January 25, 2019 by johnbromley
We will be working with Hastings Opportunity Area (HOA) over the next few months to develop and implement a local social marketing campaign to improve school and college attendance in this vibrant south coast town. The NSMC have already carried out an evidence review of what types of campaigns works well and why. We have found that positive campaigns that promote the all the benefits of school are the most effective.
January 25, 2019 by johnbromley
The NSMC will be working with the King Hussein Foundation in Jordan over the next 12 months to develop three community renewable energy programmes. Currently Jordan has to import 97% of its energy so there is a real effort going on by all actors in the sector to increase the size of the renewable energy sector. The communities in Beni Kanana, Tafilaha and Amman will receive social marketing and advocacy training which will enable them to develop their own community projects. Funding is being provided by the European Union to implement these new initiatives.
November 25, 2018 by johnbromley
We have just completed a "Train to Deliver" social marketing course for the Jordanian Royal Rangers in Amman. The Royal Rangers are responsible for protecting Jordan's natural environment and resources. We have been working with them specifically to develop behaviour change programmes to stop pollution and the theft of Jordan's precious water supplies.
May 14, 2018 by johnbromley
The NSMC is now working with the Jordan Social Marketing Center and Tetratech on a USAID funded project to improve water efficiency in households, industry and the service sector in Jordan. Jordan is a "water poor" country that rations water to nearly all of its population. Most households are supplied with water once a week this is then stored in water in tanks often on the roof.
April 09, 2018 by johnbromley
‘You want to stop young people from volunteering in overseas orphanages, shouldn’t it be the other way round?’ This is the usual response I get when I tell people about one of our latest projects.
March 07, 2018 by johnbromley
The NSMC is currently working with the Jordan Social Marketing Center (JSMC) on a number of water and energy projects designed to deliver behaviour change on people's use of Jordan's scarce natural resources. Jordan is one of the most "resource poor" countries in the world and has water rationing across the whole country. It imports over 97% of all its energy and has experienced challenges over the last few years from high levels of inward migration because of the Syrian civil war.
February 02, 2018 by johnbromley
The only time that I recall some of our most successful projects is when I am training and I am using one of a past social marketing interventions to explain or demonstrate a core concept. One of the most innovative projects of the last decade was the "Be a star" breastfeeding programme. Based in Lancashire and in partnership with the Little Angels breastfeeding peer support organisation and The Hub, the programme promotes breastfeeding amongst 16- to 25-year-old mothers.
October 18, 2017 by johnbromley
We have almost completed a new social marketing strategy for Medecins sans Frrontieres in Rustenburg South Africa. The project's aim was to increase the number of women who had suffered gender based violence to access new medical and counseling care centers setup close to the towns of the mining belt close to Rustenburg in South Africa.
June 20, 2017 by johnbromley
The NSMC has now spent over two weeks working with Doctors Without Borders in South Africa to train their health promotion workers to interview women who have been the victim of gender based violence. The aim of the project is to get more women who have been abused into dedicated clinic's set-up by MSF and the Department of Health in and around Rustenburg. We are hoping these interviews with people in the target population will provide us with enough insight to develop a fully fledged social marketing programme.
May 30, 2017 by johnbromley
A couple of weeks ago we were in Washington D.C. for the 5th World Social Marketing Conference. It seems like just yesterday that The NSMC was organising the 1st World Conference in Brighton and over the past decade the conference has been held in Ireland, Canada and Australia and now it was the USA’s turn to host the event.
Below, Dr Rowena Merritt of The NSMC, reflects on the conference: