Sarawak Communication for Development Centre to promote "data-driven thinking"

on Wednesday, 06 September 2017 04:25. Posted in News from the region

SDIThe Sarawak Development Institute (SDI), in collaboration with the College of Development Communication (CDC), University of the Philippines Los Baños, has set up the Sarawak Communication for Development Centre (SCDCentre).

The SCDCentre aims to provide capacity building on strategic communication planning for its stakeholders that include grassroots leaders, civil servants, and members and/or volunteers of community organizations.

In addition, the SCDCentre is being positioned to play a significant role in the Sarawak government’s initiatives to transform its economy into that of a digital economy. Sarawak is one of the states that make up the Malaysian Federation.

In his maiden address as Sarawak’s 6th Chief Minister at the 1st session for 2017 of Sarawak’s Parliament held in May this year, Abang Johari Tun Abang Haji Openg, referred to “Big Data” as  the basic core of the digital economy that Sarawak must leapfrog into. He announced that the “Sarawak Big Data” will “represent a small but first step in our journey of a thousand miles in the development of the Digital Economy of Sarawak.” 

To support the Sarawak government’s digital economy transformation initiatives, the SCDCentre will focus on content creation related to Sarawak’s development data. The SCDCentre will seek to compile, process unstructured data, and build up structured data on Sarawak’s development in the following areas: 

  • Climate change and disaster risk management;
  • Sustainable agriculture;
  • Governance and development management;
  • Biodiversity and biotechnology;
  • Digital economy transformation; and
  • Culture (unity in diversity) as x-factor for development.

In this role, the SCDCentre will develop and implement programs and provide communication-related services that will promote “data-driven” thinking among policy makers, civil servants, and the citizens of Sarawak, particularly the youth segment of its population.


AMARC Launches ComDev Asia Initiative

on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 15:27. Posted in News from the region

comdev asia initiativeIn an effort to advance resilient family farming in the Asia-Pacific region, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters-Asia-Pacific (AMARC-AP) ventures into its ComDev Asia Initiative starting this mid year. The initiative aims to support ongoing development programs, rural institutions, and rural communities; enhance local capacities in communication for development; and foster partnerships with regional actors, farmer organizations, community media, universities, and governments.

Workshop on interactive radio for family farming and food security in Asia-Pacific

on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:46. Posted in Events

radiobangla cccomdevThe World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) will conduct a three-day workshop on interactive community radio to enhance food security and family farming in Asia-Pacific. It will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 19-21, 2016.

FAO reported in 2015 that 490 million people are still suffering chronic hunger in Asia and the Pacific region, which is also home to almost 62 percent of the world’s undernourished. “The challenge facing the region is not only to produce more food from the increasingly limited natural resource base but also how to ensure more equitable access to food, while addressing various threats such as climate change.”

It is in this context that community radios have shown their effectiveness in supporting farmers’ organizations and development institutions to promote food security and food sovereignty. The flexibility and ability of community radios to reach the most isolated and poorest farming communities, who are often the most affected by food insecurity issues, make them a suitable tool to share best practices, disseminate scientific and indigenous knowledge, and promote multi-stakeholder dialogue.

Agenda and learning objectives

The workshop is meant to improve the capacity of community radios at the local level to provide inclusive information and communication services to farming communities and the rural population, with a focus on:

  • Communication and community radio as a driver for rural development (Day 1)
  • Enhancing information management and knowledge sharing for radio broadcasting on family farming and food security (Day 2)
  • Interactive radio programming (Day 2)
  • ComDev Asia: partnerships and networking for sustainable development (Day 3)
Participants are expected to:

1) improve their knowledge on specific topics related to food security/food sovereignty, with a focus on climate change, one health concept and family farming;

2) improve their capacity of working with radio as an interactive medium using ICTs in a participatory manner;

3) improve their capacities and reinforce their abilities to produce relevant programmes on food security/food sovereignty, with a focus on climate change, one health concept and family farming;

4) become more aware and sensitized to the gender sensitive dimension;

5) establish linkages and lines of work with FAO projects and programs to build synergies across AMARC and FAO work in the Asia-Pacific region through ComDev Asia.

The workshop will also bridge the gap between radio practitioners and experts on key regional development issues such as climate change, one health initiative, family farming, sustainability of the food system, and gender dimension of food security, among others.

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Source: cccomdev

A Radio Production Workshop in India

on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:30. Posted in News from the region

radio production workshop 370x290At the end of July, 40 students in India attended a 3-day workshop in radio production at the Salesian College Sonada. It was the first time that such an event took place at the College, where a community radio will be launched soon.

Students were trained in concept programming and production, participating in recording sound bites, jingles, promos, etc. They also learned about script writing.

Throughout the three-day workshop, students were taught by the facilitator, Siliguri Mr Mahammad Johaed, Lecturer in the Mass Communication department at Salesian College, the power of radio as a tool to reach members of their community.

Source: Signis