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 Citizen Engagement in Public Service Delivery
February 7, 2017

Citizen Engagement in Public Service Delivery

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"This paper suggests that reform-minded public officials can improve development results by using citizen engagement in a variety of ways: to elicit information and ideas, support public service improvements, defend the public interest from ...

Encountering Democracy
February 3, 2017

Encountering Democracy

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This 3-part documentary and resource guide emerged from a 3-phased communication and advocacy project designed to elicit homeless and formerly homeless youths' perspectives on democracy and citizenship in Canada. The films and guide are meant to ...

Shrinking Spaces: Online Freedom of Assembly and of Association in Pakistan
January 31, 2017

Shrinking Spaces: Online Freedom of Assembly and of Association in Pakistan

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The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) asserts that rights to freedom of assembly and of association (FoAA) are fundamental human rights, enshrined in the domestic law of Pakistan and the International Bill of Human Rights. These ...

Civil Society-Led Emergency Preparedness for Women with Disabilities in Gaza
January 26, 2017

Civil Society-Led Emergency Preparedness for Women with Disabilities in Gaza

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As part of Oxfam's Within and Without the State (WWS) programme, community researchers worked with women with disabilities in Gaza to enable them to devise a plan for periods of crisis. They supported civil society organisations (CSOs) themselves ...

Media Feast, News Famine: Ten Global Advertising Trends that Threaten Independent Journalism
January 24, 2017

Media Feast, News Famine: Ten Global Advertising Trends that Threaten ...

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"[I]t is imperative that the media development community take the lead in helping its partners become more effective in the digital space, with priority placed on mobile." This report from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at ...

Space for Civil Society - How to Protect and Expand an Enabling Environment
January 19, 2017

Space for Civil Society - How to Protect and Expand an Enabling Environment

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"Drawing on the input of their members and partners in the field over the last few years, the faithbased networks, ACT Alliance and CIDSE, have been assessing political and social developments that have had an impact on the space for civil ...

Ethics in the News
January 17, 2017

Ethics in the News

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"After a year of unprecedented news-making, media around the world are stepping back to ask a pertinent question - what is the future of ethical journalism in an age when it appears that the public around the world are falling out with facts, ...

Engendering Men: A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in Social Change and Gender Equality
January 13, 2017

Engendering Men: A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in ...

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"...engaging men in interpersonal gender issues have been shown to be an important entry point for more political and public pro-feminist engagement."

Open Data, Transparency and Accountability
January 12, 2017

Open Data, Transparency and Accountability

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"Despite a range of international open data initiatives and pressures, developing countries are lagging behind in the implementation of reforms at government level, in the overall availability of data, and in the use of open data for transparency ...

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development - Special Digital Focus 2015
January 11, 2017

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development - Special ...

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"The trends identified in this report shed light on the shifting landscape of opportunities and challenges for freedom and expression and media development, particularly those brought about by digital technologies. Through such sharing of ...

Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries - Handbook on Mapping Media Landscapes
January 11, 2017

Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries - Handbook on Mapping ...

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"Media landscapes in countries undergoing transition often change radically and just as often there is no solid knowledge about these changes. This means that the different stakeholders in the media and civil society navigate in unknown ...

Digital Citizens: Countering Extremism Online
January 9, 2017

Digital Citizens: Countering Extremism Online

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"...there is a dearth of high quality resources designed to increase the resilience of young people to extremism and radicalisation in a digital context, and those explicitly digital citizenship resources that do exist do not substantively ...

Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media
January 5, 2017

Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media

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"Social media operations are most effective when they are strategically incorporated as part of an organization's outreach, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation efforts."

Child Participation Assessment Tool
January 4, 2017

Child Participation Assessment Tool

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"We carefully analysed the views expressed by children, because they gave us a deep insight into the reality - or sometimes the frustrations - a child faces when communicating and interacting in an adult-dominated world." - Snežana ...

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal
January 3, 2017

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal

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"Societies rely upon public interest journalism for their supply of current information and knowledge. This is why UNESCO gives special attention to press freedom, which is based on the universal human right to free expression. To be meaningful, ...

Going global with Facebook Live
December 24, 2016

Going global with Facebook Live

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Bidhya Chapagain on December 22 2016 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of people across the world joined our first two Facebook Lives from Nepal, grabbing the opportunity to question an inspiring group ...

Turning Point: A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism
December 20, 2016

Turning Point: A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

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"It is not enough to merely counter these messages. We have to put our own affirmative vision forward, amplifying many different kinds of ideas and voices."

Preventing Violent Extremism: Leaders Telling a Different Story
December 12, 2016

Preventing Violent Extremism: Leaders Telling a Different Story

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"It is widely acknowledged that violent extremist groups develop through processes of engagement, communication and conversation. Thus, the relevance of bringing together all relevant stakeholders, without which change and real impact will never ...

Communities First: A Blueprint for Organizing and Sustaining a Global Movement Against Violent Extremism
December 9, 2016

Communities First: A Blueprint for Organizing and Sustaining a Global ...

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"The threat of violent extremism is more geographically dispersed and more localized than ever, yet the security-focused and other responses of national governments and multilateral institutions have not been and will not be sufficient to counter ...

Access Now Position Paper: A Digital Rights Approach to Proposals for Preventing or Countering Violent Extremism Online
December 9, 2016

Access Now Position Paper: A Digital Rights Approach to Proposals for ...

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"We cannot toss out all that we have learned about protecting free expression or limiting surveillance because activity once conducted in the physical environment now takes place on the internet, or because conversations that were once hidden are ...

A How To Guide: Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia
December 8, 2016

A How To Guide: Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia

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Supported by the Australian Government and led by Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this compendium provides practical guidance and insights for ...

How Low Turnout Is Turned Around: International Best Practice in Voter Turnout Campaigns
December 7, 2016

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

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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 milieu. Although, as stated here, lessons ...

Design Research for Media Development: A Guide for Practitioners
December 7, 2016

Design Research for Media Development: A Guide for Practitioners

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"Design research is useful whether you are designing an iPhone in Palo Alto or a media development program in Pakistan. But for projects like the latter - whose designers often come from vastly different backgrounds than their users, and where ...

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy Monitoring and Advocacy
December 7, 2016

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy ...

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"'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 take scale into account when developing strategic ...

 Generating real-time citizen data to identify socio-economic & political trends in East Africa
December 5, 2016

Generating real-time citizen data to identify socio-economic & political ...

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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 on data. In East Africa, a small start-up called ...

Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question
November 30, 2016

Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question

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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 conflict - to give young people a rare chance to voice ...

Preventing Radicalisation to Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Approaches and Practices
November 30, 2016

Preventing Radicalisation to Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Approaches and ...

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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 by a number of lessons learned and selected ...

Violent Extremism
November 30, 2016

Violent Extremism

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"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 Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) is an effort to ...

Citizen Engagement in Peacebuilding: A Communication for Development Approach to Rebuilding Peace from the Bottom-Up
November 29, 2016

Citizen Engagement in Peacebuilding: A Communication for Development ...

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"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 demonstrates how a communication for ...

Sierra Leone's Changing Media Landscape Offers Fresh Opportunities for Development Communications
November 23, 2016

Sierra Leone's Changing Media Landscape Offers Fresh Opportunities for ...

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“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 survey on the use of mobiles and media, such as ...

How Is a Radio Programme Encouraging Young People's Engagement with Democratic Processes in Tanzania?
November 18, 2016

How Is a Radio Programme Encouraging Young People's Engagement with ...

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"New research has found that the programme provided valuable information about the elections and voting process, addressed apathy (encouraging many to participate in various stages of the process) and inspired some listeners to maintain peace ...

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?
November 17, 2016

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?

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"This briefing, based on quantitative data from seven countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Myanmar, Tanzania and Sierra Leone), outlines the links between watching and listening to governance programmes and political participation, as ...

Media, participation and social inclusion: what are the links?
November 16, 2016

Media, participation and social inclusion: what are the links?

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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 across seven countries, Chris Snow looks at the potential of media to engage even hard-to-reach groups ...

Impediments to Development in Africa: Colonialism and the Evolution of Poor Governance
November 16, 2016

Impediments to Development in Africa: Colonialism and the Evolution of Poor ...

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Africa’s Current Malaise - Author: Mohamed Taha, November 16 2016 - In 2002, Ali Mazrui attempted to answer a critical question: Who killed African democracy? “The cultural half-caste who came in from Western schools and did not adequately ...

In the Service of the Public - Functions and Transformation of Media in Developing Countries
November 15, 2016

In the Service of the Public - Functions and Transformation of Media in ...

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"The transformation of state broadcasters to public service media (PSM) is one of the most ambitious endeavors in the field of media development. It is an enormous task to work with state broadcasters that are controlled by the government and ...

November 14, 2016

NEW: What keeps you up at night with worry about your work?

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Why is it so difficult for others to understand the value of what I do? Are we making a long-term difference? Where will the money come from? On no, not another strategic review or organisational ...

eHealth Conversations: Using Information Management, Dialogue, and Knowledge Exchange to Move Toward Universal Access to Health
November 10, 2016

eHealth Conversations: Using Information Management, Dialogue, and Knowledge ...

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"Due to the variety and timeliness of the topics addressed, this work is useful for health professionals, decision makers, political leaders, developers of health-related programs, and other players interested in the broad field of eHealth."

#Unite4Heritage
November 10, 2016

#Unite4Heritage

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"Empowering youth to actively participate in cultural life and equipping learners to become responsible global citizens is vital to forging more fair, inclusive and peaceful societies. Digital technologies and the Internet, which impact on the ...

Hate-Speech: A Five-Point Test for Journalists
November 9, 2016

Hate-Speech: A Five-Point Test for Journalists

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"Whenever media are manipulated by politicians and others in defence of country, culture, religion and race, they have the potential to do harm. Even the best journalists can sometimes, inadvertently, do damage when they report controversial ...

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance
November 9, 2016

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance

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"Accountability is enhanced when citizens play an active role in making demands and when officials are expected to respond to those demands with satisfactory answers and actions." This research on BBC Media Action's governance programmes for ...

Education and Security: A Global Literature Review on the Role of Education in Countering Violent Religious Extremism
November 4, 2016

Education and Security: A Global Literature Review on the Role of Education ...

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"The relationship between education and extremism is seemingly paradoxical, it being used both in aid of, and to combat, extremism. Gaining clarity of global understanding and of practice in the field is an urgent priority."

Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan
November 4, 2016

Women and Violent Radicalization in Jordan

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"The ways in which violent extremism affects women - both as victims and participants - are rarely discussed and remain underexplored. As Jordan moves toward taking new efforts to combat violent extremism within its borders, it is necessary for ...

Women and Violent Radicalization: Research Report
November 3, 2016

Women and Violent Radicalization: Research Report

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"Media representations of women in extremist groups, or who engage in political violence, are often rife with sexual stereotypes that stress their supposed passivity. Yet such women should not be seen exclusively as victims, since they are also ...

Policy Options and Regulatory Mechanisms for Managing Radicalization on the Internet
November 3, 2016

Policy Options and Regulatory Mechanisms for Managing Radicalization on the ...

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"There is growing concern that the Internet operates as a catalyst for radicalization and violence. Whether the main impact is one of 'self-radicalization' or the dissemination of information, instructions or communication is still open to ...

Video as Evidence Field Guide
November 2, 2016

Video as Evidence Field Guide

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"Video captured by citizens and activists can be instrumental in drawing attention to human rights abuses, calling for investigations and advocating for change. But many filmers want their videos to do more: they want their footage to expose ...

How Change Happens
November 2, 2016

How Change Happens

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“Despite the fact that much of human history has been about attempting to create different realities, we do not understand the process of social change very well.” In this book, the author combines research with practical experience to explore ...

Media Development and Countering Violent Extremism: An Uneasy Relationship, a Need for Dialogue
October 31, 2016

Media Development and Countering Violent Extremism: An Uneasy Relationship, ...

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"The potential pitfalls of a focus on counter-narrative objectives are significant for journalism and for the development of media independence. But there is some scope for dialogue and some need for greater mutual understanding, as highlighted ...

The complexities of rural communities and need for dialogue based interventions
October 31, 2016

The complexities of rural communities and need for dialogue based interventions

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Author:  Anele Herbet Dube, November 2 2016 - In my previous article I wrote about how community radio promotes participatory communication based on my experiences. During those times, I remember my colleague Jerry Zingwevu saying to me ‘I ...

Evaluation of the 'My Rights My Voice' Programme: Synthesis Report
October 31, 2016

Evaluation of the 'My Rights My Voice' Programme: Synthesis Report

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My Rights My Voice (MRMV) is a multi-country programme implemented by Oxfam GB, Oxfam Novib, Oxfam Québec, and their partners with the aim of engaging marginalised children and youth in their rights to health and education services. (See Related ...

Child-Participatory Budgeting: A Review of Global Practice
October 27, 2016

Child-Participatory Budgeting: A Review of Global Practice

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How can children be involved in decisions about public expenditure in ways that are effective, inclusive and impactful? Drawing on the views of children, young people, and adults who worked together in participatory budgeting initiatives, this ...

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