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Research Communication for Policy Influence: Key Toolkits
February 9, 2016

Research Communication for Policy Influence: Key Toolkits

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"Research communication is at the heart of evidence based policy making, as it includes understanding the obstacles preventing the uptake of research by decision makers and reflects on the most appropriate strategies, tools and channels to reach ...

Rising Waters: Working Together on Cape Town's Flooding
November 5, 2015

Rising Waters: Working Together on Cape Town's Flooding

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"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."

Nganyi Community Resource Centre
November 5, 2015

Nganyi Community Resource Centre

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"The Nganyi clan is known for being gifted in predicting rain. But they have faced challenges recently in delivering accurate forecasts, perhaps due to rapid climatic changes. As a result they have been losing people's trust....At the same time, ...

Koch FM: The radio station in a slum
October 16, 2015

Koch FM: The radio station in a slum

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Author: Diana Njeru, October 16 2015 - On Global Handwashing Day, Diana Njeru looks at how a radio station constructed from a shipping container is helping people improve their health in one of Kenya's largest slums. On the banks of a slimy grey ...

"I want to go to university to become a doctor"
October 13, 2015

"I want to go to university to become a doctor"

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Author: Apune Jacob Alfred, October 13 2015 - The theme for this year's International Day of the Girl Child is the power of the adolescent girl and the vision for this generation of girls in 2030. As the day approaches, Apune Jacob Alfred ...

Our School and Girls Education South Sudan (GESS)
September 4, 2015

Our School and Girls Education South Sudan (GESS)

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"BBC Media Action’s radio programmes are part of Girls Education South Sudan [GESS], a major initiative designed to increase the number of girls enrolling in school and completing their education, as well as improving learning outcomes at both ...

Sheepa Hafiza - Director of Gender, Justice, Diversity and Migration, BRAC - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 26, 2015

Sheepa Hafiza - Director of Gender, Justice, Diversity and Migration, BRAC - ...

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"Sexual harassment in public places is found to be one of the major causes of girls’ dropping out of school; this causes an increase in child and early forced marriage." Sheepa Hafiza Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Securing the Way to ...

Furaha Pascal Karimiko - Moving The Goalposts (MTG) Coach, Woman Win, Kenya - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 26, 2015

Furaha Pascal Karimiko - Moving The Goalposts (MTG) Coach, Woman Win, Kenya ...

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"I learned about my rights... my right to play and to choose what I wanted to become." Furaha Pascal Karimiko Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Securing the Way to Healthy Adulthood and Leadership for Girls"

Karen Austrian - Population Council - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 26, 2015

Karen Austrian - Population Council - DFID Girl Summit 2014

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"The Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme is for the most vulnerable girls ages 10-19 in Zambia….Evidence shows that economic aspects of girls’ lives can act as key barriers in translating health knowledge into health behaviour change.” Karen ...

Iwalola Akin-Jimoh - Executive Director, Ovie Brume Foundation, Vital Voices Fellowship Program, Nigeria - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 26, 2015

Iwalola Akin-Jimoh - Executive Director, Ovie Brume Foundation, Vital Voices ...

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"What we did was primarily to build the life skills of young people... and we also used sports... to build their self-confidence and self-esteem... We give them capacities in such a way that they can ...build communities and address various ...

Rema Nanda - Founder and Trustee, JAGRITI Youth, India - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 26, 2015

Rema Nanda - Founder and Trustee, JAGRITI Youth, India - DFID Girl Summit 2014

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"I founded JAGRITI Youth ...to really dismantle the oppression that children face literally from womb to tomb, as they grow into adulthood." Rema Nanda Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Securing the Way to Healthy Adulthood and Leadership ...

John Chua - Associate Professor of Communications at Richmond University, Producer and Editorial Adviser at Wadi - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 26, 2015

John Chua - Associate Professor of Communications at Richmond University, ...

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"We train local people to do local things... to approach local situations..." John Chua Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Moving up the Agenda: Public and Political"

Naz Ahmed and Lisa Zimmermann - The City Academy Bristol/Integrate Bristol - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 25, 2015

Naz Ahmed and Lisa Zimmermann - The City Academy Bristol/Integrate Bristol - ...

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"We started in 2008 with four girls who wanted to talk about this, at that time, extremely taboo issue [FGM], and we've since grown to a group of well over one hundred young people, including many boys." Lisa Zimmerman Panel Discussion: ...

Elise Petitpas - Advocacy Officer, Amnesty International - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 25, 2015

Elise Petitpas - Advocacy Officer, Amnesty International - DFID Girl Summit 2014

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"The End FGM action campaign led by Amnesty International started in 2009 with one main objective: It was to make sure that stopping female genital mutilation would become a priority for the European Union." Elise Petitpas Panel Discussion: ...

Dr. Albino Francisco - Executive Director, National Coalition to Eliminate Child Marriage, Mozambique - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 25, 2015

Dr. Albino Francisco - Executive Director, National Coalition to Eliminate ...

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Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Moving up the Agenda: Public and Political"

Magreth Kibasa - Children's Dignity Forum, Tanzania - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 21, 2015

Magreth Kibasa - Children's Dignity Forum, Tanzania - DFID Girl Summit 2014

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Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Moving up the Agenda: Public and Political"

Sally Gear - Senior Education Adviser, Department for International Development, UK - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 21, 2015

Sally Gear - Senior Education Adviser, Department for International ...

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"[The DFID Girls' Education Challenge] is about resources... it's about partnering... but it is also about levering more than just the individual project, so we invested ...in evaluation of the programmes which will track over 70,000 girls in ...

Angeline Murimirwa - Regional Executive Director (Southern Africa), Camfed - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 20, 2015

Angeline Murimirwa - Regional Executive Director (Southern Africa), Camfed - ...

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"It is not a coincidence that Malawi, which is one of the countries with one of the highest exclusion rates for girls, also has one of the highest child marriage rates...Education and child marriage do not go hand in hand." Angeline ...

Roshni Sen - Secretary, Department of Women Development and Social Welfare and Child Development, Government of West Bengal, India - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 20, 2015

Roshni Sen - Secretary, Department of Women Development and Social Welfare ...

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"The [Kanyashree Prakalpa] scheme is absolutely scalable because it is operated through the schools - schools are the basic unit, and administratively, it is a very, very simple scheme [of conditional cash transfers for girls]." Roshni ...

Dr. Priya Nanda - Group Director for Reproductive Health and Economic Development, ICRW Asia - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 20, 2015

Dr. Priya Nanda - Group Director for Reproductive Health and Economic ...

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"The [Apni Beti Apna Dhan Conditional Cash Transfer programme] was initiated...in 1994 to motivate families to value their daughters differently." Dr. Priya Nanda Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Building Bright Futures for Girls ...

Dr. Tabinda Sarosh - Programme Director, Shirkat Gah - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 19, 2015

Dr. Tabinda Sarosh - Programme Director, Shirkat Gah - DFID Girl Summit 2014

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Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Can Better Legislation and Successful Prosecutions Help End FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage?"

Kranti L. Chinnappa - Executive Director, Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)s - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 19, 2015

Kranti L. Chinnappa - Executive Director, Human Rights Law Network (HRLN)s - ...

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"Along with challenging the non-implementation of the law [prohibiting child marriage], we decided to approach the court on various aspects that lead to child marriage or result from child marriage." Kranti L. Chinnappa Panel Discussion: ...

Her Excellency Camara Sanaba Kaba - Minister for Social Action and Promotion of Women and Children, Government of Guinea, - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 18, 2015

Her Excellency Camara Sanaba Kaba - Minister for Social Action and Promotion ...

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Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Can Better Legislation and Successful Prosecutions Help End FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage?"

Dr. Amal Mahmoud Abdalla - Secretary General of National Council for Child Welfare, Government of Sudan - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 18, 2015

Dr. Amal Mahmoud Abdalla - Secretary General of National Council for Child ...

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"FGM/C in Sudan is rooted in social norms, a self-enforcing social foundation, as a religious duty for some families and communities." Dr. Amal Mahmoud Abdalla Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Brands, Media and Communications: Powerful ...

Kate Wedgwood - Country Director, Girl Hub Rwanda - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 18, 2015

Kate Wedgwood - Country Director, Girl Hub Rwanda - DFID Girl Summit 2014

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"We've taken the positive aspects of Rwanda culture and reframed them to address the girls' needs and unique challenges." Kate Wedgwood Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Brands, Media and Communications: Powerful Tools to Shift Social ...

Her Excellency Hooria Mashhour - Minister of Human Rights, Government of Yemen - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 18, 2015

Her Excellency Hooria Mashhour - Minister of Human Rights, Government of ...

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Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Can Better Legislation and Successful Prosecutions Help End FGM and Child, Early and Forced Marriage?"

Poonam Muttreja - Executive Director, Population Foundation of India - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 18, 2015

Poonam Muttreja - Executive Director, Population Foundation of India - DFID ...

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"Main Kuch Bhi Kar Sakti Hoon - I, A Woman, Can Achieve Anything is a multi-media initiative which aims to enhance knowledge and change perceptions and attitudes on women’s empowerment, family planning and the social determinants of reproductive ...

Cathy Russell - Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, United States - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 17, 2015

Cathy Russell - Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, United States ...

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Spotlight B2 - "Bringing it all Together: Ending FGM Through Strong and Effective National Action"

Zsanett Shashaty, Anti-Slavery Officer for the Welsh Government - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 17, 2015

Zsanett Shashaty, Anti-Slavery Officer for the Welsh Government - DFID Girl ...

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"Clear policy and strong government leadership, combined with wide collaboration with statutory partners, NGOs [non-governmental organisations], community and faith leaders is challenging attitudes and resulting in innovative actions in Wales." - ...

Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté - Executive Director, Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 17, 2015

Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté - Executive Director, Inter-African Committee on ...

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Spotlight B2 - "Bringing it all Together: Ending FGM Through Strong and Effective National Action"

Vitor Almeida - Senior Advisor in the Portuguese Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, Government of Portugal - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 14, 2015

Vitor Almeida - Senior Advisor in the Portuguese Commission for Citizenship ...

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Spotlight B2 - "Bringing it all Together: Ending FGM Through Strong and Effective National Action"

Efua Dorkenoo - Programme Director, End FGM/C Social Change Campaign - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 14, 2015

Efua Dorkenoo - Programme Director, End FGM/C Social Change Campaign - DFID ...

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"Community is the foundation on which Africa builds its society and shapes its culture." Efua Dorkenoo Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Brands, Media and Communications: Powerful Tools to Shift Social Norms for Girls"

Bruktawit Tigabu Tadesse - Co-founder, Whizz Kids - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 14, 2015

Bruktawit Tigabu Tadesse - Co-founder, Whizz Kids - DFID Girl Summit 2014

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"The parents and the community gather around and watch this film.... They see the transformation and they are really amazed." Bruktawit Tigabu Tadesse Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Brands, Media and Communications: Powerful Tools to ...

[The Ret Hon] Norman Baker, MP [Former] Minister of State for Crime Prevention, Government of the United Kingdom - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 14, 2015

[The Ret Hon] Norman Baker, MP [Former] Minister of State for Crime ...

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Spotlight B2 - "Bringing it all Together: Ending FGM Through Strong and Effective National Action"

Daniela Colombo - President, Italian Association for Women in   Development (AIDOS) - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 14, 2015

Daniela Colombo - President, Italian Association for Women in Development ...

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"AIDOS has always looked at FGM/C as a social norm based on gender relations." Daniela Colombo Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress "Brands, Media and Communications: Powerful Tools to Shift Social Norms for Girls"

Dr. Alain P. Zoubga, Minister for Social Action and National Solidarity, Government of Burkina Faso - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 14, 2015

Dr. Alain P. Zoubga, Minister for Social Action and National Solidarity, ...

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Spotlight B2 - "Bringing it all Together: Ending FGM Through Strong and Effective National Action"

Hon. Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo - Chair of the Anti-FGM Board and Founder, Jebii Kilimo Foundation, Kenya - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 14, 2015

Hon. Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo - Chair of the Anti-FGM Board and Founder, Jebii ...

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"Both legal and community change are needed to...foster... long-term behavioural change that will see an end to the practice. A law banning FGM is a powerful way of creating social change, by showing that the world itself is changing, by showing ...

Hekate Papadaki - Grants and Development Manager, Rosa Fund - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 13, 2015

Hekate Papadaki - Grants and Development Manager, Rosa Fund - DFID Girl ...

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"We are working with the diaspora community in the UK. We heard... on Monday that we have 137,000 women living with FGM in the UK and approximately 60,000 girls born to those women." Hekate Papadaki Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress ...

Ato Haileleul Seyoum, Government of Ethiopia, and Dr. Annabel Erulkar, Population Council Ethiopia - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 13, 2015

Ato Haileleul Seyoum, Government of Ethiopia, and Dr. Annabel Erulkar, ...

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Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress - "Reaching Millions, Not Hundreds: Experiences in Scaling Up Community Social Change"

Sonia Aziz Malik - Senior Lecturer, Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, Peace and Rights, Ahfad University for Women  - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 13, 2015

Sonia Aziz Malik - Senior Lecturer, Regional Institute of Gender, Diversity, ...

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Spotlight A7 - "The Role of Health, Education & Social Care Professionals in Creating Change"

Dr. Ravi Verma - Regional Director, ICRW Asia Regional Office - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 13, 2015

Dr. Ravi Verma - Regional Director, ICRW Asia Regional Office - DFID Girl ...

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"Gender attitudes and norms, such as those around the roles and responsibilities of women and men, are learned at a young age." - International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) Spotlight A7 - "The Role of Health, Education & Social Care ...

DFID's Blogs on CEFM: Policy Strategies
August 12, 2015

DFID's Blogs on CEFM: Policy Strategies

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"Imagine your life if you were married at 15, against your will, to an abusive husband. It’s the same for almost all the women you know. Your education came to an abrupt end once you were married, and you’re not allowed to have a job – other than ...

Dr. Ben Cislaghi - Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, Tostan - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 12, 2015

Dr. Ben Cislaghi - Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and ...

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"One of the things we knew about the programme is that it had resulted in social change - one of these results was the abandonment of traditional harmful practices, but very little was known about the process..." Ben Cislaghi (from research by ...

Adama Ndiaye - Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Family, Women and Children, Government of Senegal - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 12, 2015

Adama Ndiaye - Secretary-General of the Ministry of the Family, Women and ...

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"The innovation of this plan [the Senegal national plan of action] was the adoption at scale of a human rights based approach to addressing the practice [of FGM] and promoting community development." from the introduction of Adama Ndiaye Panel ...

Sonali Khan - Vice President, Breakthrough - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 12, 2015

Sonali Khan - Vice President, Breakthrough - DFID Girl Summit 2014

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"I carry the burden of numbers....if we are not able to scale up, the whole question of urgency (on CEFM) will not be met." Sonali Khan Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress - "Reaching Millions, Not Hundreds: Experiences in Scaling Up ...

Professor Hazel Barrett - Coventry University/ Researching Female Genital Mutilation Intervention Programmes Linked to African Communities in the EU (REPLACE) - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 12, 2015

Professor Hazel Barrett - Coventry University/ Researching Female Genital ...

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"Clearly, as the communities move through these 9 stages [of readiness to change], the balance of power between community norms and individual agency changes, with individual agency becoming more powerful as the community becomes ready to replace ...

Kecia Bertermann - Monitoring & Learning Director, Girl Hub - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 12, 2015

Kecia Bertermann - Monitoring & Learning Director, Girl Hub - DFID Girl ...

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"As you can imagine, conducting research with young girls is very challenging. They might be shy and reluctant to speak and to share their stories and their experiences." Kecia Bertermann  Panel Discussion: Spotlight on Progress - ...

Saria Khalifa - Youth Programme Lead, FORWARD - DFID Girl Summit 2014
August 12, 2015

Saria Khalifa - Youth Programme Lead, FORWARD - DFID Girl Summit 2014

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"Youth advocacy is about passion in the face of adversity: about challenging the status quo; questioning the expectation that young people are unable or unwilling to stand up and make a change. It is challenging the idea that the youth voice is ...

Reflecting on development practice the Burkinabé way
May 20, 2015

Reflecting on development practice the Burkinabé way

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Author: Valentina Tartari, May 20 2015 - My name is Valentina Tartari. I am not a journalist, nor an expert on African politics, but an international development graduate with a strong research interest in African communities.

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