Enabling community participation in land governance in Guatemala

Participatory communication is a powerful means to enable the informed and active engagement of individuals and groups in decisions that affect their life. This is the case also with land tenure, and is the focus of a FAO Communication for Development initiative to support the recognition and responsible governance of communal land in Guatemala.  Over 1.5 million hectares, 15% of the national territory, is owned collectively, often under traditional or customary tenure systems. Communal lands are in fact

Call for proposals: video on the use of VGGT for Indigenous Peoples

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is inviting interested organizations to submit a proposal on the practical application of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure by Indigenous Peoples. Following the request by the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Peoples in May 2014, FAO organized a meeting with indigenous peoples on the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of land, fisheries and forests in the context


As part of the Communication for Sustainable Development Initiative (CSDI), FAO and the National Institute for Innovation in Agriculture, Livestock and Forestry (INIAF) of Bolivia carried out participatory communication appraisals and consultative processes with farmer organizations, small-scale producers, local governments, NGOs and community media in order to identify local needs in terms of agricultural information. As a result, they developed four Knowledge and Communication Modules (Modulos de Conocimiento y Comunicación)

CCST Caribbean film and video competition

Are you a creative, technology-savvy young Caribbean professional between 18 and 35 years old? Check out the second Caribbean-wide science and agriculture video competition for the opportunity to win over 10,000 Euros in prizes. The initiative is promoted by the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA), the Caribbean Council for Science and Technology (CCST), the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development (CARDI), the University of the West Indies (UWI), and

Mera Karachi Mobile Cinema: promoting citizen engagement in Pakistan

Video is a powerful Communication for Development tool to inform, educate and entertain, as it attracts people’s curiosity, overcomes illiteracy barriers and fits with the narrative culture prevailing in most developing contexts. Thanks to technical innovation it is now becoming more accessible and increasing numbers of people are producing their own materials (find out more about Video in Development).

Call for abstracts on ComDev

The 2nd Nordic Conference for Development Research will take place on 14-15 November 2013 in Helsinki, Finland. It provides a platform for researchers, government representatives and NGO-practitioners to discuss the role, methodologies and dilemmas of knowledge production in and for development. The conference invites submissions of abstracts to a number of thematic working groups. Among these: WG 15: Communications for development – the role of the media in achieving development goals With

Award-winning animated video fighting the spread of cholera

The Story of Cholera is a four-minute animation produced by the Global Health Media Project in collaboration with the award-winning animator Yoni Goodman.  Following evidence-based guidelines and consistent with messages already in place, it was developed in response to the outbreak of cholera in Haiti. Thanks to Translators Without Borders it is now available in fifteen languages and plays a key educational role supporting the activities of UNICEF, the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders

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The Social Media Week 2013 is scheduled on February 17-22 in Washington to showcase the use of digital space for development. USAID will host several events during the week to contribute to the conversation and highlight how people rely on technology for a multitude of reasons, including program management and reporting, and general educational purposes for a range of projects, funded by USAID. You can showcase your work using social media for development through