency and accountability.
    • * Click here to access CI content reflecting use of the communication strategy of research.
  • 9. 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 “The Potential and Reality of Data Journalism in Developing Media Markets”, available here.
    • * Please see The CI’s Media Development theme site for more.
  • 10. 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 our 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 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
  • 11. 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…”

  • 12. 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. For offerings on The CI website that explore the strategy of community participation, click here.
    • * Stay tuned for an upcoming Drum Beat that will explore KM. To subscribe to The Drum Beat, send a note to drumbeat@comminit.com To view archived Drum Beats online, click here.
  • 13. 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 )
  • 14. 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.”
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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!

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This issue of The Drum Beat was written by Kier Olsen DeVries.
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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,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

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The Editor of The Drum Beat is Kier Olsen DeVries.
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