Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron is a development communication specialist with worldwide experience in participatory communication, social mobilization and strategy design. He is the author of “Making Waves: Participatory Communication for Social Change”, and “Communication for Social Change Anthology: Historical and Contemporary Readings”, among other twenty books. He was the Managing Director for Programmes of the Communication for Social Change Consortium (2004-2009). From 1997 to 2003 he was actively involved with The Rockefeller Foundation’s “Communication for Social Change” strategic framework in various regions. He served as UNICEF Communication Officer in Nigeria and Haiti during seven years, in charge of communication, information, social mobilization, NGO networking and Child Rights. He designed communication strategies for UNICEF in Colombia, Haiti and Guatemala, as well as for other development organizations worldwide. He has also done work for other UN agencies: Project Director of “Tierramérica” a UNEP/UNDP regional environmental programme for Latin America; consultant for FAO in Mexico and Rome; UNDP in Nicaragua and Burkina Faso; UNESCO in Paris and Mexico; and UNAIDS in Mozambique. He was the communication adviser of Fondo para el Desarrollo de los Pueblos Indígenas de América Latina y El Caribe; Conservation International in Bolivia; and AusAID (Australian Aid) in Papua New Guinea. Before embracing an international career, Mr. Gumucio was active in the NGO work in his native Bolivia. He founded and directed the Centro de Integración de Medios de Comunicación Alternativa (CIMCA), and worked with several NGO networks in development projects involving community organization and communication strategy development, mainly in support of community media. He graduated as a filmmaker from the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques (IDHEC) in Paris, France, in 1976, and directed documentaries on cultural and social issues. He has been equally active as journalist and as a photographer, presenting documentary and portrait photo exhibits in various countries.
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