Myanmar elections: using media to inform and empower

Authors: BBC Media Action's Phyo Wai Lin and Su Myat Mon, November 13 2015 -  "In our state, the children in grade two [age 7] cannot even read Burmese. Why is that?" On Saturday 12 September,...

"If you can't be a father, I beg you Mr President, be a stepfather!"

Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, November 9 2015 - Three years after its launch, Shirazuddin Siddiqi reflects on how Afghanistan's TV debate show Open Jirga continues to provide a voice to Afghans amid...

Rising Waters: Working Together on Cape Town's Flooding

"Addressing life's challenges in Cape Town's flooded shacklands calls for communities and the municipality to work together, new research from the African Centre for Cities has found."

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

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...

Inspiring a new generation of voters in Tanzania

Author: Gaure Mdee, October 26 2015 - With only three days to go before my country goes to the polls, the atmosphere in our office in Dar es Salaam is one of expectation, excitement and anxiety all...

"AMANDLA!" The story of Nelson Mandela

Author: Chris Haydon, October 26 2015 - Disability theatre company Freewheelers Theatre will perform their latest stage production "AMANDLA!" (Power to the People) on 3rd December 2015.

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings

"This report... focuses mainly on mass communication programming - broadcasting that can reach millions of people when disaster strikes - informing them about what has happened, what to do, how to...

Public Service Media in Divided Societies: Relic or Renaissance?

"This briefing focuses on the media of countries that are divided, undergoing crisis or conflict, or where governance is weak. It argues that the role of public service media in such societies -...
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"In October 2013, White Ribbon began coordinating a National Community of Practice (NCoP) composed of organizations with projects funded by Status of Women Canada's 'Working Together: Engaging Communities to End Violence Against Women and Girls...

"As India witnesses an endeavour to erect a nationwide network of thousands of autonomous, locally orientated community radio stations, it becomes necessary to build a set of codes of practice for this third tier of broadcasting so that it...

"This paper looks at broadcast media in the Arab world four years after the Arab uprising. It looks at how media can help bridge divides in society and create mutual understanding." Alexandra Buccianti

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, September 28 2015 - Hepatitis has becoming an increasingly troubling disease in Pakistan, with estimates of over 16 million Hepatitis-infected sufferers in the country.  The prevalence of this disease is a sadly...

Author: Nadia Rojas, September 6 2015 - In Colombia, in 2015, "ediles" ([In Colombia] representatives to the Local Administrator), mayors, governors, councilors and deputies will be elected. These elections are of great importance due to the...

"How can we give children and young people voice in the debate that explores the impact of digital access and use and their rights?"

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, August 10 2015 - Justice is about fairness and equity. It is also about equitable distribution of power, resources, and outcomes in society. It requires expanding rights of the marginalized and ceilings on the...

"The quantitative and qualitative review of the web-based component of the RFPA [Radio for Peacebuilding Africa project] clearly showed that the global audience of the RFPA website has increased significantly in the third phase of the project...

"CARE believes that a vibrant, diverse society becomes stronger when everyone can equally contribute their voice to decisions that impact them."

Author: Clare Lyons, July 22 2015 - One good thing that came from an unsuccessful grant application last year was the seed of an idea for what became our MOELJO course (mobile phone skills and election reporting for journalists).

Author: Valentina Baú, July 20 2015 - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have represented a crucial framework in international development since their establishment in the year 2000. Two of their key strengths have been their ability to...

"Indigenous Guatemalans have faced a multitude of barriers to access and use of family planning services....While the Guatemalan family planning law was a historic advancement towards empowering all Guatemalans to access and use of family...

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

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.

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

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.

Media and the post 2015 development framework: the case builds

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.

In Memoriam: Panos London

Panos London

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?

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.

The costs and benefits of consensus: the future of aid hangs in the balance

Three and a half thousand people have been meeting in Busan, South Korea to discuss the future of development assistance. The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness is a tedious name for an important process - how best to organise the billions of dollars of development assistance designed to improve the lives of the poorest people on the planet.

Organising aid

Downward, Southward, Eastward - Communicative Power is on the move


In 2005, the UN accepted the offer of the Tunisian government to host its World Summit on the Information Society in the country. The summit proved more passing foothill than summit in the history of the global information society but it is worth relishing how delicious the ironies of history can sometimes prove. Six years later, an oppressive government has been swept away by the informational forces it was seeking to advance.

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