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This background report was produced in preparation for the 2016 Learning Route in Rwanda. The Learning Route programme’s main objectives are: to build stronger, aligned civil society alliances that work for improved nutrition at all levels of society.
The report is primarily intended as a briefing for those participating in the learning exchange, though it will also be of value to those interested in civil society efforts to end malnutrition in Rwanda.
This background report provides basic information on poverty and malnutrition in Rwanda and the process of scaling-up nutrition.
It also features five case studies that exemplify the work done by civil society in the following thematic areas:
• advocacy, social campaigning and mobilisation • multi-stakeholder coordination • communication for behavioural change • integrated approaches to fight malnutrition
The report was developed following a participatory mapping process involving civil society organisations in Rwanda and a survey of 11 Anglophone Africa. This process identified the priority thematic areas and the best practice examples that are most likely to stimulate country-country learning. Each case study briefly describes the experience, main outcomes and lessons learned by the civil society organisation leading the initiative. The case studies were developed with the participation of the organisations involved and reflect their experience.
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Abstract: The global adoption of social media has seen the user base expand to an unprecedented level. Estimates put social media membership at around 2.5 billion non unique users globally, with Facebook, Google+ and Twitter accounting for over half of these. Social media data can add value to international development research, monitoring and evaluation in several ways.
These data are‘transformative’ as they are user generated in real time and produced in large volumes in contrast to the necessarily retrospective snapshots of social trends provided by conventional means such as household surveys and administrative data. As such, they can provide insight into the behaviour and opinions of specific populations that are often unreachable by conventional methods where social media uptake is high.
The examples in this pratice note show cases where social media data were available in high volume in development contexts. However,it is important to note that for some situations and regions social media data may not be available in such volumes, precluding their use to gain near real time insights
4 case studies are included:
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