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September 28, 2016

Why Do Some Behaviours Change More Easily than Others? Water-Use Behaviour Interventions in Rural Nepal

"[R]eal individual freedom of choice about participation in collective traditions, and the capability to affect collective agency through public reasoning become the most important principles that...

September 26, 2016

Strengthening Behaviour Change Communication in Western Nepal: How Can We Do Better?

The Government of Nepal aims to achieve full water and sanitation coverage by 2017. The bilateral Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Western Nepal (RWSSP-WN) works with local governments in...

September 26, 2016

An Overview of the Current Challenges to the Safety and Protection of Journalists

The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) produced this high-level overview report on the status of journalist safety, which seeks to increase the understanding of media leaders about the...

September 23, 2016

Shining a Light on Untapped Resources for Behavior Change Communication in Guatemala

"These studies provided new and important insights on three avenues for engagement that have, to date, been underutilized for social and behavior change communication."

September 23, 2016

Shining a Light on Untapped Resources for Behavior Change Communication in Guatemala

"These studies provided new and important insights on three avenues for engagement that have, to date, been underutilized for social and behavior change communication."

September 23, 2016

The Drum Beat 720 - Communication and Change News and Issues

Communication and Change News and Issues - The Drum Beat 720September 28 2016

September 22, 2016

Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20: Building a Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chain in Mozambique

"Any changes to the supply chain require an effective leader to define the new vision for the system and the processes that lead to the transformation....The champion for system design must be...

September 21, 2016

Unpacking 'Participation': Models, Meanings and Practices

"Participation" has entered the development mainstream and is used by a variety of institutions, but what it means can vary enormously between different actors. This article explores some of the...

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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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Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?

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Author: Will Taylor, September 21 2016 - Will Taylor reviews the ‘green cover’ draft of the World Development Report, which puts a spotlight on the media but could do more to lay out how to support inclusive public dialogue at scale.

Induced participation sounds both painful and unappealing. And taking it to mean a state-led mechanism of consultation – the definition initially used by the draft 2017 World Development Report (WDR) – it might well be.

Subtitled ‘Governance and the Law’, this report provides a broad-ranging analysis of how to help shape formal governance mechanisms for development outcomes. Yet some of the report’s most interesting thinking – on induced participation and public deliberation, which can be more encouragingly thought of as supporting societies to discuss and determine their future – is buried deep within its 300 pages.

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Changing perspective - the power of vertical video

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Author: Tom Hannen, September 21 2016 - I was watching my one-year-old son playing on a beach in Turkey when the terrible photo of Aylan Kurdi lying motionless on a beach further along the coast appeared on social media. I will never forget the shock of seeing this while my child played happily in the same sea.

When BBC Media Action's research team told me about their refugee project - a series of in-depth interviews about the communication needs of refugees in Europe - I was very keen to make a video to support it. Initially we planned to make a conventional motion graphic explainer video in a 16x9 widescreen TV format. But since the target audience was humanitarian agencies working in the field, I decided to play with the vertical mobile phone format.

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Polio is back in Nigeria, and the next vaccination campaign may have a surprising consequence

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Authors: Shelby Grossman, Jonathan Phillips and Leah Rosenzweig, August 23 2016 [first posted in the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, linked below] In early August, Nigeria announced new cases of wild poliovirus, two years after the country's last reported case. This was a setback for the Nigerian government as well as the global health community, which has invested [US]$14 billion over the past three decades to wipe out polio.

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

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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 appears increasingly – rather than decreasingly – relevant in the 21st century. 

Stand up and be heard

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Author: Jackie Christie, September 8 2016 - Bribing people for their vote is common in Kenya – and young people are especially vulnerable. Jackie Christie explains how a new radio show is helping young people learn more about politics.

It was a stark comment, but one that highlights the challenges facing politics in Kenya: “Take their money yes, but vote for the candidate of your choice.” The young man was reflecting on the all-too-common practice of politicians ‘buying votes’ with cash or gifts, during a phone-in, on the first episode of BBC Sema, a brand new debate radio show for young people in Kenya.

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New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important Issues, from Burial Societies to Protest Groups

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016: Grassroot is a free mobile phone tool that helps groups of people in South Africa interact and exchange information, ranging from small social groups to massive community organisations. Grassroot allows communities to engage with their members, call meetings, take votes, and create actions lists, whether a small burial society or thousands of people mobilising for a rally. Grassroot works across all phones — from the cheapest entry-level phone to sophisticated smart phones. It is available in South African languages isiZulu, SeSotho, SePedi and SeTsonga. Grassroot is entirely free – it doesn’t require data, it doesn’t require airtime and it doesn’t require a smart phone.

 

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Online Platform in Uganda Allows People to Anonymously Report Poor Service Delivery and Corruption in their Community

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016 -  In recent decades, Uganda has made various efforts to establish systems to fight corruption, including a strong legal framework, but actual implementation of corruption prevention has been weak. “In Uganda, corruption is widely considered a problem, across a range from demographics, from students to taxi-drivers, shopkeepers to watchmen,” says Roy Mukasa from Anti Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU).  “Few people are aware of their rights; many people have paid or continue to pay bribes on a regular basis. For example, we have learned about school girls who have bribed to get good grades, and others who have bribed to get medical treatment – the list goes on and on.”  

 

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

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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 call for an evidence-based debate that accommodates different approaches.

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Scriptwriting for Syrians

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Author: Hozan Akko, September 7 2016 - A new radio drama for Syrians hopes to bridge divides and help people deal with the pressures of prolonged conflict.

To the relief of her family, a woman miraculously emerges from the rubble of a collapsed building on a small street in a Syrian suburb. She is scratched and dusty but otherwise unscathed. Amidst the sirens, there is the faint sound of broken wood and glass cracking beneath her feet. She’s escaped with her life – but her family business, a small restaurant, has been completely destroyed in the blast. Gazing back at the restaurant ruins, Archi has already resolved to rebuild what she has lost.

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