The potential of reforming state broadcasters in divided societies: advancing an unfashionable argument

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, November 3 2015 - Most commentaries on 21st-century media focus on the impact of new technologies, social media and, above all, the increasing global ubiquity of mobile telephony Such commentaries highlight how in many, if not most, societies, the majority of people are under the age of 30 and are reinventing how humanity communicates with itself.

The Role of Connectivity in Emergencies: A Case Study of Ebola

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Author: Kelly William Doley, October 28 2015 - The Ebola crisis revealed that a dearth of ICT [information and communication technology] capacity in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone prevented or greatly impeded access to and the exchange of information, real-time case management and contact tracing, outbreak mapping, community mobilization, supply and logistics management, and the day-to-day operations of relief organizations. 

Inspiring a new generation of voters in Tanzania

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Author: Gaure Mdee, October 26 2015 - With only three days to go before my country goes to the polls, the atmosphere in our office in Dar es Salaam is one of expectation, excitement and anxiety all wrapped into one.

For the past year, our team has been travelling the length and breadth of the country to produce Niambie ('Tell me' in Kiswahili). It's an interactive radio show that gives young people in Tanzania the information they need to take part in decision-making processes that affect their lives.

"AMANDLA!" The story of Nelson Mandela

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Author: Chris Haydon, October 26 2015 - Disability theatre company Freewheelers Theatre will perform their latest stage production "AMANDLA!" (Power to the People) on 3rd December 2015.

Beyond pro-life vs pro-choice

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, October 22 2015 - The world is divided around the issue of abortion. It is time we revisited what is choice.

Koch FM: The radio station in a slum

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Author: Diana Njeru, October 16 2015 - On Global Handwashing Day, Diana Njeru looks at how a radio station constructed from a shipping container is helping people improve their health in one of Kenya's largest slums.

On the banks of a slimy grey river, a man is using a handcart to dump a barrel of human waste into the water. Sliding down the slope, the cart slips from his grasp and it tumbles in, forcing him to wade through the sludge to retrieve it.

Results of RBF IBF Controlled Trial in Northern Uganda

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Author: Jeffrey Mecaskey, October 16 2015 - National and international health policy and financing experts and Ugandan political leaders met in Kampala to review evidence and insight from a novel study to assess the costs and benefits of results-based financing versus input-based financing in Northern Uganda.

"I want to go to university to become a doctor"

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Author: Apune Jacob Alfred, October 13 2015 - The theme for this year's International Day of the Girl Child is the power of the adolescent girl and the vision for this generation of girls in 2030. As the day approaches, Apune Jacob Alfred reflects on the research he and colleagues at BBC Media Action have undertaken as part of the Girls’ Education programme in South Sudan.

World Sight Day: using radio to reach out

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Author: Aveseh Asough, October 9 2015 - We were already a few hours into our production training workshop in Benin City in south Nigeria, when a shy, young man arrived in my training room, apologising "Madam, I am so sorry I am late."

I soon learned that this was Timothy Osemwegie. Born with good sight, Timothy became blind at the age of three but didn’t let that stop him becoming a presenter on both radio and TV at the Edo State Broadcasting Service here in Nigeria.

Learning from Community Communication: For better Mission Indradhanush

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Author: Suchi Gaur, October 9 2015 - I had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Immunization initiative titled "Mission Indradhanush" of the Government of India. With the objective that every child gets immunized for seven (7) vaccine preventable diseases, the Programme is an addition to the Routine Immunization initiative that is already running in the country.

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