Compiled by Elva Nziza, for AJENda and

We present a short selection of publications of interest to the African communications research community.

1. COVID-19 crosslinguistic and multimodal public health communication strategies: Social justice or emergency political strategy?                                                                                                                                                                                        Authors: Sibusiso C. Ndlangamandla,; Chaka Chaka, Thembeka Shange, Thulile Shandu-Phetla, all University of South Africa, South Africa                                                                                                                                                                  The paper explores crosslinguistic and multimodal health communication strategies employed by the South African government during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020-2022. Published in the International Journal of Language Studies

2. The Contextualisation of 21st Century Skills Assessment in East Africa
Editors: Esther Care, Mauro Giacomazz and John Kabutha Mugo
The book illustrates the process of establishing common understandings of 21st-century skills, highlights the convergence of culture, values, and beliefs with 21st-century skills and incorporates case studies that exemplify the ideas presented.

3. Social Media as Solidarity Vehicle During the 2020 #EndSARS Protests in Nigeria
Author: Temple Uwalaka                                                                                                                                                                      This research examines the methods through which individuals participating in the 2020 #EndSARS protests in Nigeria acquired information and coordinated their involvement. Findings from surveys conducted during the protests in 2020 and analysis of tweet content indicate that individuals aged 30 and above, who utilized Facebook, WhatsApp, and Twitter for learning about and organizing the protests, were more inclined to join on the initial day of the demonstrations. Published in the Journal of Asian and African Studies

4. Digital Information Provision and Behavior Change: Lessons from Six Experiments in East Africa
Authors: Raissa Fabregas, Michael Kremer, Matthew Lowes, Robert On & Giulia Zane                                                Mobile phone-based informational programs are extensively utilized globally, yet there remains limited consensus regarding their effectiveness in influencing behavior. Causal evidence is presented on the impacts of six agricultural information programs disseminated via text messages in Kenya and Rwanda. These programs, which shared comparable objectives, were executed by three distinct organizations and exhibited variations in content, design, and target audience. Published by the National Bureau of Economic Research

5. African Youth Gangs: the Marginalization of South Sudanese Young People in Melbourne, Australia.
Authors: Troy Pittaway & Jaya A.R. Dantas                                                                                                                                Young South Sudanese individuals, particularly males, encounter racism and discrimination in Australia, notably in Melbourne. This study, conducted with South Sudanese youth and community stakeholders in Melbourne, Australia, delved into how these young individuals respond to media narratives about ‘African Gangs’ and how such portrayals influence their encounters with racism. Published in Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies