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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?"

The Role of Collective Platforms, Services and Tools to Support Communication and Community Engagement in Humanitarian Action
July 3, 2017

The Role of Collective Platforms, Services and Tools to Support ...

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"There is broad agreement in the humanitarian sector, both at the practitioner and leadership level, that communication and community engagement contributes to greater effectiveness and value for money. Despite many organisations and governments ...

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain
June 23, 2017

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain

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"Although the scheme may be simple, we believe that it already features most of the components of a new democratic participation in the digital age." This research brief from IT for Change via Making All Voices Count looks at initiatives that ...

Masculinities, Conflict and Violence
June 20, 2017

Masculinities, Conflict and Violence

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“Nigeria is currently experiencing insurgency, urban violence, tensions over environmental degradation and conflict over land and water - and gender inequality drives and is exacerbated by all these conflicts.” Commissioned by Voices for Change ...

Impact: A Design Perspective
June 13, 2017

Impact: A Design Perspective

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"We see opportunities to gather data and improve our designs everywhere. Even in situations where things seem uncertain or difficult to quantify, we simply can't hold for the perfect conditions before we iterate then measure the impact of our ...

This Isn't the Life for You: Masculinities and Nonviolence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 9, 2017

This Isn't the Life for You: Masculinities and Nonviolence in Rio de ...

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"In neighbourhoods rife with drug trafficking and criminal networks, many youth face pressure to join gangs and participate in a range of everyday violence. Despite overwhelming economic and social pressure, how do some boys and young men manage ...

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development
May 12, 2017

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development

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"The...potential and limitations of these technologies are fundamentally dependent on choices that we make, today and in the future - choices about keeping platforms open and interoperable, choices about hardwiring users' rights and freedoms into ...

Restricting Space for Civil Society
May 11, 2017

Restricting Space for Civil Society

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"What is the recent evidence of a global trend toward restricted space for civil society? Is the trend specific to particular thematic areas?" There is consensus in the literature reviewed for this Governance and Social Development Resource ...

Changing Gender and Social Norms, Attitudes and Behaviours
May 9, 2017

Changing Gender and Social Norms, Attitudes and Behaviours

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"What rigorous evidence is there on what types of programming interventions work to bring about changes in gender and social norms, and changes in wider attitudes and behaviours?" This annotated bibliography presents studies of programmes that ...

Intervening to Reduce Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from the Do Kadam Programme in Bihar for Programme Implementation and Evaluation
April 28, 2017

Intervening to Reduce Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from the Do ...

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India's Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (Two Steps Towards Equality) programme was an effort to address a perceived dearth of evidence on what works and what does not work to change notions of masculinity and femininity, reverse norms at community level ...

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: Potential and Constraints
April 10, 2017

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: ...

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"Everyone is reliant on mobile technology for communication ... Even a grandmother in Syria might now be using applications such as WhatsApp ... these tools have become central." (Field researcher interviewee) This report presents the findings ...

The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development: Sharing Lessons of Improving Development Processes with Evidence
March 28, 2017

The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development: Sharing Lessons of ...

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"Shifts in ideas about research for development have seen externally imposed models and theory-based policy prescriptions replaced by processes of participation and co-production, with a greater focus on local knowledge and engaging key ...

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's Work to Improve Maternal and Child Health
March 23, 2017

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's ...

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"By working with governmental and non-governmental partners, BBC Media Action's content was able to go beyond mass media to reach those without access, spark discussion and deepen the impact of work to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn ...

Beyond the Health Governance Gap: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in South Sudan
February 3, 2017

Beyond the Health Governance Gap: Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in ...

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"Demand is key to a working health system. Yet too often, as can be seen in the case of South Sudan in recent years, financing and policy focus on the supply-side factor."

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 ...

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 ...

Case Study: Innovations in Emergency Disease Responses
January 10, 2017

Case Study: Innovations in Emergency Disease Responses

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This study, which reports on a project conducted by the Centre for Research in Innovation Management (CENTRIM) at the University of Brighton that was funded by UKaid from the United Kingdom (UK)'s Department for International Development (DFID), ...

Eyes and Ears on the Ground: Monitoring Aid in Insecure Environments
January 4, 2017

Eyes and Ears on the Ground: Monitoring Aid in Insecure Environments

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"Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is critical for understanding the performance of aid, ensuring accountability to affected populations and donors, and allowing effective continuation of programmes amid insecurity. Nonetheless, insecurity can ...

Listening to Communities in Insecure Environments
January 4, 2017

Listening to Communities in Insecure Environments

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"In insecure environments, where humanitarian staff have limited opportunities for face-to-face interactions with communities, achieving accountability to affected populations is more complex and often requires a mix of approaches. Community ...

Women and Peace Building in Afghanistan: Building Local and National-Level Peace with the Meaningful Participation of Women
October 19, 2016

Women and Peace Building in Afghanistan: Building Local and National-Level ...

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"Conflict has destroyed countless lives in Afghanistan. Searching for an elusive peace is a focus for many; but women have often been left with no voice, with the result that a fair and equitable end to conflict remains out of reach." Starting ...

Citizen Voice and Action
September 19, 2016

Citizen Voice and Action

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"No democratic government can afford not to listen to the voices of its citizens....However, governments - and institutions of various sizes and scales - find citizen engagement difficult and sometimes threatening. This is because participation ...

Mobile Phones, Internet, and Gender in Myanmar
September 15, 2016

Mobile Phones, Internet, and Gender in Myanmar

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This report is the result of research conducted by LIRNEasia and GSMA's Connected Women programme focusing on women's access to and use of mobile phones in Myanmar, where 40% of the population aged 15-65 owned a mobile phone and 30% of the ...

Community Engagement, Routine Immunization, and the Polio Legacy in Northern Nigeria
August 3, 2016

Community Engagement, Routine Immunization, and the Polio Legacy in Northern ...

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"The transition plan for the Polio Eradication Initiative in Nigeria must give a prominent role to community volunteers. They have and will continue to have a major influence on supporting routine immunization and maintaining trust of the primary ...

Gyan Jyoti - Generating FP Demand via Mobile Phones
July 14, 2016

Gyan Jyoti - Generating FP Demand via Mobile Phones

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This Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Spotlight on Health COMpass from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) explores the process and impact of developing an android-based phone app called Gyan Jyoti ("light of ...

Communications to Change Discriminatory Gender Norms Affecting Adolescent Girls
July 1, 2016

Communications to Change Discriminatory Gender Norms Affecting Adolescent Girls

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"Can communications programmes help to change discriminatory gender norms and improve adolescent girls' wellbeing? The short answer is yes. Of the programmes examined in our recent systematic review, most (71%) had positive impacts on norms, ...

Changing Gender Norms: Monitoring and Evaluating Programmes and Projects
June 29, 2016

Changing Gender Norms: Monitoring and Evaluating Programmes and Projects

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To understand whether projects and programmes to change discriminatory gender norms affecting adolescent girls are having their intended effect – and to make the necessary changes if they are not - it is important to monitor change (or lack of ...

What Can Internationally Comparable Quantitative Data Tell Us about How Gender Norms Are Changing?
June 29, 2016

What Can Internationally Comparable Quantitative Data Tell Us about How ...

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"Which types of data can tell us about changes in people's attitudes and practices when it comes to gender?" This research and practice note outlines how standardised national surveys, opinion data, and administrative data from developing ...

Theatre for Change's Tiphunzire! Project: Baseline Study Report
June 28, 2016

Theatre for Change's Tiphunzire! Project: Baseline Study Report

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""Gender norms as well as inadequate SRH [sexual and reproductive health] practices significantly affects the livelihoods and life aspirations of girls and women alike. By improving the knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights at an ...

Infomediaries and Accountability
May 20, 2016

Infomediaries and Accountability

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"With growing consensus that transparency does not always or automatically lead directly to accountability - and research pointing to a role for infomediaries in generating accountability from transparent information - there is an emerging ...

Social Norms: GSDRC Professional Development Reading Pack No. 31
May 20, 2016

Social Norms: GSDRC Professional Development Reading Pack No. 31

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"Evidence suggests that when norms are at play, shifting knowledge or individual attitudes is often not enough to shift behaviour." Noting that "[a]ctivists, program planners, and donors have tended to refer loosely to the need to address ...

The Politics of Media Development: The Importance of Engaging Government and Civil Society
May 16, 2016

The Politics of Media Development: The Importance of Engaging Government and ...

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"Without the enabling political conditions for the media to operate freely, media development efforts can achieve only limited success." This report provides guidance on how to engage the public sector - governmental and political systems - in ...

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Reflections of 20 Years of Proving What We Do Matters
February 16, 2016

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Reflections of 20 Years of Proving What We ...

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"Even when we use the ecological model, our practise defies what we say." Lebo Ramafoko begins her keynote speech by observing that we have long articulated what social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) means, citing the 1999 paper ...

Communities Deliver: The Critical Role of Communities in Reaching Global Targets to End the AIDS Epidemic
January 26, 2016

Communities Deliver: The Critical Role of Communities in Reaching Global ...

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"Communities were the first responders to HIV three decades ago, and they remain essential in advocating for a robust response to the epidemic, delivering services that can reach everyone in need and tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination."

DFID Guidance Notes: Shifting Social Norms to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls
January 25, 2016

DFID Guidance Notes: Shifting Social Norms to Tackle Violence Against Women ...

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"Although the development community has long recognised the importance of attitudes, norms, and beliefs that justify violence and gender inequality in perpetuating violence against women and girls (VAWG), there has often been a lack of clarity ...

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in Governance, Particularly in the Context of Ebola
December 4, 2015

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in ...

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"BBC Media Action's radio programmes Fo Rod and Tok Bot Salone aim to improve people’s understanding of governance issues while also creating platforms to hold leaders to account. Interviews with experts on governance and media in Sierra Leone, ...

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."

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 ...

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