<a href="/global/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:36">Featured content</a> http://comminit.com/global/promoted-rss.xml/36 en Sexual and reproductive health and rights and SDGs http://comminit.com/global/content/sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-rights-and-sdgs <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/3_and_5.png" alt="" title="" width="100" height="54" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 25 2017 -&nbsp;Sexual and reproductive health refers to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease, in all matters relating to the sexuality and reproductive system/ processes. Reproductive and sexual rights pertain to right to make informed decisions concerning reproduction, relations/marriage and sexuality free of discrimination, coercion and violence. &nbsp;</p> <p>A review of SDGs suggests that targets on universal access to SRHR (within SDG 3 and SDG 5), eliminating violence against women and girls in public and private spheres, &nbsp;eliminate harmful practices such as early and forced marriages, &nbsp;reducing maternal mortality ratio to less than 70 per 100,000 live births (SDG 3) and achieving internationally agreed targets to address the nutritional needs of adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women (SDG 2) have been included.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-rights-and-sdgs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/sexual-and-reproductive-health-and-rights-and-sdgs#comments Global Advocacy Dialogue, Debate, Conversation SDG 3: Good Health SDG 5: Gender Equality Blogs: Global Health Policies Civil Society Person-to-Person Government Departments United Nations Reproductive Health Rights Women Featured Global Policy Blogs Health Thu, 25 May 2017 18:09:02 +0000 Ranjani.K.Murthy 9493872 at http://comminit.com Partnering with Women's Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive http://comminit.com/global/content/partnering-womens-associations-advocate-stronger-infant-and-young-child-feeding-policies <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, May 11, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>"In many countries throughout the developing world, women’s associations can be influential advocacy and education organizations that represent the voices of mothers to government and legislative bodies, while also providing a key communications channel to reach mothers in local communities….When the capacity of women and mothers is leveraged through credible organizations that represent them, it can be a powerful tool to drive dialogue, awareness, and action on key policy issues that affect IYCF practices at the community level."&nbsp;</p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://aliveandthrive.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Lessons-Learned-Womens-Association.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to read this 8-page document 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/womens_associations.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="73" 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"> Alive &amp; Thrive (A&amp;T) </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="http://aliveandthrive.org/resources/lessons-learned-policy-advocacy-in-three-country-contexts/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Alive and Thrive website</a>, May 24 2017. Image caption: Tran Thi Huong, Vice Chairwoman of the Viet Nam Women’s Union, gives a speech on the importance of IYCF.</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/media-engagement-and-capacity-building-t0-increase-commitment-iycf-policies-and-programs">Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned from Alive &amp; Thrive </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/content/engaging-medical-associations-support-optimal-infant-and-young-child-feeding-lessons-lea">Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding: Lessons Learned From Alive &amp; Thrive </a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/partnering-womens-associations-advocate-stronger-infant-and-young-child-feeding-policies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/partnering-womens-associations-advocate-stronger-infant-and-young-child-feeding-policies#comments Bangladesh Ethiopia Vietnam Strategic Thinking Advocacy SDG 3: Good Health Children Civic Engagement Community Participation Child Survival and Growth Civil Society Person-to-Person Community Groups Governance and Democracy Print Health NGOs Nutrition Reproductive Health Children, Equity and Development Democracy and Governance Global Health Wed, 24 May 2017 21:53:38 +0000 Alive & Thrive (A&T) 9493857 at http://comminit.com World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law http://comminit.com/global/content/world-development-report-2017-governance-and-law <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"> Luis Felipe López-Calva </div> <div class="field-item even"> Yongmei Zhou </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, January 30, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><em>"[W]ho bargains, who is excluded, and what barriers block entry to the policy arena determine the selection and implementation of policies and, consequently, their impact on development outcomes."</em></p> <div class="field button"><a href="https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/bitstream/handle/10986/25880/9781464809507.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 307-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/graphic_ggp_am_final.jpg" alt="" title="World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law" 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"> The World Bank </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 IREX's Center for Applied Learning and Impact to Soul Beat Africa on May 23 2017; and <a href="http://www.worldbank.org/en/publication/wdr2017" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Bank website</a>, May 24 2017. <em>Image credit:</em> Graphic by Nicholas Nam/World Bank</p> </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="350" width="425" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/F4kCmjfg1MQ&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;autoplay=1&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/F4kCmjfg1MQ&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;autoplay=1&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=F4kCmjfg1MQ"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/F4kCmjfg1MQ/0.jpg" alt="See video" title="See video" width="425" height="350" /></a> </object> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/world-development-report-2017-governance-and-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/world-development-report-2017-governance-and-law#comments Global Strategic Thinking Advocacy Digital Community Participation Bilaterals Civil Society Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy Interpersonal Print Radio Television Rights Democracy and Governance Global Wed, 24 May 2017 16:20:07 +0000 The World Bank 9493852 at http://comminit.com Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic Opportunity http://comminit.com/global/content/mobilizing-myanmar-smartphone-revolution-connects-poor-economic-opportunity <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"> Pwint Htun </div> <div class="field-item even"> Paula Bock </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, March 1, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p><em>"A majority smartphone market could serve as an ideal lab environment to test how mobile money could disrupt entrenched social and financial structures that have kept most people - especially women, ethnic minorities, and rural farmers - in deep poverty."</em></p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://partnersasia.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017_Mobilizing-Myanmar_BMGF-16MB.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 66-page paper 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/myanmar2.png" alt="" title="Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic Opportunity" 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"> Pwint Htun </div> <div class="field-item even"> Paula Bock </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="http://www.ictworks.org/2017/05/22/the-massive-myanmar-opportunity-for-digital-financial-services/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"The Massive Myanmar Opportunity for Digital Financial Services"</a>, by Wayan Vota, ICTworks, May 22 2017. <em>Image caption/credit:</em> "Families displaced by conflict in Waing Maw, Kachin state, learn how to receive funds for emergency food aid on their mobile phones as part of a United Nations [UN] World Food Programme pilot. The mobile cash transfers for humanitarian assistance are safer, faster, and more convenient than directly distributing food or bank notes, UN officials say." Photo by Raffy Luik</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/mobilizing-myanmar-smartphone-revolution-connects-poor-economic-opportunity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/mobilizing-myanmar-smartphone-revolution-connects-poor-economic-opportunity#comments Burma / Myanmar Strategic Thinking Access SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Phone/Mobile Economic Development News/Information Gender New Technology Company New Technologies Women Global ICT for Development Wed, 24 May 2017 14:09:16 +0000 Pwint Htun 9493846 at http://comminit.com Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive http://comminit.com/global/content/engaging-medical-associations-support-optimal-infant-and-young-child-feeding-lessons-lea <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, May 11, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>"Medical communities around the world play an important role in educating families about early child nutrition. Creating an enabling environment for mothers and families to adopt optimal IYCF [infant and young child feeding] practices is dependent upon medical practitioners who are committed to implementing evidence-based best practices in their own work."&nbsp;</p> <p>From Alive &amp; Thrive's 2010-2014 work in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam to reduce undernutrition and death caused by sub-optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices, this document describes working with leadership of health practitioners at all levels to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. It is part of a series of documents on best practices and lessons learned in policy advocacy in the three country contexts. (See related summaries below.)</p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://aliveandthrive.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Lessons-Learned-Medical-Associations.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to read this 9-page document 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/medical_associations.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="69" 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"> Alive &amp; Thrive (A&amp;T) </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="http://aliveandthrive.org/resources/lessons-learned-policy-advocacy-in-three-country-contexts/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Alive and Thrive website</a>, May 23 2017. Image caption: TThe Bangladesh Minister of Health signs a pledge to support IYCF.</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/media-engagement-and-capacity-building-t0-increase-commitment-iycf-policies-and-programs">Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned from Alive &amp; Thrive </a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="/global/content/partnering-womens-associations-advocate-stronger-infant-and-young-child-feeding-policies">Partnering with Women&#039;s Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned From Alive &amp; Thrive </a> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/engaging-medical-associations-support-optimal-infant-and-young-child-feeding-lessons-lea" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/engaging-medical-associations-support-optimal-infant-and-young-child-feeding-lessons-lea#comments Bangladesh Ethiopia Vietnam Strategic Thinking Advocacy Digital SDG 3: Good Health Children Child Survival and Growth Civil Society Person-to-Person Community Groups Interpersonal Print NGOs Nutrition Reproductive Health Women Children, Equity and Development Global Health Wed, 24 May 2017 13:41:31 +0000 Alive & Thrive (A&T) 9493845 at http://comminit.com The art of designing surveys about social norms: insights from Ethiopia http://comminit.com/global/content/art-designing-surveys-about-social-norms-insights-ethiopia <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_ethiopia_1.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="57" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: BBC Media Action's Hilina Assefa and Lois Aspinall, originally published on <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/mediaactioninsight/entries/e01e91c0-c0fc-4645-899a-4dc7a8d39dd2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">May 17 2017</a> - How we view our role and relationships within our communities shapes how we behave – <a href="http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/507541482349883762/Chapter-2.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">with important consequences for development</a>. When widespread, these views constitute ‘social norms’, which people tend to follow because they believe that others do and because they think it’s expected of them. Media Action’s programmes aim to challenge social norms that can lead to people risking their health and reinforce those that support people to make healthier choices.</p> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/art-designing-surveys-about-social-norms-insights-ethiopia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/art-designing-surveys-about-social-norms-insights-ethiopia#comments Ethiopia SDG 3: Good Health Community Participation Blogs: Global Health Policies Person-to-Person Entertainment Orgs Research Health NGOs Reproductive Health Women BBC Media Action Children, Equity and Development Global Policy Blogs Health Tue, 23 May 2017 20:20:28 +0000 BBC Media Action 9493832 at http://comminit.com Pakistan's Agenda against Climate Change http://comminit.com/global/content/pakistans-agenda-against-climate-change <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/dawn.jpg" alt="Flood 2010" title="Thousands of Peoples Wounded In Flood of 2010 in Pakistan." width="100" height="51" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>Author: Ghulam Shabir Arain, May 23 2017 - Pakistan still lags behind in its coverage of climate change issues. We are too focused on extremism and governance issues, which take up a lot of our attention, resources and time. While the media in regional countries like India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have a good understanding of global climate change negotiations and are well aware of climate change and its impact on their countries. As a vulnerable country, we have to see what we need to do; we also need programmes to bring this about in schools and colleges. We have to prepare the younger generation for the world that they are going to inherit.</p> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/pakistans-agenda-against-climate-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/pakistans-agenda-against-climate-change#comments Pakistan Advocacy Dialogue, Debate, Conversation SDG 13: Climate Action SDG 15: Life on Land Blogs: Donors and the Development System Bilaterals Blogs: Global Health Policies Civil Society Person-to-Person Development Assistance Economic Development Foundations Government Departments Natural Resources Management Global Policy Blogs Natural Resource Management Mon, 22 May 2017 13:52:56 +0000 shabir 9493807 at http://comminit.com PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements Awareness [Manual] http://comminit.com/global/content/passa-youth-participatory-approach-safe-shelter-and-settlements-awareness-manual <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"> Patricia Díaz </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, March 8, 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/passama.png" alt="" title="PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements Awareness [Manual]" width="100" height="71" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This manual is for use by National Societies of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) wishing to use PASSA Youth in their programmes. As detailed at Related Summaries, below, the Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) is a methodology, implemented in partnership with <a href="https://www.habitat.org" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Habitat for Humanity International</a>, that aims to provide young people aged between 13 and 17 living in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities with tools to understand the risks to their houses and neighbourhoods, taking steps to make these safer and enabling them to improve overall living conditions both prior and after disasters and crisis. The manual includes different parts that should be used as appropriate by senior National Society or allies staff, shelter and youth programme managers, branch staff, and volunteers.</p> <div class="field field-type-link field-field-pdflink"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/03/PASSAYouthManual.pdf" 0="s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here for the 210-page manual in PDF format.</a> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <a href="http://reliefweb.int/report/world/passa-youth-participatory-approach-safe-shelter-and-settlements-awareness" 0="s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here to download other materials in the toolkit, such as Youth Cards, Youth Activities, Youth Facilitator Notes, and Youth Materials.</a> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://passa.ifrc.org/" 0="s:6:&quot;a:0:{}&quot;;" target="_blank">Click here to go directly to the PASSA Youth Digital Track.</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/6293">International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies</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>210 (for the main manual)</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"> sandra7972 </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/participatory-approach-safe-shelter-awareness-passa-youth">Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth</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="http://reliefweb.int/report/world/passa-youth-participatory-approach-safe-shelter-and-settlements-awareness" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ReliefWeb</a>, May 19 2017, and <a href="https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/document/passa-youth-empowering-young-people-as-change-agents-in-the-21st-century/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IFRC website</a>, May 24 2017. <em>Image credit:</em> Agostino Pacciani, Jan Marvin A. Goh/PRC, Costa Rican Red Cross, and Jaime Mok</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/passa-youth-participatory-approach-safe-shelter-and-settlements-awareness-manual" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/passa-youth-participatory-approach-safe-shelter-and-settlements-awareness-manual#comments Global Materials 10 to 14 years 15 to 19 years Adolescent Civic Engagement Digital SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Community Participation Person-to-Person Interpersonal NGOs Risk Management Youth Adolescent Development Global ICT for Development Fri, 19 May 2017 17:12:03 +0000 sandra7972 9493783 at http://comminit.com Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth http://comminit.com/global/content/participatory-approach-safe-shelter-awareness-passa-youth <p><em>"If PASSA Youth is systematically and correctly used it will bring about behavioural change. For this to happen youth need to take full ownership of the process which will happen if they are treated as autonomous beings and not as children depending on other people's decisions."</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>Ela Serdaroglu, IFRC Shelter Lead, says: "Innovation is at the heart of PASSA Youth, including the use of digital and new media resources to connect, share and engage. In addition, the youth-focused version shows the advantages of linking up to makers' communities, and the viability of digital technologies to increase capacities and resilience, when disasters and crisis strike. The purpose is to develop capacity of youth (leaders, volunteers, members of affected communities) to make positive changes in their communities, by raising their awareness on specific habitat related risks they are exposed to and to articulate their priorities and choices to adult counterparts." PASSA uses participatory methods, which IFRC finds have proven effective in work with communities, among other things because:</p> <ul> <li>They enable anybody to contribute to the analysis and planning as an equal, whatever their age, gender, social class, or level of education.</li> <li>They build self-esteem, respect for other members of the group, and a sense of individual and collective responsibility for decisions.</li> <li>They develop understanding and respect for local capacities and knowledge while helping to spread innovations generated by the community, making their adoption of higher value and appropriation.</li> <li>They are fun and rewarding for the facilitators and, in the case of Red Cross Red Crescent volunteers, they foster a new and positive relationship with community members.</li> </ul> <p>IFRC explains that the surfacing of digital tools that make communication and collaboration easier, has enriched participatory methodologies and expanded their focus from communities and local issues to global affairs. PASSA Youth activities use closely connected multiple media so young people move from one to another with ease. Starting from orality and collective memory, followed by creative cartography and community journalism, youth use a variety of tools for collecting data about their community in multimedia formats. Presenting group findings is encouraged using transmedia storytelling. Activities are boosted with the addition of an interactive component to PASSA Youth, crystallised in the <a href="http://passa.ifrc.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Digital Track</a>. For example, the historical profile is enhanced with the construction of a digital time-line and community maps with QR (Quick Response) codes.</p> <p> In practice, PASSA Youth is a process facilitated by trained volunteers who guide a community group (called PASSA Group) of 15-30 youth leaders through 8 participatory activities that enable the youth to do the following progressively:</p> <ul> <li>Develop their awareness of shelter safety issues in their community.</li> <li>Identify hazards and vulnerabilities that create risk related to shelter.</li> <li>Analyse causes of shelter vulnerability.</li> <li>Prioritise potential strategies to improve shelter safety.</li> <li>Plan to put those shelter safety strategies into place.</li> <li>Implement improvements based on local capacities.</li> <li>Monitor progress.</li> </ul> <p>Each activity takes about 4 hours. The 8 activities are spread over the course of 2 to 8 weeks. (<em>The manual available at Related Summaries, below, details the process.</em>) Designed to create inspiring and powerful initiatives driven by youth, PASSA Youth can be used as a tool to start immediate action - using flash mob style events and attracting attention on neighbourhood safety conditions - as well as to progressively enable long-lasting change in communities. PASSA Youth can also be regarded as a tool to progress from the shelter relief phase to more long-lasting reconstruction solutions. In both pre-disaster and post-disaster settings, the tool will allow youth to express concerns and demands, and steer their plans into realistic and sustainable outcomes. The artist plays a fundamental role in this process - demonstrating techniques and promoting that youth express themselves and communicate lessons learned to the community, among other reasons, to gather support to complete the enhancements.</p> <p> PASSA Youth is designed to support programmes to improve shelter safety and thereby reduce disaster risk. It is therefore very closely related to Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) and may often be built on a VCA where shelter is identified as a source of risk. It is important to acknowledge and build upon community-based programmes that have been previously developed in the country concerned, in particular those involving the youth. PASSA Youth can be implemented at different stages within the disaster management cycle:</p> <ul> <li>Preparedness and mitigation: PASSA Youth is used as a tool for shelter risk reduction once VCA has identified risks related to habitat and the built environment.</li> <li>From relief to recovery: As the emergency shelter phase is over, PASSA Youth provides the framework for creating long-lasting shelter solutions by integrating risk knowledge at community level (site mitigation measures, disaster-resistant techniques, etc).</li> <li>Recovery phase: At the end of the recovery phase, PASSA Youth serves to address shelter and settlement issues not covered by the programme and builds on the capacities acquired. PASSA Youth enables the community to approach other actors and to lobby local governments on matters of common interest.</li> </ul> <p>To that end, shelter and youth programmes of the National Society and allies such as Habitat for Humanity carry out activities such as the following: train, supervise, and support volunteers; supply the materials, meeting space, and equipment needed; develop the PASSA Youth illustrations pack with a local artist before and during the activities; discuss and give feedback on reports about PASSA Youth implementation and results; inform local stakeholders of the PASSA Youth process; coordinate with local authorities and other local stakeholders to back the needs of the community; get involved as required if problems arise beyond the volunteers' capacity to manage; and provide essential technical support on shelter and settlements safety. </p> <p> IFRC says that, to institutionalise PASSA Youth within Red Cross Red Crescent and allies such as Habitat for Humanity, disaster-preparedness tools such as contingency plans at local and municipal levels should incorporate PASSA Youth as standard practice and use it as the tool for shelter safety and community-driven improvement. PASSA Youth should be considered as a tool that strengthens both a "software component" - namely, knowledge and skills development within the community - and a "hardware component" - leading to the physical improvement of housing and infrastructure.</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>Youth, Disaster Risk Reduction</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>PASSA is a participatory method of disaster risk reduction (DRR) related to shelter and settlements safety. It is a variation of Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST), which has been used by many Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies in water and sanitation programmes since the late 1990s. PHAST in turn is based on a participatory approach called SARAR which stands for Self-esteem, Associative strengths, Resourcefulness, Action-planning and Responsibility. PASSA Youth is a variation of the original PASSA.</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/passa.png" alt="" title="Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth" width="72" height="100" 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>IFRC, Habitat for Humanity</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"> sandra7972 </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-2" class="media-youtube"> <div id="media-youtube-default-external-2"> <object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" height="355" width="425" data="http://www.youtube.com/v/l68BAs3XQhE&amp;amp;rel=0&amp;amp;enablejsapi=1&amp;amp;playerapiid=ytplayer&amp;amp;fs=1" id="media-youtube-default-external-object-2"> <param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/l68BAs3XQhE&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=l68BAs3XQhE"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/l68BAs3XQhE/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-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/passa-youth-participatory-approach-safe-shelter-and-settlements-awareness-manual">PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements Awareness [Manual]</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="https://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/document/passa-youth-empowering-young-people-as-change-agents-in-the-21st-century/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IFRC website</a>; <a href="http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/02/PASSAYouthFlyerDigital_en.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">PASSA Youth flyer [PDF]</a>, February 2017; <a href="http://media.ifrc.org/ifrc/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/03/PASSAYouthManual.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">PASSA Youth manual [PDF]</a>, March 2017; <a href="http://reliefweb.int/report/world/passa-youth-participatory-approach-safe-shelter-and-settlements-awareness" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ReliefWeb</a>; and the <a href="http://passa.ifrc.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">PASSA Youth Digital Track</a> - all accessed on May 19 2017. <em>Image credit:</em> Agostino Pacciani, Jan Marvin A. Goh/PRC, Costa Rican Red Cross, and Jaime Mok</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/participatory-approach-safe-shelter-awareness-passa-youth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/participatory-approach-safe-shelter-awareness-passa-youth#comments Global Experiences 10 to 14 years 15 to 19 years Adolescent Civic Engagement Digital SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities Community Participation Person-to-Person Interpersonal NGOs Risk Management Youth Featured Adolescent Development Global ICT for Development Fri, 19 May 2017 17:05:35 +0000 sandra7972 9493781 at http://comminit.com Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society http://comminit.com/global/content/human-rights-defenders-under-threat-shrinking-space-civil-society <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, May 16, 2017</span> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <p>This report is part of Amnesty International's global advocacy campaign <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/brave/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Brave</a>, launched to combat measures by authoritarian leaders and other actors (state and non-state) with power to threaten and attack human rights defenders (HRDs) and shrink the space in which civil society operates. It provides an overview of the dangers HRDs face and calls on those in power to take immediate measures to ensure that HRDs are recognised, protected, and equipped to conduct their work without fear of attack in a safe environment.</p> <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/act30/6011/2017/en/" target="_blank">Click here in order to download the report in Arabic, English (46 pages), French, or Spanish.</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/brave.png" alt="" title="Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society" width="100" height="99" 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"> Amnesty Interna... </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.amnesty.org/en/latest/research/2017/05/why-we-need-to-stand-up-for-the-brave-now-more-than-ever/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Why we need to stand up for the brave – now, more than ever"</a>, by Guadalupe Marengo, May 17 2017; <a href="http://reliefweb.int/report/world/human-rights-defenders-under-threat-shrinking-space-civil-society-enar" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">ReliefWeb</a>, May 15 2017; <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/act30/6011/2017/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Amnesty International website</a>; and <a href="https://www.amnesty.org/en/get-involved/brave/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Brave page on the Amnesty International website</a> - all accessed on May 19 2017. <em>Image caption/credit:</em> "Lenca indigenous women protest the murder of Honduran environmentalist Berta Cáceres in front of the Public Ministry in Tegucigalpa. She was shot on 2 March 2016 after years spent campaigning against the construction of a hydroelectric dam, 5 April 2016." Credit: © ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://comminit.com/global/content/human-rights-defenders-under-threat-shrinking-space-civil-society" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://comminit.com/global/content/human-rights-defenders-under-threat-shrinking-space-civil-society#comments Global Experiences Strategic Thinking Advocacy Digital Civil Society Person-to-Person Voice Governance and Democracy Interpersonal Gender NGOs Rights Democracy and Governance Global ICT for Development Fri, 19 May 2017 12:38:05 +0000 Amnesty International 9493777 at http://comminit.com