NAIROBI — Four years ago, TBWA\Khanga Rue Media, an advertising agency based in Tanzania, began working with development partners on designing products and campaigns directly for beneficiaries. At this point, the agency began to devote resources to training its staff in areas such as the technical aspects of social behavior change communication campaigns and behavior economics, as well as working to develop partnerships in the sector. Now, the agency is working with development partners across the African continent and some of its employees are devoted full time to development work across all departments of the company, from finance, editorial, content making, and strategy.
Through this work, the agency is often involved in national or regional social behavior change communication campaigns, aimed at changing norms and addressing community barriers. An example of this is the agency’s work with Population Services International on its Adolescents 360 program, where it aims to increase contraceptive use among girls.