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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...

May 4, 2016

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, with Heather Randall, Program Coordinator, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - As we celebrate World Immunization Week [April 25], it's important to remember that...

May 4, 2016

Can a Pilot Succeed?: Lessons Learned in Engaging Stakeholders for HPV Introduction

Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, GAVI-NVI Project, and Heather Casciato, Program Manager, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - This World Immunization Week [April 25] 2016, eyes are focused on...

May 4, 2016

Closing the Immunity Gap

Author: Craig Burgess, Senior Technical Officer, JSI, May 4 2016 - Every child has the right to health and should have the opportunity to survive, develop, and reach their potential in the context of...

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How a volunteer journalist used radio to combat cholera in Kenya

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Author: Mark Okundi, August 31 2016 - Passing on skills to a new generation of broadcast journalists is helping save lives in Kenya. Mark explains how a fresh-faced volunteer single-handedly developed a radio programme designed to tackle cholera.

I began mentoring Sayid in a studio at Wajir Community Radio and was immediately impressed by him. He had just finished his fourth year of high school and had joined the station as a volunteer presenter. Fresh faced and without any previous media experience, it was a gutsy entry into the industry.

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Forest and Farm Facility programme fills gaps in rural development cooperation

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Author: James Ayodele, September 21 2016 - The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) programme is filling gaps in rural development cooperation; strengthening the capacity of forest and farm producers and enabling them to engage in policy advocacy. There is however a scope to enhance sustainability of the value chains being developed by further upgrading the status and capacity of producer organizations, says the report of a recent evaluation by the FAO Office of Evaluation.

The mid-term evaluation, which was conducted between January and June 2016, used data from interviews with national and sub-national stakeholders in five countries (Gambia, Kenya, Guatemala, Myanmar and Vietnam) and a desk review of activities in the other five focal countries (Bolivia, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua and Zambia).

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Food Security Information System project fosters strong collaboration among stakeholders in the Kyrgyz Republic

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Author: FAO blogger James Ayodele, September 14 2016 - A recent evaluation by the FAO Office of Evaluation has found that the Food Security Information System (FSIS) project has helped reinforce synergies and broadened professional collaborations among different groups of stakeholders in the Kyrgyz Republic. But the project will require a detailed exit strategy to ensure sustainability of its impact.

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Hunger reduction programme promotes synergy between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda

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Author James Ayodele, September  19 2016 - The Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme has helped create synergies between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda in many ways, but its coherence is less evident at the country level, says the report of a recent evaluation by the Office of Evaluation.

Conducted between October 2015 and April 2016, the evaluation assessed the catalytic role of the programme and its overall contribution to enhanced, coordinated and informed food security and nutrition governance at the global, regional and national levels.

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FAO-led partnership expands knowledge on groundwater management and governance

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Author: James Ayodele, September 7 2016 - An FAO-led partnership project has helped increase scientific and economic knowledge and understanding about groundwater governance at the global and regional levels but is not sufficiently oriented to national decision-making, says the report of a recent evaluation conducted by the FAO Office of Evaluation.

The evaluation assessed achievements of the Groundwater Governance: A Global Framework for Action project and its potential for sustainability and upscaling. It reviewed, over a period of four months, existing project documents and related reports and interviewed over 40 primary stakeholders and a broader network of stakeholders on water-related issues.

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Global strategy plays leading role in agricultural statistics in target countries

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The Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics programme of FAO is helping countries to develop statistics systems for agriculture, but it may suffer a setback due to funding gaps, says a recent evaluation by the Office of Evaluation.

The Strategy is a ground-breaking five-year global action plan to strengthen agricultural and rural statistical capacities and develop sustainable statistical systems in 90 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Commonwealth of Independent States and the Near East regions.

The mid-term evaluation, which was conducted between August and December 2015, assessed the achievements and sustainability potential of the programme and reviewed cases in Bangladesh, Ghana, Indonesia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Thailand.

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FAO's support for value chains aims at agricultural diversification in the East Caribbean States

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Author: James Ayodele, August 31 2016 - FAO’s support for agricultural and food value chain development has aimed at strengthening agricultural diversification in Barbados and member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), but this work on value chains needs to be more market-oriented in order to succeed, says an evaluation report.

Conducted by the FAO Office of Evaluation in 2015, the evaluation assessed FAO’s contributions in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Interviewed government stakeholders expressed strong satisfaction with FAO’s technical support, particularly the knowledge about food and nutrition security, pest and disease management, livestock and information systems development, and the support for development of nontraditional crops.

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Stakeholders acknowledge FAO's role in agricultural policy and capacity development in Lao PDR

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Author: James Ayodele, August 31 2016 - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has delivered relevant support for agricultural policy development in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and achieved significant results in capacity building of government partners, says the report of an evaluation of FAO’s country programme in Lao PDR from 2009 to 2014, recently conducted by the Office of Evaluation (OED).

The majority of stakeholders interviewed in the evaluation acknowledged the vital role FAO played for agricultural policy development in Laos PDR and expressed their desire for FAO to play a leading role in the process of establishing and implementing these policies.

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FAO’s contribution strengthens resilience of vulnerable households in Burkina Faso

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Author: James Ayodele, August 31 2016 - A recent evaluation has shown that FAO helped the Government and the people of Burkina Faso strengthen the resilience of vulnerable households, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, climate change adaptation, water management, seed and non-wood forestry production, and food security policy development. At the same time, FAO needs to support the Government in mobilising resources for implementing these policies and strengthening capacities of national partners particularly at the decentralized level.

Conducted in 2015 by the Office of Evaluation, the evaluation found that some of FAO’s initiatives clearly brought concrete improvements to beneficiaries’ livelihoods. Such initiatives included the distribution of small animals, mainly targeting women, and promotion of the production and consumption by rural households of foods with high nutritional value.

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Public Health Communication has to be 'Mainstream'

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Author: Anshuman Rawat, August 24 2016 [cross-posted from Anshuman Rawat's blog site, linked below] - A cursory study of health communication would reveal that when it comes to catching eyeballs, the catchy promotions of, for example, private label herbal supplements beat hollow the rather ritualistic promotions of healthcare initiatives by our government. While the difference in the target audience indeed contributes to the difference, the key, I'm afraid, remains the incentive for the campaigns.

It is very easy in our current world to get very passionate about a project that offers instant riches as a ready incentive. Given the demands of the modern life, there's absolutely nothing acutely immoral in that, I guess.

Given the background, however, how does one attract the best talent for the production of public health communication campaigns - irrespective of the media platform?

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