Useful Resources

Change a life with just one swipe!
Matroos J: Design Indaba, 2016

The Radi-Aid Awards celebrates creativity in fundraising campaigns worldwide. Specifically, it challenges the perception of the global south as helpless victims who are dependent on donations from the West. The initiative is best known for its videos that debunk and poke fun at the stereotypes perpetuated by aid campaigns. This recent video, “The Radi-Aid App: Change A Life With Just One Swipe” flips the script on the usual aid campaign. In it Africans are asked to donate to the cold citizens of Norway, challenging the notion that the material circumstances of others are easily fixed by single interventions and raising that perpetuating stereotypes can do more harm than good.

Behaviour change and health

The CHANGE Project develops and applies practical solutions to behaviour change problems relevant to health and nutrition through collaborative partnerships with local governments, private voluntary agencies, non-governmental organisations and USAID co-operating agencies. Examples of problems that CHANGE focuses on include the "deadly delay" in seeking
treatment for sick children or women with complications in childbirth.

Child to Child Resource book
TALC, May 2008

This resource book is aimed at all who are interested in making Child-to-Child an integral part of their programmes. This revised edition of the widely used Child-to-Child Activity Sheets, includes changes based on WHOs Facts for Life. New activity sheets on bird flu, sexual health and safe motherhood and diabetes are included.

Child-to-child: children as partners for health

Child-to-Child (CTC) is an innovative approach to health education practised in more than 80 countries worldwide. Relying, as it does, on the promotion of children as agents for change, the book asks how successful CTC can be in developing country contexts where children are often the least powerful members of their communities. A new book from the Institute of Education reviews the CTC approach in which children are seen as active promoters and not just passive receivers of health information. Comparing theory with practice, it examines how far CTC can work in cultures where people do not necessarily share current Western assumptions about the role of the child in society. Demonstrating the rich diversity of practice that characterises CTC, the book concludes with lessons to strengthen the approach.

Choosing a Birth Control Method:
An Interactive Program to Help You Choose the Birth Control Method That\'s Right for You (web-based questionnaire)

This site offers recommendations on which methods may be best suited for an individual answering 20 questions about lifestyle choices and medical history. Once the questions are anonymously submitted, a list of contraceptive options that best suit these needs is generated. The program also offers a general descriptions, effectiveness rates, side effects and approximate cost for each contraceptive method.

CIVICUS Enabling Environment Index, 2013

The CIVICUS `Enabling Environment Index’ (EEI) is the first rigorous attempt to measure and compare the conditions that affect the potential of citizens to participate in civil society and ranks the governance, socio-cultural and socio-economic environments for civil society in 109 countries. While recent years have seen popular uprisings from the Arab Spring to the Occupy Wall Street movement, there have also been many crackdowns on the ability of citizens to mobilise. This tool is intended to help understand the conditions facing civil society in different parts of the world. It also helps identify countries where special attention needs to be paid to strengthening civil society by the international community. Angola, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo rank among the 10 lowest countries on the Index.

Civil society engagement with African governments
E-Civicus, 9 September 2006

The Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA) supports the work of civil society organisations in Africa through the publication of a number of reports highlighting their contributions to addressing threats to peace and security as well as development in Africa . OSAA seeks to strengthen African civil society organisations through the annual publication of this NGO directory.

Claiming the right to health
The Lancet 2005

Recently, the contested relation between health and human rights has drawn increasing attention. Human rights experts are taking on such issues as HIV/AIDS, abortion, family planning, and sexual violence. Perspectives on Health and Human Rights contains 30 essays that attempt to create a framework for thinking about this complex field. It is a valuable book, for the guidance it provides and for the questions it raises. (Requires free registration)

Code4SA launch new medicines pricing app
Health-E News, February 2015

Created by the non-profit Code4SA, this new app uses the latest single exit prices for medicines to let people see if they are paying too much for medication in South Africa. In 2004, the government introduced a single exit price mechanism for medicines to put a stop to discounts and additional levies on medicines. The mechanism now lists the maximum price for most medicines. However, dispensers may charge an additional dispensing fee depending on the price of the medicine. Using the latest single exit prices, the free app allows people to check what price they should be paying for prescriptions – and whether cheaper generics are available.

COEDSRIA Newsletter launched
First issue December 2013

CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, launched the first issue of its Newsletter in December 2013. CODESRIA, headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africathat aims to be a source of regular information about the work of CODESRIA and its partners. The newsletter aims to stimulate discussion around the most important issues facing Africa.