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The Power of India's Village Women
June 26, 2017

The Power of India's Village Women

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Author: Moin Qazi, February 16 2017 [first posted in The Pulse, linked below] India is far from perfect in ensuring women's rights, but quotas at the local government level are having a real impact. Societies and cultures that invest in and ...

Making Women Count - Not Just Counting Women: Assessing Women's Inclusion and Influence on Peace Negotiations
June 23, 2017

Making Women Count - Not Just Counting Women: Assessing Women's Inclusion ...

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"Fifteen years after the adoption of the landmark UN Security Council Resolution 1325, women remain significantly underrepresented in peace and transitional processes. A central challenge is the lack of evidence-based knowledge on the precise ...

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain
June 23, 2017

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain

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"Although the scheme may be simple, we believe that it already features most of the components of a new democratic participation in the digital age." This research brief from IT for Change via Making All Voices Count looks at initiatives that ...

Honour and Prestige: The Influence of Social Norms on Violence against Women and Girls in Karnataka, South India
June 23, 2017

Honour and Prestige: The Influence of Social Norms on Violence against Women ...

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"...interventions that integrate a norms approach can contribute to strengthening the rights of women and girls and reducing the violent practices that affect the health and human rights of hundreds of millions globally." Social norms play an ...

How is a Radio Programme Helping Bangladeshi Youth Cope with the Challenges of Adolescence?
June 22, 2017

How is a Radio Programme Helping Bangladeshi Youth Cope with the Challenges ...

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"Qualitative research found that radio magazine show Dosh Unisher Mor (Crossroads at 10 to 19) [from BBC Media Action] provided adolescents with a much-needed source of information on topics deemed taboo, such as sexual and reproductive health ...

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan
June 21, 2017

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan

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"Since 2012, BBC Media Action has been funded by DFID to produce a range of programmes and deliver capacity-strengthening activities aiming to support improved reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) in South Sudan. This report ...

The Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management
June 21, 2017

The Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management

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"Traditionally speaking, public health planning is often driven by central-level policies and resource allocation that trickle their way down the health system. If you only start at the top, however, you miss the bigger picture." - Betty Cox and ...

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Progress, Lessons Learned, And Polio Legacy Transition Planning
June 21, 2017

The Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Progress, Lessons Learned, And ...

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"Transitioning will require a dialogue among countries and partners on multiple fronts, including the level of ownership by countries of polio assets and for what new purposes they will be used, and discussion about cofinancing, administration, ...

Key Findings Report: Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Workshop
June 20, 2017

Key Findings Report: Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Workshop

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"Opportunities and challenges relevant to smallholder agriculture in emerging economies are increasing thanks to the continued proliferation of smartphones, sensors, and advanced analytics globally." - Karina Lundahl, Facilitator, Innovation for ...

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience
June 20, 2017

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience

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Author: National Creative Director, BBC Media Action India Radharani Mitra, orignially posted June 19 2017 - "Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever." - ...

#FaithOverFear Toolkit
June 20, 2017

#FaithOverFear Toolkit

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This #FaithOverFear campaign from Religions for Peace, UNICEF, and a global coalition of religious groups is aimed to inspire action among religious people world wide to support refugees by welcoming them to their communities. It was motivated by ...

CDCynergy Message Mapping Guide
June 20, 2017

CDCynergy Message Mapping Guide

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"One of the most powerful tools available for communication is the message map. A message map is an organized means for communicating layers of information." Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Cancer ...

Are There Lasting Lessons from Polio Eradication for Global Health?
June 20, 2017

Are There Lasting Lessons from Polio Eradication for Global Health?

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2017 is a year in which the fewest number of polio cases have ever been recorded. There is only 1 type of wild polio virus left, and reaching the last case is in our sights. This has not happened by chance or through luck but, rather, through a ...

When Every Child Counts - Engaging the Underserved Communities for Polio Eradication in Uttar Pradesh, India
June 20, 2017

When Every Child Counts - Engaging the Underserved Communities for Polio ...

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"Engagement is the key word, and is central to this focused intervention to enhance acceptance by the minority representing the missed targets, of the shared vision to rid India of polio."

Every Last Virus: Fourteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
June 20, 2017

Every Last Virus: Fourteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring Board of ...

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"The IMB continues to be deeply impressed with the overall commitment, dedication, and courage of frontline staff and their leaders in each of the three endemic countries. Many crucial areas of these countries are beset by insecurity, danger, and ...

Behaviour Change Toolkit for International Development Practitioners
June 19, 2017

Behaviour Change Toolkit for International Development Practitioners

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“The vast majority of development interventions have one thing in common: their goals can be achieved only if the target groups start practicing new behaviours, such as washing hands with soap, using new agronomic practices or sending girls to ...

Bonded for slavery despite flourishing Democracy - Feudal Democracy
June 14, 2017

Bonded for slavery despite flourishing Democracy - Feudal Democracy

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Author: Sahib Khan, June 14 2017 - Police freed 45 members of several peasant families, including women and children, from illegal captivity of landlords after raiding their farmlands in a number of villages in Kot Ghulam Mohammad Taluka in ...

Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion of Tolerance and Respect for Diversity - Global Meeting Report
June 14, 2017

Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion ...

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"UNDP stands ready to support the implementation of the 2030 agenda. Building peaceful, just and inclusive societies is an important component of that global commitment. Achieving that objective will require us to work closely with partners at ...

The Drum Beat 737 - Managing Knowledge for Health and Development
June 14, 2017

The Drum Beat 737 - Managing Knowledge for Health and Development

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Managing Knowledge for Health and Development - The Drum Beat 737June 21, 2017 In this issue:

Rumour Has It: A Practice Guide to Working with Rumours
June 14, 2017

Rumour Has It: A Practice Guide to Working with Rumours

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This guide is designed for humanitarian organisations working in emergency response situations to enable them to integrate working with rumours into their response programmes. The guide aims to build organisations' knowledge and understanding of ...

Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion of Tolerance and Respect for Diversity: A Development Response to Addressing Radicalization and Violent Extremism
June 14, 2017

Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion ...

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"A return to divisive politics (us vs. them) will only lead to more conflicts. Different faiths, political parties, human-rights defenders, media, educational institutions and others need to promote tolerance and respect for diversity (in ...

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts
June 14, 2017

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts

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This paper presents a study of recent discourse in Twitter among different communities across the globe regarding a public health emergency of international concern: the Zika outbreak. This analysis demonstrates the significance of 3 types of ...

How can communication help stop teenagers dying?
June 13, 2017

How can communication help stop teenagers dying?

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Author: BBC Media Action Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally post June 5 2017 - While the election of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has been accompanied by some ...

Impact: A Design Perspective
June 13, 2017

Impact: A Design Perspective

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"We see opportunities to gather data and improve our designs everywhere. Even in situations where things seem uncertain or difficult to quantify, we simply can't hold for the perfect conditions before we iterate then measure the impact of our ...

The case for adaptive programming
June 13, 2017

The case for adaptive programming

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Author: BBC Media Action India Country Director Priyanka Dutt, posted to the BBC Media Action website on June 8 2017 - I don’t like results frameworks. Most demand that you specify exactly what you will do, where, when, and how many times, in ...

What's it like to be a teenage mother in Sierra Leone?
June 13, 2017

What's it like to be a teenage mother in Sierra Leone?

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Author: BBC Media Action Producer Mariama Sesay, originally posted June 6 2017 - Driving home from work in Freetown one day a young woman caught my attention. She looked exhausted, trying to carry all her school books and her bag on the dusty ...

2017 Nigeria Polio Eradication Emergency Plan
June 13, 2017

2017 Nigeria Polio Eradication Emergency Plan

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From Nigeria's National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), this report reviews progress made to date to meet the 2016 National Polio Eradication Emergency Plan (NPEEP) and sets forth intentions for 2017 with regard to Nigeria's ...

From Polio's Small Victories to Development's Global Wins
June 13, 2017

From Polio's Small Victories to Development's Global Wins

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Author: Claire Hajaj, June 7 2017 - Northern Nigeria, October 2003. A polio outbreak was spreading through desiccated towns and remote border outposts, crippling dozens of children. As vaccinators went door to door in the blistering Ramadan heat, ...

Trial of a Novel Intervention to Improve Multiple Food Hygiene Behaviors in Nepal
June 13, 2017

Trial of a Novel Intervention to Improve Multiple Food Hygiene Behaviors in ...

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"This study suggests that it is possible to change entrenched food hygiene habits, even in environmentally challenging conditions such as pertain in rural Nepal." This paper reports on a trial of an intervention to improve 5 food hygiene ...

A Slowly Shifting Field: Understanding Donor Priorities in Media Development
June 12, 2017

A Slowly Shifting Field: Understanding Donor Priorities in Media Development

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"In the current era of resurgent authoritarianism, independent media has become ever more important." This report looks at the trends identified by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), an initiative of the National Endowment for ...

June 10, 2017

Draft Paper: Global Mechanism - Comments and critique please

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Best wishes to everyone and many thanks if you have contributed to the extensive debate in this group, were part of one of the very insightful consultation meetings, have followed the dialogue and/or will attend the all parties meeting to ...

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory
June 12, 2017

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory

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"Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems ...

HIV/AIDS Risk and Prevention Issues Among Inuit Living in Nunavut Territory of Canada
June 12, 2017

HIV/AIDS Risk and Prevention Issues Among Inuit Living in Nunavut Territory ...

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"There is a lack of data on the extent of HIV/AIDS among Inuit....Therefore this study was undertaken to fulfil this glaring void..." Based on the author's own research, undertaken during 3 visits to the Canadian Arctic and the published ...

June 9, 2017

Where are the online conversations on vaccination and why we are not there?

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Recently I undertook the research Engaging “natural spaces” - Immunization and social media in Ukraine which is summarised at this page. That research focuses on how different communities in Ukraine use social media and engage in communication ...

Communication and Social Change: A Citizen Perspective
June 9, 2017

Communication and Social Change: A Citizen Perspective

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From the publisher: "How do the communication practices of governments, NGOs [non-governmental organisations] and social movements enhance opportunities for citizen-led change? In this incisive book, Thomas Tufte makes a call for a fundamental ...

This Isn't the Life for You: Masculinities and Nonviolence in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
June 9, 2017

This Isn't the Life for You: Masculinities and Nonviolence in Rio de ...

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"In neighbourhoods rife with drug trafficking and criminal networks, many youth face pressure to join gangs and participate in a range of everyday violence. Despite overwhelming economic and social pressure, how do some boys and young men manage ...

Circle of Care Model
June 9, 2017

Circle of Care Model

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"Even when health services are available, women and men still face barriers to their use, such as stigma, social norms, provider bias and misinformation. Both service delivery and social and behavior change (SBC) programs work to reduce these ...

Social and Behavior Change and Service Delivery
June 9, 2017

Social and Behavior Change and Service Delivery

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"The evidence is clear: Better health outcomes are possible when service delivery and social and behavior change interventions work hand in hand."

Engaging Government Health Staff to Promote Nutrition at the Community Level
June 9, 2017

Engaging Government Health Staff to Promote Nutrition at the Community Level

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Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING)/Bangladesh aims to decrease undernutrition among women and children by focusing on the ...

Engaging Government Agriculture Staff to Promote Nutrition at the Community Level
June 8, 2017

Engaging Government Agriculture Staff to Promote Nutrition at the Community ...

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"I enjoy motivating our targeted household to grow nutritious food around the year. I feel that women have much confidence now on the messages I am conveying [to] them. Afterwards, they are practicing that ideal behavior at the household ...

Defining Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) and Other Essential Health Communication Terms
June 8, 2017

Defining Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) and Other Essential ...

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From The Manoff Group, this technical brief aims to clearly define social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) and to clarify key health communication terms. It is meant to help practitioners more precisely select and define their ...

Understanding Social Norms Underpinning Domestic Violence in India
June 8, 2017

Understanding Social Norms Underpinning Domestic Violence in India

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"Though VAWG [violence against women and girls] is a global pandemic, it does not often receive the attention and urgency that is needed to address it. Underlying this lack of political will is the justification and rationalising of violence ...

The Polio Communication Network Contribution to the Polio Outbreak Response in Ethiopia's Somali Region, 2013-2015
June 8, 2017

The Polio Communication Network Contribution to the Polio Outbreak Response ...

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"The PCN experience in the Somali Region, one of Ethiopia's lowest-performing regions for health indicators, provides important communication lessons for the long term relevant to polio eradication and other public health programs."

Tech Age Girls (TAG)
June 7, 2017

Tech Age Girls (TAG)

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"[E]fforts to improve girls' potential must go beyond training and start creating an ecosystem in which skills can be maximized. This means addressing leadership and self-confidence, creating support networks, developing allies and advocates, and ...

The Assault on Journalism: Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression
June 7, 2017

The Assault on Journalism: Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression

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"People who exercise their right to freedom of expression through journalism must be allowed to practice their work without restrictions. This is the responsibility of the state, courts, media companies and journalist organizations, but also of ...

FAO breaks new grounds in rural poverty reduction
June 7, 2017

FAO breaks new grounds in rural poverty reduction

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Author: FAO's James Ayodele, June 7 2017 - FAO is breaking new grounds in rural poverty reduction through an enhanced support to employment creation and social protection, and partnerships with counterparts outside its traditional domain, says ...

Advocacy for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs for Decentralized Government Models: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
June 6, 2017

Advocacy for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs ...

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"With the [Vietnamese] government's move toward decentralization, Alive & Thrive identified an opportunity to influence localized nutrition policies through the annual Provincial Planning for Nutrition (PPN) process. PPN is an annual process ...

Hope and Momentum in Ukraine
June 6, 2017

Hope and Momentum in Ukraine

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Author: Judy Twigg, Virginia Commonwealth University, June 6 2017 - It has become commonplace to talk about nearing the "finish line" on polio eradication, but critical challenges remain along the last mile. Courageous vaccinators confront a ...

Model Course on Safety of Journalists
June 6, 2017

Model Course on Safety of Journalists

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"UNESCO believes that attacks against journalists intimidate everyone, and leave society in a condition of information-poverty. Governments, business, civil society and individuals all lose when the media cannot do its job of bringing reliable ...

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