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October 17, 2017

Windows into Early Learning and Development

Save the Children observes that the first five years of a child's life is a time when the developing brain is most open to the influence of relationships and experiences; children's exposure to care...

October 17, 2017

Effective Training: Essential Principles, Approaches, and Process

"Training can have diverse goals, objectives, and audiences. Therefore, it's important to consider a participant's context, needs, and abilities throughout the design and delivery process to ensure...

October 17, 2017

Mass Media: Reaching Audiences Far and Wide with Messages to Support Healthy Reproductive Behaviors

This brief describes the evidence on and experience with mass media programming in family planning, finding such programming can influence individual behaviours by providing accurate information,...

October 17, 2017

Home safe home: helping people in Nepal 'build back better'

Authors: BBC Media Action Nepal's Stakeholder Liaison, Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted October 12 2017 - On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction we explore how Sajha Sawal - our TV...

October 17, 2017

Unlock the Power of Girls Now

"Achieving gender equality is a long and slow process and those who step forward to challenge the status quo are often threatened and stigmatised. Girls, and all champions of change, need to be...

October 16, 2017

Storytelling and Evidence-Based Policy: Lessons from the Grey Literature

"Storytelling remains a crucial communications tool for researchers seeking uptake of their evidence into policy. It does, however, mean that storytelling needs to be approached strategically."

October 16, 2017

Evaluation of the HERhealth Intervention in Bangladesh: Baseline Findings from an Implementation Research Study

"Women working in global supply chains, many of whom are young and undereducated migrants, have limited health knowledge and often lack access to critical health services and products. Myths and...

October 16, 2017

How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises

"Existing studies show that digital communications channels can be critical before, during and after natural disasters, crises and armed conflicts, to save lives and reduce suffering (e.g. by...

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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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Home safe home: helping people in Nepal 'build back better'

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Authors: BBC Media Action Nepal's Stakeholder Liaison, Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted October 12 2017On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction we explore how Sajha Sawal - our TV current affairs show in Nepal – is helping communities displaced by the 2015 earthquakes get the support they need to rebuild safer homes in safer locations. No easy feat.

"My eyes are burning" says Mishri Lama as she prepares dinner in the temporary shelter that has been her family’s home since she was displaced by the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015.

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Flying solo after training with BBC Question Time

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Authors: Ali Sharif and Rob Hopkin, originally posted October 4 2017 - Ali Sharif, 27, wanted to be an airline pilot but after joining BBC Media Action’s training programme in North Africa - and with help from BBC Question Time director Rob Hopkin - he is now the director of Hiwar Mushtarak, a TV debate show increasing people’s knowledge of current affairs and holding power to account in Libya.

Ali:

When I was growing up I really wanted to be an airline pilot like my Dad. Flying fascinates me – so I gravitated towards studying aviation. But it just wasn’t meant to be. Money was tight and I couldn’t afford to complete my private pilot’s licence.

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What the development sector can learn from audience segmentation

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Author: BBC Media Action Senior Research Manager Sophie Baskett, originally posted September 27 2017 - In the not-for-profit sector we’ve already learned a lot from marketing techniques developed in the commercial world.

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Access to quality health services still a challenge for the deaf in Zambia

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Author: Sandra Lombe, October 3 2017 - The challenges the deaf and the blind are facing in accessing health services are not new to Zambia, however, it seems the government has heard their cry and one can only hope the solution is now coming.

As the government finds a solution

‘Accessing comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all.'

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Pakistan Institutional Structure for Managing Climate Change Finance

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Author: Shabir Arain, October 3 2017 - Programs are getting more grip due to increasing avenues of domestic and international Climate finance. For developing countries, climate finance is undoubtedly becoming the key Incentive to integrate climate change issues into their development discourse and advance their efforts and initiatives to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. According to the climate Policy Initiative (CPI) report, in 2014, annual global climate finance flows approximately reached $392 billion, of which $34 billion flowed from developed to developing countries. Pakistan is a relatively new player in the international climate finance arena with a promising institutional setup, and, hence, has limited experience in receiving or disbursing international climate finance resources. As of 2012, it had only $15 million in disbursements of multilateral finance explicitly for climate change.

 

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Time to address low community participation in sustainable environmental management

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Author: Panos Institute South Africa's Vusumuzi Sifile, September 26 2017 - Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) presents remarkable opportunities for boosting environmental sustainability, contributing to poverty eradication and enhancing economic diversification in Zambia.

 Recognising this potential, the government has put in place numerous policies that seek to promote CBNRM as a springboard for environmental sustainability in the country. Senior government officials have made pronouncements that re-affirm this commitment to sustainable community participation in environment and natural resources management (ENRM). Just recently, on 15th September, President Edgar Lungu told Parliament that Zambia is richly endowed with abundant natural resources, with each of the country’s regions possessing “unique comparative advantage that can be leveraged to promote investment”.

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Look beyond numbers: we need to know why change happens

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Author: BBC Media Action's Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead, originally posted September 13 2017 - Working in the development sector I am aware that, particularly over the last few years, donors and others expect project results to be quantifiable. Numbers talk.

This was apparent at the UN World Data Forum in Cape Town in January when we looked at how the SDGs will be measured, and it was discussed again at the Esomar World Research Congress in Amsterdam this week. Donors want statistics to demonstrate impact and show a project is value for money, but aren’t as confident using insights from qualitative research.

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Six steps towards a more open media

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Research James Deane, originally posted September 14 2017 - On the International Day of Democracy, James Deane sets out six ways in which a resurgent public interest media can help improve accountability and foster transparency.

Strategies being used to improve accountability and foster transparency are not working well enough.

Corruption is on the rise, people do not feel that traditional institutions are delivering effective accountability, and there is a decline in trust in institutions as a whole. Authoritarianism and populism are resurgent.

The solutions to these challenges are huge but I want to set out six things which need to happen if democracy support is to become more effective.

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Media Development Needs a Community of Scholars

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Authors: CIMA's Paul Rothman and Nick Benequista, originally posted September 5 2017 - International assistance to media is facing an existential crisis. While there is a growing recognition of the importance of international assistance to media, the current models of support seems futile when confronted by the magnitude of the current challenges to journalism.

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Featured Knowledge Shared

October 13, 2017

What does Positive Youth Development (PYD) look like in HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) programming in low- and middle-income...

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October 12, 2017

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According to PATH, local health advocates play a pivotal role in the development and implementation of policy change to improve health in their...

October 12, 2017

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October 11, 2017

This technical brief from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) describes the components of an effective social and behaviour...

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