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learning resources

cambodiasourcebook[2006] This training sourcebook is the result of a collective undertaking by the College of Development Communication of the University of Los Baños the Philippines, and FAO ComDev, in their effort to support collaborative natural resource management in agriculture in Cambodia. It is meant to be ready reference material for communication specialists and facilitators organizing training and capability building in ComDev as a strategic component of sustainable NRM and rural livelihood initiatives.

The sourcebook introduces the strategic and participatory frameworks of information and communication in natural resource management in agriculture, presents the main phases of communication for development process applied to NRM (situation assessment; strategy design; materials development; management and implementation; and monitoring and evaluation) and concludes with lessons learned and recommendations from project experience in Cambodia.
prca[2004] This handbook describes the procedure for planning and conducting Participatory Rural Communication Appraisal (PRCA) as the first step in the design of cost-effective and appropriate Communication for Development programs, strategies and materials at the field level.

PRCA is a participatory method for conducting communication action-research. Using a simple step-by-step methodology to conduct rural communication appraisals with communities, this handbook also provides a range of participatory tools to actively involve people in the research process to identify communication needs and to assess communication systems as a prerequisite for effective communication strategies and programmes design (see also Participatory Communication Strategy Design).

The document is available also in Spanish.
cover nrm[2003] This book is a tool for people involved or interested in communication and natural resource management who seek a better understanding of how different theories and strategic change principles relate to actual practice. It relates a variety of theories and change principles in simplified, almost schematic form, to a series of real initiatives in the field through interactive "experiences".

Each "experience" is organised around a theme, a learning objective, a description of an actual natural resource management and communication initiative, and one or two theoretical lenses through which to analyse the initiative. The idea is not to "discover" the right approach but rather to create an interactive space that enables you to reflect on what might work in your own context and also on how different contexts may require different approaches, principles and theoretical frameworks.
communtymedia unesco[2011] This is a collection of case studies of good practice in community media - understood as independent, civil society based media that operate for social benefit and not for profit. Community media provide with access to information and voice, facilitate community-level debate, information and knowledge sharing and input into public decision-making.

The handbook looks at the enabling environment for community media to flourish (section 1), sustainability issues (section 2) and social impact (section 3). 30 examples on radio, television, Internet and mobile, are drawn from a broad range of geopolitical contexts – different regions, cultures, languages and political systems – including urban and rural areas, small and large countries. Each case study summarizes the good practice, highlights some of the key characteristics and provides references and links.
images[2008] This sourcebook makes the case about the importance of incorporating communication from the onset of development policies and practices, as a necessary ingredient to enhance sustainability and avoid the failures of the past. It intends to offer a broader conception of communication, including other purposes and functions than the usual ones.

Communication for Development goes beyond raising awareness, informing, persuading, or changing behavior. It is also about listening, exploring, understanding, empowering, and building consensus for change. Two-way communication should be used in any sector of intervention to understand, assess, explore, and facilitate decision making related to change. Combined with the effective use of one-way communication approaches, two-way communication has proved to significantly enhance results and the sustainability of development initiatives.
gender[2011] The FAO-Dimitra is a  participatory information and communication project which contributes to improving the visibility of rural populations, women in particular. Communicating Gender for Rural Development presents the project experience in using communication for development to enable the most marginalised groups, including women, to take ownership of their development and achieve economic and social empowerment. Capacities for harnessing the full power of this approach are fairly limited and there have been relatively few studies of the subject.

The publication encourages the inclusion of a gender perspective in communication for development initiatives in rural areas. It suggests practical ways of going about this, aiming to change attitudes and working practices so that development projects and programmes take greater account of the specificities, needs and aspirations of men and women.

The document is also available in French.
crunesco[2001] This handbook is meant to help different communication actors, technicians, operators and radio producers to make more efficient use of community media for local development by getting people involved. It aims to demonstrate that starting a small radio station is not as expensive and complex as most would think and is actually within the reach of almost any community.

The handbook covers legal and technical aspects and sets out the practical steps to get started with a community radio service. It also deals with participatory programming and provides a prototype code of conduct for community broadcasters.
[2002] This primer for community radio operators builds on the experience of Tambuli (Tinig ng Aming Munting Bayan Upang Umunlad Ang Maliliit or the Voice of the Community), an independent community radio in the Philippines which in the past ten years has grown from one community radio to a network of 25 stations. Often located in remote rural areas, these stations are “operated in the community, for the community, about the community and by the community”.

The second section of the document focuses on practical aspects of community radio programming.
tufte-mefa[2009] This publication is an easy-to-read introduction to current concepts and practices of development communication. The first chapters present the main conceptual approaches to development communication and develop the principles of participatory communication. The authors describe 4 phases of the communication programme cycle in the context of development cooperation, including the participatory communication assessment (PCA), the communication strategy design, the implementation and the monitoring and evaluation.

The final part presents 3 cases to illustrate how civil society organisations approach participatory communication: the Peruvian community development NGO 'Minga Peru'; the Tanzanian NGO 'Femina'; and the Indian 'National Center for Promotion and Employment for Disabled People'.
empowerment radio
[2012] ‘EMPOWERMENT RADIO – Voices building a community’ sets out to demonstrate why community radio during the past decade has repeatedly been recommended as a powerful catalyst for development – ‘the missing link’ between development support being provided and change actually taking place.

This book has been written with a desire to share powerful insights and experiences that can help get a genuine community radio off the ground – and keep it on air. It offers a step-by-step presentation of the central conceptual and practical aspects that are essential for creating EMPOWERMENT RADIO: A sustainable, community-run, well managed, simple and effective platform for the community’s voices, with space for debate on issues of importance that range from urgent ad hoc problems, over continued debate on community development, and onward toward a celebration of the local culture.
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