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Nicaragua Child-Friendly and Healthy School (CFHS) Initiative: A Case Study

Author: 
Garren Lumpkin
December 1, 2009

From the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), this case study examines the Child-Friendly and Healthy School (CFHS) Initiative, based on UNICEF and other partners' pledges to support Nicaragua in efforts to achieve Education For All (EFA), Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) commitments through collaboration with several national institutions.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

UNICEF website and Nicaragua page on the UNICEF website - both accessed on February 15 2011. Image credit: © UNICEF

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Citizens' Voice and Accountability: Understanding What Works and Doesn't Work in Donor Approaches

Subtitle: 
Lessons and Recommendations Emerging from a Joint Donor Evaluation
Author: 
Alina Rocha Menocal
Bhavna Sharma
February 1, 2009
Affiliation: 

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

This Policy Brief summarises the synthesis report from a project that looked at what works and what does not work - and why/why not - in donor support to citizens' voice and accountability (C&V) inter

Contact Information: 
Source: 

ODI website, February 25 2010.

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Health Exchange - Summer 2009 - Time To Act On Social Determinants of Health

Author: 
Alison Dunn, ed.
July 1, 2009
Affiliation: 

Health Exchange

Contact Information: 
Source: 

Email from Alison Dunn to The Communication Initiative on July 7 2009, and the Health Exchange website.

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Democracy over the Airwaves

Subtitle: 
Observatorios de Transgresión Feminista in Nicaragua
Author: 
Alejandra Bergemann
Lisa VeneKlasen
August 1, 2008
2008
August
Affiliation: 

Just Associates (JASS)

Source: 

Women’s UN Report Network (WUNRN) ListServe on August 20 2008; the International Museum of Women website; and email from Alejandra Bergemann to The Communication Initiative on September 30 2008.

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Preventing Gender-Based Violence & HIV: Lessons from the Field

Author: 
Mary Ellsberg
Myra Betron
October 28, 2010

This brief describes the strategies of two organisations that have tackled the challenge of combining HIV and gender-based violence (GBV) prevention: Puntos de Encuentro in Nicaragua and Raising Voices in Uganda.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

"New in Gender - The Latest Resources from AIDSTAR-One", sent from AIDSTAR-One to The Communication Initiative on November 10 2010.

Social Norms Marketing Aimed at Gender Based Violence: A Literature Review and Critical Assessment

Author: 
Elizabeth Levy Paluck
Laurie Ball
Chloe Poynton
Sarah Sieloff
May 1, 2010

This 57-page review, published by the International Rescue Committee, focuses on programmes that employ social norms marketing as a means of reducing gender-based violence (GBV) around the world, but particularly in conflict-affected areas. According to the authors, social norms marketing refers to traditional marketing techniques, including mass media and face-to-face campaigns, which are designed to alter individuals' social norms - perceptions about which attitudes and behaviours are typical or desirable in their community.

Source: 

Betsy Levy Paluck website on October 29 2010.

Evaluation of Communication for Behavior Impact ("COMBI"): Efforts to Control Aedes aegypti Breeding Sites in Six Countries

Author: 
John Elder, Ph.D., MPH
October 1, 2005
Affiliation: 

San Diego State University

This report describes an evaluation carried out through a series of interviews, group meetings, and visits to various programme sites using the communication for behavioural impact planning methodolog

Source: 

Email from Asiya Ismail A. Odugleh-Kolev to The Communication Initiative on August 16 2010.

Danida Fellowship: Role of Media in the Democratic Process

Danida (Danish International Development Agency) and the Danida Fellowship Centre (DFC) invite senior reporters and editors of print or electronic media with an interest in political reporting and deb

Deadline Date: 
August 4, 2010

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Author: Sunit Bagree, Partnership for Child Development at Imperial College London, September 3 2014 - An innovative approach helps smallholder farmers and supports children’s education at the same time.

What does it take to get a child to attend school regularly and then learn effectively when there?

Author: Michael Feigelson, August 25 2014 - In 2007, The Lancet medical journal published an article stating that more than 200 million children under five fail to reach their potential in cognitive...

"...[T]he media children use can have a profound impact - both positive and negative - on learning, social development, and behavior. The only way to maximize the positive impact of media on children is to have an accurate understanding of the role it plays in their lives: which platforms they are using, the activities or content they are...

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Reducing Violence

This Social Policy report focuses on United States (US)-based research on child well-being and the threat of child abuse and neglect or child maltreatment in the early years of child development. It was gathered based upon the proceedings of an expert panel meeting of US agencies to encourage "the translation of science leading to innovative...

"The global early childhood development (ECD) community proposes a global goal and urgent call to action to ensure that all children under the age of 5 reach their developmental potential through access to quality ECD programs and policies. In addition, it calls for increased investment in and attention to the early primary grades (1 to 3) as...

"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."

Without Violence website (WV) is an initiative to improve the lives of children around the world by addressing violence against children. Their website aims to develop effective communications strategies that can help broaden and deepen engagement among policy makers and advocates on the issue of violence against children. "It has involved a...

From the Fatherhood Institute of the United Kingdom, this series on fatherhood is a library of one-page downloadable, evidence-based PDF format documents intended for an international audience of health, education, and social care professionals,...

The Child Security Index (CSI), developed in Brazil by the Igarapé Institute, is an open source smart phone app that maps out children’s voices and...

This set of seven briefings from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, aims to cover what works to prevent interpersonal violence (including against women and girls) and self-directed violence.

This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators defined to enable monitoring of progress.

 

The goals of BVLF are:

  1. ...

"Children will now be able to join the ranks of other rights-holders who are empowered to bring their complaints about human rights violations before an international body."

 

@UNICEF

"Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible - by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account."

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Quality Early Learning to Scale

Author: Michael Feigelson, August 25 2014 - In 2007, The Lancet medical journal published an article stating that more than 200 million children under five fail to reach their potential in cognitive...

"The global early childhood development (ECD) community proposes a global goal and urgent call to action to ensure that all children under the age of 5 reach their developmental potential through access to quality ECD programs and policies. In addition, it calls for increased investment in and attention to the early primary grades (1 to 3) as...

Author: Manyang David Mayar, August 11 2014 -  Earlier this year I blogged about the school children in Jonglei state who were forced mid-exam to flee to the bush in fear of their lives....

From the abstract of this UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre working paper:  "This initial exploratory study examines the governance and finance of ECS [early childhood services] in three countries using an in-depth qualitative approach. The methodologies and tools provide an innovative strategy built upon the literature of...

Author: Soraya Carvajal B., August 1 2014 - When asked  the question if it is important and necessary that the women enter  into technological scientific careers, scholarly consensus indicates that yes, it is, because women are underrepresented in all STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] sector and especially in...

"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."

"...[T]he goal of this study, which was conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, was to add to researchers’ and practitioners’ understanding of how early childhood education (ECE) programs are currently working with immigrant children and families."

Author: Lisa Jordan, crossposted on May 14 2014 - Even with youth unemployment at high levels, business leaders complain that they cannot find graduates with the right skills for the modern workplace. A new report from McKinsey published this month found that although almost a quarter of the young people across the European Union are unemployed...

Author: Lisa Jordan, crossposted on May 14 2014: Over the past two days I have had the pleasure of re-imagining learning and play - with a group of 250 school teachers, digital designers, and play advocates brought together by the LEGO foundation.

 In the meantime, however, in the back of my mind I had that slight unease that every...

This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators defined to enable monitoring of progress.

 

The goals of BVLF are:

  1. ...
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Improved Physical Environments

Author: Sunit Bagree, Partnership for Child Development at Imperial College London, September 3 2014 - An innovative approach helps smallholder farmers and supports children’s education at the same time.

What does it take to get a child to attend school regularly and then learn effectively when there?

"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."

Author: Daniel Realkuy Awad Barnaba, June 11 2014 - When fighting broke out last December in South Sudan, members of our radio team were among the thousands who had to flee.  After a few very difficult months, we’re all back in Juba and our health radio shows...

From the Fatherhood Institute of the United Kingdom, this series on fatherhood is a library of one-page downloadable, evidence-based PDF format documents intended for an international audience of health, education, and social care professionals,...

This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators defined to enable monitoring of progress.

 

The goals of BVLF are:

  1. ...

These three videos in a series from Pathfinder demonstrate the method of their "Tailored Reflection and Integrated Learning", or TRAIL, model of community mobilisation and action.

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, April 23 2014       The Zero Draft Political Outcome Document for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) which will be held in Rome in 2014 recognises that a framework for collective commitment, action and results is needed to reshape the global food system to improve...

"For the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, the global community has accumulated the knowledge, experience and tools to achieve an AIDS-free generation."

HealthMap.org is a collection of map, video, and print-based materials on infectious disease outbreaks and related topics from a team of researchers, epidemiologists, and software developers at Boston Children's Hospital, Massachusetts, United States. Founded in 2006, the site utilises "online informal sources for disease outbreak monitoring...

Social circus training and an inclusive park for children of all abilities were the result of collaboration among the government of Ecuador and municipalities, circus arts teachers, and social workers in the city of Cuenca, province of Azuay, Ecuador. Developing performance and communication skills through the training of Canadian Cirque de...

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Community Participation

Author: Sunit Bagree, Partnership for Child Development at Imperial College London, September 3 2014 - An innovative approach helps smallholder farmers and supports children’s education at the same time.

What does it take to get a child to attend school regularly and then learn effectively when there?

"The three A&T country programs reached more than 11 million mothers of children under two years of age within the first three years of implementation through interpersonal communication and/or mass media."

Author: Manyang David Mayar, August 11 2014 -  Earlier this year I blogged about the school children in Jonglei state who were forced mid-exam to flee to the bush in fear of their lives....

Author: Soraya Carvajal B., August 1 2014 - When asked  the question if it is important and necessary that the women enter  into technological scientific careers, scholarly consensus indicates that yes, it is, because women are underrepresented in all STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] sector and especially in...

"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."

"...[T]he goal of this study, which was conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, was to add to researchers’ and practitioners’ understanding of how early childhood education (ECE) programs are currently working with immigrant children and families."

Without Violence website (WV) is an initiative to improve the lives of children around the world by addressing violence against children. Their website aims to develop effective communications strategies that can help broaden and deepen engagement among policy makers and advocates on the issue of violence against children. "It has involved a...

The Child Security Index (CSI), developed in Brazil by the Igarapé Institute, is an open source smart phone app that maps out children’s voices and...

This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators defined to enable monitoring of progress.

 

The goals of BVLF are:

  1. ...

These three videos in a series from Pathfinder demonstrate the method of their "Tailored Reflection and Integrated Learning", or TRAIL, model of community mobilisation and action.

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Strategic Thinking

"The three A&T country programs reached more than 11 million mothers of children under two years of age within the first three years of implementation through interpersonal communication and/or mass media."

"The global early childhood development (ECD) community proposes a global goal and urgent call to action to ensure that all children under the age of 5 reach their developmental potential through access to quality ECD programs and policies. In addition, it calls for increased investment in and attention to the early primary grades (1 to 3) as...

From the abstract of this UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre working paper:  "This initial exploratory study examines the governance and finance of ECS [early childhood services] in three countries using an in-depth qualitative approach. The methodologies and tools provide an innovative strategy built upon the literature of...

"This edition explores the approaches and evidence for the effectiveness of a range of programmes that have been developed to educate and support parents in becoming more responsive to their children."

"...[T]he goal of this study, which was conducted by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with support from the Bernard van Leer Foundation, was to add to researchers’ and practitioners’ understanding of how early childhood education (ECE) programs are currently working with immigrant children and families."

Without Violence website (WV) is an initiative to improve the lives of children around the world by addressing violence against children. Their website aims to develop effective communications strategies that can help broaden and deepen engagement among policy makers and advocates on the issue of violence against children. "It has involved a...

From the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, the strategies in the document are intended to help policy- and decision-makers understand the importance of early childhood development (ECD) to global development and raise it in" Post-2015" deliberations on the development of "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs). The...

This set of seven briefings from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, aims to cover what works to prevent interpersonal violence (including against women and girls) and self-directed violence.

This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators defined to enable monitoring of progress.

 

The goals of BVLF are:

  1. ...

"For the first time in the history of the HIV epidemic, the global community has accumulated the knowledge, experience and tools to achieve an AIDS-free generation."

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Evaluations

"The three A&T country programs reached more than 11 million mothers of children under two years of age within the first three years of implementation through interpersonal communication and/or mass media."

"This is the story of how Alive & Thrive integrated a national mass media campaign into its comprehensive program to improve infant and young child feeding in Viet Nam. Read what it takes to use mass media and why it's essential for scaling up behavior change."

"The availability of effective measurement tools is a clear prerequisite for the strengthening of monitoring and evaluation within the field of child protection."

This report provides a structured review of a sample of 124 child protection monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools, part of work on identifying ethical standards and tools...

"Ethical guidelines are crucial when carrying out research on violence against children (VAC)."

"With its easy to understand format and overall appeal, the kit materials engaged families in its use and provided the foundation for discussion."

This is an evaluation of Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes (TLC II), a multimedia kit designed for young children in the United States (US) whose parents have deployed (for military duty) multiple times. Developed by Sesame Workshop (the US organisation behind the early childhood education television show Sesame Street),...

"It is heartening that an educational television series such as Baghch-e-Simsim has the potential to contribute to early childhood education in Afghanistan. In a context of economic and political challenges, such a mass media intervention carries the promise of offering informal educational opportunities to young children."...

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Digital

"...[T]he media children use can have a profound impact - both positive and negative - on learning, social development, and behavior. The only way to maximize the positive impact of media on children is to have an accurate understanding of the role it plays in their lives: which platforms they are using, the activities or content they are...

Author: Soraya Carvajal B., August 1 2014 - When asked  the question if it is important and necessary that the women enter  into technological scientific careers, scholarly consensus indicates that yes, it is, because women are underrepresented in all STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] sector and especially in...

Author: Lisa Jordan, crossposted on May 14 2014 - Even with youth unemployment at high levels, business leaders complain that they cannot find graduates with the right skills for the modern workplace. A new report from McKinsey published this month found that although almost a quarter of the young people across the European Union are unemployed...

Author: Lisa Jordan, crossposted on May 14 2014: Over the past two days I have had the pleasure of re-imagining learning and play - with a group of 250 school teachers, digital designers, and play advocates brought together by the LEGO foundation.

 In the meantime, however, in the back of my mind I had that slight unease that every...

From the Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, the strategies in the document are intended to help policy- and decision-makers understand the importance of early childhood development (ECD) to global development and raise it in" Post-2015" deliberations on the development of "Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs). The...

This set of seven briefings from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, aims to cover what works to prevent interpersonal violence (including against women and girls) and self-directed violence.

This report document by the Bernard van Leer Foundation (BvLF) is an analysis of their working strategies toward their three goals, progress made in collaboration with partners for the period 2010-2013, and lessons learned about the indicators defined to enable monitoring of progress.

 

The goals of BVLF are:

  1. ...

What kind of apps are available in the Education category? What are some lessons learned from the 'edutainment' era? How do teachers use games in the classroom?"

@UNICEF

"Data do not, of themselves, change the world. They make change possible - by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. What matters most is that decision-makers use the data to make positive change, and that the data are available for children and communities to use in holding duty-bearers to account."

"This is the story of how Alive & Thrive integrated a national mass media campaign into its comprehensive program to improve infant and young child feeding in Viet Nam. Read what it takes to use mass media and why it's essential for scaling up behavior change."

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Radio

"The three A&T country programs reached more than 11 million mothers of children under two years of age within the first three years of implementation through interpersonal communication and/or mass media."

Author: Manyang David Mayar, August 11 2014 -  Earlier this year I blogged about the school children in Jonglei state who were forced mid-exam to flee to the bush in fear of their lives....

Author: Daniel Realkuy Awad Barnaba, June 11 2014 - When fighting broke out last December in South Sudan, members of our radio team were among the thousands who had to flee.  After a few very difficult months, we’re all back in Juba and our health radio shows...

This set of seven briefings from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, aims to cover what works to prevent interpersonal violence (including against women and girls) and self-directed violence.

This research brief from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) discusses how mass media and information and communication technology (ICT) can "achieve society-wide changes in social and behavioral drivers of health because they reach millions of people quickly with high quality information.... These approaches include strategic...

BBC Media Action

Author: Peter Horrocks, January 14 2014    I've met audiences of BBC programmes in the UK and many parts of the world. But never have I met a group for whom a BBC programme inspired so much discussion as the women of the village of Vyapur in Bihar state in northern India.

"Long before there was a UNICEF, faith communities were among the greatest advocates for the world’s neediest children, providing guidance, aid and comfort to millions of disadvantaged families. In fact, the Convention on the Rights of the Child - the most widely accepted human rights treaty in the world - reflects deeply-held values embedded...

In January 2013, two meetings, a consultation on population-level social and behaviour change  (SBC) evidence review and "African Leadership for Child Survival: A Promise Renewed", led to a consensus to "accelerate child survival efforts. This decision was endorsed by more than 120 delegations from Ministries of Health across the continent...

"In the small village of Hafizibad in Pakistan's Punjab province, a young girl is using her mobile phone to send an SMS [text] message in Urdu to her teacher. After sending, she receives messages from her teacher in response, which she diligently copies by hand in her notebook to practice her writing skills."

The organisation Puntos de Encuentro compiled this multi-media library on the issue of sexual abuse because "sexual abuse is one of the worst human rights violations committed against women and children, a type of aggression against the integrity of their bodies, minds and spirits. As an information centre, we believe that citizens should have...

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Television

"...[T]he media children use can have a profound impact - both positive and negative - on learning, social development, and behavior. The only way to maximize the positive impact of media on children is to have an accurate understanding of the role it plays in their lives: which platforms they are using, the activities or content they are...

"The three A&T country programs reached more than 11 million mothers of children under two years of age within the first three years of implementation through interpersonal communication and/or mass media."

Author: Lisa Jordan, crossposted on May 14 2014 - Even with youth unemployment at high levels, business leaders complain that they cannot find graduates with the right skills for the modern workplace. A new report from McKinsey published this month found that although almost a quarter of the young people across the European Union are unemployed...

This set of seven briefings from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centre for Public Health, Liverpool John Moores University, aims to cover what works to prevent interpersonal violence (including against women and girls) and self-directed violence.

"This is the story of how Alive & Thrive integrated a national mass media campaign into its comprehensive program to improve infant and young child feeding in Viet Nam. Read what it takes to use mass media and why it's essential for scaling up behavior change."

A nationally representative online survey of more than 1,500 parents of children age 2 to 10 in the United States (US) released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop found that, although children's media use soars as they approach school age, the amount of time that they spend with educational media plummets...

This research brief from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) discusses how mass media and information and communication technology (ICT) can "achieve society-wide changes in social and behavioral drivers of health because they reach millions of people quickly with high quality information.... These approaches include strategic...

Author: Jacques Brodeur, January 14 2014     In this modern hypermediated world, the entertainment industry consider children's attention as a merchandise to be caught by television networks in order to be sold to marketers. How can society help children escape such attractive prisons? 

"It is heartening that an educational television series such as Baghch-e-Simsim has the potential to contribute to early childhood education in Afghanistan. In a context of economic and political challenges, such a mass media intervention carries the promise of offering informal educational opportunities to young children."...

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