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How International Non-Government Organisations Are Doing Development Differently
January 18, 2018

How International Non-Government Organisations Are Doing Development Differently

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Created in October 2014, the Doing Development Differently (DDD) manifesto is a synthesis of principles that can help those involved in aid and development to have greater impact. It emphasises the need for problems to be locally defined and ...

Supporting Innovation and the Use of Technologies in Accountability Initiatives: Lessons from Making All Voices Count
January 18, 2018

Supporting Innovation and the Use of Technologies in Accountability ...

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Making All Voices Count was an international initiative that harnessed the power of innovation and new technologies to support effective, accountable governance. The research, evidence, and learning (REL) component led the process of building an ...

Theories of Change for Promoting Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings
January 17, 2018

Theories of Change for Promoting Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile ...

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Published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in association with the Action for Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme (A4EA), this paper explores the current state of thinking among a range of aid actors (multilaterals, ...

From the Ground Up: Multi-Level Accountability Politics in Land Reform in the Philippines
January 17, 2018

From the Ground Up: Multi-Level Accountability Politics in Land Reform in ...

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The case of the Peasant Movement of Bondoc Peninsula (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bondoc Peninsula, or KMBP) sheds light on the contest over implementing land reform in the Philippines. This study narrates the struggle of KMBP through the lens of ...

Occurrence of Home-Based Record Stock-Outs: A Quiet Problem for National Immunization Programmes Continues
January 17, 2018

Occurrence of Home-Based Record Stock-Outs: A Quiet Problem for National ...

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"HBR stock-outs...may impact continuity-of-care, increase inefficiencies at the point-of-care and reduce the ability of caregivers to be effective health advocates."

The Journal of Development Communication
January 16, 2018

The Journal of Development Communication

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The main objective of The Journal of Development Communication, or JDC, is to examine the role of communication in promoting national and regional development in developing countries worldwide. Launched in 1989, the peer-reviewed journal is ...

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An Evidence-Informed Approach
January 16, 2018

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An ...

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"Countries are increasingly acknowledging the importance of equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to make responsible choices in their lives, particularly in a context where they have greater exposure to sexually explicit material ...

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement
January 16, 2018

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement

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"Social media is still in its infancy in Afghanistan, with a small and mostly homogenous user base of educated, relatively wealthy, predominately male users....But while small, it holds opportunity for engagement and expression."

January 15, 2018

Rhetoric and African Politicians

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Like Zambia, in many african countries, most politicians behave like it is described in this article - Zambia’s Modern Day Politicians and Lost Art of Rhetoric - by Daniel Tonga: they use political speeches to divide people, even to promote ...

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media
January 15, 2018

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media

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This publication, commissioned by the Open Society Foundation and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, describes the results of a study on how journalists are experimenting with building trust and engaging with ...

Rights-Based Family Planning: 15 Resources to Guide Programming
January 12, 2018

Rights-Based Family Planning: 15 Resources to Guide Programming

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Noting the availability of an abundance of resources on rights-based programming for family planning (FP), which vary in purpose, structure, scope, and detail, the Evidence Project compiled this overview of key publications to enable potential ...

Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies
January 12, 2018

Communicating Risk in Public Health Emergencies

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Created by the World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Infectious Hazard Management in collaboration with the WHO Department of Communications, the recommendations in this resource provide overarching, evidence-based guidance on how risk ...

Key Messages: Getting the Most out of Polio Eradication
January 12, 2018

Key Messages: Getting the Most out of Polio Eradication

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"It is ultimately the political dimension and the strength of political linkages made that will determine the fate of this global health initiative." The Global Health Centre (GHC) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development ...

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization
January 11, 2018

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization

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"New technologies-in-use have made a difference to social development, and for this reason the internet and how it has displaced traditional media cannot be dealt with within the silos of disciplinary specialization or empirically investigated ...

Blind Spot: Reaching out to Men and Boys
January 11, 2018

Blind Spot: Reaching out to Men and Boys

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"[S]ocietal gender inequality and many efforts to address it share a common blind spot: how gender norms that encourage male dominance and emphasize myths of male invulnerability are also harmful to men and boys." Released on World AIDS Day ...

Changing the National Family Planning Policy in Niger: an urgent imperative?
January 11, 2018

Changing the National Family Planning Policy in Niger: an urgent imperative?

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Author: Balkissa Harouna, January 11 2018 - NIGER: a landlocked country in West Africa, with about 17 million inhabitants, holding the world record of the strongest fertility rate: 8 children on average for a woman. This picture is the one most ...

Saving Newborn Lives: Champions Toolkit
January 11, 2018

Saving Newborn Lives: Champions Toolkit

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"In order to engage champions strategically, the most important first step is to ensure that work with champions is linked to advancing a particular advocacy objective." This toolkit, now in its second edition, provides practical guidance about ...

The Father Factor: How Community Video Encourages Male Involvement for Better   Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors in Niger
January 9, 2018

The Father Factor: How Community Video Encourages Male Involvement for ...

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"In Niger, where the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project has worked to improve nutrition since 2015, MIYCN [maternal, infant, and young child nutrition] behaviors are influenced by cultural ...

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their Mental Well-Being, Social Relationships and Physical Activity? An Evidence-Focused Literature Review
January 9, 2018

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their ...

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"Understandably, parents, teachers and others who have an interest in children's health and well-being become increasingly concerned as children spend more time using digital technology, but are also confused by the lack of consensus on whether ...

The Benefit of the Doubt or Doubts over Benefits? A Systematic Literature Review of Perceived Risks of Vaccines in European Populations
January 8, 2018

The Benefit of the Doubt or Doubts over Benefits? A Systematic Literature ...

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"In addition to identifying concerns about vaccination in Europe, this study confirmed the notion that individuals have many safety concerns about vaccination and often believe that the risks of vaccination outweigh their benefits." Previous ...

The Drum Beat 749 - Selections from The CI's Polio Communication Knowledge Repository
January 8, 2018

The Drum Beat 749 - Selections from The CI's Polio Communication Knowledge ...

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Selections from The CI's Polio Communication Knowledge Repository - The Drum Beat 749January 10 2018

Digital Development and the Digital Gender Gap
January 8, 2018

Digital Development and the Digital Gender Gap

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"How does digital development change pathways to development for women and girls? What are the economic, social and political risks and opportunities?" Prepared for the United Kingdom (UK) Government's Department for International Development ...

Immunization Effects of a Communication Intervention to Promote Preteen HPV Vaccination in Primary Care Practices
January 8, 2018

Immunization Effects of a Communication Intervention to Promote Preteen HPV ...

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"The Protect Them study shows promise for practice-based communication strategies - including age-appropriate discussion of HPV as a preventable STI - to be effective in promoting preteen HPV vaccination."

Tailoring Immunization Programmes for Seasonal Influenza (TIP FLU): A Guide for Increasing Pregnant Women's Uptake of Seasonal Influenza Vaccination
January 8, 2018

Tailoring Immunization Programmes for Seasonal Influenza (TIP FLU): A Guide ...

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"The TIP approach is an adaptable, people-centred approach to immunization programmes, engaging individuals and communities in shaping how vaccination services are provided, in order to achieve and sustain high immunization coverage in the WHO ...

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 6, 2018

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"The Crop Specific Mobile Apps programme has evolved over time in response to changing user needs, in both content provided and the distribution mechanism. The recent analytics component shows how low literacy users contribute to data collection ...

Audience Research in Media Development
January 5, 2018

Audience Research in Media Development

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"Though audience research has also been part of the toolbox of media development organizations for some time, it was only when focus in international development shifted from producing outputs to effecting impact that research of media viewing, ...

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 5, 2018

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"....Medic Mobile was launched in Nepal in 2013 as a mobile phone-based health monitoring solution using a simple data capture interface appropriate for community health workers (CHWs) with low levels of literacy and technical skills."

The Evolution of Vaccination Week in the Americas
January 5, 2018

The Evolution of Vaccination Week in the Americas

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"As a social mobilization campaign, relevant themes and the use of diverse media have allowed PAHO, its partners, and Member States to give visibility to the importance of immunization and communicate with key audiences, building public ...

Lean HCD: A Case Study in Human-Centered Design in the Highlands of Guatemala
January 4, 2018

Lean HCD: A Case Study in Human-Centered Design in the Highlands of Guatemala

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"HCD requires deeper engagement on the part of the design team than a traditional design process, which tends to start with the technology instead of with people's problems. This tech-centered approach may reduce uptake of the solution..."

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the Americas
January 2, 2018

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the ...

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"One measure we used to know whether the communication was working was to see the tone of the messages in the media, and we saw mostly positive or neutral messages, which was a good indication that things were going well." - Lauren Vulanovic, ...

How Can We Use the 'Science of Stories' to Produce Persuasive Scientific Stories?
January 2, 2018

How Can We Use the 'Science of Stories' to Produce Persuasive Scientific ...

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"[T]o better connect with audiences communicators would do well to recognize themselves as storytellers - not to distort the truth, but to help people to connect with problems and issues on a more human level in terms of what matters to them."

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 2, 2018

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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Launched in 2012 by the Indian organisation ZMQ Development, MIRA Channel is an integrated mobile phone service providing communication and information tools for maternal and child health care to rural women in low-resource settings. "The ...

What Constitutes Responsiveness of Physicians: A Qualitative Study in Rural Bangladesh
January 2, 2018

What Constitutes Responsiveness of Physicians: A Qualitative Study in Rural ...

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Derived from the fields of medical ethics, human rights, and human development, the concept of responsiveness entails the social actions by health providers to meet the legitimate expectations of patients. Observing that responsiveness plays a ...

Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Package for Men and Adolescent Boys
December 26, 2017

Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Package for Men and Adolescent Boys

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"The Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Package... aims to increase the range and quality of sexual and reproductive services provided that meet the specific and diverse needs of men and adolescents boys." This service package for ...

No More 'Harmful Traditional Practices': Working Effectively With Faith Leaders
December 26, 2017

No More 'Harmful Traditional Practices': Working Effectively With Faith Leaders

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"[T]his study represents a novel and timely consideration of the role of faith in the perpetuation and/or discontinuation of HTPs [harmful traditional practices], with important lessons for policy makers and development practitioners." From the ...

Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking Behaviors in Ethiopia: Implications for Youth Friendly Service Programming
December 21, 2017

Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking ...

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"Acknowledging the need for targeted health services for adolescents and youth, the Ethiopian Government has scaled-up and institutionalized youth friendly services (YFS) through intensive capacity building at all levels of the health ...

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming and Evidence
December 19, 2017

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming ...

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Civil society organisations (CSOs) are often involved in expanding services, raising awareness, generating demand, and advocating for an improved enabling environment to ensure women and men have full, free, and informed choice to determine ...

Lessons Learnt from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination in 45 Low- and Middle-Income Countries
December 19, 2017

Lessons Learnt from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination in 45 Low- and ...

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This article synthesises lessons learned and determinants of success from human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine demonstration projects and national programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs). Between January 2007 and May 2016, over 80 ...

Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa Countries: 16th Meeting Report
December 19, 2017

Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa ...

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"The TAG congratulates the HOA countries for implementing most of the recommendations from the 15th HOA TAG and for progress in building strong C4D [communication for development] networks in many countries and integrating C4D into the ...

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand
December 19, 2017

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand

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Author: Jessica Mayberry, November 16 2017 - At Video Volunteers [VV], we spend nearly all our time reporting on stories that don't make headlines; stories of broken systems and petty corruption occurring amongst the relatively ignored ...

Communicating Climate Change in the Rice Sector
December 19, 2017

Communicating Climate Change in the Rice Sector

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"Rice agriculture is among the sectors most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. Yet, it appears that little is written about how to communicate climate change among rice stakeholders, especially the resource-poor farmers." - ...

Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks
December 18, 2017

Guidance for Managing Ethical Issues in Infectious Disease Outbreaks

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"The importance given to communication during an infectious disease outbreak can make or break public health efforts, and WHO takes this very seriously." - Dr Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation This ...

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology
December 18, 2017

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology

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"[T]eacher capacity building for mobile learning is likely to become increasingly essential as a growing number of educators and students, including those in poor countries, buy and use mobile phones." This report draws lessons from United ...

Communication is key to quashing suspicion around vaccination drives
December 18, 2017

Communication is key to quashing suspicion around vaccination drives

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Author: Wilmot James, December 14 2017 - Cynthia Gorney wrote in National Geographic in November about the phenomenon of "vaccine hesitancy". She cites the example of Pakistan, where polio vaccinators were turned away or attacked on the basis of ...

Addressing Failure in ICT-Enabled 'Citizen Voice - Government Responsiveness' Interventions: Unpacking Core Assumptions and Essential Components
December 15, 2017

Addressing Failure in ICT-Enabled 'Citizen Voice - Government ...

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"When government willingness is already there, ICT-enabled voice can help build capacity to respond. But generally, unless pre-existing government commitment to respond is in place, voice through the platforms will not create it, and response ...

European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators: DigCompEdu
December 15, 2017

European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators: DigCompEdu

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"[I]it is part of educators' digital competence to enable learners to actively participate in life and work in a digital age. It is also part of their competence to reap the benefits of digital technologies for enhancing pedagogic practice and ...

Little by Little: Exploring the Impact of Social Acceptance on Refugee Integration into Host Communities
December 15, 2017

Little by Little: Exploring the Impact of Social Acceptance on Refugee ...

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"It is very difficult here. There is discrimination, so people get to know you little by little." - Male Colombian refugee This study from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) explores the multifaceted ways - economic, political, social, and ...

Cleaner, Happier, Healthier: Sesame Workshop's Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Intervention among Low-Income Groups in Bangladesh and India
December 15, 2017

Cleaner, Happier, Healthier: Sesame Workshop's Water, Sanitation, and ...

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This paper evaluates a pilot intervention of Sesame Workshop's "Cleaner, Healthier, Happier" multi-media health communication approach promoting water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours among vulnerable children ...

BBC Media Action Microsite: Gender
December 14, 2017

BBC Media Action Microsite: Gender

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This BBC Media Action interactive digital toolkit has been created on a dedicated micro website "to help those working in media and communication for development to challenge negative gender stereotypes and advance gender equality." The ...

Vulnerable Youth as Prosumers in HIV Prevention: Studies Using Participatory Action Research
December 14, 2017

Vulnerable Youth as Prosumers in HIV Prevention: Studies Using Participatory ...

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Drawing on four cases of research from Africa and South East Asia, this paper discusses the possibilities for youth "prosumerism" as a participation mechanism in HIV prevention, particularly in light of new opportunities arising from a digital ...

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