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Preventing Maternal Deaths in East and Southern Africa (PreMDESA)
March 14, 2017

Preventing Maternal Deaths in East and Southern Africa (PreMDESA)

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The Preventing Maternal Deaths in East and Southern Africa (PreMDESA) project has two objectives - to achieve universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services, and reduce maternal mortality in the region. In particular, it seeks ...

Prospects of Multilevel Communication by Children and Young People in Africa: A Case Study of the South African Children's Parliament
March 14, 2017

Prospects of Multilevel Communication by Children and Young People in ...

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“Child rights advocates are optimistic of its transformative role in enhancing the voice of young people and instituting an empowering narrative for social change. However, it is constrained by conceptual and programmatic weaknesses which impair ...

Institutionalizing Community Health Conference 2017
March 9, 2017

Institutionalizing Community Health Conference 2017

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“Advancing community health is central to achieving sustainable development and universal primary healthcare. The foundations of community health within the context of primary health care are increasingly recognized as crucial components of ...

Decision Guide for Program Managers: What You Need to Know About the Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) Approach
March 8, 2017

Decision Guide for Program Managers: What You Need to Know About the ...

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This resource is intended to guide programme managers in making decisions around whether to adopt the Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) approach in their programming, and whether or not to send staff to be trained in this approach. 

University Leadership for Change in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Niger: Project Report
March 6, 2017

University Leadership for Change in Sexual and Reproductive Health in Niger: ...

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"With an average of 7.6 children per woman, Niger has the highest fertility rate in the world and the highest rate of child marriage worldwide: 76.3 percent of women currently 20-24 years were married before age 18 and 28 percent before age 15."

Safeguard Young People Programme
March 3, 2017

Safeguard Young People Programme

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The Safeguard Young People (SYP) Programme intends to identify and scale up comprehensive interventions for adolescents and young people in Southern Africa through a multi-sectoral approach that addresses policy, integrated HIV and youth-friendly ...

The Learning Route in Rwanda - Leveraging the Scaling up Nutrition Civil Society Network: Building Regional Platforms to Promote Learning on How to Address Malnutrition
February 28, 2017

The Learning Route in Rwanda - Leveraging the Scaling up Nutrition Civil ...

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"Progress continues to be made in the fight against hunger; yet, a large number of people still lack of food and are not adequately nourished. It is estimated that 795 million people in the world were undernourished (2014-2016 estimates), meaning ...

Population, Health, and Environment Toolkit
February 24, 2017

Population, Health, and Environment Toolkit

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This toolkit houses a collection of knowledge on how to design, implement, communicate, promote, and advocate for Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) programmes. As explained in the toolkit, PHE is a term used for programmes that use “a ...

Effectiveness of a Community-Based SGBV Prevention Model in Emergency Settings in Uganda: Testing the 'Zero Tolerance Village Alliance' Intervention
February 23, 2017

Effectiveness of a Community-Based SGBV Prevention Model in Emergency ...

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“The global refugee crisis is one of the most significant challenges of the 21st century. Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) exacerbates the already dire situation in refugee settings, and is both a prevalent concern and a complex phenomenon ...

Road Safety Mass Media Campaigns: A Toolkit, Plus a Video Library
February 20, 2017

Road Safety Mass Media Campaigns: A Toolkit, Plus a Video Library

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"Road user behaviour can be improved by road safety campaigns, which in combination with behavioural measures (e.g., law enforcement, education or training), can become a powerful way to persuade the public to behave more safely in traffic."

GREAT Project How-To Guide
February 16, 2017

GREAT Project How-To Guide

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The Gender Roles, Equality, and Transformations (GREAT) Project is an evidence-based international development intervention that succeeded in improving gender norms related to sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence in Northern ...

HOPE LVB Toolkit
February 16, 2017

HOPE LVB Toolkit

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The Health of People and the Environment in the Lake Victoria Basin (HoPE-LVB) toolkit has been developed to share lessons learned and best practices from the HoPE-LVB project - described as one of the largest and most scaled up integrated ...

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development Platform
February 15, 2017

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development ...

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The Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development Platform is an online resource that aims to establish networks of social scientists who can rapidly provide insight and advice to emergency responses, with a focus on the ...

The Impact of Gender on Advanced Maternal Age and High-Parity Pregnancy in Niger and Togo
February 14, 2017

The Impact of Gender on Advanced Maternal Age and High-Parity Pregnancy in ...

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“When we go to a prenatal or pediatric exam, they advise us about FP methods for spacing the births…at home, when we tell our husbands, they refuse under the pretext that these methods create illnesses that will still be their responsibility, ...

A Red Cross Red Crescent Guide to Community Engagement and Accountability (CEA) and Toolkit
February 8, 2017

A Red Cross Red Crescent Guide to Community Engagement and Accountability ...

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"CEA supports those involved in programmes and operations to adopt innovative approaches to better understand and engage with people and communities and help them address unhealthy and unsafe practices." The International Federation of Red Cross ...

A Social and Behaviour Change Agenda for Inclusion and Equity in Education
February 2, 2017

A Social and Behaviour Change Agenda for Inclusion and Equity in Education

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"According to the World Education Forum Declaration, equity in education refers to fairness in education policy, provision and outcome."

The Girl Generation Campaign
January 31, 2017

The Girl Generation Campaign

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Launched in 2014, The Girl Generation Campaign is a social change communication initiative that seeks to provide a global platform for galvanising, catalysing, and amplifying the Africa-led movement to end female genital mutilation (FGM). The ...

Healthy Ageing Toolkit
January 30, 2017

Healthy Ageing Toolkit

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) continues to call for the eradication of all forms of ageism that deny older people dignity, decrease access to care, and threaten their exercise of the right to a just ...

The Use of Narrative for Behavior Change in Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health
January 30, 2017

The Use of Narrative for Behavior Change in Adolescent and Youth Sexual and ...

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“Because narratives are received in the light of our own personal stories and the contexts in which we live and the youth population is made up of many diverse groups, it is important to contextualize narratives so that they resonate with the ...

Filling Buckets, Fueling Change - Ensuring Gender-Responsive Climate Change Adaptation
January 20, 2017

Filling Buckets, Fueling Change - Ensuring Gender-Responsive Climate Change ...

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"With an explicit effort to address gender equality in the context of adaptation, the CCAF projects shifted the paradigm from focusing on women as vulnerable to directly empowering them as agents of change."

Lessons from Link Up! What's So Different About Adolescents? - Unique Challenges and Opportunities in Engaging 10 -19 Year Olds in Integrated HIV and SRHR Services
January 19, 2017

Lessons from Link Up! What's So Different About Adolescents? - Unique ...

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“Adolescents are unique in their development, their health and their social needs; therefore, their service requirements are different.” This brief explores some of the key lessons learned from the Link Up programme related to engaging and ...

Media and Communication
January 11, 2017

Media and Communication

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Editors-in-Chief: Epp Lauk Raul Reis

Young Adolescents Project (YAP) - Kenya
March 28, 2017

Young Adolescents Project (YAP) - Kenya

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Young Adolescents Project (YAP) was a three year project that addressed young adolescents sexual and reproductive health needs in nine primary schools in Kilifi County, Kenya.  The project was established by the Deutsche Stiftung ...

Women's Empowerment Mainstreaming And Networking (WEMAN)
March 24, 2017

Women's Empowerment Mainstreaming And Networking (WEMAN)

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Women’s Empowerment Mainstreaming And Networking (WEMAN) is an initiative which focuses on gender mainstreaming in rural development with the objective to contribute to food and income security, sustainable livelihoods, and gender equality in ...

Support for Service Delivery Integration Communication - Findings From the 2016 Endline Survey of 15 Districts in Malawi
March 23, 2017

Support for Service Delivery Integration Communication - Findings From the ...

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“Moya Ndi Mpamba (MNM) was widely accessible to Malawian men and women of reproductive ages as reflected in the findings. Moreover, exposure to the campaign was positively and significantly associated with positive knowledge, attitudes, social ...

Communication for Rural Development - E-learning Course
March 17, 2017

Communication for Rural Development - E-learning Course

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“ComDev has proven to be a key element in improving the effectiveness and sustainability of development initiatives.” Developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this course aims to guide users in designing and implementing ...

Catalog of Project Tools and Resources for Social and Behavior Change Communication
March 16, 2017

Catalog of Project Tools and Resources for Social and Behavior Change ...

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This catalog is a compendium of core social and behaviour change communication (SBCC)  products produced by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) project, which is designed to strengthen developing country capacity to ...

What Works to Prevent HIV Among Adolescent Girls?
March 10, 2017

What Works to Prevent HIV Among Adolescent Girls?

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“AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents (aged 10-19) in ESA [East and Southern Africa]. Adolescents (aged 10-19) are the only age group in which AIDS deaths rose between 2001 and 2013.”

Emorikinos Daadang Etogogongo Alatanakin Ngidwe (EDEAN) (Let's Come Together and Strengthen Child Spacing)
March 2, 2017

Emorikinos Daadang Etogogongo Alatanakin Ngidwe (EDEAN) (Let's Come Together ...

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EDEAN is a community-based intervention in Uganda that is designed to test the hypothesis that increasing fertility awareness improves family planning use. It forms part of the Fertility Awareness for Community Transformation (FACT) Project, a ...

Critical Choices - Assessing the Effects of Education and Civic Engagement on Somali Youths' Propensity Towards Violence
March 1, 2017

Critical Choices - Assessing the Effects of Education and Civic Engagement ...

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“As with most violent extremist groups, Al Shabaab feeds on the frustrations and grievances of youth that feel excluded from society and opportunities for upward mobility. With this in mind, it is important to consider what approaches and ...

Engaging Communities in Emergency Responses: Lessons from the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia
February 27, 2017

Engaging Communities in Emergency Responses: Lessons from the Ebola Outbreak ...

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“One of the key lessons learned during the first wave of the outbreak was that behavior and prevention must be considered alongside biomedical approaches, and messaging must consider the context and impact of messaging on populations.”

Digital Development: What Is the Role of International NGOs? ICT for Development Programmes and Opportunities in the Horn, East and Central Africa
February 27, 2017

Digital Development: What Is the Role of International NGOs? ICT for ...

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“Trends in international development point to increasing investment in new technologies and a more significant role for information communication technologies (ICT) in the work of NGOs.” This discussion paper reports on the results of research ...

Care Groups and Behaviour Change: Lessons from Karamoja
February 21, 2017

Care Groups and Behaviour Change: Lessons from Karamoja

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"The Care Group approach in Karamoja is a good example of an intervention gradually learning to harness the power of mothers working together to improve their health and that of their children." This learning paper describes a social and ...

Now Girls Know Their Rights - Lessons From an Intervention on Child Marriage and  Female Genital Mutilation in Mara Region, Tanzania
February 16, 2017

Now Girls Know Their Rights - Lessons From an Intervention on Child Marriage ...

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"Child marriage and FGM are deeply engrained traditions that are fuelled by a mix of social norms on sexuality, social pressure, and structural factors including poverty, lack of options and an ineffective legal framework. The combination of FGM ...

How Do Community Health Workers Contribute to Better Nutrition? - Advocacy Tools
February 14, 2017

How Do Community Health Workers Contribute to Better Nutrition? - Advocacy Tools

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This set of advocacy resources is intended to help government ministry staff and other in-country stakeholders to advocate for increased involvement of community health workers (CHW) in promoting good nutrition. Based on an analysis of policies ...

BRACED Gender and Resilience Toolkit
February 14, 2017

BRACED Gender and Resilience Toolkit

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This toolkit consists of a set of three participatory tools that are designed to be used to ensure that programmes to build resilience and adaptation to climate extremes and disasters are taking gender issues into account. The activity tools - ...

Advanced Maternal Age and High-Parity Pregnancy – The Role of Culture and Community Support in Family Planning in Togo and Niger
February 6, 2017

Advanced Maternal Age and High-Parity Pregnancy – The Role of Culture and ...

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“Having many children is a prevalent, if not expected, reproductive norm in Niger and Togo, but socio-cultural norms around large families vary slightly according to context. In urban Togo, for example, a transition to lower fertility desires has ...

University Leadership for Change in Sexual and Reproductive Health Project
February 1, 2017

University Leadership for Change in Sexual and Reproductive Health Project

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In Niger, rates of childbearing, child marriage, and adolescent pregnancy are some of the highest in the world. The University Leadership for Change (ULC) project engages students, the administration, and university health services from Abdou ...

How to Mainstream Gender in Forestry - A Practical Field Guide
January 31, 2017

How to Mainstream Gender in Forestry - A Practical Field Guide

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The United Nations describes gender mainstreaming as the process of assessing any planned action’s implications for women and men and “making the concerns and experiences of women and men an integral part of the design, implementation, monitoring ...

Investing in Communication for Development to Enhance Quality Education and Learning Outcomes
January 30, 2017

Investing in Communication for Development to Enhance Quality Education and ...

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"Studies have demonstrated that C4D approaches have a positive impact on changing attitudes and norms relating to education. They can positively shift knowledge and attitudes of caregivers, learners and educators in order to support inclusive, ...

Guide to Community Engagement in WASH: A Practitioners' Guide, Based on Lessons from Ebola
January 27, 2017

Guide to Community Engagement in WASH: A Practitioners' Guide, Based on ...

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“Community engagement requires a sound understanding of differences and vulnerabilities, and a genuine desire to understand community perspectives.” This guide offers a compilation of best practices and key lessons learned from Oxfam’s ...

Fulfilling Our Promise to Young People Today (2013-2015) Progress Review
January 24, 2017

Fulfilling Our Promise to Young People Today (2013-2015) Progress Review

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"Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) has 158 million young people aged 10-24; a number that is expected to rise to 281 million by 2050. Better education and public health measures will be hugely beneficial to the health and development of these ...

Journey to a Bright Future: Engaging with Communities for Happy and Healthy Families - Facilitator Manual
January 20, 2017

Journey to a Bright Future: Engaging with Communities for Happy and Healthy ...

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This facilitator manual is part of a set of materials developed for use under the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) Sierra Leone project, which seeks to create demand for improved reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health ...

Get Kol Art Pik Welbodi Campaign
January 19, 2017

Get Kol Art Pik Welbodi Campaign

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Launched in Sierra Leone in November 2016, the Get Kol Art Pik Welbodi Campaign seeks to promote and create demand for improved reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) services, as well as increase healthy practices at home and ...

Listening to Communities in Insecure Environments
January 4, 2017

Listening to Communities in Insecure Environments

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"In insecure environments, where humanitarian staff have limited opportunities for face-to-face interactions with communities, achieving accountability to affected populations is more complex and often requires a mix of approaches. Community ...

Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Initiative: Final M&E Report
December 20, 2016

Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Initiative: Final M&E Report

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"...the HTSM project offers promising potential as a bottom-up media intervention model. If used with local populations in high need areas, these media tools can help change individual attitudes and behaviors that will pave the way for local ...

Partners & Allies: Toolkit for Meaningful Adolescent Girl Engagement
December 13, 2016

Partners & Allies: Toolkit for Meaningful Adolescent Girl Engagement

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Created by members of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls (CAG), this toolkit is meant to be a resource for practitioners, policy-makers, advocates, researchers, donors, and governments interested in engaging adolescent girls as partners and ...

Impact of FAO-Dimitra Clubs: Empowering Rural People - Video Series
December 12, 2016

Impact of FAO-Dimitra Clubs: Empowering Rural People - Video Series

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This video series about Dimitra Clubs was produced to highlight the strengths and uniqueness of this gender-sensitive participatory communication approach. The approach has been developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Dimitra ...

Dimitra Clubs: A Unique Approach
December 12, 2016

Dimitra Clubs: A Unique Approach

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“Over 1500 Dimitra Clubs exist in sub-Saharan Africa today, involving about 50.000 women and men”.

Best Practices in Peacebuilding in South Sudan
December 8, 2016

Best Practices in Peacebuilding in South Sudan

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“South Sudan is the world’s youngest nation and one of the poorest on Earth. After two long years of civil war, tens of thousands of victims, and almost two million people displaced, a fragile peace took hold in the country in 2015, though ...

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