<a href="/global/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:36">Featured content</a> http://comminit.com/global/promoted-rss.xml/36 en BBC Media Action Microsite: Gender http://comminit.com/global/content/bbc-media-action-microsite-gender <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">Friday, December 1, 2017</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://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/bbc_microsite_gender.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This BBC Media Action interactive digital toolkit has been created on a dedicated micro website "to help those working in media and communication for development to challenge negative gender stereotypes and advance gender equality."</p> <p>The microsite is designed to help development and media practitioners use media to champion gender equality. It shares advice on designing and delivering gender sensitive and transformative projects. "It includes sections on how media can influence discriminatory gender norms, how to carry out a gender analysis when designing a project" and examples of how BBC Media Action has challenged gender stereotypes in their factual, drama, and social media content.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://genderandmedia.bbcmediaaction.org/#home" target="_blank">Click here to access this resource online.</a></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/4864">BBC Media Action</a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> BBC Media Action </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>Email from John Sutcliffe to The Communication Initiative on December 6 2017.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/bbc-media-action-microsite-gender" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/bbc-media-action-microsite-gender#comments Global Materials Advocacy Journalism Bilaterals Person-to-Person Community Groups Gender Empowerment Print Entertainment Orgs Radio Foundations Television Government Departments News Media NGOs Gender SDG 5: Gender Equality Media Development BBC Media Action Democracy and Governance Global Media Development Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:21:26 +0000 BBC Media Action 9512490 at http://comminit.com De Taali http://comminit.com/global/content/de-taali <p><em>"With an entire programme focusing on adolescent empowerment, girls who have been raised in a culture of silence are getting the courage to raise and voice their concerns and opinions." - Supriya Tewari of Breakthrough</em></p> <p> Launched in 2016, De Taali is the Indian organisation Breakthrough's adolescent empowerment initiative. Running in the districts of Lucknow, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Gazipur, Gorakhpur, Siddharthnagar, and Maharajganj in Uttar Pradesh (UP), the programme assists communities to recognise and provide for adolescent needs like education, health (including sanitation and menstrual hygiene), life-skills, and protection from violence. Through De Taali, Breakthrough is reaching out to 500,000 adolescents in UP - especially girls - to help them voice their aspirations, to teach them how to have a say in the choices that are being made for them, and to give them a better shot at life.</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>"De Taali" (hashtag #DeTaali) means "Give me 5", and it invites entire communities in with a simple message: "Banegi Baat Saath-Saath" ("We can achieve this together."). The programme reaches out to communities through its overarching ecological model so as to make them not only aware about the health and educational rights of adolescents but also to motivate them to support adolescents in accessing their rights and health and educational entitlements. In addition to working within the school environment, De Taali is engaging all key community stakeholders, gatekeepers, and duty bearers so as to create a conducive, safe, and enabling environment in villages, with the intention that all adolescents have suitable opportunities for leading an empowered life based on their rights and choice.</p> <p> A specially designed curriculum called "Taron Ki Toli" is being delivered to adolescents in school and in the community. The curriculum consists of a collection of games and activities that take the young people on a journey of self-discovery and development. Kishori Mela (school-level fair) is focused on the value of education of girls, reducing gender discrimination, gender-biased sex selection, and prevention of early marriage. As part of Kishori Mela, there are fun-filled activities that happen during the day like 'Thank You' letters from students to their parents for sending them to school, drawing competitions, and poster competitions and theatre competitions focused on career choices of girls and boys. These games and activities encourage the users to consider viewpoints and perceptions that are different from their own. It also creates a safe space and provides them with skills to explore opportunities of, and influence change towards, a gender-equitable family, community, and society.</p> <p> Teachers are also being oriented to promote their key role as gatekeepers and facilitators in bringing about a change in mindsets and gender norms amidst parents and adolescents. They are also being trained to make students aware of ills of early marriage and importance of education. Teachers are to be oriented on child safeguarding issues, too, so that safer environment is created for adolescents.</p> <p> The outreach of the Breakthrough programme extends beyond school. Breakthrough is conducting intensive training modules with parents (especially fathers) and community leaders to build awareness on how practices of early marriage, early motherhood and lack of access to education and health for adolescents are barriers to social and economic progress for the entire community. Breakthrough is engaging men and boys through farmers' clubs and open meetings in villages so as to promote healthier gender norms and create safer environments for girls. Duty bearers such as local government representatives and community leaders are also being engaged through this process. The purpose is to make adolescent-specific issues part of their agenda. </p> <p> Noting that frontline health workers play crucial role in enabling access of adolescents to public health system and promoting adolescents' health rights, these workers are being engaged through rapport building, regular follow-ups, and special training programmes. They are also being trained so that they become aware of gender-based discrimination and are sensitive to cases of gender-based violence. It is hoped that sensitisation on such issues will help them better understand the needs of the adolescents. In addition, Village Health and Nutrition Day (VHND) is being used as a platform to promote health access of adolescents.</p> <p> Peer educators are emerging as an important component of De Taali. They are being groomed through special training programmes so that they are able to play a leading role in catalysing change towards more equitable gender norms in family and community.</p> <p> The programme uses a range of community mobilisation strategies, including video van runs, theatre of oppressed, public hearings, and intergenerational dialogues to disseminate messaging on the campaign's issues so that adolescent issues and problems gain greater acknowledgement and that the community has positive attitudes towards empowerment of girls, becomes aware about gender-based discrimination issues, and provides greater support to safety of girls. Open village meetings are also being used as opportunities for meaningful interactions to promote adolescent-specific issues and to create a safer, adolescent-friendly environment in villages.</p> <p> To explore one such strategy in more depth, theatre of oppressed is staged at the various spots where the De Taali video van stops. The theme of the play is centred around locally relevant issues so that spectators are able to identify with the issue. Theatre of oppressed is a distinct interactive theatrical form in which the audience become active participants. The play is paused at a particular point - usually, the climax or a moment of decision - and people from the spectators are invited to continue the role of the protagonist. As actors, they are encouraged to explore, display, contemplate, and transform the reality in which they are living. Thus, by reacting to the locally pertinent situation in the play, the community members get the opportunity to reflect on their problems and arrive at solutions.</p> <p> Specifically, the shows begin with the title song "De Taali", which invites all to join in clapping and singing to celebrate the participation and excellence of girls in different domains of life, to celebrate their laughter, to celebrate their sense of self-respect, and to celebrate their achievements. The song also appeals to all to collaborate to help girls grow, progress, and achieve what they aspire for. One show, "Chanda Pukaare", is a daughter's plea to her father to not force her into an early marriage but instead to allow her to pursue her education and her dreams. According to Breakthrough, girls from even socially and economically marginalised communities in the villages have come forward to play Chanda's role and made bold statements, indicating they are becoming conscious about their rights and confident in expressing them. They have also actively participated in games and had successful turns at tongue twisters, for which they were rewarded with momentos.</p> <p> When a video van run was initiated in his block, Gosainganj, the Pradhan of Churahiya village, spent his own resources for organising a small inaugural ceremony of video van run. He also positively used his political clout and rapport to encourage several block level government officials to be present for this event. "Please also write the helpline numbers on the walls of my shop," requested the owner of a village shop, in Mohanlaganj Block. The video van run influenced him, too, leading him to seek to make his contribution to De Taali's social messaging.</p> <p> Breakthrough is creating a 360-degree campaign across various mediums (film, radio spots, interactive voice response (IVR), and digital/social media) to disseminate and simultaneously to create awareness on key messages under De Taali programme. For example, those adolescents who are familiar with the internet are encouraged to support their families to use technology to access government schemes and entitlements, and also to make use of helpline numbers, when required.</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>Adolescence, Gender, Health, Rights, Education</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>Breakthrough points out that one-fifth of Indians are adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19. These millions of young people could potentially power social reform and economic progress. However, with nearly 80 million early marriages, children being born to children, and escalating crimes against women, Indian communities are holding back the very generation that could lead them forward. UP ranks first in terms of adolescent population in the country. Many of these adolescents live in poverty with restricted rights, opportunities, and choices, as well as inadequate access to quality education, health services, and employment opportunities. Due to traditional norms, there is little discussion on issues like menstrual hygiene and sexual and reproductive health, and girls are vulnerable to violence because of the low value they have in the eyes of their families and the larger society. Early marriage affects a large number of adolescent girls, often leading them to bear children early despite the risks to their lives and health, and thus to drop out of school. Such inequalities early in life can contribute to poor health, economic insecurity, and diminished quality of life - impacting an entire generation of people.</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://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/detaali.jpg" alt="" title="De Taali" 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>Supported by the IKEA Foundation.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Urvashi Gandhi ... </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-emvideo field-field-video"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="emvideo emvideo-video emvideo-youtube"><div id="media-youtube-1" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-1"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="355" width="425" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/8BDBLuyWLJk&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-1"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/8BDBLuyWLJk&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" /> <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain"/> <param name="quality" value="best"/> <param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"/> <param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"/> <param name="scale" value="noScale"/> <param name="salign" value="TL"/> <param name="FlashVars" value="playerMode=embedded" /> <param name="wmode" value="transparent" /> <!-- Fallback content --> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BDBLuyWLJk"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/8BDBLuyWLJk/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="425" height="355" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </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>The Breakthrough Bulletin, October 15 2017; emails from Urvashi Gandhi to The Communication Initiative on November 15 2017 and December 13 2017; and <a href="https://www.inbreakthrough.tv/2017/03/capturing-stories-of-change/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Capturing Stories of Change"</a>, by Supriya Tewari, March 29 2017, and <a href="https://www.inbreakthrough.tv/2017/04/detaali-increasing-participation-from-the-community/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Increasing Participation From The Community"</a>, by Supriya Tewari, April 6 2017 - both accessed on December 13 2017. <em>Image credit:</em> Breatkthrough</p> </div> </div> </div> http://comminit.com/global/content/de-taali#comments India Experiences Digital Community Participation Film and Video Entertainment Live Performance Adolescent Sexual Health Person-to-Person Adolescents and Education Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Radio Foundations Gender and Adolescence School Curricula Education NGOs SDG 4: Quality Education Gender SDG 5: Gender Equality Health Reproductive Health Rights Youth Breakthrough Adolescent Development Global Entertainment-Education Wed, 13 Dec 2017 19:07:54 +0000 Urvashi Gandhi - Breakthrough 9512471 at http://comminit.com The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a big new argument? http://comminit.com/global/content/human-brain-and-how-it-shapes-development-success-do-we-need-have-big-new-argument <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/enigma3.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: James Deane, December 13 2017 - Sometimes you read a book which - just short of literally - blows your mind.&nbsp; <a href="https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/183625/the-enigma-of-reason/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">The Enigma of Reason: a new theory of understanding</a> by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber did that to mine.&nbsp; If their conclusions are right, the implications for human development – and the role of communication and media within it - are profound.</p> <p>I’ve long puzzled why development d hasn’t focused more on the human mind.&nbsp; We have development research institutes and think tanks on all forms of public policy - governance, science, economics and so on - but little on working out why humans think and act in the way that they do and how those things have affected how they have developed over millennia.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/human-brain-and-how-it-shapes-development-success-do-we-need-have-big-new-argument" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/human-brain-and-how-it-shapes-development-success-do-we-need-have-big-new-argument#comments Global Dialogue, Debate, Conversation Civic Engagement Inclusive Politics Person-to-Person Freedom of Information Blogs: Media in Closed Societies Print Blogs: Political Accountability and Participation Media and D and G News/Information SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals Development Assistance Economic Development Media Development BBC Media Action Democracy and Governance Global Policy Blogs Fragile Contexts Media Development Wed, 13 Dec 2017 14:13:40 +0000 James Deane 9512470 at http://comminit.com Media Consumption Survey in Ukraine http://comminit.com/global/content/media-consumption-survey-ukraine <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">Friday, September 1, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>Internews' annual Ukrainian media survey revealed that Ukrainians in 2017 were more critical in their media consumption, demanding better-quality and more reliable content from journalists. The survey of 4,048 people highlights Ukrainians' media habits and measures their trust in media, media literacy, and awareness of Ukraine's reforms process. It was carried out between May and June 2017 by InMind at the request of Internews, as part of the Ukraine Media (U-Media) Program with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (<em>see Related Summaries, below</em>). The report includes comparisons with the past three years, but the U-Media Program has been conducting similar polls for six years. The survey results help Internews partners, mainly media non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and journalists, shape the future of the Ukrainian media landscape and provide Ukrainians with high-quality information.</p> <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.internews.org/sites/default/files/2017-09/USAID_UMedia_AnnualMediaConsumptionSurvey_2017_FULL_eng.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 61-page report in PDF format.</a></div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/hromadsketv2.jpeg" alt="" title="Media Consumption Survey in Ukraine" width="100" height="45" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Gillian McCormack </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 Internews to The Communication Initiative on September 8 2017 and December 12 2017; and <a href="https://www.internews.org/opinion/how-ukraine-tackling-its-huge-fake-news-problem" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"How Ukraine is tackling its huge fake news problem"</a>, by Daniel Bruce, July 10 2017 and <a href="https://www.internews.org/story/ukrainians-grow-critical-news-consumers" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Ukrainians Grow as Critical News Consumers"</a>, Internews, September 6 2017 - both accessed on December 13 2017. <em>Image credit:</em> Hromadske TV station in Ukraine. Internews</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/ukraine-media-u-media-project">Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project</a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/media-consumption-survey-ukraine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/media-consumption-survey-ukraine#comments Strategic Thinking Digital Bilaterals Print News/Information Governance and Democracy Television News Media USAID Global Media Development Wed, 13 Dec 2017 13:43:00 +0000 Gillian McCormack 9512469 at http://comminit.com Facilitating Community-Led Disaster Risk Management http://comminit.com/global/content/facilitating-community-led-disaster-risk-management <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"> Marilise Turnbull </div> <div class="field-item even"> Lezlie C. Moriniere </div> </div> </div> <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">Wednesday, October 25, 2017</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://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/title123437403.png" alt="" title="Facilitating Community-Led Disaster Risk Management" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"We must empower communities to plan and drive change, and reinforce governments' responsibility to provide their people with a protective and enabling environment."</em></p> <p> This guide is designed to support those promoting a community-led, inclusive, and accountable approach to managing disaster risk, whether they are working on a development programme, a disaster recovery intervention, or on a specific disaster risk management (DRM) project. Its step-by-step instructions, examples, tips, and lessons learned by community mobilisers and facilitators are relevant for both urban and rural communities, and to addressing risks created by slow- and rapid-onset hazards.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.crs.org/sites/default/files/tools-research/guide-to-facilitating-community-led-disaster-risk-management.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 113-page resource 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/4992">Catholic Relief Services (CRS)</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/node/327756">Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD)</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/global/content/caritas-australia">Caritas Australia</a> </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>113</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Catholic Relief... </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="https://www.crs.org/our-work-overseas/research-publications/facilitating-community-led-disaster-risk-management" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">CRS website</a>, December 13 2017. <em>Image caption/credit:</em> Community members of all ages help map their village in Bangladesh in preparation for creating a disaster risk action plan. Photo by CRS staff</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/facilitating-community-led-disaster-risk-management" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/facilitating-community-led-disaster-risk-management#comments Global Materials Community Participation Person-to-Person Print Foundations Environment Religious Groups Risk Management Global Wed, 13 Dec 2017 11:08:04 +0000 Catholic Relief Services - Research and Publications 9512466 at http://comminit.com Getting to an Evaluation Plan: A Six-Step Process from Engagement to Evidence http://comminit.com/global/content/getting-evaluation-plan-six-step-process-engagement-evidence <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"> Brittany S. Iskarpatyoti </div> <div class="field-item even"> Beth Sutherland </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Heidi W. Reynolds </div> </div> </div> <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">Wednesday, November 1, 2017</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://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/d18a0fd8-0227-45f9-8ece-edff564c0f14.jpeg" alt="" title="Getting to an Evaluation Plan: A Six-Step Process from Engagement to Evidence" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"The process of developing an evaluation plan, in cooperation with a group of stakeholders, fosters collaboration, a sense of shared purpose, and transparency, thereby ensuring that stakeholders are on the same page about the purpose, use, and users of evaluation findings."</em></p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="https://www.measureevaluation.org/resources/publications/ms-17-124/at_download/document" target="_blank">Click here in order to download the 68-page resource 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/5308">MEASURE Evaluation</a> </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>68</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MEASURE Evaluation </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="https://www.measureevaluation.org/resources/publications/ms-17-124" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MEASURE Evaluation website</a>, December 12 2017. <em>Image credit:</em> MEASURE Evaluation</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/getting-evaluation-plan-six-step-process-engagement-evidence" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/getting-evaluation-plan-six-step-process-engagement-evidence#comments Global Materials Digital Bilaterals Print News/Information Research SDG 3: Good Health NGOs HIV AIDS United Nations UNAIDS USAID Global HIV / AIDS Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:37:42 +0000 MEASURE Evaluation 9512452 at http://comminit.com Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy http://comminit.com/global/content/freedom-net-2017-manipulating-social-media-undermine-democracy <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, November 14, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><em>"In the absence of a comprehensive campaign to deal with this threat, manipulation and disinformation techniques could enable modern authoritarian regimes to expand their power and influence while permanently eroding user confidence in online media and the internet as a whole."</em></p> <p> Governments around the world are increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media, according to <em>Freedom on the Net 2017</em>, Freedom House's annual country-by-country assessment of online freedom. More than 70 researchers, nearly all based in the countries they analysed, contributed to the project by examining laws and practices relevant to the internet, testing the accessibility of select websites and services, and interviewing a wide range of sources.</p> <div class="field button"><a href="https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-net/freedom-net-2017" target="_blank">Click here to read the report online.</a></div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/fotn-2017-cover-photo-960.jpg" alt="" title="Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy" width="100" height="67" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Freedom House </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="https://freedomhouse.org/article/new-report-freedom-net-2017-manipulating-social-media-undermine-democracy" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Freedom House website</a> and <a href="https://blog.cyberghostvpn.com/en/freedom-on-the-net-report-2017/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">CyberGhost blog</a>, both accessed on December 12 2017. <em>Image credit:</em> Freedom House</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/freedom-net-2017-manipulating-social-media-undermine-democracy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/freedom-net-2017-manipulating-social-media-undermine-democracy#comments Global Strategic Thinking Access Digital Voice Phone/Mobile Community Media News/Information Governance and Democracy Government Departments News Media New Technologies Rights Democracy and Governance Global ICT for Development Media Development Tue, 12 Dec 2017 15:24:35 +0000 Freedom House 9512443 at http://comminit.com A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria http://comminit.com/global/content/novel-approach-maternal-health-nigeria-0 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/bbc_media_action_nigeria_8.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="56" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Producer Trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria Akile Gojo, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcmediaaction/entries/3cdbad7c-2646-46d2-89f2-f7b3e9ca33a9" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">originally posted December 5 2017</a> - Earlier this year, after a day of training producers at one of our partner radio stations in Gombe state, I was eating dinner in a nearby restaurant. In the background, a radio was playing, and, as I sat there, I realised that all the women - and some men as well - were listening intently to a novel being read aloud on air.</p> <p>I knew listening to romance novels on the radio - especially those written by local authors - has been growing in popularity with women and girls in Northern Nigeria. They often go to the market to buy copies of their favourites to read again at home with family.</p> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/novel-approach-maternal-health-nigeria-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/novel-approach-maternal-health-nigeria-0#comments Nigeria 15 to 19 years Entertainment Adolescent Sexual Health Blogs: Media Development Print Radio Enabling and Inclusive Environments for Adolescents SDG 3: Good Health Gender Health Media Development Reproductive Health Rights Women Youth BBC Media Action Adolescent Development Global Policy Blogs Health Media Development Entertainment-Education Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:56:29 +0000 BBC Media Action 9512440 at http://comminit.com In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News http://comminit.com/global/content/repressive-countries-citizens-go-dark-share-independent-news <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"> Kate Musgrave </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">Monday, December 11, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>"Dark social" refers to online and digital sharing either missing or incorrectly attributed in site traffic analytics. It describes the blind spot that originates when visitors to online news websites arrive there from links shared by email, text, or private messaging applications. (In contract, if you clicked on a link shared on Facebook or Twitter, the news site will detect that, as well as if you found a story through a Google or Bing search or if you typed the URL directly into the browser.) This report from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) explores the importance of these invisible, peer-to-peer forms of sharing news, which are sparking reflection among publishers of how to harness messaging platforms such as WhatsApp and Telegram for distribution.</p> <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.cima.ned.org/publication/repressive-countries-citizens-go-dark-share-independent-news/" target="_blank">Click here to read the report online.</a></div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/dark.jpg" alt="" title="In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go &#039;Dark&#039; to Share Independent News" width="100" height="68" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CIMA </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="https://www.cima.ned.org/publication/repressive-countries-citizens-go-dark-share-independent-news" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">CIMA website</a>, December 12 2017. <em>Image credit:</em> LetAllKnowHub</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/repressive-countries-citizens-go-dark-share-independent-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/repressive-countries-citizens-go-dark-share-independent-news#comments Russia Turkey Global Strategic Thinking Access Digital Phone/Mobile Community Media News/Information Governance and Democracy News Media NGOs Rights Democracy and Governance Global ICT for Development Media Development Tue, 12 Dec 2017 13:32:52 +0000 CIMA 9512439 at http://comminit.com The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World http://comminit.com/global/content/state-worlds-children-2017-children-digital-world <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">Monday, December 11, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><em>"Making the digital space better for children requires collaboration and cooperation among governments, United Nations agencies and other international children's organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and the technical community, families and children themselves."</em></p> <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.unicef.org/publications/files/SOWC_2017_ENG_WEB.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 215-page report in PDF format.</a></div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="http://comminit.com/global/files/imagecache/thumbnail/sowc2.png" alt="" title="The State of the World&#039;s Children 2017: Children in a Digital World" width="100" height="62" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-userreference field-field-contact-user-ref"> <div class="field-label">Contacts (user reference):&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> UNICEF - Public... </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>Email from UNICEF to The Communication Initiative on December 11 2017; and <a href="https://www.unicef.org/publications/index_101992.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">UNICEF website</a>, December 12 2017. <em>Image credit:</em> © UNICEF/UN036675/Sharma</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/state-worlds-children-2017-children-digital-world" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/state-worlds-children-2017-children-digital-world#comments Global Strategic Thinking Access Digital Entertainment Voice Children Interpersonal Phone/Mobile News/Information New Technology Company United Nations New Technologies Rights Youth UNICEF Communicating with, for and about children Global ICT for Development Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:39:15 +0000 UNICEF - Publications 9512436 at http://comminit.com