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"World Congress on Communication for Development. Lessons, Challenges and the Way Forward"
October 2007- The first World Congress on Communication for Development was held between October 25 and 27, 2006 at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nationsin Rome, Italy. It was organized by the World Bank, FAO, and The Communication Initiative. In the run-up to the Congress, a series of regional meetings with a specific focus on sustainable development fed into the discussions and debates.

"Report of the sensitation workshop on rural radio for policy and decision makers in East and Southern Africa"
September 2006 - This workshop follows findings of two studies on training needs for rural radio in Africa carried out by Inter-African Center for Rural Broadcasting Studies of Ouagadougou and The South Africa Development Community Centre of Communication for Development.

"Rural radio transmissions and rural youth in Cameroon. Communication for development case study 28"
February 2006 - The conclusions of this study confirm the strategic importance radio plays in communication for development campaigns and strategies in Africa.

"Rural radio transmissions and rural youth in Mali. Communication for development case study 29"
February 2006 - Within the context of the project GCP/MLI/020/NET “The relaunch of rural radio in Mali”, a series of studies on the needs of youth regarding information and communication were carried out in collaboration with the four radio stations of Bla, Bougouni, Kolondiéba and Koutiala. These studies were based on the production, the transmission and the evaluation of radio programmes for young people.

"Participatory Rural Communication Appraisal: Starting with the People. – A Handbook"
September 2005 - A practical guide to assess communication processes and systems. It provides concepts and tools for the participatory design of Communication for Development activities, involving rural stakeholders in the research process to identify communication needs and appropriate channels and media to support development efforts.

"Participatory Communication Strategy Design – A Handbook"
September 2005 - A handy guide to involve people in decision-making processes for effective communication planning and action. It presents a step-by-step methodology for participatory communication strategy design, and the principles for communication planning, message development, multimedia material production and the implementation of communication activities in the field.

"Communication and Natural Resource Management: An E-forum on perspectives, principles and future directions"
November 2004 - This e-forum was based on a review of the book “Communication and Natural Resource Management: Experience/Theory” which presents short case studies, reflections and exercises to guide readers through a self learning process about communication and natural resource management and how to improve its impact in the field.

"Yasarekomo: An experience of indigenous communications in Bolivia"
June 2004 - In the introduction to this publication, a village representative writes "Communications is life... We are a people who communicate in order to keep our values alive and relevant in a society that is constantly changing. Furthermore, we know that communications is the key to any type of development."

"Communication for development: A medium for innovation in natural resources management"
One of the key challenges faced by rural development programmes is to address poverty alleviation, food security and environmental sustainability in an integrated manner. Fighting land degradation and desertification, halting deforestation, promoting proper management of water resources and protecting biodiversity require the active participation of rural communities through communication processes.

"The state of communication for development in Niger – Volumes 1 and 2"
This two-volume publication addresses communication for development in Niger. Communication policies are recognized in Niger as a critical element to the economic, social and cultural development of the country.

"The one to watch: Radio, new ICTs and interactivity"
The Internet and other new information and communication technologies (ICTs) are changing radio in the developing world. But far from making it less relevant, they are opening up hitherto unimagined possibilities.

"Revisiting the Magic Box"
New information and communications technologies (ICTs), the Internet and mobile telephony in particular, are greatly transforming how we work, organize and communicate with each other.

"Understanding the indigenous knowledge and information systems of pastoralists in Eritrea"
Although many extension and research workers overlook the importance of nomadic herders' indigenous knowledge, this knowledge is extremely important since is based on experiential learning, evolves constantly and is shared through local communication processes.

"Participatory communication: a key to rural learning systems"
This publication addresses the radical shift that the role of communication has undergone in recent years. Participatory communication highlights the importance of cultural identity, concerted action and dialogue, local knowledge and stakeholder participation at all levels.

"Communication and natural resource management: Experience/Theory"
The launch of this new communication publication is being marked with an e-forum hosted by the Communication Initiative.

"National information, education and communication strategy for Cameroon: Case study 22"
This publication illustrates the prioritization of reproductive health factors and an analysis of the national structures responsible for putting in place information, education and communication strategies.

"Socio-cultural constraints and the need for information about reproductive health for youth and men in Cameroon: Case study 21"
This publication results from a study undertaken in rural Cameroon which concentrated upon understanding socio-cultural factors which discourage use of health centers by men and youth.

"Evaluation and utilization of traditional methods of communication in Cameroon's central, southern, eastern and extreme northern regions: Case study 20"
This study thoroughly evaluates traditional means of communication in 18 Cameroonian villages and selects the traditional methods best adapted for the diffusion of information.

"Knowledge, attitudes and practices in the area of reproductive health in central, northern and southern Cameroon: Case study 19"
This study addresses the knowledge, attitudes and practices of men and youth, both male and female, regarding their reproductive health.

"New Publications in the Field of Communication for Development"
These publications were produced from the Regional Workshop for Designing and Implementing Multimedia Communication Strategies and National Communication Policies took place in Niamey, Niger, in April 2002.

"The National Communication Policy in Burkina Faso"
The Communication for development group has published the fifth publication of the series on national communication strategies and policies, following earlier studies on Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Republic of Central Africa and Cape-Verde.

"Information and Communication Technologies Servicing Rural Radio: Final report of the International Workshop"
which was held 19-22 February 2001 is now available in English and French. The Workshop provided a forum to share ideas and experiences between North (Europe and North America) and South (Africa) regarding the use of radio broadcasting and includes the main recommendations made at the workshop.

"Voices for change: Rural women and communication"
In today's climate of political and socio-economic change, communication can play a decisive role in promoting food security and rural development. By fostering a dialogue between rural people and other sectors of society, communication processes can empower both women and men to provide information and knowledge as a basis for change and innovation.

Communication for Development CD-ROM
This Communication for Development CD-ROM contains a selection of publications covering a wide range of topics related to communication for development in many countries. The CD-ROM is a useful tool for policy-makers, planners, educators, extnesion workers and otehrs who use communication to information and educate people about new ideas and technical innovations in agriculture and rural development.

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