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December 15, 2017

Addressing Failure in ICT-Enabled 'Citizen Voice - Government Responsiveness' Interventions: Unpacking Core Assumptions and Essential Components

"When government willingness is already there, ICT-enabled voice can help build capacity to respond. But generally, unless pre-existing government commitment to respond is in place, voice through the...

December 15, 2017

Little by Little: Exploring the Impact of Social Acceptance on Refugee Integration into Host Communities

"It is very difficult here. There is discrimination, so people get to know you little by little." - Male Colombian refugee This study from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) explores the multifaceted...

December 15, 2017

Cleaner, Happier, Healthier: Sesame Workshop's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Intervention among Low-Income Groups in Bangladesh and India

This paper evaluates a pilot intervention of Sesame Workshop's "Cleaner, Healthier, Happier" multi-media health communication approach promoting water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) knowledge,...

December 14, 2017

BBC Media Action Microsite: Gender

This BBC Media Action interactive digital toolkit has been created on a dedicated micro website "to help those working in media and communication for development to challenge negative gender...

December 13, 2017

De Taali

"With an entire programme focusing on adolescent empowerment, girls who have been raised in a culture of silence are getting the courage to raise and voice their concerns and opinions." - Supriya...

December 13, 2017

The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a big new argument?

Author: James Deane, December 13 2017 - Sometimes you read a book which - just short of literally - blows your mind.  The Enigma of Reason: a new theory of understanding by Hugo Mercier and Dan...

December 13, 2017

Media Consumption Survey in Ukraine

Internews' annual Ukrainian media survey revealed that Ukrainians in 2017 were more critical in their media consumption, demanding better-quality and more reliable content from journalists. The...

December 13, 2017

Facilitating Community-Led Disaster Risk Management

"We must empower communities to plan and drive change, and reinforce governments' responsibility to provide their people with a protective and enabling environment." This guide is designed to...

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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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The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a big new argument?

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Author: James Deane, December 13 2017 - Sometimes you read a book which - just short of literally - blows your mind.  The Enigma of Reason: a new theory of understanding by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber did that to mine.  If their conclusions are right, the implications for human development – and the role of communication and media within it - are profound.

I’ve long puzzled why development d hasn’t focused more on the human mind.  We have development research institutes and think tanks on all forms of public policy - governance, science, economics and so on - but little on working out why humans think and act in the way that they do and how those things have affected how they have developed over millennia.  

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A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria

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Author: Producer Trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria Akile Gojo, originally posted December 5 2017 - Earlier this year, after a day of training producers at one of our partner radio stations in Gombe state, I was eating dinner in a nearby restaurant. In the background, a radio was playing, and, as I sat there, I realised that all the women - and some men as well - were listening intently to a novel being read aloud on air.

I knew listening to romance novels on the radio - especially those written by local authors - has been growing in popularity with women and girls in Northern Nigeria. They often go to the market to buy copies of their favourites to read again at home with family.

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How can media and communication address violence against women and girls?

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Authors: BBC Media Action Gender advisors Kanwal Ahluwalia and Elanor Jackson, originally posted November 30 2017 - We are often asked what a gender transformative project looks like.

A gender transformative approach explicitly tackles social norms around gender discrimination, power and violence, as well as broader ideas about male superiority and what it is to be a "real man" or "real woman" in the eyes of society. It means addressing systemic change by looking beyond individuals and focusing on unequal power relations between women and men, girls and boys.

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How we attracted women to our shows

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Author: Head of Research and Learning, BBC Media Action Nigeria, Anu Mohammed, originally posted November 22 2017 - As a child and throughout my teenage years in northern Nigeria, I saw men in our neighbourhood shopping for the food needed by the family. To my young mind, this was fascinating, and I thought “how helpful and thoughtful of them”.

It was only later I came to understand that, for cultural reasons, women were not expected to be seen in public. But deep down, I still couldn’t understand it.

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Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'

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Author: Stephanie Desmon, October 31 2017 - Scientific evidence doesn't seem to carry the same weight it used to. In the new era of "alternative facts," it can be especially difficult to effectively communicate with people in order to convince them to behave in their best interests. Take the case of childhood immunizations. There has always been a sliver of the population with distrust of vaccines, some of whom have refused to get the recommended shots for their kids. But the conversations that pediatricians are having with the parents of their patients may be even more challenging in this "fact-resistant world" we live in now, says Rupali J.

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Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria

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Author: BBC Media Action's Assistant Project Manager in Syria Julie Boutros, originally posted November 19 2017 - As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, Julie Boutros describes how we're helping children in Syria survive and cope with the conflict. By supporting media based in the country to make tailored 'lifeline' content - animations, radio dramas, discussion programmes and a documentary - we're tackling issues around child rights, development and survival.

Children in Syria have paid the heaviest price in a conflict that has affected their daily lives for more than six years. Going to school, playing outdoors, or enjoying a healthy and safe life has become difficult for many children living in areas affected by conflict.

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Using human-centred design to achieve your goals

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Authors: Radharani Mitra, originally posted November 7 2017 - This blog was originally posted on India Development Review (IDR’s) Practice blog.

One can’t talk about design without quoting Steve Jobs.

"Design is a funny word," he said, "Some people think design is how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works." He hit the bullseye as always. Look at the success of design-driven companies like AirBnB and Pinterest, or even digital giants like Google, eBay and LinkedIn, who have invested in the design of more engaging and differentiated user experiences.

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Mobile hospitals in Zambia, years after!

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Author: Sandra Lombe, November 14 2017 - A few years ago, the government of the Republic of Zambia decided to buy mobile hospitals targeted mainly for rural areas, so they could provide services required, especially surgery. Mobile hospitals are mounted on trucks and are equipped with facilities and services such as X-ray and ultrasound scanners, mini theatre, power and water supply, dental/eye and nose clinic, kitchen and a sleeping room, and pharmacy, among others.

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Investigación Social punto Net: opening scientific knowledge to the collaboration

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Authors: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, originally posted here in Spanish, November 1 2017 - Undoubtedly, the cybernetic age is having an impact on the daily life of people, not only in their social and recreational relationships, in consumption patterns, in their own political actors and citizen exercises, but also in the ways in which - concern of social scientists - we see ourselves, we understand, we deconstruct and re-construct (identitatively, socially, politically, etc.) constantly.

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December 12, 2017

Author: Producer Trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria Akile Gojo,...

December 12, 2017

"Dark social" refers to online and digital sharing either missing or incorrectly attributed in site traffic analytics. It describes the blind spot...

December 12, 2017

"Making the digital space better for children requires collaboration and cooperation among governments, United Nations agencies and other...

December 11, 2017

"Attempts to prevent Internet dimensions of the violent radicalization of youth do not have proven efficacy, but on the other hand it is clear...

December 8, 2017

"A major risk for the eradication is complacency, something for which there is no metric that can be monitored....That is one of the biggest...

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