I have posted some items c/o The Communication Initiative Network previously, but that was quite a while ago. Having just contributed to an ongoing discussion I thought it might help me and readers new to COMMINIT to post some background and add to my comment over coming weeks. The topic begins on COMMINIT:
UNICEF, with Rafael Obregon (Chief, Communication for Development, UNICEF New York) leading and The Communication Initiative, through Warren Feek (Executive Director) are holding a series of consultations, to gather views, opinions and ideas on what kind of global mechanism could be helpful for supporting advancements in the scale, sustainability, relevance and influence of programmes, strategies and organisations that develop and implement initiatives rooted in communication and media development, social and behaviour change.
The global development tapestry has seen the growth of a series of such mechanisms seeking to advance particular fields of work. For example, WASH for All; the Global Partnership for Education and, the Global Partnership on Violence Against Children, amongst others.
As we have reviewed these mechanisms it is clear that there are a range of differing goals and roles including:
- Raising technical standards;
- Advocating value and impact;
- Engaging in policy debates and dialogue;
- Coordinating action;
- Accrediting data;
- Expanding funding levels; and,
What kind of mechanism - priority, strategy, structure?
- Acting as a legitimate global point of contact for policymakers, funders and other major global players in development.
The major question for the social and behaviour change, communication and media for development field of work is what kind of mechanism – focus and structure - could help to advance our field of work. Consequently, there will be 3 major themes to the consultation that we will be holding. From your perspective and experience:
- What priority goals and themes would you propose as the focus of such a possible mechanism?
- What strategic approach should such a possible mechanism take to work towards those goals?
- How would you recommend that such a mechanism be structured and organised?
There was a meeting last year in London but I could not attend. I was prompted to write following a brief comment by Lorenzo Vargas...