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Media and the post 2015 development framework: the case builds

Author: James Deane, May 8 2014       This year's World Press Freedom Day celebrations will focus on whether issues of media freedom can realistically be integrated into the post-2015 framework that will replace the current Millennium Development Goals.  Unesco [the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization] hosts a conference on the issue on May 4th and 5th in Paris.

In Memoriam: Panos London

Panos London

Author BBC Media Action's James Deane, December 5 2012:       Part of an organisation I helped set up is no longer going to exist.

The Panos Institute London has announced that it no longer has the resources to continue. It’s been struggling for some time; project income appears to have dried up; its executive director has left. Panos’ trustees have decided, understandably, that, after almost exactly 26 years, it needs to fold.

The Somalia London Conference: will the outcome make it easier for media in Somalia?

Today sees the start of a major international conference on Somalia hosted by the UK government in London. It is designed to inject fresh urgency into international efforts to support the rebuilding of this most fragile and fragile states. On the agenda will be issues of piracy, security, terrorism and a continuing - if thankfully slightly improving - humanitarian crisis.

The costs and benefits of consensus: the future of aid hangs in the balance

Three and a half thousand people have been meeting in Busan, South Korea to discuss the future of development assistance. The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness is a tedious name for an important process - how best to organise the billions of dollars of development assistance designed to improve the lives of the poorest people on the planet.

Organising aid

Downward, Southward, Eastward - Communicative Power is on the move

Tunis

In 2005, the UN accepted the offer of the Tunisian government to host its World Summit on the Information Society in the country. The summit proved more passing foothill than summit in the history of the global information society but it is worth relishing how delicious the ironies of history can sometimes prove. Six years later, an oppressive government has been swept away by the informational forces it was seeking to advance.

The Communication Initiative Network and Partnership

Covers all major development issues. Convenes the communication/media development, social/behavioural change community with a social network of 85,000 - please join. . When registered you can search the network to identify relevant support and connections.. Knowledge sharing - 35,000 summaries, 1 million users pa. Critical peer review - ratings, comments, dialogue. Advocacy for this field. Strategic direction/funding by 20 Partners. To discuss partnership please contact Warren

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This video describes BBC Media Action’s work with media and communication to "provide health information and explore social and cultural norms that affect good health" in economically poor areas and developing countries.

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Author: Kathryn Bertram, crossposted from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) website on August 21 2014 - During a capacity building workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone this past June, the mood was understandably tense as Ebola continued to spread from the East. Tea-break conversations became heated about regional responses to...

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Gender Based Violence

This paper explores the representations of "positive" cross-gender relations, as well as associated constructs, in the Soul Buddyz edutainment initiative, which is primarily geared towards 8-12 year-olds, and intended to provide "positive" role models for girls and boys.

Below is some of the evidence on the use of communication strategies to tackle violence against women from Puntos de Encuentro, a Nicaraguan feminist organisation that works with young and adult women in developing their capacities to exercise their rights and...

Multimedia Library on Sexuality, HIV, and Violence

The organisation Puntos de Encuentro compiled this multi-media library on the issue of sexuality, HIV, and violence because "sexuality is an essential part of one’s wellbeing and development..., yet in the 21st Century violence against women, adolescent pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted illnesses are on the rise and threatening...

Through a partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Population Media Center (PMC) has expanded the social efforts of MTV Latin America's telenovela Ultimo Año ("Last Year") with the launch of the SexySex campaign....

Gender Justice Video Advocacy Project

With a plan to create documentaries on woman's justice issues through local participation of partnering organisations, this video advocacy initiative was launched in 2010 by the Women's Initiatives for Gender Justice and WITNESS. The project is producing six gender justice films highlighting sexual and gender-based violence and other gender...

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Adolescents and Violence

"We wanted to create a place where kids could learn about sex ed and the countless other issues teens face these days," said the online series' executive producer Katie Elmore Mota. "But you can't talk down to them and you can't make them fall asleep." - courtesy of the LA Times

Fundación Imaginario

In this Spanish discussion video, young women and men from Ciudad Bolívar, a neighbourhood in Bogota, Colombia, join video host Diana Ángel who reminds the group that violence exists in more forms than just physical violence. They speak about day-to-day occurrences where gender violence, domestic violence, and verbal and psychological violence...

I Want to Fly: Dating Without Violence

This educational package includes an 18-minute special episode of Sexto Sentido, a Nicaraguan TV programme produced by Puntos de Encuentro that provides sexual and reproductive health education in the accessible format of a soap opera. This episode...

Below is some of the evidence on the use of communication strategies to tackle violence against women from Puntos de Encuentro, a Nicaraguan feminist organisation that works with young and adult women in developing their capacities to exercise their rights and...

Multimedia Library on Sexuality, HIV, and Violence

The organisation Puntos de Encuentro compiled this multi-media library on the issue of sexuality, HIV, and violence because "sexuality is an essential part of one’s wellbeing and development..., yet in the 21st Century violence against women, adolescent pregnancy, HIV and other sexually transmitted illnesses are on the rise and threatening...

As part of Foundation Puntos de Encuentro's strategy against commercial sexual exploitation of adolescents (CSEA) (2011-2013), Alerta y Pilas Puestas ("Alert and Be Ready") was launched in 2012 in an effort to build the capacity of adolescents as well as actors in their direct surroundings to contribute to the reduction of the stigma and...

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Reducing Violence

The COMMUNICATIONS X-CHANGE is an online library of materials contributed by organisations and individuals around the world who are working to end violence against women and children. Contents of the searchable database highlight the effectiveness of using communication to stimulate change in attitudes and beliefs, influence social norms, and...

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...

Fatherhood

Men Care is a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, responsive, and non-violent fathers and caregivers. It provides community and mass media messages, technical assistance and training, policy and programme recommendations, and evidence to support local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), women’s rights organisations,...

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Digital

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Author: Kathryn Bertram, crossposted from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) website on August 21 2014 - During a capacity building workshop in Freetown, Sierra Leone this past June, the mood was understandably tense as Ebola continued to spread from the East. Tea-break conversations became heated about regional responses to...

Revela2 is a multimedia, TV, and social mobilisation edutainment for social change platform for adolescents and youth. The first of its kind in Colombia, it aims to facilitate dialogue and critical reflection about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and contribute to transforming individual and family behaviours and...

Produced by Internews Humanitarian Information Service in South Sudan, Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) is a recorded audio service which seeks to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced by the conflict at two of the United Nations Missions in Sudan South (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites in Juba. The BBTT...

"We wanted to create a place where kids could learn about sex ed and the countless other issues teens face these days," said the online series' executive producer Katie Elmore Mota. "But you can't talk down to them and you can't make them fall asleep." - courtesy of the LA Times

Authors: Noora Sharrab, Social Media Coordinator, "Be 100 Ragl", and Antonella Notari Vischer, Executive Director, The Womanity Foundation, May 13 2014

Harnessing the power of fiction to talk about social change

"By their very nature, videogames can engage players in ways that enable players to make their way through the intricacies of policy problems. As players begin to understand them in all their complexity, games may well help their governments forge solutions."

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"Harnessing the Power of Videos is a training toolkit for community-based organizations on how they and the adolescent girls they serve can use visual media and technology to tell their stories and those of their communities; to be heard; and, in the process, to be empowered through increased skills and self-confidence."

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

BBC Media Action

Author: Anu Mohammed, November 29 2013      Film is not just a big business in Nigeria. It’s huge. Every year nearly 2000 movies are made, a production rate which beats Hollywood, only coming second to the world’s largest film industry, Bollywood. But when the important topic of HIV and AIDS comes up in many...

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Film and Video

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

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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"Harnessing the Power of Videos is a training toolkit for community-based organizations on how they and the adolescent girls they serve can use visual media and technology to tell their stories and those of their communities; to be heard; and, in the process, to be empowered through increased skills and self-confidence."

Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (Day Labor Theater without Borders, TJSF)  is a Los Angeles (LA), California (CA), United States (US)-based ensemble theatre group made up of day labourers. Its mission is to improve the lives...

Written in response to request to provide a "review of the literature on awareness/behaviour change strategies aimed at achieving greater gender equality, highlighting evidence of impact," this document gives an overview and information on: the role of religion, religious leaders, and institutions; media, social campaigns and community-level...

"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),...

This is an evaluation of Sisimpur, an adaptation co-production of Sesame Street, the educational television series broadcast in the United States (US), localised by Bangladeshi producers to meet the needs of children in Bangladesh. (Please see Related Summaries below for further details, but, in brief:) Sisimpur is...

In this presentation by social innovator and director Firdaus Kharas at Unite for Sight's 2013 Global Health & Innovation Conference, Kharas discusses production of animation, documentaries, films, and television series designed to educate, entertain, and change societal and individual behaviour via a process he calls Culture Shift. His...

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Radio

This video describes BBC Media Action’s work with media and communication to "provide health information and explore social and cultural norms that affect good health" in economically poor areas and developing countries.

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Revela2 is a multimedia, TV, and social mobilisation edutainment for social change platform for adolescents and youth. The first of its kind in Colombia, it aims to facilitate dialogue and critical reflection about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and contribute to transforming individual and family behaviours and...

Produced by Internews Humanitarian Information Service in South Sudan, Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) is a recorded audio service which seeks to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced by the conflict at two of the United Nations Missions in Sudan South (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites in Juba. The BBTT...

Author: Radharani Mitra, June 26 2014 - Over the past three and a half years, a large team of over 250 people has been hard at work on an ambitious project that aims to improve...

Author: Abosede Olowoyeye, February 14 2014 - It was a typical Sunday morning. I was in the car driving to church and happily humming a tune to myself. But then, as I took a turn off the highway, I found the road ahead blocked - cordoned off for some high-level government official to pass.

Now road blocks and...

This 88-page report shares findings of an evaluation of the second season of Ruka Juu (Jump Up), a television show produced by Femina HIP in Tanzania which was designed to inspire and inform youth to take up viable rural livelihood opportunities. Ruka Juu used a reality television competition format, and the second season focused on young...

Authors: Noora Sharrab, Social Media Coordinator, "Be 100 Ragl", and Antonella Notari Vischer, Executive Director, The Womanity Foundation, May 13 2014

Harnessing the power of fiction to talk about social change

This 3-page case study shares information about the PataPata children's radio programme in Tanzania, exploring how the engagement of children was a key part of the strategy to increase net use in their communities. Launched in 2011 by Communication and Malaria Initiative in Tanzania's (COMMIT), the "show not only educated children about malaria...

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Television

This video describes BBC Media Action’s work with media and communication to "provide health information and explore social and cultural norms that affect good health" in economically poor areas and developing countries.

Author: Margaret Miller, cross-posted from The World Bank website, August 22 2014 - In the wake of the current Ebola crisis, the 2011 movie Contagion (See the trailer here) directed by Steven Soderbergh has repeatedly been cited as one of...

Revela2 is a multimedia, TV, and social mobilisation edutainment for social change platform for adolescents and youth. The first of its kind in Colombia, it aims to facilitate dialogue and critical reflection about sexuality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and contribute to transforming individual and family behaviours and...

This 88-page report shares findings of an evaluation of the second season of Ruka Juu (Jump Up), a television show produced by Femina HIP in Tanzania which was designed to inspire and inform youth to take up viable rural livelihood opportunities. Ruka Juu used a reality television competition format, and the second season focused on young...

Produced by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, this manual shares perspectives and insights about edutainment, using popular entertainment formats to tackle serious social issues. The manual is designed for media practitioners and social activists who wish to use the power of entertainment and mass media to...

Jol-Danga is an initiative revolving around a televised puppet show that sheds light on critical climate change issues in an entertaining way to educate and engage not only community members at large but also the next generations of Bangladeshi: children.

This programme summary of the second season of Revela2 contains a synopsis of 20 episodes of this television programme from Bogota, Colombia:

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This Malaria journal article discusses the impact of a national communications campaign in Cameroon (July 2011 - March 2012) to accompany the distribution of free long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in an effort to reduce the morbidity and mortality burden of malaria in the country. Drawing on behaviour change communication (...

"Guaranteeing universal access to equitable and good quality reproductive health information and services free from coercion and discrimination is critical for achieving gender equality and ensuring that women and young people can participate as full members of society."

Written in response to request to provide a "review of the literature on awareness/behaviour change strategies aimed at achieving greater gender equality, highlighting evidence of impact," this document gives an overview and information on: the role of religion, religious leaders, and institutions; media, social campaigns and community-level...

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Evaluations

This 88-page report shares findings of an evaluation of the second season of Ruka Juu (Jump Up), a television show produced by Femina HIP in Tanzania which was designed to inspire and inform youth to take up viable rural livelihood opportunities. Ruka Juu used a reality television competition format, and the second season focused on young...

kopaluimpact_2.jpg

This Malaria journal article discusses the impact of a national communications campaign in Cameroon (July 2011 - March 2012) to accompany the distribution of free long-lasting insecticide treated nets (LLINs) in an effort to reduce the morbidity and mortality burden of malaria in the country. Drawing on behaviour change communication (...

"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."...

This is an evaluation of Sisimpur, an adaptation co-production of Sesame Street, the educational television series broadcast in the United States (US), localised by Bangladeshi producers to meet the needs of children in Bangladesh. (Please see Related Summaries below for further details, but, in brief:) Sisimpur is...

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Experiences

Produced by Internews Humanitarian Information Service in South Sudan, Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) is a recorded audio service which seeks to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced by the conflict at two of the United Nations Missions in Sudan South (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites in Juba. The BBTT...

"We wanted to create a place where kids could learn about sex ed and the countless other issues teens face these days," said the online series' executive producer Katie Elmore Mota. "But you can't talk down to them and you can't make them fall asleep." - courtesy of the LA Times

"Unlike other mediums for dialogue, a song can easily be spread across the masses, far beyond the room where it was created. While political and social barriers make most opportunities for face-to-face dialogue, communication, and trust-building difficult, music knows no boundaries."

"Fiction can be an engaging, non-confrontational way to set the scene for constructive conversations, even on disturbing issues. We hope that 'Be 100 Ragl' can help to enlighten men and women on how to build a more just and equal society, together." - Antonella Notari Vischer, Womanity Foundation

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...

Jol-Danga is an initiative revolving around a televised puppet show that sheds light on critical climate change issues in an entertaining way to educate and engage not only community members at large but also the next generations of Bangladeshi: children.

"Public radio show games conducted in local languages for the communities by the communities is the approach likely to promote lasting change and to support communication activities in immunization and polio eradication. Such programmes increase participation, community ownership..." - Bruno Maes, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)...

"Guaranteeing universal access to equitable and good quality reproductive health information and services free from coercion and discrimination is critical for achieving gender equality and ensuring that women and young people can participate as full members of society."

Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (Day Labor Theater without Borders, TJSF)  is a Los Angeles (LA), California (CA), United States (US)-based ensemble theatre group made up of day labourers. Its mission is to improve the lives...

Estrategia de información, educación, comunicación y movilización social del Ministerio de Salud y Protección Social de Colombia, orientada a garantizar el pleno ejercicio de los Derechos Humanos Sexuales y Reproductivos de adolescentes y jóvenes.

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Awards

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The United Nations (UN) Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women is now accepting applications for its 17th grant cycle (2012) from government authorities at the national and local levels, civil society organisations, and networks - including non-governmental, women’s, and community-based organisations and coalitions and operational research...

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Materials

This video describes BBC Media Action’s work with media and communication to "provide health information and explore social and cultural norms that affect good health" in economically poor areas and developing countries.

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.

Produced by the Soul City Institute for Health and Development Communication, this manual shares perspectives and insights about edutainment, using popular entertainment formats to tackle serious social issues. The manual is designed for media practitioners and social activists who wish to use the power of entertainment and mass media to...

This programme summary of the second season of Revela2 contains a synopsis of 20 episodes of this television programme from Bogota, Colombia:

harnassingvideo.jpg

"Harnessing the Power of Videos is a training toolkit for community-based organizations on how they and the adolescent girls they serve can use visual media and technology to tell their stories and those of their communities; to be heard; and, in the process, to be empowered through increased skills and self-confidence."

Launched in October 2013 in the United States (US), this multimedia, bilingual (English/Spanish) set of resources is designed to support children's early literacy development, drawing on the appeal of the Sesame Street friends to motivate young children and families to make the most of everyday opportunities to talk, read, and write together....

In this presentation by social innovator and director Firdaus Kharas at Unite for Sight's 2013 Global Health & Innovation Conference, Kharas discusses production of animation, documentaries, films, and television series designed to educate, entertain, and change societal and individual behaviour via a process he calls Culture Shift. His...

From Sesame Workshop, this is a digital destination featuring videos, games, and activities to inspire preschoolers and the adults in their lives to incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) concepts and skills into their everyday lives. The site can be accessed via mobile device for new Sesame Street STEM mobile games. (In...

GREAT Scalable Toolkit

The Gender Roles, Equality, and Transformations (GREAT) Scalable Toolkit is a set of tools created for Ugandans to transform gender and reproductive health outcomes, providing...

Nothing for Mahala

In October 2013, from South Africa, non-governmental organisation (NGO) Heartlines brings you "Nothing for Mahala", a film about a man whose love for money comes at a high cost.

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