#ComDev 2.0 - Letter from the contributors
#ComDev 2.0 is a blog created to provide a platform for sharing insights,
findings, perspectives, news, opinions and reflections about how
development work is being communicated in this digital era. On this
platform we make an effort to reach out to and invite students, practitioners
and other people interested in development work to contribute view points,
comments and reflections on some of the broader issues relating to
development work discussed here. We extend our sincere invitation to you.
Contributors of this blog
#ComDev 2.0 is a blog created by Students of the Masters in
Communication for Development degree program at Malmö University,
Sweden. This is in fulfilment of the course dealing with New media and ICT
for development. The site will most likely be running until week 44, 2017.
Further information regarding its function will be communicated in due
course. In the meantime , please feel free to follow the posts, exchange,
reflect and discuss your thoughts, ideas and opinions with the authors of the
blog. The overal theme of the posts will deal with ICT4D, Aidwork and
Abigail is originally from New Zealand but has been living in London for the last four years. A graduate of Development Studies, International Relations and Media Studies from Victoria University in Wellington, she is now completing her Masters in Communication for Development at Malmo University. When not moonlighting on stage as an actress, she works as the International Communications Coordinator for iNGO, Tearfund, helping deliver communications content, increase in country capacity and develop communication strategy in humanitarian response.
Santino, originally from Zimbabwe has worked as an English teacher in Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Sweden, where he has now been living for five years. He graduated in teaching english first at Mutare Teachers college in Zimbabwe and later at Umeå University in Sweden. He is also a graduate in Media studies and has experience working as a project communication officer in Mozambique. He is currently teaching english on a distance course for adult learners, in Lycksele, and at the same time studying for the Masters in Communication for Development with Malmö University. Past times include photography and writing.
Chouchou is from Rwanda. While studying for the undergraduate degree, she developed a special interest in law and human rights but also performed well in related subjects such as globalization; peace and conflicts; and democracy. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Law with thesis entitled: “The Role of the African Union in the Peaceful Settlement of Conflicts in Africa”, at Kigali Independent University (ULK) and carrying out her dissertation research at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa. She is currently working towards her Master’s thesis which is titled “Factors affecting Women’s Participation in Politics: A Comparative Case Study of Rwanda, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda” precisely in Peace and Development studies at Malmö University. Right now, she is eager to gain new experiences and knowledge in Communication for Development studies and is teaching French beginners today.
Melissa is an American/Swedish currently working for a Norwegian NGO and based in Myanmar. She has been working in the NGO world for over 10 years and has experience and background to draw from. She is very much interested in the connections between communication/ICT and development work which is why she initially signed up for the course.