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October 19, 2016

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

"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...

October 18, 2016

Media Development in Regions of Conflict, Transitional Countries, and Closed Societies

"Media development actors need to have a clear and coordinated strategy on how to support a free and pluralistic media landscape in a fragile state. They need to assess local needs and work closely...

October 14, 2016

Constraints and Opportunities: What Role for Media Development in the Countering Violent Extremism Agenda?

"It is imperative that there is consideration of the linkage of media and media development and what role they may play in the prevention of radicalisation and violent extremism." International...

October 10, 2016

An independent Nepali media has never been more needed

Author: Kiran Bhandari, Dipak Bhattarai and James Deane, October 10 2016 - Nepal’s media has played a pivotal role in the country’s democratic transition but how successful has it been at fighting...

October 10, 2016

"I will be there even if my bodyguards refuse to accompany me."

Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, October 10 2016 - Scores of people were killed or injured early last month when twin bomb blasts hit Kabul and armed assailants attacked the buildings housing an...

October 4, 2016

Accountability, nation and society: the role of media in remaking Nepal

"This briefing is written principally for the international community that wants to understand the current reality of governance in Nepal and the role of media in it." This BBC Media Action policy...

September 14, 2016

Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?

Author: James Deane, September 14 2016 - James Deane argues that the concept of media systems capable of: engaging everyone in society, acting independently and enabling dialogue across divides...

September 7, 2016

Are there alternatives to counter-propaganda in an information age?

Author: James Deane and Will Taylor, September 7 2016 - Looking at information responses to extremism, James Deane and Will Taylor reflect on the challenges for media development organisations and...

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August 18, 2016

Author: Ranjani K Murthy, August 18 2016 - Gender-transformative evaluations seek to assess impact of policies, programmes and projects on...

August 17, 2016

Author: Trish Doherty, August 17 2016: Writing from Juba, Research Manager Trish Doherty explains the importance of conducting research in...

July 26, 2016

Sawa Shabab (Together Youth) is a peacebuilding radio...

July 7, 2016

"Sierra Leone has seen notable changes to the mobile and media landscape, but accurate, up-to-date, nationally representative data about how...

July 5, 2016

"Through accurate reporting, journalists can increase awareness of the universal prohibition of torture and of the challenges that may be...

June 24, 2016

"The key finding of the assessment is that displaced people in northern Iraq live in an information vacuum which is hindering their ability to...

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A DFID/UKAID Description of Fragile States


"Fragile States are those states where the government cannot or will not deliver core functions to the majority of its people, including the poor. There is no agreed list of fragile states. Many states move in and out of fragility." [DFID/UKAID, 2005]



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