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Technology for Development: Indo-Pacific State of Play
February 15, 2018

Technology for Development: Indo-Pacific State of Play

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"Australia’s first International Cyber Engagement Strategy lays out three simple... goals to harness the opportunities of the digital age and accelerate sustainable development in the Indo-Pacific..." From the Institute of Development Studies ...

Open Aid, Open Societies: A Vision for a Transparent World
February 15, 2018

Open Aid, Open Societies: A Vision for a Transparent World

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"...[A] more open, more accountable world must be the foundation on which democracies and global prosperity are built. This happens when we [DFID] and others publish evidence and data which is meaningful and when others can translate that ...

Media Pluralism, Public Trust, and Democracy: New Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean
February 14, 2018

Media Pluralism, Public Trust, and Democracy: New Evidence from Latin ...

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"[T]he findings from our analyses point to the broader conclusion that focusing efforts on strengthening media ecosystems can help to address and, ideally, counter the region's growing dissatisfaction with democracy. This is because where ...

Understanding Activism: How International NGOs, Foundations and Others Can Provide Better Support to Social Movements
February 12, 2018

Understanding Activism: How International NGOs, Foundations and Others Can ...

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"The most significant and consistent theme of this research is that trust, respect, and collaboration make the most difference in terms of what activists and outside actors can achieve together."

DFID's "transparency revolution" is welcome - but supporting independent media is urgent and challenging
February 9, 2018

DFID's "transparency revolution" is welcome - but supporting independent ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's James Deane, originally posted on February 7 2018 - The UK Department for International Development's commitment to undertake a "transparency revolution" is welcome. Their new strategy outlined yesterday Open Aid, Open ...

Preventing Violence against Women in Elections: A Programming Guide
February 6, 2018

Preventing Violence against Women in Elections: A Programming Guide

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"Until recently, lack of data and the stigma attached to gender-based violence in many societies have kept violence against women in elections (VAWE) on the margins of study. Yet it is a barrier to women that exists in every country, with ...

Education about the Holocaust and Preventing Genocide: A Policy Guide
February 6, 2018

Education about the Holocaust and Preventing Genocide: A Policy Guide

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"Understanding how and why the Holocaust occurred can inform broader understandings of mass violence globally, as well as highlight the value of promoting human rights, ethics, and civic engagement that bolsters human solidarity at the local, ...

Rights in Pakistan: Workplace Harrassment Law and Right to Vote
February 4, 2018

Rights in Pakistan: Workplace Harrassment Law and Right to Vote

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Author: Bilquis Rehman, February 8 2018: Dr. Rehman writes on women´s rights in the workpace and facilitating youth voter education - Workplace Harassment Law 2010 and Pakistan Penal Code Section 509: Enabling workplace a better place for ...

American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy
February 2, 2018

American Views: Trust, Media and Democracy

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"News organizations need to do a better job engaging their readers and explaining to them how they report stories and the care they put into getting it right." - Tim Franklin, Senior Associate Dean at the Medill School of Journalism at ...

Indian draft SDG 5 indicators when compared to global ones: One step forward and two steps backward?
February 1, 2018

Indian draft SDG 5 indicators when compared to global ones: One step forward ...

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Author: Ranjani K Murthy, February 1 2018 - After framing of global SDGs, many countries have begun to frame country specific ones. India was not one to be left behind, and it has drafted a document “SDG Targets and Proposed Draft National ...

EGovernment Benchmark 2017: Taking Stock of User-Centric Design and Delivery of Digital Public Services in Europe
February 1, 2018

EGovernment Benchmark 2017: Taking Stock of User-Centric Design and Delivery ...

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"Overall eGovernment performance in Europe is moving in the right direction."

The Effect of Civic Leadership Training on Citizen Engagement and Government Responsiveness: Experimental Evidence from the Philippines
January 31, 2018

The Effect of Civic Leadership Training on Citizen Engagement and Government ...

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"What are the effects of providing civic leadership training to community leaders from marginalised groups? Can it lead to increased participation by new leaders in local government processes, and increased government responsiveness to the needs ...

Increasing Citizen Voice and Government Responsiveness: What Does Success Really Look Like, and Who Decides?
January 29, 2018

Increasing Citizen Voice and Government Responsiveness: What Does Success ...

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"[D]o the key elements for change come from the processes of participation generated by the use of ICTs? Or do they lie as preconditions that must already be in place, arising from other political dynamics and not connected to the ICT-enabled ...

Assessing Conflict Drivers and Re-Framing Radicalization in Northern Nigeria: Formative Research Report for the Farar Tattabara ("White Dove") Radio Project
January 26, 2018

Assessing Conflict Drivers and Re-Framing Radicalization in Northern ...

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"In late 2016, Equal Access [EA] launched a new CVE (countering violent extremism) radio project in northern Nigeria. In order to better understand evolving conflict dynamics, [Equal Access-Nigeria] conducted formative research across northern ...

Poverty, Voice and Advocacy: A Haitian Study
January 25, 2018

Poverty, Voice and Advocacy: A Haitian Study

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"[H]ow do successful innovations get taken up by policy processes? And how to give voice to those with direct experience or connection to the issues at hand in the process?" The product of a 12-month action research project by the Haitian ...

Communication, Social Movements, and Collective Action: Special Section, Journal of Communication
January 25, 2018

Communication, Social Movements, and Collective Action: Special Section, ...

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"What actors drive processes of collective action? What are the communication features of their interventions? What type of social change processes do they enhance? What evidence demonstrates the impact of collective action processes? What ...

Integrating GBV in WASH toolkit: Lessons from Yemen
January 24, 2018

Integrating GBV in WASH toolkit: Lessons from Yemen

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"During 2015 - the first year of piloting the GBV in WASH [water, sanitation and hygiene] initiative - IR [Islamic Relief] developed methods, tools and context-specific approaches to prevent GBV [gender-based violence] in WASH. Hence, it gathered ...

Appropriating Technology for Accountability: Messages from Making All Voices Count
January 24, 2018

Appropriating Technology for Accountability: Messages from Making All Voices ...

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Between June 2013 and November 2017, the Making All Voices Count programme made grants for innovation and scaling projects that aimed to amplify the voices of citizens and enable governments to listen and respond. Conceived in an era of optimism ...

Working in Conflict: A Faith Based Toolkit for Islamic Relief
January 23, 2018

Working in Conflict: A Faith Based Toolkit for Islamic Relief

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"This toolkit has been designed to be a practical resource for Islamic Relief staff working in conflict zones and fragile contexts that takes our Islamic faith as a foundation." From the Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) working paper ...

Information Not Found: The "Right to Be Forgotten" as an Emerging Threat to Media Freedom in the Digital Age
January 22, 2018

Information Not Found: The "Right to Be Forgotten" as an Emerging Threat to ...

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"[T]he media development community has a responsibility to engage in the debates, raise awareness of how the RTBF is endangering press freedom, and ensure that the tireless work and progress achieved is not undermined by unscrupulous actors vying ...

Voice, Visibility and Variety of Viciousness: A Malaysian Study on Women's Lived Realities on Social Media
January 18, 2018

Voice, Visibility and Variety of Viciousness: A Malaysian Study on Women's ...

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"Women constitute at least 40 percent of Malaysia's online population yet much is to be known about their experience in exercising their freedom of expression and participation."

Supporting Innovation and the Use of Technologies in Accountability Initiatives: Lessons from Making All Voices Count
January 18, 2018

Supporting Innovation and the Use of Technologies in Accountability ...

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Making All Voices Count was an international initiative that harnessed the power of innovation and new technologies to support effective, accountable governance. The research, evidence, and learning (REL) component led the process of building an ...

Theories of Change for Promoting Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings
January 17, 2018

Theories of Change for Promoting Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile ...

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Published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in association with the Action for Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme (A4EA), this paper explores the current state of thinking among a range of aid actors (multilaterals, ...

From the Ground Up: Multi-Level Accountability Politics in Land Reform in the Philippines
January 17, 2018

From the Ground Up: Multi-Level Accountability Politics in Land Reform in ...

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The case of the Peasant Movement of Bondoc Peninsula (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bondoc Peninsula, or KMBP) sheds light on the contest over implementing land reform in the Philippines. This study narrates the struggle of KMBP through the lens of ...

Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3)
January 17, 2018

Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3)

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The Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3) was an initiative designed to improve community resistance to violent extremist influence in the northern regions of Cameroon. Implemented between December 2015 and December 2017 by Equal Access, the ...

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media
January 15, 2018

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media

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This publication, commissioned by the Open Society Foundation and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, describes the results of a study on how journalists are experimenting with building trust and engaging with ...

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization
January 11, 2018

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization

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"New technologies-in-use have made a difference to social development, and for this reason the internet and how it has displaced traditional media cannot be dealt with within the silos of disciplinary specialization or empirically investigated ...

Lean HCD: A Case Study in Human-Centered Design in the Highlands of Guatemala
January 4, 2018

Lean HCD: A Case Study in Human-Centered Design in the Highlands of Guatemala

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"HCD requires deeper engagement on the part of the design team than a traditional design process, which tends to start with the technology instead of with people's problems. This tech-centered approach may reduce uptake of the solution..."

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand
December 19, 2017

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand

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Author: Jessica Mayberry, November 16 2017 - At Video Volunteers [VV], we spend nearly all our time reporting on stories that don't make headlines; stories of broken systems and petty corruption occurring amongst the relatively ignored ...

Addressing Failure in ICT-Enabled 'Citizen Voice - Government Responsiveness' Interventions: Unpacking Core Assumptions and Essential Components
December 15, 2017

Addressing Failure in ICT-Enabled 'Citizen Voice - Government ...

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"When government willingness is already there, ICT-enabled voice can help build capacity to respond. But generally, unless pre-existing government commitment to respond is in place, voice through the platforms will not create it, and response ...

The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a big new argument?
December 13, 2017

The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a ...

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Author: James Deane, December 13 2017 - Sometimes you read a book which - just short of literally - blows your mind.  The Enigma of Reason: a new theory of understanding by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber did that to mine.  If their ...

BBC Media Action Microsite: Gender
December 14, 2017

BBC Media Action Microsite: Gender

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This BBC Media Action interactive digital toolkit has been created on a dedicated micro website "to help those working in media and communication for development to challenge negative gender stereotypes and advance gender equality." The ...

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy
December 12, 2017

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

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"In the absence of a comprehensive campaign to deal with this threat, manipulation and disinformation techniques could enable modern authoritarian regimes to expand their power and influence while permanently eroding user confidence in online ...

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News
December 12, 2017

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News

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"Dark social" refers to online and digital sharing either missing or incorrectly attributed in site traffic analytics. It describes the blind spot that originates when visitors to online news websites arrive there from links shared by email, ...

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 ...

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