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- 04/22/16--15:22: Evaluating Digital Citizen Engagement: A Practical Guide
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- 11/17/16--06:43: Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?
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This guide offers an overview of best practices in using social media for advocacy and is intended as a reference for civil society organisations (CSOs) to integrate and use technology to promote democracy, human rights, and governance, as well as utilise social media to support greater citizen participation and transparent political processes. Realising the ever-changing landscape of social media, the guide was designed to avoid specifics and rather offers organisations ideas on how to approach social media as a whole and how to reach their intended programmatic goals using the medium.
USAID website on September 10 2015.
Produced by Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), this booklet profiles the content development and communication strategies and methodologies PSAf has used in its information for empowerment and development programmes in governance, health, media, and environment and natural resources management. The booklet outlines and explains the strategies, which include radio listening clubs, interactive radio programmes, oral testimonies, as well as the production of policy briefs and toolkits.
PSAf website on October 29 2015.
Findings from Interactive Radio Pilot Project
This research report shares findings of a pilot project conducted in September 2015 by Africa's Voices Foundation which used radio and mobile phone text messaging to facilitate transparent public dialogue around potential gas and oil developments in Turkana, Kenya. The report looks at how the community was engaged through radio and sms and also outlines some of the findings of this engagement. The pilot project demonstrates that "Africa's Voices approach can create authentic public dialogue, and provide rich, credible evidence that amplifies citizens' voices to a national level."
Africa's Voices website on March 4 2016.
Image credit: LightBox. The area Chief of Nakukulas Area welcoming the community members to the public baraza.
This toolkit is designed for young people and members of youth organisations who are passionate about having honest and responsive governments, who believe that young people must be involved in decision-making that affects them, and who are working to raise awareness of important issues in their local or national government. The toolkit was produced to equip young people with the terminology and knowledge they need to know. It also discusses why and how young people can be involved in governance processes and how to build an advocacy plan so that they can influence key decision-making processes in their countries.
This toolkit was created by Restless Development and Plan UK as part of a joint project with Action Aid and British Youth Council. The project supports a task team of young people and youth organisations globally to participate in the Post-2015 process and to influence international and national level discussions. The aim is to "ensure that youth are prioritised as a key group within governance and accountability related goals, targets and indicators, and in accountability mechanisms to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals."
The toolkit includes the following sections:
Restless Development website on April 18 2016.
Published by Open Knowledge Repository of The World bank, this guide provides practical steps to assess how digital tools have contributed to citizen engagement and to understand the impact that technology has had on the engagement processes. Using examples and lessons from case studies from Brazil, Uganda, Cameroon, and Kenya, the guide discusses tools and guidelines that can be used to evaluate the expanding field of digital citizen engagement. As stated in the guide, "with growing demand for transparency, accountability and citizen participation in policy making and service provision, engagement between citizens and their governments, as well as with donors and the private sector that deliver government services, is increasingly important. Increased use of technology brings both opportunities and challenges to citizen engagement processes, including opportunities for collecting, analysing and evaluating data about these processes."
Open Knowledge Repository websiteon April 6 2016.
Image credit: Aptivate
Soul Beat Africa
This final report highlights the activities and achievements of the Civil Society and Media Leadership (CSML) Program, which was led by IREX in partnership with The Carter Center and Social Impact. Launched in 2010, this five-and-a-half-year project was designed to contribute to building a more capable, collaborative, and agile civil society and media sector in Liberia, a country recovering from fourteen years of civil conflict. The goal of the project was to "sustain peace in Liberia through greater inclusion, giving a voice to, informing and engaging Liberian citizens."
IREX website on July 7 2016.
“…a growing body of evidence suggests that young women and men can and do play active roles as agents of positive and constructive change. The recently adopted Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security marks the formal recognition of the positive role young women and men for the maintenance of international peace and security.”
United Nations Development Program (UNDP) website on August 10 2016.
“Despite the fact that much of human history has been about attempting to create different realities, we do not understand the process of social change very well.”
In this book, the author combines research with practical experience to explore the topic of social and political change. Drawing on many first-hand examples, insights from the social sciences, and experiences in international development, it seeks to understand how power and systems shape change, and how they can be influenced.
How Change Happens website on November 2 2016.
BBC Media Action
"This briefing, based on quantitative data from seven countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Myanmar, Tanzania and Sierra Leone), outlines the links between watching and listening to governance programmes and political participation, as well as the key drivers of participation: political knowledge, discussion and efficacy."
This BBC Media Action research is intended to measure links between watching BBC Media Action's governance programming and participating politically in seven countries: Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Myanmar, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania. Programming aims to influence accountability on three levels:
BBC Media Action website, November 17 2016.
"New research has found that the programme provided valuable information about the elections and voting process, addressed apathy (encouraging many to participate in various stages of the process) and inspired some listeners to maintain peace during the elections."
BBC Media Action website on November 18 2016.
“If leaders from government and civil society have the opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest in a neutral forum, then they will be better able to develop practical solutions to critical problems.”
SFCG website on December 6 2016.
This BBC Media Action Data Portal is designed as a resource centre for the organisation's reports and data from across Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the past five years. The portal features reports, visualisations, tools and data from BBC Media Action’s research which covers more than 100,000 people in 13 countries. It has images and data organised by three themes, each offering the opportunity for the reader to explore data and review the studies that support the figures.
The site organisation includes the following at the time of launch (March 2017):
Email from Anja Venth, April 5 2017.
"In Ghana, as in most countries, there is no systematic or easy way to provide inputs on citizen satisfaction and preferences to decision-makers."
This practice paper shares the results of a research project involving a crowdsourcing platform which uses sms (text messages) to gather citizen feedback on social services in order to increase government accountability. The paper was published as part of the Making All Voices Count initiative, a citizen engagement and accountable governance programme that seeks to build an evidence base on: what works in technology for voice, transparency, and accountability; how it works; and why.
Making All Voices Count website on May 10 2017.
"CCM is powerful because it enables people to cast a vision collectively, to imagine solutions rather than problems. In some communities, there’s a history of people seeing themselves as victims and as recipients of aid. CCM tells you that you have the resources within you and within your community; that you are able to meet your development needs."
This practice paper discusses a pilot initiative undertaken by Tearfund, a Christian international relief and development agency, and its partner in Uganda, Pentecostal Assemblies of God (PAG), which sought to add an advocacy component to an existing community mobilisation process known as Church and Community Mobilisation (CCM). The purpose of the advocacy component was to mobilise communities to engage with local government in order to improve service delivery.
Making All Voices Count website on May 17 2017.
BBC Media Action
"Accountability is enhanced when citizens play an active role in making demands and when officials are expected to respond to those demands with satisfactory answers and actions."
This research on BBC Media Action's governance programmes for fostering political participation through the use of media and communication "examines the relationship between BBC Media Action’s debate and discussion programmes and political participation, as well as with the variables that contribute to this participation: political knowledge, discussion, and efficacy." The data set used for analysis comes from audiences in seven countries, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania, who interact with "TV, radio, online, and mobile platforms" in "a range of factual and entertainment formats including drama, debate programmes, magazine formats and public service announcements."
BBC Media Action website, November 9 2016.
"In many countries throughout the developing world, women’s associations can be influential advocacy and education organizations that represent the voices of mothers to government and legislative bodies, while also providing a key communications channel to reach mothers in local communities….When the capacity of women and mothers is leveraged through credible organizations that represent them, it can be a powerful tool to drive dialogue, awareness, and action on key policy issues that affect IYCF practices at the community level."
Alive and Thrive website, May 24 2017. Image caption: Tran Thi Huong, Vice Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Women’s Union, gives a speech on the importance of IYCF.