Communication for Development


September 2012
FAO Expert Consultation Communication for Development

Meeting today's agriculture and rural development challenges

The comprehensive final report of the FAO Expert Consultation (14-16 September 2011, Rome) outlines the process leading to the event, presents the methodology used to inspire dialogue and provides highlights from the three days of discussion. The experts concurred that FAO should take a leading role for mainstreaming ComDev in the rural development agenda and devised recommendations.

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December 2008
A compendium of regional perspectives in communication for development

Communication for Development (ComDev) has proved to be a key to foster development processes. Nevertheless, to be effective ComDev methods and tools have to be tailored to the local context, taking into account the values, needs and priorities of rural stakeholders. In the last years FAO has promoted a series of initiatives to build local capacities in ComDev and to foster collaboration in this field among institutions in developing countries with a view of harvesting approaches and experiences that can be appropriated under the different local conditions.The document integrates the findings of seven regional consultations and workshops coordinated by FAO ...

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October 2007
World Congress on Communication for Development

Lessons, Challenges and the Way Forward

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 Nations (FAO) in 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.

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August 2007
Communication and sustainable development

Selected papers from the 9th UN Roundtable on Communication for Development

All those involved in the analysis and application of communication for development - or what can broadly be termed “development communication” - would probably agree that in essence development communication is the sharing of knowledge aimed at reaching a consensus for action that takes into account the interests, needs and capacities of all concerned. It is thus a social process. Communication media are important tools in achieving this process but their use is not an aim in itself— interpersonal communication too must play a fundamental role.

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September 2006
Report of the sensitation workshop on rural radio for policy and decision makers in East and Southern Africa

This workshop follows findings of two studies on training needs for rural radio in Africa (1999 and 2000) carried out by Inter-African Center for Rural Broadcasting Studies of Ouagadougou (CIERRO) and The South Africa Development Community Centre of Communication for Development (SADC CCD). These studies were conducted under the auspices of Technical Centre of Agriculture and Rural Cooperation (CTA) and FAO, in West, Central, Eastern and Southern Africa. Results of the two studies show that there is a need for training in Rural Radio.

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