Communication for Development


July 2003
Evaluation and utilization of traditional methods of communication in Cameroon's central, southern, eastern and extreme northern regions

Case study 20

This study covers 18 Cameroonian villages: five in provinces of the center; five in provinces of the extreme north; four in southern provinces; and four in provinces of the east. This study's main objectives are to thoroughly evaluate traditional means of communication; to note their constraints; to select the traditional methods which can best be used for the diffusion of information and to devise a strategy for implementing the selected method of traditional communication. The methodology of this survey is based on the Active Method of Participative Research.

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September 2002
Methodologies for Designing and Implementing Multimedia Communication Strategies and National Communication Policies. Final Report

The first bilingual regional workshop, "The Elaboration and Implementation of Methodologies for Designing and Implementing Multimedia CommunicationStrategies and National Communication Policies", was held in Niamey, Niger, from 1-5 April, 2002. It was organized by the FAO Extension, Education and Communication Service (SDRE) in partnership with AIF, UNICEF, UNDP, the World Bank and ECOWAS. The workshop was attended by approximately 50 participants from 13 ECOWAS countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, the Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo. Its being held signals acknowledgement at the highest level of the fundamental role of communication in sustainable development. ...

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September 1999
Manuel de communication pour le développement

Le présent manuel fait partie d’une série préparée par le Groupe de la communication pour le développement, Service de la vulgarisation, de l’éducation et de la communication (SDRE), Division de la recherche, de la vulgarisation et de la formation de la FAO. Cette série donne aux vulgarisateurs, formateurs et spécialistes de la communication des informations générales sur les approches et les démarches particulièrement intéressantes en matière de communication pour le développement rural en Afrique.

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September 1999
Voices for change Rural women and communication

In today's climate of political and socioeconomic change, communication can play a decisive role in promoting 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, take decisions concerning their own livelihood and thereby increase their overall involvement in development. More specifically, communication processes can give rural women a voice to advocate changes in policies, attitudes and social behaviour or customs that negatively affect them. The same processes can help women exchange experiences, find common ground for ...

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October 1998
The First Mile of Connectivity

Advancing telecommunications for rural development through a participatory communication approach

ICTs are unique tools capable of encouraging sustainable economic and social development in rural and remote areas. Like any tool, they must be used skilfully in order for their potential to be realized. When integrated into a programme that envisions community participation and information sharing, communication systems become enabling forces for development. Successful implementation of these systems will require communication and development professionals to exchange past experiences and ideas for future directions. As we learn from one another we can move towards a shared framework for advancing telecommunication to support development - towards meeting the challenges of the "first mile". ...

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