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    Mapping community media in Kyrgyzstan: An audience analysis
    (Kyrgyz Association of Community Media, 2022) Turdubaeva, E.; Papoutsaki, Evangelia; Amazova, B.; Unitec Institute of Technology
    This report presents the key findings from an extensive audience analysis of Community Media in Kyrgyzstan. The research, commissioned by the Kyrgyz Association of Community Media, was designed and carried out in 2021 in 7 regions by Dr. Elira Turdubaeva, Dr. Evangelia Papoutsaki and Begimay Almazova. The audience analysis identified 12 emerging themes that demonstrate the role and impact of community media in peripheral communities, the needs of local communities in terms of local information and news content production and dissemination, and most importantly the way local community members engage with content generated by Community Media. Other than the expected but also affirmed traditional role CM in community development, this research identified the significant impact of the increased media literacy, and more specifically digital media literacy, that has contributed to the strengthening of community and individual confidence. By consuming, producing and circulating locally developed content, communities have developed a stronger sense of agency that enables them to better negotiate community and authorities dynamics. Overall, CM in Kyrgyzstan contribute to the development of the critical conditions required for healthy information ecosystems which include a localized information landscape and dynamics of production, movement, access, use and impact based on local information needs, social trust and influecers. Those communities with established Community Radios and CMCs act as pioners and positive role models for others. Audience engagment is these communities depends on social cohesions levels, time of operation of CM in these communities, location of CM, volunteers capacity and leadership role played by CM managers.
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    Exploring the role of Buddhist monks’ and nuns’ engagement in community development as catalysts for social change and sustainable development in Lao People’s Democratic Republic : a case study of the Buddhism for Development Project at Ban Bungsanthueng, Nongbok District, Khammouane Province, by Toung Eh Synuanchanh
    (Unitec ePress, 2018-11-27) Seneviratne, Kalinga
    The topic of this research report is an important one in the context of Asia’s rapid economic development in recent years, and the need to rethink development policy and especially methodologies of development communications, so the mistakes of the past will not be replicated. Thus, the study is an important initiative at this period of time. The research takes as a case study the Buddhism for Development Project (BDP) implemented at Ban Bungsanthueng village in the Khammouane Province by its Buddhist Volunteer Spirit for Community network (BVSC network). The fieldwork took place at the BDP’s training centre in Vientiane and the Buddhist initiatives at Ban Bungsanthueng. The research demonstrates how the BDP and its network apply participatory approaches through interpersonal communication, such as sermon delivery, Dhamma (Buddhist teachings) talk, and daily interaction with villagers and project members.
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    Thesis review: The storytellers : Identity narratives by New Zealand African youth: A participatory visual methodological approach to situating identity, migration and representation by Makanaka Tuwe
    (Unitec ePress, 2018-10-10) Norris, Adele
    This fascinating and original work explores the experiences of third-culture children of African descent in New Zealand. The term ‘third-culture kid’ refers to an individual who grows up in a culture different from the culture of their parents. Experiences of youth of African descent is under-researched in New Zealand. The central research focus explores racialised emotions internalised by African youth that are largely attributed to a lack of positive media representation of African and/or black youth, coupled with daily experiences of micro-aggressions and structural racism. In this respect, the case-study analysis is reflective of careful, methodological and deliberative analysis, which offers powerful insights into the grass-roots strategies employed by African youth to resist negative stereotypes that problematise and marginalise them politically and economically.
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    Thesis review : evaluating the impact of social change catalyst on urban community development : a case study of LIN Centre for Community Development in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Chau Doan-Ba
    (Unitec ePress, 2018-06-20) Ayallo, Irene
    In this thesis, the author evaluates the impact of the Listen – Inspire – Nurture (LIN) Center’s model of participatory urban community development in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). It evidences how LIN has supported urban not-for-profit organisations (NPOs) to alter their self-perception from ‘charity organisations’ to being part of community development processes. Using a participatory communication approach, LIN has encouraged dialogue with and among stakeholders and provided robust information to the community. Consequently, NPOs have become more confident in their own capacities and have more stable financial support. In addition, the corporate sector has a better understanding of the not-for-profit sector and is making a stronger contribution to the development of NPOs in HCMC. These outcomes contribute to effective and sustainable community development in HCMC.
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    Thesis review: Tongan women talking about their lives by Sandra Kailahi
    (Unitec ePress, 2018-04-18) Cass, Philip
    Sandra Kailahi’s thesis, Tongan Women Talking About Their Lives, explores Tongan women in Auckland fulfilling leadership roles. About 60,000 Tongans live in New Zealand, the third largest group coming from the Pacific islands but, in keeping with a general trend in New Zealand, very few Tongan women hold leadership roles; although there are some notable exceptions. Kailahi, herself a noted journalist and recognised figure in the Pasifika community, focuses on two main points: what leadership means to these women, and how gender and culture affects their leadership roles.