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August 23, 2017

Policy Briefing and Country Reports - Creating New Spaces: Women's Experiences of Political Participation in Communities

"Womankind Worldwide's research on women's political participation at the community level in Afghanistan, Ghana, Nepal and Zimbabwe has found that women-only groups or 'spaces' have multiple benefits...

August 23, 2017

A Conversation Guide for Health Equity

"It's worth noting that communities where people are more connected with each other tend to be healthier than ones where they aren't. So in the case of health equity, conversation might do more than...

August 23, 2017

Development of a Set of Community-Informed Ebola Messages for Sierra Leone

"[S]ystematic, iterative qualitative research should be fully embedded into the message development process from the outset of the response to any future public health emergency, and the...

August 23, 2017

Ukraine's Health Sector: Sustaining Momentum for Reform

"For the last year,...an important linchpin of reform - the health sector - has been the subject of intense new development and debate across Ukraine....The moment of possibility has arrived. A major...

August 23, 2017

Creating New Spaces: Women's Experiences of Political Participation in Communities

"Research on women’s political participation at the community level was undertaken by Womankind in four very different countries - Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nepal and Afghanistan. The work in each context...

August 22, 2017

ReMiND Project: Midterm Evaluation Summary

Using mobile phone-based health technology (mHealth) in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India, the Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths Project (ReMiND) aims to increase the adoption of key maternal newborn and...

August 22, 2017

Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND)

"What was really eye-opening was that with the phone, the illiterate ASHA, who seemed overwhelmed and a bit lost, was transformed to someone with increased skills and confidence, who was effective in...

August 22, 2017

Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, Nepal, Bangladesh and India

Author: BBC Media Action's Senior Communications Manager Nick Henegan, originally posted August 18 2017 - In the aftermath of a disaster information is as important as food, water and shelter. It can...

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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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Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, Nepal, Bangladesh and India

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Author: BBC Media Action's Senior Communications Manager Nick Henegan, originally posted August 18 2017 - In the aftermath of a disaster information is as important as food, water and shelter. It can save lives. This week BBC Media Action teams from West Africa to South Asia have been delivering vital, life-saving information to people affected by a series of devastating floods.

In Sierra Leone, where mudslides and floods have killed almost 400 and hundreds are still missing our team has been using their Facebook page, the most popular in the country, to provide information on how to access emergency numbers and centres where those affected can access food, clothing and other assistance.

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Toilet: Ek Development Communication Katha

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Akshay Kumar is fast emerging as a very unlikely bearer of varied and content-driven Hindi cinema. Derided by the reigning Hindi cinema establishment and its audience bank as 'Bharat Kumar 2.0' for his off-screen nationalistic messages and works, the prolific actor's latest film - despite its shortcomings - could end up as a case study on development communication, or Communication for Development (C4D), in the Indian context.

Director Shree Narayan Singh's Toilet: Ek Prem Katha (TEPK) is a social satire revolving around Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Keshav (Akshay Kumar) and Jaya (Bhumi Pednekar) are natives of two adjoining rural neighbourhoods of Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh. After a brief period of wooing and cajoling by Keshav, Jaya gives in and the two get married.

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Speaking up for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone

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Author: BBC Media Action Sierra Leone's Head of Production, Allieu Sesay, originally posted August 7 2017 - Abass became a voice for Ebola survivors across Sierra Leone. Allieu Sesay tells his ongoing story.

Holding his baby daughter in his arms, today Abass looks like any other proud father. But when we first met three years ago, at the peak of the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, it seemed hard to imagine this day would come.

Then I was spending nearly every day making radio programmes to share life-saving information to stop the virus spreading. Abass was volunteering at a health centre in Freetown. As an Ebola survivor he had some immunity to the virus and wanted to help other patients.

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How to use media for development - and why it works.

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Author: BBC Media Action Senior Production Managery Clemency Fraser, originally published July 31 2017 - Have you ever wanted to see how we create media for development? Well, good news folks now you can.

BBC Media Action has been creating innovative and effective media for development across the globe since the 1990s – it’s been quite a journey. Of course, we’ve sometimes learnt lessons the hard way but we’ve also had phenomenal successes. Here are a few.

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Motivating ordinary Bangladeshis to respond to extreme weather

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Author: BBC Media Action Bangladesh's Executive Editor Shihan Zuberi, originally published on the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) blog - Droughts. Cyclones. Floods.

There are few places where such extraordinary events are as commonplace as they are in Bangladesh,  one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Extreme weather poses a real threat to millions of Bangladeshis – with low-lying geography, high population density and under-developed infrastructure making things worse, especially for the poorest.

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Zambia’s Modern Day Politicians and Lost Art of Rhetoric

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Author: Journalist, Media Consultant and Economist Daniel Tonga, July 25 2017 - When one listens to politicians speak and takes a critical analysis of their political discourse, there is no doubt that present day politicians seriously lack the art of political rhetoric in Zambia. In times of a crisis or disaster, politicians are too quick to accuse their political rivals of sabotage using most the despicable language and speeches that end up dividing people instead of uniting them. They often use derogatory terms and threats as a way to convince people that they are in charge and under control. Their manner of speech is no different in even in times of elections. They insult, offend and disparage each other to gain political mileage. Sadly, even within their internal party systems at conventions where they gather to elect new officials, they malign each other without any sense of using civilised speech to persuade people to vote for them.

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The Clean Energy Revolution

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Author: Tayyab Shafique Mughal, July 26 2017 - Pakistan is a developing country and ranking 6th in terms of population size. Despite having incredible economic development and environmental opportunities, Pakistan has been facing frequent challenging issues including substructure, inadequate refined resources, infertile or obsolete factories, water and sanitation, poverty, climate change and energy crisis.  Pakistan’s dominant challenges are energy demand and climate change. Whereas it has been struggling to fulfil energy demand but it is also facing climate change catastrophe. Worldwide, Pakistan has little contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and rank 135th among all the countries, in contrast, as reported by Germanwatch Climate Risk Index, 2017, it ranks 7th on vulnerability to climate change adverse impacts having 30.50 Climate Risk Index (CRI).

The Impact of New Media Technologies on Zambia’s 2016 Presidential elections.

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Author: Daniel Tonga, July 18 2017 - Abstract: The emergence of new media technologies has changed the way in which political communication takes place in Zambia. On 11thAugust 2016, Zambia held presidential, parliamentary and local government elections in which nine political parties massively used new media technologies to campaign before and during elections. The utilisation of new media technologies by political parties introduced a new way in political communication and had a great impact on how politics are conducted in Zambia. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of new media technologies in political campaigns during the time of elections. For the first time ever in the political history of Zambia, political parties used new media technologies massively in political campaigns to engage the electorate and this has brought a new facet in political communication which has now became beneficial to Zambian politics and culture.

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Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

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Author: George Ogola, originally posted May 16 2017 - The news media is usually one of first casualties of bungled or contested elections. From the recent US elections, the UK’s Brexit vote to Zambia’s controversial 2016 presidential elections, the mainstream news media bore the brunt of much of the criticism that followed.

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