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Disability and the media : how disability is dealt with in the West African media - Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo

December 2010

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This document presents the results of surveys analysing the portrayal of disability in national media in the 6 countries of the DECISIPH project: Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. It contains recommendations for disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) on how to ensure disability is better portrayed in the West African media, and a questionnaire for readers to complete about examples of disability portrayal in the media

Disability in the press : how disability and people with disabilities are depicted in print media in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia in 2006

June 2008

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This report looks at major trends in disability reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. It investigates some of the main problems concerning negative media depictions of disability issues and people with disabilities themselves. It would be useful for anyone with an interest in representations of disability in the media and promoting attitudinal change

Electronic resource for media on HIV and AIDS

DAVIES, Jackie
July 2006

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The past two decades have seen the advent of two significant global developments: the spread of HIV and AIDS, and the creation of the Internet. Both of these factors have had a profound effect on many societies, and both are areas of conflict and controversy. An increasing number of media support organisations are using the Internet to provide information and training resources to media workers in developing countries. These electronic resources, or e-resources, are aimed at assisting media to produce effective communication about HIV and AIDS. But are e-resources relevant, how are they being developed and what factors need to be considered to ensure they are effective? This paper aims to explore these questions by examining the HIV and AIDS communication context for local media, and their information and communication needs. E-resources for HIV and AIDS communication are briefly outlined, and gaps and challenges identified; and finally conclusions and recommendations are presented

We are one, but we are many : new thinking on how communication can support HIV social movements to achieve inclusive social change


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"Social movements have been identified as powerful forces for inclusive social change in local, national and international responses to HIV and AIDS. They have generated spaces where people can come together for mutual support and to raise awareness about an issue affecting their lives." This paper explores recent research about social movements, public debate and communication and makes the case for analysing social movements within communications and social change frameworks

Opportunities to scale up participatory approaches with youth and media


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This paper discusses five key concepts that form part of a participatory approach: communication, participation, networking, diversity and association, and how they relate. It also considers approaches to scale, provides case studies from around the world, and offers some lessons and principles. It would be useful to anyone interested in sustainable solutions to development


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