Photo: Mike Webb, Tearfund
Photo: Mike Webb, Tearfund

EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION

In this issue we look at different ways of sharing information. Communication is so important in development. We need to communicate well to share ideas and learning, to keep up to date with good practice, and to support and encourage each other. There are many other ways to communicate apart from writing. In oral cultures, visual images, stories, songs and role-play can be very effective ways of passing on information. Technologies such as mobile phones, computers and television can also be used to share information and provide new opportunities and access to information for remote communities.

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 71 in html.

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  • Access to low cost technology

    Patrick lives in Western Kenya in a remote village with no electricity or landline telephone. His home, which he also uses as an office, is very simple, but he is able to use up-to-date technologies. He produces KiSwahili translations of development publications for a website.

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  • Bible study: Communication

    Have you ever been hurt by the words of a friend or colleague? How did it make you feel? How did it change your relationship with that person?

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  • Effective writing

    When we document information, whether it is for a report, case study, newsletter or poster, it is very easy just to write down everything we know about the subject. This can be very boring for the readers! It may also mean that they do not read past the first paragraph. If they do decide to read on, they may waste a lot of time reading text that is not relevant to them before they get to the part which is really useful.

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  • Encouraging local ownership of information

    by Isabel Carter One in six of the world’s population is unable to read and write. Many of these people speak local languages and may be unable to understand the national language of their country. This means they are often unable to access information from outside their communities.

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  • Letters

    Disability and social inclusion Disability is the effect of physical, mental or sensory damage before, at or after birth, by any cause. It means that a person cannot perform his or her daily living activities as normal. Disability is both a cause and an effect of poverty.

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  • Resources

    Partnering with the local church This exciting new ROOTS book highlights the role of the local church in integral mission. It examines the various relationships between Christian organisations and local churches. It provides models for working, including church mobilisation. It covers issues such as leadership, partnership, changing focus and direction, and monitoring and evaluating this kind of work. It contains many case studies, discussion questions and tools. This is a practical and ...

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  • Sharing experience and learning together

    by Doug Reeler The aim of Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) is to help develop the capacity of community-based organisations working in development and social transformation in southern and east Africa.

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  • Working with the media

    by Babatope Akinwande The media is a major force in shaping both national and international agendas on development issues. ‘Media’ includes newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the internet, books, and other forms of publishing. If the media highlights a particular issue, it can often really change the situation and encourage a response from the public and the government. It is unhelpful to see the media as separate from relief and development work or as something to avoid. Instead, it ...

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