DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE

Today Development Communication has tremendously changed the way human and society functions. This can be seen in the way development actors, social movements, activists, civil society organizations, NGOs,  individuals and governments activities has evolved overtime. The overwhelming evidence is pointed to how Communication for Development can influence development and social change; whether it being economic development, contentious politics, social movement activities, activists interaction etc.

Whether it means development in Developed or Developing countries, in order to achieve sustainable development, development agencies, governements and other stakeholders in development, needs to incorporate Communication for Development and Strategic Sustainable Development in their development policies. Development Communication is all about citizens participation and engagement in all development processes and the tools entails in achieving the goals, and Strategic Sustainable Development is a framework that is not static but an evolving process that incorporates other methods, tools, and concepts into a shared structure. How to strengthen development and social change, mediated by the concept of "Communication for Development and Strategic Sustainable Development" still post daunting challenges, both in developed and developing countries. 

The focus of this conference is to look at how Communication for Development and Strategic Sustainable Development can complement each other to foster citizens participation in development processes  and how and why "Communication for Development" is a sustainable strategy in any development process, and finally Why the gaining of a comprehensive understanding of citizen participation and engagement in the context of Communication for Development is so important for development. The conference will take place on the 31st August 2018 in Stockholm Sweden within the framework of Communication for Development and Social Change.

We are inviting municipalities, development communication experts, governments, social movements, activists, NGOs, and civil society organizations in Africa and in Europe to attend and share their experiences of successes and challenges of using Communication Strategies to influence sociopolitical, economic and cultural change. We will also invite students of Communication for Development to give presentations on the importance of development communication in social change.

The format of the conference is design to reflect on some specific cases of how development mediated by "Communication" strategies such as participatory processess; and tools such as ICT platforms like internet, social media etc., has impacted the way governments, organizations, individuals, social movements, activists and NGOs inluence development and social change. Any individual, activist, social movement or NGO interested to give a presentation should kindly complete this FORM.

In order to participate in this conference REGISTER HERE

 

Last edited: 2018-04-30

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