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 in their everyday lives, especially in relation to processes of empowerment?   

If these questions spark your interest, you are most welcome to join us for our final seminar at Roskilde University on 24  February 2015 from 13-­17 hrs.

The seminar will also be live-streamed on the ComDev portal!

This seminar is organized by the MEDIeA research project, a Danida-­supported research project that for the past five years has been exploring these questions.
The full name of the project is  ‘People Speaking Back? Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa’.
Six researchers from Kenya, Tanzania and Denmark have been working on uncovering some of the dynamic processes and the above questions allude to.

For this final seminar, each of  the researchers has been asked to identify key  findings from their research and present it with recommendations. We hope thereby to contribute to fruitful debates that can inform the rapidly growing agenda – both in research and practice – of the role of media and communication in social change processes.  The position and role of youth in these processes have been given particular attention.


Media, Communication, Youth and Civil Society in Processes of Social Change

13:00 – 13:15
Introduction to the MEDIeA research project ‘People Speaking Back? Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa’
Professor Thomas Tufte, Roskilde University

13:15 15:00
Presentations of  key findings from Tanzania

Empowering Youth Through Sexual Health Communication Messages: Experiences from Temeke, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Associate Professor Datius K. Rweyemamu, University of Dar es Salaam

An Exploration of FEMINA Media Programs on Empowerment of Young Women’s Sexuality in Tanzania
PhD. Student Rose Reuben Mchomvu, University of Dar es Salaam

‘Changing Roles of Civil Society: From Service Providers to Advocacy Communicators to…?’
Professor Thomas Tufte, Roskilde University

15:00 15:30
Coffee  Break

15:30 – 16: 45
Presentation of  key findings from Kenya

‘Young women in Informal settlements and ICTs: Developing in the Digital Realm?’ 
PhD. Student Grace Nyariara Githaiga, University of Nairobi

‘Civic Election Monitoring Platforms for Conflict Prevention and Transparency: A Critical Assessment of the ‘Uchaguzi’ Platform’s Employment During Kenya’s 2013 General Elections’ 
Associate Professor Norbert Wildermuth, Roskilde University

16:45 17:15
Wrap up discussions about the presented themes in a broader perspective of research and practice, within  organizations   involved in media, communication and social change.

Venue: Roskilde University, Department  for Communication, Business and Information technology.
Room 40.2-25.