Communication for Development Roundtable Report

Communication for Development Roundtable Report

Focus on Sustainable Development

9th United Nations Communication for Development Roundtable
6–9 September 2004, Rome, Italy
Organized by FAO
with the
Government of Italy, UNESCO, World Bank, IDRC, CTA


Table of Contents

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Executive Summary



1. The context of communication for sustainable development

1.1 The central role of communication in the Millennium Development Goals

1.2 Beyond Nicaragua: the continuing HIV/AIDS communication debate

1.3 Information and communication technologies

1.4 ICTs: potential and strategic trends

1.5 Media in developing countries

2. Communication and sustainable development

2.1 A history of Communication for Development

2.2 The diffusion model

2.3 The participatory model

2.4 A question of power: cultural freedom

2.5 Trends, challenges and priorities

2.6 Priority areas for communication organizations and practitioners

2.7 Different approaches and strategies at UN, governmental and NGO levels

2.8 Communication strategies for the implementation of sustainable development

3. Working Group 1: Facilitating dialogue, learning and participation in Natural Resource Management

3.1 Poverty alleviation, food security and environmental sustainability: the contribution of participatory communication

3.2 Moving from information dissemination to community participation

3.3 The NRM practitioner as a communication actor and facilitator

3.4 Understanding the local setting: collecting data or co-producing knowledge

3.5 Understanding the communication context

3.6 Identifying and using local knowledge

3.7 Involving the local community in diagnosis and planning

3.8 Constraints and challenges

3.9 Supporting NRM through communication strategies and tools

3.10 Influencing policy and building capacity – Isang Bagsak

3.11 Summary of recommendations

4. Working Group 2: Communication for isolated and marginalized groups: blending the old and the new

4.1 Challenges and opportunities

4.2 Marginalized groups and communication systems

4.3 Information, knowledge and communication

4.4 Some lessons from experience

4.5 Media and approaches

4.6 ICTs: potential and limitations

4.7 Summary of recommendations

5. Working Group 3: Communication for Development in Research, Extension and Education

5.1 Different views of research, extension and education

5.2 Three interlocking narratives

5.3 Agricultural innovation in West Africa

5.4 Missing factors

5.5 The next steps

5.6 Summary of recommendations

6. The way forward: a Plan of Action

6.1 Building alliances and collaboration

6.2 Towards a Plan of Action

6.3 The Plan of Action

6.4 The way forward

7. Conclusions


Appendix 1: Recommendations from the three Working Groups

Appendix 2: Agenda

Appendix 3: Opening and closing statements

Appendix 4: Highlights from UN agencies on Communication for Development

Appendix 5: Proposed new initiatives and side events

Appendix 6: List of participants