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December 7, 2016

How Low Turnout Is Turned Around: International Best Practice in Voter Turnout Campaigns

This report offers practical strategies for increasing voter participation, drawn from behavioural theories, successes, and insights from experiences in a range of cultures, contexts, and political...

December 7, 2016

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy Monitoring and Advocacy

"'Scale' has many different meanings across fields and contexts. Looking at scale from different angles - drawing insights from different ways of using the term - helps [us] understand how we can...

December 5, 2016

Generating real-time citizen data to identify socio-economic & political trends in East Africa

Across the globe, tech-based opportunities to gather and leverage information have led many organisations to change how they make decisions; they rely less on speculation and intuition and far more...

November 30, 2016

Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Yan Htaik Seng, November 1 2016 - We recount a nerve-racking visit to Myanmar’s ethnically diverse Kayin State - as it recovers from years of...

November 30, 2016

Preventing Radicalisation to Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Approaches and Practices

The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Collection of Approaches and Practices presents a set of 7 practitioners' approaches in the field of prevention of radicalisation, each of them illustrated...

November 30, 2016

Violent Extremism

"The vast size of the literature on radicalisation, terrorism and violent extremism does not mean that these phenomena are well-understood." This reading pack from the Governance and Social...

November 29, 2016

Citizen Engagement in Peacebuilding: A Communication for Development Approach to Rebuilding Peace from the Bottom-Up

"Through participatory communication and a tailored use of the media and technology, C4D can create new platforms and channels for citizens to be agents in the national reconstruction." This article...

November 23, 2016

Sierra Leone's Changing Media Landscape Offers Fresh Opportunities for Development Communications

“Mobile phone uptake in Sierra Leone has burgeoned making mobiles the most accessed form of communication on a weekly basis alongside radio.” This research summary looks at the results of a national...

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An independent Nepali media has never been more needed

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Author: Kiran Bhandari, Dipak Bhattarai and James Deane, October 10 2016 - Nepal’s media has played a pivotal role in the country’s democratic transition but how successful has it been at fighting corruption and boosting accountability?

Nepal has one of the most remarkable and extraordinary media landscapes in the world. In addition to a crowded and energetic mainstream media market, it has more community radio stations per head than any other country globally. Nepali media also has a remarkable legacy in contributing to the dramatic democratic transition of the last decade or so.

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Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?

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Author: James Deane, September 14 2016 - James Deane argues that the concept of media systems capable of: engaging everyone in society, acting independently and enabling dialogue across divides appears increasingly – rather than decreasingly – relevant in the 21st century. 

The role of the media in a divided society

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, July 6 2016 - James Deane’s personal reflection on the role of media in divided societies in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

I’ve spent many years writing about, researching and supporting media in countries of crisis. I’ve especially focused on divided societies. I’ve argued that the character of the media, the information available to people and the capacity of people to communicate across divides in their countries does much to determine how societies either fragment or unite.

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Media, communication and the future of development

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, July 6 2016 - James Deane welcomes you to a new resource on why and how media and communication matters in international development:

To someone with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

It is the criticism levelled at many areas of international development.

To an economist, sort out economic policy and prosperity will follow. To a civil society activist, sort out access to rights and justice, then fairness will follow. To a governance specialist, sort out the effectiveness of government institutions, and good governance will follow.

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The potential of reforming state broadcasters in divided societies: advancing an unfashionable argument

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, November 3 2015 - Most commentaries on 21st-century media focus on the impact of new technologies, social media and, above all, the increasing global ubiquity of mobile telephony Such commentaries highlight how in many, if not most, societies, the majority of people are under the age of 30 and are reinventing how humanity communicates with itself.

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The post-2015 Global Goals: moving from "what" to "how" will rest on more informed societies

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Author: James Deane, September 28 2015 - Ahead of this week's UN [United Nations] summit in New York [United States], BBC Media Action’s Director of Policy and Learning argues for a stronger focus on the provision of information as well as resources.

"This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity." So begins the outcome document which forms the basis of the agreement for a new set of "global goals" which are expected to be signed by 215 world leaders this week. It is a statement that encapsulates both their ambition and weakness.

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With the grain or against the grain: a media perspective on the governance question of our time

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Author: James Deane, BBC Media Action Director, Policy and Learning, May 20 2015 - I was prompted to write this post by Brian Levy, the rightly respected governance guru of the World Bank, now Senior Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University.

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Media and the post 2015 development framework: the case builds

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Author: James Deane, May 8 2014       This year's World Press Freedom Day celebrations will focus on whether issues of media freedom can realistically be integrated into the post-2015 framework that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals.  Unesco [the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] hosts a conference on the issue on May 4th and 5th in Paris.

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In Memoriam: Panos London

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Author BBC Media Action's James Deane, December 5 2012:       Part of an organisation I helped set up is no longer going to exist.

The Panos Institute London has announced that it no longer has the resources to continue. It’s been struggling for some time; project income appears to have dried up; its executive director has left. Panos’ trustees have decided, understandably, that, after almost exactly 26 years, it needs to fold.

The Somalia London Conference: will the outcome make it easier for media in Somalia?

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Today sees the start of a major international conference on Somalia hosted by the UK government in London. It is designed to inject fresh urgency into international efforts to support the rebuilding of this most fragile and fragile states. On the agenda will be issues of piracy, security, terrorism and a continuing - if thankfully slightly improving - humanitarian crisis.

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November 16, 2016

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...

November 16, 2016

Africa’s Current Malaise - Author: Mohamed Taha, November 16 2016 - In 2002, Ali Mazrui attempted to answer a critical...

November 15, 2016

"The transformation of state broadcasters to public service media (PSM) is one of the most ambitious endeavors in the field of media...

November 14, 2016

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November 10, 2016

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November 10, 2016

"Empowering youth to actively participate in cultural life and equipping learners to become responsible global citizens is vital to forging...

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