Author Jawahir Habib, March 8 2014: "My husband hit me in the morning, he was asking for money," said a Lady Health Worker (LHW), Nadia, in Kili Shabo area of Quetta (South-west of Pakistan). "I have not received my polio immunization days payments for past four campaigns, my husband thinks I go out of house for some other purpose," she added with tears in her eyes.
Posted for International Women's Day 2014, Saturday, March 8, from Ranjani K. Murtha, originally posted online March 2011 , cross-posted March 6 2014: Thanks to UN agencies, INGOs and several NGOs, I had the opportunity to visit rural areas and urban towns of a gender developing countries as a 'gender or social development' expert.
Nevertheless, the experiences of poor women point to several lessons learned which call for relooking at the monoculture in feminism with the collapse of the Soviet Block.
Author Rana Tassawar Ali, March 6 2014: In Pakistan, an estimated 100,000 people suffer from HIV/AIDS, and the number of new HIV/AIDS cases is increasing. In Pakistan, where society is mostly governed by conservatives, people create hurdles for changing minds. In this scenario, our society has only few anti-HIV/AIDS agent ORWs (outreach workers) - these are the real change agents. The ORWs provide services to affected clients, and they regularly travel to different spots for providing harm reduction services.
Authors: Thomas Tufte and Anders Høg Hansen, February 24 2014: A grand old man of British cultural studies, Stuart Hall, died 10 February 2014, 82 years old, a man who - among many other things - contributed to developing a critical line of thinking which has been highly influential within communication for development.
Author: Dr. Arpita Sharma, February 20 2014: Agriculture is the most important sector in developing countries, with the majority of the rural population depending on it. In our Indian scenario, it is said that the country lives in villages, which means that the farming and agriculture sector contributes to the GDP of the country to a great extent. The traditional approaches to agriculture, adopted far back in history, have numerous challenges in terms of production, marketing, profit, etc.
Author: Manuel Manrique Castro, from his column in El Mundo de Medellín - translation: Cynthia Selde, published February 12 2014, cross-posted February 20 2014: For many years The State of the World’s Children report has been considered the quintessential gauge of the progress being made around the world toward ensuring the quality of life for children and protecting their rights.
Author: Kris Rampersad, from Trinidad and Tobago, posted on her blog series Towards Constitution Reform: The Emperor’s New Tools on February 10 2014, cross-posted February 20 2014 The Constitution Reform Committee returns to the public with a package of reform measures it has amalgamated from discussions, recommendations and opinions as well as review of reports of previous Constitutional Reform Commissioners, and previous redesigns on the Constitution including the most recent Ellis Clarke redraft.
Author: Manuel Manrique Castro from his column, Connecting the Dots; translation: Cynthia Selde, published January 29 2014, cross-posted February 18 2014: Her melodious and now universally renowned name travelled to every continent, and there was virtually no place where the news of the attack against her - in October of 2012 - had not been heard.
Author: Vusumuzi Sifile, February 13 2014: In the past, traditional authorities across Southern Africa would send messengers to beat some drums, blow trumpets or unleash some smoke in order to communicate a message to their subject. The sound of the drum or the blowing of a certain type of smoke was believed to be enough communication for the community to understand the message, and take the necessary action.
Author Umaru Pate, February 5 2014: Professor, Department of Mass Communication, University of Maiduguri and Kaigamma of Adamawa, reflects on his recent experience as an expert panelist reviewing Afghanistan's polio communication programme. Professor Pate has also participated in similar reviews of Nigeria's polio communication programme and draws analogies between nomadic groups in Afghanistan and Nigeria.
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