From ‘Hopeless Continent’ to ‘Africa Rising’: emerging discourses, opportunities and challenges for development communication

  • Peter da Costa


How can development communicators position their work in response to new and emerging discourses, and how can they ensure that marginalised voices are heard and impact on decision-making at different levels? What are some of the strengths and weaknesses of communication practice today? How can communication be better evaluated?

Author Biography

Peter da Costa
Peter da Costa, PhD, is a specialist in Policy Uptake of Research; Communication for Development; Organizational Capacity Development; and Monitoring and Evaluation. He works as a consultant to multilateral and bilateral development agencies and philanthropic foundations, including as a technical adviser to the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and a senior policy adviser to the Africa Progress Panel. E-mail: