Research and Teaching, training and Conference Facilitation

An important part of the EMPOWERHOUSE portfolio is to carry out research, to teach and train, and to facilitate major meetings and conferences. EMPOWERHOUSE works and engages with capacity building as part of most assignments and work areas, whether it is in connection with planning interventions, implementing or evaluating these. Whether skills-focused short term training, teaching as part of longer term educational processes or coaching as part of ongoing strengthening of capacity and quality, EMPOWERHOUSE always strives to work on the basis of existing capacity and to ensure that interventions are relevant and sustainable in view of local realities. Growing out of extensive experience with training and teaching, EMPOWERHOUSE is moving successfully into Conference Facilitation as a discipline in itself.

EMPOWERHOUSE works with Research and teaching, training and conference facilitation like this:

  • Research is a component of practically all EMPOWERHOUSE work, whether it is the planning of a training course or an educational intervention, preparation of an article, advice on an ongoing media or communication activity, preparing a strategic communication intervention or an evaluation. EMPOWERHOUSE carries out its assignments based on a respect for the reality in question, the history and objectives, and with an eye to ensure that the result of the EMPOWERHOUSE engagement is sustainable through adequate capacity being built and linkage with appropriate structures,
  • EMPOWERHOUSE carries out training on issues related to media development and community media including: organisational development, strategic communication, women’s rights and gender, sustainable community radio and evaluation & impact assessment,
  • EMPOWERHOUSE offers online training courses in various issues related to our main mandate and area of expertise. Tailor-made courses can be developed upon request for closed, dedicated audiences or as open training courses.
  • EMPOWERHOUSE collaborates with universities in development of Communication for Development courses as well as master courses in Strategic communication for development and change.
  • EMPOWERHOUSE is recognized as a powerful and effective conference facilitator, keeping all the ‘balls in the air’, facilitating panels and engagement from the room effectively as well as organising, leading and making good use of results in overall conference proceedings.

The EMPOWERHOUSE portfolio of experience in the area of Research and Teaching, Training and Conference Facilitation includes the following:

Sweden Malmö University 2014: Lecturer, Lead two-day seminars for Master Education in ComDev on Communication Planning and Action, Evaluation of ComDev (Communication for Development)
Belgium GiZ for International Tax Compact / European Commission / World Bank Group 2014: Main facilitator, Leadership and moderation of ITC/EC/WBG International Conference 2014 on Taxation of Extractive Industries, Brussels
Denmark International Media Support 2014, Analysis of IMS’ past practice in support to radio, and assistance to IMS in clarifying future strategic focus and priorities based on lessons learnt
Desk-based Media in Cooperation and Transition – International 2014: Researcher and author: Elaboration of a concept paper on the potential of radio in development and fragile states
Argentina AMARC and CAMECO 2010: Facilitator, moderation of three roundtables, panel discussions on community radio monitoring and evaluation, community radio Wiki, and community radio networks.
Sweden University of Malmö 2008: Lecturer, Assistance in the revision and planning of 2009 Strategic Planning Course. Lecture and coaching of students in their first weekend seminar in the internet-mediated Strategic Communication Planning course
Mozambique, Madagascar, Ghana, Lao PDR, Nepal CFSCConsortium and UNDP Oslo Governance Centre 2007 – 2009: Sole consultant, Project management, in-country coordination and planning for the pilot testing of a ’Communication for Empowerment’ methodology; elaboration of national ’Information & Communication Audits’ in three African and two-three Asian countries.
Desk-based World Bank Institute 2007: Researcher and author, Part of a team drafting articles and case studies for the publication ‘Broadcasting, Voice and Accountability’, published in May 2008.
Sweden University of Malmö 2006 – 2009: Curriculum planner and lecturer, Development of Master Study on Strategic Communication Planning for Communication for Development. Internationally oriented web-based distance learning master programme. Organisation, planning, lecturing and examination.
Desk -based International Media Support 2005: Planning and coordination of Zimbabwe Media Support Round Table
Global Plan International 2005/06: Programme Coordinator for International Children’s Media Festival, Kick-starting work to develop programme, profile and content of festival to take place in Mali June ’06 with innovative children’s media & communication initiatives.
Mozambique UNESCO    1998 – 2004: Chief Technical Adviser, Media Development Project in Mozambique ( Responsible for research and capacity building:
  • Carried out ongoing coaching of 14 project staff members in all areas from accounting over website management, newsletter production and physical as well as electronic filing, to working with RBM, effective reporting and documentation, fundraising and donor relations,
  • Formulated, contracted and backstopped extensive research in and around the media sector in Mozambique including: Media Pluralism Landscape, Background for further development of the school of journalism, Women’s role in the media and how to improve it, How to work effectively with HIV/AIDS in the national and community media. (for more see:,
  • Mapped the capacity strengthening needs in the budding community radio sector, designed the courses, developed curricula and materials, recruited and trained coaches and trainers, carried out an elaborate impact assessment / documentation research to ensure ongoing improvement for sustainability,
  • Backstopped and extensive programme of short term Journalism training courses
  • Designed and oversaw a participatory strategic management coaching process of media houses.
Responsible for planning, leading and moderating national conferences and festivals:
  • Planned, opened and moderated 5 major national community radio festivals in different parts of Mozambique,
  • Planned and moderated national conferences, seminars on media development issues with senior Government officials and the diplomatic corps of Mozambique
Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania County of Bornholm 1996/98: Training consultant, Development, execution, evaluation of training courses: Project design and Project Management (including LFA and RBM); Evaluation; Gender sensitive reporting; Communication Planning; Internal Communication; Public Information.
Denmark Roskilde University Centre 1996 – 1998: Lecturer and coordinator, InterKomm+, a pioneer, pilot computer-mediated distance learning programme in Communication Studies at Masters Degree level. Organised under Open University by RUC. Lectured among others graphic design and lay-out, communication for social change. Was social councillor for distance learning participants.
Europe-focus, desk-based AMARC-Europe 1996: Researcher, Produced directory: “Women’s Voices Crossing Frontiers”, of Women’s community radio in Europe: concept development; fundraising; editing; writing of introductory article on women in community radio in Europe; production; and distribution.
USA, India, Tanzania, Kenya, Denmark Multiple clients 1986/87: Communication adviser and video producer for development agencies, the Danish Ministry of Labour, the Danish Labour Movement, SAS and other private companies.   Work included:
  • Production of a series of documentaries from India on tea pickers & unions, and from UN forum Nairobi ’85 on women’s use of communication in Africa,
  • Videoconferencing as alternative to flying? Missions for SAS to USA, researching, documenting and reporting,
  • Closed-circuit radio in Copenhagen housing estate to stem violence and empower people: research, facilitation of participatory processes, reporting,
  • Lectures and teaching based on UN women’s conference – issues, showing own documentaries in a number of European countries,
  • Giving video courses for unemployed women as tool to find self-confidence, way.
Denmark City TV, Copenhagen 1985/86: TV reporter, Daily news production on small community TV station based in the Danish Labour Movement. Responsible for research, reporting, editing, anchoring.
Denmark TV Bornholm, the Danish Labour Movement 1984/85: TV producer, Denmark’s first community TV station. Part of six person team working with all aspects of TV production. Participated in the development of formats for relevant community TV production; Part of the team producing daily news programmes, features and documentaries. Worked on both sides of the camera. Carried out training for production teams of new community TV stations
Denmark Nordic Secretariat for Cultural Co-operation 1984: Cultural consultant, responsible for the establishment of a Nordic Documentation Centre for Children’s Culture.
Europe-focus: mission to most European countries AMARC 1982/83: Researcher, coordinator, Advice on policy issues and comments on productions and materials. Organisation of AMARC events like conferences, workshops, training sessions. Member of steering committee of the founding AMARC conference, Montréal 1983.

EMPOWERHOUSE publications on Research and Teaching, Training and Conference Facilitation include:

2015 “Quand des voix construisent la communauté: Radios communautaires et empowerment”, par Birgitte Jallov, in Marie-France Soleil (ed.): “Vingt-cinq années et une vie”. Karthage.
2014 “Reflections on a two-week global LinkedIn debate: Community participation for radio financial sustainability” by Birgitte Jallov and A. Sofie Jannusch, In: Glocal Times, # 21.
2014 “With the FM system in your Pocket – informing, entertaining, saving lives!” by Birgitte Jallov. An MICT pamphlet on Radio in Development. MICT.
2012 “EMPOWERMENT RADIO – Voices building a community”, by Birgitte Jallov, 236 pages, Published by EMPOWERHOUSE.
2010 “How-to Note” on Freedom of Expression and Independent Media, Published by Danida
2010 “Communication for Empowerment – Information and communication audit”. Research reports individually from Mozambique, Madagascar, Ghana, Lao PDR, Nepal, ed. Birgitte Jallov. CFSC Consortium and UNDP
2009 “Getting your support to community media right” and “Community Research for Community Media Sustainability” in “Community Media Sustainability Guide: The Business of Changing Lives”, Internews, 2009
2008 “Now we are seen as real human beings” and “Setting agenda of public concern” in: “Whose Voices – Media and Pluralism in the Context of Democratization”. Uppsala University, Sweden
2007 “Most Significant change. A tool to document community radio impact” in: Measuring Change. Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in Media and Development Cooperation. CAMECO, 2007
2007 “Women & Community Radio in Mozambique” Feminist Media Studies, Sept ‘07
2007 “Pioneering Community-run Radio in Laos: The Khoun Community Radio Station” Photo Essay in: MAZI 14, the electronic newsletter of the CFSC Consortium.
2006 “Voice, participation and empowerment – using community radio”. Report to the World Bank Institute.
2005 “Assessing community change: development of a ‘bare foot’ impact assessment methodology” in: Radio Journal Vol. 3.1, July 2005.
2004 “Community Radio for Empowerment and Change” in: Journal for Development Communication, December 2004
2004 “Participation by Community Radios in Civic Education and Electoral Coverage. The Experience of the Community Radios in Mozambique’s 2003 Local Elections. Specific Cases of: Dondo, Chimoio and Cuamba” by Acia Sales. Commissioned, designed and supervised by Birgitte Jallov on behalf of UNESCO Mozambique
2003 “Creating and Sustaining ICT Projects in Mozambique”, in “The One to Watch -Radio, new ICTs and interactivity”, FAO.
2001 “Creating Sustainable Community Radio – a Major Challenge”, Mozambique
1999 “Community Radio Mushrooming in Mozambique”, Interradio, AMARC
1996 “Women’s Voices Crossing Frontiers – 1996 European Directory of Women Community Radio Stations and Women’s Radio Production Collectives”, editor and writer of Introductory article. Published by AMARC Europe.
1995 “Using Communication Techniques to Diversify Women’s Training a Employment.” A manual with video examples. ILO, Geneva.
1992 “Women on the Air – Community Radio as a Tool for Feminist Messages” In ‘The People’s Voice’ ed. by Nick Jankowski, Ole Prehn and James Stappers.
1986 “Village Video for Women” and “Women will have to Reinvent Communication”. Publications of: “ KULU-Women & Development”.
1983 “Women on the Air”. On Women and Community Radio in Europe. RUC
1982 “A counter-image in Sound. A method for Empowering Radio Production for Women.” Thesis. Roskilde University Centre.