Author: J. Dawson, July 21 2015 - The Western Area Surge in Sierra Leone in December 2014 demonstrated that community mobilization and the supply of services are interdependent – one cannot be successful without the other. More than half of registered cases of Ebola were registered in the western part of the country, and the “Western Area Surge” was organized in the response.
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Author: Stephanie Perrin, July 3 2015 - History often forgets revolutionary women, but those involved in the protests in Egypt since January 25, 2011 refuse to be overlooked and continue to build on the nation’s long history of women’s activism. Despite their enormous contributions to what has been contentiously called a "revolution," scholars and activists have found that in post-Mubarak Egypt, women’s rights have seen a decline (Olimat, 2014; Women’s Status Report 2014).
Are community-based arts approaches really all that different from other participatory community-based projects?Submitted by jlevy on July 3, 2015 - 1:23pm
Author: Annalee Yassi, July 3 2015 - Community-based arts have been promoted in many sectors of society to integrate and celebrate imaginative thinking - to help people find new ways to see and be in the world - and to promote social change. But many are asking: how and/or to what extent are such community-based arts initiatives bringing about social benefits? What are these benefits? And how can these be documented?
Author: Ephraim Mhlanga, June 29 2015 - How do we deliver digital stories in contexts where there are power and connectivity issues?
Author Jennifer Lentfer, June 28 2015 - Below all of the talk of "evidence-based approaches" and "taking it to scale," there is an undercurrent of disquiet.
Author: Elizabeth Drachman, June 23 2015 - The “Customer Centric Design for Ag Programs” breakout session at this year’s ICTforAg conference sounded like a simple one. We design programs to help farmers – of course they should be “customer-centric.” Right?!
Well, apparently, no. All too often the programs we design don’t actually fully take farmers’ needs into consideration. In our rush to design a winning proposal, we use simple ethnographics or read reports and base our tech on that.
Author: BBC Media Action blogger Maha Taki, June 22 2015 - An elderly man, one eye milky blue with age, peers into the camera. Immediately behind him lie neat rows of white tarpaulin shelters, walls flapping in the wind.
"Each person builds his own shelter," he says matter-of-factly, "Once he’s done, he goes on to help his neighbour."
Standing tall in the dusty courtyard, he explains why; "We’re all Syrians here, and we’re all one."
Author: Fennovia Matakala, June 19 2015 - A sea of serious faces looked to the front of the local council chambers. Shuffling in anticipation, the crowd exchanged excited whispers.
Looking like they were attending the start of a high-profile court case, over 100 residents of Katete District in Eastern province of Zambia turned out for Mphangwe Community radio’s first ever live, public debate to question local leaders - including the local MP.
As the floor opened for questions, the key community concern was clear.
Author: Dr. Ranu S. Dhillon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, June 16 2015 - The CHW Reference Guide was produced under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, the United States Agency for International Development Bureau for Global Health’s flagship maternal, neonatal and child health project.
Author: Lilian Kiefer, June 19 2015 - Discrimination and marginalisation have lasting effects in that they take away human dignity. Discrimination means to be treated in a negatively different way because of certain real or perceived characteristics deemed undesirable. Discrimination causes marginalisation, pushing the people that are discriminated against to the fringes of the mainstream society. Discrimination could be on a socio-cultural, political and legal basis, as follows: