Panos Linking Research Institutes With Media Houses In Research


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Research communication: case studies that explore innovation and challenges in effective communication of research

Presentation by Gillies Kasongo, PANOS Southern Africa (Zambia) at the Locating the Power of the In-Between conference July 08

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Panos Linking Research Institutes With Media Houses In Research

  1. 1. Gillies C Kasongo Relay Programme Officer [email_address] t: +260 211 263 258
  2. 2. <ul><li>Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) </li></ul><ul><li>Relay Programme </li></ul><ul><li>Success stories in Swaziland and Zambia </li></ul><ul><li>Reflections and conclusions </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A regional organisation that utilise information to stimulate public debates and facilitate development by amplifying the voices of the poor and the marginalised </li></ul><ul><li>PSAf recognises that for information to be effectively generated, there is need for poor and marginalised people to participate in a two-way communication </li></ul><ul><li>Thereby, subsequent decisions, development plans and policies are not only meaningful but relevant to them these communities </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>A Southern Africa community that drives its own development </li></ul><ul><li>We work to ensure that info is effectively used to foster development by empowering communities to shape their own agenda. We particularly focus on amplifying voices of the poor and marginalised. We do this through: </li></ul><ul><li>innovative communication approaches </li></ul><ul><li>working with mainstream and alternative media </li></ul><ul><li>interfacing development actors and local communities </li></ul><ul><li>providing platforms for informed debate </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>founded in Lusaka in 1996 by Panos London (PL) </li></ul><ul><li>domesticated and operated within the vision and mission of PL, which was considered as the global vision and mission for Panos </li></ul><ul><li>gained autonomy from Panos London in May 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>covers 12 Southern African countries which include Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Stimulating and facilitating debate in development issues </li></ul><ul><li>Developing capacity investigative and development reporting </li></ul><ul><li>Building capacity of national and community media </li></ul><ul><li>Providing enabling environment for meaningful and mutually exchange of knowledge between local and global development actors </li></ul><ul><li>Working as broker in development dialogue among civil society, the media, academics, policymakers, and other key actors </li></ul><ul><li>Conducting research, disseminating research products and linking researchers with the media </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating inclusion of the voices and aspirations of the poor and the marginalised in decision-making </li></ul><ul><li>Providing a channels for ‘southern’ perspectives in the ‘North’ </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Effective science and research communication is crucial to informed, inclusive & participatory policymaking, especially in developing countries </li></ul><ul><li>(i.e. informed because of engagement with development research, and inclusive because the debate includes a range of voices including those not ordinarily heard). </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>The Relay project falls directly under the Media Development & ICTs programme in PSAf </li></ul><ul><li>The programme strategic goal (2007 – 2011) is to increase access to development information by poor and marginalised communities </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>In Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland and Zambia: </li></ul><ul><li>Production of quality media products based on research </li></ul><ul><li>Increase capacity of research institutions in research dissemination </li></ul><ul><li>Build media capacity to report on key development issues raised by research </li></ul><ul><li>Foster networks and linkages between media and research </li></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Increased capacity of research institutes </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging practical linkages between media houses and research institutes in Malawi, Swaziland and Zambia </li></ul><ul><li>Slow and steady update of research in the media in content development </li></ul>
  11. 13. <ul><li>Motivated by programme recommendations: </li></ul><ul><li>That PSAf facilitates the development of a pilot project which will bring researchers and journalists together to undertake editorial production of research material </li></ul><ul><li>That PSAf considers Swaziland as the venue for a production-based intervention </li></ul>
  12. 15. <ul><li>Whereas the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) and PANOS Institute Southern Africa … recognize the need to engage in partnerships and to share human and material resources with the aim of fostering international understanding, contribute to the pool of global knowledge and advance the development of the respective countries and other Southern African countries…  </li></ul><ul><li>Whereas , at several workshops held on various occasions in Zambia and Swaziland, by the members of the parties concerned, the terms stipulated in the following Articles of the collaboration were agreed upon </li></ul>
  13. 16. <ul><li>ARTICLE 1 - establishes a long term Link Programme for co-operation </li></ul><ul><li>ARTICLE 2 (aims): </li></ul><ul><li>to support production of research based media content relevant to the SADC region </li></ul><ul><li>to increase the capacity of researchers to engage the media in disseminating research </li></ul><ul><li>to increase sustainable links between the media and researchers </li></ul>
  14. 17. <ul><li>ARTICLE 3 – discusses four objectives (interface, joint initiatives with media, media skills acquisition, ethics) </li></ul><ul><li>ARTICLE 4 – numerates anticipated benefits </li></ul><ul><li>ARTICLE 5 – describes framework and activities </li></ul><ul><li>ARTICLE 6 – deals with infrastructural issues </li></ul><ul><li>ARTICLE 9 – highlights fundraising initiatives individually or collaboratively </li></ul>
  15. 18. <ul><li>More capacity building for UNISWA in disseminating research through the media </li></ul><ul><li>Practical joint funding initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Ease access of journalists to research information </li></ul><ul><li>Media content enhanced by issues raised by research </li></ul><ul><li>Increased access to development information by poor and marginalised communities </li></ul>
  16. 20. <ul><li>Unanimously formed by participants in a training workshop by PSAf in July 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>These participants came from University of Zambia School of Agriculture, Institute of Economic and Social Research (INESOR), National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR), Zambia Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), and Zambia National Farmers Union (ZNFU) </li></ul>
  17. 21. <ul><li>Fishing industry is main stay of majority of people of Western Province of Zambia </li></ul><ul><li>Several reports from all districts, where the barbel fish and breams are dying en masse, the disease is re-occurring the past two years, 2006-8 </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical manifestation of the disease condition </li></ul>
  18. 22. <ul><li>No report regarding economic losses due to fish disease done since outbreak in 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Fisheries department though, has done a random sampling of some traders and processor to get their views on the economic effects if any </li></ul><ul><li>Outbreak destroyed high quality fish types of economic importance such as cat fish and bream with unestimated economic losses for the sector and socio-economic impact to fishing community, fish traders and fish related communities. </li></ul><ul><li>As the outbreak continued to spread to new areas, it is assumed the socio-economic impact due to the diseases escalated. </li></ul>
  19. 23. <ul><li>Many respondents depend on fish for their livelihood which occupation is the only source of income for the majority (89%) of them. </li></ul><ul><li>Although more than 65% did not see any diseased fish, more than 72% reported a decline in business turn-over, attributed mainly to reduced profits and apparent increase in turn-around time for disposing of the fish – The Socio-Economic Effects of the Fish Disease Affecting the Zambezi Drainage System in the Western Province of Zambia, PSAf 2008, p.2 </li></ul>
  20. 24. <ul><li>The majority of respondents (75.8%) either did not know anything or were not near the source of problem to have any opinion about what caused the disease. </li></ul><ul><li>Amazingly enough, the scientific study by government’s experts last year reads in part: </li></ul><ul><li>3)…In terms of causation significance …evidence so far seems to be overwhelmingly in favour of environmental changes outlined … as the predecessor of the disease outbreak. </li></ul><ul><li>4) The risk to public health from eating infected fish, drinking water from water bodies in which infected fishes live or bathing in such water bodies is either minimal or unlikely…Thus until the disease condition is more fully understood, people should avoid as much as possible from consuming visibly infected fish and drinking water from infected waters should be boiled first – Report on a Field Expedition to assess the Possible Causes of the General Mass Fish Kill in Western Province 18 th September – 1 st October, 2007, UNZA </li></ul>
  21. 25. <ul><li>Swaziland: </li></ul><ul><li>URC is funding a training of all its university researcher in August </li></ul><ul><li>Joint funding proposal </li></ul>
  22. 26. <ul><li>Joint funding proposal </li></ul><ul><li>hold a press briefing on the finding of the study soon </li></ul><ul><li>facilitate the production of electronic discussion programmes around the fish disease using some funds under content development and media fellowships </li></ul><ul><li>document press and media coverage of the same and share with the network </li></ul><ul><li>follow up with the team of scientists and researchers that the government of Zambia commissioned last year to find the cause of the disease – Here, PSAf is interested in lobbying and stimulating aggressive action in the right direction by various stakeholders and policy makers involved – fisheries department, health, consumers. </li></ul>
  23. 27. Gillies C Kasongo Relay Programme Officer [email_address] t: +260 211 263 258