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Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research
December 11, 2017

Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research

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"Attempts to prevent Internet dimensions of the violent radicalization of youth do not have proven efficacy, but on the other hand it is clear that they can damage online freedoms, especially freedom of expression, freedom of information, privacy ...

Social Media and Citizen Inclusion: Towards a New Model of Political Legitimacy?
December 8, 2017

Social Media and Citizen Inclusion: Towards a New Model of Political Legitimacy?

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What is the potential of digital activism to promote good, democratic governance in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Connecting Citizens to Their Governments: Lessons from ICT-Based Governance Initiatives in Indonesia
December 5, 2017

Connecting Citizens to Their Governments: Lessons from ICT-Based Governance ...

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"It is...fair to conclude that the use of ICTs in governance does strengthen community participation and improve public services, and government responsiveness and accountability."

SOGIESC UPR Advocacy Toolkit
December 4, 2017

SOGIESC UPR Advocacy Toolkit

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"SOGIESC issues are often side-lined during dialogues at the international level, but the UPR is one of the few forums where there can be vital debate on LGBTI human rights with governments who may otherwise not engage with or even tolerate such ...

How we attracted women to our shows
November 28, 2017

How we attracted women to our shows

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Author: Head of Research and Learning, BBC Media Action Nigeria, Anu Mohammed, originally posted November 22 2017 - As a child and throughout my teenage years in northern Nigeria, I saw men in our neighbourhood shopping for the food needed by the ...

Unpacking the Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology for Human Development
November 28, 2017

Unpacking the Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology for Human ...

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"[M]any perceive blockchain technology as a platform for positive change - one that could disrupt the global economy and address many of the socio-economic and political issues that countries are facing..."

Nonformal Dialogues in National Peacemaking
November 27, 2017

Nonformal Dialogues in National Peacemaking

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"Nonformal dialogues offer complementary approaches to formal dialogues in national peacemaking efforts in contexts of conflict."

The Techno-Centric Gaze: Incorporating Citizen Participation Technologies into Participatory Governance Processes in the Philippines
November 20, 2017

The Techno-Centric Gaze: Incorporating Citizen Participation Technologies ...

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"By avoiding the techno-centric gaze and adopting the standpoint of non-users, we were able to better understand the barriers to technology access, explaining non-use as well as the power relationships embedded in these non-actions."

Advocating for Openness: Nine Ways Civil Society Groups Have Mobilized to Defend Internet Freedom
November 17, 2017

Advocating for Openness: Nine Ways Civil Society Groups Have Mobilized to ...

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"[A]ctivists are building digital rights movements from the ground up, launching national policy dialogues, and fighting to establish new norms and Internet standards. Understanding which of these efforts are successful, and sharing this ...

Democratic Accountability in Service Delivery: A Practical Guide to Identify Improvements through Assessment
November 9, 2017

Democratic Accountability in Service Delivery: A Practical Guide to Identify ...

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"A participatory approach is in fact as important as the assessment results....Assessment is a process of planning, analysis, reflection and, above all, action." This guide's assessment methodology is designed to strengthen democratic ...

Don't Shoot the Messenger! Journalists as Human Rights Defenders in the East and Horn of Africa
November 8, 2017

Don't Shoot the Messenger! Journalists as Human Rights Defenders in the East ...

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”…amid growing restrictions on civic space in the sub-region, journalists play a critical role in exposing human rights violations and providing vital information and analysis of current events. Simply documenting and sharing information can ...

Indonesia's Village Law: Enabler or Constraint for More Accountable Governance?
November 7, 2017

Indonesia's Village Law: Enabler or Constraint for More Accountable Governance?

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"With particular relevance for accountable governance, we reflect on the way that different local governance actors exercise their agency, and how the interactions between them shape and reproduce the new structures offered by the Village Law."

Gender and Resilience: From Theory to Practice
November 7, 2017

Gender and Resilience: From Theory to Practice

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"One year into the implementation of the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, this working paper reflects on progress in linking gender equality and resilience within development projects." This ...

Investigación Social punto Net: opening scientific knowledge to the collaboration
November 1, 2017

Investigación Social punto Net: opening scientific knowledge to the ...

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Authors: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, originally posted here in Spanish, November 1 2017 - Undoubtedly, the cybernetic age is having an impact on the daily life of people, not only in their social and recreational relationships, in ...

Investigación Social punto Net: abriendo a la colaboración el conocimiento científico
October 26, 2017

Investigación Social punto Net: abriendo a la colaboración el conocimiento ...

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Author: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, November 1 2017 - Es indudable que la era cibernética está teniendo impacto en la vida cotidiana de las personas, no sólo en sus relaciones sociales y recreacionales, en los patrones de consumo, en sus ...

Evolving an Open E-Governance Index for Network Societies
October 25, 2017

Evolving an Open E-Governance Index for Network Societies

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"Despite the proliferation of different ICT indices, the OeGI has unique features: (1) it measures the extent to which civil society groups utilise ICTs to ensure their participation in societal steering; and (2) it measures the extent of ...

Rural Communication Services for Family Farming: Contributions, Evidence and Perspectives
October 24, 2017

Rural Communication Services for Family Farming: Contributions, Evidence and ...

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"Rural communication services and policies can translate farmers' right to communication into fair and transparent regulatory frameworks that will allow equitable access to information and communication services in rural areas and ensure the ...

The story of Story Story: 13 years of drama making a difference in Nigeria
October 24, 2017

The story of Story Story: 13 years of drama making a difference in Nigeria

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Author: BBC Media Action Nigeria's Head of Production and Training Deji Arosho, originally posted October 20 2017 - After more than 13 years, over 500 episodes and even a visit from The Queen, Story Story: Voices from the Market, is taking a ...

Webinar: Tips for Submitting a Competitive Abstract for the International SBCC Summit 2018
October 24, 2017

Webinar: Tips for Submitting a Competitive Abstract for the International ...

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Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit featuring Entertainment-Education to be held April 16 to 20, 2018 in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. SBCC and EE professionals are encouraged ...

Learn to Discern (L2D)
October 23, 2017

Learn to Discern (L2D)

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Implemented from July 2015 through March 2016 in 14 oblasts of Ukraine by IREX through the Citizen Media Literacy Project (CMLP), Learn to Discern (L2D) is a demand-side response to the problem of manipulative information. IREX believes that ...

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 ...

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?
August 21, 2017

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?

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Social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) engages and supports people to shift norms, change behaviours, and amplify the voices needed to address development challenges such as extreme poverty, gender inequities, public health emergencies, ...

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 ...

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