13,796 Thanking and Inviting CI Associates, The Drum Beat 770, February 20, 2019

The Drum BeatThanking and Inviting CI Associates – The Drum Beat 770
February 20, 2019
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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.
From The Communication Initiative Network – where communication and media are central to social and economic development.
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We thank our CI Associates:
  • 1. International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
    “Part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve the lives of people in the developing world.”

    • Click here to view Drum Beat 750 – Empowering People through Research-Based Communication, which explores IDRC’s use of strategic research and communication to enable people to protect their rights, improve their livelihoods, and empower them to enact positive change. To subscribe to The Drum Beat, send a note to drumbeat@comminit.com. To view archived Drum Beats online, click here.
    • * Stay tuned for another Drum Beat, to be published in March, highlighting more IDRC-backed research projects in the areas of information and communication technology (ICT) and youth. On that note, our ICT for Development area may be useful. You may also wish to visit our Adolescent Development and Participation theme site.
    • Click here to access CI content reflecting use of the communication strategy of research.
  • 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…”

    • * Read about other postgraduate programmes in the field of communication for development (C4D) in The Drum Beat 754 – Postgraduate C4D Education around the Globe.
    • * To access all 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. 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.

  • 4. 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.

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.

  • 5. 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.”

  • 6. The Manoff Group
    The mission of The Manoff Group (TMG) is to “help families improve their wellbeing by using their own resources to practice healthy behaviors” TMG’s “innovations include the human-centered research and design technique known as Trials of Improved Practices [TIPs], which illuminates not only current practices but also how to achieve more optimal practices; Best Friend Interviews and Diagnostic Role-Play techniques that allow for more open dialogue with, for example, adolescents; tools such as the length mat to help families and communities ‘see’ linear growth, the child feeding bowl that allows caregivers to ‘see’ the critical quantity element of child feeding; and, communication activities such as negotiation counseling, prompts to spur intra-family dialogue to bring more gender equity to household nutrition decision-making, and reminder materials for those behaviors focused on adherence.”

  • 7. 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)
  • 8. University of Guelph
    Ontario, Canada’s University of Guelph provides “learning for local and international development education and research….At the Masters and PhD level, graduate courses and student research projects typically address 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….Networking our teaching and research work in communication for social and environmental change globally is the motivation for our recent involvement in the Glocal Classroom where four universities on four continents collaborate to teach and learn using the WWW.”

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!


ENQUIRY: Your priorities, opportunities and challenges!
What kinds of challenges and opportunities infuse your communication and media development, social and behavioural change work? This survey is a chance for you to let us know! We will report back on results and trends so you can gain insights from your peers in the network.
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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:
ANDIBBC Media ActionBernard van Leer FoundationBreakthroughCiturna TVFundación ImaginarioFundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI)Heartlines,Johns Hopkins Center for Communication ProgramsMaternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP)MISAOpen Society FoundationsOxfam NovibPAHOThe Panos InstitutePuntos de EncuentroSAfAIDSSesame WorkshopSoul CitySTEPS InternationalUNAIDSUNICEFUniversidad de los AndesWorld 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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