The field diary as a bridge between theory and practice


  • Rosalind Yarde


Fifty per cent of Tanzania’s population is under the age of 18 years but they are rarely given a voice in society. All too often they are marginalised and disregarded, particularly in the context of social and economic development. While government, civil society and non-governmental organisations may advocate for empowerment, community engagement and social change, actually translating these aspirations into something tangible remains elusive. My Master’s thesis in Communication for Development (Malmö University, Sweden) explored these ideas and how they might be promoted through a participatory media and communication framework.

Author Biography

Rosalind Yarde

Rosalind Yarde is a journalist. She began her career in newspapers in London and then moved to BBC World Service Radio in 1990, working as a scriptwriter, documentary feature-maker, producer and news programme editor. In 2006, she became Director of the BBC World Service Trust’s Darfur Lifeline project in Sudan.  In 2008, after leaving Sudan for Tanzania, she began the Master’s course in Communication for Development at Malmö University, in Sweden, focusing on participatory communication. In parallel, she began working as a media and communication consultant for media and NGO clients in East Africa. Most recently, she has worked as a consultant for the Young Reporters Network in Tanzania, a participatory youth radio project initiated by UNICEF Dar Es Salaam, in partnership with Mkombozi, a street children NGO, and Radio Sauti Ya Injili in Moshi, Northern Tanzania.