Name of the resource
Social media
Promoting African knowledge (or local knowledge)
Climate change (adaptation)
Additional notes
A Guide to Web 2.0 for Researchers
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A detailed social media guide aimed at arts and humanities researchers, but relevant for anyone interested in learning more about using Web 2.0 at all stages of the knowledge cycle.
A Moving Story: putting the film in context
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A compelling story (November 2010) from the African Agricultural GIS Week 2010 highlights the need for social media tools in addition to traditional knowledge sharing tools.
A Social Media Boom Begins in Africa
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How Africa joins the global conversation by using mobile phones to share knowledge. (Africa Renewal Online, UN) (December 2010)
Adaptation in Africa

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This particular website "will feature the stories of Africa’s resilient farmers, pastoralists, fishers and livestock producers – women and men who are adapting to the harsh realities of climate variability, extremes and change across the continent." (2011-2012)
Africa Social Media Pulse Check
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How Africa is using social networking. (Afrinnovator) (July 2011)
Africa: Social Media Updates
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What is the effect of social media in African continent.(All Africa) (February 2012)
Africa’s New Generation is Using Social Media to Push for Change
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Guardian article about the rise of Africa's "cheetah generation" and their use of social media to initiate change. (June 2011)
African Social Media Tools Directory
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List of African Social Media Tools Directory. (Afrinnovator)
Ag, food and social media
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This webpage lists a number of useful resources for people working in the agricultural sector to embark on social media, in general, to get started and then for a number of key tools: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, blogs, LinkedIn, YouTube etc.
An African Social Media Strategist's Perspective on Climate Change
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The World Bank and other partners launched Connect 4 Climate (C4C) campaign, using the social media to reach out a community that cares about climate change with a goal of raising awareness about climate change with a special focus on Africa. (Connect4Climate video) (November 2011)
An interview with Kingo Mchombu
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Excellent interview ((2006) to make it to key references) about the challenges and opportunities of knowledge sharing in Africa and of promoting African knowledge.
Battle of Social Networking and Online Communities in Africa
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An article on what makes a social network successful? (Afrinnovator) (February 2012)
Cameroon Councils Create Network to Address Climate Change
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Inspiring article (April 2011) about a social network in Cameroon created by local councils to increase public and government participation in climate change efforts.
Can Cultural Connections Boost Adaptation to Climate Change?

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(Alert Net) (October 2011)
Climate change infographics


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Very interesting collection of infographics about climate change worldwide. (2012)
Climate Conversations: Building climate resilience with social media
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Thought-provoking article (June 2011) exploring the potential use of social media in the climate change knowledge cycle.
Community Based Adaptation Exchange


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(CBA-X) is a shared online resource designed to bring together and grow the CBA community: It provides a site for the exchange of up-to-date information about community-based adaptation, including news, events, case-studies, tools, policy resources, and videos.
CORDEX-Africa: Enhancing climate change knowledge in Africa
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It provides information about future climate change and its impact in finer detail. (CDKN)
Cracking Open the Scientific Process
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An article on how science can accomplish much more, much faster, in an environment of friction-free collaboration over the Internet. (NY Times) (January 2012)
Creating your organization's social media strategy map
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The goal is to help create a social media strategy AND take a deep dive into the tactics and tools of social media. (January 2009)
IFAD social media guidelines
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IFAD's social media guidelines explain how IFAD has conceived its social media strategy and how staff members can use it. Powerpoint posted onto Slideshare. (April 2011)
Designing 21st century organizations with social tools
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Excellent presentation - if dated (June 2009) about a network-centric view of organizations.
How Africa Tweets
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Unique study into the use of Twitter in Africa. (Portland Communications Report) (January 2012)
How Scientists Can Reach Out With Social Media
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The world needs scientists to bring science to life. Jennifer Rohn with tips on how researchers can use social media to engage new audiences. (SciDev Net) (August 2011)
ICGS Social Media Guide for Researchers
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This guide aims to provide the information needed to make an informed decision about using social media and select from the vast range of tools that are available. (February 2011)
ILRI comms wiki
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The contains many questions and answers about social media and explains the practice of the institute with them.
Insights into mobile telecoms in Africa
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Very useful presentation (December 2011) about the state of mobile telephony in Africa comprising a lot of useful statistics.
Knowledge management in the age of social media



Article (March 2011) addressing the paradigm shift from days of a single authoritative voice to a current online community of knowledge bearers and sharers.
List of Social Networks in Africa
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List of 'African social networks' popular in Africa. (OAfrica)
New Qualitative Research: Choosing Among Today's Qualitative Methods
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User guide (Spring 2011) showcasing the numerous benefits of using online and mobile communications for research.
Online Knowledge Sharing Tools: Any use in Africa?
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Promoting the use of the Internet as a knowledge sharing tool amongst our partner organizations in Africa. (M. van Doodewaard, KM4Dev) (2006)
Pinterest board: Africa social media
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A (starting) Pinterest board about social media in Africa. When last accessed (21 March) it contained only one pin.
Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia


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The Adaptation Knowledge Platform has been developed to respond to demand for effective mechanisms for sharing information on climate change adaptation and for developing adaptive capacities in Asian countries.
ResearchGate
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Facebook for scientists and researchers. Users can create professional profiles, discuss their work in topic specific Q&A forums, share papers, search for jobs and discover conferences in their field.
ResearchBlog
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Members of ResearchGate can submit postings from their individual profile blogs to contribute to this larger, official blog. The highest-quality submissions are then selected and published.
Scientists Use Social Media
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Do scientists use social media? Considering that the Web was conceived as a medium for scientific communication, it seems to make sense that they would. (August 2008)
Smart crowding for climate change: recommendations

Smart crowding for climate change: closing statements
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First Video - Discussion: Diversify approaches, bring traditional media, connect with face-to-face approaches, use text messages, using gaming as an opportunity for dialogue, enable sharing through use of local languages, focusing on right messages and capacity to use social media, use radio. (October 2011)

Second Video - Closing statements: How can technology inform people locally and help map examples of climate change effects? (October 2011)
Social learning and sustainability: Exploring critical issues in relation to environmental change and governance
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Proceedings from a conference (June 2010) about social learning for sustainable development, with emphasis on climate change adaptation.
Social Media: A Guide for Researchers
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This guide (February 2011) provides practical information on a wide range of social media tools available which can facilitate the full research knowledge cycle.
Social Media and Adaptation to Climate Change
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Presentation delivered at ICLEI Conference in Brussels, September 2011. Subject: the use of social media in adaptation to climate change. (LGIU presentation)
Social Media and Climate Change: How communities can change the course of history
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The Climate Reality Project serves a powerful demonstration of how social media now allows individuals to not just volunteer their own interest, time or dollars towards a cause that’s meaningful to them, but also their entire community. (We First Blog) (September 2011)
Social Media and Research Workflow - UCL
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Raising awareness of social media amongst the research community: An exploratory data analysis of the preferences, perceptions and self-reported behavior of researchers who are currently using social media tools to support their research activities, and those who are yet to use social media.
Social Media as a form of knowledge sharing
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Using Web 2.0 in internal communications - what should organizations consider?
(J.Wahlroos, Slideshare presentation) (January 2011)
Social Media for Research Institutions and Programmes
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A collection of topics and links to support an exploratory discussion with a research project about social media - they have the science, and focus now on building a strategic communications strategy to increase the reach, visibility and uptake thereof. (P.Casier, Thinking Knowledge Wiki)
Social Media in Africa



The point of this series is to highlight African contributions to social media and, in turn, reveal how social media is changing Africa. (Read Write Web) (October 2008)
Social Media, Journalism & Climate Change in Africa
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Social media for journalists and how e-tools can help cover an issue like climate change in Africa.
(A.Lesage-Possolo Slideshare presentation) (February 2012)
Social media revolution 2012
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A video (October 2011) highlighting some implications of the social media revolution.
Social Media: Revolutionizing public health and climate change
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Social Media: revolutionizing public health and climate change. The impact of Web 2.0 technology on trans-national social advocacy. (K.Pillay, University of KwaZulu-Natal) (May 2011)
Social Media Statistics, by continent
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On Socialbakers.com you can find daily updated Facebook Statistics from every country from every continent.
Social Networking for Scientists
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A social network for scientists which helps them to ask each other questions about practical research problems and read each other’s papers. (The Economist) (February 2012)
Sorting Africa's development puzzle

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A book (2010) criticizing the top-down development approach imposed by elites on African masses and proposes an alternative way: participatory social learning. The full book is viewable here. (July 2010)
Study: Twitter played a pivotal role in Arab Spring
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Article (September 2011) explaining the central role of Twitter in covering the Arab spring. (
Tactical technology collective
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An initiative that focuses on using information to effect change. Contains in particular a great series of toolkits and guidesthat are helpful for online activists. (2004/2010)
Talking About Social Media and Researchers
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The presentation helps researchers get their heads round various social media related issues.
(T. Hooely, Co-Author of Social Media: A Guide for Researchers) (April 2011)
The 4Cs of social media
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Slightly dated blog post (July 2009) but excellent framework to use social media for collective action.
The conversation - an introduction to social media
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This is a dated presentation (November 2008) which brings a good and simple idea of the central aspect of social media: the conversation.
The power of social media - the Kony story
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A presentation (March 2012) looking at the success of the most viral campaign ever made.
The social learning revolution
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Excellent blog post (February 2012) about the social learning revolution and how social media fit in that picture.
Using Social Media to Benefit Your Research
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Handout used for course on 12 January in Liverpool. (Vitae: 21st Century Research Profiles (January 2012)
Social media changing the way we communicate
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Article (March 2012) about the implications of social media for corporate communication strategies. (March 2012)
Understanding social media ecology
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Blog post (April 2011) about a framework supporting a social media strategy and related to: presence, relationships, reputation, groups, conversations and sharing. (April 2011)
5 Tips to a Separate Personal and Professional Life Online
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It gives sound and practical advice on the differences between personal and professional social networking, and how to keep the two separate. (Clay Shirky, speaking at Web 2.0 Expo NY - September 2008)
The Chicken or the Egg Theory for Social Media
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Great article on the reasons for having a social media strategy. (Ian Smith for Intelegia - June 2011)
All Organizations Are Social, But Few Are Social Organizations
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This refreshing article describes a "social organisation" as one which is able to address significant challenges and opportunities through mass collaboration. (Anthony Bradley and Mark McDonald - October 2011)
Why the future of African journalism lies in mobile social networks
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A Slideshare presentation (November 2009) featuring interesting initiatives and trends for Africa to seize the potential of social media, for journalism and particularly using mobile phones. (November 2009)
Young journalists denounce corruption in Zimbabwe
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(March 2011) An article giving an example of how social media can be mobilized to fight against corruption.
45 BaseCamp alternatives
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A listing of 45 social media project management tools that offer alternatives to BaseCamp.
Learning from, promoting and using participation: The case of international development organizations in Kenya

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Helps to improve development practice by promoting change in the way the development sector approaches the selection, management and use of knowledge in the formation and implementation of its policies and programmes. (October 2009)
50 fun, useful and totally random resources for nonprofits
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The number of low-cost or free, web-based resources and tools available to nonprofits. (January 2012)
Africa Gathering - No one knows African problems like an African

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Africa Gathering draws inspiration from the traditional, symbolic African Baobab tree: the place where people can gather to share knowledge, exchange ideas and learn from each other.
The Information Management Resource Kit (IMARK)
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IMARK is an e-learning initiative to train individuals and support institutions and networks world-wide in the effective management of information - the kit consists of a collection of distance learning resources, tools and communities on information management, which is available online and on CD ROM. (November 2007 and ongoing)
It's not information overload. It's filter failure.
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Video of an insightful presentation by Clay Shirky explaining that the sense of being 'overwhelmed' by information in our day to day lives is not a fault on the part of the internet, but is a result of inadequate filtering. Using social media and the internet wisely eliminates this problem. (Clay Shirky, speaking at Web 2.0 Expo NY - September 2008)
Knowledge sharing tools and methods toolkit

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It is a living knowledge repository about knowledge sharing, “created it to be a resource both for KS workshops and as an ongoing place to learn about, improve upon and generally share our knowledge sharing practices. (2008 and ongoing)
Radio in Africa - CommInIt Soul Beat issue 191

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This (very rich) special issue of CommInIt’s Soul Beat newsletter features a great review of radio initiatives, across Africa, aiming to promote awareness and discussion about peace and democracy, environment and livelihood issues, and health. (February 2012)
ICT Update and the mobile web: Rural telephony

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CTA’s excellent ICT update resource dedicated these three issues to mobile telephony (in Africa and elsewhere), which cover: phone based voice-over-Internet services, SMS services for pricing information, call centres, mobile banking. (September 2008), (October 2009) and (December 2010)
Storytelling: taking stock
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In this blog post, a selection of very useful storytelling resources is made and annotated for easier use, including among others a leader’s guide to storytelling, a practical guide by the Swiss Development Cooperation Agency, a listening and storytelling guideline from PeaceCorps and a list of resource persons for additional information. (March 2011)
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