How about using Indian Railways to promote Swachh Bharat!

Author: Anand Shekar, February 11 2015 - Mahatma Gandhi had a long relationship with the railways. The railways were instrumental in the conversion of the lawyer M.K. Gandhi into the Mahatma as he traveled by trains through the whole country in his quest for independent India. His book Third Class in Indian Railways is an eye-opener on the sad state of the third-class compartments and the suffering of passengers during those days.

Malaria Observatories: Bridge to Open and Collaborative Models

How to improve malaria-related information?

Author: Dr Michel Odika, February 18 2015 - Today… The multiplication of information needs and users implies that the way malaria-related information is generated, used and shared also has to evolve. This critically depends on accessibility and transparency, for example, by making all malaria-associated information readily accessible via the Internet…

Faith Communities Matter in Social and Behavior Change Communication Programs for Child Survival

Author: Kathryn Bertram, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, Program Officer, originally posted January 23, cross-posted February 3 2015 - Mobilizing faith communities to spread public health messages and lead others toward making healthier decisions was the topic of a recent webinar hosted by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3).

Why we need to talk to babies more

Author: Michael Feigelson and Marcos Nisti, February 2 2015 - The baby diaper market  - led by Proctor & Gamble and Kimberly-Clark - is projected to reach USD 52.2 billion by 2017. As the market grows, so does the investment in technology. In a recent article about the industry, Lauren Coleman Lochner paints a portrait of scientists in lab coats using saline solution to identify ‘pee-points’ on the quest for a perfect diaper. No leaks, no rash.

The politics of love

Author: Hoda Hersi, January 28 2015 - We are making a fun but educational drama in our Somalia office, with drama very much being the imperative word. When characters from different backgrounds come together in storylines, from Shakespearean classics like Romeo and Juliet and Othello to modern day TV shows Grey’s Anatomy and Days of Our Lives, I’ve always found it makes the drama juicier. But never could I have predicted that a Somali love affair in our fictional drama could generate a political drama in the real world.

BBC Sema Kenya takes a bow

Author: Jackie Christie, January 28 2015 - I first met Joseph Warungu in 2012 when he handed me a report he had written on the media environment in Kenya and the possibility of a programme themed on governance. None of us knew then that not only would he become the familiar face and host of the BBC Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks) TV show, but that we would still be on air three years later.

Reaching children in extreme poverty and attaining MDG 2 target: Revitalizing Education Extension Program, A policy priority

Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The [economically] poor and their poverty are not homogeneous but varied in nature, severity and magnitude. In the early 1990’s, policymakers, academicians and researchers could not identify these diversities of poverty and, particularly, the varied dimensions of poverty.

Build a smart investment - "Swacch Bharat"

Author: Anand Shekhar, January 27 2015 - The response of India Inc. to the clarion call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to make India “Swacch Bharat” is praiseworthy. Most of the renowned Corporate Houses have committed investments to support the construction of toilets in households and schools. Major companies like TCS, Bharti, HUL, Aditya Birla Group, ITC, Adani and Dabur have announced big CSR [corporate social responsibility] expenditures or promised to upgrade existing programmes for building sanitation facilities.

Gender Norms and Power Inequities: Key Barriers to Realizing Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Author:  Christina Wegs, January 26 2015 - December 10th was International Human Rights Day. This day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the UN General Assembly in 1948, which affirmed the rights of all people, everywhere and all the time. The Declaration, as well as similar international treaties and agreements, confirm the centrality and importance of protecting and fulfilling sexual and reproductive rights (SRR).

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