Media Approaches to Communicating for Development: A Roundtable Event

11 Dec 2017

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In June 2017, a group of researchers from Australian universities and practitioners from different not-for-profit organisations came together to share knowledge and experience in the study and practice of Communication for Development (C4D). This Roundtable was organised as a side-event to the RDI (Research for Development Impact) Network Conference, held at the University of Sydney on 13th-14th June. The aim was to strengthen the value of C4D research and practice by facilitating connections between practitioners and researchers on C4D-related research projects.

The focus of this Roundtable was to review and discuss the different uses of the media in ‘communicating for development’. This specific area of C4D is also known as ‘media for development’. Within this framework, both practitioners and researchers shared their experiences in either using or studying particular media channels or media productions designed to address development issues both in the Global South and in Australia.

This side-event to the 2017 RDI Network Conference was a unique opportunity to gather knowledge on media for development, explore approaches being used by academics and practitioners, and introduce some recent research in this space. It was also a means to broaden the network of organisations that was created at the inaugural C4D event Communication for Development Approaches in the Australian NGO Sector and Academia, side-event to the 2015 ACFID University Network Conference that took place in Melbourne in 2015. A report from this earlier event is also available.

Download the full report from this event here (PDF) [4 Mb]