Jason Hallman of the USA worked with public arts management in California and in the education department of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum before being hired as a commissioning editor for an independent scholarly publishing company in the U.S. He’s been living in Johannesburg, South Africa, since 2009 where he consults with local and international NGOs on community media, knowledge management and participatory processes.
“In addition to allowing me to become conversant with sophisticated contemporary debates about the future of development, I also really appreciate my fieldwork experience. For my final project I received a generous grant from the City of Malmö, which enabled me to work with participatory media and storytelling as means to better understand that struggles of social inclusion among marginalized youth in Sweden. I am continuing to explore how my ComDev education will inform my ‘real world’ practice, but in my brief time in South Africa I have been able to see the direct benefits of both my course work and my final project. Even though the course (now becoming a programme) was not entirely practical in nature, its emphasis on important debates around the theorization of culture, discourse, and development itself has given me a very useful orientation as I continue to explore.”
Kerstin Gossé from Sweden was educated as a journalist, and worked as a news reporter for press and television before joining the Communication for Development Programme at Malmö University as assistant lecturer. Her experience with ComDev equipped her very well for her next position as a communications specialist at the United Nations Development Programme in Burkina Faso. Kerstin presently works with strategic communication for the City of Malmö in Sweden.
“ComDev was the perfect way to combine my skills in journalism and communication with international and development issues. The programme provided with me a more profound understanding of global development issues from social and cultural perspectives and gave me a more hands-on knowledge of how communication can be used as a tool to empower people to take responsibility for their own future and development. The web-based learning platform was a great tool for collaboration, networking and exchange with fellow students all over the world, which was professionally enriching and personally very inspiring. The many social challenges placed under my department prove at Malmö Stad proves that communication for development and social change is just as relevant in the industrial world as the one we still call the developing one. Lots of things need to be improved, and communication plays a key role in the efforts to improve the lives of people living in the margins of the modern, multicultural welfare state of Sweden.”
Beate Ramme-Fülle was born in Namibia has worked in the fields of communication and development in South Africa, Mozambique and Germany. At present, her job is as national coordinator of Action against Aids Germany, a network organisation involved in lobbying and advocacy work in Germany for people living with HIV/Aids in the global south. She lives with her husband and three children in the little town of Tübingen, south of Germany.
“I was able to do the entire ComDev course online from Mozambique, which was almost a miracle. The course brings together students from all over the world, and I learnt a lot from my interactions with people who have a lot of experience in the development field. For my project, I looked at the role of traditional healers in HIV/Aids dialogue, and in this regard I had the opportunity to gain knowledge about HIV/Aids communication in a developing country and what works best. I enjoyed the international environment, and the staff are the most helpful you can imagine, consistently making the impossible possible. I am confident that my experience in my job and the added qualification will continue to present me with great career opportunities in the future. The ComDev Masters is definitely a competitive advantage.”