MEDIeA Media, Empowerment & Democracy in East Africa Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:01:35 +0000 en hourly 1 Seminar: Media & Citizen Engagement – Experiences from Kenya and Tanzania Tue, 06 May 2014 09:59:47 +0000 Admin

The MEDIeA research project is hosting a concluding seminar which is taking place 7-8 May 2014  in Nairobi, Kenya. The seminar will assemble around 40 academics, media practitioners and opinion leaders in Kenya and Tanzania to discuss the research findings of the MEDIeA project.

The MEDIeA research project began in late 2009 and includes six researchers from Tanzania, Kenya and Denmark (Rose Reuben, Grace Githaiga, Datius Rweyemamu, Winnie Mitullah, Norbert Wildermuth and Thomas Tufte). Their common interests have been exploring through in-depth empirical studies how East Africans were making use of the media and communicative ecologies that were part of their everyday lives, and with particular attention given to young marginalized girls. The primary focus has been on trying to understand the altering relations between media use, citizen engagement and societal changes.

The seminar is hosted by Winnie Mitullah, director of IDS and Thomas Tufte, director of the MEDIeA project. The programme is available here.

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MEDIeA Seminar, Nairobi: Social media as a tool for social transformation Fri, 06 May 2011 11:35:10 +0000 Admin

Media are crucial to the exercise of freedom of expression. Public opinion can only be formed if a public that engages in rational discussion is able to create and occupy a communicative space that is, ideally, free and independent of established interests and as well as, open and accessible to all citizens. The ongoing emergence and convergence of the electronic media has changed notions of the public sphere radically.

MEDIeA invites to a full-day seminar on Social media as a tool for social transformation: Encouraging Civic Engagement, Good Governance and Democratisation? – to be held in Nairobi, 17 May 2011. Participation is free, but we kindly ask you to register with Norbert Wildermuth ( or call +254 (0) 724 391 980) to facilitate our logistic planning.

For more information on seminar content and venue, download information sheet here. [Added 11 May 2011:] See also the full seminar programme, and the list of participants.

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MEDIeA Seminar presentations Fri, 18 Jun 2010 13:45:38 +0000 Nikita Junagade

Presentations from the MEDIeA seminar on Media, Empowerment and Development – Strategies to explore information and communication needs of citizens held in Copenhagen on 7th June 2010 are now available online.  Click here for access.

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Seminar: Media, Empowerment and Development – Strategies to explore information and communication needs of citizens Sat, 22 May 2010 10:50:28 +0000 Admin

This MEDIeA seminar is to be was held in Copenhagen, 7 June 2010, 9 to 15 hrs. For full details see the programme flyer. Register here.

The Danida-supported research project People Speaking Back? Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa (MEDIeA) was launched in Dar es Salaam in December 2009. The project, running from 2009 to 2013, comprises of a team of 6 researchers. It explores how civil society-driven media platforms in Kenya and Tanzania enhance – or not – social processes whereby youth in the region can engage in public debate and participatory governance.

With this seminar in Copenhagen, two objectives are pursued:

  • To launch the MEDIeA research programme, its sub-projects and its key development objectives, to a relevant Danish constituency of researchers and practitioners working with similar issues
  • To share experiences and discuss the methodological challenges of exploring information and communication needs of citizens. How do we in practice research such needs, and how can relevant stakeholders – UN, civil society and academia – make use of the insights generated? We will draw on three international experiences in exploring this question. Firstly, the director of UNDP’s Governance Centre in Oslo will present UNDP’s experiences with ‘communication for empowerment’ as a working methodology to inform policy development. Secondly, the British anthropologist Jo Ann Tacchi, based in Brisbane Australia, will introduce the anthropological method ‘EAR’ (Ethnographic Action Research) which she has developed and applied in a series of Asian countries. Thirdly Jesper Lauridsen, former country officer to MS in Kenya, now head of ActionAid’s global governance program, will speak about how they explore the issue of information and communication needs of citizens from a governance perspective.

Participation is open to all interested and registration is required.
Registration deadline: 3rd June 2010.
Register here.

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PhD Scholarship on Media, Empowerment and Democracy in Tanzania Wed, 17 Feb 2010 15:50:06 +0000 Admin

The MEDIeA research programme calls for applications to a PhD scholarship on “Media, Empowerment and Democracy in Tanzania – media ethnographic perspectives”. The full call may be downloaded here (pdf).

Applications are invited from primarily Tanzanian citizens with an MA in Social Sciences or Humanities and with experience in qualitative empirical research, preferably in the field of qualitative reception studies, media ethnography and/or participatory communication studies.

Deadline for applications is 14 March 2010.

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MEDIeA researchers meet Advisory Board Thu, 03 Dec 2009 15:01:48 +0000 Admin

The MEDIeA researchers met with the Advisory Board on 2 December 2009 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The agenda and some of the presentation slides are made available below (all as pdf-files):

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Full seminar programme online Sun, 29 Nov 2009 13:12:01 +0000 Admin

The final and full programme for the seminar on “Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa” is now available online (pdf). The seminar is held at the Giraffe Ocean View Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 3–5 December 2009. Plenty of the MEDIeA researchers and advisory board members are among the organisers, speakers, and session chairs at this event with 30 speakers and 60 participants from at least 10 countries.

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Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa Mon, 09 Nov 2009 19:06:52 +0000 Admin

A seminar hosted by the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in collaboration with MEDIeA and Malmö University, Sweden, 3-5 December 2009.

The seminar will explore the potential role of civil society-driven media and communication technologies in enhancing participatory governance processes in East Africa, particularly in Kenya and Tanzania.

The seminar will bring together eminent media and communication scholars and practitioners from around the globe to discuss issues of civil participation, empowerment, and democratic governance through media. Special attention will be given to the implications of new media and to the arts as a means of empowerment.

Among invited participants are media and communication students, performing arts students, development workers, civil servants, members of NGOs and CSOs, as well as scholars, practitioners and activists interested in the seminar’s theme.

The seminar is co-organised by MEDIeA -with funding from the Danish International Development Agency, DANIDA- and Malmö University’s Master program in Communication for Development -with funding the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, SIDA’s Civil Society Center, based in Härnösand, Sweden. The University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania will host the event.

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MEDIeA Mon, 09 Nov 2009 13:57:42 +0000 Admin

Media, Empowerment and Democracy in East Africa (MEDIeA) is a collaborative research program between Denmark, Kenya and Tanzania. Three universities –one Danish and two East African– have teamed up for the program, started in 2009 and scheduled to end in 2015: Roskilde University (RUC) from Denmark, the University of Nairobi from Kenya, and the University of Dar es Salaam from Tanzania. The program will comprise six individual research projects with a Kenya focus and a Tanzania focus, supplemented by an International Reference Group of leading experts in media, empowerment and democracy –theorists and practitioners. Dissemination, capacity building and policy dialogue are additional components of the program.

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MEDIeA collaborative research program: presentation Tue, 22 Sep 2009 16:17:50 +0000 Admin

For an introduction to the MEDIeA program, click here (pdf).

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