Against the Wall: Women, Politics, and Graffiti in Egypt

Author: Stephanie Perrin, July 3 2015 - History often forgets revolutionary women, but Arab Spring Egypt features their involvement front and centre, building on the nation’s long history of women’s...

Are community-based arts approaches really all that different from other participatory community-based projects?

Author: Annalee Yassi, July 3 2015 - Community-based arts have been promoted in many sectors of society to integrate and celebrate imaginative thinking - to help people find new ways to see and be in...

Vaccination Hesitancy: An Overview


Lin Lat Kyair Sin (Bright Young Stars)

"The aim... of our media development work is to create platforms that can reach audiences across both rural and urban Burma, providing them with information on governance issues and creating spaces...

Connections: Lifeline Communication for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon and Jordan

"Amid growing recognition that information is as crucial a factor in the humanitarian toolkit as food, water, medicine and shelter, Connections gives Syrian refugees practical advice and guidance on...

Somali Youth Speaks: Formative Findings from Somalia's Regions

"Formative research highlighted the shared concerns of Somalia’s youth and their aspirations for the future to inform the production of an interactive drama and radio phone-in."

Senior Manager, Monitoring, Learning & Results - Girl Hub - Kigali, Rwanda

Girl Hub's mission is to empower the 250 million adolescent girls living in poverty to reach their full potential. Girls are a proven force for change and the catalyst to end global poverty – it's...

What Role Do Localised Debate Programmes Play in Addressing Local Issues? Case Studies from Nepal

"Through supporting the production of local discussion programmes in Nepal, BBC Media Action’s Global Governance Project aims to provide a platform for ordinary people to raise important local issues...
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The Communication Initiative Network and Partnership convenes the communication and media for development, social and behavioural change community to share knowledge, connect, debate relevant issues, and critically review each other's work in order to advance effective development action across and between all development priorities. Contact Warren


"At BBC Media Action, the BBC’s international development charity, we believe that media and communication can help people become more resilient and recover more swiftly from disaster."

"The ability to make careful choices, plan, and save is essential for positive health, education, and overall life outcomes. As with so many other critical life skills, establishing a foundation for these abilities in the earliest years is...

Author: Ephraim Mhlanga, June 29 2015 - How do we deliver digital stories in contexts where there are power and connectivity issues?

Author Jennifer Lentfer, June 28 2015 - Below all of the talk of "evidence-based approaches" and "taking it to scale," there is an undercurrent of disquiet.

This report and its accompanying case studies on Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Paraguay examine "the 50-year period starting in the mid-1960s that witnessed a dramatic decline in fertility and...

"Our vision is for all African children to have enough stories in a language familiar to them to practise reading and learn to love reading."  South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)


"We can no longer accept the use of cell lines that have not been authenticated as a normal part of the research process. Cell authentication is a key element towards improved research fidelity. We need everyone within the life sciences...

Author: Elizabeth Drachman, June 23 2015 - The “Customer Centric Design for Ag Programs” breakout session at this year’s ICTforAg conference sounded like a...

This research provides analysis of Marie Stopes International (MSI)’s social franchising programme against the 4 intended outputs of access, efficiency, quality, and equity. The programme uses a service delivery approach "in which small,...

This report on key messages from a workshop on "Evaluation Design for Complex Global Health Initiatives", convened by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in January 2014, considers the following questions: "What information do we need to scale-up and...

This article describes social franchising in the health sector. It is a model that organises small, independent health care businesses into quality-assured networks and "has been shown to improve quality, client satisfaction, and access to...

Author: BBC Media Action blogger Maha Taki, June 22 2015 - An elderly man, one eye milky blue with age, peers into the camera. Immediately behind him lie neat rows of white tarpaulin shelters, walls flapping in the wind.

"Each person...

This guide, Steps to Engaging Children in Research: The Researcher Toolkit and Methods in Context, complements the first volume of this pair: Steps to Engaging Young Children in Research Volume 1: The Guide [See related...

"The Researcher Toolkit and Researcher Resource have been developed to support researchers to include young children in research; particularly children aged 5-8 years of age."

The project "Transparency for peace and development" was established in Cundinamarca, Santander and North Santander, Colombia, to create opportunities for dialogue between state institutions and civil society in order to enable an approach of...

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Powerful and trusted: why radio is needed to fight Ebola

Author: Caroline Nursey, November 19 2014  - On first sight, Freetown seems little changed from my last visit four years ago - the same rich colours, smiling faces and warm welcomes.

And there are signs of continued recovery from the war and increased prosperity from rapid economic growth - 10% last year - to be seen in newly tarmacked roads, refurbished shops and new buildings.

Taking mHealth nationwide

Author: Sara Chamberlain, November 17 2014 - I’m exhausted, on the verge of illness and other members of BBC Media Action’s India office are also very, very tired - but - we’re all excited!

Why? Because in the last month, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in India has delivered maternal and child health mobile phone content developed by BBC Media Action to more than 260,000 families.

Are men the problem or construction of dominant masculinities? Musings at the time of the international symposium on MenEngage

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, November 14 2014 - As I write this blog, the international symposium of MenEngage "Engaging with men and masculinities for development, gender equality and social justice in a globalizing world" is taking place in New Delhi, India (November 10th to 14th, 2014).

In the Ebola crisis, information is aid

Author: Caroline Nursey, November 14 2014 - When I told them that I was planning a brief visit to Sierra Leone, reactions from family and friends ranged from "You can't!" to hailing me a hero.  In reality my visit entailed nothing at all dangerous - time in the office with our team of international and Sierra Leonean staff, visits to government offices and local radio stations, and a stay in a comfortable Freetown hotel. Yet our fear of this terrible disease makes it difficult for even an informed audience to judge what the risk actually is.

Help where it is needed most

Author: Kirsty Cockburn, November 14 2014 - Our work to tackle the Ebola crisis reminds us that we all have a part to play.

I played the public service announcement (PSA) to a room full of BBC colleagues in Bristol [United Kingdom]. It was the voice of my colleague Mariama Sesay, based in Freetown. She was speaking in Krio, a language based on English that we could partly understand. But one thing was instantly recognisable - and that was her tone.

Making choices to end intolerance

Lilian Kiefer

Author: Lilian Keefer, November 15 2014 - Every person has their own sphere of influence, within which they can choose to build or destroy society. Within our spheres of influence, we impart our ways of thinking, be it positive or negative. Most of the time, we unconsciously influence people to see the world through our eyes, imparting our prejudices and stereotypes.

Global health communication is an urgent imperative

Author: Syed T S Hassan, November 14 2014 - The present, omnipresent, pervasive, and imminent global epidemic of ebola points definitively to the need for a global understanding in terms of urgent communication protocols to quickly link every country of the world. We can no longer relegate outbreak containment and management only to certain areas of the globe. Diseases, especially the infectious and contagious, need no visa to start an inoculation colony in any country!

Interpreting the Global Gender Gap Report 2014: A southern lens

Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, November 10 2014 - Yesterday, a few students asked me what I thought of the “Global Gender Gap report, 2014” and how India was doing.  It set me thinking on interpreting the results of the report itself, which benchmarks national gender gaps of 142 countries on economic, political, education  and health-based criteria listed in Box 1:

Box 1: indicators used in global gender gap report
Economic participation and opportunity:
•    Difference in labour force participation,

Mental Health of Children

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, November 14 2014 - Children are the future of world, and, without their survival, development, protection and participation, the world cannot have peace for all. This is the time of investment in children for making them profitable assets, and we need to work collectively on reducing liabilities. The biggest liabilities or issues are still unsolved - globally children are living without basic education and health care. Now the world is focusing on the post-2015 agenda, and highly ranked professionals and think tanks of the world are engaged in setting goals.

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