International Conference on Rural ICT Development

on Saturday, 16 February 2013 16:00. Posted in Events

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Bearing the theme "Connecting The Unconnected", this year's International Conference on Rural ICT Development (RICTD 2013) will be held on 25-27 June 2013 at the Melaka International Trade Center (MITC), Ayer Keroh, Melaka, Malaysia. The conference is organized by the ITU-UUM ASP CoE for Rural ICT Development and School of Computing (SOC), UUM CAS in collaboration with the Perbadanan Kemajuan Neger Melaka (PKNM) and the Bahagian K-Ekonomi, Negeri Melaka

The event aims to bring together academic and industry specialists in the Asia Pacific region to:

  1. Share information and experiences on the development and implementation of ICT projects in rural areas;
  2. Develop awareness and understanding of the current situation and problems faced by rural communities in the use of ICT; and
  3. Provide a platform of cooperation between industry and academia in the field of rural ICT development.

The RICTD 2013 has seven tracks: Universal Service Obligation (USO)/Universal Service Provision (USP); Technology and Infrastructure; Application and Services; Policy and Regulation; Capacity Building; Economic Transformation; and Bridging the Digital Divide. Interested participants should take note of the following important dates:

  • Full paper submission: 21 February 2013
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 March 2013
  • Camera ready paper submission: 1 April 2013

For more information, visit the RICTD website or email rictd@uum.edu.my.

World Radio Day 2013

on Sunday, 10 February 2013 16:00. Posted in Events

Wednesday February 13 is the international World Radio Day 2013 - proclaimed by UNESCO in 2011, it celebrates radio as a medium and promotes access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves.

Radio continues to reach the widest audience worldwide. This multi-purpose and low-cost medium helps people engage in discussions on topics that affect them, report facts and tell stories. It is specifically suited to reach remote communities and vulnerable groups: the illiterate, the disabled, women, youth and the poor, while offering a platform to intervene in the public debate, irrespective of people’s educational level. Furthermore, it can save lives during natural or human-made disasters.

UNESCO encourages all countries to celebrate World Radio Day by planning activities in partnership with regional, national and international broadcasters, NGOs, the media and the general public. Planned events and celebrations are being registered and shared in a crowdmap, while a wide range of copyright free resources are available on UNESCO's dedicated page for event organizers. 

The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) launched the World Radio Day Broadcast Campaign to celebrate the community radio sector. Audio programs can be sent directly over the Internet via https://www.wetransfer.com (recipient email: secretariat@si.amarc.org) to be included in the podcast section of AMARC campaign webpage.
The online platform http://www.wrd13.com also promotes exchanges of sound items and podcasts (1 minute max) among all kind of public, private, community radios, independent producers, listeners, etc.

The event can be followed on twitter using the hashtag #WorldRadioDay

Comics power! A low-tech tool for grassroots communication

on Saturday, 09 February 2013 16:00. Posted in News from the region

grassroots comics Grassroots comics are an inexpensive development communication tool that amplifies community voices by presenting local issues and concerns. They are drawn by the people themselves to communicate their own views and stories about different development and social issues in their respective area or organization.

What makes grassroots comics different from a professional creation is community's ownership on the content, as well as local settings and drama. All of this presents many advantages to the communities. The contents are easy to understand and thus, useful in low literacy areas. They are also easy to make, reproduce, and distribute: basic materials needed are just a pen, paper and access to a photocopying machine. The finished comics are then posted on locations such as the village's meeting place, bus stops, shops, offices, schools, electricity poles, and even on trees to encourage local debate. Because of this, the medium is also relatively inexpensive to produce.

The Grassroots Comics movement originated in India in the late '90s when a group of cartoonists, development journalists, and activitists sought to use comics for the betterment of society. The movement has then expanded to other countries, namely: Tanzania, Mozambique, Brazil, Lebanon, UK, Finland, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Mongolia. It is a volunteer based movement.

Grassroots Comics _Nothing Less World Comics India and World Comics Finland have organized many workshops, exhibitions, and Trainer's camps around the world. A full set of manuals and publications has been produced in different languages and can be accessed online here.

No artistic skills are required and anybody can join no matter the age, caste, creed, religion, gender or nationality.If you would like to attend a Comics workshop or become yourself a trainer keep an eye on the Facebook “Comics Power” group and in the news section of World Comics India website where new workshops are announced.

Also have a look at World Comics' great photo stream on flickr!

For more information, visit World Comics India or contact Sharad Sharma, founder of World Comics India, at mail@worldcomicsindia.com.

World Comics India (WCI) is a collective of grassroots activists, cartoonists, artists, development journalists, students, using comics as a communicaton tool as well as a medium of self expression.

Photo credit: Sharad Sharma

International executive media and TV workshop

on Saturday, 02 February 2013 06:41. Posted in Opportunities

The Center for Development Communication (CDC) will be holding a three-day intensive International Executive Media and Television Workshop (IEMTW) on 25-27 February 2013 at The Landmark Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop aims to empower communication practitioners, technical project staff and media focal points working for UN agencies, civil society organizations, and public institutions in the following areas:

  1. Guidelines in preparing for a media encounter (interviews, press briefings, press conferences, etc.);
  2. Using the media strategically to build credibility and visibility for an organization, issue, or argument;
  3. New trends in media and how organizations can take advantage of these; and
  4. Improving an organization's management to make it more media-friendly and effective.

There will be plenary and individual coaching sessions in the workshop to ensure immediate and individual feedback. Plenary session topics include the following: Message Design; Empowering Approaches to Media Interviews; Five Factors of Good Media Relations; Thinking Like a Journalist; Thinking Punctually - Media Moments; Reputation Management; and Social Media. 

The total fees for the workshop are US$ 2,200 (without hotel) and US$ 2,700 (with hotel). Enrollment to the workshop is subject to availability and approval by the CDC staff. Limited slots are available.

For more information, visit the CDC website or contact Salima Lamkinsi at slamkinsi@cendevcom.org or Moncef M. Bouhafa at mbouhafa@cendevcom.org.

To register, click here

CDC is a consultancy group working with development agencies to ensure that all aspects of communication are systematically addressed as part of social development programs.