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The DevCom Workshop

The mission is to demonstrate how digital multimedia can clarify key policy issues in international development.

For development practitioners, well-designed products can help frame policy alternatives and their consequences.

For students and teachers of development, the random access character of digital media allows teachers to call-up materials to illustrate a variety of points of view and respond flexibly to “teachable moments” as they arise.
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This section of our site is devoted to offering resources specific to the subjects of the movies.

Starter Pack

Malawi's Starter Pack Program was designed to encourage a structural shift in Malawi’s agriculture to a more productive and cost-effective combination of high yielding hybrid maize and nitrogen-fixing legumes to reduce the need for expensive commercial fertilizers. Malawi’s key aid donors subsequently transformed the program into an element of a new national social safety net, distributing a lower productivity pack only to Malawi’s least able smallholders. While the program has increased food production substantially, it continues to reflect the safety net concept rather than its original objectives of helping to transform the structure of agriculture towards higher productivity with less commercial fertilizer and more legumes. In 2006 the program was dropped in favor of a voucher system that subsidized the price of fertilizer and seed.


DevCom Resources

Advocacy and Interventions: Readings in Communication and Development

Communication and Development Cornell Professor Emeritus Roy Colle is one of the world's leading figures in this field. With the Internet-First University Press he has published this new book, available free online. Writing to DevCom, he describes the publication:

"This is intended to be a "practical" book for project managers and persons interested in communication and development. In laying out how to design communication strategies for development, I've included examples and case studies that illustrate ways that carefully planned and implemented communication interventions have produced positive results. The book discusses how approaches linked to social marketing, extension, participation, gender, information technology and entertainment have contributed to development initiatives."


Lifecycles: a story of AIDS in Malawi
HIV/AIDS has had a devestating impact on Malawi's development in national life. The movie Lifecycles provides vignettes that can stimulate discussion about many aspects of the AIDS epidemic and its effects. Having brought this film to DVD in 2007, we are now seeking collaborators who can assist in developing an appropriate resource list.
Si No Llueve (If It Doesn't Rain)
What is poverty? The film set in rural Southern Mexico reveals the complexities of this question and strategies ciudadanos use to manage and minimize risk. Teaching materials to facilitate productive discussion are currently being developed.
Local Community Support Productions
More resources coming soon...