Message from the President
CFSC Analysis and Opinion:
Democracy in Nepal: The Role of Community Radio
The Right to Communicate, Social Movements and Democratic Participation
The Babel Challenge
'Difficult Dialogues' and Communication for Social Change
CFSC Resources:
Voices from the Magdalena: Communication for Peace
CFSC Photo Essays:
Voices from the Magdalena
Communication for Social Change Helps Defuse Conflicts In Niger
In Memoriam:
Omololu Falobi, Nigerian Journalist, HIV/AIDS Activist
CFSC Anthology:
Historical and Contemporary Readings
Call For Papers:
Communication and Development Studies
Donating Made Quick and Easy Online
Useful Links
CFSC Consortium Body of Knowledge
Inviting Artistic Images, Songs, Poetry Showing CFSC In Action
Inviting Guest Contributors
CFSC Consortium Body of Knowledge
Are you looking for articles, books, essays, journals or reports on communication for development and social change? Is your interest HIV/AIDS, human rights or rural development? No matter what your issue, as long as it deals with communication for social change, you should be able to find useful references in the Body of Knowledge, the CFSC Consortium’s searchable database.

The body of knowledge has more than 3,000 references from around the world now registered. We invite you to consult the database for your use. And we encourage you to submit any reference you consider relevant to helping our database continue to grow.
Inviting Artistic Images, Songs, Poetry Showing CFSC In Action
Mazi invites your original images showing communication for social change in action. Whatever your medium"”photography, painting, sketches, mosaics, murals, songs or dances"”if you have an image showing people working together to give everyone a voice"”we will consider publishing it in our online magazine. Unfortunately, we are unable to return your submission. We also reserve the right to crop and/or edit your work for style and content. Each creator will be credited online for his or her submission.

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Inviting Guest Contributors
Do you know of interesting examples of successful applications of communication for social change principles within your community or country?

Mazi is looking for good case stories of CFSC at work: illustrations of the process of dialogue leading to community decision-making, action, implementation, monitoring, assessment and evaluation. We’re especially interested in examples of how communication processes have been strengthened or established at a community level by people who have been traditionally marginalized.

Help all of us build a better understanding of the many and varied ways that public dialogue leads to community decision-making and action. Describe for us where it takes place and why. Explain how CFSC is working. Inspire us all by telling us your community’s story.

Please e-mail your contribution of at least 250 words to

Please make sure your story includes the CFSC elements: catalyst or catalytic event, problem identification, dialogue, decision-making, community action, monitoring and evaluation, and assessment of change at the individual and societal levels. Include your name, phone number, fax (if available) and email address.

The facts of all submissions will be verified. Once verified, they may be included either in Mazi or on the Consortium’s website.
We Are As Big As We Can Dream
Message from Denise Gray-Felder
The passing of a close friend, a courageous Ghanaian woman who was her role model, followed by a journey from Rome to Harare, inspire Consortium President Denise Gray-Felder to live her friend’s wisdom: ‘We are as big as we can dream.  And we are as successful as we perform.’
Democracy in Nepal: The Role of Community Radio
What role did community media play in helping to restore democracy in Nepal? In October 2006, James Deane, managing director of strategy for the Communication for Social Change Consortium, facilitated a panel at the World Congress on Communication for Development, which took place in Rome. The panel focused on the role of community media in development. The panel's organisers were AMARC (the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters), SDC (the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation) and UNESCO. Raghu Mainaly, a founder of Nepal's Association of Community Radio Broadcasters, spoke with Deane. In this interview, he explains the critical role of community media in encouraging democratic principles.
The Right to Communicate, Social Movements and Democratic Participation
Starting with the image of poor women in Bolivia literally protecting their rural radio station with their bodies, Alfonso Gumucio Dagron, the Consortium’s managing director of programmes, explains the power of community radio as a tool of social change.  In November 2006, Gumucio presented his remarks at the “Global Framing of Democracy: International Perspectives on Civil Society, Communication and Democracy,” a meeting organized by the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and the Centre for the Study of Global Governance at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
The Babel Challenge
What made the World Congress of Communication for Development (WCCD), held in Rome this past October, so unique? Alfonso Gumucio Dagron, the Consortium's managing director of programmes offers his opinions.
'Difficult Dialogues' and Communication for Social Change
As the discussion guide of the communication for social change process following this essay shows, development depends on our talking openly and honestly, even about controversial issues.  These issues may be so sensitive that they create tension and sometimes even pit people against each other.  How can we find common ground, a place to start airing our differences, listen respectfully to each other and begin working together to solve problems?  Recently, Heidi Larson, a Consortium senior adviser, along with Consortium consultant Jim Hunt, facilitated a “Difficult Dialogue,” one in a series taking place on university campuses across the United States.  Larson writes about the process.
Voices from the Magdalena: Communication for Peace
"Voices from the Magdalena. Communication for Peace" is a 35-minute video documentary on the community radio network in the Magdalena Media region of Colombia. The region is known because it is at the centre of confrontation between guerrilla and paramilitary forces. Decades of conflict have caused enormous economic, political and social damage to the people living in the region.

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Photo Essay: Voices from the Magdalena
Here are a few stills from “Voices from the Magdalena,” showing how a rural radio network in Colombia creates a public space in which all people, including children, have the power to talk about local problems.  The DVD shows how open community dialogue has the potential to end decades of armed conflict and finally bring peace to the people of the Magdalena region.
Photo Essay: Communication for Social Change Helps Defuse Conflicts In Niger
In Niger, the growing population and water shortages have heightened competition for natural resources, leading to conflicts among nomadic herders, farmers and ranchers.  The Nigerien-German community programme (LUCOP), financed by the German Federal Ministry, uses the communication for social change approach to help defuse these conflicts.  CFSC Consortium consultant, Dominique Thaly and LUCOP communication adviser, documented recent events using the Consortium’s approach.
In Memoriam: Omololu Falobi, Nigerian Journalist, HIV/AIDS Activist
The CFSC Consortium mourns the loss of Omololu Falobi, a gifted and compassionate voice in the struggle against HIV/AIDS.  A board member of the Black AIDS Institute, Falobi was “instrumental in helping to lay the [Institute’s] early strategic foundation,” said Phill Wilson, the organisation’s executive director.  Falobi’s death, which occurred in early October, appears to have been the result of his happening upon an armed robbery on his way home after a speaking engagement.  Falobi accomplished much in his 35 years of life.  After serving as the features editor of Nigeria’s leading weekly publication, he left the position to lead in educating his country and the rest of Africa, about HIV/AIDS.  He also served as executive director of Journalists Against AIDS in Nigeria.
CFSC Anthology: Historical and Contemporary Readings

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The Communication for Social Change Anthology:
Historical and Contemporary Readings

This groundbreaking book brings together a broad variety of views and features more than 150 key thinkers throughout the world. Edited by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron and Thomas Tufte, the anthology reviews the evolution of communication for social change thinking from the early 20th century to the present. With more than 1,000 pages, this reference work is essential for communication and development experts as well as for anyone conducting business globally.

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Call For Papers: Communication and Development Studies
Commemorating the 20th anniversary of Communication and Development Studies (CommDev) at Ohio University, Athens, OH, the program invites submissions of papers for the CommDev Graduate Student Conference. The conference will take place in Athens on April 13 - 14, 2007 with the theme "Communication and Sustainable Development in Intercultural Contexts."
Donating Made Quick and Easy Online
If you would like to donate to the CFSC Consortium, it is now easier than ever. Simply visit our Web site. We now accept MasterCard, Visa, Amex, and Discover.
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Early Advocate of CFSC Approach Wins Nobel Peace Prize
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to economist Dr. Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank, the world’s pioneer in microfinancing, a highly effective, community-based tool for social change.  Dr. Yunus was an early advocate of the CFSC approach, having participated in the Consortium’s communication for social change forum in 1997.  His work and his humanity have enriched our work immensely.  To learn more about Dr. Yunus and Grameen, visit:

‘Toss Out the PR Playbook: Send in the Public-Engagement Team’
The American public education system is in dire straits.  Fixing the problem requires “authentic public engagement,” not merely “messaging,” says Deborah Wadsworth, former president of Public Agenda, an organisation working to keep grassroots concerns the focus of public debate.  For an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in the October 25, 2006 edition of Education Week, visit:

World AIDS Day: December 1, 2006
About 40 million people are living with HIV—and that number increases in every region every day.  World AIDS Day, December 1, is an opportunity for people around the world to unite in the fight against the pandemic.  For more information, visit:

Online University of Guelph Certificate in Communication Process
Certificate in Communication Process: Bridging Theory and Practice is a new online professional development program designed to help you become a more successful communicator, with the capacity to understand and use both verbal and non-verbal strategies, leading to more positive outcomes in both personal and professional settings. Five online degree-credit courses are required to complete the Certificate program, two of which will be offered starting January 8, 2007. For more information or to register call 519.767.5000 or visit:

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