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Subtitle: 
A Guide for Practitioners
Author: 
Gareth Benest
Publication Date
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Thursday, March 7, 2019

"The lived experiences of the women and men affected by corruption and the impact on entire communities, cultures and ecosystems are all-too-often absent from the anti-corruption conversation. Overcoming the apathy of citizens towards the corruption that corrodes society and thwarts development - often tolerated as intractable or accepted as inevitable - requires people everywhere to be informed and empowered to take action."

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62

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Email from InsightShare to The Communication Initiative on March 12 2019; and "How Video Can Empower communities and Be a Tool for Change", by Chris Lunch. Image credit: © Gareth Benest, InsightShare

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Author: 
Iginio Gagliardone
Ashnah Kalemera
Lauren Kogen
Lillian Nalwoga
Nicole Stremlau
Wakabi Wairagala
Publication Date
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Affiliation: 

University of Oxford (Gagliardone, Stremlau); Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa, or CIPESA (Kalemera, Nalwoga, Wairagala); Temple University (Kogen)

New information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been hailed as tools for encouraging economic development, promoting peace, and improving the effectiveness of government in developing and conflict-affected regions. This article explores whether the claims of the transformative power of ICTs are backed by real evidence and whether local knowledge - e.g., traditional mechanisms for conflict resolution - is taken into consideration by ICT-based development initiatives. The countries that are the focus of this article offer a comparative perspective on different approaches to ICT usage: Kenya is seen as an "innovation hub" with heavy private sector involvement; ICT development in Ethiopia has been largely government-led; and in Somalia, there is a thriving ICT sector despite the long-term conflict.

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Stability: International Journal of Security & Development, 4(1): 35, pp. 1-15, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/sta.fv. Image credit: UNESCO Africa

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Author: 
Gregory Pirio, Ph.D.
Publication Date
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Affiliation: 

Empowering Communications

"When community members are listened to and respected and when they feel that they are being responded to, the behavior change adoption is more likely to occur."

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Emails from Ellyn Ogden and Greg Pirio to The Communication Initiative on May 2 2019. Image credit: USAID / David Mutua

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Author: 
Lise Grauenkær
Thomas Tufte
Publication Date
Friday, April 13, 2018
Affiliation: 

Ghana Friendship (Grauenkær); University of Leicester (Tufte)

"What are the possibilities and limitations of strategic communication initiatives to enhance a culture of governance among youth in Northern Ghana?"

An increasing number of organisations in the Global South are using communication strategically to position youth as drivers of social change. For example, in Northern Ghana, Youth Empowerment for Life (YEfL) works to support active citizenship and engagement of young people by developing local youth groups' communicative capacity and access to media platforms. This article critically examines YEfL's 2-year project Youth Speak Up (YSU), embedding the analysis within contemporary debates about communication, empowerment, and social change, with particular focus upon dynamics between citizen media development, youth-centred citizen journalism, and processes of community mobilisation and development.

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Development in Practice 28(3): 400-13. DOI: 10.1080/09614524.2018.1436696. Image credit:YSU via Facebook

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Hi - just a quick note re the third annual search for a recipient of the Jack Layton Journalism for Change Fellowship. Introductory details at this link

If you know people in Canada who may qualify and be interested please let them know.

In this time of critique of journalism there is a very interesting and overt link in this fellowship between journalism and social change.

We would be very interested to share your views on that connection in the Development context.

Thanks - Warren

Author: 
Peter S. Hill
Enrico Pavignani
Markus Michael
Maurizio Murru
Mark E. Beesley
Publication Date
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Affiliation: 

University of Queensland (Hill, Pavignani); public health consultant (Michael, Murru, Beesley)

"A voice must be given to non-state actors, usually as active in the field as they are absent in policy discussions."

Within the context of international development assistance, much of the policy analysis of fragile states focuses on the need to develop the state's capacity to provide essential health services within a viable policy framework. The research in this paper shifts that focus, instead exploring the ways in which healthcare provision is configured by multiple actors beyond the reach of the state. Drawing on a documentary analysis, site visits in 2011-2012, and interviews with key informants, the study examines 6 diverse case studies: Afghanistan, Central African Republic (CAR), Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haïti, Palestine, and Somalia. It illustrates through these examples how healthcare provision "is becoming increasingly pluralistic, unplanned, privatized, unregulated and globalised all over the world."

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Conflict and Health 2014 8:20. https://doi.org/10.1186/1752-1505-8-20. Image credit: Health Systems Global

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Publication Date
Monday, October 1, 2018

"[T]here is the potential and need to support the process of change in Ethiopia based on the opening of the political space and growing citizen participation in the socio-political transition in Ethiopia."

This report presents the findings of a media landscape assessment in Ethiopia led by International Media Support (IMS) in the context of socio-political developments in the country. The assessment covers both the private and public media sector, centring on the restrictions and enabling factors for strengthening free, independent, and professional media in Ethiopia. It also delves into specific areas related to communication and community engagement in order to identify possible avenues for future media development activities by IMS.

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IMS website, December 3 2019. Image credit: Zacharias Abubeker / AFP

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Publication Date
Saturday, June 1, 2019

"Accurate facts and figures are needed to ensure education for all, to foster inclusive economic progress, and to better protect the environment. Any thriving democracy is built on well-informed, critical, and resilient citizens."

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GFMD website, December 3 2019. Image credit: Free Press Unlimited

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Author: 
Enrico Pavignani
Markus Michael
Maurizio Murru
Mark E. Beesley
Peter S. Hill
Publication Date
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Affiliation: 

University of Queensland (Pavignani, Hill); public health consultant (Michael, Murru, Beesley)

"The research calls for changes in the framing of analysis of these contexts; an acknowledgement that the state is only one of many actors in health; a recognition that current time-frames, and the current expectations that shape them, are unrealistic; and a preparedness to rethink development engagement in ways that will allow effective harnessing of the diverse actors that currently provide services."

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International Review of the Red Cross (2013), 95 (889), 41-60. doi:10.1017/S1816383113000726. Image caption/credit: Coalition members look on as an Afghan man marks a child's hand after administering the polio vaccine in Farah City, Afghanistan, December 22 2012. US Navy photo by Lt. j.g. Matthew Stroup

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