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November 9, 2015

"If you can't be a father, I beg you Mr President, be a stepfather!"

Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, November 9 2015 - Three years after its launch, Shirazuddin Siddiqi reflects on how Afghanistan's TV debate show Open Jirga continues to provide a voice to Afghans amid...

November 4, 2015

Water Resource Management under Changing Climate in Angola's Coastal Settlements

"A basis for participatory consultation has been laid, with the help of data collected through the work of local civil society organisations. The provision of validated data in an easily understood,...

November 3, 2015

The potential of reforming state broadcasters in divided societies: advancing an unfashionable argument

Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, November 3 2015 - Most commentaries on 21st-century media focus on the impact of new technologies, social media and, above all...

October 19, 2015

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings

"This report... focuses mainly on mass communication programming - broadcasting that can reach millions of people when disaster strikes - informing them about what has happened, what to do, how to...

October 16, 2015

Public Service Media in Divided Societies: Relic or Renaissance?

"This briefing focuses on the media of countries that are divided, undergoing crisis or conflict, or where governance is weak. It argues that the role of public service media in such societies -...

September 28, 2015

The fictional village of Lulu, promoting peace in South Sudan

Author: Winnie Jaguru, September 28 2015  - For International Day of Peace (21 September), our [BBC Media Action's] script writer in South Sudan blogs about her experience in Juba when the civil...

September 6, 2015

#Elegimos Campaign for the election period in Colombia

Author: Nadia Rojas, September 6 2015 - In Colombia, in 2015, "ediles" ([In Colombia] representatives to the Local Administrator), mayors, governors, councilors and deputies will be elected. These...

July 20, 2015

Gender, Peace and Communication in the post-2015 debate...and why communication should be more than a cross cutting approach

Author: Valentina Baú, July 20 2015 - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have represented a crucial framework in international development since their establishment in the year 2000. Two of...

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Rescuing equity and diversity from the gender trap

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Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, February 20 2015 - Often I am asked to plan, train or evaluate programs from a gender lens. The organisation’s gender policy and guidelines are given to me, and I am asked to keep these in mind while carrying out my tasks.

PSAf challenges editors and reporters to stop unsafe abortions in Zambia

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Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, February 20 2015 - Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) has called on journalists and media practitioners in Southern Africa to interrogate the reasons why unsafe abortions are still taking place in our communities. Speaking in Lusaka [Zambia] today at a National Media Training for editors and senior reporters and producers, PSAf Executive Director, Lilian Kiefer noted that there are unprecedented statistics in the region showing that a large number of women and girls are procuring unsafe abortions outside the health system.

World Radio Day 2015

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Author: Tom Baker, February 18 2015, originally posted on World Radio Day, themed "Youth" (February 13 2015) - In this interview, Tom Baker explains how BBC Media Action is using the unique power of radio to inform, connect and empower young people around the world.

There are so many development days in the calendar, why does World Radio Day stand out for BBC Media Action?

Addressing diversity in Pakistan's media

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Author: Rukhsana Ahmad, February 13 2015 - For me, as a Karachi-ite, born and bred, the invitation to be a trainer on The Bigger Picture: Media, Representation and Inclusion in Pakistan, was irresistible. Here was my chance to revisit my former hometown, not for personal reasons as I often do, but as a writer hoping to engage in stimulating conversations with like-minded scriptwriters and talkshow teams from Pakistan.

Question: How is a TV show improving governance in Kenya?

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Author: Anna Colom, February 13 2015 - It’s been a significant few months for the “Any Questions” style TV and Radio show Sema Kenya. As Senior Production Manager Jackie Christie explains in her last post, after three years and over 80 episodes later, the team behind the show is handing over production to the Kenyan state broadcaster, KBC.

Putting journalists on the driving seat to end child marriages

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Author: Mamoletsane Khati, February 18 2015 - In a region where child marriage reigns supreme and is silently accepted by many as a "normal" practice, the media needs to take charge and correct misconceptions.

And that is exactly what journalists from four Southern Africa countries are doing after receiving support from regional communication for development organization Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf).

Slipping through the sieve? Equitable Sex Ratio at Birth as a Post 2015 Target

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, February 12 2015 - There are several gender-specific targets suggested by different UN agencies as part of post-2015 Development Agenda which are beyond those included in the MDGs.  However, they do not include the target of equitable sex ratio at birth. This paper argues that it is important to include this target from an intrinsic and instrumental lens (for achieving and other gender equality and development targets). It also points to possible indicators that could be used for measuring equitable sex-ratio at birth  

World Radio Day: Supporting community radio to become platforms for engagement

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Author: Gillies C Kasongo, February 18, submitted for World Radio Day, February 13 2015 - Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) commends local radio stations that are transforming themselves into platforms that enable local communities with an opportunity to engage in dialogue on various developmental issues that affect their lives, thereby shaping the developmental discourse towards their needs.

Malaria Response Information Systems: Challenges and Perspectives

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Author Dr. Michel Odika, March 5 2015 - Historically… Many factors have restricted a country’s capacity to use malaria-related data for improving monitoring and evaluation. These include limited human and financial resources, multiple reporting demands from stakeholders (including donors) and the lack of a reliable country-level information system for data related to malaria…

Evaluating Social Media Components of Health Communication Campaigns

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Author:  Emma Schwartz of NetHope Solutions Center, originally posted December 15 2014, cross-posted February 5 2015 - [Health Communication Capacity Collaborative] HC3’s held its seventh Health Communication Innovation Webinar on Dec. 9 [2014] to offer insight into using and evaluating social media components of health communication campaigns.

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July 1, 2015

"What do the people of Libya and Tunisia believe about their media after the Arab Spring? What opinions do audiences in the two countries share,...

June 22, 2015

Author: BBC Media Action blogger Maha Taki, June 22 2015 - An elderly man, one eye milky blue with age, peers into the camera. Immediately behind...

May 29, 2015

Author: Fiona Ledger, May 29 2015 - There’s more to a cup of tea than meets the eye - it’s not just wet, hot and thirst quenching, it’s also a...

February 5, 2015

"This article describes lessons learned during the first 2.5 years of implementing the ongoing Supporting Access to Family Planning and Post-...

February 5, 2015

This toolbox was primarily developed for "journalists who are reporting on conflicts taking place in their own communities and whose coverage will...

February 2, 2015

Produced as part of Internews' Project on Conflict and Media during 2012-2014, this toolbox for journalists "uses the principles of conflict-...

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