December 13, 2016
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The Soul Beat 265 - Communication and Media News and Issues
December 13 2016
From SOUL BEAT AFRICA - where communication and media are central to AFRICA's social and economic development
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This is a general issue of The Soul Beat e-newsletter which contains a selection of summaries from the Soul Beat Africa website covering a range of development issues. It includes programme experiences, research reports, evaluation reports, and resource materials which look at how media and communication, including information and communication technologies (ICTs), are helping to address issues such as sexual and reproductive health, nutrition, gender issues, governance, climate change, and violent extremism.

This will be the final issue of The Soul Beat newsletter for 2016. As we end this year, Soul Beat Africa would like to wish all of you peace, prosperity, and joy for the New Year. We thank you for your support and look forward to providing you with more valuable communication for development knowledge and networking opportunities in 2017.


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  • 1. Assibi et Salifou Comic Book Initiative - Togo
    In order to improve the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of young people in Togo, this initiative is developing a 3-part series of comic books that deal with SRH, gender, and rights, with the ultimate goal to increase youths' use of SRH services. The initiative, which also includes a social media component, is being run by Agir pour la Planification Familiale (AgirPF) together with EngenderHealth and partners. The first comic book was launched in August 2016 and tells the story of a teenage couple - Assibi et Salifou - facing questions of intimacy and sex.
  • 2. Africans Rising - For Justice, Peace and Sustainable Development - Africa
    Africans Rising is a local, national, and continental movement that seeks to unite civil society across Africa to work towards: expanding the space for civic and political action; fighting for women's rights and equity and dignity for all; demanding good governance; and achieving more justice in addressing the effects of climate change. The movement encourages activists, regional and local networks, artists, trade unions, faith-based groups, social movements, cultural activists, intellectuals, sports people, local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), international NGOs (INGOs), and ordinary people to join.
  • 3. Tikambe! (Let's Talk!) Project - Zambia
    This is a joint BBC Media Action and Restless Development project in Zambia that uses an integrated communication approach to get young people openly talking about sex, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and how to prevent HIV and AIDS. Launched in 2014, the project combines a weekly radio show, a television talk show, policy engagement events, outreach activities, and peer-led education and training in life skills. The programme seeks to help young people look after their sexual health and improve their knowledge of their reproductive rights, and also empower youth to claim their rights to access youth friendly SRH services and be able to effectively interrogate and engage local and national authorities on key sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues.
  • 4. Zusha! Road Safety Campaign - Kenya
    Launched in May 2015, the Zusha! National Road Safety Campaign aims to reduce road accidents by encouraging passengers using matatus (14-seater minibuses) or buses to speak out directly to their drivers against reckless driving. Zusha!, which is Swahili for "protest" or "speak up", is being implemented in Kenya, with research trials taking place in Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda. The intervention is aimed at promoting agency among matatu passengers, empowering them to challenge the driver to slow down and drive less recklessly if they felt their safety was compromised. The campaign has three main components: 1) distribution of Zusha! safety stickers in the buses 2) complementary messaging through radio, billboards, social media, newspaper advertisements, editorials, and news articles, and 3) national and regional stakeholder conferences to raise awareness.
  • 5. WATCH (Women's Advocacy Through Cinema and Human Exchange) Project - Nigeria
    WATCH is a participatory research and media project that advocates for the rights of women and girls in the fast-expanding settlements of the urban poor surrounding Nigeria's capital city, Abuja. Running from 2014 to 2016 and implemented by MIND (Media, Information & Narrative Development), the project seeks to draw public attention to the alarming rise in Nigeria's urban poverty levels over the past decades, focusing particularly on the rights of women and girls who tend to be hit hardest by the negative effects of urbanisation. The project is using film, advocacy campaigns, and social media to give urban poverty a human face, and to highlight the human rights implications of urban poverty through the stories of women and girls.
  • Click here for the full list of Programme Experiences on the Soul Beat Africa website.

  • 6. Information-Education-Participation: Media Use among Youth in Uganda [July 2016]
    By Anke Fiedler and Michael Meyen
    This report summarises the findings of a media use study that was conducted in Autumn 2014 in Uganda. The study sought to understand how youth access and use media in order to inform a media development strategy that takes into consideration the situation and needs of youth in Uganda. As explained in the report, "Uganda has the second-youngest population on the planet after Niger; about 78% of Ugandans are children and young adults under 30 (national definition of youth, 18-30 years)." In addition, 65% of youth are unemployed. Media can play an important role in supporting young people and should do so by including youth via innovative, participatory media formats, as this will enable them to better fight for their rights and contribute to the improvement of their own lives.
  • 7. Father Engagement in Nutrition: A Qualitative Analysis in Muhanga and Karongi Districts in Rwanda [2016]
    This report shares key findings on male engagement in child nutrition and maternal and child health from the to Accelerate Reduction of Stunting of Children Under Two Years (EKN) project in Rwanda. The project, which is managed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and implemented by Catholic Relief Services through local partners Caritas Kabgayi and Eglise Presbytarienne au Rwanda (EPR), aims to accelerate the reduction of stunting rates in under-two children across Rwanda.
  • 8. Media and Masculinities - The Role of Key Media Outlets in Nigeria in Shaping Perceptions of Masculinities [2015]
    This report, published by the Voices for Change (V4C) project, sets out to explore the influence of Nigeria's media on the perceptions and behaviours of boys, men, women, and girls around masculinity, and to understand how the media reflects, influences, and perpetuates negative gender identities, roles, and relations within Nigerian society. The study forms part of the V4C project, which seeks to improve the lives and life opportunities of adolescent girls and women (AGW) in Nigeria by helping create a positive context for challenging gender inequality.
  • 9. People-Powered Media Innovation in West Africa: Accelerating Development and Good Governance in the New Media Landscape [June 2016]
    By Panthea Lee, Nonso Jideofor, and Kate Reed Petty
    Media ecosystems in West Africa have diversified and opened up after decades of state control - much of this due to the impact of social media which provides more opportunities for citizen involvement. This has great potential for advancing government transparency and accountability, and generally in reshaping the dynamics between citizens, media, and government. This, in turn, is opening up new opportunities for funders, with potential for both social and economic impact. To explore these opportunities the Omidyar Network partnered with Reboot to undertake a research project identifying the constraints and opportunities that drive media innovation in West Africa today. This report shares the findings of this research, providing insights into the local media landscape in the region and highlighting specific opportunities and actions for funders to explore.
  • 10. Gender Approaches in Climate Compatible Development: Lessons from Kenya [May 2016]
    This research study highlights the advantages and challenges of pursuing climate compatible development in Kisumu, Kenya, drawing lessons from the five-year project People's Plans into Practice (PPP): Building Productive and Liveable Settlements with Slum Dwellers in Kisumu and Kitale. The report is part of a global study on gender approaches in climate compatible development initiatives, which also includes India and Peru. As stated in the report, although considerable evidence exists pertaining to rural areas, significant knowledge gaps can be found in relation to climate compatible development and gender in urban areas. For this reason, this research initiative has focused on urban areas.
  • 11. The Role of Online/Social Media in Countering Violent Extremism in East Africa [June 2016]
    By William Robert Avis
    This Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) Helpdesk rapid review draws on academic and grey literature to provide an overview of the role of online/social media in countering violent extremism in East Africa. It includes brief regional examples from Uganda and Kenya, and other international case studies from countering violent extremism (CVE) initiatives that use online/social media.
  • 12. Kenya Extractive Industries Development Programme: Public Awareness and Community Engagement [2015]
    By Claudia Lopes and Rainbow Wilcox
    This research report shares findings of a pilot project conducted in September 2015 by Africa's Voices Foundation which used radio and mobile phone text messaging to facilitate transparent public dialogue around potential gas and oil developments in Turkana, Kenya. The report looks at how the community was engaged through radio and sms and also outlines some of the findings of this engagement. The pilot project demonstrates that "Africa's Voices approach can create authentic public dialogue, and provide rich, credible evidence that amplifies citizens' voices to a national level."
  • Click here for the full list of Strategic Thinking documents on the Soul Beat Africa website.

  • 13. Seeing Is Believing: Evidence from a Community Video Approach for Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors [2016]
    By Leanne Dougherty
    This report presents findings from a mixed-methods evaluation to assess the acceptability and effectiveness of a community video pilot initiative in Niger to address maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) and hygiene behaviours. The study further explores the factors influencing the potential to scale up the intervention and sustain activities. The goal of the project, which was implemented by the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project and Digital Green (DG), was to contribute to a decrease in childhood illnesses caused by poor handwashing and to support improved dietary intake through an increase in the use of responsive feeding practices.
  • 14. The GREAT Project - Results Brief [July 2015]
    This brief highlights the results of an evaluation of the Gender Roles, Equality and Transformations (GREAT) project, a pilot project in Uganda which was designed to "shift social norms and attitudes to foster healthier, more equitable behaviors by correcting misinformation, encouraging critical reflection and dialogue, changing expectations for appropriate behavior and supporting groups to take action."
  • 15. Trusted Voices in Challenging Times: Civil Society and Media Leadership (CSML) Program - Final Report [February 2016]
    This final report highlights the activities and achievements of the Civil Society and Media Leadership (CSML) Program, which was led by IREX in partnership with The Carter Center and Social Impact. Launched in 2010, this five-and-a-half-year project was designed to contribute to building a more capable, collaborative, and agile civil society and media sector in Liberia, a country recovering from fourteen years of civil conflict. The goal of the project was to "sustain peace in Liberia through greater inclusion, giving a voice to, informing and engaging Liberian citizens."
  • Click here for the full list of Evaluation Reports on the Soul Beat Africa website.

  • 16. Voice & Matter - Communication, Development and the Cultural Return [2016]
    Edited by Oscar Hemer and Thomas Tufte
    This book contains a collection of articles by renowned academics in the field of communication, cultural, and development studies. The collection seeks to "reinstate the centrality and urgency of Communication for Development as an area of research and a field of practice" as well as contribute to a continuing articulation and re-definition of the theoretical foundation of communication for development.
  • 17. PhotoVoice Facilitator's Guide [April 2016]
    This guide has been developed to help organisations prepare, organise, and facilitate a PhotoVoice training. Developed by Rutgers, an NGO working in SRHR, the guide is intended to inspire other NGOs in the development field to use PhotoVoice as a new, creative, and effective way to do participatory research, data collection, and organisational or community capacity building.
  • 18. We Want To Be Free - A Book About Gender-Based Violence [2016]
    This book about gender-based violence (GBV) is designed to inform young people in South Africa about violence against women and children, what to do when it happens, and how to help prevent it. It has been published by the Soul City Institute for Social Justice (formerly Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication) as part of the Rise Young Women's Clubs initiative, which works to mobilise and empower young women to participate in taking responsible action to shape their lives and the communities they live in.
  • 19. Security in-a-Box Community Focus: Digital Security Tools and Tactics for the LGBTI Community in Sub-Saharan Africa [2014]
    In the context of continuous and determined legal, religious, social, economic, and digital marginalisation and harassment of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexed (LGBTI) community in most of sub-Saharan Africa, this guide is designed to assist LGBTI activists and human rights defenders understand digital security threats and give them the tools and tactics that can be used to overcome them.
  • 20. Why Do People Do What They Do? A Social Norms Manual for Zimbabwe and Swaziland [October 2015]
    By Cristina Bicchieri and Penn Social Norms Training and Consulting Group
    This training manual offers a detailed explanation of what social norms are and how they influence behaviour - with a particular emphasis on behaviour related to violence against children. The manual forms part of a series of products from The Multi Country Study on the Drivers of Violence Affecting Children - a four-country study in Italy, Peru, Zimbabwe, and Vietnam being conducted by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Office of Research - Innocenti.
  • Click here for the full list of Resource Materials on the Soul Beat Africa website.


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