testimonials

Jason HallmanJason 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 GosséKerstin 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-FülleBeate 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.”

Testimonials: Clever Maputseni

by Richard Topgaard August 10, 2010 Alumni

Clever Maputseni is a specialist in programme communications and humanitarian reporting. After working with ‘World Vision International’ in his home country, Zimbabwe, he moved to the United Nations in 2005 before getting his first expatriate posting with UNOCHA in Sudan where he continues to live and works. “ComDev was exactly what I needed to become […]

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Testimonials: Florencia Enghel

by Richard Topgaard August 10, 2010 Alumni

Florencia Enghel is from Argentina, and has a professional background in publishing and film production, as well as communication and development consulting. From 2006 to 2008, she was publications manager of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Stockholm. At present, she is a PhD candidate in media and […]

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Testimonials: Stanslous Chewe

by Richard Topgaard August 10, 2010 Alumni

Stanslous Chewe lives in Lusaka, Zambia, and works at the University of Zambia as a Community/Public Relations Officer. His work experience is in the fields of media and communication. “I was able to do the entire ComDev course online from Zambia which meant I could continue with my full-time job. An interesting and challenging part […]

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Testimonials: Susan Hayden

by Richard Topgaard August 10, 2010 Alumni

Susan Hayden works as a freelance journalist, writer and editor. Her first book, A Passion for Wine and Surf, recently won second-place in the Gourmand Food and Wine Awards in France. She lives in Cape Town, and is currently working on her first novel about growing up in apartheid South Africa. “With a background in […]

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Testimonials: Jordi de Miguel Capell

by Richard Topgaard August 10, 2010 Alumni

Jordi de Miguel Capell lives in Barcelona, Spain, where he works as a journalist and community manager for Fundación Hazloposible, an organization whose main goal is to use new technologies to promote participation and interaction among NGOs, communicators, journalists and citizens. “Having worked in the field of development for many years, I was able to […]

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Testimonials: Rasna Warah

by Richard Topgaard August 10, 2010 Alumni

Rasna Warah lives in Kenya and is a columnist with the Daily Nation, Kenya’s largest newspaper. She has worked for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) as editor and writer of the State of the World’s Cities report series, and recently edited and published Missionaries, Mercenaries and Misfits, an anthology that critiques the development […]

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Testimonials: Rosita Ericsson

by Richard Topgaard August 10, 2010 Alumni

Rosita Ericsson from Sweden trained as a newspaper journalist. From 2005-2008, after completing the ComDev course, she worked in Vietnam as a communication adviser for a Sida-funded cooperation programme at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. Currently residing in Switzerland, she teaches media and communication at the International University in Geneva. “I took the […]

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