ComDev Stories

This is not a video camera: Chris Lunch at TEDx

Chris Lunch is a participatory video specialist and enthusiast, a modern day alchemist in the field of international development. He believes in the power of combining technology with participation to shift awareness, galvanise communities and unleash hidden energy for positive individual and collective change.  “This is not a video camera” features the the topsy turvy world of participatory video – where the subjects of a film become the directors; where passive recipients of

UNICEF's Ureport: driving mobile participation among Ugandans

“Development is too often a top down process, with communities neither consulted nor empowered with information to enact change at the local level. As a result, accountability is weak, precious donor funding is not maximised, and communities lack ownership of key public goods.”  UNICEF Innovation Concerned by the issue of untapped feedback from communities and particularly the youth, UNICEF has developed a free mobile communication system for youth in Uganda to

iCow: the agricultural platform for Kenyan dairy farmers

iCow is an agricultural platform that provides information services for farmers accessible via mobile phones: dairy farmers will be able to keep tabs on their cows and enjoy tips on best practice.  The iCow platform has a series of dairy agri-products available over a menu system. Farmers dial a short code, *285#, and access a menu that guides them on how to subscribe to the various products.

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‚Äôs 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).

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

Winners of the Communication for Social Change Award

Since 2006 the Communications for Social Change Award recognizes significant contributions made by individual practitioners, field workers or scholars and organisations to the theory and practice of communication to facilitate social, economic and technological development. It is administered by the Centre for Communication and Social Change (CfCSC) at the School of Journalism and Communication, within The University of Queensland, Brisbane.  CfCSC has just announced the winners of the 2013 edition! Individual winner: Harry Surjadi  Harry Surjadi

Closing the gender gap with ComDev: Dimitra

Rural women face challenges such as isolation, illiteracy and low social status. In occasion of the International Women’s Day, we are glad to highlight a successful FAO initiative focusing on gender equality and communication for rural development. Dimitra is a participatory communication project that aims to help close the gender gap in agriculture by boosting social dialogue and cohesion. Since 2006, it gives voice to rural women in various African countries and increases their

AMARC celebrates its 30th anniversary

The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) celebrates its 30th Anniversary this 2013. AMARC brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries. It was in August 1983 that a group of community radio fans met spontaneously in Montreal for the first World Conference of community radio broadcasters, only to realise at the meeting that there was already an embryonic world movement which brought


The College of Development Communication (CDC) in the University of the Philippines Los Banos is now Center of Excellence (COE) in Development Communication as declared by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). The CDC now serves as a potent catalyst for world-class scholarships, best practices, innovative curriculum, research and extension, and professional development in communication. A Center of Excellence (COE) is either a public or private higher education institution which

FEMSCRIPT Participatory Video to Empower Women

The FEMSCRIPT project was designed to empower women in the Niger Delta to make their voices heard in the public arena and highlight women’s human rights issues through participatory video. Led by Media Information Narrative Development (MIND), in collaboration with Stichting FLL from the Netherlands who conducted the participatory video training, the project was supported by CORDAID and the Netherlands Embassy in Nigeria. The project included training, the provision of