[FoME] Communication for Rural Development and Social Change – Global Research Initiative (GRI)

Christoph Dietz Christoph.Dietz at CAMECO.ORG
Mi Apr 1 10:55:03 CEST 2015

>>> Helen Hambly Odame <hhambly at UOGUELPH.CA> 31.03.15 21.34 Uhr >>>

We are pleased to share the announcement that the Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) and four universities have formed the Communication
for Rural Development and Social Change – Global Research Initiative
(GRI). The universities include the University of the Philippines Los
Baños, Queensland University (Australia), University of Reading (UK),
Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and University of Guelph
The GRI was formed as a follow up of a pre-conference on ‘Communication
for Sustainable Rural Development and Social Change’ organised by
representatives from the above organisations at the International
Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) Conference in
Hyderabad in July 2014. A workplan was consolidated after the GRI
members participated in the ‘Forum on Communication for Development &
Community Media for Family Farming’ (FCCM) organised by FAO in October
The ComDev GRI exists to mainstream communication for development into
the wider development agenda and practice, and has been formed by the
leading research institutions in the field. They aim to collaborate and
lead research into communication for development and social change. A
first collaborative activity emerged from the FCCM in the form of a
research project on ‘Evidence-based approaches for rural communication
services’ commissioned by FAO to the GRI and coordinated by the
University of Queensland Communication for Social Change Centre.
For 2015, GRI has lined up a number of other activities that would place
ComDev on the agenda of development and communication–related
international conferences, meetings and events. These include two
symposia at the forthcoming 22nd European Seminar on Extension and
Education (ESEE), April 28-May 1, 2015 in Wageningen, The Netherlands,
and a panel presentation at the IAMCR Conference, July 12-16, 2015, in
Montreal, Canada. The IAMCR panel serves the purpose to explore
opportunities for establishing a new Working Group on Rural
Communication within the IAMCR structure.
In terms of research and capacity building, GRI has also identified
possible areas of work in the following area:  mapping e-learning
modules and higher education courses on ComDev; mapping community for
development research and methodologies; fielding student assistants for
such activities and for internships in FAO projects; considering a
global PhD course to be held in Rome in close connection with FAO and
the University of Perugia (Italy); conducting an inventory of shared
sources (text books, learning environments); using and actively
contributing to the recent publication of Communication for Rural
Development Sourcebook; and promote exchange through visiting scholars
and fellowships. 

Also for the University of Guelph this initiative complements continuing
involvement in the Glocal Classroom for Communication and Development
(http://glocalclassroom.wordpress.com/) and partnership since 2005 in
graduate education with Malmö University in Sweden.

For more information or to subscribe to news updates, please go to: 
CCComDev: http://www.cccomdev.org/

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