Dear students, alumni, colleagues & friends of ComDev Malmö!

ComDev was founded in 2000 and we are celebrating the program’s 15th anniversary this year!

We would like to take this opportunity to invite students, alumni, colleagues and friends of the program to a special 2-day event in Malmö on 18 & 19 September 2015.

The event will involve keynote speakers, round tables, interviews & surprises. And we would like to source as much content from our network, which means that we need your input!

If you follow the link to the pre-registration form you will be able to submit your ideas, potential contributions and links to your projects and organization

Since our MA in Communication for Development is still one of the few programs in the field blending on-site campus learning with an interactive online format, we are also encouraging you to connect virtually: Do you have a great story from that seminar in 2004 that you want to share? Stashed away some photos from an event in 2007?

Do get in touch!
You can also simply write to comdev (at) mah (dot) se – but make sure you receive all the updates on our social media channels. We will update the ComDev Portal regularly and make sure you join almost 800 ‘Fans’ of our ComDev facebook page and more than 200 alumni at our LinkedIn group Malmö University Communication for Development Alumni!

The event will take place in the brand new ‘Niagara’ building of the university right next to Malmö central station and the new Malmö Live quarter. Your visit will be rewarded by enjoying the changed and changing city of Malmö!

As an added incentive, we will provide 5 travel grants to non-European resident alumni worth 10.000 SEK each!

So what are the next steps?

  • Mark the 18 & 19th September in your diary!
  • Complete the short pre-registration form
  • Get in touch with us with suggestions, from an NGO round-table to an international donor panel
  • Share your memories, from a short quote on what ComDev has meant in your life and career to sharing photos, blog posts and more

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Malmö in September!

The ComDev team


The ComDev team is very pleased to share the announcement made by Föreningen för svensk medie- och kommunikationsforskning (FSMK) that Florencia Enghel’s doctoral thesis from Karlstad University won the association’s 2015 award for best dissertation.

Sharing the great news with the ComDev team, Florencia remarked:

s200_florencia.enghelBeyond recognition of my individual work, I believe that the prize can be read as an acknowledgement of the relevance of research on communication for development and social change in the wider landscape of media and communication research in Sweden.

Florencia’s full thesis can be accessed on the Karlstad University portal.

Her blog post from January discusses key aspects and findnings of the research project.



nr_speciel_issue_2015Featuring contributions from ComDev team members and guest lecturers including Florencia Enghel, Jo Tacchi and Jessica Noske-Turner, Nordicom just published a special issue of the Nordicom Review entitled “Beyond the Impasse: Exploring new thinking in communication for social change“, edited by Pradip Ninan Thomas from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Combining insights from both theory and practice, this publication foregrounds innovative thinking on Communication for Social Change (CSC), offers fresh perspectives on the changing nature of this field while throwing new light on old realities. It offers critical insights and practical pathways that are a valuable contribution to knowledge on CSC.

362_review_2012_special_issueThe publication should be seen as an extension of the Nordicom Review Special Issue published in 2012, entitled “Communication, Media and Development. Problems and Perspectives“, edited by Florencia Enghel and Karin Wilkins.
These two publications complement each other very well, as Pradip Ninan Thomas notes in his foreword: “We think that these two issues of the Nordicom Review, both as stand alone issues and together, offer students and researchers, an up to date introduction to CSC as a field that is both contested and that, at the very same time, offers many resources of hope.”

Both publications are published as open access and are available electronically free of charge.


Learning Together for Change – Arusha – 27-29 April

by Anders Hög Hansen April 25, 2015 Uncategorized

Parts of the seminar to be live streamed here on the portal (and on Live Lecture with chat for enrolled students) are the Monday morning Keynotes and the Theme 2 ‘Learning Technology and Globalization’ introdutions and workshops, Mon afternoon and Tue morning. Also wrap up parts Wednesday afternoon to be streamed. See more info in […]

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EMPOWERHOUSE – Sustainable Community Radio Training Course

by Hugo Boothby April 13, 2015 ComDev

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 […]

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Communication for Rural Development and Social Change – New Global Research Initiative

by Tobias Denskus April 1, 2015 Comdev News

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 […]

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Learning Together for Change – Arusha, Tanzania 27-29 April

by Anders Hög Hansen March 4, 2015 Uncategorized

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 […]

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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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