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January 18, 2017

A Review of 10 Years of Vasectomy Programming and Research in Low-Resource Settings

"With...growing support and refinement of gender and male involvement programming, now is an opportune time to incorporate voluntary vasectomy services into national family planning strategies."...

January 18, 2017

Vasectomy: A Long, Slow Haul to Successful Takeoff

"Robust demand generation should include messaging specific to vasectomy, but should also draw on broader social and behavior change communication efforts increasingly aimed at engaging men in family...

January 18, 2017

Communication for Development: Dialogue and Involvement to Achieve Sustainable Results

"Including C4D in a project does not require an exceptional effort. It requires a listening and open attitude, accompanying the project from the beginning to the end to make the project live locally...

January 17, 2017

Breakthrough-RESEARCH

"Breakthrough-RESEARCH addresses a clear need for increased study of SBC [social and behaviour change] interventions. Few existing studies examine mechanisms of effect in large, multi-component...

January 17, 2017

Breakthrough-ACTION

"Recent years have seen significant changes in behavioral programming generally, and SBCC [social and behaviour change communication] specifically. Widespread access to mobile phones and social media...

January 17, 2017

Training Toolkit on MSM Programming for the MENA Region

This 4-volume training toolkit on men who have sex with men (MSM) programming for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region was developed jointly by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Joint...

January 17, 2017

A Guide to Data Innovation for Development: From Idea to Proof-of-Concept

This United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resource provides step-by-step guidance for development practitioners to leverage new sources of data. "Data innovation" is described here as the use...

January 17, 2017

Ethics in the News

"After a year of unprecedented news-making, media around the world are stepping back to ask a pertinent question - what is the future of ethical journalism in an age when it appears that the public...

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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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A tribute to Om Prakash Puri

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Devika Bahl on January 13 2017 - Veteran Indian actor, Om Puri, who passed away last week, fronted our HIV and AIDS drama series, Jasoos Vijay – helping make it one of India’s most watched TV shows of its time. Devika Bahl, creative director for the series shares fond memories of an exceptional man.

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Researching women in Afghanistan

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action [Insight] blog by Katy Williams, Research Editor, BBC Media Action, on January 6 2017 - International development organisations need to understand the viewpoints and experiences of women and girls if they are to improve opportunities for them. 

BBC Media Action’s research editor Katy Williams spoke to Ahmad Tamim Sharifzai, the organisation’s senior research officer in Afghanistan, about the challenges of conducting formative and evaluative research with women in the country.

Q What are some of the broader challenges you face when conducting research in Afghanistan?

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Nepal: Reconstruction through radio

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Pratibha Tuladhar on January 11 2017 - Timorous rays of winter sun fall on the potato fields of Nuwakot, a district in central Nepal still recovering from the impact of the 2015 earthquakes. The residents of Belkot village are outside, digging and weeding their patches of land.

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Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sharif Hossen Saimum on January 9 2017 - Talking about their bodies can be a taboo for young people in Bangladesh. A new series of interactive computer games - accessible in 350 schools - are helping them learn about growing up in a safe and fun environment.

Tania is lost in an enchanted forest. Her only way to escape is to correctly answer questions posed by a collection of exotic animals. First up, a troop of cheeky monkeys, blocks her path. “You shouldn’t eat fish during menstruation - it will make you smell” they say. To gain enough points to leave the forest – Tania must choose whether the monkey’s statements are ‘myth’ or ‘fact’.

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Can the SDGs accelerate progress towards gender equality? What are the inter-linkages and institutional arrangements that are es

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, January 10 2017 - The discussion on whether and how the SDGs can accelerate progress towards gender equality has to be located in the context that gender inequality persists, particularly in the spheres of politics, economy, sexual & reproductive justice, and violence against women.  Yet it is 100 years since the first International Women’s Day (1917) was celebrated. The key question is what is the international community is going to do to promote gender equality that is different, apart from devoting a SDG to the same (SDG 5) and integrating gender equality into few others - like end poverty, end hunger, ensure healthy lives and ensure equitable education?

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Addressing violence against women and girls in Zambia through a community health systems strengthening initiative

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Author: Cathy Green, Technical Lead, Community Health Systems, Health Partners International, January 9, 2017The elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls is a key priority of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In Zambia, where gender-based violence (GBV) rates have been persistently high, the government is taking important steps to address the issue. Between 2014 to 2016 the Comic Relief-funded More Mobilising Access to Maternal Health Services in Zambia Programme (MORE MAMaZ) worked with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and district health management teams (DHMTs) in five districts to support the process of integrating a focus on GBV into the national Safe Motherhood Action Group (SMAG) initiative, part of the government's safe motherhood policy response.

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Top five blogs of 2016

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Melanie Archer, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, December 23 2016 - Our most popular blogs of the year, featuring: discussion of alternatives to counter-propaganda, tips for successful health communication and recommendations of both development films to watch and Twitter accounts to follow.

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Mother's milk

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Author: Nasir Ateeq, December 24 2016 - Kittens here are blessed with early initiation and exclusive mother milk!! Their caring mother, without receiving messages through communication campaigns, just instinctively feeds them her milk. They should grow up healthy and intelligent as they suck out uncontaminated feeding in the form of pure mother milk which protects them from infectious diseases and ensures zero risk of stunting. Other mammals too follow the same practice of feeding their newborn ones. One wonders why, except for human beings, who in many cases don’t practice early initiation and exclusive mother milk feeding, almost all mammals instinctively practice natural biological and hormonal processes of early initiation and exclusively feed their babies with mother milk during infancy??

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Going global with Facebook Live

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Bidhya Chapagain on December 22 2016 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of people across the world joined our first two Facebook Lives from Nepal, grabbing the opportunity to question an inspiring group of female personalities and politicians.

Usually when I present the political debate show, Sajha Sawal (Common Questions), a sea of faces look back from a packed studio floor, ready to ask tough questions of a panel of public figures and politicians.

This time, the studio was almost empty. Audience members in their tens of thousands were instead joining the debate on Facebook Live – while catching a lift to work, on their lunch break or relaxing at home.

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January 13, 2017

This guide from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) introduces a 5-step, stakeholder-based approach to adapting health...

January 13, 2017

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Pratibha Tuladhar on January 11 2017 - Timorous rays of winter sun fall on the...

January 13, 2017

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action [Insight] blog by Katy Williams, Research Editor, BBC Media Action, on January 6 2017 - International...

January 13, 2017

"...engaging men in interpersonal gender issues have been shown to be an important entry point for more political and public pro-feminist...

January 13, 2017

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sharif Hossen Saimum on January 9 2017 - Talking about their bodies can be a taboo for young...

January 13, 2017

"A campaign to remind news media of their responsibility to uphold professional ethics on fair coverage, balance, accuracy and non-...

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