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Here we come

We are just few hours from the official starting of the FSCA-PISA workshop on ComDev. It is night and I’m almost closing my laptop after having prepared the latest documents for tomorrow.

This afternoon, during “day 0“, the first important goal was achieved: the Social Reporting Team met to discuss our activities and share the tasks. We decided to go for pictures, podcasting and blog posts. Video is a possibility but we have to find time and support for that.

The Social Reporting Team

As you can see in the picture, the Team is officially (and initially) composed by Oumar Ndiaye (Senegal), Thierno Souleymane Bah (Guinee), Mamadu Aliu Djalo (Guinee-Bissau) and myself.

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Only few days before the FSCA ComDev Workshop!

This is the last week before the beginning of the FSCA-PISA Training in ComDev that will take place next week in Dakar, Senegal.

The FSCA-PISA Workshop Agenda

The list of tasks to complete is long at least as the list of innovations and new opportunities we are offering the participants. Among others, I would like to remember:

  • the use of several interactive methodologies to facilitate the sharing of knowledge (World Café, Chat show, Open Space, Dotmocracy, Network Mapping, SWOT Analysis, Mindmapping)
  • the six different communication labs dedicated to: web, video, photo, rural radio and mobile telephony
  • the preparation of a Case Study to identify the main issues in the Communication strategies
  • the five Cross Cutting Thematic Meetings organised during coffee breaks and lunches
  • the proposal of a Social Reporting Team to document the event
  • the video-photo coverage of the week
  • the interactive website collecting any information about the event since early this year
  • the informal approach used for the training

Sometimes all of those ideas seems old and not valuable. In reality, while preparing such an event with over 45 people involved, you realize how difficult is to adopt new approaches and what big benefits the trainees can have from them.


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Creating subtitles for videos on YouTube

The creation of subtitles for videos on YouTube is very easy.

Proceed as follows:

upload your video on YouTube,

– in the list of your “Uploaded videos”, select the one you want to manage and click on Edit,

– in the settings check for the tab “Subtitles

– download the automatic transcription of the voice (it is actually automatic for English voices only, but the file itself  can help anyway with the time schedule of the voice),

– prepare the translation, create a Caption file on the basis of the transcription and upload it,

– your video is now ready to be in two or more languages!

More details on YouTube Help site.


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Convergence is almost here, somewhere!

first mileIFAD organized an interesting workshop to learn more on the results of the First Mile Project. I really suggest to read here the details of the project because the methodology is quite interesting.

meeting ifadOne of the aspects I found particularly interesting is the fact that the whole activity started on a KM project called LinkingLocalLearners, above which a sophisticated commercial activity was built on. Another key point of the project is the massive use of the cellphones and Internet technologies to manage commodity prices in three East African countries: Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

At the end of the morning I had a question for Ueli, my fellow friend of KM4DEV list:

Connection among partners

“In this interesting communication/business chain (have a look at the image on the left), do you see a place for rural radios to become IBM (Information Business Manager) and use their communication capacity to promote the business model?”

For my experience, I’m really sure that radios, as communication centres, could be perfect partners of this mechanism: on one side, they have all the requisites to do properly the job of market analysis and prices communication. On the other side, thanks to their advanced communication skills and resources, radios could help the mechanism with additional support like: organizing live training, collecting feedback and news, broadcasting the prices of commodities, offering distance learning, etc.

So doing, the “tools triangle” (radio, Internet, mobile phones) would be closed!


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Why local content creation is so important for farmers

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Interview during the MobileActive 2008 World Summit (Johannesburg, South Africa) with Mary NAKIRYA, Program coordinator at BROSDI, Busoga Open Source & Development Initiative, in Uganda.

Mary explains how the CELAC (Collecting & Exchange of Local Agricultural Content) project enables farmers to voice record their own innovative techniques and how they disseminate their experiences with radio/CD players during group sessions. Here are some of the factors that Mary considers fundamental in this experience:

  • using people’s local languages
  • people’s sense of pride for being considered expert of a certain subject
  • trust towards content prepared by colleagues
  • help by the researchers to rationalize the local knowledge and spread it
  • pride of producing audio files
  • support by CELAC to distribute the CDs with the farmers’ voices recorded and stimulate groups of conversation about the topics