As a C4D civil society organization, CECOSDA’s volunteer, Nfor Kingsley, carried a 5-day visit in South Africa as he attended the international conference on “investigative journalism, China/Africa investment, health reporting and Digital security”.
The journey was an opportunity for CECOSDA to learn, meet people and organizations that could foster cooperation in communication and sustainable development. Moreover, the aim was to network with these organizations for future collaboration and assistance through capacity building and the exchange of resources. Opportunity was given to CECOSDA to learn and take part in relevant discussions on modern communication and institution’s development. During conference sessions, discussions were opened with fellows on what participants think of sustainable development and how communication can help communities to better participate in this process. This gave possibility to CECOSDA to introduce its activities to conference fellows, using the organization as reference on how communication for development can go alongside policy and actions to better achieve sustainable development efforts.
After the session, some CECOSDA T-shirts were shared to participants who promised to be ambassadors of CECOSDA in South Africa, Tunisia, Zambia, Kenya and other African countries. The CECOSDA T-shirts also facilitated presentation of the organizations to potential development partners such as;
- DYLAN Jones, Project Manager for Internews, a New York base organization specialized in humanitarian communication, media, and information. He said CECOSDA can partner and benefit from various capacity building and technological support from Internews.
-Brigitte Read, Lecturer and Project Manager at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. She expressed a lot of joy and recognition to CECOSDA after receiving the symbolic T-shirt. She commended CECOSDA’s effort in trying to bring out developmental aspect of communication and saying she will welcome any proposal from CECOSDA.
- Anton Harber, Caxton Professor at Witwatersrand University. He was open for a further discussion with CECOSDA on how Wits Journalism School can help CECOSDA in its communication project.