Global Networks Forum on Communication for Agriculture, Rural Development, and Environment
What roles does communication play for development and social change in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) era? Given the revolution of information and communication technologies (ICTs), and new and collaborative media, what are opportunities and risks in enabling the voice of those most affected by development issues? How do stakeholders, especially media and journalism institutions, operate in this new reality of mediated communication for development and social change? How can we frame participation in response to emerging challenges related to equity and social norms, in addition to the development agenda setting process? These are fundamental questions to answer to leverage the potential of communication and sustain vibrant communities across different regions. Recent years have witnessed rapid changes in local, national, regional, and global development priorities in response to contemporary and emerging technological, social, political, and economical drivers. Researchers, and practitioners including governments, communities, and civil society organizations, are being challenged to reconsider their roles, revisit innovative means of communicating the formal mandates of the SDGs, and craft more compelling narratives and key messages that can move people and institutions to action and amplify citizens’ voices. Since the early 2000s, the University of Guelph (through the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development) has been an active partner in many regional and global networks and initiatives in communication for development and social change. The Connection Grant initiative emanates from ongoing discussions within the member network for mobilizing existing yet fragmented knowledge on the emerging and innovative communication practices and services, with the aim of addressing the complex sustainability challenges in agriculture, rural development, and environment.
The initiative focuses on strengthening existing and building new networks across practitioners, non-profits, and researchers working in the communication for development and social change field. This initiative will generate knowledge sharing of the successful practices, create an invaluable network, and identify seminal questions and lessons learned in the context of achieving SDGs under five thematic areas. These areas include the following: (i) the founding networks and academic/practice convergence in communication for development and social change; (ii) discussion of the contemporary issues and approaches of the research “edge”; (iii) the changing role of media and journalism institutions in communication for development, social change, and deliberative democracy; (iv) reframing participatory processes in the digital age; and (v) social and collaborative media for agricultural and rural development.
Global Network Forum Webinars
Part A: Participation Basics: What are Non-negotiables?
This is part one of the webinar series, “Rethinking Participation in the Digital Age of Communication for Development and Social Change”
This webinar explored the basic concepts and principles of participation and then identify some of the “non-negotiable” components of participatory processes.
Speaker and Facilitator: Dr. Ricardo Ramírez, International Development Consultant, and Adjunct Professor, University of Guelph
Date: November, 10, 2020
Global Network Forum Webinar Series: Rethinking Participation in the Digital Age
We initiated the Global network forum webinar series on November 10, 2020. We are happy to organize the second part of the series which will focus on digital tools and platforms that support online participatory research and community engagement. Please see the details below: Date: April 30 2021 Register here
Forum Discussion: What’s holding up advancing agricultural advisory services
We are happy to introduce a forum discussion series on different aspects of agricultural advisory and extension services. It is an excellent opportunity to learn from our speakers and contribute to the discussion, ‘What’s holding up advancing agricultural advisory services?’ Please see the details below: Date: April 9 2021 Register here More about the series … Continue reading “Forum Discussion: What’s holding up advancing agricultural advisory services”
Dr. Chowdhury Joined the Editorial Advisory Board, Media Asia
The School of Environmental Design and Rural Development is pleased to announce that Dr. Ataharul Chowdhury joined the editorial advisory board of Media Asia. This is a quarterly journal published since 1974 by the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC) and Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. The board includes several other scholars, such as Sarah Cardey (U of Reading, … Continue reading “Dr. Chowdhury Joined the Editorial Advisory Board, Media Asia”
Webinar: Rethinking Participation in the Digital Age of Communication for Development and Social Change
We are delighted to organize our upcoming webinar on Tuesday, 10 November 2020, 9 am to 11 am EST. The event will be organized as part of the “Global Network Forum Webinar Series: Rethinking Participation in the Digital Age of Communication for Development and Social Change.” For more details please click here. The registration link is … Continue reading “Webinar: Rethinking Participation in the Digital Age of Communication for Development and Social Change”
New Publication: Social Media, Advisory Service and Climate Change
A new journal paper co-authored by Md Kamruzzaman, Ataharul Chowdhury, Helen Hambly and Silvia Sarapura, highlights how agricultural advisory agents use social media to support agricultural innovation in Bangladesh. (Read more)