Launch of our Network Yearbook and 2016/17 Network Mapping Study (March 2017)
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C4D Network Editor
April 3, 2017

Our March Focus session saw the launch of two exciting new C4D Network resources – the C4D Network Yearbook and our 2016/17 Network Mapping Study.

Our C4D Yearbook presents an overview of the Network – from country chapters to our current partnership projects – and highlights all our upcoming projects, themes and events for 2017. If you would like to play a larger role in the Network the Yearbook also offers suggestions for how to get involved. This is our first Network Yearbook and it was put together in recognition of our growth from small beginnings as a consultants’ lunch group ten years ago, to the present global network of over 3,000 C4D members, with emerging country chapters and strong collaborative energy and great potential. The full Yearbook can be viewed here.

Our 2016/17 C4D Network Mapping Study is an overview of our ‘C4D Where You Are’ mapping conducted by Network members around the world. The findings of this Study are the result of various Network Country Chapter Meet-Ups between September 2016 and January 2017, and responses to a country-specific online survey from nearly 50 countries. Discussions and responses have been gathered in English, French, Spanish and Arabic; and where possible – and with the assistance of a dedicated team of Network volunteers and contractors – these have been translated, transcribed and synthesised. And this is the result – a Study that presents a country snapshot of ‘Communications for Development’ around the world, from the perspective of Network members who are working in C4D or teaching it, studying it, supporting it and on occasion commissioning it. We have valued doing this research, and thank all the Network members who have contributed to it. We hope to carry out similar research annually to collectively see where we are and how we are improving what we do for greater development and human rights impact. The full Study can be viewed here


A wide range of people have tirelessly advised and worked on the evolution of the Network and we would like to say a big thank you to all members of the C4D Network for supporting its development over the past ten years. Onwards and upwards!

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World Radio Day London event 2017: ‘Radio and Global Transitions’ (overview and panel discussion recording)
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C4D Network Editor
February 26, 2017

On 10 February we joined forces with SOAS Radio and the Centre of African Studies to co-host the ‘World Radio Day London 2017: Radio and Global Transitions’ event – an exciting event with stalls and interactive exhibitions representing community radio and communication & development organisations, speakers and a panel discussion. Attendees came from across the UK and those not able to make the event could join us ‘virtually’ through SOAS Radio’s live broadcast and interviews.

The event began with the trade fair, featuring stalls from Radio Active, Children’s Radio Foundation, Development Media International, SciDev.Net, Radio Souriat (Syrian Women’s Radio for Peace), InsightShare, London International Development Centre, Refugee Radio, and the Radio Garden .

Workshops led by Roundhouse Radio and Whistledown Productions also ran throughout the afternoon. David Prest led a session on the different forms of radio documentary, and Max Graef and Niccy Logan examined the more practical side of the production process and discussed their own experiences of working both in London and abroad.

The evening panel discussion included talks from Carlos Chirinos from New York University/SOAS, Dr. Caroline Mitchell from University of Sunderland/Transnational Radio Encounters, Stephen Silverwood from Refugee Radio, and James Deane from BBC Media Action. They spoke on the topic: How is radio representing global transitions? Discussions ranged from learning from the use of local music artists for behaviour change during the Ebola Crisis, to the Radio Garden project, the use and aims of participatory radio, and the changing role of radio over the past three decades.

Further listening and reading

Click here to read the keynote speech from James Deane, BBC Media Action in full.

World Radio Day 2017 Podcast Series: In the build up to the World Radio Day Event 2017 the SOAS Radio Team interviewed community radio, representatives of communication for development organisations, radio industry professionals and academics on this year’ theme of ‘Radio and Global Transitions’ in a series of podcasts available via:

Listen in full via SOAS Radio to the World Radio Day 2017 London panel discussion ‘Radio and Global Transitions’…/world-radio-day-2017-panel-radio-an…

Photos of the event can be viewed via the SOAS Radio Facebook page:

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Initial findings from our Network mapping of the C4D Landscape: C4D Network Focus Session (January 2017)
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February 5, 2017

Our first C4D Network Focus Session of 2017 focused on the extensive mapping project undertaken by Network members as part of our 2016 Network Meet-Up Challenge.

C4D Network member Tatiana Joiro gave a presentation on the feedback we’ve gathered from over 50 countries and outlined some preliminary findings and insights into the landscape of C4D in countries across the globe based on our members’ experiences/views.

The presentation highlighted lots of us issues that many in the C4D Network face – such as definitions and terms within C4D taxonomy, to issues with donor or government influence on projects – regardless of where we are in the world. It also highlighted how behaviour change seems to be the number one C4D approach.

Full findings and country insights will be included in our forthcoming Yearbook, due out later this year.

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Report: Newton Tech4Dev Network Launch – ‘Crisis Work & Digital Opportunities’, 25-26 November 2016
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Katie Bartholomew
January 13, 2017

A Workshop Programme – including the full names of all those mentioned in this piece – can be found here: Newton Network 2016 Launch Programme

The November 2016 workshop to launch the Newton Tech4Dev Network took ‘Crisis Work & Digital Opportunities’ as its theme: a topic which sparked a stimulating mix of ideas on innovations and their challenges from around the world.

Philippe Stoll’s (of International Committee of the Red Cross) keynote address set out the close relationship of crises and digital opportunities: the fact that there is faster 3G connection in Somalia than in the UK, he pointed out, shows how technology can thrive in a struggling state. Within this trend, he identified three key concepts that would return throughout the day. Digital disruption, disintermediation, and transparency – all of which are culminating in a “participatory revolution”.

Thomas Tufte (University of Leicester) reflected on how this disruption manifests as a “game-changer” for the communications for development field itself as the pervasiveness of media in everyday lives transforms the targeted, situated audience into a networked, mobile audience.

CDAC Network (Communication with Disaster-Affected Communities) focused on peoples’ technological needs as they move through a crisis, presenting the benefits of combining “analogue and digital” and translation on the level of dialect. Finn Rasmusen showed evidence of this in the work which International Media Support is supporting with Radio Rozana – produced by Syrian journalists and broadcast to civilians and refugees both online and via satellite.

An afternoon on the topic of ‘Humanitarian Labor’ ranged across the implications of this sector for local aid workers – who can “get the same use-and-discard treatment as the software they’re using”, suggested Ong (Uni. of Leicester) and Combindo (De Salle Uni.); for international aid workers – navigating “moral labor”, proposed Fechte (Uni. of Sussex); and for philanthrocapitalists’ exercising power remotely: “funders can undermine the control of aid workers in ways you don’t expect”, highlighted Bunce, Scott and Wright.

The first day closed with a panel on ‘Digital Sweatshops’. Much digital work that appears autonomous was exposed as algorithmically driven (Wood, Oxford Internet Institute), which other panelists scrutinized for its implications in the “World class…?” Philippines context (Soriano, De Salle Uni. & Cabanes, Uni. of Leicester) and in the context of gender and sexuality (David, Uni. of Colorado).

Day 2 turned towards interventions, responses and participation. An opening panel considered sectoral interventions from three strikingly different angles: private aid, whereby tour operators charter boat-fulls of European tourists to conduct needs assessments after typhoon Haiyan (McKay, Keele Uni.); digital payment systems, whose “huge unrealized potential” – for economic efficiency and transparency – is being tapped in crises, such as iris scanning for refugee identification in Jordan (Bower, Bower & Partners); and faith-based organisations, particularly Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines, who were shown to use crises to strengthen their evangelistic mission of “religious worlding” (Cornelo, Ateneo de Manila Uni., & Teehankee, De La Salle Uni.).

Professors of Volcanology and Environmental History provided fascinating new perspectives on community adaptations to natural disasters. Branney (Uni. of Leicester) showed how volcanic eruptions are entirely predictable, while Bankoff (Uni. of Hull) explored how disaster sub-cultures emerge among residents living with repetitive disasters in their daily lives. These scientific and anthropological approaches were balanced with Lallana and Soriano’s (De La Salle Uni.) policy perspective, on responsively redesigning disaster governance and management in the Philippines.

The C4D Network (Davies & Bartholomew) launched the final session of the day, showing the range of individuals and institutions across their global network who are participating in this sector, and emphasizing the importance and means of collaboration between them. Touri (Uni. of Leicester) responded with an exploration of agency and empowerment in in food networks, before Matule and Moyer (Uni. of Leicester) proposed a response to marginal voices’ lack of participation– their “routine exclusion” from – environmental decision-making.

Testament to the liveliness of conversations across the two days, the Newton Network Launch concluded with productive discussions about funding. These pragmatic discussions, as well as connections made over the two days, suggest that many of the ideas generated over the workshop can be translated into promising further action and conversations.

Photographs of the event can be found here, courtesy of Patricia Routh Photography

Report write up: Katie Bartholomew, C4D Network


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Overview of C4D Festival 2016: Sights & Sounds of Change
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Katie Bartholomew
January 9, 2017

The festival was a day bursting with ideas, images, music, questions and discussion from around the world. The conversation ranged from two young radio broadcasters who skyped in from Zambia, to seasoned specialists on story-telling and film editing, to academics, to upcoming London-based producers who are making films for girls’ empowerment.

The 12 organisations who presented were champions for a great variety of media in development. Across this variety, several shared experiences and common reflections emerged from the speakers. Most notably: The value of conversation that is inclusive and reflective. The role new technologies and how these developing platforms influence the conversation itself. The difficulty of measuring impact, and how innovation can heighten this challenge.

In parallel with afternoon activities, InsightShare led an immersive workshop on Participatory Video methodology. Participants took the camera in-hand as the group explored questions of “What does your ideal future look like? When have I experienced a perfect world?”. Over two hours, they learnt how video techniques can bring about community-led change.

The Programme – including links to the presentations given  – was as follows:

First cluster

C4D Network welcome – Jackie Davies & Katie Bartholomew [ C4D Network Challenge Presentation ]

Malaria Consortium – Marian Blondeel & Daudi Ochieng [ Malaria Consortium Presentation ]

Children’s Radio Foundation – Charlotte Bannister-Parker & Katie Abbotts Young broadcasters’ Audio | Video ]

Medical Aid Films – Josie Gallo [ MAF Presentation | 2016 Showreel ]

InsightShare – Gareth Benest [ InsightShare Presentation | Ghana video ] 

Second cluster

Andrew Lees Trust – Yvonne Orengo [ Oral testimony video ]

Global Girl Media – Victoria Bridges, Aisha Clarke & Monique Henry Washington [ Video of presentationBrexit Unveiled Film | Stealing Intimacy Film ]

Feba Radio – Johnny F & Stephanie M [ Presentation ]

Imperious Films – Simon Davison [ Nigeria Immunisation Film | Pakistan Education Film ]

Restless Development – Sho Konno [ Restless Bog Post ]

The evening featured a discussion on ‘Who’s holding the camera? The journey of sight and sound in representations of development’. Keynote speaker Antonello Proto (producer, director and script-writer on more than 70 audiovisual programs) guided the audience through footage from archive clips of anthropological, posed documentaries, to contemporary examples of participatory, use-led film. Responding to him was panelist Dr. David Dunkley Gyimah (Senior Lecturer at the University of Westminster, and Publisher of the international award-winning, who gave a dynamic insight into the next generation of media makers and their contribution to a developing field of journalism and C4D. Panelist Nicola Harford (Director of iMedia Associates) concluded the evening by considering the innovative uses of video-gaming in HIV/AIDS programming and challenges of evaluation in creative contexts.

Antonello Proto’s Film Reel

Nicola Harford’s ‘Pamoja Mtaani’ Presentation

We look forward to seeing you for all the exciting events and meet-ups that we have coming up for 2017! 






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The IDEAS Guide: Learning and Evaluating at a Small-Scale – launch of new C4D Resource (December 2016)
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C4D Network Editor
January 8, 2017

The IDEAS Guide was created by Jessica Noske-Turner, Heather Horst and Jo Tacchi in collaboration with ABC International Development, PACMAS, and practitioners from the Pacific. Here IDEAS GUIDE co-creator and C4D Network member Jessica Noske-Turner shares her thoughts on the IDEAS Guide’s official launch at the Symposium: Mobilising Media for Sustainable Outcomes in the Pacific event on Thursday December 8th at RMIT University, Melbourne.

The IDEAS Guide is available on the Better Evaluation Website,

Let’s face it – most evaluation guides are boring. Most are long, abstract, and assume you are happy to sit alone at a computer muddling through endless options and tables. The IDEAS Guide (which is an acronym for Innovating, Designing, Evaluating and Applying to Small-scale media and communication projects), launched in December 2016 in Melbourne, Australia, turns much conventional thinking about evaluation on its head.

While most often evaluation designs and implementation are done by evaluation professionals, the IDEAS Guide is intended as an entry level guide. It is for people who are practitioners first, who also need to do some monitoring and evaluation. Second, rather than a solo, mundane task, the IDEAS treats evaluation design as a group activity. There are 10 modules in the guide, and each one includes a hands-on activity that helps to work through the decisions that need to be made. As much as possible we use key participatory techniques with an emphasis on visual and tactile processes to spark reflections, discussions and negotiations. Those decisions can then be documented in more formal and official formats.

Faumuina Felolini Maria Tafuna’i, one of the discussants on the panel at the launch, talked about how doing an innovative project is being a bit like a sailing voyage. Faumuina was a significant part of the action research processes used to create the guide, and this metaphor  is threaded through the IDEAS Guide. ‘Sailing’, she said ‘is part of our DNA as Pacific people’. Faumuina started using the sailing metaphor in response to discussions with a donor who said ‘we have given you a road map, you need to stick to the road’. Sailing disrupts the neat, linear logic of planning and implementing, since you can’t sail in a straight line, and you can’t control the oceans and winds.

One of the other discussants on the panel at the launch, Joys Eggins, formerly of the University of Goroka in Papua New Guinea and now at the PNG Media Development Initiative, said that reading the preface to the IDEAS Guide felt like the first time an evaluation guide was speaking to her. She emphasised the importance of thinking about how to integrate the guide into organisations and even university curricula. Dr Verena Thomas, another discussant from QUT and also formerly of University of Goroka, suggested that the guide is not just about building the capacity of practitioners, but also for donors to better understand the needs of C4D in relation to evaluation.

Although the IDEAS Guide has its origins in the Pacific, there is great potential for applications beyond this context. The Guide is released under a creative commons licence as is available for free download from There is also a Facilitators’ Guide, which is for those in an evaluation coaching and capacity build role. Together with my co-authors, I am looking forward to hearing from anyone who uses the guide and has feedback or comments. We’d be especially keen to assist organisations who manage small-grants for media and communication projects adapt and incorporate the guide into their processes.

You can read Dr Jessica Noske-Turner’s full speech (8.12.2016) to officially introduce and launch the IDEAS Guide ( Get in touch with Jessica at

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Round-up of C4D Network UK Focus Session: Social Norms and their role in C4D theory (November 2016)
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Katie Bartholomew
December 8, 2016

Our latest UK C4D Focus Session discussed the topic of Social Norms (Wednesday 28th November 2016). Members brought their experience of working with social norms from around the world, as well as reflecting on social norms closer to home. From violence against children, to smoking, to female genital cutting.  The smoking ban in the UK, for example, was discussed as a demonstration of legislation prompting a shift in a social norm – towards smoking being increasingly negatively sanctioned by peoples’ disapproval, while being positively sanctioned among those adolescents  who want to rebel or belong to a ‘cool’/transgressive group. The pressures of social media were explored in this context.

Key questions arising from the group were: how can social norms be measured? Is there a figure – a tipping point, or a percentage of a population practicing a behaviour –  for when a social norm has been abandoned? Can we establish a hierarchy of social norms, to distinguish those which are hardest to shift from those which are easier?

The presentation on an introduction to Social Norms is available through You Tube via this link.

Further reading, shared by the group:

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‘Global Mechanism: Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change?’ Discussions from a C4D consultation meeting, November 2016
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Katie Bartholomew
November 20, 2016

Could a global advocacy mechanism add value to the C4D field? Similar movements have been seen in other areas of development – from the Global Partnership on Violence Against Children to ‘WASH For All’ – so how might this work in our sector?

This was among the key issues discussed at a C4D consultation meeting in London on 10th November 2016. Hosted by BBC Media Action, a group of C4D professionals based in the UK came together to share their opinions and ideas on four primary questions:

“Would a global mechanism bring added value to communication and media (for) development, social and behavioural change?” Almost all participants agreed that it would, and pointed out that the central question is therefore one of definition – under which name should the field incorporate these strands?

“What overall goals and themes would you propose as the focus of such a mechanism? What strategic approach should such a mechanism take to work towards those goals?” The ideas proposed included: developing an evidence base (to then establish gaps within it); aligning organisational agendas to minimise duplication; establishing a recognised focal point for the mechanism; developing an accreditation for staff and academic training; creating university modules on the topic; simplifying the processes and spending in the field; and enabling exchange between academics and practitioners.

This was one of a sequence of such meetings, following similar consultations in Amsterdam and Addis Ababa, and preceding those in Geneva, Bogota, New York and Washington DC.

If you would like to share your thoughts on this issue, please contact us at where we will gather all feedback and forward on to the meeting organisers.

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‘Coming of Age: Communication’s role in powering global health’ – overview of BBC Media Action discussion (2016)
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November 13, 2016

On November 10th 2016 BBC Media Action held a  panel discussion entitled, ”Coming of Age: Communication’s role in powering global health’. The event offered an opportunity to consider why the most effective responses to public health challenges faced by developing countries (such as HIV, Ebola, polio, child mortality) are fiercely debated,  yet the vital role of communication has rarely been at the centre of these conversations. The event highlighted key themes from BBC Media Action’s new Policy Briefing: Coming of Age: Communication’s Role in Powering Global Health,  and included speakers from UNICEF, WHO, USAID, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Wellcome Trust as well as BBC Media Action.

This Storify captures some of the online conversation around the issues discussed, and here is a link to the video of the event.

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IAMCR Conference 2016: Communication for Development highlights
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Katie Bartholomew
August 7, 2016
C4D highlights from this year’s IAMCR Conference

Report back from the the 2016 IAMCR Conference by C4D Co-ordinator Katie Bartholomew

With over 1,000 participants, each engaged with Media Development research and practice, the 2016 IAMCR Conference was buzzing with discussion and activities. The theme of this year’s conference – ‘ Memory, Commemoration and Communication: Looking Back, Looking Forward’ – gave rise to a packed schedule of lively and diverse papers. The ‘Participatory Communications Research’ section was particularly relevant to our network focus on Communications for Development.

Relevant highlights included…

Thomas Tufte (Ørecomm research group and Roskilde University, Denmark) looked at the nature and mediation of embodiment and experience within a new generation of social movements.

Sarah Cardey (Reading University, UK) presented a paper on ‘gendering innovations’, analysing how development communications use gender frameworks – and how they don’t use them, pointing out that the social change theory of change doesn’t include gender theories.

Rafael Obregon (Chief of C4D at UNICEF) explored how the ‘Scaling Up Nutrition – SUN’ programme demonstrates how social mobilisation can work top-down, such as through global farmers’ coalitions, as well as from the grassroots – which is a challenge within an institution setting, where project aims might be mis-aligned.

Susan Abbott (CIMA) and Winston Mano (University of Westminster) presented findings from their pre-conference ‘Media and the Development Challenge’, hosted by University of Westminster earlier in the week – of which you can read the full report here.

Martin Scott (University of East Anglia), delivered a couple of papers: firstly, on the dynamics of humanitarian news journalism; and secondly, on his contribution to a book – launched at the conference – entitled ‘The External Image of Africa: Conclusions from the New Research Anthology’. Martin discussed how not to write about writing about Africa.

Jessica Noske-Turner (RMIT, Australia) spoke on the challenge of evaluating C4D projects, using the example of the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme’s (PACMAS) small-scale innovation fund.

Jonas Agerbaek (of Roskilde University, Denmark) was elected Vice-Chair of the Participatory Communications Research section for the next 4 years, and delivered a paper on ‘grounding democracy theory in the practices of NGO driven communication for development’.


After a busIMG_3507y Friday of conferencing, C4D Network joined forces/shared poppadoms with CIMA (Centre for International Media Assistance) at a curry house meet-up. There was plenty of vibrant discussion between those working in media development, and those working in communications for development… and those in between – perhaps most of us! – as we reflected on the fuzzy boundary between these two fields, and how they can best work together. A satisfying way (for mind and stomach) to celebrate a successful conference. We look forward to IAMCR 2017 in Cartegena, Colombia!

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