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Remembering Nelson Mandela’s work to bring women to the table during peace talks in Burundi

Author: UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, originally posted December 6 2013, cross-posted January 29 2014:       These are Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's reflections on the occasion of the death of Nelson Mandela.

To Come Back from Qunu

Author Herman Wasserman, originally posted on December 17 2013, cross-posted on January 29 2014:       I do not have a background in the struggle. Unlike the many people who over the past week shared their stories of their personal interactions with Nelson Mandela during the struggle, my only brief meeting with Mandela was as a journalist for the Afrikaans newspaper Die Burger, which he visited despite the editor, Ebbe Dommisse's ongoing demonization of the ANC [African National Congress] and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

No excuse for not emulating Nelson Mandela

Author Raphael Obonyo, originally published December 13 2013, cross-posted on January 29 2014:

Nelson Mandela who passed away at age 95 years was a true legend if one considers what he was able to achieve in his lifetime. African leaders have a tough act to follow.

As we mourn his passing, there are many lessons we can pick from the man who impacted the lives of millions.

When Mandela toured African nations, particularly Kenya in 1990 after he was released from prison, I was only nine years old.

Madiba: Emblem of Peace, Master of his Work, Patriot of his Fatherland

Author Jimm C. Fomunjong, January 29 2014:        What lessons can Cameroonians draw from the life of a unique son of African soil?

My dear compatriots, at the dawn of December 2013, the global media sphere experienced one of the world’s largest traffic jams caused by words. This was provoked by the passing away of a great man - Nelson Mandela, on the 5th day of this month.

Nelson Mandela (1918 - 2013): He sacrificed his freedom so others could be free

Author Vikas Nath, originally posted on December 10 2013, cross-posted January 29 2014:      Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the last of the giants who led South Africa’s struggle against colonialism, is no more. "White supremacy implies black inferiority." His words were truth to the powers. It made him the most recognisable icon of struggle against oppression, injustice and discrimination all over the world.

How to create PSAs in emergencies

BBC Media Action

Author: Parambrahma Tripathy, January 24 2014       The BBC Media Action team in India are used to tight deadlines. But last October, we faced a deadline with a difference: after cyclone Phailin hit the eastern state of Odisha, we had 72 hours to script, produce and broadcast three radio public service announcements [PSAs] to provide life-saving information to those affected.

REMEMBERING MANDELA: How Canada's Coady Institute was quietly training anti-apartheid leaders

Author Olga Gladkikh, January 28 2014:         The world’s attention was focused on South Africa as Nelson Mandela was laid to rest. People inside and outside South Africa are remembering the years of struggle to end apartheid and the birth of a new inclusive democracy.

Perhaps less known is the long history that the Coady Institute at St. Francis Xavier University has had in building the Canadian-South African connection.

Internet Rights in Ecuador: the possible triumph of activists

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Authors: Analia Lavin and Valeria Betancourt, originally posted on December 21 2013, cross posted on January 21 2014     The appearance of the "Free Internet” coalition was crucial in raising the alarm on one of the most controversial articles of the new criminal code, that would allow the monitoring of Internet. But is the possible end of Article 474 sufficient enough for the government to respect fundamental rights in communications?

Mungu Fm 88.5MHZ - Second Chapter

Author: Mukeya Liwena, January 21 2014 [This blog follows an earlier blog: Mungu Fm 88.5MHZ - The Heartbeat & Voice of Southern Africa]       On 18th October 2013, The Independent Broadcasting Authority (IBA) Zambia issued Mungu Fm Radio a full time broadcasting License,  after the Licensing committee were satisfied our application. The full License brought to an end our test transmission period which began on July 17th 2013.

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"'In the beginning people felt afraid. They started to ask us who we are,' says Muhammed, a local volunteer working to immunise children against polio in Syria's Al-Hasakah governate, where heavy fighting has taken place. 'I have taken the vaccine myself in front of the families, just to show them it is safe.'"

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, July 9 2014 - Mental health is not a priority of any regime; it is a most neglected field in Pakistan. Mental health crises do not get attention at any time in this country; there is no good mental health care in Pakistan.

Pakistan is a disaster-prone country; many disasters occur through natural and manmade...

Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

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Experiences

"Yoga Fusion explores the benefits at social level of individual paths of self awareness and recognition of 'the other' as an individual facing similar challenges as human being with a similar body, and similar but different limitations and traumas."

BBC Media Action

From the document Exploring Governance in Afghanistan: "BBC Media Action, with funding from DFID [Department for International Development, United Kingdom (UK)], is working in...

In February 2012, a REACH team was deployed to South Sudan in order to support aid actors responding to the ongoing refugee influx in Blue Nile state. REACH’s initial focus has been on conducting assessments and producing maps to facilitate humanitarian planning and coordination in Jamam refugee camp, Maban County. To date, over 20 maps have...

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...

Growing out of a Kabul, Afghanistan-based master class on peace and citizen journalism, Pul-e-Jawan (Bridges of Youth) is a platform and ongoing exchange of ideas for young people involved in media in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. By facilitating an exchange between citizen journalists of these 3 countries and providing a platform to...

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Community Participation

Author: Ismael Saadat, June 11 2014 - "Sir, I have a request. As a future president of Afghanistan, please make sure we are no longer killed for political reasons. Let us die our natural deaths.”

"These programmes are designed to provide Palestinians with the opportunity to question decision-makers face-to-face."

In this research, BBC Media Action surveyed audience reaction to the Palestinian Debates, two factual debate programmes. Launched in September 2012, the debates may be accessed through both traditional (TV and radio)...

"[V]ideo productions created through participatory methodology can be effective tools for dealing with the hostility and grief that linger after a civil war, as they provide those channels of communication that are needed for effective development interventions aimed at community healing."

"This collaboration presents the opportunity to link citizen journalism, official elections monitoring, and traditional media coverage with a single platform that can provide a much more comprehensive picture of the election process than any of three could independently."

"Within these six weeks, the Gender & Militarism Campaign will advocate for awareness and action around the multilayered connections between gender and militarism, and will highlight gender-sensitive nonviolent action (people power) as a powerful alternative to address conflict."

Author: Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor, May 19 2014 - Juba, South Sudan - Last month, traveling on roads punctuated by armed soldiers, I attended a workshop on Conflict Sensitive Programming and Peacebuilding Message Development in Juba coordinated by the UNICEF South Sudan Communication for Development (C4D) and Education Sections,...

Author: Kerida McDonald, UNICEF Senior Advisor, May 19 2014 - Juba, South Sudan - Without the luxury of coffee to start the first day of our mission in Mingkaman we joined the early morning community leaders meeting which provided a perfectly timed general briefing of the context of the camp. We were accompanied by one of the 11 local C4D staff...

These guidelines from the United Nations (UN) Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Subgroup on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding are intended to provide guidance to UN agencies, governments, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in increasing youth engagement in conflict prevention.

The document recommends multiple...

BBC Media Action

Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, crossposted April 22 2014       Since the departure of the Taliban regime in late 2001, experts on Afghanistan have been saying every year has been a critical year for the country. Often for very good reasons. But the significance of 2014 can hardly be exaggerated. Partly it...

"Polio eradication will only be achieved with stronger health systems and bottom-up community engagement, which is likely to require more time and more investment than is currently available in Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan because of their political fragility."

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"Within these six weeks, the Gender & Militarism Campaign will advocate for awareness and action around the multilayered connections between gender and militarism, and will highlight gender-sensitive nonviolent action (people power) as a powerful alternative to address conflict."

These guidelines from the United Nations (UN) Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Subgroup on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding are intended to provide guidance to UN agencies, governments, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in increasing youth engagement in conflict prevention.

The document recommends multiple...

Arab Spatial, originally launched in 2013, now features an upgraded version and a country-level tool, Iraq Spatial. The tool compiles, synthesises, and geographically displays data on more than 200 indicators of food security and development.

This guide is part of WITNESS’ Video for Change how-to series on filming safely, effectively, and ethically. It’s based on the best practices established over 20 years of training and supporting human rights activists in 90 countries to use video. This guide is for human rights activists, advocates, citizen journalists, citizen filmmakers,...

Sangor

Search for Common Ground published this novel based upon its radio drama, also called "Sangor," which airs in the Maithili language on 20 FM stations in the eastern part of Nepal.  The idea of the pair of media presentations is to inspire young people to take leadership in supporting the country's peace process and transition to democracy...

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Digital

Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

"These programmes are designed to provide Palestinians with the opportunity to question decision-makers face-to-face."

In this research, BBC Media Action surveyed audience reaction to the Palestinian Debates, two factual debate programmes. Launched in September 2012, the debates may be accessed through both traditional (TV and radio)...

"This collaboration presents the opportunity to link citizen journalism, official elections monitoring, and traditional media coverage with a single platform that can provide a much more comprehensive picture of the election process than any of three could independently."

"Within these six weeks, the Gender & Militarism Campaign will advocate for awareness and action around the multilayered connections between gender and militarism, and will highlight gender-sensitive nonviolent action (people power) as a powerful alternative to address conflict."

This guide is part of WITNESS’ Video for Change how-to series on filming safely, effectively, and ethically. It’s based on the best practices established over 20 years of training and supporting human rights activists in 90 countries to use video. This guide is for human rights activists, advocates, citizen journalists, citizen filmmakers,...

BBC Media Action

Author: Karen Wespieser, October 29 2013      If you mention Tunisia to most people in the UK, they'd probably think of two very different things: the country which sparked the Arab Spring after protests in December 2010 and a holiday destination for those eager for winter sun. On my visit to the country...

Author: Jawahir Habib, November 13 2013      "Lucky are the people of Yugoslavia and Somalia as the world's eyes rest on them. Condemned are the people of Juba … It may be a blessing to die in front of a camera - then at least the world will get to know about it. But it is painful to die or be killed, without anybody knowing...

BBC Media Action

Alpha Kamara, October 14 2013      Since the beginning of Charles Taylor’s trial for aiding war crimes during Sierra Leone's civil war, BBC Media Action has supported Sierra Leonean journalists in their reporting of the International Criminal Court proceedings in The Hague. And as the former Liberian...

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Author: Noelina Nabwire, October 28 2013       As many African countries, including Kenya, celebrate their golden jubilee, recent trends have put the state of the continent’s democracy on the spotlight. In particular, current media trends in East Africa are worrying, and indeed, a threat to media freedom.

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Film and Video

Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

"[V]ideo productions created through participatory methodology can be effective tools for dealing with the hostility and grief that linger after a civil war, as they provide those channels of communication that are needed for effective development interventions aimed at community healing."

This guide is part of WITNESS’ Video for Change how-to series on filming safely, effectively, and ethically. It’s based on the best practices established over 20 years of training and supporting human rights activists in 90 countries to use video. This guide is for human rights activists, advocates, citizen journalists, citizen filmmakers,...

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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Strategic Thinking

"'In the beginning people felt afraid. They started to ask us who we are,' says Muhammed, a local volunteer working to immunise children against polio in Syria's Al-Hasakah governate, where heavy fighting has taken place. 'I have taken the vaccine myself in front of the families, just to show them it is safe.'"

"These programmes are designed to provide Palestinians with the opportunity to question decision-makers face-to-face."

In this research, BBC Media Action surveyed audience reaction to the Palestinian Debates, two factual debate programmes. Launched in September 2012, the debates may be accessed through both traditional (TV and radio)...

"[V]ideo productions created through participatory methodology can be effective tools for dealing with the hostility and grief that linger after a civil war, as they provide those channels of communication that are needed for effective development interventions aimed at community healing."

"This collaboration presents the opportunity to link citizen journalism, official elections monitoring, and traditional media coverage with a single platform that can provide a much more comprehensive picture of the election process than any of three could independently."

These guidelines from the United Nations (UN) Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s (IANYD) Subgroup on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding are intended to provide guidance to UN agencies, governments, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in increasing youth engagement in conflict prevention.

The document recommends multiple...

"Polio eradication will only be achieved with stronger health systems and bottom-up community engagement, which is likely to require more time and more investment than is currently available in Pakistan, Nigeria, and Afghanistan because of their political fragility."

"Development targets should involve not just access to education, healthcare, clean water and other vital services, but also access to justice."

Libyan Youth Movement's Identity

"This study’s authors used critical discourse analysis to empirically assess the identity of the Libyan Youth Movement [LYM] using 45 images posted on the group's Facebook page during the opening weeks of the Libyan revolution of 2011."

BBC Media Action

"...[M]edia's expanded gatekeeping function is its greatest contribution to Pakistan’s democratic transition."

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Experiences

"Yoga Fusion explores the benefits at social level of individual paths of self awareness and recognition of 'the other' as an individual facing similar challenges as human being with a similar body, and similar but different limitations and traumas."

BBC Media Action

From the document Exploring Governance in Afghanistan: "BBC Media Action, with funding from DFID [Department for International Development, United Kingdom (UK)], is working in...

In February 2012, a REACH team was deployed to South Sudan in order to support aid actors responding to the ongoing refugee influx in Blue Nile state. REACH’s initial focus has been on conducting assessments and producing maps to facilitate humanitarian planning and coordination in Jamam refugee camp, Maban County. To date, over 20 maps have...

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...

Growing out of a Kabul, Afghanistan-based master class on peace and citizen journalism, Pul-e-Jawan (Bridges of Youth) is a platform and ongoing exchange of ideas for young people involved in media in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. By facilitating an exchange between citizen journalists of these 3 countries and providing a platform to...

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South Asia

"The past 18 months have seen the emergence of a powerful platform to collect and analyze social data, and the birth and subsequent growth of a network of skilled community mobilizers who contribute contextual evidence about the feelings, opinions and other variables responsible for many of the same children being repeatedly missed."...

The Media of Afghanistan

"The media of Afghanistan, like all other sections of Afghanistan society, is undergoing transition. This briefing examines what transition might mean for a sector that has the potential to shape Afghan opinion and hold government to account but now faces considerable uncertainty."

Growing out of a Kabul, Afghanistan-based master class on peace and citizen journalism, Pul-e-Jawan (Bridges of Youth) is a platform and ongoing exchange of ideas for young people involved in media in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. By facilitating an exchange between citizen journalists of these 3 countries and providing a platform to...

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