Mike Achanyi presented a back ground of Communication for Development, C4D,s to registered members during a workshop at Cameroon Link conference hall 9n Grand Hangar-Bonaberi on the 6th July 2015. In an opening address, the executive director of Cameroon Link, James Achanyi-Fontem, informed participants of the benefits of the network, emphasizing that it is for exchange of information. The C4D networkers came from Yaoundé, Bamenda, Buea and Douala. Mike during presentation of C4D Background, focused on its mission, vision and aims before elaborating on how people can join the C4D network, why people should join and its benefits. He spoke of the different membership categories and benefits.
Worksh0p participants were told that C4D network is a community of professionals working in communication for development. They are engaged in different ways in the use of communication and media for international development and human rights promotion.
There are over 1730 registered members in 136 countries. The networks focuses on key areas of C4D practice and operate in various actions’ to broaden knowledge about good practice in these areas and raise awareness about the theoritical foundation for the choice of appropriate approaches and methods.
Mike went on to talk about an existing online community of over 1600 members – from academia, media, donors, NGOs, UN, private sector and independents groups. He told members that there is sharingof information daily on topical issues and discussions hold on development and communication themes, resources, job announcements, opportunities and news is circulated.
He observed that events in the United Kingdom where coordination takes place is around the world getting involve in network meet-ups, Expert Talks and Panel Discussions, Documentary Screenings, and virtual ‘Meetings and greetings with fellow C4D practitioners. Learning and sharing opportunities exist, including webinars in English, Spanish and French on C4D basics, Social Media, Monitoring and Evaluation
On recruitment, it was made known that highly current jobs and consultancy announcements are online C4D Rosters of consultants and trainers, varied and matching recruitment services It shpuld be noted that The Network is membership-based, and it operates both online - through a thrieving social network platform - and offline - through regional and national meet-ups and groups initiated by members.
Members of the C4D network are located all over the world, and include communication experts within non-governmental organisations, UN agencies, national governments and donors; academics and communication trainers; media producers. Media strategists focus on development, communication; and many different types of C4D consultants.
The C4D network includes a growing range of national and regional groups as well. An evolving number of casual ‘meet ups’ of members in cities around the world. There are also a growing range of C4D thematic, regional and national groups.
The mission of the network is to support people working in the field of ‘communication for development’ (C4D) by facilitating ‘meeting and talking’ opportunities, both online and offline. its vision is a thriving and well- understood ‘Communication for Development (C4D)’ sector, respected within development practice and moving forward in
It aims therefore are to support the development of the C4D sector through the nurturing of a strongly connected and informed C4D peer networks, engaged in sustainable development. Cameroon C4D aims to develop:
•A strongly connected Network
•A well informed Network of experts
•A vibrant Network of positive thinkers and
•A sustainable member-driven network
C4D network is a membership network, so joining as a Subscribed Member is the way to gain the full benefits of what the network has to offer. As a first step, individuals can register with the national network as a networker. To do this you need to apply by clicking 'signup' (top right of web site) and after review based on criteria you will be approved or direct to the 'Friends of C4D Network' list. Criteria for inclusion is primarily based on your professional engagement with C4D - either as an academic, development worker, media practitioner, consultant or trainer.
'Friends of the C4D Network' are people who are interested in C4D but not so fully engaged that they wish to be part of the online community, preferring to receive communication quarterly, via our e-newsletter. Organisations and other groups can also join as Associate Organisations of the Network, taking packages of 3, 5 or more memberships for staff and associates.
Registered members can have a profile page and link with other members (on the site and via meet-ups); Subscribed members can do the same plus they can access all content on the Network and attend all events and benefit from the full C4D recruit services of job ads, matching services and roster.
Subscription as a member of the Communication for Development network on an individual basis costs.
UK Membership: Annual: £50.00, Monthly: £6.00
Developed World Membership: Annual: £30.00, Monthly: £5.00
Developing World Membership: Annual: £10.00, Monthly: £1.50
Recent Graduate / Emerging Talent Membership: Annual: £10.00, Monthly: £1.50
There is no joining fee to become a Registered Member, and there is a modest scaled subscription fee (annual or monthly) to become a Subscribed Member. Subscription to the Communication for Development Network as an Associate Organisation
Associate Organisation - Package 1 (up to 2 individual memberships + corporate benefits): £100.00 Associate Organisation - Package 2 (up to 5 individual memberships + corporate benefits): £250.00
Associate Organisation - Package 3 (up to 10 individual memberships + corporate benefits): £400.00
Unlimited packing on the following links>ages are also available for small, medium and large sized organisations (scaled price upon application). You can find more information by clicking on the following links.
James Achanyi-Fontem, is a Senior Health Journalist and Communication Consultant. He worked as a health journalist and broadcaster for 30 years with Radio Cameroon and later Cameroon Radio Television, CRTV before retiring in 2005 to engage fully with Cameroon Link (Human Assistance Programme). Cameroon Link is a registered charity, not-for-profit organisation involved in the promotion of community health, humanitarian assistance, promotion of women and child rights through involvement of communities in Cameroon for mother and child health care. Cameroon Link is a partner to Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Farm Radio International (FRI), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN Africa), World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). As the intermediary of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Cameroon Link is engaged to implement a Cameroon Rural Radio story design Programming through an investigative research, which aims to discover through interviewing beneficiaries of health programmes on their interests, documenting and disseminating new ideas about how radio stations produce and air Healthy Communities Radio Programs in Cameroon.