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October 18, 2017

International Practices to Promote Budget Literacy: Key Findings and Lessons Learned

"Budget literacy is defined as 'the ability to read, decipher, and understand public budgets to enable and enhance meaningful citizen participation in the budget process.' Budget literacy consists of...

October 10, 2017

Promoting Transparency Through Information: A Global Review of School Report Cards

"Model report cards that aim to promote accountability include measures of outputs (such as test scores and promotion and graduation rates) and measures of parent perception. The research revealed,...

October 5, 2017

Behavioral Insights for Development: Cases from Central America

This publication summarises five cases in which the World Bank, in collaboration with governments and partners, has applied behavioural insights to different areas of public policy in Central America...

October 5, 2017

Deliver + Enable Toolkit: Scaling-up Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE)

Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) has gained global recognition as a vital effort to empower adolescents and young people; enable them to improve and protect their health, well-being, and...

October 4, 2017

Mother Support Groups: Three-Day Training of Facilitators/Trainers - Facilitator Guide

Launched in 1991, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global effort by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to implement practices that...

October 4, 2017

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings

"Developing and testing streamlined, and minimum basic interventions is critical in the context of child marriage. The practice prevails in the poorest countries with large numbers of girls affected...

October 4, 2017

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings

"Developing and testing streamlined, and minimum basic interventions is critical in the context of child marriage. The practice prevails in the poorest countries with large numbers of girls affected...

October 3, 2017

Yes! It's Possible

Created by Rina Dey, Communication Advisor, CORE Group Polio Project, India, this informative and entertaining animated video features one child explaining to another how the international community...

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Express yourself: asking fresh questions with Facebook Live in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action Nepal Stakeholder Liaison Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted Augusut 31 2017 - Social media is providing a platform for young voices in a new programme called Taja Sawal (Fresh Questions) in Nepal. The studio painted with murals by volunteers illustrates the vibrant and youthful approach to the new show. Pratibha Tuladhar speaks with the two new young presenters to get the full picture.

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South Asia floods: Two million children shut out of schools by disaster

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Author: Shabir Arain, originally posted on August 31 2017 - At least 18,000 schools damaged or destroyed across Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Severe flooding and landslides in Bangladesh, Nepal and India have prevented around 1.8 million children from attending schools across the region. At least 1,200 people have been killed in south Asia’s worst flooding in the year with more than 40 million affected.

Thousands of schools are being used as emergency evacuation shelters and at least 18,000 have been damaged or destroyed by the floods, which is putting children’s education and long-term well-being at risk, Save the Children has warned.

Hundreds of thousands of children could fall permanently out of the school system if education is not prioritised in relief efforts.

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Local community driven initiatives, part II - United effort of local people can change the food production scene

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Author: Suman Chowdhury Mony, August 29, 2017 - Every year, there is a huge production of crops and vegetables in many countries. Developed countries utilize all of their production, but that is difficult for the developing and underdeveloped countries. Poor economy, lack of proper planning, corruption, waste of money, political unrest, etc., are the main obstacles for those countries.

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Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, Nepal, Bangladesh and India

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Author: BBC Media Action's Senior Communications Manager Nick Henegan, originally posted August 18 2017 - In the aftermath of a disaster information is as important as food, water and shelter. It can save lives. This week BBC Media Action teams from West Africa to South Asia have been delivering vital, life-saving information to people affected by a series of devastating floods.

In Sierra Leone, where mudslides and floods have killed almost 400 and hundreds are still missing our team has been using their Facebook page, the most popular in the country, to provide information on how to access emergency numbers and centres where those affected can access food, clothing and other assistance.

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Toilet: Ek Development Communication Katha

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Akshay Kumar is fast emerging as a very unlikely bearer of varied and content-driven Hindi cinema. Derided by the reigning Hindi cinema establishment and its audience bank as 'Bharat Kumar 2.0' for his off-screen nationalistic messages and works, the prolific actor's latest film - despite its shortcomings - could end up as a case study on development communication, or Communication for Development (C4D), in the Indian context.

Director Shree Narayan Singh's Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (TEPK) is a social satire revolving around Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) are natives of two adjoining rural neighbourhoods of Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh. After a brief period of wooing and cajoling by Keshav, Jaya gives in and the two get married.

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Speaking up for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone

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Author: BBC Media Action Sierra Leone's Head of Production, Allieu Sesay, originally posted August 7 2017 - Abass became a voice for Ebola survivors across Sierra Leone. Allieu Sesay tells his ongoing story.

Holding his baby daughter in his arms, today Abass looks like any other proud father. But when we first met three years ago, at the peak of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, it seemed hard to imagine this day would come.

Then I was spending nearly every day making radio programmes to share life-saving information to stop the virus spreading. Abass was volunteering at a health centre in Freetown. As an Ebola survivor he had some immunity to the virus and wanted to help other patients.

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How to use media for development - and why it works.

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Author: BBC Media Action Senior Production Managery Clemency Fraser, originally published July 31 2017 - Have you ever wanted to see how we create media for development? Well, good news folks now you can.

BBC Media Action has been creating innovative and effective media for development across the globe since the 1990s – it’s been quite a journey. Of course, we’ve sometimes learnt lessons the hard way but we’ve also had phenomenal successes. Here are a few.

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Motivating ordinary Bangladeshis to respond to extreme weather

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Author: BBC Media Action Bangladesh's Executive Editor Shihan Zuberi, originally published on the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) blog - Droughts. Cyclones. Floods.

There are few places where such extraordinary events are as commonplace as they are in Bangladesh,  one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Extreme weather poses a real threat to millions of Bangladeshis – with low-lying geography, high population density and under-developed infrastructure making things worse, especially for the poorest.

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Zambia’s Modern Day Politicians and Lost Art of Rhetoric

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Author: Journalist, Media Consultant and Economist Daniel Tonga, July 25 2017 - When one listens to politicians speak and takes a critical analysis of their political discourse, there is no doubt that present day politicians seriously lack the art of political rhetoric in Zambia. In times of a crisis or disaster, politicians are too quick to accuse their political rivals of sabotage using most the despicable language and speeches that end up dividing people instead of uniting them. They often use derogatory terms and threats as a way to convince people that they are in charge and under control. Their manner of speech is no different in even in times of elections. They insult, offend and disparage each other to gain political mileage. Sadly, even within their internal party systems at conventions where they gather to elect new officials, they malign each other without any sense of using civilised speech to persuade people to vote for them.

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The Clean Energy Revolution

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Author: Tayyab Shafique Mughal, July 26 2017 - Pakistan is a developing country and ranking 6th in terms of population size. Despite having incredible economic development and environmental opportunities, Pakistan has been facing frequent challenging issues including substructure, inadequate refined resources, infertile or obsolete factories, water and sanitation, poverty, climate change and energy crisis.  Pakistan’s dominant challenges are energy demand and climate change. Whereas it has been struggling to fulfil energy demand but it is also facing climate change catastrophe. Worldwide, Pakistan has little contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and rank 135th among all the countries, in contrast, as reported by Germanwatch Climate Risk Index, 2017, it ranks 7th on vulnerability to climate change adverse impacts having 30.50 Climate Risk Index (CRI).

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