Radio and WhatsApp: shining a light on early marriage in Sierra Leone

Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, July 29 2015 - Skipping home from school one day, a 10 year old girl named Mariama found her dad in an unusually happy mood. Ushering her inside, he ordered her to remove...

The View from Above: Faith and Health

"At the national level, faith-inspired health providers deliver health care in many contexts. Internationally, faith affects and shapes development agendas and responses to poverty and inequity....

A Good Start: Advances in Early Childhood Development

"Nearly 50 years ago, in 1966, the Bernard van Leer Foundation funded its first major project aimed at enhancing the development of young children: the Project for Early Childhood Education (PECE),...

Polio Eradication: Nigeria Must Keep its Eye on the Prize

Author: Nellie Bristol, July 24 2015 - July 24 marks a significant milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio: Nigeria, one of the countries where wild poliovirus has proven hardest to...

Field Guide: Three Star Approach for WASH in Schools

"The Three Star Approach for WASH in Schools is designed to improve the effectiveness of hygiene behaviour change programmes for children and complements UNICEF's broader child-friendly schools...

A Short Technical Update on Self-Testing for HIV

"HIV self‑testing may provide people with an additional pathway to HIV prevention, care and treatment." This document is designed "to synthesize experiences, research and policies on HIV self‑...

mCenas! SMS Client Education among Youth

"mCenas! engaged young people aged 15-24 with an SMS-based role model story, in which characters were shown overcoming common barriers to contraceptive use faced by youth."  

Our Valuable Voices: Community Digital Storytelling for Good Programming and Policy Engagement

"...[R]eflection, dialogue, debate and mobilisation are priorities for strengthening community voice and ownership."
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"Effective communication techniques - in the form of advocacy, social mobilization, and social and behavioral change - are key to a successful mass vaccination campaign. At a minimum, the Yellow Fever Initiative recommended that certain specific...

Author: Aveseh Asough, July 22 2015 - In Nigeria, brown envelopes have a special significance.

For Nigerian journalists brown envelopes suggest money. Cash collected after an event or an assignment to cover ‘transport costs’.


Author: Clare Lyons, July 22 2015 - One good thing that came from an unsuccessful grant application last year was the seed of an idea for what became our MOELJO course (mobile phone skills and election reporting for journalists).

"This issue of Outlook examines the scope and impact of misperceptions about contraception, the science behind debunking misperceptions, and approaches that programs are using to address this persistent problem."

This social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) digital library of both print and audio-visual materials was developed by the Information, Education, and Motivation (IEM) Unit of the Directorate General of Family Planning (DGFP) of...

"This animation - produced in collaboration with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, UNICEF, and Yoni Goodman - brings to life key messages that help people see and understand how Ebola spreads and how to protect...

"Don't take the place of adolescents and young people in decision-making, but listen to us and support us, and together we will end AIDS." - Cédric Nininahazwe, executive director of the Burundian National Network of young people living with...

Authored by the Common Road Map Steering Committee of MA4Health, this document  "articulates a shared strategic approach to support effective measurement and accountability systems for a country’s health programs." The Roadmap outlines...

"An increasing reliance on quality health data is key to post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals."


In June of 2015,  the World Bank and partners (See link in Partner section below) held the MA4Health summit - Measurement...

Author: Valentina Baú, July 20 2015 - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have represented a crucial framework in international development since their establishment in the year 2000. Two of their key strengths have been their ability to...

"Indigenous Guatemalans have faced a multitude of barriers to access and use of family planning services....While the Guatemalan family planning law was a historic advancement towards empowering all Guatemalans to access and use of family...

Social mobilizers raise awareness of Ebola prevention and treatment

Author: J. Dawson, July 21 2015 - The Western Area Surge in Sierra Leone in December 2014 demonstrated that community mobilization and the supply of services are interdependent – one cannot be successful without the other. More than...

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692 2015-07-14 The Drum Beat 692 - Vaccination Conversations
691 2015-07-02 The Drum Beat 691 - Early Childhood C4D around the World
690 2015-06-15 The Drum Beat 690 - Communication and Change News and Issues
689 2015-05-28 The Drum Beat 689: Introducing 20 Members of The CI Network
688 2015-05-12 The Drum Beat 688 - HIV Communication: Focus on Evidence, Impact
687 2015-04-29 The Drum Beat 687 - Communication and Change News and Issues
686 2015-03-26 The Drum Beat 686 - Malaria Communication
685 2015-03-23 The Drum Beat 685 - Thanking and Inviting CI Associates
684 2015-03-02 The Drum Beat 684 - Communication: Achieving Results for Children
683 2014-10-14 The Drum Beat 683 - Themes from The CI Bloggers
682 2015-01-27 The Drum Beat 682 - Communication and Change News and Issues
681 2015-01-20 The Drum Beat 681 - Highlights from the International Seminar on Children and Communication: Rights, Democracy, and Development
680 2015-01-16 The Drum Beat 680 - Ebola Networking and Resources
679 2014-12-08 The Drum Beat 679 - Thanking and Inviting CI Associates
678 2014-12-02 The Drum Beat 678 - Communication and Change News and Issues
677 2014-11-18 The Drum Beat 677 - Demand Generation for Lifesaving Commodities
676 2014-11-03 The Drum Beat - Issue 676 - Evidence Summit on Population-Level Behaviour Change
675 2014-10-30 The Drum Beat - Issue 675 - Ebola
674 2014-10-21 The Drum Beat - Issue 674 - Quiz Time!
673 2014-10-01 The Drum Beat 673 - Communication and Change News and Issues
672 2014-09-03 The Drum Beat 672 - Positive Deviance: Linking Research and Behaviour Change
671 2014-08-11 The Drum Beat 671 - Research to Promote Growth and Development
670 2014-08-04 The Drum Beat 670 - Family Tree of Theories, Methodologies and Strategies in Development Communication
669 2014-07-22 The Drum Beat 669 - Introducing and Welcoming CI Associates
668 2014-07-10 The Drum Beat 668 - A Brief Chronology of a Polio Communication Research Initiative
667 2014-07-07 The Drum Beat 667 - Putting the Audience at the Centre of Research
666 2014-05-29 The Drum Beat 666 - Journalists and Crisis: Strategies and Resources
665 2014-05-20 The Drum Beat 665 - The Future of ICTs for Agriculture
664 2014-05-12 The Drum Beat 664 - Polio Communication: Accomplishments, Challenges, Plans
663 2014-04-23 The Drum Beat 663 - Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3)
662 2014-04-11 The Drum Beat 662 - Communication and Change News and Issues
661 2014-03-13 The Drum Beat 661 - Recent Polio Communication Action and Strategy
660 2014-03-10 The Drum Beat 660 - Thanking and Seeking CI Associates
659 2014-02-12 The Drum Beat 659 - Media to Empower and Advocate for Health
658 2014-02-05 The Drum Beat 658 - Communication and Change News and Issues
657 2014-01-30 The Drum Beat 657 - Early Childhood Development Initiatives, Impact
656 2014-01-14 The Drum Beat 656 - Communication and Change News and Issues
655 2013-12-04 The Drum Beat 655 - SBCC and Health Communication
654 2013-11-25 The Drum Beat 654 - Communication and Change News and Issues
653 2013-11-15 The Drum Beat 653 - Adolescent Economic Empowerment
652 2013-11-14 The Drum Beat 652 - Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights in Southern Africa
651 2013-10-31 The Drum Beat 651 - Thanking and Seeking CI Associates
650 2013-10-18 The Drum Beat 650 - Communication and Change News and Issues
649 2013-09-24 The Drum Beat 649 - Blogs: Policy Analysis and Insight from the Network
648 2013-08-23 The Drum Beat 648 - Communication and Change News and Issues
647 2013-08-19 The Drum Beat 647 - Key Choices for the Polio End-Game
646 2013-08-08 The Drum Beat 646 - Communication and Change News and Issues
645 2013-07-22 The Drum Beat - 645 - Health, Rights, Media
644 2013-07-19 The Drum Beat 644 - Communication and Change News and Issues
643 2013-06-24 The Drum Beat 643 - Building a Communication Programme to Match the Polio Endgame Strategic Plan