Great news for those working within Community Radio. Our colleague Birgitte Jallov has just announced a 7 week, 7 module Sustainable Community Radio Management Course starting May 13th.

Birgitte was one of the teachers on the Advances in Communication for Development course given last autumn. Birgitte gave an excellent workshop on communication planning that was greatly appreciated by the participants on that course.

This training course is run by Birgitte’s own company EMPOWERHOUSE and offers an excellent opportunity to engage more specifically with Community Radio.

This course has a practice or applied focus and previous participants have found it a useful complement to more theoretical academic studies.

“This 7 week training course gave me a very different perspective on the theories, and things that I believed through my books and discussions at the University, I now understand in a very different way”.Camilla Simonsen, Master Student, Journalism and International Development, Roskilde University. 2013.

You can read more about the course here. Including a price list and discounts available. There are also a limited number of EMPOWERHOUSE grants for people working in community radio in development.

If you are interested then please take a look at the empowerhouse website and contact Birgitte Jallov directly.


Excellent news from our ComDev & Glocal Classroom colleagues from the University of Guelph!

We are pleased to share the announcement that the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and four universities have formed the Communication for Rural Development and Social Change – Global Research Initiative (GRI).
The universities include the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Queensland University (Australia), University of Reading (UK), Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and University of Guelph (Canada).

The GRI was formed as a follow up of a pre-conference on ‘Communication for Sustainable Rural Development and Social Change’ organised by representatives from the above organisations at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference in Hyderabad in July 2014. A workplan was consolidated after the GRI members participated in the ‘Forum on Communication for Development & Community Media for Family Farming’ (FCCM) organised by FAO in October 2014.

The ComDev GRI exists to mainstream communication for development into the wider development agenda and practice, and has been formed by the leading research institutions in the field. They aim to collaborate and lead research into communication for development and social change. A first collaborative activity emerged from the FCCM in the form of a research project on ‘Evidence-based approaches for rural communication services’ commissioned by FAO to the GRI and coordinated by the University of Queensland Communication for Social Change Centre.

For 2015, GRI has lined up a number of other activities that would place ComDev on the agenda of development and communication–related international conferences, meetings and events. These include two symposia at the forthcoming 22nd European Seminar on Extension and Education (ESEE), April 28-May 1, 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands, and a panel presentation at the IAMCR Conference, July 12-16, 2015, in Montreal, Canada. The IAMCR panel serves the purpose to explore opportunities for establishing a new Working Group on Rural Communication within the IAMCR structure.

In terms of research and capacity building, GRI has also identified possible areas of work in the following area: mapping e-learning modules and higher education courses on ComDev; mapping community for development research and methodologies; fielding student assistants for such activities and for internships in FAO projects; considering a global PhD course to be held in Rome in close connection with FAO and the University of Perugia (Italy); conducting an inventory of shared sources (text books, learning environments); using and actively contributing to the recent publication of Communication for Rural Development Sourcebook; and promote exchange through visiting scholars and fellowships.


Parts of the seminar introduced below will be streamed for ComDev students. You are also welcome to participate in person. The blurp below contains general information as well as a draft outline of a theme workshop within the seminar called ‘Learning, Technology and Globalization’. Micke Rundberg and Anders Høg Hansen, ComDev staff, participates.


Learning Together for Change

A Swedish-African collaborative workshop conference on the role of Higher Education in the Education for All movement – a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults.

The Association of Swedish Higher Education (SUHF) and a range of African University partners has during late 2014 formed four thematic program committees and one steering committee for the planning of a conference on learning and development in relation to the UNESCO led Education For All (EFA) initiative.

The conference will be held at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha, Tanzania between the 27th and 29nd of April (TBC). The maximum number of participants will be 200.

The conference will consist of plenary talks and workshops based on four key themes. Each theme will house two workshops, which gives a total of eight workshops.

Themes and workshops are:

Theme 1: Sustainability and Change
▪ 1 a) Learning for a Sustainable Society
▪ 1 b) Preparing Students to become Change Makers

Theme 2: Learning, Technology and Globalization
▪ 2 a) Technology Approaching Pedagogy and Learning
▪ 2 b) Democracy in Education – ICT for Sustainable Development

Theme 3: Rights, Equality and Gender
▪ 3 a) Education for All and Higher Education in a CRC Context
▪ 3 b) Gender, Physical Education (PE), Physical activity (PA) and Sports for All

Theme 4: Quality
▪ 4 a) Advancement of Quality in Higher Education
▪ 4 b) Advancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Malmö University Communication for Development staff Mikael Rundberg and Anders Høg Hansen are active members in the theme 2 planning group. The Glocal Classroom and ComDev web pedagogy will be utilised and the Theme 2 workshop “Learning, Technology and Globalization” and other events of the Arusha conference will be streamed as part of a ComDev seminar. See below a draft outline of the theme 2 activity for Learning, Technology and Globalization

We will return with information on online and possible on-location/in situ participation.

The theme 2 working group also includes Mats Johnsson, Teacher Education, Malmö University; Vivian Vimarlund, Informatics, Jönköping University; Steve Van Kamassah Ghana, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana; and Vicensia Shule, Fine and Performing Art/FPA, University of Dar es Salaam. ComDev has worked with FPA before in seminar activity, teacher exchanges and a Film Project, see e.g.

The intention is to draw conclusions on factors for success for advancing Education for All and the future education agenda. Conclusions will be fed forward to the UNESCO World Education Forum 2015 (WEF 2015) in Korea, May 2015, where the role of higher education and research will be promoted in relation to the post-UN-millennium development goals.

For more information visit:


Outline for Theme 2 ”Learning, Technology and Globalisation”

April 27, Afternoon

Sub theme 2a – ”Technology approaching Pedagogy and Learning”
Anders Høg Hansen (Cultural Studies) & Mikael Rundberg (Interaction Design), School of Arts and Communication, MA Communication for Development, Malmö University, Sweden.

The theme 2 events will be documented by a live stream and chat pedagogy/technology developed over 10 years in the Communication for Development programme. The pedagogy bridges web-based learning (often understood as distance learning) and conventional forms of education on campus, by exploring innovative ways of combining the two. The focus is on the user level, not the technical system level. We aim to showcase the metods as a springboard for discussion of the pedagogical application of ICTs in teaching and learning, in particular in higher education – and their adaptation to other contextxs in the world. Just as the former division between “old” and “new” media has been overruled by convergence media, our online pedaogy aims at enhancing what might be called convergence pedagogy.
The theme 2 workshop will have online participants from the ComDev programme and other guests.

Continuing Sub-theme2a – ”Technology approaching Pedagogy and Learning”
Mats Johnsson, Faculty of Education and Society, Malmö University, Sweden
Steve Van Kamassa, University of Education Winneba, Ghana
How do we make good learning possible for all? How do we change the view on teaching and learning through Technology and new/modern knowledge and research?

• Pedagogy
• Didactics
• Flipped classroom
• Changing paradigms in Education
• Neurodidactics
1. Embracing simple technological equipment (mobile phones) among innovative teachers for sharing socioeconomic information with rural economic actors.
2. Retraining of basic school teachers in ICT tools to overcome challenges of mass illiteracy in internet applications.
3. Creating virtual classrooms for adult learners to share cross-cultural experiences.
4. Making learning easier by converting traditional community libraries into digital store house of knowledge
Format: Oral presentations mixed with short film clips and videos. Reflections from own teaching and projects within the group. Smaller groups for discussion leading to conclusions in the larger group. By using the body of the workshop we hope to share all good cross-cultural examples and experiences.
Expected outcome for workshop: How to train the trainers in new ways of thinking in modern pedagogy connected to technology. By sharing ideas from different fields of teaching we hope to inspire and making educators to take new steps and develop education for the future. Highlight possibilities in using different tools for teaching. Cross-cultural experiences will ”open the eyes” and the awareness that Education issues are Global.
Contribution to the advancement of Education for All: By rising knowledge and ”modern” thinking among educators is one way to ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programmes.
Ending Lunch time April 28.

April 28, Afternoon

Subtheme 2b – ”Democracy in Education – IcT for sustainable development”
Vicensia Shule, Department of Fine and Performing Arts, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Presentation about the model and experiences in the implementation of ”Tuseme” in primary and secondary schools in Tanzania and across Africa, and also conduct some sort of TOT on the model of ”Tuseme”.

Expected outcome for workshop:
Contribution to the advancment of Education for All:

April 29, Morning
Continuing Subtheme 2b – ”Democracy in Education – IcT for sustainable development”
Vivian Vimarlund, Informatic at Jönköping International Business School, Sweden
IT for sustainable development (Vivian Vimarlund)
As an ecosystem, the ICT sector is an ever-evolving constellation of players who interact to ensure balance, collaboration, interdependency and sustainability. Because the ICT sector thrives on rapid innovation and the introduction of new technologies, it encourages a collaborative spirit for all other sectors with which it interacts. With clear government action at local, national, regional and global levels, ICT can continue as a dynamic driver for sustainable global economic growth.
The challenge
To meet the challenges of sustainable development, policymakers must have a good understanding of how to use modern technology to develop programs and projects that contribute to the economics and social development of a community.
Experiences from e-health area have shown that telemedicine applications, geographical information systems, and distance learning programs are of importance for to assist rural communities to sample knowledge capital and to self manage services at distance, enriches the interaction with service providers and develop cost-effective systems that improve quality of life of residents in rural communities all across a country.
A pre-requisite for sustainable development is that the whole population access to convenient, quality controlled and relevant learning opportunities through a unique combination of ICT and the pooled resources of a network of experts.
Teaching all citizens how to utilize ICT as a catalyst for social and economic progress is an opportunity long held in high regard by the international development community.
Impacting society at the micro and macro levels, ICT can equip the next generations to address the greatest social, economic and environmental challenges.
Expected outcome for workshop:
Contribution to the advancment of Education for All:

Guardian Live Q&A: how can NGOs and the media work better together? (26 February)

by Tobias Denskus February 26, 2015 ComDev seminar

ComDev’s Tobias Denskus will be part of a Guardian Live Chat on Thursday afternoon (26 February); as this is a chat without video or audio, we will add a little interactivity from our side and broadcast the Q&A with additional comments; if you are a ComDev student or alumni you can join us on Live […]

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Seminar: Media, Communication, Youth and Civil Society in Processes of Social Change (Roskilde, 24 February)

by Tobias Denskus February 19, 2015 MEDIeA

What role do media and communication, be it as technologies, practices and strategic interventions, play in processes of  development and social change?     How does civil society adapt and make the most out of the changing media and communication environments, particularly in East Africa? And how are young women making use of media and communication […]

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5 reasons why everyone should work for a large organization at some point in their international development careers

by Tobias Denskus February 6, 2015 Comdev News

As the ComDev autumn term was coming to an end, I had a discussion with a student about development work, career paths and the changing organizational landscape of the global aid industry. But it was actually on my bike ride home that I started to think more about my encounters with one particular, and often […]

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How to make the most of your ComDev MA studies

by Tobias Denskus January 5, 2015 ComDev

A few days ago, the smart people at TechChange featured an interesting end-of-the-year post: ‘How to Make Online Learning a Career-Boosting Habit’. This inspired me to think about some of the similarities and differences between various forms of online learning. As ComDev is about to start a new term with a fresh cohort of students […]

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Apply for the MA in Communication for Development! Application deadline 15 January 2015

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 18, 2014 ComDev

MA in Communication for Development (60 ECTS) Communication for Development is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice, combining studies in culture, communication and development integrated with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of articulating processes of social change – within the context of […]

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Apply for the MA in Communication for Development! Application deadline 15 January 2015

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 18, 2014 ComDev

MA in Communication for Development (60 ECTS) Communication for Development is an interdisciplinary field of study and practice, combining studies in culture, communication and development integrated with practical fieldwork. It explores the use of communication – both as a tool and as a way of articulating processes of social change – within the context of […]

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Welcome to ComDev!

by Rebecca Bengtsson December 17, 2014 ComDev

It’s almost time to kick off the semester and we are happy to welcome so many new students to the ComDev programme! This spring you’ll start off with a course in communication, culture and media analysis where you’ll be introduced to the understandings of communication and communication strategies in the area of Communication for Development, and the […]

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