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Deborah EwingCareer Profile

  • International experience since 1980 in media, advocacy and development
  • International community-based research and training experience
  • Track record in raising awareness of development and human rights issues
  • Development, education and creative writing regularly published internationally

Career History

Deborah is a writer, researcher and editor on development issues. She has a particular focus on children's rights, participation, HIV and AIDS and poverty.

Deborah has published on a range of development issues internationally and has just completed a series of story-books focusing on social issues facing children. She has developed training materials on local government, advocacy, participation, communications, leadership, education and conflict management. She has worked with several South African and international organisations in developing advocacy campaigns and drafting ethical guidelines for children's participation in development activities. She has conducted many workshops and designed training materials, for children and adults, geared to increasing children's participation in issues that affect them. She has designed and conducted participatory research with children and young people on issues including land reform, tourism, poverty, children's rights and budgeting.

Deborah started iMEDIATE in 1997 to use her writing, editing and advocacy skills to promote development communications – that is, using communication as part of the development process rather than a description of it.


Below is an overview of Deborah’s recent positions. Click to find more information about recent research, writing, publications, materials development and community involvement.

  • Manager - AiDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) (2011 to 2012), working on the Culture and Health Programme. The programme was designed to help target communities to recognise, explore and address the impact of cultural practices on health behaviours, and mental and physical well-being.
  • Development writer, editor, researcher, media and advocacy trainer, working on development issues for a range of national and international NGOs, donors, government and publishers. Specialising in children’s rights and child participation, HIV/AIDS and poverty reduction;
  • Editor - ChildrenFIRST (2003 to 2005), a Durban-based international journal of issues affecting children and those who care for them;
  • Editor/training coordinator - Y Press/Artworks, Durban, researching, editing and producing education, democracy and human rights materials for major NGOs, including Local Government Elections Training Manual; edited first book on the SA Constitution, to assist rural people to participate in constitution-making; co-edited A User’s Guide to the South African Economy;
  • Journalist/media worker - KwaZulu-Natal Forum on Education for Democracy, responsible for media and advocacy in the run-up to the first democratic elections. Produced bulletin on democracy education and political violence; local and international media briefing service; national lobbying campaign;
  • Editor Common Cause - London-based award-winning international development education magazine published by ActionAid. Responsible for expansion to 140 000 part-paid circulation and establishment of network of community journalists in Africa, Asia and Latin America;
  • Freelance writer on Southern Africa - London (retained for four years at SouthScan, Tribune, BBC Listener)
  • Deputy Editor and Edition editor - Middlesex Chronicle, weekly newspaper, London.

Leadership and Community service

2013 to date President -Alliance Francaise
2012 to date Member - School Governing Body, Glenmore Primary School
2011 to date Board Member - KwaZulu Natal Sharks Board and Chair, Research Committee
2007 to date Member - Board of Directors, CAP Farm Trust, Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal
2005 to date Member - Sea View Conservation Group
1989 to 2002 Member, then Vice Chair CFT UK - international community network in UK and South Africa – founded by Dr Beyers Naudé.
1984 to date Visitor/advocate to woman with learning difficulties, UK
2008 to 2010 Board Member - WHOC – We Help Our Children – South Durban
2008 to 2010 Member - Oxfam Australia Southern Africa Children’s Social Protection Programme Advisory Team
2007 to 2011 Task Team Member - Children’s City 2020, MIDI Trust, Pietermaritzburg
2005 to 2010 Trustee - MUSA Trust, Durban
2004 to 2005 Board member - Muthande Society for the Aged
2004 to 2008 Member - Idasa Children’s Budget Unit Reference Group
1996 to 2005 Board member (formerly Chair) - Children First
1996 Member of Ecumenical Peacemakers’ Programme for KZN local elections.
1993/94 Peace monitor with Ecumenical Peacemakers’ Programme for SA (EMPSA), East Rand/Vaal, and
Network of Independent Monitors (NIM).
1979–1993 Member then Editorial Board member - Anti-Apartheid Movement, writer and acting editor Anti-Apartheid News, London.
1981 – 1982 Presenter/producer - weekly magazine for London hospital radio

Educational Qualifications

BA Honours, Politics and Theology, University of Bristol, UK. 1989
Proficiency Certificate, National Council for the Training of Journalists, UK. 1981.