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Shifting Norms, Changing Behaviour, Amplifying Voice: What Works? The 2018 International Social and Behaviour Change Communication Summit Featuring Entertainment Education
September 18, 2017

Shifting Norms, Changing Behaviour, Amplifying Voice: What Works? The 2018 ...

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Early Bird Discount closes December 15, 2017 - click here ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION PROCESS for this SUMMIT NOW OPEN - Abstracts submissions close November 27, 2017 WEBINARS were held to support Abstracts Submissions - please ...

Medios y participación política: Promoviendo la gobernanza Inclusiva
February 28, 2017

Medios y participación política: Promoviendo la gobernanza Inclusiva

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Este informe examina la relación entre los programas de discusión y debate de BBC Media Action  y  la participación política .Esta estartegia se basa en la teoria de que la participación política activa es vista como una de ...

Medios y participación política: Promoviendo la gobernanza Inclusiva
February 28, 2017

Medios y participación política: Promoviendo la gobernanza Inclusiva

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La participación política activa  es vista como una de las vías clave para fomentar la rendición de cuentas entre los ciudadanos y los líderes. La responsabilidad aumenta cuando los ciudadanos juegan un papel activo en la formulación de ...

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 ...

 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 ...

Lifeline - Working with Broadcasters in Humanitarian Crises: Tips for Aid Workers on Working with Media to Save Lives
December 6, 2016

Lifeline - Working with Broadcasters in Humanitarian Crises: Tips for Aid ...

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This guide aims to support humanitarian organisations to work with broadcasters to produce programming that will help save lives and reduce suffering as part of an emergency response. As stated in the guide, local and national broadcasters can ...

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 ...

What Your Audience Needs to Know in an Emergency: Life-saving Information - Topic-by-Topic Guides to Core Humanitarian Issues
December 1, 2016

What Your Audience Needs to Know in an Emergency: Life-saving Information - ...

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These guides are intended for media professionals working to help audiences affected by humanitarian crises. They give a brief overview of common humanitarian issues in emergencies, which are designed to help the media understand: the kinds of ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Pulse: A Guide to Health Communication
November 30, 2016

The Pulse: A Guide to Health Communication

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The Pulse is a free, online course for organisations and individuals interested in using media to inspire people to lead healthier lives, and is aimed particularly at those who are new to health communication. Through a series of activities and ...

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, 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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

Ghamai
October 27, 2016

Ghamai

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"Radio helps bring doctors into people's homes." - Shabana Mohammadzai, presenter Featuring a mixture of interviews, drama, and discussion, Ghamai, which means "Jewel" in Pashto, is a weekly radio programme developed by BBC Media Action to help ...

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 ...

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 ...

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