That's it - CommGAP is closing shop. October 31 will be the last day of the program. We look back on five years of research, advocacy, capacity building, and operational support in communication for governance reform. And yes, we are a little proud. As a friend of CommGAP told us last week, this end is an occasion to celebrate. And never fear - the blog stays on! The World Bank's External Affairs Operational Communication department will take over, with Sina Odugbemi and Diana Chung at the helm. Look forward to some new bloggers who will share with us new ideas and experiences from new areas of operational communication in development. CommGAP's many resources will remain accessible on our website.
CommGAP was launched as a Trust Fund in 2006, our donor was the UK's Department for International Development. CommGAP's mission was to mainstream communication in governance work throughout the World Bank and in development practice. Over the years we have published close to 50 books, policy briefs, discussion papers, technical briefs, and workshop reports. We have hosted and co-hosted more than 30 knowledge events throughout the world, with development practitioners and academics exchanging ideas and know-how on how communication can help to promote governance reform in developing countries. We have trained practitioners, civil society, and government officials in the effective use of communication for development - we covered everything from how to write a message to how to push through an entire reform. Our blog is among the most widely read World Bank blogs and even claimed the number one spot for a while. At this very moment, yours is one of more than 650,000 page views that we registered since the blog launch in 2008. Our operational work has brought us to Mongolia (in the winter), to Kenya, to South Africa, to Cambodia, Morocco, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Vietnam, Mozambique, Uganda, the Philippines, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. We made many friends and found many allies in donor organizations, universities, civil society, and governments - and among you, the readers of this blog.
Yes, we're a little proud. And we hope that our work has been useful to you and that you have enjoyed reading our missives on this blog. We'll be around, so please check back in here and send us a note! We'll continue to promote the role of communication for development effectiveness and governance reform, and we hope you'll stay with us throughout the next stage of our work.