Glocal Times No 22/23

"Adding to the development of an international community of academics and practitioners, Glocal Times aims at becoming an indispensable digital reference and a vivid forum for the discussion and...

Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity


Women and Land Rights in Burkina Faso

Author: Emma Orchardson, October 2 2015 - This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women. While celebrating the achievements of the past two decades, it is equally important...

SDG ICT Playbook: From Innovation to Impact

"Used well, technology can help us realize the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] for our collective benefit. Nonprofit organizations are often at the forefront of addressing the SDGs. But for many...

The post-2015 Global Goals: moving from "what" to "how" will rest on more informed societies

Author: James Deane, September 28 2015 - Ahead of this week's UN [United Nations] summit in New York [United States], BBC Media Action’s Director of Policy and Learning argues for a stronger focus on...

The fictional village of Lulu, promoting peace in South Sudan

Author: Winnie Jaguru, September 28 2015  - For International Day of Peace (21 September), our [BBC Media Action's] script writer in South Sudan blogs about her experience in Juba when the civil...

A doll with a difference

Author: Siddhartha Swarup, September 28 2015 - A simple but effective new prop is helping health workers in India tackle one of the country’s biggest killers, says BBC Media Action’s Deputy Country...

After the Arab Uprisings - The Prospects for a Media that Serves the Public

"This paper looks at broadcast media in the Arab world four years after the Arab uprising. It looks at how media can help bridge divides in society and create mutual understanding." Alexandra...
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Intended for civil society organisation (CSO) communicators, this European Journalism Centre (EJC) resource provides practical, cost-effective strategies for organisations that seek to raise and maintain their visibility and impact both in the...

The TechNet Resource Library (TRL) is an online repository of journal articles, documents, tools, videos, websites, and...

Author: Rana Tassawar Ali, September 28 2015 - Hepatitis is the most common disease in Pakistan, with over 16 million hepatitis-infected sufferers in the country. The prevalence of this silent killer disease is a sadly alarming situation of which...

This study assessed Participatory Development Communication (PDC) effectiveness as a strategy for agricultural information dissemination (indicated in the dissertation as "AIDS", the acronym is used in this summary as well) in Uganda. It is based...

"This report...tells a story of government leadership, of engagement and a vibrant partnership between countries and Global Polio Eradication Initiative [GPEI] partners. Other lessons emerging from the Horn range from strengthening routine...

Juliet Le Breton - Le Breton Consulting

Author: Juliet Le Breton, September 30 2015 - As a seasoned aid worker, it really worries me that many policy-makers imply that if we can just get girls to complete school, they can break out of poverty.

Author: Linda Raftree, September 9 2015 - I had the chance to share some thoughts at UNESCO's recent...

"When planning a development intervention, it is crucial to put forward the question: how do we build the C4D component of this programme? While it may not be possible to see a shift in the whole sector, we can begin by taking small steps...

Gillies Chashi Kasongo

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, September 30 2015 - The high number of defilements and teen pregnancies in rural Zambia is a cause for concern and requires concerted efforts to resolve.

The Penal Code (Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia) defines...

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Sitting on the fence: Is the new Government pro or anti poor?

Author: Priya Anand, January 20 2015 - With an overwhelming victory for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in 2014, the then newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to focus on people-centered policies and effective governance. Has the Government considered the needs of disadvantaged minorities and lived up to its pre-election inclusive manifesto or will its promises fall short and disappoint the millions who placed their trust and hope on the new Government?

Critical Thinking: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle

Authors: Neil Orr & David Patient, January 16 2015 - It’s time to think about how we think. That’s what Critical Thinking is about. Somewhere in the back of our heads, we know that this important.

Five Media Mistakes over Charlie Hebdo

Author: Dasha Ilic, January 16 2015 - The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has featured the prophet Muhammad on its front cover once again. The Prophet is crying, just as did the cartoonist who made the cover. The headline says "All is forgiven".

Sharing is caring: top BBC radio advice for Tanzanian youth project

Author: Kwizera Charugamba, January 13 2015 - Last summer, as we started the mammoth task of building a national youth radio show in Tanzania from scratch, a few of us (myself included) set off on a fact-finding mission to BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s London [United Kingdom] studios.

We wanted to find out "what works" at one of the UK's most popular youth radio stations and how we could adopt - and adapt - some of their best ideas.

Malaria Response: Call For New Institutional Landscapes

Why a renewal of the malaria response?

Author: Dr. Michel ODIKA - January 15, 2015.

Thought and theory must precede all salutary action, yet action is nobler in itself than either thought or theory  (Virginia WOOLF).

Fight the good fight  (Timothy 6:12).

NEW YEAR MESSAGE - TARANAKI RULES and effective local, national and international development

Author: Warren Feek, January 2015

Happy New Year! Many best wishes and much support from all in The Communication Initiative for your very important work this year. 

2015 will be a major year for local, national and international development. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will end. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will commence after they are finalized at the UN General Assembly in September.

Malaria Vaccine: Questionable Project

Why a malaria vaccine?

Author: Dr. Michel ODIKA - January 15, 2015.

The only relevant test of the validity of a hypothesis is comparison of prediction with experience  (Milton FRIEDMAN, economist).

The theory that can absorb the greatest number of facts, and persist in doing so, generation after generation, through all changes of opinion, is the one that must rule all observation  (Adam SMITH, economist).

Malaria Observatory: Human Development Project

Malaria: global challenge as significant as any confronting the world...

Author: Dr. Michel ODIKA - January 15, 2015.

There is no method but to be intelligent  (Thomas ELIOT).

Each one should carry their own load  (Galatians 6:5)

Now More Than Ever. The global response to malaria critically requires: innovative approaches, coordinated efforts, context-sensitive policies, evidence-based strategies and, not least, reliable accountability for tracking progress against the disease.

A dramatic approach to Ebola

Author: Mary Kolu Massaquoi, January 8 2015 - I recently spent a week away from my home in Bradford, in the north of England, working with a team in London on scripts for a new BBC Media Action radio drama for West Africa called Mr Plan-Plan and the Pepo-oh.

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