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Keyword: Media Development 2015/3

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    On the screen

    At Visions Réel 2015 – the 46th international film festival held in Nyon (17-25 April 2015) – the Interreligious Jury awarded its Prize, to the film Mothers of the Gods (Madres de los dioses) directed by Pablo Agüero, Argentina, France (2015). The prize is endowed with 5000.‐ CHF contributed by the Swiss Catholic Church and Médias‐pro, the communication department of the Reformed Churches in French speaking Switzerland.

    Posted: August 16, 2015
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  • La tecnología ¿define la estructura de la sociedad?

    La tecnología ¿define la estructura de la sociedad?

    El filósofo francés Jaques Ellul, en la década del 1950, hablaba de La technique como la mentalidad moderna cuyo elemento determinante es la búsqueda permanente de la eficiencia en todas las actividades humanas, incluida el proceso tecnológico. “Technique es la totalidad de métodos racionalmente logrados y que tengan absoluta eficiencia (...) en todos los campos de la actividad humana.”

    By: Carlos A. Valle
    Posted: August 16, 2015
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  • The good society and building a culture of hope

    The good society and building a culture of hope

    Worldwide, people are living in a culture of fear. They see the horror of brutality through conventional media or in virtual communication every day that create a mindset of fear. But, people should not bear this legacy further when all of us envision a good and peaceful society for ourselves as well as for the next generation. How communication will play a role in eradicating fear from mind, life and society is the key point of this article.

    By: Mohammad Sahid Ullah
    Posted: August 16, 2015
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  • Media representation of Muslim youth in Australia

    Media representation of Muslim youth in Australia

    There is great contradiction between what a multicultural Australia promises its citizens – an egalitarian country that gives everyone a “fair go” irrespective of their race, religion and colour – and what the minorities and specifically Muslims face in the form of racism, discrimination, xenophobia and hostility which is prevalent both at the social and institutional level. This article provides a glimpse of marginalized “youth” who have never been heard of and provides insight into the challenges they have faced and are facing due to being a minority.

    By: Laya Matindoost
    Posted: August 16, 2015
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  • Folk media and their use in HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns

    Folk media and their use in HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns

    This article examines the use of folk media in Irob district, in rural Ethiopia. The main feature of folk media is that they are credible sources of information. Neglecting folk media channels combined with a low level of community participation, results in significantly less effective district-level intervention programs.

    By: Hagos Nigussie
    Posted: August 16, 2015
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  • Co-creative processes in the Big Stories Small Towns film project

    Co-creative processes in the Big Stories Small Towns film project

    Big Stories Small Towns is a multi-platform process-driven documentary project that works with communities to create micro documentaries, photography and digital stories. At the heart of Big Stories is a question - can you have both community ownership through process and a high-quality media product at the same time? In communication for social change literature, the discourse of participation has in many ways remained rigid while practice continues to evolve to meet audience and participant expectations. As process-driven media projects reach broadcast scale and quality, a more intimate and nuanced understanding of the co-creative process is needed.

    By: Samantha Ryan
    Posted: August 16, 2015
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  • The CSC dilemma in development: A possible solution

    The CSC dilemma in development: A possible solution

    Given the challenges of measuring outcomes in Communication for Social Change, the use of proxy indicators can broadly support diverse initiatives. An example from Nepal illustrates an educational approach to social change whose intangible outcomes could be assessed using proxy indicators.

    By: Grady Walker and Julie Arrighi
    Posted: August 16, 2015
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  • Participatory video for citizen mobilisation in South Africa

    Participatory video for citizen mobilisation in South Africa

    In March 2015, in a shipping container that serves as part of a health care compound in the township of Gugulethu in South Africa,1 nine people are making movies with mobile phones in participatory video (PV) workshop. The two researchers/PV practitioners and seven community mobilisers involved are not only making films, but exploring a methodology for story-driven PV that can harness the transformative power of personal stories into the collective group storytelling process. This article shares their journey from a facilitator’s perspective.

    By: Tamara Plush
    Posted: August 16, 2015
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  • Making agricultural research for development work in remote Vietnam

    Making agricultural research for development work in remote Vietnam

    Agricultural research for development (AR4D) that uses participatory communication strategies targeting the immediate use of research outputs for development purposes could make a change in people’s lives in culturally diverse regions.

    By: Huu Nhuan Nguyen
    Posted: August 16, 2015
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  • Institutionalising social mobilisation as a social change process

    Institutionalising social mobilisation as a social change process

    The emergence of new social mobilisations in developing countries has generated a new opportunity for deliberating and reconceptualising the institutionalisation of Communication and Social Change (CSC) processes in large development organisations. This paper argues the new social mobilisation offers valuable opportunity to better inform the streamlining of institutionalised CSC process in development policies and practices.

    By: Steven Sam
    Posted: August 16, 2015
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