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Converging ICTs for health in development

SOURCE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUPPORT CENTRE
2006

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This Key list highlights essential information resources on the use of information and communication technologies in the health sector. The range of information and communication technologies is broadening and new advances are finding useful applications in the health sector. However, their deployment in developing countries is often hampered by barriers such as low connectivity and ICT literacy. ‘Older’ media such as radio remain comparatively more accessible and reliable, proving their continuing relevance as strategic tools for health communication. Far from the new technologies replacing the old, there is strong evidence of technological convergence, with, for example, online broadcasting reaching wider audiences and Internet content being repackaged for radio listeners. Technological solutions in developing countries should be responsive to local needs and priorities and consistent with the available enabling environment, infrastructure and capacity. The analysis and case studies highlighted in this list support the idea that combining new and older technologies enhances local ownership and maximises the impact of ICT in the health sector

Social change : the Soul City communication experience

SOUL CITY
2001

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This is an evaluation of the fourth series of Soul City, a mass media health promotion intervention which uses television, radio and print media. The fourth series includes a partnership with National Network on Violence Against Women (NNVAW) to extend the advocacy, community action and support components of the programme. The evaluation of the fourth series is wide-reaching and complex, consisting of a number of linked studies, and is among the largest of its kind in the field of health communication worldwide. The Soul City 4 evaluation comprehensively and systematically investigated and documented the impact of Soul City 4 at a number of levels; data consistently and strongly supported the conclusion that Soul City 4 had led to social and behavioural changes. It had also contributed to people maintaining positive behaviour when it already existed

Communications and development : a practical guide

BURKE, Adam
1999

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DFID guide to development communications in three sections: background (channels of communication, rights, participation, implications to poor people and civil society); guide to implementing development communications (including forming a strategy, planning, using mass media, building capacity); guide to different media (drama/performance, mass media, ICT)

Knowledge and information for food security in Africa : from traditional media to the internet

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS (FAO). Communication for Development Group
1998

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Discusses in detail the contributions that different communication technologies can make to agricultural knowledge and information for food security. Media discussed are: traditional folk media (song, dance, puppet plays, theatre, storytelling); rural radio, participatory video, and the internet. The possibility of combining methodologies is discussed (eg, traditional storytelling on a radio programme); as is the potential and ramifications of a 'digital divide'

The first mile of connectivity : advancing telecommunications for rural development through a participatory communication approach

RICHARDSON, Don
PAISLEY, Lynnita
Eds
1998

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Begins with the need to work at the 'first mile' of connectivity - essentially the prevailing conditions for rural communities - when discussing the value of new information communication technologies. Emphasises people and the communication process, and the various factors of community dynamics and context that frame any communicaiton initiatives, not the technology . Chapters cover a range of examples of participatory communication methods, such as Participatory Rural Communicaiton Appriasal, and the training of 'community animators'. Looks at examples of rural telephony and radio, telecentres, video and the Internet, and also discusses some issues connected to telecommunications infrastructure and regulation, such as rural networking co-operatives and parterships with the private sector

The Communication Initiative

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The Communication Initiative (CI) is a partnership of development organisations seeking to support advances in the effectiveness and scale of communication interventions for positive international development. The CI strategy includes provision of real-time information on communication and development experiences and thinking, facilitating horizontal linkages between people engaged in communication action, peer commentary on programmes and strategies and taking opportunities to promote strategic thinking on communication and development issues and problems. Themed sites within this website relate to: avian flu; HIV & AIDS; democracy & governance; early childhood development; health communication; ICT policies and studies; ICT for development; natural resource management; polio; and community radio and edutainment in Africa

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