Making Waves: Stories of Participatory Communication for Social Change

[2001] This is a collection of stories where participatory communication has led to social change, ranging from bush radios to street theatre and local telecentres. The book forms part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Communication for Social Change initiative. The 50 case studies show how people living in poor communities across the world can potentially seize control of their own life stories and begin to change their marginal and unjust circumstances.

Indigenous Voices in Asia-Pacific

[2012] This report presents the highlights of five country assessments undertaken between 2009-2011 to identify the communication and information needs of indigenous peoples in Asia-Pacific. The assessments used a participatory and inclusive approach to analyze major development issues faced by indigenous peoples. They considered media and communication landscapes – encompassing freedom of expression and information, the safety of journalists, and community media, particularly radio – and how different factors facilitate

Climate Change Communication Strategy

The purpose of this document is to develop a more systematic and effective approach to communicating climate change in West Sussex. The document draws on the experiences and lessons learned through climate change awareness raising projects in West Sussex, particularly those undertaken as part of the EU funded ESPACE (European Spatial Planning: Adapting to Climate Events) project, as well as DEFRA’s (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) National Climate

Forging Innovations: Community Multimedia Centres in Nepal

[2007] This collection of case studies intends to showcase the diverse growth of three Community Multimedia Centres (CMCs) supported by Unesco in Nepal since 2003, in an effort to understand their social impact.  The case studies show how local communities accessed and utilised newly available ICT tools in different ways. The authors carried out field visits to interview managers, staff, local researchers, community reporters, volunteers and community people. This allowed

Community Radio in Bangladesh: Achievements and Challenges

[2012] This publications collects the experience of 14 community radio stations currently on air in Bangladesh. It maps the achievements and challenges faced by these radio stations since their launch. Among the main challenges are generating financial resources and ensuring community partnership and spontaneous people’s participation. This  book, published by the Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC), is useful for the community media activist, policy makers, academia and

ICT for Rural Economic Development: 5 years of Learning

[2012] Rural economic development has been a priority within IICD’s strategy since IICD was first established 15 years ago. During the past five years, 35 projects have been supported in nine countries as part of IICD’s overarching programme to promote socio-economic development through increased ICT access and use. This publication gives an overview of the lessons learned and examples of IICD‘s work in ICT for rural economic development. Individuals, families, communities,

Community Radio and Multimedia Center in a Rural Area - Burkina Faso

[2010] The document intends to pass on the lessons learned from the project Pag The Yiri, supported by IICD in Burkina Faso. It is intended for all stakeholders in the field of agriculture as well as rural development institutions implementing similar activities who want to learn from the experience of this project. This report is only available in French.

Wave Power: Radio and the MDGs

[2010] This paper by PANOS London showcases four community radio projects helping to tackle the Millennium Development Goals in developing countries. The case studies – in India, Malawi, the Caribbean and Nepal – demonstrate how communication at the grassroots level is so important, not only empowering the people most affected, but enabling them to become advocates for change in their own communities. See in particular case 2 on Mwana Alirenji, a

CSDI Communication Assessment and Action Plan for the Caribbean Region

[2012] This paper is the result of an evaluation carried out in 2009 to review the needs and priorities in communication for natural resources management and climate change adaptation in agriculture for the Caribbean. The study guided the development of an action plan forCommunication for Sustainable Development Initiative (CSDI) implementation within the region. Most Caribbean economies depend largely on agriculture, fisheries, and tourism which are all industries inextricably affected by climate

When Does Information Change Lives? An evaluation of community radio development in South Sudan

[2012] This paper examines the question, “Does information change lives?” by looking at the role of five small FM radio stations, launched and managed by Internews, operating in a vast territory that includes what is now South Sudan and the regions known as the Three Areas. The stations were established during the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended Africa’s longest-running civil war in 2005 and led to the establishment of