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MAZI Photo Gallery

Archived MAZI Photo Gallery:

  • Formation et Tournée Théatre Forum

    Reseau des Arts Vivants pour le Developpement, a Niger-based nonprofit organization, uses forum theatre to engage local people in dialogue about the dangers of early marriages and pregnancy in young girls. The phototgrapher, CFSC consultant Dominique Thaly, works with this organization to organize and stage forum theatre and to use the resulting theatre discussions to sustain ongoing information and discussion activities with both women and men in Niger.
  • MAZI 3 Photos
    The photos in this issue are from CFSC projects in the Umzingwane and Bindura districts of Zimbabwe, in southern Africa. In all of the CFSC Zimbabwe projects, young people between the ages of 14 and 25 have developed, and are running, communication programmes aimed at empowering youth to lead the fight against HIV/AIDS in their villages. Mazi sincerely thanks the photographers, the Umzingwane AIDS Network, Africare and Zapso for their continued support of these projects.
  • MAZI 4 Photos
    The first photo, by Niger's Dominique Thaly, shows polio communication activities in Nigeria during June 2005. Below, the photo by Alex Mavrocordatos shows a theatre performance in Namibia on sanitation issues.
  • Photo Essay: Budikote: Community Media in a Small Indian Village by Alfonso Gumucio
    In December 2005, Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron, managing director, programmes, of the Communication for Social Change Consortium, visited community media projects while attending the Our Media conference, "Democracy and Citizen's Media," in Bangalore, India.
  • Photo Essay: CFSC in the Republic of Maldives: A Community in Transition by Jean Douglas-Laird
  • 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.
  • Photo Essay: Community Dialogue Tool Helps Prevent Polio in Nigeria
    by Dominique Thaly

    The Communication for Social Change Consortium has been working on polio communication in Nigeria since 2005, following the suspension of polio immunization in two northern states. The Consortium is working with several local partners to help local people use community-based communication processes in order to better address the reasons why some parents reject polio vaccines for their young children.
  • Photo Essay: Developing Locally Relevant Theatre in Nigeria
    by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron

    Following is an historical perspective with photos: In Nigeria, in the early 1990s, a pioneering initiative used community theatre systematically as a communication tool for social change. Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron, the Consortium’s manager director of programmes, was part of the project. He highlights the importance of the initiative—and the lessons we can learn from it.
  • Photo Essay: Fostering Social Change Through Public Conversation: aids2031 by Denise Gray-Felder
    For more than 25 years, the response to AIDS has taken primarily short-term, crisis views of the challenges the pandemic presents. Despite tremendous progress, much work is needed now to prepare for future management of AIDS as a disease of communities not just of individuals. The implications for future leadership, communication, financing and programming are immense, as some current approaches may become irrelevant in the future.
  • Photo Essay: Ghana Welcomes OURMedia 7 to Africa
    by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron

    In August 2008, this banner welcomed academics, practitioners and activists of participatory communication to the OURMedia 7 International Conference at Kofi Annan Centre for Excellente in ICT, Accra, Ghana. Forty-two countries were represented.
  • Photo Essay: Helping a Mali Village Confront a Water Crisis
    by Alex Mavrocordatos

    Theatre for development is a particularly effective form of communication for social change. Alex Mavrocordatos worked on, and photographed, a successful example of theatre for development that, over five months' time, fostered social change in Kolo, a small Mali village.
  • Photo Essay: Helping a Mali Village Confront a Water Crisis
    by Alex Mavrocordatos

    Theatre for development is a particularly effective form of communication for social change. Alex Mavrocordatos worked on, and photographed, a successful example of theatre for development that, over five months' time, fostered social change in Kolo, a small Mali village.
  • Photo Essay: How Community Radio Helped Move Democracy Forward in Sierra Leone by Bill Siemering
    Radio can help ensure people elect their leaders in fair and transparent elections. The nonprofit organisation Developing Radio Partners helped the people of Sierra Leone bring about change in their government peacefully, despite daunting challenges.
  • Photo Essay: How TV Helps Give Voice to Palestinian Youth
    by Birgitte Jallov

    Giving a voice to Palestinian youth, especially young women, is critical to peace in the Middle East. Communication for social change is a process of public and private dialogue through which people define who they are, what they need and how to get what they need to improve their lives. In this photo essay, Birgitte Jallov tells how three organisations in Palestine foster peace and democracy through communication for social change.
  • Photo Essay: Using CFSC to Meet the Needs of Today’s Students by Alan Thomson and Alex Mavrocordatos
    Educators worldwide face huge challenges. For example, top-down, teacher–centred education does not align with young people’s rights and growth as set out by the U.N. General Assembly’s Convention on the Rights of the Child. An innovative teaching program, using CFSC approaches, is helping teachers meet pupil-centred needs.
  • Photo Essay: Using Communication to Help Bring Education for All in Lesotho
    Photos and text by Joanne Edgar with support from Laurence Mach

    The Kingdom of Lesotho is a small mountainous country completely surrounded by South Africa. It is a peaceful, politically stable country; a nation with a traditionally high literacy rate when compared with other African countries. The people of Lesotho place a high value on education which they view as a human right for all citizens. Lesotho's constitution encourages fundamental education for all.
  • Photo Essay: Using Photography to Help Young Shoe Shine Workers Tell Their Stories in La Paz, Bolivia
    by April Pojman

    Shoe shining is a common job among youth from rural immigrant families who move to large Bolivian cities like La Paz. It generates money to pay for their studies and helps with household expenses. The boys (and a few girls) who grow up shining shoes in the streets are known in Spanish as lustracalzados.
  • 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: “Women of Pastapur” by Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron
    These photographs were taken during filming of the DVD "Women of Pastapur," which the Consortium produced. See below for information about the DVD including instructions on how to order it.
  • Pioneering Community-run Radio in Laos: The Khoun Community Radio Station
    by Birgitte Jallov with support by Laurence Mach

    Dreams of a better life for themselves, their families and their communities motivated the first group of trained community broadcasters to volunteer and ultimately become the pioneers and trainers of community radio in the poorest districts of Laos.
  • Stories of Community Radio in East Africa: Powerful Change by Birgitte Jallov
    Birgitte Jallov and Charles Lwanga-Ntale travelled to three East African countries to collect stories that map the role of community radio. These stories show how three community radio stations are bringing powerful social change to the communities they serve.
  • The Consortium's September 2005 Global Meeting in Los Baños, the Philippines
    Experts, academics and practitioners of communication for social change discussed ideas and challenges at the Consortium's global meeting at the University of Philippines in September 2005. Check out "Developing a Unique Proposal for Communication for Development in Latin America," which was presented at the meeting.
  • The Kids End Up On The Street: Local communities in Nepal use participatory performance practices to question the local school system and the plight of lower caste children within it.
    During 1999 and 2000 Alex Mavrocordatos, of cdcArts, and Ann Shrewsbury, of Small World Theatre, trained some 30 Nepali street performers, development workers and local community members in Participatory Performance Practices (PPP). The trainees were encouraged to develop their own version of the practices.

    Photo-essay by Alex Mavrocordatos
  • The Master Tanners of Morocco, Photos by April Pojman
    The industrialization that swept away much of the world's artisan production techniques in the nineteenth century, left the narrow winding streets of the medinas, or the old Arab sections of Moroccan cities, only marginally changed. The city of Fez continues to be home to some of the longest standing craft guilds in the world. Here, satellite dishes peer over century old artisan traditions that are supplied by materials carried in on the backs of donkeys. Pottery, henna, and fresh fruits and vegetables are sold in the open air around public squares, while in the tanneries, animal hides are processed and dyed by master tanners and their apprentices in a lengthy labor-intensive process. The tanning of hides by traditional means commands such respect that there is a type of leather known the world over by the name of Morocco.
  • Using Cinema to Promote Communication for Social Change in Rural Africa by Dominique Thaly
    The Cinéma Numérique Ambulant (CNA) ( of France uses film to spark community dialogue in three West African countries"” Benin, Niger and Mali. CNA works with local communities to screen, in remote rural villages, fiction movies by African filmmakers. Most of the movies are translated into local languages from French. CFSC Consortium consultant Dominique Thaly manages the CNA sections in Niamey, Niger.