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Reviewing Social Change

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Global Mechanism: Your analysis and ideas?

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UNICEF, with Rafael Obregon (Chief, Communication for Development, UNICEF New York) leading and The Communication Initiative, through Warren Feek (Executive Director) are holding a series of consultations, to gather views, opinions and ideas on what kind of global mechanism could be helpful for supporting advancements in the scale, sustainability, relevance and influence of programmes, strategies and organisations that develop and implement initiatives rooted in communication and media development, social and behaviour change.

Background

The global development tapestry has seen the growth of a series of such mechanisms seeking to advance particular fields of work. For example, WASH for All; the Global Partnership for Education and, the Global Partnership on Violence Against Children, amongst others.

As we have reviewed these mechanisms it is clear that there are a range of differing goals and roles including:

Coming of Age: Communication’s Role in Powering Global Health

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Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?

Master of Public Health in the Field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication - University of the Witwatersrand

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Master of Public Health in the Field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

As someone connected with an academic institution, below is shared for both your information and your review. If you have any questions or comments to share please do click "Please review ..." below or just reply by email. We would very much welcome your critique of these courses. Please so share your comments, questions, observations and ideas.

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Job Opening: Polio and Cross-Cutting Initiatives, Global Health - United Nations Foundation

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Hi - just a quick note in case you know someone who may be interested in this United Nations Foundation job opening:

Officer, Polio and Cross-Cutting Initiatives, Global Health - United Nations Foundation - Washington, D.C., United States

Thanks for forwarding to anyone who may have the relevant skills and be interested

Warren

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Blue Zones and Impact

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Those of us involved in health communication are asked ad nauseum - where is the proof of impact? Of course there is loads of proof but still we get asked, mainly by policy makers and funders who come from a physical science background and orientation. So, lets add another strand to our impact data argument. One based on a simple premise.

Long life is an indicator of good health. If we can identify why people live longer then we will identify some key policy and strategy elements for overall health policy and resource allocation. Fair enough?

Welcome to Blue Zones (see the last section here as one example of reporting on this - the ethical stuff is fascinating also but we will come back to that!).

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New Phone tool - Burials to Protest

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Grassroot is a free mobile phone tool that helps groups of people in South Africa interact and exchange information, ranging from small social groups to massive community organisations. Grassroot allows communities to engage with their members, call meetings, take votes, and create actions lists, whether a small burial society or thousands of people mobilising for a rally. Grassroot works across all phones — from the cheapest entry-level phone to sophisticated smart phones. It is available in South African languages isiZulu, SeSotho, SePedi and SeTsonga. Grassroot is entirely free – it doesn’t require data, it doesn’t require airtime and it doesn’t require a smart phone ...

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University of the West Indies MA in Communication for Social and Behaviour Change

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Best wishes. Working with our Partner, Temple University, we have been summarising a range of academic institutions' programmes on communication and media (for) development, social and behavioural change. As someone connected with an academic institutions these are shared for both your information and your review. If you have any questions or comments please do click "Please review ..." below or just reply by email.

Monitoring m-Health interventions

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There is an increasing interest in and use of m-Health strategies and programmes. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other organisations are looking to expand the evidence base for these interventions through standardised reporting of mobile health (mHealth) programmes. Some of the 16 items focused on reporting on mHealth interventions include: Infrastructure; Technology platform; Intervention content; Cost assessment; Limitations for delivery at scale; Compliance with national guidelines or regulatory statutes; and, Replicability.

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Social Media Editors - required or an oxymoron?

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The recent debate over the decision by Facebook to remove a famous, iconic, war photograph from its platform, for reasons of "community standards" related to children - see The Guardian article here for example - has brought to the surface the tricky issues of social media as news sources and the role of editors relative to social media processes.

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