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February 27, 2017

The Infinity Loop for Optimising Development of Empathy

"Be it bureaucratic disagreements, political imbroglios, development project multinational team disagreements or violent security circumstances, it has often been exceedingly difficult to attempt -...

February 27, 2017

Senegal Behavior Change Communication Research: Kaolack Endline Report

"The assumption is that if parents believe that home literacy and language activities can enhance the success of children in school, and if they have specific tools to use, they will develop more...

February 27, 2017

The Best Defense: Threats to Journalists' Safety Demand Fresh Approach

"Much work remains to be done to improve the security of journalists in the face of unprecedented threats, including the spread of violent non-state actors, the shrinking rule of law, resurgent...

February 24, 2017

Engaging Men in Public Policies for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls

This report aims to provide evidence about what works when it comes to the strategy of engaging men and boys to prevent and eventually eradicate violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the Latin...

February 24, 2017

Hilkor ("Ripples in the Water") and Mai Sari Sunakhari ("Orchid, Like Me") Radio Dramas

"Now 22 years old with a 3.5-year-old daughter, Lalita lives with her parents and listens avidly to a radio drama, Hilkor ('Ripples in the Water'). In it, she hears her story and she hopes that other...

February 23, 2017

AidDrops

"Connectivity is the lifeblood of migration." - Deidre McKay, interviewee on an AidDrops podcast This resource is a series of podcasts on SoundCloud featuring interviews conducted by Martin Dawes, a...

February 22, 2017

Inspiring Political Participation

"[A]ll these programmes sought to increase participation and accountability; reaching people that other media tend to ignore, getting them talking about politics and supporting them to influence...

February 22, 2017

Routine Health Information Systems: A Curriculum on Basic Concepts and Practice

"Relevant and well-structured courses on RHIS are few, and are not tailored to the needs of developing countries." Routine health information systems (RHIS), also called health facility and...

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Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer.

The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal rights always appealed to me. Little did I know that a chance meeting with a woman one sunny afternoon would change my life.

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Seeing What We Don't See: An Experience of Supportive Supervision

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 21 2017 - Busy medical, epidemiology, and immunization managers at district levels and above can easily get so caught up in managing logistics and reviewing data that they forget to make the time to go out and gather their own data by visiting static sites and observing field teams. Traveling in Africa and Asia with a polio Outbreak Response Assessment (OBRA) team was an eye-opening experience. None of us ever know what we don't know - managers who don't watch the work being done can’t possibly know what performance gaps exist, and where there are opportunities to support staff and strengthen quality.

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World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Melanie Archer, on February 13 2017 - To mark World Radio Day, Melanie Archer reviews how radio can be a force for inclusion in a changing world, although it is vulnerable to getting co-opted for ideological purposes.

Snapchat’s been grabbing headlines with its decision to become a public company. The messaging app has amassed an impressive 158 million daily users, 39 million of whom are based outside of North America and Europe.

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Radio has never been more necessary

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Nursey, on February 10 2017 - On World Radio Day, Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action’s Executive Director discusses the ongoing importance of radio in a fast-changing digital world. 

As the digital media landscape develops at a revolutionary pace it is easy to forget that radio still reaches more places and more people in the world than any other medium – and that it has an enduring power to change people’s lives in profound ways.

It can provide urgent life-saving advice in the aftermath of a disaster, help communities divided by conflict rebuild trust in each other, and inspire people to hold those in power to account.

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Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis

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Author: BBC Media Action's Abir Awad, on February 7 2017 - “The food we are given is not suitable for human consumption. They’ve taken away our identity cards and our phones,” says Ahmed during a phone-in programme at Radio Nawa, an independent radio station broadcasting across Iraq.

The caller is one of tens of thousands displaced from the Mosul area of northern Iraq. He’s in his own country but is not allowed to leave the UN-managed camp where he’s taken shelter; Iraqi security forces suspect anyone who has lived in Mosul during the past two years of being an IS sympathiser.

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Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations to life.

Researchers often uncover insights with real practical relevance but then struggle to communicate their findings compellingly to those who can make use of them.

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Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons from Lao and the Hmong Community

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 8 2017 - The 2014/2015 polio outbreak in Lao People’s Democratic Republic [Lao] resulted in two deaths and paralysis of a small group of children and adults. All cases and positive contacts were from the Hmong ethnic minority group, which has traditionally had a tense relationship with the Lao government characterized by a lack of trust on both sides. The Hmong community, where outbreaks of other vaccine preventable diseases in the recent past were also concentrated, had both limited access to, and limited willingness to access health services that in Lao are provided primarily by government-run clinics. During a social investigation conducted in 2015, Hmong parents and caregivers often indicated that they didn't know about polio or the vaccination campaigns, didn't trust the government services or the vaccine quality, and/or weren't comfortable with the health service personnel, most of whom were not Hmong speakers.

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A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the Eastern Cape

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Author: Praekelt's Mitso Qalaba, originally posted February 8 2017 - Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, I grew up in a rural widowed single-parent household. My upbringing is not unique for the country.

I did not have clear career goals growing up, but I always knew I wanted to work in media. Living in the rural areas, radio and television kept me informed about national and world affairs. Whether it was a news anchor, journalist, or film producer, I just knew I wanted to deliver information to people, especially those who were underprivileged and living in remote areas.

Today, I use computer and mobile devices to help millions of people access information.

First Encounter with Computers

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What does the new World Development Report say?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Will Taylor, posted February 2 2017 - Senior Governance Adviser Will Taylor reviews the World Development Report 2017.

There’s a lot to like in the World Development Report 2017: Governance and Law, published earlier this week. Brian Levy, author of Working with the Grain, and DFID’s Stefan Kossoff have already run through some of what it got right – and also identified areas for expansion.

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Prevention is better than cure

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Author: BBC Media Action's Betty Duku, posted February 1 2017 - How local and national radio is supporting work to prevent cholera in South Sudan.

“I didn’t know it was cholera until a health professional at my local clinic told me” said Mary Jabe, a mother of three. “When he instructed me to take my children to hospital in Juba for treatment, I started to cry, because their condition was critical, and I didn’t have any money to get there.”

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February 22, 2017

"Knowing that tackling child marriage requires transforming the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate the practice among families and...

February 21, 2017

"This policy brief summarizes policymakers’ perspectives on what constitutes barriers to evidence-informed policymaking. It also presents...

February 21, 2017

"Media’s role in shaping public dialogue can help to bridge the gap between information provision and political action, developing more inclusive...

February 21, 2017

Author: Ellen Coates, February 21 2017 - Busy medical, epidemiology, and immunization managers at district levels and above can easily get so...

February 20, 2017

"Road user behaviour can be improved by road safety campaigns, which in combination with behavioural measures (e.g., law enforcement, education or...

February 18, 2017

Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Melanie Archer, on...

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