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Between the 1926 March two second-year ComDev MA students, Abigail Leffler and Yee-Yin Yap, accompanied by the course coordinator Oscar Hemer, visited Beirut, Lebanon. The goal of the trip was to acquaint themselves with the socio-political climate of the country, and conduct interviews for their theses projects in connection with UNICEF  Lebanon’s refugee strategy, No Lost Generation.

The Production Project offers an opportunity to M.A. students who are pursuing the new 120 credit ComDev master’s programme to be creative while receiving hands-on experience in the production of a viable Communication for Development (C4D) media products.

Abigail and Yee-Yin’s Production Project will be linked to the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAPs) study that is currently being conducted by a team led by ComDev’s Ronald Stade, on behalf of UNICEF Lebanon. The KAP Study aims to discern a baseline study for UNICEF’s continued work in the country, and to recommend key C4D interventions for five of its key programme areas: Education, Health, Youth, Sanitation and Child Protection. It is hoped that some of the data from the KAP Study could be used to inform their production project initiatives, and their final Production Project presentation will be made available to UNICEF Lebanon.

During the trip, the team met with UNICEF’s C4D unit’s key staff members Julianne Birungi and Ibrahim El Sheikh to discuss its priority areas, which are education and the different types of violence perpetrated against children in Lebanon. A meeting with UNICEF Lebanon’s Social Media Officer, Sara Sandra Chehab also shed light on UNICEF’s work and media user statistics.


The team also met with Maurice Aaek, who is with the BBC Media Action in Lebanon, who provided an invaluable source of information relating to media consumption channels of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and in the region. Other meetings included Dr Nabil Dajani, the Acting Head of the American University in Beirut’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies as well as C4D pioneer in Lebanon, and Dr Dima Dabbous, Assistant Professor in Communication at the American University in Beirut. Topics discussed with Dr Dajani touched upon the importance of the burgeoning field of C4D in the Arab World and the significance of interpersonal communication channels such as ‘folk media’ – the dissemination of information through traditional modes of communication such as cultural and performance arts, in the development field especially in customary settings.

The discussion with Dr Dabbous centered on the representation of Syrian refugees, especially of women and girls in Lebanese media, which provided insight on possible stereotypes and prejudices about Syrians by the host community. The team also had the occasion to interview a prominent rap artist in Lebanon by the name of Nasser “Chyno” Shorbaji to learn of various cultural projects that are led by musicians and artists to bridge the widening gap between the different ethnic groups in Lebanon. These include the use of rap songs as expressions of freedom and hope by the youth of the region.

Although the visit was a short one, the team felt that it was an eye-opening experience that provided a firsthand account of the work of as well as the challenges faced by international and local organizations on site. The visit also imparted on the team strong impressions of the delicate convivial balance between the many groups in Lebanon but in particular between the host community and the refugee populations.

Yee-Yin Yap wrote the trip report with input from Abigail Leffler and the ComDev team.

Dear all,

These are exciting times at ComDev! The autumn semester with almost 150 students across all our courses is well underway and we just concluded our Transit Europe symposium with more than 60 colleagues, students, alumni and friends of ComDev.

As the spring application window for ComDev’s flagship 1-year MA opens from 15 September – 17 October we are once again looking forward to receiving your application.

You will find all the details on the 1-year MA page.

Based on our initial experiences and the strong competition for spaces we strongly encourage you to submit a letter and strengthen your application!

The MA program is a 50% full-time course taught in our online blended learning ‘glocal classroom’ that we have pioneered, improved and enhanced for more than 15 years!

You can also read what graduates from the course have said about ComDev and we just uploaded three more profiles in connection with the ComDev experiences in the United Nations system.

Please note that all applications have to be made through Sweden’s central university admissions website and that we only evaluate the letters of intent and not other parts of your application. University admission should always be your first point of contact regarding application matters, including formal qualifications or language requirements.
However, our colleagues at Malmö University admissions (admissions(at)mah.se) and our course administrator Åsa Ulemark can be contacted for technical questions regarding your application as well – and you can also get in touch with the ComDev team at comdev(at)mah.se – just allow a few days for replying individually during this busy period of the semester.

We are looking forward to your applications and welcoming you to Malmö in January 2017!

Tobias Denskus & the ComDev team

Dear all,

These are exciting times at ComDev!

As the spring application window for ComDev programs and courses opens from 15 March – 15 April we have great educational opportunities lined up for you!

First, the second round to apply to our flagship two-year part-time MA in Communication for Development is now open!
You can find all the details on the ‘1-year MA’ page.

This will be the first time that we will evaluate application letters for students starting the autumn course and based on our initial experiences for the spring course we strongly encourage you to submit a letter and strengthen your application!

Second, as you may have heard through the ComDev grapevine, it is now possible to apply for courses that will qualify for a 2-year, 120ECTS MA in Communication for Development! If you already completed our 60ECTS MA program this is an exciting opportunity to return to ComDev for a full-time year of practice- and reflective learning!

Third, our free-standing Communication for Development: Advances in Social Action, Planning and Evaluation course will also be available in the autumn semester!
Now formally part of the 2-year MA course package the third Advances course will attract a diverse group of ComDev alumni, new students and professionals from the global development industry-your ideal gateway to return to C4D and get to know (or continue) the ComDev experience!

All of our courses are 50% full-time courses taught in our online blended learning ‘glocal classroom’ that we have pioneered, improved and enhanced for more than 15 years!

You can also read what graduates from the course have said about ComDev.

Please note that applications have to be made through Sweden’s central university admissions website and that we only evaluate the letters of intent and not other parts of your application. University admission should always be your first point of contact regarding application matters.
However, our colleagues at Malmö University admissions (admissions(at)mah.se) and our course coordinator Åsa Ulemark can be contacted for technical questions regarding your application as well – and you can also get in touch with the ComDev team at comdev(at)mah.se – just allow a few days for replying individually during this busy period of the semester.

We are looking forward to your applications and welcoming you to Malmö in September!

Tobias Denskus & the ComDev team

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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New course: Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation (15 ects)

by Rebecca Bengtsson February 19, 2014 ComDev courses

This autumn, ComDev is offering a brand new course in Advances in Communication for Development: Social Action, Planning and Evaluation. The course responds to the needs of ComDev graduates that have requested a deeper level of study in this field, as well as development professionals seeking group work and peer learning, hands-on participation, self-reflection, and […]

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