For the last 20 years, I have regularly conducted workshops and training courses for university faculty, journalists, media managers, development professionals, and postgraduate students in Asia and Africa. I have worked as a consultant, trainer or researcher for UNESCO, USAID, UNICEF, International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), Population Reference Bureau (PRB), Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and Open Society Institute, in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, South Africa, Madagascar, Malawi and other countries. My areas include:
Communication for Development (C4D) and Social and Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC)
Reporting on human development issues, including the environment, education and health
Legal issues in media
Training of trainers
Bangladesh—strengthening university capacity in C4D
Since early 2017, under a Ohio University contract, I have led a multinational team working with UNICEF Bangladesh to strengthen curriculum and research capacity in C4D at public and private universities in Bangladesh. The project began with visits to campuses and a survey to compile a capacity assessment, and then a capacity strengthening strategy. In 2018, the team designed and facilitated a six-module e-learning course for faculty. It was followed by a five-day curriculum development workshop and a three-day workshop on doing commissioned research for development agencies. In September 2018, team members visited nine campuses for consultation and follow-up activities. In early 2019, faculty were invited to submit abstracts for a national research conference on C4D; more than 90 were received, and just over half accepted after blind reviews and scoring. More than 150 faculty and development practitioners attended the one-day conference in April 2019. At a separate curriculum symposium, universities which participated in the C4D initiative presented on how they are teaching C4D and integrating it into the curriculum. In June 2019, the team launched a free, open-source online curriculum on C4D, customized for use in Bangladesh, on a Moodle learning platform.
UNICEF Global Staff Course on Communication for Development
From 2011 to 2016, I headed a multinational team offering a six-month blended learning course for UNICEF staff. The course focused on how to use communication in health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection, and other areas. Almost 400 UNICEF staff members from over 60 countries completed the course. From 2013 to 2015, we partnered with the School of Public Health at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg to hold the two-week workshop; in 2016, our partner was the Department of Communication at the University of Hyderabad in India.
Tezpur University, India—course for faculty and post-graduate students on C4D
In June 2016, I conducted a two-week course on communication for development for junior faculty and doctoral research scholars from Indian universities at Tezpur University in Assam under the Government of India Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) program.
Training of Trainers
Since 2002, I’ve conducted more than a dozen one or two-week training of trainers courses, mostly for broadcast and human resources managers, focusing on training needs assessment, curriculum design and assessment. The workshops have been for UNESCO, the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD), and public and private broadcasting organizations. The workshops have been held in India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mongolia, and Pakistan.
Malawi Institute of Journalism
Consultant, Population Reference Bureau (PRB), to Malawi Institute of Journalism. Revised certificate and diploma curricula and integrate population and development issues into courses. Workshops held in September 2013 and June 2014.
UNESCO Journalism Curricula
Director of project to compile Russian-language readings and resources for courses in UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education and implement curricula at universities in Central Asia, funded by UNESCO-Almaty Cluster Office, April 2009-December 2011.
For two years (2011-2013), I served as project director for Ohio University activities for C-Change (Communication for Change), a five-year FHI 360 global project (funded by USAID) to build the capacity of public health and development professionals.
Fulbright Senior Scholar in Journalism and Mass Communication, Kazakhstan
In 2011, I taught at Eurasian National University, Astana (host institution) and at universities in Almaty, Karaganda, Kostanai and Semey; conducted professional workshops on environmental journalism and communication for development; advised faculty on academic publishing, and students on graduate study in the U.S.