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Many civil society organisations (CSOs) have placed promoting active citizenry at the core of their strategies. Generally speaking, active citizenry refers to individuals participating in the social and political affairs of their communities to promote equity and inclusion, improve living conditions and hold elected officials accountable.
The role of civil society organisations in building an engaged citizenry should not be understated. They play a crucial role by creating platforms, providing resources, and fostering an enabling environment for individuals to engage in civic and social activities. By harnessing the power of communications tools, active citizenry can be promoted effectively by increasing awareness, facilitating dialogue, mobilising individuals, and fostering a sense of collective responsibility and participation.
In this Best Bite podcast, we are talking about communications tools for promoting active citizenry. We speak to two people who are involved in digital advocacy and network building in civil society: Zamayirha Peter, Communications Manager atACTIVATE! Change Drivers, and Emma O’Shaughnessy, Project Lead of Amplify, Mobilise, Change.
Zamayirha Peter is the Communications Manager for the national youth network. ACTIVATE! ChangeDrivers and oversees the network’s communications activities in support of South Africa’s most influential change drivers. She has more than eight years of professional experience in multimedia journalism and communications.
Emma O’Shaughnessy is the founding project lead of Amplify, Mobilise, Change. Emma has supported around 140 non-profit organisations, projects and campaigns with their technology and digital strategy needs over the past five years. She has more than two decades of professional experience in broadcasting, online media, education and social development.