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November 23, 2016

Celebrate 27th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Universal Children's Day and Every Day

Author: Jacques Brodeur, November 23 2016 - Edupax seizes the opportunity of the 27th anniversary of the Convention to remind readers about various and important benefits of protecting children from...

November 14, 2016

NEW: What keeps you up at night with worry about your work?

* Why is it so difficult for others to understand the value of what I do? * Are we making a long-term difference? * Where will the money come from? * On no, not another strategic review or...

October 20, 2016

"In my next life I want to be a boy"

Author: Ragini Pasrichan, October 20 2016 - Why we chose “real people” instead of actors to feature in our Public Service Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for...

September 14, 2016

Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children

This "UNICEF report finds nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced; more than half of these have fled violence and insecurity." The United Nations Children'...

September 7, 2016

Calling All Producers: Creating Media for Hispanic-Latino Families

"Read on for tips to help ensure your products are inclusive, relevant, and thoughtfully distributed for Hispanic-Latino families in the United States." Developed for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center's...

June 27, 2016

Tackling the Silent Killer With Open Source Health Communications: A Campaign to End Child Pneumonia

A campaign to end child pneumonia by reaching mothers and health workers with life-saving information Authors:

June 15, 2016

Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 Countries

"The Sourcebook documents and analyzes a range of government-led school meals programmes to provide decision-makers and practitioners worldwide with the knowledge, evidence and good practice they...

May 25, 2016

Need to address the trauma from sexual abuse critical

Author: PSAf Executive Director Lilian Kiefer, May 25 2016 - In many parts of our society, children in general and particularly girls are exposed to numerous vices that limit their opportunity to...

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Towards 16 days of activism against GBV: Championing the Right to Decent work for women at work in commercial farms

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Author: Lilian Kiefer, November 23 2016 - As we approach the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV), action must be urgently taken to address the lack of respect for the right to decent work for women who work in the commercial farms.  

GBV is an injustice meted on women due to the prevailing gender dynamics and gender-related power dynamics of our society. It can be physical, emotional, or mental. This is one of the most widespread and persistent vices that demean women and strips them of their dignity.

One form of GBV that happens at work is where women are given poor work conditions and subjected to harmful work environment.

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Media, participation and social inclusion: what are the links?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Chris Snow on November 10 2016 - Reviewing the results of a survey of 23,000 people across seven countries, Chris Snow looks at the potential of media to engage even hard-to-reach groups in politics.

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What are the challenges facing young people in East Africa?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Alasdair Stuart on November 3 2016 - Alasdair Stuart shares the challenges faced by young people in Tanzania, Somalia and Kenya and outlines how they themselves think the media can help.

“Life becomes better for just a few – your neighbour owns ten cars but you don’t even own a bicycle.” (Arusha, Tanzania)

“Adults, the government, businessmen and parents have no confidence in us to bring new ideas or trust us in doing thing.” (Puntland, Somalia)

“Extremist groups are an option for some young people because they are fed up with the hardships of life.” (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania) 

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Impediments to Development in Africa: Colonialism and the Evolution of Poor Governance

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Africa’s Current Malaise - Author: Mohamed Taha, November 16 2016 - In 2002, Ali Mazrui attempted to answer a critical question: Who killed African democracy?

“The cultural half-caste who came in from Western schools and did not adequately respect African ancestors. Institutions were inaugurated without reference to cultural compatibilities, and new processes were introduced without respect for continuities. Ancestral standards of property, propriety and legitimacy were ignored.” Ali A. Mazrui

In fact, Mazrui asserted Africa’s current predicament as the “first home of mankind, yet the last to be made truly habitable in contemporary world as a result of poverty and underdevelopment.”

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Your issue’s in danger! Why advocacy groups should apply evidence-based communication

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Author: Espen Malling, November 16 2016 - The process of change is inseparable from the process of communication. Therefore, advocacy groups and other proponents of a knowledge-based development of society risk undermining their cause if failing to approach communication with the same scientific rigour they apply when studying and identifying solutions for their focus issue.

In a time when gut feelings have become the guiding norm, and easy solutions political best practice, progressive proponents of a knowledge-based development of society — in a both national and global sense — are faced with an important task.

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Coming out about indoor pollution in Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Andrey Vladov, November 3 2016 - A new radio drama is helping improve people’s health in Ethiopia by drawing attention to the harmful effects of traditional ways of cooking, heating and lighting homes.

“Bring that wood over here and make some fire in the room!” Although the woman can see the smoke has already made her daughter’s eyes “so red, they’re like pepper”, her voice is so commanding that disobeying her is unthinkable.

These are actors taking part in BBC Media Action’s new radio drama and they’re more than convincing.

After barely two months on air, Golaafala (meaning ‘solution from within’ in Ethiopia’s Oromiffa language) is already one of the most popular shows on ORTO (Oromia Radio).

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The jewel of Afghanistan

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sam Waterton, November 3 2016 - "I want to be a symbol for people with disabilities that no matter the challenge, nothing is impossible”."

Sitting in richly furnished office with the flag of Afganistan in its corner, Sabri Andar is a shining symbol of success. At 24 years of age, Sabri, who uses a wheelchair after suffering from polio as a child, is an adviser for Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education, and leads the country’s National Youth Parliament.

“When I was a child, war forced my family to flee. I was vaccinated against polio but it was already too late,” she said “Gradually, polio took hold and I became paralysed.”

Sabri believes that the instability of conflict in Afghanistan has contributed to her own situation – and many more like her.

Health and happiness

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Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Sugg, November 3 2016 - Drawing on her new policy briefing, Caroline Sugg reflects on why communication is often a peripheral part of public health interventions, looking at challenges around evidence, the ‘messy' nature of behaviour change and cultural differences within the field.

The Executive Summary can be accessed at this link

The full Policy briefing can be accessed at this link

The complexities of rural communities and need for dialogue based interventions

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Author:  Anele Herbet Dube, November 2 2016 - In my previous article I wrote about how community radio promotes participatory communication based on my experiences. During those times, I remember my colleague Jerry Zingwevu saying to me ‘I think people (referring to Civil Society Organisations-CSOs) need to re-think how they view these rural communities. They are no longer the same. They are now very complicated’. He had a point, a very valid point. Probably his argument was based on his experience as our Monitoring and Evaluation guy when he interfaced with and analysed the data we would have collected rural Matabeleland.

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Women's empowerment as strategic rebellion

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, October 27 2016 - Sardenberg (2010) sees women’s empowerment as a process of ‘gender rebellion’ leading to break with traditional gender roles and norms. [See reference below.] Rebellion can be seen as a refusal of obedience or order. It refers to the open resistance against the orders of an established authority.  


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