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World Congress on Communication or Development [WCCD]



[1] Priority Themes Survey and [2] Call for Abstracts and Proposals

The Communication Initiative [The CI] is one of three organisations - with The World Bank's Development Communication Division and FAO and the generous support of the Government of Italy - co-hosting and organising the World Congress on Communication for Development [WCCD] to be held in Rome, Italy on March 15/16/17, 2006. The CI partner organisations Soul City, USAID, CfSC Consortium, Calandria and Exchange join other organisations to comprise the Steering Committee for this Congress.

This first WCCD will focus on demonstrating the value of communication for a variety of development initiatives and the need to increase investment in communication for development as an essential ingredient for meeting developmental challenges. The 3-day Congress will bring together communication professionals engaged in development initiatives, policymakers, development practitioners, donor and NGO representatives, community representatives, and academics from around the world to share experiences and best practices in this growing field for a common understanding of what works, what doesn?t, why and how best to measure impact.

A further overarching goal of the Congress is to promote the incorporation and use of communication in development policy and practise. Papers and other forms of presenting knowledge and experience [see below] should focus on this goal. The event will involve 500 people from across the international development and development communication communities. Further details, including participation possibilities, will be announced soon.

At this stage, as part of the preparation for this event and in order to help ensure its relevance and value, we would welcome your initial input in the following ways:

1. Policy Makers Survey - see below for links to a brief survey that seeks to highlight the views of policy makers on the priority issues that the Congress should address.

2. Submission of Abstracts and Proposals - see below for details on the requirements for abstracts and other proposals and ways to submit them for consideration.

Please do contact me if you have any queries at all concerning the two specific two items below or the Congress in general.

With many best wishes and thanks - as indicated details on each of the two items above follow below

Chris Morry
Director Coordination and Special Projects
The Communication Initiative

http://www.comminit.com

cmorry@comminit.com
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1. POLICY MAKERS SURVEY

As indicated above the Congress organisers and hosts are very keen to establish the perspectives of national and international development policy makers as one important input that informs the agenda and focus of the Congress. We would welcome your support with one or both of these tasks:

A. If you regard yourself as being in a policy maker role then please complete the brief survey at

http://www.surveymonkey.com/CheckPassword.asp?SID=1193949&U=554771193949&C=

The required password is WCCD - please use capital letters for the password. All responses are confidential.

and/or

B. Please forward this URL to the main [in addition to yourself if you completed A above] policy makers in your organisation perhaps with this brief note [cut and paste] as the email text:

"The Communication Initiative, The World Bank?s Development Communication Division and FAO with the generous support of the Government of Italy are co-hosting and organising the 1st World Congress on Communication for Development [WCCD] to be held in Rome, Italy on March 15/16/17, 2006. They are seeking the views of Development policy makers on the priorities for that Congress. Given your knowledge and experience it would be tremendous if you could complete a short survey to help ensure that the event addresses the development issues you think are most critical. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes. We are assured that all responses are anonymous.

To start the survey please click here:http://www.surveymonkey.com/CheckPassword.asp?SID=1193949&U=554771193949&C=

The required password is WCCD - please use capital letters for the password.

Thanks for taking this time. If you have any queries I can ask Chris Morry of The Communication Initative - who sent us the original note - to respond.

[your name/signature etc]"


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2. CALL for ABSTRACTS AND PROPOSALS


Abstracts and proposals for papers and other innovative ways to present relevant knowledge and experiences in this field at The Congress are invited on the following broad topic areas:

- Poverty Reduction
- Health
- Education
- Governance
- Security and Emergencies
- ICT, Communication and Media
- Marginalised and Vulnerable Groups
- Environment and Sustainable Development

In order to support the goals of the Congress we encourage submissions dealing with the above topics to be developed covering the following four key areas:

- The Value-added of Communication for Development - Cases and Perspectives from Around the World. This area will include presentations about trends experiences, and lessons learned.

- Theory, Principles and Approaches of Communication for Development. This area aims to showcase the theoretical foundations of the field and present some methodological approaches as applied in practise.

- Evaluating the Impact of Communication for Development: Why? What? Who? How? This area addresses the role and the importance of assessing the impact of communication in development projects and programs. The focus on this area is not on the process of evaluation but rather on the data and evidence coming out of the evaluation process.

- Mainstreaming Communication in Development Policies and Practice. This area, which can be considered as the backbone of the Congress focuses on suggestions as to how to incorporate communication into policy and development.

Abstracts must be submitted in two copies to:

Lucia Grenna
Unit Head
Communication for Development in Operations
External Affairs Vice-Presidency
The World Bank
1818 H Street, NW
Mail Stop: U11 - 1102
Washington DC, 20433
USA
Fax 202 ? 522-2654
Email: lgrenna@worldbank.org
with a cc to Chris Morry of The Communication Initiative -

The deadline for the submission of abstracts and proposals is September 30, 2005.

Early abstracts will be given priority. All submissions should include a short biography, full address and e-mail.

Format and style: Abstracts of 150-500 words may be submitted by regular mail (typed in double-spacing) or by email (in MS Word or rtf.format).

Authors of abstracts intended for publication are requested to use the Harvard system of referencing with author?s name and date in the text and a full reference in alphabetical order at the end of the article.

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With many thanks for your engagement and support - look forward to hearing from you - Chris

Chris Morry
Director Coordination and Special Projects
The Communication Initiative

http://www.comminit.com

cmorry@comminit.com

 

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