Academy Work Recognized by United Nations Development Program in Europe and Central Asia




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Sep 11, 2014
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Academy Work Recognized by United Nations Development Program in Europe and Central Asia

United Nations Development Program showcase Academy work looking at solutions to corruption in Moldova Eric Gordon, Director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, tests out games with students Students from this year’s Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change have had their work recognized by the United Nations Development Program in Europe and Central Asia.

Featured on the Voices from Eurasia blog, University of Maryland student Sandra Nyanchoka and Universidad Iberoamericana student Eduardo Aguilar talked about how their group work aimed to develop media-oriented solutions to development challenges posed by the United Nations Development Program’s Knowledge, Innovation and Capacity Group (UNDP).

Jennifer Colville, policy advisor to the UNDP set the stage for students to engage with their projects and she was present on Skype when the students pitched their ideas at the end of the three week program.

Alongside 11 other students, Nyanchoka and Aguilar were set the task of looking at how they could prevent corruption within educational systems in Serbia, Armenia, and Moldova using media-orientated solutions. They were then divided into three teams, all looking at a different approach at how to tackle corruption through a campaign, a reporting tool or a game.

For Moldova, the game ‘Bribe?’ was proposed to offer Moldovan citizens a better understanding of the motivations behind corrupt teachers, students, and parents. In their blog post, Nyanchoka and Aguilar outlined two questions which guided their research of corruption: (1) what led to this and why is it so common? (2) Who are the stakeholders?

The game is currently being further developed and designed by the Engagement Lab at Emerson College – led by faculty member Eric Gordon.

The Academy work emerged in the form of Media Action Plans (MAPs) which explored where civic activism can help bring forth the marginalized and oppressed voices around the world. These MAPs looked at development challenges of youth unemployment, sustainability, climate change, human rights, and corruption – all producing a media platform to aid them within their presentation.

All project presentations can be found on the SAC 08 session page: