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How many times have you been asked to prove the "impact" of your programmes? It is of course a natural question. If we accept public funds. If we have the privilege of entering other communities and countries. If we profess to be "making a difference". Then we open ourselves up to the "show me" question. And we need answers.

But you do have to worry if the omnipresent nature of that question has pushed another vital element of the core rationale for development action into the margins? That we do things because they are the right thing to do.

Looking beyond the minimum: The case of justice for women domestic workers

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, June 17 2014 - It is three years since the ILO [International Labour Organization] Domestic Workers Convention (C 189) was adopted on June 16, 2011 (ILO, n.da). The Convention emphasises State responsibility in elimination of child domestic worker, discrimination in employment and forced domestic work. It also recognises the right of domestic workers to form associations and to bargain. 

UN Climate Talks: changing the conversation about climate change

Author: Delia Lloyd, June 13 2014 - When I was invited to speak on a panel at a UN conference on climate change in Bonn, Germany, I wasn't sure what to expect. I envisioned a large, dimly lit amphitheatre filled with diplomats in dark suits, whispering to their colleagues between reading their official, pre-prepared statements out loud.

Making friends with Mehendi

Author: Shefali Chaturvedi, June 13 2014 - It was my first foreign trip. My first international conference. And my first chance to talk about our radio programme Khirki Mehendiwali on the international stage.

Creating "AMANDLA!" among the Freewheelers

Author: Chris Haydon, June 12 2014 - It is now some months since we considered whether I might be able to  submit a blog to your project about a 'Mandela' production I was to  create for a disabled theatre company. This is the Freewheelers Theatre Company, an inclusive company for disabled and able-bodied performers alike. Its work covers dance, drama and film, and it is based at Leatherhead in Surrey, to the south of London.

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"94% of 535 surveyed districts in Ethiopia are endemic for either schistosomiasis and/or soil-transmitted helminths (STH) - Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which are commonly found in school-children."

From the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India, this repository of information, education, and communication (IEC) materials offers links to booklets, posters, books, toolkits, flash cards, documentaries, radio public service announcements (PSAs), and other free downloads designed to foster the communication strategies of practitioners...

"The introduction of any new vaccine into routine vaccination programs requires a complex set of activities including: mobilization and leverage of political will and country leadership; advocacy and communications; advanced planning...; broad engagement of stakeholders...; alignment of staff and resources; and, allocation of sufficient and...

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Experiences

The Child Security Index (CSI), developed in Brazil by the Igarapé Institute, is an open source smart phone app that maps out children’s voices and...

"[W]e followed the jokes into the lives of the joke tellers - fearless members of an exploding global comedy underground who are raising their voices, making people laugh and making people think. There's nothing inherently funny about hunger, poverty and disease. But there's something powerfully life-affirming about laughing in the face of...

"Children will now be able to join the ranks of other rights-holders who are empowered to bring their complaints about human rights violations before an international body."

 

Social circus training and an inclusive park for children of all abilities were the result of collaboration among the government of Ecuador and municipalities, circus arts teachers, and social workers in the city of Cuenca, province of Azuay, Ecuador. Developing performance and communication skills through the training of Canadian Cirque de...

Humara Bachpan is an Indian national campaign on living conditions for young children in urban poverty. The campaign calls for inclusion of child friendly components in urban renewable policies such as Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (...

"If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million."

HealthPhone™ is a resource using the medium of video transmitted through mobile phones that is designed to improve the health of economically poor and vulnerable populations around the world. "A mobile phone, with basic health information embedded on the...

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The Our Tukul radio magazine and Life in Lulu radio drama, both produced by BBC Media Action in South Sudan, are working to address reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health. The programmes are broadcast across the country, and the production is accompanied by capacity building for local production teams. Life In Lulu and Our Tukul are...

"Hands are waving excitedly as students gather at Al Meraj School in one of the poorest areas of Pakistan's second largest city, Lahore. 'What is polio?' asks the teacher. 'And who should be given the polio vaccine?' 'It's a virus," says one young student. 'All children under five!' shouts another, before any of the other nearly 200...

"Multiple channels of communication will work together to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its individual parts." - BBC Media Action

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Launched in May 2013, the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) supports country programmes in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa to provide pregnant women and new mothers with empowering, potentially life-saving information and support through their mobile phones. MAMA offers a set of free, adaptable messages that can be localised and...

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Advocacy

From the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India, this repository of information, education, and communication (IEC) materials offers links to booklets, posters, books, toolkits, flash cards, documentaries, radio public service announcements (PSAs), and other free downloads designed to foster the communication strategies of practitioners...

"The introduction of any new vaccine into routine vaccination programs requires a complex set of activities including: mobilization and leverage of political will and country leadership; advocacy and communications; advanced planning...; broad engagement of stakeholders...; alignment of staff and resources; and, allocation of sufficient and...

"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."

"From the beginning, the education sector has played a central role in responding to HIV. However, its role and the contribution of school-based HIV education has been the subject of much debate."

Rana Tassawar Ali

From blogger Rana Tassawar Ali, May 30 2014 - Dekho Bolo Roko is a message, a message against child marriage. Pakistan faces an inherent social problem that is now a clinical or health problem. In Pakistan, according to a survey, more...

"...[T]he goal of this study, which was conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, was to add to researchers’ and practitioners’ understanding of how early childhood education (ECE) programs are currently working with immigrant children and families."

Author: Lisa Jordan, crossposted on May 14 2014: Over the past two days I have had the pleasure of re-imagining learning and play - with a group of 250 school teachers, digital designers, and play advocates brought together by the LEGO foundation.

 In the meantime, however, in the back of my mind I had that slight unease that every...

From the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, the strategies in the document are intended to help policy- and decision-makers understand the importance of early childhood development (ECD) to global development and raise it in" Post-2015" deliberations on the development of "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs). The...

The Child Security Index (CSI), developed in Brazil by the Igarapé Institute, is an open source smart phone app that maps out children’s voices and...

This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators defined to enable monitoring of progress.

 

The goals of BVLF are:

  1. ...
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Evaluations

"What drives women to have pregnancies after the age of 35 or to have five or more children? Both of these pregnancies present high risks to both the mother and newborn....[L]ittle research has been conducted to understand the behavioral determinants driving these high-risk pregnancies."

"Applying the resolve and dedication that characterizes polio eradication to a wider suite of services could provide communities with the services they are demanding, give workers a fresh reason for enthusiasm, and increase baseline RI coverage. The eradication of polio would probably not be far behind."

"This is the story of how Alive & Thrive integrated a national mass media campaign into its comprehensive program to improve infant and young child feeding in Viet Nam. Read what it takes to use mass media and why it's essential for scaling up behavior change."

"The availability of effective measurement tools is a clear prerequisite for the strengthening of monitoring and evaluation within the field of child protection."

This report provides a structured review of a sample of 124 child protection monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools, part of work on identifying ethical standards and tools...

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Digital

Author: Lisa Jordan, crossposted on May 14 2014 - Even with youth unemployment at high levels, business leaders complain that they cannot find graduates with the right skills for the modern workplace. A new report from McKinsey published this month found that although almost a quarter of the young people across the European Union are unemployed...

Author: Lisa Jordan, crossposted on May 14 2014: Over the past two days I have had the pleasure of re-imagining learning and play - with a group of 250 school teachers, digital designers, and play advocates brought together by the LEGO foundation.

 In the meantime, however, in the back of my mind I had that slight unease that every...

From the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, the strategies in the document are intended to help policy- and decision-makers understand the importance of early childhood development (ECD) to global development and raise it in" Post-2015" deliberations on the development of "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs). The...

"[W]e followed the jokes into the lives of the joke tellers - fearless members of an exploding global comedy underground who are raising their voices, making people laugh and making people think. There's nothing inherently funny about hunger, poverty and disease. But there's something powerfully life-affirming about laughing in the face of...

This set of seven briefings from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, aims to cover what works to prevent interpersonal violence (including against women and girls) and self-directed violence.

This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators defined to enable monitoring of progress.

 

The goals of BVLF are:

  1. ...

This report details the role of the National Immunisation Office (NIO) in Ireland. It describes the expansion of service, collaboration with stakeholders on developing and implementing standards on best practices, development of informational materials, implementation of immunisation campaigns, and future challenges.

Communication...

The Virtual Immunization Communication Network (VICNetwork) is a partnership between the United States-based professional health communicators' National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) and the California Immunization Coalition (CIC) - a statewide partnership of immunisation coalitions and private and public health organisations.

This document is a draft policy brief that was prepared for the International Conference on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 1-3 2013. As background, the brief states that "most causes of maternal, newborn, and childhood mortality are preventable using an evidence-based, cost-effective set of...

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"Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible - by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account."

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Film and Video

From the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India, this repository of information, education, and communication (IEC) materials offers links to booklets, posters, books, toolkits, flash cards, documentaries, radio public service announcements (PSAs), and other free downloads designed to foster the communication strategies of practitioners...

"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."

These three videos in a series from Pathfinder demonstrate the method of their "Tailored Reflection and Integrated Learning", or TRAIL, model of community mobilisation and action.

This is an evaluation of Sisimpur, an adaptation co-production of Sesame Street, the educational television series broadcast in the United States (US), localised by Bangladeshi producers to meet the needs of children in Bangladesh. (Please see Related Summaries below for further details, but, in brief:) Sisimpur is...

Humara Bachpan is an Indian national campaign on living conditions for young children in urban poverty. The campaign calls for inclusion of child friendly components in urban renewable policies such as Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (...

BBC Media Action

Author: Fiona Ledger, November 6 2013        Building the capacity of production staff within the organisation - and in other organisations - is a key activity for BBC Media Action. But when the workshop is over, will the training stick? What can happen all too often is what I call 'teflon training...

"Refusal of the oral polio vaccine and resistance to the programme is often less about polio than about the rejection of something that is perceived to be foreign and therefore untrustworthy. Building trust will be essential to opening the last of the doors that have so far remained closed to vaccination efforts."

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Strategic Thinking

"94% of 535 surveyed districts in Ethiopia are endemic for either schistosomiasis and/or soil-transmitted helminths (STH) - Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) which are commonly found in school-children."

"The introduction of any new vaccine into routine vaccination programs requires a complex set of activities including: mobilization and leverage of political will and country leadership; advocacy and communications; advanced planning...; broad engagement of stakeholders...; alignment of staff and resources; and, allocation of sufficient and...

"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."

"From the beginning, the education sector has played a central role in responding to HIV. However, its role and the contribution of school-based HIV education has been the subject of much debate."

"...[T]he goal of this study, which was conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, was to add to researchers’ and practitioners’ understanding of how early childhood education (ECE) programs are currently working with immigrant children and families."

Without Violence website (WV) is an initiative to improve the lives of children around the world by addressing violence against children. Their website aims to develop effective communications strategies that can help broaden and deepen engagement among policy makers and advocates on the issue of violence against children. "It has involved a...

From the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, the strategies in the document are intended to help policy- and decision-makers understand the importance of early childhood development (ECD) to global development and raise it in" Post-2015" deliberations on the development of "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs). The...

This set of seven briefings from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, aims to cover what works to prevent interpersonal violence (including against women and girls) and self-directed violence.

This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators defined to enable monitoring of progress.

 

The goals of BVLF are:

  1. ...

"This paper is intended as a starting point for discussion and advocacy around measuring the impacts of economic strengthening on children, in order to ensure their wellbeing and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty."

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Enhance Social Protection

Elias Banda

Author: Elias Banda, June 23 2014 - The large number of Zambian school girls under the age of 16-years-old falling pregnant within the school system is a serious cause for concern that should make all of us to pause and seek honest answers on how to curb child pregnancy.

"From the beginning, the education sector has played a central role in responding to HIV. However, its role and the contribution of school-based HIV education has been the subject of much debate."

"Leaders from around the world attending the 2011 High Level Meeting on AIDS committed to work towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and reducing AIDS-related maternal mortality. This is to be accomplished through the implementation of a new Global Plan for scaling up comprehensive prevention of mother-to-child...

"Cross-sectional research has demonstrated that HIV/AIDS orphanhood is associated with anxiety and depression and that HIV/AIDS-related stigma is a risk factor for these outcomes."

Effectiveness of HIV Prevention for Youth

"We undertook a systematic review, and a meta-analysis when appropriate, to assess effectiveness of interventions to reduce sexual risk behaviours, and consequent HIV infection, among young people (10-25 years) in sub-Saharan Africa."

This study attempted to assess the effectiveness of HIV-prevention interventions in changing sexual...

Launched in 2008 by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford, the Young Carers Project is a research initiative that involves South African young people (especially HIV-positive young people) in research about orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC).

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UNICEF

From the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India, this repository of information, education, and communication (IEC) materials offers links to booklets, posters, books, toolkits, flash cards, documentaries, radio public service announcements (PSAs), and other free downloads designed to foster the communication strategies of practitioners...

"The introduction of any new vaccine into routine vaccination programs requires a complex set of activities including: mobilization and leverage of political will and country leadership; advocacy and communications; advanced planning...; broad engagement of stakeholders...; alignment of staff and resources; and, allocation of sufficient and...

Author: Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor, May 19 2014 - Juba, South Sudan - Without the luxury of coffee to start the first day of our mission in Mingkaman we joined the early morning community leaders meeting which provided a perfectly timed general briefing of the context of the camp. We were accompanied by one of the 11 local C4D staff...

From the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, the strategies in the document are intended to help policy- and decision-makers understand the importance of early childhood development (ECD) to global development and raise it in" Post-2015" deliberations on the development of "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs). The...

International Peace Pals invites children throughout the world between the ages of 5 and 16 to participate in The Annual International Peace Pals Art Competition and Exhibition. Entries are divided into four age categories for the awarding of prizes: 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-13 years, and 14-16 years of age.

"Developing the plan has brought together multiple stakeholders involved in immunization, including governments and elected officials, health professionals, academia, manufacturers, global agencies, development partners, civil society, media and the private sector, to define collectively what the immunization community wants to achieve over...

"Children will now be able to join the ranks of other rights-holders who are empowered to bring their complaints about human rights violations before an international body."

 

From the "Thought Leaders" series of the News-Medical.Net website, this interview with Dr. Jos Vandelaer, Chief of Immunization for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is a question-answer discussion of the fact that one child in five does not get properly immunised and that coverage rates are worse among the economically poor,...

"For the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, the global community has accumulated the knowledge, experience and tools to achieve an AIDS-free generation."

@UNICEF

"Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible - by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account."

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