<a href="/global/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:36"></a> http://www.comminit.com/global/promoted-by-category/36/rss.xml?tid=71 en After the Revolution: What Do Libyans and Tunisians Believe about their Media? http://www.comminit.com/global/content/after-revolution-what-do-libyans-and-tunisians-believe-about-their-media <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sunday, March 1, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>"What do the people of Libya and Tunisia believe about their media after the Arab Spring? What opinions do audiences in the two countries share, what are the differences between them and what information sources do they trust? This briefing shares findings from BBC Media Action’s research on these questions, which was among the first conducted after the two countries’ 2011 revolutions."</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/pdf/after-the-revolution-briefing-english.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to read this 12-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/libya_bbc_media_action.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="84" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/node/266147">BBC Media Action</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/publications-and-resources/research/reports/after-the-revolution" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">BBC Media Action website</a>, June 29 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/after-revolution-libyan-and-tunisian-media-through-peoples-eyes">After the Revolution: Libyan and Tunisian Media through the People&#039;s Eyes</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/after-revolution-what-do-libyans-and-tunisians-believe-about-their-media" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/after-revolution-what-do-libyans-and-tunisians-believe-about-their-media#comments Libya Tunisia Strategic Thinking Digital Entertainment Public Expectations Civil Society Governance and Democracy Development Assistance News/Information Radio Television Government Departments Research News Media NGOs Political Orgs Private Sector Rights Featured BBC Media Action Global Democracy and Governance Fragile Contexts Media Development Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:07:35 +0000 jlevy 9355877 at http://www.comminit.com Resilience and Humanitarian Response: Helping People Deal with Risk, Respond to Change and Cope with Emergencies http://www.comminit.com/global/content/resilience-and-humanitarian-response-helping-people-deal-risk-respond-change-and-cope-em <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-text-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>2015</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>"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."</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/pdf/resilience_and_humanitarian_response_2014.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to read this 9-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/bbc_media_action_9.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="85" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/node/266147">BBC Media Action</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediaaction/publications-and-resources/brochures/asia/bangladesh/resilience-and-humanitarian-response-2014" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">BBC Media Action website</a>, June 30 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/resilience-and-humanitarian-response-helping-people-deal-risk-respond-change-and-cope-em" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/resilience-and-humanitarian-response-helping-people-deal-risk-respond-change-and-cope-em#comments Global Strategic Thinking Agriculture Digital Community Participation Film and Video Livelihoods Live Performance Civil Society Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Community Media Development Assistance Print Entertainment Orgs MDG 7. Environment News/Information Radio Foundations Television Environment Government Departments Research News Media NGOs Natural Resources Management Featured BBC Media Action Global Media Development Natural Resource Management Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:01:03 +0000 jlevy 9355870 at http://www.comminit.com Dream, Save, Do: Financial Empowerment for Families http://www.comminit.com/global/content/dream-save-do-financial-empowerment-families <p><em>"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 essential to build positive lifelong habits."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sesame Workshop's approach is to incorporate financial empowerment-related activities into daily routines and practices, facilitating open communication and interaction between children and adults via multiple platforms relevant for each country. These platforms include digital media, television/radio broadcast content (including public service announcements), mobile community viewings, user-generated content, caregiver and educator guides, local events and seminars, and employee and volunteer engagement opportunities. "Our approach to financial empowerment will not only improve and strengthen financial behaviors but will also provide valuable information and skills that address the needs of the whole child and help families and children be better prepared for the future and potential setbacks."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Research and advice from global and local experts have been used to drive the creation of messages and to gauge reach, understanding, and educational and social impact. Sesame Workshop commissioned MediaKidz to conduct needs assessment and formative research of video and print materials in Brazil, China, India, and Mexico. The Sesame Workshop teams made ongoing refinements to the content in response to the research findings. A summative evaluation of the initiative is also planned for the coming years.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Children, Economic Development.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>MetLife Foundation and Sesame Workshop worked together to build a coalition of global and local advisors and specialists to inform content development. Financial empowerment was determined to have 3 core elements: (i) "Having a positive attitude including confidence and aspirations."; (ii) "Knowing behaviors related to self-regulation and executive function (conscious control of thoughts, feelings and actions) that can help set, plan and achieve goals."; (iii) "Having the knowledge and information needed to achieve financial empowerment and reach one's goals."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Organisers assert that the benefit of acquiring financial skills and behaviours goes beyond economic impact. "The skills of setting goals, planning, and making selective choices are applicable to healthy habits such as practicing good hygiene and eating nutritiously. In addition, building financial reserves can lift a barrier to accessing high quality education." They also state that, as of 2012, 2.5 billion people do not have an account with a formal financial institution. Approximately three-quarters of the economically poorest and most vulnerable populations do not have access to formal banking systems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"The gender gap in savings behaviour (46% of adult men in the developing world have an account, vs. only 37% of women) is yet another associated social impact. However, studies show that when women control the household income and savings, it is more likely that the money will be used toward family-targeted purchasing (such as household appliances) which benefit all members of the home. These findings points to the need for targeted financial empowerment messaging and resources for female caregivers and the potential impact of improved financial skills among women on families and children."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/dream.png" alt="" title="Dream, Save, Do: Financial Empowerment for Families " width="100" height="74" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sesame Workshop with support from MetLife Foundation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/nada-elattar-sesame-workshop">Nada Elattar - Sesame Workshop</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/content/june-h-lee-sesame-workshop">June H. Lee - Sesame Workshop</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Emails from June Lee to The Communication Initiative on June 5 2015 and June 30 2015. <em>"Sesame Street" excerpts provided courtesy of Sesame Workshop (New York, New York) © 2015 Sesame Workshop. "Sesame Street" ® and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved.</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/dream-save-do-financial-empowerment-families" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/dream-save-do-financial-empowerment-families#comments Brazil China India Mexico Global Experiences Digital Children Entertainment Print Economic Development Radio Foundations Television Research NGOs Featured Sesame Workshop Global ICT for Development Entertainment-Education SesameWorkshop Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:41:49 +0000 kdevries 9355869 at http://www.comminit.com Family Planning in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Achievements of 50 Years http://www.comminit.com/global/content/family-planning-latin-america-and-caribbean-achievements-50-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subtitle-st"> <div class="field-label">Subtitle:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MEASURE Evaluation </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jane T. Bertrand </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thursday, January 1, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>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 steady increase in contraceptive use in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/tr-15-101" target="_blank">Click here to access this 128-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/we-measure-results-1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/node/272271">MEASURE Evaluation</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/content/jane-t-bertrand-johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-public-health">Jane T. Bertrand - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.cpc.unc.edu/measure/publications/tr-15-101" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MEASURE Evaluation website</a>, June 26 2015. Image credit: Pathfinder</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/family-planning-latin-america-and-caribbean-achievements-50-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/family-planning-latin-america-and-caribbean-achievements-50-years#comments Latin America Strategic Thinking Academic Institutions Advocacy Digital Community Participation Bilaterals Entertainment Adolescent Sexual Health Civil Society Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health Print Entertainment Orgs Radio Foundations Television Government Departments Research Health NGOs Private Sector Religious Groups Population Reproductive Health Rights Women Featured USAID Adolescent Development Global Democracy and Governance Health Entertainment-Education Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:47:12 +0000 jlevy 9355839 at http://www.comminit.com Healthy Start Advocacy Campaign http://www.comminit.com/global/content/healthy-start-advocacy-campaign <p>"Healthy Start is WaterAid’s four-year (2015-2019) campaign focused on improving the health and nutrition of newborn babies and children."</p> <p>The campaign aims to bring forward the evidence of "access to clean water for hygiene" on lowering infant mortality statistics. It gives guidance on pressing for clean water and sanitation in clinics with staff trained in hygiene practices.&nbsp;</p> <p>Goals include:&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The campaign messaging includes the World Health Organization (WHO)'s practice of "six cleans": clean hands, a clean delivery surface, a clean perineum, nothing unclean inserted into the vagina, a clean umbilical cord cutting tool, and a clean cord tie. "Village health workers in Tanzania, as part of a study, were given training in the WHO six cleans and a clean delivery kit with plastic sheeting, a clean razor blade, a string to tie the cord and a bar of soap. Newborn infants whose mothers used the delivery kit were over 13 times less likely to develop a cord infection. Even just the mother bathing before birth reduced the risk of cord infection by nearly four times."</p> <p>The campaign describes seeking participation in these communication-related action points, in addition to the goals above:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>advocacy for water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) standards in international and national health and nutrition initiatives.</li> <li>Commitment of healthcare workers to including good hygiene practice and promotion in their professional training, plans, and actions, empowering staff and patients to practice WASH measures.</li> <li>"Monitoring and assessment of progress towards universal health coverage include data on the availability of water, sanitation and hygiene services at health care facility and household levels to inform strategies and planning."</li> <li>Advocacy for inclusion in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a dedicated goal for Water and Sanitation with targets for universal WASH access by 2030. "The framework should ensure integration between WASH targets and health targets such as Universal Health Coverage and prevention of under-five and maternal mortality."</li> </ul> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/policy-practice-and-advocacy/healthy-start/resources" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Resources available on the Health Start website</a> include:</p> <ol> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/what-we-do/our-approach/research-and-publications/view-publication?id=02c3b5d6-4ffd-4844-8d5a-0083e8e522ff" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start: the first month of life</a> (in English, French, and Portuguese, PDF format), which describes the scale of the problem, using case studies and statistical data on neonatal deaths due to various causes related to lack of clean water in 10 countries. The document analyses health care facility needs and describes needs for water, toilets, and hygiene during births.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Cleanbirthsafebirthinfographic.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Clean birth, safe birth infographic</a> (PDF format) covering facts about WASH in healthcare facilities.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/HealthyStartAdvocacyguideandchecklist.pd" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start: Advocacy guide and checklist</a> (PDF format) including: objectives on newborns, child health, and nutrition; steps -</li> <ol> <li>Step 1: Compile national and regional statistics,</li> <li>Step 2: Identify national plans, policies and strategies to target for child health,</li> <li>Step 3: Identify key allies - including: in government; among practitioners, their associations, and researchers; in international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) and multilaterals; in NGOs and community-based organisations (CBOs) in the WASH, children’s and health sectors, like teachers and parents, women's groups, etc.; among WASH and health journalists; and among private sector actors, such as medical suppliers and private health providers.</li> </ol> <ul> <li>The checklist then lists questions such as: Is WASH recognised as important for achieving the outcomes of your country’s national and/or local child health plans? It provides action steps for the questions where a "no" answer indicates that WASH priorities are not adequately addressed in an agenda, platform, or budget.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Healthy-Start-overview.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start overview</a> (PDF format),&nbsp;the key recommendations of WaterAid’s Healthy Start Campaign.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/healthy-start-introduction.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start introduction</a> (in English, French, and Portuguese, PDF format), including information on: child health issues; how important water, sanitation and hygiene are to good child health and saving lives; and key recommendations for change.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Healthy-Start-WASH-and-child-health.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start - WASH and child health</a> (PDF format),&nbsp;a short briefing presenting the case for WASH advocacy planning for prevention of maternal and child deaths and protecting child health, including healthy start recommendations, starting an advocacy plan, targeting advocacy.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Healthy-Start-WASH-and-child-nutrition.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start - WASH and child nutrition</a>&nbsp;(PDF format), a&nbsp;short briefing, which shows how child nutrition is compromised by poor water, sanitation, and hygiene and gives recommendations for action and advice on making an advocacy plan.</li> <li><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/~/media/Publications/Healthy-Start/Healthy-Start-WASH-and-newborn-health.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Healthy Start - WASH and newborn health</a> (in English, French, and Portuguese, PDF format), &nbsp;a short briefing, which shows how water, sanitation, and hygiene can save newborn babies’ lives, gives recommendations for action and advice on making an advocacy plan.</li> </ol> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Children, Health, Reproductive Health, Natural Resource Management, Nutrition</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>According to the campaign: "In 2013, over 2.7 million babies died in their first four weeks of life. This is overwhelmingly a problem of the developing world - with over 99% of neonatal deaths occurring in low and middle income countries.... Last year [2014], four babies died every five minutes in Sub-Saharan Africa or Southern Asia from highly preventable causes such as sepsis, meningitis or tetanus - all infections strongly linked to unhygienic conditions. Research shows that by ensuring that every baby is given a Healthy Start, the risk of contracting those infections falls dramatically. In one study it was shown that if a mother and birth attendant both wash their hands, a baby’s chance of dying in the first month more than halved."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/capture_19.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="84" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/node/272990">WaterAid International</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/advocacy-sourcebook">The Advocacy Sourcebook</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.wateraid.org/policy-practice-and-advocacy/healthy-start" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">WaterAid website</a>, June 17 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/healthy-start-advocacy-campaign" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/healthy-start-advocacy-campaign#comments Global Experiences Advocacy Digital Bilaterals Child Survival and Growth Civil Society MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Community Groups MDG 5. Maternal Health Print Radio Foundations Television Government Departments NGOs Private Sector Featured Global Children, Equity and Development Health Wed, 17 Jun 2015 19:13:33 +0000 jlevy 9355727 at http://www.comminit.com Are we on the right track? Women's Evaluations vs Evaluation Practices http://www.comminit.com/global/content/are-we-right-track-women%27s-evaluations-vs-evaluation-practices <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/un_women.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="76" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, June 15 2015 - When I asked women and men from six Chennai [India] slums: "What are the changes - positive and negative - you have seen in the last five years in the institutions of marriage, family, markets and state?" they pointed to quite a few changes and recommendations. These are discussed first, followed by recommendations from evaluations of government schemes in the same city.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/are-we-right-track-women%27s-evaluations-vs-evaluation-practices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/are-we-right-track-women%27s-evaluations-vs-evaluation-practices#comments India Blogs: Political Accountability and Participation Blogs: Rights and Development Digital Mobile Populations MDG 3. Gender Equality Civil Society Governance and Democracy Print Situation Analysis Questions Economic Development Radio Education Television Government Departments Research Gender Rights Women Featured Global Policy Blogs Mon, 15 Jun 2015 18:16:38 +0000 Ranjani.K.Murthy 9355653 at http://www.comminit.com Cleaner, Healthier, Happier http://www.comminit.com/global/content/cleaner-healthier-happier <p>This Sesame Workshop initiative consists of a multi-media intervention to promote positive health behaviours in children ages three to seven years and their caregivers in Bangladesh, India, and Nigeria - with a focus on some of the economically poorest and most vulnerable communities. Launched in October 2012 and running until October 2015, the project provides messaging around sanitation and hygiene in areas such as latrine use, hand washing, and methods of storing and handling water.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Communication Strategies:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The project's multi-country approach blends mass media elements that are shared across countries with community-based interventions that are unique to each country. Specifically, the project features:</p> <ol> <li>Mass media: A series of four public service announcements (PSAs), broadcast nationally, focus on sanitation and hygiene and are distributed in each country's official language.</li> <li>Community-based interventions: In Bangladesh and India, this takes the form of community viewings of themed video content on sanitation and hygiene with accompanying print materials (e.g., books, floor mat games, posters, flip charts, comic books, and brochures) and mediation by a trained facilitator. In Nigeria, the core of the programme is formed by a school-based intervention with a series of comic books, theatre activities, and a DVD consisting of locally produced studio and live-action segments that reinforce the messaging in the PSA.</li> <li>A research-driven approach: In-country advisers inform the project's educational framework. There is also a needs assessment, formative testing of materials created for the project, a pilot evaluation of impact, and a survey of the project's reach.</li> <li>A new Muppet: Noting that sanitation and water access disproportionately affect girls and women, and it is especially important for girls to have a unique voice in these issues, Sesame Workshop created the Muppet Raya. This 6-year-old aqua-green Muppet "loves to learn and remembers every fact she reads or hears....Always neat and clean, Raya pays close attention to her hygiene, but can be forgetful in other areas. While she may at times misplace her toys and books, she always remembers to wear her sandals to the latrine and knows how to avoid spreading germs". Raya was unveiled as part of the "Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India", a forum aimed to stimulate discussion and spur partnerships to bring affordable sanitation solutions to people who need it most. The fair was also intended to be "an opportunity to recognize India’s leadership and commitment to improving child health and fostering innovative solutions to persistent development challenges."</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To cite one example of an in-person Cleaner, Healthier, Happier experience, in November 2014, Sesame Workshop India (SWI) launched an 11-week pilot campaign in Kolkata. Elmo, a Muppet from <em>Galli Galli Sim Sim</em> [see Related Summaries, below] was been joined by Raya. Workshops were held in which children learned from Elmo and Raya that germs are present everywhere, and wearing slippers to the toilet is important in staying healthy and germ free. In one "change story" provided by Sesame Workshop, we learn that, when Zarin Arshad watched the "tippy tap" segment during one of the Mobile Community Viewing (MCV) sessions, "he was inspired to build his very own tippy tap. He used an empty plastic bottle and some old rope to build the tippy tap and hung it outside his community toilet. He innovated the design further by tying soap to the tippy tap. He says that now, no one in his family forgets to use soap to wash their hands after using the toilet."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-6"> <div class="field-label">Development Issues:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Children, Health</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Key Points:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Citing United Nations Children's Fund (UN) data provided in 2012 indicate that, Sesame Workshop notes that children - in particular, girls - are "adversely affected by lack of access to clean water and sanitation. Over 2 million children child deaths each year are attributable to poor hygiene and lack of safe water and basic sanitation....In many developing countries, schools lack proper latrines contributing to lower enrollment and higher drop-out rates for girls following puberty. Improving access to basic sanitation and clean water is a public health challenge in critical need of attention, as is fostering knowledge and behaviors around sanitation and health."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As of June 2015, Sesame Workshop had launched pilot projects and evaluations in Bangladesh, India, and Nigeria. Full-scale rollout has been completed in Bangladesh and will begin in Nigeria and India in June 2015. "Raya has gained traction as an ambassador for global health, participating in key events such as the launch of a UN initiative to end open defecation and the Global Citizen Festival in New York's Central Park, and a meeting at the World Bank highlighting children as agents of change in health."</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/clean2.png" alt="" title="Cleaner, Healthier, Happier" width="100" height="65" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-partner-text"> <div class="field-label">Partner Text:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Funded by the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/june-h-lee-sesame-workshop">June H. Lee - Sesame Workshop</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-link-other-nodes"> <div class="field-label">Related Summaries:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/sisimpur">Sisimpur</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/content/galli-galli-sim-sim">Galli Galli Sim Sim</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/sesame-square-nigeria">Sesame Square - Nigeria</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Documents sent via email from June Lee to The Communication Initiative on June 5 2015; <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.sesameworkshop.org/press-releases/cleaner-healthier-happier-campaign-unveils-new-mupppet-bangladesh-india-nigeria/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Sesame Workshop press release</a>, March 19 2014 - accessed on June 12 2015; and email from June Lee to The Communication Initiative on June 30 2015. <em>"Sesame Street" excerpts provided courtesy of Sesame Workshop (New York, New York) © 2015 Sesame Workshop. "Sesame Street" ® and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved. Photo credit: John Barrett</em></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/cleaner-healthier-happier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/cleaner-healthier-happier#comments Bangladesh India Nigeria Experiences Multi-Media Innovations for Behaviour and Social Change Children Entertainment MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Interpersonal Print News/Information Foundations Television Health NGOs Featured Sesame Workshop Global Entertainment-Education SesameWorkshop Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:05:17 +0000 kdevries 9355636 at http://www.comminit.com Aprendiendo en Casa: Media as a Learning Tool among Hispanic-Latino Families http://www.comminit.com/global/content/aprendiendo-en-casa-media-learning-tool-among-hispanic-latino-families <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> June Lee </div> <div class="field-item even"> Brigid Barron </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wednesday, February 18, 2015</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sesame Workshop (Lee), Stanford University (Barron)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>"In this study, we look at media access among Hispanic-Latino families, children’s use of content that parents considered educational, parents’ perceptions of their child’ learning from educational media, parents' own use of technology for their learning, and parent-child joint engagement in media use. We also describe ways in which media can encourage conversations and extend playful activities."</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/jgcc_aprendiendoencasa.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to read this 46-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/plaza_sesamo_parentslandingpage.png" alt="" title="" width="100" height="51" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/june-h-lee-sesame-workshop">June H. Lee - Sesame Workshop</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Joan Ganz Cooney Center website</a>, June 10 2015.&nbsp;"Sesame Street" excerpts provided courtesy of Sesame Workshop (New York, New York) © 2015 Sesame Workshop. "Sesame Street" ® and associated characters, trademarks, and design elements are owned and licensed by Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/aprendiendo-en-casa-media-learning-tool-among-hispanic-latino-families" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/aprendiendo-en-casa-media-learning-tool-among-hispanic-latino-families#comments United States Strategic Thinking Academic Institutions Digital Basic Education for All Children Film and Video Quality Early Learning to Scale Person-to-Person Phone/Mobile Print Entertainment Orgs Radio Education Television Research NGOs New Technologies Featured Sesame Workshop Global Children, Equity and Development Early Child Development SesameWorkshop Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:49:38 +0000 jlevy 9355607 at http://www.comminit.com ProPAN: Process for the Promotion of Child Feeding - Field Manual http://www.comminit.com/global/content/propan-process-promotion-child-feeding-field-manual <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, January 1, 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/propan.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="87" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>ProPAN is a tool to design, implement, and evaluate interventions and programmes to improve infant and young child diet and feeding, updated to ProPAN 2.0. It includes 1) this field manual with step-by-step guidelines on how to apply quantitative and qualitative research methods; 2) an Epi Info™-based software programme for data entry and analysis; and 3) a software user’s guide.&nbsp;The tool was jointly developed by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).</p> <p>The tool provides:</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-htmllink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.paho.org/hq/index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=doc_view&amp;Itemid=270&amp;gid=20664&amp;lang=en" 0="a:0:{}" target="_blank">Click here to access this document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-publisher"> <div class="field-label">Publisher:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/node/4855">Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-2"> <div class="field-label">Languages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>English, Spanish</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Number of Pages:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>284</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/node/304235">Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.paho.org/hq/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The PAHO website</a>, June 5 2015, and email from Dr. Chessa Lutter of PAHO, June 8 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/propan-process-promotion-child-feeding-field-manual" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/propan-process-promotion-child-feeding-field-manual#comments Global Materials Children Community Participation Child Survival and Growth Civil Society MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Community Groups Marketing Print Radio Foundations Television Government Departments Health NGOs Nutrition United Nations Featured PAHO UNICEF Global Children, Equity and Development Health UNICEF - Global (English) Fri, 05 Jun 2015 20:44:16 +0000 jlevy 9355562 at http://www.comminit.com Handwashing Promotion Monitoring and Evaluation Module http://www.comminit.com/global/content/handwashing-promotion-monitoring-and-evaluation-module <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-author"> <div class="field-label">Author:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jelena Vujcic </div> <div class="field-item even"> Pavani K. Ram </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-date field-field-date-0"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tuesday, October 1, 2013</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-long-text-1"> <div class="field-label">Affiliation:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>University at Buffalo</p> </div> </div> </div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>"Programmes that promote handwashing are diverse and vary in scope. The content of this module is designed to be adapted to a variety of programmes."</p> <p>This handwashing promotion evaluation guide is designed to explain planning and implementing monitoring and evaluation (M&amp;E) for handwashing promotion programmes. The guide, from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), includes:</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-web-link"> <div class="field-label">Web link:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://designlab360.org/ppphw/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/UNICEF-ME-Toolkit-Final-11-24-Low-Res.pdf" 0="a:0:{}" target="_blank">Click here to access this 120-page document in PDF format.</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://www.comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/unicef_9.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="74" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-nodereference field-field-contactinfo"> <div class="field-label">Contact Information:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/unicef-publications">UNICEF Publications</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-source-text"> <div class="field-label">Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://designlab360.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Design Lab 360 website</a>, June 5 2015.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/handwashing-promotion-monitoring-and-evaluation-module" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/handwashing-promotion-monitoring-and-evaluation-module#comments Global Strategic Thinking Civil Society Evaluation Methodologies Person-to-Person Interpersonal Development Assistance Marketing Print Radio Foundations Television Health NGOs United Nations Featured UNICEF Global Health UNICEF - Global (English) Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:16:34 +0000 jlevy 9355559 at http://www.comminit.com