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Weekly Wire: the Global Forum

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These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.

Frontline SMS
New Resource: Using SMS as an Effective Behavior Change Campaigning Tool

“Behavior change campaigning is inherently interactive. In order to encourage positive behavior change it is important to not only push campaign messages out to people, but to listen to the responses. To run a campaign which has a real impact, you need to listen to ensure you’re being heard. This is one of the main reasons why SMS – as a widely accessible and inherently interactive communications channel  – is an ideal tool for campaigning.

This is the topic explored in a new resource which FrontlineSMS is releasing with Text to Change today; best practices when using SMS as a behavior change campaigning tool. This resource has been put together collaboratively to provide an introductory guide, suggesting some key points which can usefully be considered if you are planning to use SMS as a campaign tool. The resource is by no means exhaustive, but it outlines some key considerations which can hopefully serve to help guide discussions around best practices in SMS campaigning.” READ MORE

ICT Works
The Top 5 Countries for ICT4D in Africa are Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and...?

“At a recent Technology Salon, we were discussing the countries that have the best environment for ICT innovation that will accelerate economic and social development. Quickly we listed the following four countries:

  1. Kenya has the potent mix of multiple fiber optic cables connecting to aggressive ISPs and mobile operators operating in a relatively open and transparent regulatory environment with strong government support for telecommunications competition.” READ MORE


Nieman Journalism Lab
Mohamed Nanabhay on Al Jazeera’s online growth and the future of news distribution

“Mohamed Nanabhay likes to talk about something he calls “distributed distribution,” which, aside from being delightfully alliterative, might be a kind of rallying cry for the future of media.

‘What that meant was that we shouldn’t think of ourselves as having a single venue where our content should be viewed,’ said Nanabhay, the head online for Al Jazeera English. ‘We shouldn’t force people to come to our website if they want to view our content — rather we should move onto the platforms where communities have already formed and there are already big audiences.’” READ MORE

All Africa
Africa: The Challenges of Curbing Illicit Financial Flows From the Continent

“On 18 February 2012, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) established a High Level Panel to examine what it referred to as 'the debilitating problem of illicit financial outflows from Africa'.

In a statement issued a day ahead of the launch of the panel, UNECA asserted that:

  • Illicit financial outflows constitute a major source of resource leakage from the continent, draining foreign exchange reserves, reducing tax collection, dwindling investment inflows, and worsening poverty in Africa.
  • The methods and channels of illicit financial outflows are many and varied including tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions, over-invoicing, underpricing, and different money laundering strategies.
  • This source of resource outflows is far bigger and higher in terms of scale and magnitude than the normal corruption channels, which are focused upon globally.


Former South African President Thabo Mbeki chairs the panel. The concern with a net leakage of resources from Africa is as old as the anti-colonial politics of liberation. It has, however been given new impetus, generally as part of anti-corruption initiatives but specifically in the wake of declining levels of aid from developed countries.”  READ MORE

International Journalists’ Network
Community radio stations ride newly freed Arab airwaves

 “The Arab revolutions freed radio airwaves from government control.

A new program supporting community-supported radio was recently launched at the World Association of Community and Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) conference in Tunisia.

Called Aswatona, which means "our voices" in Arabic, it will establish seven community radio stations in Tunisia, Libya, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt and Yemen.”  READ MORE

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