In 2016, when Development Connect was established (besides having designed the company’s website, and having produced texts for the company illustrating what we do, setting up social media tools and methods to engage with the public regularly, as to lead by example), we worked with multiple partners to develop for example:
- A revised Corporate Communications Policy for the Agricultural Business Initiative Trust (aBi), a multi-donor entity, a Corporate Business, that is one of the components of the U-Growth programme aimed at supporting private sector in achieving the objective of the government of Uganda’s Competitiveness and Investment Climate Strategy;
- For and with SNV/Kenya we developed two research papers (Lessons Learned from Service Delivery Models in Rural water supply in Africa, and Sustainable Service Delivery Models for Kenyan Water Supply as well as multiple flyers/brochures with different Public Private Partnership – Water Service Delivery – Models;
- For UNEP DTU Partnership we wrote, as lead author, an article for UNEP’s flagship 2017 report on “MSMEs’ Engagement in Climate Change Adaptation” which will be published in quarter 3 of 2017.
- Contributed and led the collection, and drafting and launch of two Gender and Resilience publications (Catalogue of Innovations & Good Practice on Gender Practices on Gender and Resilience in Africa and the Call to Action on Strengthening Resilience by Empowering Women) with UN Women’s Regional Office for East and Southern Africa (ESARO) and FAO’s Sub-Regional Resilience Team for Eastern Africa in February/March 2017.
- A draft Outreach Strategy for Resource Mobilization and Partnership Development and a Policy to guide for Communication, Advocacy and Outreach for Tegemeo, a policy research institute of Egerton University, under the Division of Research and Extension in Kenya. For Tegemeo’s Measurement, Learning and Evaluation Unit we also did the complete desk top publishing and lay-out and drafting of substance for a brochure reflecting products and services which was used at an international event in March 2017.
We also entered into a partnership with an independent media production company, based in Nairobi, Kenya with a branch in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The range of activities offered by MediaHQ be described as “high quality media productions with a social impact, aiming to inform and create behavioral change”. The company has worked for over 6 years in East Africa in various positions and with many clients, varying from small NGOs to multinationals doing large all-media (and Corporate Social Responsibility programs) campaigns, including behavioural change social media campaigns, and in depth documentaries. MediaHQ is a networking company with many media specialists (producers, researchers, and technical crews) residing all over the globe. In the Nairobi office it develops and produces; the post-production of projects is either done in Kenya or in the Netherlands. MediaHQ works with local crews knowing the situation on the ground, who speak the language and know the habits and customs, and to empower local talent.
Together we develop proposals for, and with donors/resource organizations, we designed approaches and scripts to translate UN research articles into you-tube sound bites, and started to provide social media comms orientation training to UN agencies, NGOs and research organisations in Kenya.
The Development Connect directors, both with MSc level educational background in Marketing and PR/Communications, have vast experiences in Media, Advocacy and Outreach related assignments having worked with and managed programs for several different INGOs and UN agencies globally and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ethiopia. Please visit their LinkedIn profiles via the icons on the top of the web portal to learn more.