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Inspiring Political Participation
February 22, 2017

Inspiring Political Participation

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"[A]ll these programmes sought to increase participation and accountability; reaching people that other media tend to ignore, getting them talking about politics and supporting them to influence decisions on the issues that affect their ...

Doing Debate Differently: Media and Accountability
February 21, 2017

Doing Debate Differently: Media and Accountability

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"Media’s role in shaping public dialogue can help to bridge the gap between information provision and political action, developing more inclusive and effective patterns of interaction between state and society. Supporting people from across ...

Lifeline Production Manual: A Guide on How to Make Programming for People Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies
November 30, 2016

Lifeline Production Manual: A Guide on How to Make Programming for People ...

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"...by doing Lifeline programming, media can play a role in bringing communities together, connecting affected people to each other and to aid workers and leaders. This can enable survivors to hold relief agencies to account, and also to ...

What Role Does Lifeline Preparedness Play in Enabling Effective Communication in a Crisis? Case Studies from Myanmar and Nepal
November 28, 2016

What Role Does Lifeline Preparedness Play in Enabling Effective ...

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"[A]ll too often, coordination of communication is a challenge in a crisis. The media doesn't traditionally work in partnership with aid workers and the government; they actually often mistrust each other, as the media usually plays an important ...

Sierra Leone's Changing Media Landscape Offers Fresh Opportunities for Development Communications
November 23, 2016

Sierra Leone's Changing Media Landscape Offers Fresh Opportunities for ...

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“Mobile phone uptake in Sierra Leone has burgeoned making mobiles the most accessed form of communication on a weekly basis alongside radio.” This research summary looks at the results of a national survey on the use of mobiles and media, such as ...

How Is a Radio Programme Encouraging Young People's Engagement with Democratic Processes in Tanzania?
November 18, 2016

How Is a Radio Programme Encouraging Young People's Engagement with ...

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"New research has found that the programme provided valuable information about the elections and voting process, addressed apathy (encouraging many to participate in various stages of the process) and inspired some listeners to maintain peace ...

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?
November 17, 2016

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?

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"This briefing, based on quantitative data from seven countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Myanmar, Tanzania and Sierra Leone), outlines the links between watching and listening to governance programmes and political participation, as ...

What are the Barriers to Community Involvement in Local Level Disaster Preparedness Measures in Bangladesh?
November 17, 2016

What are the Barriers to Community Involvement in Local Level Disaster ...

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"Amrai Pari (Together We Can Do It)...a reality TV programme...visits communities in the areas of the country most susceptible to environmental hazards and challenges them to work together with their neighbours and local traders to make their ...

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance
November 9, 2016

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance

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"Accountability is enhanced when citizens play an active role in making demands and when officials are expected to respond to those demands with satisfactory answers and actions." This research on BBC Media Action's governance programmes for ...

Coming of Age: Communication's Role in Powering Global Health
November 3, 2016

Coming of Age: Communication's Role in Powering Global Health

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“Communication has been a consistent current running through many major health developments of recent years. And yet, despite the demonstrated promise of communication as a tool for improving public health, not enough has been done to date to ...

Turn Up The Volume: Empowering Women Through Media: Lessons from BBC Media Action's Governance Programming
October 25, 2016

Turn Up The Volume: Empowering Women Through Media: Lessons from BBC Media ...

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"The media is a prism through which we see those in power. In many cases, media not only reflects inequalities between men and women but also amplifies and entrenches them." Based on the experience of BBC Media Action’s work in producing factual ...

Accountability, nation and society: the role of media in remaking Nepal
October 4, 2016

Accountability, nation and society: the role of media in remaking Nepal

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"This briefing is written principally for the international community that wants to understand the current reality of governance in Nepal and the role of media in it." This BBC Media Action policy briefing describes the role of media in 21st ...

How Listening Groups Are Adding Value to the Ethiopian Health Development Army and Impacting the Wider Community
September 1, 2016

How Listening Groups Are Adding Value to the Ethiopian Health Development ...

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"Listening groups, based on BBC Media Action’s health programmes, are adding value to the Ethiopian government’s Health Development Army, a network of volunteers tasked with learning about key health behaviours and leading others in their ...

Countering Violent Extremism through Media and Communication Strategies
August 29, 2016

Countering Violent Extremism through Media and Communication Strategies

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This report presents an analysis of a corpus of academic and grey literature relevant to the question: How can media and communications be used to counter identity-based violence (IBV) or violent extremism (VE)? Whether IBV is committed against ...

'Hiigsiga Nolosha': How Has a Youth Radio Show Given Young Somalis Hope for Their Future?
August 4, 2016

'Hiigsiga Nolosha': How Has a Youth Radio Show Given Young Somalis Hope for ...

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"The second phase of BBC Media Action’s Somalia Stability Fund funded ‘Youth and Media’ project has aimed to increase engagement of youth in discussion on the future of Somalia and to contribute to an audience-responsive media sector." The BBC ...

Voices of Refugees: Information and Communication Needs of Refugees in Greece and Germany
July 18, 2016

Voices of Refugees: Information and Communication Needs of Refugees in ...

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"The social, cultural and ethnic diversity of refugees passing through the region, highlighted by their diverse languages and dialects and their differing levels of literacy and ability to access technology, has added to the complexity of their ...

Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Ebola
July 11, 2016

Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: ...

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“BBC Media Action asserts that lives can be saved if high-quality media and communication is central to planning responses to any future disease outbreak, as opposed to being peripheral to the practical hardware of a response.” This practice ...

Communication in Sierra Leone: An Analysis of Media and Mobile Audiences
July 7, 2016

Communication in Sierra Leone: An Analysis of Media and Mobile Audiences

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"Sierra Leone has seen notable changes to the mobile and media landscape, but accurate, up-to-date, nationally representative data about how people use and access media and mobile phones has not been publicly available for some years."

Media as a Form of Aid in Humanitarian Crises
June 24, 2016

Media as a Form of Aid in Humanitarian Crises

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"For mainstream media, the millions of people whose lives have been upended are mostly data points, illustrations of the misery and upheaval that have swept across Syria, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, and many places between. Yet for those who are caught in ...

Curbing Corruption and Fostering Accountability in Fragile Settings: Why an Imperilled Media Needs Better Support
June 2, 2016

Curbing Corruption and Fostering Accountability in Fragile Settings: Why an ...

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"An independent media is one of the most effective assets we have in efforts to curb corruption and foster accountability. Yet it is deeply imperilled, particularly in fragile states and often poorly understood by the international development ...

Global Public Health Communication in an Interconnected World: Enhancing Resilience to Health Crises
May 25, 2016

Global Public Health Communication in an Interconnected World: Enhancing ...

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"The right message at the right time from the right person can save lives. When we don't have these three things together, people die." This report brings together insights and perspectives from experts in communication, public health, and ...

Media, Discussion, and Attitudes in Fragile Contexts
May 19, 2016

Media, Discussion, and Attitudes in Fragile Contexts

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"...we are not yet in a position to claim that media can affect attitudes towards violence at scale. We are, however, in a position to highlight the importance of discussion as a predictor of conflict-related attitudes and the need to fully ...

Media and Communication in Governance: It's Time for a Rethink
May 19, 2016

Media and Communication in Governance: It's Time for a Rethink

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This book chapter provides: a framework for thinking through the different development outcomes media support might achieve; arguments for why successful governance strategies are likely to involve a stronger media support focus in future; the ...

Community-Led Ebola Action (CLEA) Field Guide for Community Mobilizers
April 25, 2016

Community-Led Ebola Action (CLEA) Field Guide for Community Mobilizers

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"Communities themselves have the power and the agency to halt the spread of Ebola, and their collective actions are the heart of an effective Ebola response." This field guide is a resource book for community mobilisers, field staff, and ...

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health
April 20, 2016

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health

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"To understand more about the role media and communication can play in Sierra Leone, and the ways it can support efforts to rebuild the health system, BBC Media Action carried out a programme of research in Sierra Leone in late 2015."

Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media Development
April 13, 2016

Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media ...

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"Media developers and donors are taking a second look at public service broadcasting. Could it be that PSB, even with all its challenges and pitfalls, might offer a new path for opening up the media environment?"

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?
April 13, 2016

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?

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"During the 2014/5 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone BBC Media Action supported staff at 42 local or community-based radio stations to improve communication about the disease. Case studies indicate these stations were able to provide actionable ...

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects
March 31, 2016

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects

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"Those involved in media development owe it to the populations they seek to benefit to scrutinise and evaluate their own efforts carefully, ensuring that they continually challenge themselves to improve the work they do." This BBC Media Action ...

How Radio and Distance Learning Built Skills and Knowledge for Cocoa Farmers
December 7, 2015

How Radio and Distance Learning Built Skills and Knowledge for Cocoa Farmers

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"BBC Media Action's 'Pathways to Learning' project in the Eastern region of Sierra Leone aimed to improve farmers’ skills and knowledge about cocoa farming. Evaluation work in 2015 shows how farmers and local experts feel the project has helped ...

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in Governance, Particularly in the Context of Ebola
December 4, 2015

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in ...

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"BBC Media Action's radio programmes Fo Rod and Tok Bot Salone aim to improve people’s understanding of governance issues while also creating platforms to hold leaders to account. Interviews with experts on governance and media in Sierra Leone, ...

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings
October 19, 2015

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings

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"This report... focuses mainly on mass communication programming - broadcasting that can reach millions of people when disaster strikes - informing them about what has happened, what to do, how to find missing loved ones and how to protect ...

Public Service Media in Divided Societies: Relic or Renaissance?
October 16, 2015

Public Service Media in Divided Societies: Relic or Renaissance?

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"This briefing focuses on the media of countries that are divided, undergoing crisis or conflict, or where governance is weak. It argues that the role of public service media in such societies - sometimes called fragile states - is increasingly ...

After the Arab Uprisings - The Prospects for a Media that Serves the Public
September 28, 2015

After the Arab Uprisings - The Prospects for a Media that Serves the Public

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"This paper looks at broadcast media in the Arab world four years after the Arab uprising. It looks at how media can help bridge divides in society and create mutual understanding." Alexandra Buccianti

Supporting Radio Algeria's Transition to Public Service Broadcasting
September 6, 2015

Supporting Radio Algeria's Transition to Public Service Broadcasting

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"[This] research present[s] findings from the first year of supporting Radio Algeria's transition to Public Service Broadcasting." From BBC Media Action, this research report stems from a project of post-Arab Spring (2011) support for Radio ...

Somali Youth Speaks: Formative Findings from Somalia's Regions
July 2, 2015

Somali Youth Speaks: Formative Findings from Somalia's Regions

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"Formative research highlighted the shared concerns of Somalia’s youth and their aspirations for the future to inform the production of an interactive drama and radio phone-in."

What Role Do Localised Debate Programmes Play in Addressing Local Issues? Case Studies from Nepal
July 1, 2015

What Role Do Localised Debate Programmes Play in Addressing Local Issues? ...

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"Through supporting the production of local discussion programmes in Nepal, BBC Media Action’s Global Governance Project aims to provide a platform for ordinary people to raise important local issues with government officials."

After the Revolution: What Do Libyans and Tunisians Believe about their Media?
July 1, 2015

After the Revolution: What Do Libyans and Tunisians Believe about their Media?

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"What do the people of Libya and Tunisia believe about their media after the Arab Spring? What opinions do audiences in the two countries share, what are the differences between them and what information sources do they trust? This briefing ...

Resilience and Humanitarian Response: Helping People Deal with Risk, Respond to Change and Cope with Emergencies
June 30, 2015

Resilience and Humanitarian Response: Helping People Deal with Risk, Respond ...

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"At BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity, we believe that media and communication can help people become more resilient and recover more swiftly from disaster."

How Can Radio Encourage Youth Engagement with Democracy in Tanzania? Niambie’s Potential
May 25, 2015

How Can Radio Encourage Youth Engagement with Democracy in Tanzania? ...

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"Niambie (Tell Me), a new radio programme in Tanzania, seeks to increase young people’s civic and political engagement. Formative and baseline research reveals that young people are deeply frustrated by what they perceive as obstacles to ...

Can You Hear Me Now? Why Good Communication Is Critical to the Nepal Quake Response
May 6, 2015

Can You Hear Me Now? Why Good Communication Is Critical to the Nepal Quake ...

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"The need to communicate - and the idea that information is a form of assistance in its own right - is increasingly acknowledged as an urgent but under-supported aspect of disaster response." In this article, Imogen Wall offers examples of the ...

Loving Love9: Findings from the Cambodia Qualitative Assessment of Love9
April 29, 2015

Loving Love9: Findings from the Cambodia Qualitative Assessment of Love9

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This BBC Media Action research examines the influence of Love9, a weekly TV and radio programme which aimed to address sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues among young people in Cambodia. Love9 employs a "combination of drama, comedy, ...

What Do We Know about Communicating with Communities Following an Earthquake?
April 27, 2015

What Do We Know about Communicating with Communities Following an Earthquake?

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 The Communicating with Disaster-Affected Communities (CDAC) Network has put together a lessons-learned web document on communicating with communities following an earthquake, focused on communication with Nepali communities and connecting ...

Improving Communication Between Aid Agencies and Crisis-affected People: Lessons from the Infoasaid Project
March 2, 2015

Improving Communication Between Aid Agencies and Crisis-affected People: ...

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This 30-page paper, commissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), discusses how communication can be used in emergency contexts to improve humanitarian responses, with particular focus on the ...

Making Waves: Media's Potential for Girls in the Global South
November 19, 2014

Making Waves: Media's Potential for Girls in the Global South

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"The interplay between media and gender norms has long been recognised and a substantial literature explores how media affects girls in the Global North. But against a backdrop of rapidly changing media landscapes - characterised by increasing ...

After the Revolution: Libyan and Tunisian Media through the People's Eyes
October 22, 2014

After the Revolution: Libyan and Tunisian Media through the People's Eyes

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"This paper draws on audience research in Tunisia and Libya since their respective revolutions to understand people's perceptions of the media in the post-revolutionary context." BBC Media Action's involvement in Tunisia and Libya provides the ...

BBC Media Action's Governance Research: Emerging Evidence and Learning
October 22, 2014

BBC Media Action's Governance Research: Emerging Evidence and Learning

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This BBC Media Action working paper offers some early stage qualitative and quantitative research data results and conclusions on their governance programming in ten countries, including the role played by country contexts and gender on local ...

Utilizing ICT in Demand Generation for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
October 17, 2014

Utilizing ICT in Demand Generation for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and ...

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"This resource provides an in-depth look at three programs that illustrate the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media - specifically using mobile technologies - as part of an integrated strategy to increase demand ...

Debates in Change Symposium Report and Conclusions
October 7, 2014

Debates in Change Symposium Report and Conclusions

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"The symposium recognised that social and behaviour change has become an increasing priority in international development and public health. Shifts including, for example, advances in behavioural sciences, increasing demand for evidence of the ...

Global Mapping of Communication for Development Interventions in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation
September 29, 2014

Global Mapping of Communication for Development Interventions in ...

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"This mapping examines the use of Communication for Development (C4D) in peacebuilding efforts ....The objectives of this mapping are to identify C4D interventions that might be applicable to peacebuilding and what lessons can be drawn about ...

Youth in Cambodia: Media Habits and Information Sources
September 8, 2014

Youth in Cambodia: Media Habits and Information Sources

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"This report focuses on the ways in which youth in Cambodia access and use different types of media and explores media as a source of information for young people. It also looks at how media can have an impact on their levels of civic ...

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