<a href="/global/search/apachesolr_search?filters=tid: tid:36">Featured content</a> http://www.comminit.com/global/promoted-rss.xml/36 en Close the Immunization Gap http://www.comminit.com/global/content/close-immunization-gap <p><em>"No child should be denied the right to immunization for unfair reasons, including economic or social causes. All barriers must be overcome." - Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General</em></p> <p> Launched during World Immunization Week 2015, this multiyear World Health Organization (WHO) campaign, built on the theme "Close the Immunization Gap", aims to raise awareness worldwide on the critical importance of full immunisation throughout life. It draws on recommendations from WHO's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization on how to address barriers so we can achieve immunisation for all. The campaign places a strong focus on role of global partnership in reaching children, adolescents, and adults living in countries with inadequate coverage and those affected by conflict or other emergencies. Along these lines, Close the Immunization Gap seeks to increase recognition that governments, international organisations, and other development partners need to align their efforts in strengthening leadership and accountability on achieving full immunisation.</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>As part of this advocacy effort, WHO asks partners and members of the global immunisation community to join in the observation of World Immunization Week by raising awareness locally - tailoring campaign materials and actions to meet local needs. Partners are asked to highlight recent achievements by the global immunisation community, such as: the phased introduction of a new polio vaccination regimen, which represents a critical step towards a polio-free world and the preparation for the globally synchronised withdrawal of type 2 oral polio vaccine (OPV) in 155 countries, thus eradicating type 2 polio virus; elimination of rubella in the Americas; and elimination in Cambodia, India, and Mauritania of tetanus among new mothers and newborn babies. Similarly, partners are urged to draw attention to innovations, including progress on making vaccines against Ebola, malaria, and dengue available. Yet, "[t]he global immunization goals for reaching all individuals and communities through the Decade of Vaccines (2010-2020) can achieve its true potential only if the impressive progress seen in some countries becomes the norm." For example, they are asked to call for action on achieving universal coverage for immunisation against measles, rubella and tetanus.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To facilitate such advocacy, the campaign website for 2016 (April 24-30) includes a <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/toolkit-en.pdf?ua=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">26-page campaign toolkit [PDF]</a> including key messages for staff, partners, media, and the public and information on how to get involved in the campaign and how to organise events. Also available are <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/campaign-materials/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">campaign visual identity, core materials in different formats and languages (e.g., a public service announcement (PSA) for radio), and online resources</a>. The campaign video may be downloaded there and/or viewed below. The website also features a <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/quiz/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">quiz to test one's knowledge on immunisation</a>. Where there are knowledge gaps, fact sheets on immunisation coverage, measles, and poliomyelitis are available; visit the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">campaign website</a> for all resources.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Three feature stories have been posted on the campaign website showcasing: Nepal's efforts to keep children safe through immunisation a year after a major earthquake; Austria's creative campaign to encourage measles vaccination among unimmunised adults; and looking towards an Ebola-free future as plans step up on how to use an Ebola vaccine in response to an outbreak. To elaborate on one of these experiences, in 2014 the health ministry in Austria launched "a playful but aggressive antimeasles campaign, using highly visible approaches..." For example: "On the evening of 10 January 2014, a group of young people were chatting at a popular hangout in a park near Vienna's Leopold Museum. They turned quiet as the museum lit up. Austria's Federal Ministry of Health had arranged for projection on the museum's walls of a red slogan surrounded by bright red spots. The slogan, Wir schielen schon auf dich, means 'We're looking at you, too.' The crowd started laughing. The red spots were to remind people that measles was "looking" for them and they could soon be covered with a rash, like the museum's walls. But there was a double meaning: Many works by Egon Schiele, the renowned Austrian painter whose last name means 'look' in German, are on display in the Leopold Museum - there to be looked at too."</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>Immunisation and Vaccines</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/wiw-infographic-630.jpg" alt="" title="Close the Immunization Gap" 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"> <a href="/global/users/department-immunization" title="View user profile.">Department of I...</a> </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/9_nyG2TUDcQ&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/9_nyG2TUDcQ&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=9_nyG2TUDcQ"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/9_nyG2TUDcQ/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><a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/immunization/GIN_April_2016.pdf?ua=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Global Immunization News (GIN) [PDF]</a>, April 2016; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.who.int/campaigns/immunization-week/2016/en/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">World Immunization Week 2016: Close the Immunization Gap website</a>, May 3 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/close-immunization-gap#comments Global Experiences Advocacy Digital Ebola Communication Film and Video Person-to-Person Print Radio Immunisation and Vaccines Malaria and Dengue United Nations Featured World Health Organization Global Ebola Polio Tue, 03 May 2016 15:08:58 +0000 Department of Immunization 9380200 at http://www.comminit.com EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices] http://www.comminit.com/global/content/ek-duniya-anek-awaaz-edaa-one-world-many-voices <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-date"><legend>Publication Date</legend><div class="field field-type-text field-field-text-date"> <div class="field-label">Publication Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Ongoing</p> </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/radio_1.png" alt="" title="EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices]" width="100" height="80" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices] is a web-based, free and open audio content and resource exchange platform for community radio (CR) broadcasters in India. It enables CR stations and other content producers to share their audio content and other resources, thus facilitating meaningful utilisation of resources and breaking geographical boundaries.</p> <p> The portal is designed to handle content exchange and consists of over 2,200 registered users from 198 CR stations with a content base of more than 13,510 usable audio clips from different regions across South Asia in 34 different languages including Hindi, Nepali, Sinhalese, English, Tamil, Kannada, and Oriya which are categorised under 36 themes pertaining to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and social development.</p> <p> Apart from providing a platform for audio content exchange, the portal hosts other dynamic sections like CR updates, CR policy guidelines, a CR helpdesk, a discussion board, job/funding alerts, and resources on community media.</p> <p> EDAA sends out a weekly e-newsletter featuring recently uploaded radio programmes and new updates, resources, and events on community media.</p> <p> Conceptualised, powered, and anchored by OneWorld South Asia, the EDAA platform is catalysed, coordinated, and supported by the Ministry of Information &amp; Broadcasting, Government of India. Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA) is a strategic partner.</p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://edaa.in" target="_blank">Click here to access this resource.</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/content/oneworld-foundation-india">OneWorld Foundation India</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>34 languages</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"> <a href="/global/users/tej-prakash" title="View user profile.">Tej Prakash</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>Posting by Tej Prakash to the Community Media Network on The Communication Initiative platform, April 30 2016; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://edaa.in" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices] website</a>, May 3 2016. <em>Image credit:</em> PRAGNYA CR</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/ek-duniya-anek-awaaz-edaa-one-world-many-voices#comments India Materials Network Voice Governance and Democracy Community Media News/Information Radio Government Departments NGOs Rights Featured Global Media Development Tue, 03 May 2016 13:55:29 +0000 Tej Prakash 9380196 at http://www.comminit.com NyayaPath: An Access to Justice Initiative http://www.comminit.com/global/content/nyayapath-access-justice-initiative <p>Launched in 2013, this project is centred around an info kiosk to disseminate information on rights and entitlements of economically poor and marginalised communities in the Indian states of Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. Under the Access to Justice Programme of the Government of India, these voice-driven info kiosks provide information to the people about their key entitlements, legal rights, and welfare schemes (12 categories) in 3 languages and dialects - i.e., Chhattisgarhi, Santhali, and Hindi. Located at district-level State Legal Service Authority offices in these 2 states, NyayaPath provides free legal aid to the less privileged, particularly women, scheduled castes, tribal communities, and minorities. OneWorld Foundation India and its partners also conducted a pilot to facilitate voice browsing and navigation through the content using Intel's RealSense® technology.</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>Grounded in the belief that justice is essential not only for human development but also for democratic governance, poverty reduction, and conflict prevention, NyayaPath provides answers to questions such as: "I am a person with disability. Do I have any special rights?" or "Do I have rights over my husband's property?" or "I am old and my children don't want me to live with them. Where can I go?" In the first phase of the project, legal information, laws, and the welfare schemes relevant to the region were digitised and presented in what were meant to be interesting, menu-driven audio-text-video modules. These modules are available on a user-friendly touch-based menu interface. The digitised content has been packaged in a robust and scalable software application, which focuses on: Central and State Government Laws, Policies and Schemes categorised into Child Rights, Citizens' Rights in a Police Station, Women's Rights, Senior Citizens' Rights, Disability Rights, Labour Rights, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), Panchayati Raj Information, Right to Information, Motor Vehicle Act, and Free Legal Services and Rights of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), and Forest Dwellers. If one needs help in answering a query on his/her rights and procedures in any of these categories, all one has to do is to go to one of the information kiosks, each of which consists of a touch screen computer and a printer. Packed with easy-to-use features, accessing information has been made extremely easy for users who may not be familiar with computers. The touch screen text is also voice supported for people who cannot read.</p> <p>A dedicated Para Legal Volunteer (PLV) has been appointed at each location as a Kiosk Operator who helps in sensitising people about the purpose and usage of the kiosk. The operator is also be responsible for helping the community in learning how to operate the kiosk and obtain the required information. In addition, the programme offers a daylong interactive workshop to demystify and create awareness about the Access to Justice movement and to motivate participant organisations to promote the NyayaPath initiative. The workshop aims to support the efforts of establishing the work of different organisations in the state that are working on disseminating rights-based information to the marginalised communities.</p> <p>NyayaPath also offers <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://nyayapath.net/radio-programmes/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">radio programmes</a> on issues of rights and justice. For example, the sixth radio programme talks about the Forest Rights Act 2006, highlighting the implementation and the impact at the ground level with the participation of community members. To understand the issue, the host talks with Mr. Sanjay Kumar, Executive Director, Climate Parliament.</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>Democracy and Governance, Rights</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/dsc_0128.jpg" alt="" title="NyayaPath: An Access to Justice Initiative" width="100" height="67" 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>OneWorld Foundation India, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the Department of Justice, Ministry of Law and Justice, Government of India.</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"> <a href="/global/users/tej-prakash" title="View user profile.">Tej Prakash</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>Posting by Tej Prakash to the Community Media Network on The Communication Initiative platform, April 30 2016; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://nyayapath.net" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">NyayaPath website</a>, May 3 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/nyayapath-access-justice-initiative#comments India Experiences Access Digital Person-to-Person Governance and Democracy News/Information Government Departments NGOs United Nations Rights Featured Democracy and Governance Global ICT for Development Tue, 03 May 2016 12:14:29 +0000 Tej Prakash 9380194 at http://www.comminit.com Radio Saathi App http://www.comminit.com/global/content/radio-saathi-app <p><em>"We understood from the very onset that the role of the CR community in the creation of such a learning tool was pivotal..."</em></p> <p> The <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mixorg.communityradio" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Radio Saathi app</a> is an Android mobile application for multimedia-based training for individuals in India who are interested in running a community radio (CR) station or already running one. Designed for beginners, it consists of 6 comprehensive self-learning modules followed by exercises and quizzes for each module. It further allows for customisation at the CR station level in that it is possible to add/modify the existing modules and include profiles of members. Designed with audio-visual features useful for people with low or no literacy skills, this mobile app has features like offline access to content, analytics, quizzes, and assignments. Indian digital marketing agency MixORG and its partners in the project hope that Radio Saathi will be helpful in engaging more people in CR station operations, as it will impart training on CR basics.</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>MixORG began the research phase of Radio Saathi by partnering with OneWorld South Asia, who provided reading material and became content advisors for the training material to be given in the mobile application. Together, they came up with a content framework and then took a field visit to Gurgaon Ki Awaaz. With the collective inputs of that station's CR team, MixORG gained further insights into practical problems at the CR station level, which led them to add another module on CR station management in the training curriculum. They observed the day-to-day functioning of a CR station, interacted with the reporters and volunteers, and learned about the training. They conducted a gap analysis, which led them to understand the need for an elementary training curriculum for beginners in CR stations that would introduce them to fundamental principles of CR station functioning.</p> <p>To develop the framework, with the help of project supporter Development Alternatives, project supporter, MixORG partnered with OneWorld Foundation India, consulting their <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.edaa.in" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">centralised portal</a>, which is a place for the CR community to find information about events and guidelines from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. MixORG then narrowed their list down to 6 basic training areas and developed content in Hindi under the following headings:</p> <ol> <li>Introduction to Community Radio</li> <li>Topic Selection &amp; Radio Formats</li> <li>Radio Programme Production</li> <li>Post Production (Editing &amp; Mastering)</li> <li>Broadcasting &amp; Narrowcasting</li> <li>Radio Station Management</li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Based on a review workshop with various experts in the field on January 16 2015, organisers worked upon further refinement of content for the mobile app and then visited Radio Bundelkhand in Orchha, Madhya Pradesh to validate the existing content framework. This visit led the project team to believe that text or audio in itself would not be sufficient in training the reporters and that more interactivity in the modules was needed. The information presented to the CR reporters through mock videos caught their attention the most and, per them, was the most apt medium for education. Being in the media industry, with whatever limited exposure they had, they understood that entertainment was the clear way to get any kind of message across. Some of them helped record some parts of video voice-overs.</p> <p>In addition to the decision to use videos to educate, other guiding principles for content development included the importance of self-sustaining training material which could be customised/modified at the CR station level. Thus, the project team chose the PowerPoint model, assuming that people would be somewhat acquainted with the software and could work on it themselves. They also wanted the app to be literacy-neutral; hence, the choice of audio and visuals to make videos seemed obvious. They wanted the CR reporters to self-learn at their own pace and so added a quiz section at the end of each module so that they could evaluate their learning. Through the content review workshop, the team learned from the experts that sometimes overdose of information becomes a deterrent in the learning process of a beginner; therefore, they added additional reading materials as links in each module. The CR community also suggested including some "do's and don't's in each section of the training curriculum.</p> <p>The project team also constructed a list of specific challenges, which they addressed through a mitigation plan. For instance, they designed the app to be in Hindi, as initially they are partnering with Hindi-speaking CR stations. The app size should be low so that people can download it easily, even with low internet bandwidth connectivity. The app will be available for free download from the Google Play store, although content for the app, primarily videos, would be distributed through micro-SD cards, which can be easily inserted into almost every android phone. The app would have an easy mobile number login method so that people could track individual progress within the app. The videos would be created through PowerPoint so that later the CR stations can edit/add/modify it easily. They would follow a simple folder structure in the SD-card for the content distribution so that files could be easily read through correct names and numbering. Through a competition, CR stations would be included in the design of icons used within the app to give the community sense of ownership within the app, other than having their views and consensus on the topics included initially. (With the help of OneWorld, MixORG reached out to the various CR stations across India and invited icon ideas from everyone for the 6 modules. The 2 winners were announced during the 5th National Community Radio Sammelan held March 16-18 2015 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.) They planned to provide a training video to the CR station on how to edit the content within the app and also guide them in doing it in a workshop. They would also add a profile section within the app that is completely editable and which will reflect the names and photographs of the CR station team members so that they have a sense of belonging and deeper connect with the training provided.</p> <p>The project team understood from the very onset that the role of the CR community in the creation of such a learning tool was pivotal; therefore, they explored different methods to include them in the co-creation of the mobile application, such as the icon design contest described above. With the help of Development Alternatives, MixORG partnered with 5 (primarily Hindi-speaking) CR stations. At a March 19 2015 workshop, the project team asked the CR stations about their existing training methods and then demonstrated the mobile app to them. They mapped their suggestions and made changes to the icons, the launch screen, etc. Those present voted on the name of the app and agreed on Radio Saathi. After several rounds of video editing, sound syncs, and text updates, the developers incorporated the changes within the app with all the new icons and visual language. On April 17 2015, they published the <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mixorg.communityradio" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Radio Saathi app on the Google Play Store</a>. It is available in public domain for free use with licensing of content as creative commons (CC-SA).</p> <p>Also thinking about the requirement of adaptability, the project team pre-ordered a few micro-SD cards to be distributed to the partnering CR stations and other stakeholders, while also preparing a comprehensive chart and demo video of the folder structure and how it could easily be modified by the CR stations. The micro-SD card has the content folders and also the mobile app apk file. On it is a link to the Radio Saathi web-page where people could get more information about the project and send in their queries.</p> <p>As a round-up to the entire project, the project team organised an application usability and feedback workshop with the 5 partnering CR stations. In this workshop, the participants started by downloading the app for free from Google Play store and then were given the content through the micro-SD card, which they could completely customise to suit the needs of their station right then and there. The project team then gave them a live demo as to how they could change the CR station logo and profile of members and also check their individual progress within the app. Then, there was a feedback session primarily about the usability of the app; people had suggestions which are possible to implement at the CR station level given the open-source nature of the application. The general feedback was very positive, and the reporters were pleased that they themselves were able to make changes on the computer and see them directly reflected in the application without any coding or programming 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>Community Radio</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>In India, CR stations are expected to produce at least 50% of their programmes locally and as far as possible in the local language or dialect. The stress is on developmental programming, and news programmes are banned. It is noted that CR in India has come a long way since the first campus radio station began its operations in 2004; as of April 2015, there were 195 registered CR stations in India. Activists and community workers from across the country have banded together under the aegis of the "Community Radio Forum" in order to coordinate training and support for CR stations, as well as to continue to petition for a more proactive CR policy.</p> <p>A rough estimate shows that CR stations in India broadcast their content in at least 57 languages and dialects. The biggest challenge in developing this app was to ensure that it remains highly customisable and user-friendly. Hence, it needed to be developed in such a way that the icons, navigation text, narration, animations, and content can be changed by the user based on its requirement.</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/cr.jpg" alt="" title="Radio Saathi App" width="100" height="51" 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>MixORG, Development Alternatives, One World South Asia</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"> <a href="/global/users/tej-prakash" title="View user profile.">Tej Prakash</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=edaa.in/download.php?filename=CR-Project-REPORT-spreads.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">"Bridging the Digital Divide: Technological Innovations and Content Development for Community Radio - Project Report 'Radio Saathi'" [PDF]</a>, 2015; and posting by Tej Prakash to the Community Media Network on The Communication Initiative platform, April 30 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/radio-saathi-app#comments India Experiences Community Participation Film and Video Entertainment Person-to-Person Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Community Media News/Information Radio Recognition/Awards New Technology Company News Media New Technologies Featured Global Media Development Mon, 02 May 2016 19:23:36 +0000 Tej Prakash 9380171 at http://www.comminit.com Mobile Vaani http://www.comminit.com/global/content/mobile-vaani <p>Mobile Vaani (MV) is a mobile-based voice media platform for underserved areas in India whereby users generate content in their own local dialect through Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Created by Gram Vaani, the intelligent IVR system allows people to call into a phone number and leave a message about their community or listen to messages left by others. The MV network spans 25 districts in Jharkhand/Bihar/Madhya Pradesh (MP), and over 30 community radio stations in the states of Uttakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Orissa. The purpose of the platform is to reach the people in an interactive and measurable manner, integrate with local community processes, and bring about actual social impact on the ground.</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>This information and communication technology (ICT) for development (ICT4D) initiative is based on the notion that whereas traditional media like radio and television are generally one-way and non-interactive and can present literacy barriers, mobile phones are tools that support the importance of content in local languages and dialects and enable users to share their message with their communities. This can bring about local action, empower communities for change, and build social capital. MV does not require smartphones or the Internet; simple feature phones or even landlines can be used to speak and listen to contributions over an intelligent IVR platform. Content is moderated locally and centrally and then is published on IVR and on the Web. Inputs are connected to stakeholders: government, non-governmental organisation (NGO), and social enterprise partners.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>MV's flagship deployment in Jharkhand, Bihar, and MP has had over 1,500,000 users who have called more than 6,000,000 times to share information and discuss wide-ranging issues on culture, local updates and announcements, and government schemes. The average call duration is 8 minutes, user retention is as high as 70%, and daily active user (DAU)/mouthly active user (MAU) ratios are close to 50%. Fifty-nine percent of MV users are illiterate, and 70% live below the poverty line. Ninety percent of the content on MV is community-sourced content that includes local news, interviews and informational services, opinions on topical issues, guided discussions and campaigns, grievances and feedback on government schemes, and cultural artifacts including folk songs and poems.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To give some examples from Jharkhand, MV has helped its community of listeners share knowledge and best practices with each other; for instance, the benefits of the Shri Vidhi technique for rice cultivation have been discussed on MV. MV and its network of resource partners often take up issues reported on MV and convey them to state officials for prompt action: Reports about malaria deaths in Palamu were conveyed to officials and led to an immediate response, wages delayed by 5 months to Anganwadi workers in Lathehar were given out, harassment by bank officials in enrolling people in Sarai Kela was reported and led to prompter action, and so on. Committed to the development of children and endeavoring to make learning a fun and exciting process, Gram Vaani partnered with Sesame Workshop to bring Galli Galli Sim Sim, the children's edutainment programme to MV; children could call between 7-8pm to listen to the muppet Chamki and her friends.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Gram Vaani works with partners at different levels, starting from simply providing access to their large network, to engaging actively with partners to design an ICT intervention in their work. Many development agencies and civil society organisations (CSOs) have partnered with us to reach out to their "target audiences" on various issues. At the most basic level of engagement/partnership, these organisations use the Social Campaigns service, which solicits and curates user-generated content (in local language), making it contextually relevant for people's understanding and effective development action. At another level of partnership, Gram Vaani looks for social sector and CSO partners to raise questions for Mobile Vaani listeners, get feedback, host a tele-discussion session, publicise issues faced by rural and marginalised communities on Facebook, and more. Outreach Partners can seed questions or discussion topics on the MV platform. They receive: Web access to compiled responses of all callers, categorised and tagged; complete statistics of all user interactions on the question; in-depth analysis of trending issues identified by users; and help in creating engaging content. Community Building Partners can join in building online and offline interaction. Gram Vaani provides its platform of users, as well as relevant field inputs in the partner's geography, who can come on board to provide questions or discussion topics and plug its own field teams in to help with outreach, response, and offline engagement on the topic. In addition, a dedicated Facebook or webpage hosting the discussion is maintained for each partner, where comments from the phone are made visible to online users, and vice versa. This adds a new level of online-offline interactivity. A Mobile Vaani Expansion Partnership is for organisations who want to try the service outside the current coverage area. Finally, via MV, media organisations including newspapers and television channels can engage with their audience and even beyond (with people not connected to any media outlets). The regularly active MV user base can provide feedback and survey responses on topical issues and current affairs. For example, MV partner Panchayat Nama, the weekly supplement to Prabhat Khabar newspaper, asked a few questions on the issue of rural water access to MV listeners in Jharkhand. "The paper is the widest circulated in Jharkhand, and the supplement is the only one tailored to local panchayat leaders, so what could our listeners add? Quite a bit, it seems." <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gramvaani.org/?cat=12" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here</a> to read some case studies and impact examples of MV campaigns.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The offline connect via local MV partners garners faster feedback from the community on what's working and what's not, helps reshape campaigns, and gives a face to the technology. "Actual people. Real motivation." <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://mobilevaani.in/vaani/#/1/campaigns" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Click here</a> and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gramvaani.org/?cat=14" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">click here</a> to read about campaigns using the MV platform. To cite one example, Meri Panchayat Meri Shakti Mujhe Bhi Gino was an initiative to foster women's participation in political decision making at the grassroots. CREA in association with Gram Vaani envisaged a campaign encouraging women's entry into the village public arena in Jharkhand. In view of 4-phase Jharkhand Panchayat elections from November 22 to December 12 2015, the 7-week campaign utilised some key campaign tools such as information content in the form of audio drama, monologue, expert interview and panel discussion, user-generated content, community mobilisation in the field, and surveys to gauge the impact. According to Gram Vaani, community members in large numbers not only got hooked on the informative content but also responded by recording user-generated content in various formats. This was reflective of their high engagement with the programme. The campaign brought to fore a number of case studies and personal narratives of elected women representatives that reportedly became a source of inspiration to advance women's participation in the state's rural local self-government.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>With a growing belief in the social entrepreneurial private sector to solve India's poverty problems, there is an increasing need to understand rural India. MV makes this possible by collecting user information to understand consumption patterns, savings and credit opportunities available to people, quality of healthcare facilities, and so on. MV allows for the supply of detailed analytics on outreach achieved to different demography, locations, and research on community response. MV can provide a profile panel of users over time, conduct feedback surveys, and create other custom services.</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>New Technologies, Governance, Rights, Women.</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>Gram Vaani is social tech company that was incubated out of IIT-Delhi. It was launched in 2009 with the intent of reversing the flow of information, that is, to make it bottom-up instead of top-down. The vision: "Build citizen-driven media platforms that give communities a voice of their own." Gram Vaani has entered into a strategic partnership with OnMobile's Life Impacting Services unit to create <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://oniondev.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">OnionDev</a>, which embodies a multi-layered approach to development through technology. With offices in Delhi, Bangalore, and Ranchi, and field presence in Bihar, Jharkhand, and MP, with its technology in use in over 12 states of India and 6 other countries, OnionDev is working to strengthen its leadership role in the use of ICTs for development across the world.</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/onion2.png" alt="" title="Mobile Vaani" width="100" height="38" 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"> <a href="/global/users/aaditeshwar-seth" title="View user profile.">Aaditeshwar Seth</a> </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/YXyCHL01pRI&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/YXyCHL01pRI&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=YXyCHL01pRI"><img src="http://img.youtube.com/vi/YXyCHL01pRI/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>Posting from Aparna Moitra to the Community Media Network Group on The Communication Initiative Platform, April 29 2016; emails from Aparna Moitra to the Communication Initiative on May 1 2016 and May 3 2016; <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gramvaani.org/?page_id=15" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">OnionDev website</a>, April 29 2016; and <a href="/redirect.cgi?r=http://www.gramvaani.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Mobile-Vaani-Network-dec-2013.pdf" rel="nofollow">"Mobile Vaani - A Voice-based Social Media Network for Rural India [PDF]"</a>, December 2013 - accessed April 29 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/mobile-vaani#comments India Experiences Advocacy Dialogue, Debate, Conversation Digital Community Participation Entertainment MDG 3. Gender Equality Network Folk Media Person-to-Person Voice Community Groups Governance and Democracy Interpersonal Phone/Mobile Community Media News/Information Radio Research New Technology Company NGOs New Technologies Rights Women Featured Democracy and Governance Global ICT for Development Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:42:55 +0000 Aaditeshwar Seth 9380141 at http://www.comminit.com Casas Maternas in the Rural Highlands of Guatemala: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of the Introduction and Utilization of Birthing Facilities by an Indigenous Population http://www.comminit.com/global/content/casas-maternas-rural-highlands-guatemala-mixed-methods-case-study-introduction-and-utili <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"> Ira Stollak </div> <div class="field-item even"> Mario Valdez </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Karin Rivas </div> <div class="field-item even"> Henry Perry </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, March 21, 2016</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>Curamericas Global (<em>Stollak</em>); Curamericas/Guatemala (<em>Valdez</em>); Centro Universitario de Occidente (<em>Rivas</em>); Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (<em>Perry</em>)</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>"The <em>Casa Materna</em> model offers an example of how to engage communities to establish community-friendly spaces for high-quality facility deliveries while honoring the role of traditional birth attendants."</em></p> <p> This case study examines a community-engagement approach to operate local, culturally appropriate birthing facilities - <em>Casas Maternas</em> - in the isolated northwestern highlands of the department of Huehuetenango in Guatemala, an area with a high maternal mortality ratio (MMR) (338 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births). Guatemala's National Study of Maternal Mortality describes the problem of disparities in maternal health outcomes. The MMR for indigenous women (163 per 100,000) is twice that of non-indigenous women (78 per 100,000), and indigenous women account for 71% of the country's maternal deaths compared with 54% of the country's births. Furthermore, the national percentage of deliveries that take place in facilities is 29% for indigenous women and 70% for non-indigenous women. Guatemala's pronounced ethnic disparities in maternal health are a result of cultural, language, and geographic barriers to accessing services as well as a shortage of rural health personnel.</p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://www.ghspjournal.org/content/4/1/114.full" target="_blank">Click here to read the full article online or to access it in PDF format (18 pages).</a></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/photo_556f489bc9555.jpg" alt="" title="Casas Maternas in the Rural Highlands of Guatemala: A Mixed-Methods Case Study of the Introduction and Utilization of Birthing Facilities by an Indigenous Population" 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"> <a href="/global/users/henry-perry-johns-hopkins-bloomberg-school-public-health" title="View user profile.">Henry Perry - J...</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><em>Global Health: Science and Practice</em> March 21, 2016, vol. 4, no. 1, pps. 114-131. doi: 10.9745/GHSP-D-15-00266 <em>Image credit:</em> Curamericas Global</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/casas-maternas-rural-highlands-guatemala-mixed-methods-case-study-introduction-and-utili" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/casas-maternas-rural-highlands-guatemala-mixed-methods-case-study-introduction-and-utili#comments Guatemala Journal Literature Evaluations Strategic Thinking Children Community Participation Journal Literature MDG 4. Child Mortality Person-to-Person Interpersonal MDG 5. Maternal Health Gender Health NGOs Women Featured Global Health Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:50:42 +0000 Henry Perry - Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Healt 9380130 at http://www.comminit.com Why New Zealand is a terrible example to follow http://www.comminit.com/global/content/why-new-zealand-terrible-example-follow <p>"New Zealand was also highlighted as a model system by some experts, who said that given its size and geographic position, it might be a more suitable model for smaller nations.<strong>"<a href="http://www.comminit.com/media-development/content/rethinking-public-service-broadcastings-place-international-media-development#comment-331964" rel="nofollow">Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media Development</a>"</strong> by the <strong><a href="http://www.comminit.com/media-development/content/center-international-media-assistance-cima-0" rel="nofollow">Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA&nbsp; </a></strong>As a journalist since 1982 in the Pacific Islands including New Zealand, my view would be that advice from these experts should be evaluated much more critically. Under various administrations, from both major parties since 1984, public broacasters have suffered endless restructuring, corporatisation, funding cutbacks and freezes.</p> <p>Equally damaging, the charter governing public service aspects of TVNZ channels was dumped under the current government, leaving the station an entirely ratings and profit driven organisation. Dividends are regularly paid to government, with an estimated half billion dollars paid over a ten year period - a not insignificant amount for a nation of just four million.</p> <p>Unlike next door in Australia, where investigative current affairs programmes such as Four Corners are respected, even feared, New Zealand journalism has been left shattered, demoralised and basically dysfunctional.</p> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/why-new-zealand-terrible-example-follow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/why-new-zealand-terrible-example-follow#comments New Zealand South Pacific Dialogue, Debate, Conversation Digital News/Information Radio Television Global Media Development Community Media Network Fri, 29 Apr 2016 05:42:40 +0000 jasonbrown1965 9380123 at http://www.comminit.com Gender Responsive National Communications Toolkit http://www.comminit.com/global/content/gender-responsive-national-communications-toolkit <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"> Gayle Nelson </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">Thursday, December 10, 2015</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/undp_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="100" height="63" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This toolkit from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was created "to strengthen the capacity of national government staff and assist them in integrating gender equality into the development of National Communications (NCs)." National Communications (NCs) are progress reports by signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1994). NC reporting processes can be an "entry point for training, awareness-raising and capacity-building efforts. Preparation of reports can also influence other, ongoing climate change planning and policymaking processes. As such, the toolkit can support Biennial Update Reports and planning documents such as National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), and inform the development and/or implementation of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), national and sectoral Gender and Climate Change Plans, and the strategic plans of individual government agencies. This toolkit can also inform sector policies related to both social and natural resource issues."</p> <p>"The toolkit is divided into two main sections, each of which provides information and guidance to support genderresponsive National Communications. The first section provides the rationales for integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment issues into climate change reporting. The second section is broken into three parts and examines approaches and information relevant to integrating gender into the required framework of NC reporting."</p> <div class="field button"><a href="http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/library/gender/UNDP%20Gender%20Responsive%20National%20Communications%20Toolkit.pdf?download" target="_blank">Click here to access this document in PDF format.</a></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>61</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"> <a href="/global/users/deannabrotherston" title="View user profile.">Deanna.Brotherston</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.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/womens-empowerment/gender-responsive-national-communications.html" target="_blank">UNDP website</a>, April 24 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/gender-responsive-national-communications-toolkit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/gender-responsive-national-communications-toolkit#comments Global Materials Conflict Development Assistance UNDP Global Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:11:07 +0000 Deanna.Brotherston 9380117 at http://www.comminit.com Gender Mainstreaming in Mitigation and Technology Development and Transfer Interventions: Capacity-Building Package http://www.comminit.com/global/content/gender-mainstreaming-mitigation-and-technology-development-and-transfer-interventions-ca <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"> Soma Dutta </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">Sunday, November 1, 2015</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/undp.image__0.jpg" alt="" title="Gender Mainstreaming in Mitigation and Technology Development and Transfer Interventions" width="100" height="63" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>This Capacity-Building Package from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is written for "policymakers to guide them on how to promote gender equality across all levels of policy and programming in climate change, and to provide them with the necessary tools to do so." The UNDP and partners are working to promote gender equality and women's empowerment on global and local levels of the climate negotiations processes and "to systematize gender mainstreaming across all levels of the a climate change initiative." <br /></p> <p>The toolkit is divided into two sections. Part one is a "Gender Mainstreaming Toolkit." There are three main topics:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>"The rationale for integrating gender into climate change actions. </li> <li>A set of practical tools that may be applied at various stages of programme/policy formulation and implementation. </li> <li>A case study from Cambodia that exemplifies how gender has been incorporated into climate change programming and national policies." </li> </ul> <p>The tools in the document include:<br /> Tools for Planning/Designing Gender-Sensitive Climate Change Policies:</p> <ul type="square"> <li>Tool: Gender Analysis </li> <li>Tool: Gender Impact Assessment</li> <li>Gender Impact Assessment: An Example from Bhutan (LECB)</li> <li>Tool: Gender Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment</li> <li>Tool: Gender Action Planning</li> <li>Operationalizing Gender-Responsive Climate Finance on the Ground: Recommendations</li> <li>Tool: Gender-Responsive Budgeting </li> </ul> <p>Tools for Assessing Results:</p> <ul type="square"> </ul> <div class="field button"><a href="http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/womens-empowerment/mainstreaming-gender-in-mitigation-and-technology.html" target="_blank">Click here to access this document in PDF format.</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/5496">United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)</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</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>52</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"> <a href="/global/users/united-nations-development-programme-undp" title="View user profile.">United Nations ...</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.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/librarypage/womens-empowerment/mainstreaming-gender-in-mitigation-and-technology.html" target="_blank">UNDP website</a>, May 2 2016.</p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/gender-mainstreaming-mitigation-and-technology-development-and-transfer-interventions-ca" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/gender-mainstreaming-mitigation-and-technology-development-and-transfer-interventions-ca#comments Global Materials Advocacy Person-to-Person Interpersonal MDG 7. Environment Environment Gender Natural Resources Management United Nations Featured UNDP Global Natural Resource Management Africa Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:57:21 +0000 United Nations Development Programme - UNDP 9380115 at http://www.comminit.com Local language communication importance http://www.comminit.com/global/content/local-language-communication-importance <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/man_on_bike_-_india_0.jpg" alt="" title="" width="75" height="100" class="imagecache imagecache-thumbnail imagecache-default imagecache-thumbnail_default"/> </div> </div> </div> <p>We know that local language communication is vital for effective development action. This is basic, intuitive reasoning of course. But, specific to India there is also compelling research data, for example: <strong><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/political-economy-government-responsiveness">Political Economy of Government Responsiveness: Theory and Evidence from India</a><a href="http://www.comminit.com/global/content/political-economy-government-responsiveness"> </a></strong>- a bit old but still relevant. This recent blog posted on The Communication Initiative platform: <strong><a href="http://www.comminit.com/policy-blogs/content/mother-tongue-boosting-maternal-health-through-mobile-phones-0">Mother tongue: boosting maternal health through mobile phones</a> </strong>provides further compelling insights about the vital nature of local language communication in all senses - not just translation but resonance with local, cultural&nbsp; "touchstones" through those languages. <em><strong>Question</strong></em>: How do you assess the attention and priority that Development agencies have provided for local language as a communication priority? Please do comment and share your perspectives. &nbsp;</p> http://www.comminit.com/global/content/local-language-communication-importance#comments India South Asia Global Digital Health Health, Rights and Media Health Community Media Network Health Communication Network India Network Thu, 28 Apr 2016 17:23:00 +0000 Warren Feek 9380109 at http://www.comminit.com