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  • 1. Towards Effective Communications in the Volta Basin Development Challenge (VBDC) Mahamoudou Sawadogo CPWF-Volta Science Workshop Ouagadougou(BF), Joly Hôtel, 3-5 July 2012
  • 2. Presentation Plan Research com. Vs com. for R4D VBDC com. tools/channels VBDC: a participatory research program! Monitoring and evaluation of com. Activities References Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 3. Research com. vs com. for R4D Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 4. …So Com for R4D is a continuous process! Efforts and interests should be sustained over time Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 5. Sometimes, it is about informal learning/exchanges… …not just formal sharing and management Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 6. VBDC communication tools/channels Tools/channels Function Team collaboration site to share documents, organise meetings, events, discuss project activities, etc. Contact database Internal Communication Wiki Keep contact details of research team members and key stakeholders Google Docs Share files and for collaborative document writing Calendar of Events Organise planning and share events with team members Knowledge tree Repository for sharing internal working research ouputs Yammer Social networking , communicate/share ideas, and promote outputs Skype Target audience VBDC RESEARCHERS Conference calls with small groups of people, share your desktop, and instant messaging (chat). CPWF COMMUNITY SlideShare External Communication Website Raising public awareness on the VBDC research activities; facilitating the uptake of the VBDC research results; exploring future funding opportunities Newsletter Stories on achievements; publishing research results; facilitating the uptake of the VBDC research results; exploring future funding opportunities CG space Repository for sharing final research outputs and results. It indexes reports, articles, press releases, presentations, videos, policy briefs and more. Picasa photo gallery Organise and share photos featuring project activities on the ground FlickR Organise and share photos featuring project activities on the ground Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta RESEARCHERS, POLICYMAKERS & WATER MANAGERS, DONORS
  • 7. Other com. tools/channels Press articles/releases Dissemination materials Brochures Flyers Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta Videos Posters
  • 8. VBDC: A participatory research program! V1- Data collection through Participatory Geographic Information System(PGIS) Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 9. VBDC: A participatory research program!(2) V2- Action research through Innovation Platforms (IP) Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 10. VBDC: A participatory research program!(3) V3- Participatory diagnosis and modeling of small reservoirs management options Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 11. VBDC: A participatory research program!(4) V4-Multi –Stakeholder Platforms (MSP) for collective decision-making over water resources in GH and for operationalisation of CLE in BF Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 12. VBDC: A participatory research program!(5) V5-Stakeholder engagement at national & regional levels: Learning group on water resources; VBA & GWP regional networks Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 13. Monitoring and evaluation of com. Activities? Example 1- VBDC wiki Returning Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person is returning to your website for another visit an hour or more later First Time Visits - Based purely on a cookie, if this person has no cookie then this is considered their first time at your website. Unique Visitor - Based purely on a cookie, this is the total of the returning visits and first time visits – all your visitors. Page Load - The number of times your page has been visited. Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 14. Monitoring and evaluation of com. Activities? Example 2- VBDC website Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 15. Monitoring and evaluation of com. Activities? Example 3- VBDC research update (e-newsletter) Send Date Subject E-mail Opens Unsubscribe Sent in HTML 28 May 2012 13:07 VBDC Research Update Issue of May 2012 34 (32.38 %) 0 (0%) 105 Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 16. 1.So, are we communicating adequately/effectively? 2.How can we improve the way we communicate? 3.How do you overcome com. challenges at project level? Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 17. THANK YOU! Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta
  • 18. References Ewen, L. (2012), Effective communication of research for development: experiences from NBDC and other horizons, ILRI _(2012), Collaboration and Communications Toolkit recommended for CRP's, CGIAR http://volta.waterandfood.org/ https://sites.google.com/site/cpwfvoltabasin/ Andes • Ganges • Limpopo • Mekong • Nile • Volta