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Home safe home: helping people in Nepal 'build back better'
October 17, 2017

Home safe home: helping people in Nepal 'build back better'

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Authors: BBC Media Action Nepal's Stakeholder Liaison, Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted October 12 2017 - On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction we explore how Sajha Sawal - our TV current affairs show in Nepal – is helping ...

Promoting Transparency Through Information: A Global Review of School Report Cards
October 10, 2017

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

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"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, however, that most report card initiatives are ...

Flying solo after training with BBC Question Time
October 10, 2017

Flying solo after training with BBC Question Time

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Authors: Ali Sharif and Rob Hopkin, originally posted October 4 2017 - Ali Sharif, 27, wanted to be an airline pilot but after joining BBC Media Action’s training programme in North Africa - and with help from BBC Question Time director Rob ...

Behavioral Insights for Development: Cases from Central America
October 5, 2017

Behavioral Insights for Development: Cases from Central America

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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. These experiences collectively show how ...

Global Passport to Modern Direct Democracy
October 4, 2017

Global Passport to Modern Direct Democracy

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"Traditionally, in most representative democracies, the power of citizens to make decisions at the ballot box was restricted to the elections of other people and parties to offices and parliament. However, in recent years more and more countries ...

What the development sector can learn from audience segmentation
October 3, 2017

What the development sector can learn from audience segmentation

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Author: BBC Media Action Senior Research Manager Sophie Baskett, originally posted September 27 2017 - In the not-for-profit sector we’ve already learned a lot from marketing techniques developed in the commercial world.

Access to quality health services still a challenge for the deaf in Zambia
September 29, 2017

Access to quality health services still a challenge for the deaf in Zambia

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Author: Sandra Lombe, October 3 2017 - The challenges the deaf and the blind are facing in accessing health services are not new to Zambia, however, it seems the government has heard their cry and one can only hope the solution is now ...

Peers and Partners: Empowering Children to Take Civic Action
September 26, 2017

Peers and Partners: Empowering Children to Take Civic Action

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"While threats against civic space are well documented around the world, little is said on how civic space trends are being experienced by children, and how children's rights and abilities to be active agents for change in their countries and ...

Tools, Platforms and Mechanisms to Support Accountability to Disaster-Affected Populations in the Philippines
September 25, 2017

Tools, Platforms and Mechanisms to Support Accountability to ...

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"Active community participation was undeniably missing in the conceptualisation, implementation and monitoring of the accountability platforms developed in response to Typhoon Haiyan." This Making All Voices Count research report assesses the ...

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement
September 20, 2017

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement

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"Digital choices for democracy can empower or disempower citizens; can present citizens with real alternatives for equality, thereby deepening democracy; or [can] prove costly for both individual citizens and the polity as a whole."

Six steps towards a more open media
September 19, 2017

Six steps towards a more open media

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Research James Deane, originally posted September 14 2017 - On the International Day of Democracy, James Deane sets out six ways in which a resurgent public interest media can help improve ...

Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America
September 15, 2017

Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office in Montevideo, Uruguay, contends that the advancement of knowledge societies depends on our understanding of the universal right to freedom of expression and ...

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy
September 14, 2017

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy

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"As long as capture exists, and it usually exists in one form or another, then the media are not truly free." - Anya Schiffrin

Citizens as Drivers of Change: How Citizens Practice Human Rights to Engage with the State and Promote Transparency and Accountability
September 13, 2017

Citizens as Drivers of Change: How Citizens Practice Human Rights to Engage ...

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"Citizen engagement is organic rather than induced by external actors; citizens, working on a voluntary basis, help select and design initiatives."

Communication and Conflict in Transitional Societies: Integrating Media and Communication in Development Cooperation
September 12, 2017

Communication and Conflict in Transitional Societies: Integrating Media and ...

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"Social change is no longer regarded as a linear process in which media are promotional instruments serving a Western notion of modernization which journalists are trained to deliver. Instead, active participation of all stakeholders in the ...

Famine: Lessons Learned
September 11, 2017

Famine: Lessons Learned

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"Aid agencies should collaborate more closely with media initiatives and networks that seek to promote better communication and engagement with affected communities to ensure that well-informed messages reach the public. At the same time, they ...

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good
September 7, 2017

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good

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"[I]n contrast with the deluge of blog posts and tweets praising technology’s role to promote smarter and more participatory governments, one finds limited evidence on the effects of technology on citizen engagement practices." - Tiago Carneiro ...

Responsible Data Management Training Pack
September 6, 2017

Responsible Data Management Training Pack

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"Managing data properly may be the greatest challenge of the information age. We now have more ways to collect, store, share, transmit, analyse and publish data than ever before. As new legal frameworks emerge and increasing attention is paid to ...

Strengthening Accountability Through Media in Afghanistan: Final Evaluation
August 30, 2017

Strengthening Accountability Through Media in Afghanistan: Final Evaluation

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"This project aimed to enable more accountable, peaceful and inclusive state-society relations in Afghanistan, by providing a platform for people to question their leaders and which built the profile and participation of women in public dialogue ...

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
August 30, 2017

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

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This World Bank report explores the impact of the internet, mobile phones, and related technologies on economic development. Its statistics and analysis show that, while digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world, digital ...

A Citizenship in Crisis: Voice, Welfare and Other Contestations in the Digital State
August 28, 2017

A Citizenship in Crisis: Voice, Welfare and Other Contestations in the ...

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"The primacy of the digital over the offline, in a scenario where digital access disparities are stark, has meant that traditional forms of collective representation and action fall by the wayside and are not given their fair due - to emerge, ...

Local community driven initiatives, part II -  United effort of local people can change the food production scene
August 27, 2017

Local community driven initiatives, part II - United effort of local people ...

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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 ...

Policy Briefing and Country Reports - Creating New Spaces: Women's Experiences of Political Participation in Communities
August 23, 2017

Policy Briefing and Country Reports - Creating New Spaces: Women's ...

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"Womankind Worldwide's research on women's political participation at the community level in Afghanistan, Ghana, Nepal and Zimbabwe has found that women-only groups or 'spaces' have multiple benefits for women's participation in politics and ...

Creating New Spaces: Women's Experiences of Political Participation in Communities
August 23, 2017

Creating New Spaces: Women's Experiences of Political Participation in ...

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"Research on women’s political participation at the community level was undertaken by Womankind in four very different countries - Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nepal and Afghanistan. The work in each context intends to increase women’s political ...

Peacebuilding, Governance, Gender, Protection and Youth Assessments - A Basic Guide for Busy Practitioners
August 22, 2017

Peacebuilding, Governance, Gender, Protection and Youth Assessments - A ...

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This basic guide seeks to help development planners and implementers to better understand the communities they are working in, and therefore to develop more relevant and effective programming. If offers assessments that will help organisations ...

Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age
August 22, 2017

Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age

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This paper summarises the key issues in the current digital governance scenario in India. It focuses on emerging technological practices in government and articulates the gaps in current legal-policy measures necessary to promote participatory ...

Intergenerational Dialogue for Democracy
August 21, 2017

Intergenerational Dialogue for Democracy

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"Democracy is about intergenerational equity, while a state of intergenerational equity strengthens the resilience of democracy." - Andrew Bradley, Director and Head of the Office of International IDEA to the European Union

Role of Religion and Religious Leaders in Farmer-Pastoralist Conflict in Plateau State - An Inter-Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria (IPNN) Qualitative Research Report
August 21, 2017

Role of Religion and Religious Leaders in Farmer-Pastoralist Conflict in ...

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“Due to the high degree of correlation between ethnic and religious identities, and because some ethnic groups traditionally have stronger control of resources, one’s religion is often linked to one’s access to and control over resources, ...

Voice to the People (V2P) Project
August 17, 2017

Voice to the People (V2P) Project

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Voice to the People (V2P) is a good governance project supporting communities in Kaduna state and the Southeast region of Nigeria to take ownership of their own development by driving accountability among their leaders, raising their voices to ...

Wi Di Pipul (We The People) Radio Programme
August 16, 2017

Wi Di Pipul (We The People) Radio Programme

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Wi Di Pipul is a radio show that focuses on Sierra Leone’s health, education, and social care sector - reporting problems, as well as discussing and sharing solutions. Produced by BBC Media Action in Sierra Leone, the magazine format programme is ...

Pathways to Accountability from the Margins: Reflections on Participatory Video Practice
August 9, 2017

Pathways to Accountability from the Margins: Reflections on Participatory ...

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"Many participatory governance and accountability processes, and the theoretical discourses and practical approaches underlying them, do not pay sufficient attention to the need to shape the relational conditions for accountability for ...

Activism, Artivism and Beyond: Inspiring Initiatives of Civic Power
August 7, 2017

Activism, Artivism and Beyond: Inspiring Initiatives of Civic Power

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"What all of the examples in this report share is passion, resilience, a desire to make the world better and, above all, a contagious energy. Be it online or offline, large or small, global or local, all initiatives covered in this book are the ...

When Digital Democracy Falls Short: Insights from Colombia
August 3, 2017

When Digital Democracy Falls Short: Insights from Colombia

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This research brief examines the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) mediation in democratisation and citizen engagement in Colombia. This country's e-government development has been recognised by the United Nations (UN) as a ...

A Feminist Action Framework on Development and Digital Technologies
August 2, 2017

A Feminist Action Framework on Development and Digital Technologies

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"Through a feminist lens that brings together economic justice and gender justice concerns, this paper traces the key elements of the right to access, right to knowledge and right to development in the network society context." From the ...

Supporting Civil Society under Pressure - Lessons from Natural Resource Exploitation
August 2, 2017

Supporting Civil Society under Pressure - Lessons from Natural Resource ...

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"The concept of «shrinking space» has been put forward to capture more fully the wide range of pressures and restrictions experienced by civil society. These pressures include physical harassment, as well as initiation of criminal investigations, ...

Digital Discrimination: Political Bias in Internet Service Provision across Ethnic Groups
August 2, 2017

Digital Discrimination: Political Bias in Internet Service Provision across ...

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"The global expansion of the Internet is frequently associated with increased government transparency, political rights, and democracy....Still, we do not know how the provision of Internet services varies across societal groups in a country or ...

Open Development: Access to Information and the Sustainable Development Goals
July 31, 2017

Open Development: Access to Information and the Sustainable Development Goals

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"The effective implementation of RTI [the right to information] is a prerequisite for the effective participation of the population and their ability to have a voice, which are necessary for democratic societies."

A Tale of Two Consultations: Online Participatory Practices in Brazil
July 31, 2017

A Tale of Two Consultations: Online Participatory Practices in Brazil

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This paper gives an overview of the state of information and communication technology (ICT)-mediated citizen participation in Brazil. Internet penetration still remains a major challenge in this country, with only around half of homes having ...

Women's Empowerment in South Africa - Evaluation of the Raising Her Voice Project
July 27, 2017

Women's Empowerment in South Africa - Evaluation of the Raising Her Voice ...

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This reports shares the findings of an evaluation of the Oxfam Great Britain (OGB)-supported Raising Her Voice (RHV) project in South Africa (RHV-SA). The purpose of the evaluation was to rigorously assess the effectiveness of the project in ...

Zambia’s Modern Day Politicians and Lost Art of Rhetoric
July 20, 2017

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 Clean Energy Revolution
July 20, 2017

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 ...

Gender Inequality and Early Childhood Development
July 19, 2017

Gender Inequality and Early Childhood Development

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This Plan International document reviews linkages between early childhood development (ECD) and gender, in order to address the following questions: "Why is the development that occurs in the early years of such critical importance for the rights ...

Building Safe Spaces to Support Young Women's Participation in Local Governance in Indonesia
July 18, 2017

Building Safe Spaces to Support Young Women's Participation in Local ...

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"This report illustrates that systematic barriers prevent them [young women] from taking advantage of opportunities to participate in community decision-making structures, and reflects on how one NGO is working to overcome these barriers and ...

The Impact of New Media Technologies on Zambia’s 2016 Presidential elections.
July 18, 2017

The Impact of New Media Technologies on Zambia’s 2016 Presidential elections.

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Author: Daniel Tonga, July 18 2017 - Abstract: The emergence of new media technologies has changed the way in which political communication takes place in Zambia. On 11thAugust 2016, Zambia held presidential, parliamentary and local ...

The Inherent Danger of Hate Speech Legislation - A Case Study from Rwanda and Kenya  on the Failure of a Preventative Measure
July 13, 2017

The Inherent Danger of Hate Speech Legislation - A Case Study from Rwanda ...

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“FoE (Freedom of Expression) is one of the most fundamental human rights. Nevertheless, a fierce debate exists on the necessity to restrict some types of speech.”

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa
July 12, 2017

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

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Author: George Ogola, originally posted May 16 2017 - The news media is usually one of first casualties of bungled or contested elections. From the recent US elections, the UK’s Brexit vote to Zambia’s controversial 2016 presidential elections, ...

When Top Down Visions Meet Grassroots Digital Activism: Notes from Netherlands
July 11, 2017

When Top Down Visions Meet Grassroots Digital Activism: Notes from Netherlands

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"...even in a context where citizen participation becomes a policy principle, the desired format of and the actual opportunities for participation can be problematic." This paper from Making All Voices Count studies the integration of ...

Open Data in the Philippines: An Issue of Access and Awareness
July 6, 2017

Open Data in the Philippines: An Issue of Access and Awareness

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...in these existing attempts to elevate citizen engagement and amplify citizen voice through transparency and access to data and information, whose voices are being heard? Whose data is it, anyway? And ultimately, who benefits from the data?"

Governance in Tajikistan: Evaluation of the Women Smallholder Farmer Advocacy Campaign
July 3, 2017

Governance in Tajikistan: Evaluation of the Women Smallholder Farmer ...

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This is an evaluation of Oxfam GB (OGB)'s global advocacy campaign, GROW, as implemented in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan. The GROW campaign takes a multi-pronged approach to the multi-faceted issue of global food insecurity by focusing on a ...

Civic Charter - The Global Framework for People's Participation
June 28, 2017

Civic Charter - The Global Framework for People's Participation

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"Securing and expanding the space for civic participation is an indispensable prerequisite for a peaceful future of humanity. Without the active and unrestrained engagement of civil society around the globe, achieving the SDGs [Sustainable ...

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