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 World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age
February 18, 2017

World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Melanie Archer, on February 13 2017 - To mark World Radio Day, Melanie Archer reviews how radio can be a force for inclusion in a changing world, although it is vulnerable to getting co-opted for ideological ...

Radio has never been more necessary
February 13, 2017

Radio has never been more necessary

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Nursey, on February 10 2017 - On World Radio Day, Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action’s Executive Director discusses the ongoing importance of radio in a fast-changing digital world.  As the digital media ...

Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis
February 9, 2017

Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis

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Author: BBC Media Action's Abir Awad, on February 7 2017 - “The food we are given is not suitable for human consumption. They’ve taken away our identity cards and our phones,” says Ahmed during a phone-in programme at Radio Nawa, an independent ...

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible
February 9, 2017

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations ...

What does the new World Development Report say?
February 7, 2017

What does the new World Development Report say?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Will Taylor, posted February 2 2017 - Senior Governance Adviser Will Taylor reviews the World Development Report 2017. There’s a lot to like in the World Development Report 2017: Governance and Law, published earlier ...

Prevention is better than cure
February 7, 2017

Prevention is better than cure

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Author: BBC Media Action's Betty Duku, posted February 1 2017 - How local and national radio is supporting work to prevent cholera in South Sudan. “I didn’t know it was cholera until a health professional at my local clinic told me” said Mary ...

'How to' films help refugees eat more healthily
January 31, 2017

'How to' films help refugees eat more healthily

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Maurice Aaek on January 25 2017 - Refugees, nutritionists and film-makers created a series of short ‘how to’ films to help Syrians living in tough conditions in Lebanon pull together quick, ...

Dispatch from the UN World Data Forum
January 24, 2017

Dispatch from the UN World Data Forum

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Sonia Whitehead, Head of Research Programmes, BBC Media Action, on January 19 2017 -  Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead shares her three top takeaways from the first-ever UN ...

A tribute to Om Prakash Puri
January 17, 2017

A tribute to Om Prakash Puri

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Devika Bahl on January 13 2017 - Veteran Indian actor, Om Puri, who passed away last week, fronted our HIV and AIDS drama series, Jasoos Vijay – helping make it one of India’s most watched TV ...

Researching women in Afghanistan
January 13, 2017

Researching women in Afghanistan

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action [Insight] blog by Katy Williams, Research Editor, BBC Media Action, on January 6 2017 - International development organisations need to understand the viewpoints and experiences of women and girls if they ...

Nepal: Reconstruction through radio
January 13, 2017

Nepal: Reconstruction through radio

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Pratibha Tuladhar on January 11 2017 - Timorous rays of winter sun fall on the potato fields of Nuwakot, a district in central Nepal still recovering from the impact of the 2015 earthquakes. The ...

Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh
January 13, 2017

Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sharif Hossen Saimum on January 9 2017 - Talking about their bodies can be a taboo for young people in Bangladesh. A new series of interactive computer games - accessible in 350 schools - are ...

Going global with Facebook Live
December 24, 2016

Going global with Facebook Live

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Bidhya Chapagain on December 22 2016 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of people across the world joined our first two Facebook Lives from Nepal, grabbing the opportunity to question an inspiring group ...

Afghanistan: an intense year for local radio
December 23, 2016

Afghanistan: an intense year for local radio

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mukhtar Yadgar, Project Officer, Afghanistan, on December 15 2016 - Security threats against journalists and financial pressure are just two of the challenges facing local radio in Afghanistan. ...

A dramatic end to violence against women?
December 15, 2016

A dramatic end to violence against women?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Josephine Casserly, Governance and Rights Adviser on December 7 2016 - In the UK and South Africa, two dramas illustrate how stories can help people better understand gender-based ...

Six forgotten female stories which now 'exist' on Wikipedia
December 15, 2016

Six forgotten female stories which now 'exist' on Wikipedia

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sam Waterton, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on December 9 2016 - Just 17% of profiles on Wikipedia are women. And even fewer exist in languages other than English. BBC Media Action teams in ...

Gaza Strip: communication saves lives
December 7, 2016

Gaza Strip: communication saves lives

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mohammed Abu Asaker Humanitarian Liaison, Palestinian Territories, on November 25 2016 - Mohammed Abu Asaker’s neighborhood in the Gaza Strip was bombed in 2009. His personal experience is helping ...

Kakalliya: The rapping granny
December 5, 2016

Kakalliya: The rapping granny

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Chibuike Utaka, Head of Factual, BBC Media Action Nigeria, December 2 2016 - Granny-power hits the airwaves to help improve the health of mothers and babies in northern Nigeria. An old woman is ...

Our Girls, Our Future
November 30, 2016

Our Girls, Our Future

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Catherine Juma, November 22 2016 - Girls in South Sudan are less likely than boys to start school and more likely to drop out. Our radio producer visited her former school to find out if ...

Somalia: one of the toughest places to give birth in the world
November 30, 2016

Somalia: one of the toughest places to give birth in the world

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Mohammed A. Gaas, November 15 2016 - A tribute to Amran Mahad, lead actress in Maalmo Dhaama Maanta (A Better Life than Today), an interactive drama helping young people to talk about both ...

Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question
November 30, 2016

Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Yan Htaik Seng, November 1 2016 - We recount a nerve-racking visit to Myanmar’s ethnically diverse Kayin State - as it recovers from years of conflict - to give young people a rare chance to voice ...

Media, participation and social inclusion: what are the links?
November 16, 2016

Media, participation and social inclusion: what are the links?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Chris Snow on November 10 2016 - Reviewing the results of a survey of 23,000 people across seven countries, Chris Snow looks at the potential of media to engage even hard-to-reach groups ...

What are the challenges facing young people in East Africa?
November 16, 2016

What are the challenges facing young people in East Africa?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Alasdair Stuart on November 3 2016 - Alasdair Stuart shares the challenges faced by young people in Tanzania, Somalia and Kenya and outlines how they themselves think the media can ...

Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?
November 3, 2016

Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Sugg, November 3 2016 - Drawing on her new policy briefing, Caroline Sugg reflects on why communication is often a peripheral part of public health interventions, looking at challenges around evidence, the ...

Coming out about indoor pollution in Ethiopia
November 3, 2016

Coming out about indoor pollution in Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Andrey Vladov, November 3 2016 - A new radio drama is helping improve people’s health in Ethiopia by drawing attention to the harmful effects of traditional ways of cooking, heating and lighting homes. “Bring that wood ...

The jewel of Afghanistan
November 3, 2016

The jewel of Afghanistan

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sam Waterton, November 3 2016 - "I want to be a symbol for people with disabilities that no matter the challenge, nothing is impossible”." Sitting in richly furnished office with the flag of Afganistan in its corner, ...

We need more media coverage of disaster prevention
October 20, 2016

We need more media coverage of disaster prevention

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Author: Marcus Oxley, October 20 2016 - Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, Marcus Oxley argues that we need more media coverage of disasters before – rather than after – they happen. This would make prevention more of a priority, ...

"In my next life I want to be a boy"
October 20, 2016

"In my next life I want to be a boy"

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Author: Ragini Pasrichan, October 20 2016 - Why we chose “real people” instead of actors to feature in our Public Service Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for cyclones, flooding and drought. “In my next life I ...

Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for cyclones, flooding and drought.
October 20, 2016

Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for ...

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Author: Myoset Nyeinchan, October 20 2016 - Why we chose “"real people" instead of actors to feature in our Public Service Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for cyclones, flooding and drought. When her husband ...

An independent Nepali media has never been more needed
October 10, 2016

An independent Nepali media has never been more needed

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Author: Kiran Bhandari, Dipak Bhattarai and James Deane, October 10 2016 - Nepal’s media has played a pivotal role in the country’s democratic transition but how successful has it been at fighting corruption and boosting accountability? Nepal ...

"I will be there even if my bodyguards refuse to accompany me."
October 10, 2016

"I will be there even if my bodyguards refuse to accompany me."

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Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, October 10 2016 - Scores of people were killed or injured early last month when twin bomb blasts hit Kabul and armed assailants attacked the buildings housing an international charity. We were due to record an ...

Getting data on the lives of ordinary people in the developing world
October 10, 2016

Getting data on the lives of ordinary people in the developing world

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Authors: Kavita Abraham Dowsing and Sonia Whitehead, October 10 2016 - Ahead of the launch of BBC Media Action’s data portal in October, Kavita Abraham-Dowsing and Sonia Whitehead explain why we need more data about the views, aspirations and ...

I have 140 friends, and I speak to them nearly every day
September 29, 2016

I have 140 friends, and I speak to them nearly every day

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Chukwura, September 28 2016 - Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a pen pal far away in Nice, France. I was always excited to receive letters from her – I remember we bonded over photos of our home towns and ...

What big international development events are still to come in 2016?
September 29, 2016

What big international development events are still to come in 2016?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Melanie Archer, September 29 2016 - 2016 has been a busy year so far. The World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul while the British Government hosted a major anti-corruption conference. But the year’s not over ...

The TV drama helping improve the health of garment factory workers in Bangladesh on their lunch break
September 28, 2016

The TV drama helping improve the health of garment factory workers in ...

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Author: Dr Faisal Mahmud, September 28 2016 - Garment factory workers in Bangladesh are watching screenings of a health drama during their lunch breaks to help improve their - and their children’s health. Rows of factory workers in colourful ...

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?
September 21, 2016

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?

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Author: Will Taylor, September 21 2016 - Will Taylor reviews the ‘green cover’ draft of the World Development Report, which puts a spotlight on the media but could do more to lay out how to support inclusive public dialogue at scale. Induced ...

Changing perspective - the power of vertical video
September 21, 2016

Changing perspective - the power of vertical video

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Author: Tom Hannen, September 21 2016 - I was watching my one-year-old son playing on a beach in Turkey when the terrible photo of Aylan Kurdi lying motionless on a beach further along the coast appeared on social media. I will never forget the ...

Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?
September 14, 2016

Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?

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Author: James Deane, September 14 2016 - James Deane argues that the concept of media systems capable of: engaging everyone in society, acting independently and enabling dialogue across divides appears increasingly – rather than decreasingly – ...

Stand up and be heard
September 8, 2016

Stand up and be heard

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Author: Jackie Christie, September 8 2016 - Bribing people for their vote is common in Kenya – and young people are especially vulnerable. Jackie Christie explains how a new radio show is helping young people learn more about politics. It was a ...

Are there alternatives to counter-propaganda in an information age?
September 7, 2016

Are there alternatives to counter-propaganda in an information age?

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Author: James Deane and Will Taylor, September 7 2016 - Looking at information responses to extremism, James Deane and Will Taylor reflect on the challenges for media development organisations and call for an evidence-based debate that ...

Scriptwriting for Syrians
September 7, 2016

Scriptwriting for Syrians

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Author: Hozan Akko, September 7 2016 - A new radio drama for Syrians hopes to bridge divides and help people deal with the pressures of prolonged conflict. To the relief of her family, a woman miraculously emerges from the rubble of a collapsed ...

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 ...

We need to start talking about AIDS again
August 31, 2016

We need to start talking about AIDS again

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Author: Caroline Sugg, August 31 2016 - In the early days of HIV, communication was at the heart of many successful prevention efforts but has never been fully integrated into the global response. Caroline Sugg explains why this needs to change, ...

How a volunteer journalist used radio to combat cholera in Kenya
August 31, 2016

How a volunteer journalist used radio to combat cholera in Kenya

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Author: Mark Okundi, August 31 2016 - Passing on skills to a new generation of broadcast journalists is helping save lives in Kenya. Mark explains how a fresh-faced volunteer single-handedly developed a radio programme designed to ...

Who to follow on Twitter if you're interested in international development, media and communication
August 25, 2016

Who to follow on Twitter if you're interested in international development, ...

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Author: Melanie Archer, August 25 2016 - A list of Twitter accounts covering governance, health and humanitarian affairs that are well worth following. August is a time for recharging on holiday, resurrecting neglected projects and… refreshing ...

Zambia Elections 2016 - championing live TV debate
August 17, 2016

Zambia Elections 2016 - championing live TV debate

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Author: Changwe Kabwe, August 17 2016 - In an election campaign dominated by personality politics, a national TV debate featuring key presidential contenders in the Zambian general election presented a rare opportunity for people to directly ...

"You runaway": the challenges of research in South Sudan
August 17, 2016

"You runaway": the challenges of research in South Sudan

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Author: Trish Doherty, August 17 2016: Writing from Juba, Research Manager Trish Doherty explains the importance of conducting research in conflict-affected countries like South Sudan – despite the very real risks for both researchers and the ...

How can media and communication improve your health?
August 11, 2016

How can media and communication improve your health?

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Author: Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, August 10 2016 - 'When have you taken steps to improve your health as a result of something you read or heard in the media or talking to someone?' asks an activity in a BBC Media Action health workshop exploring the ...

Making politics work for development is all the rage
August 10, 2016

Making politics work for development is all the rage

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Author: BBC Media Action's James Deane, August 10 2016 - Through arguing that development outcomes are less the product of specific “projects” than of enabling governance systems, two new World Bank papers help make the case for supporting ...

Helping communities to make Naija better
August 3, 2016

Helping communities to make Naija better

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Author: Uche Joy Nnogo, August 3 2016 - A small community in Nigeria is demanding better services to protect their children from diarrhoea. Joy Nnogo, of radio show Talk Your Own - Make Naija Better, shares their story. A young woman sits ...

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