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An Examination of MOOC Usage for Professional Workforce Development Outcomes in Colombia, the Philippines, & South Africa
August 25, 2016

An Examination of MOOC Usage for Professional Workforce Development Outcomes ...

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"Online courses have the potential to expand quality education and career training worldwide. Yet few people in developing countries access Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), despite the fact that MOOCs are open to the public and often ...

Who to follow on Twitter if you're interested in international development, media and communication
August 25, 2016

Who to follow on Twitter if you're interested in international development, ...

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Author: Melanie Archer, August 25 2016 - A list of Twitter accounts covering governance, health and humanitarian affairs that are well worth following. August is a time for recharging on holiday, resurrecting neglected projects and… refreshing ...

Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health and Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda
August 25, 2016

Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health and Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda

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Author: Julie Taylor, August 25 2016 - New initiative by Lady Mermaid's Bureau fosters access to information and protects sex workers’ rights In Uganda, commercial sex work is illegal and perceived as immoral and socially unacceptable. As a ...

Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights
August 24, 2016

Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights

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Please join StoryCenter for a free one-hour webinar, Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights.   For the past ten years, StoryCenter’s Silence Speaks initiative has been exploring how narrative and ...

Communication for Humanitarian Action Toolkit (CHAT)
August 24, 2016

Communication for Humanitarian Action Toolkit (CHAT)

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"Well-planned communication can help to promote community resilience and reduce vulnerability to a wide range of disasters and emergency situations." From the University of Adelaide, Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU), the ...

Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum
August 24, 2016

Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum

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"Mobile information literacy is necessary to help people learn how to find and evaluate the quality and credibility of information obtained online, understand how to create and share online information effectively, and participate safely and ...

National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2016/17 [Pakistan]
August 24, 2016

National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2016/17 [Pakistan]

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"Our communications strategy was very effective in building community acceptance and demand for vaccination and in particular has positioned our brave 'Frontline Workers' as the true heroes of polio eradication working tirelessly for and within ...

August 23, 2016

WPV - Nigeria

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Given the recent discovery of two WPV1 cases in northern Nigeria that have been circulating undetected since 2011, is it time that we began to reconsider the global timeline of 3 years without a detected case as adequate for certification a ...

Program Officer - Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs - Baltimore, MD, United States
August 23, 2016

Program Officer - Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs - ...

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The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) works to inspire healthy behaviors worldwide utilizing social and behavior change communication, knowledge management, research and evaluation, and ...

How Do We Know If a Program Made a Difference? A Guide to Statistical Methods for Program Impact Evaluation
August 23, 2016

How Do We Know If a Program Made a Difference? A Guide to Statistical ...

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It is our hope that this manual opens the door for the reader to a truly powerful set of tools that allow for us to understand the implications of human welfare programs, in the process providing crucial information about what works and what does ...

Community Radio and Sustainability: A Participatory Research Initiative
August 23, 2016

Community Radio and Sustainability: A Participatory Research Initiative

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"The study shows that Community Radio will have to continue a high level of engagement with its community over a longer period of time, enabling listening audiences and community members to play successively bigger roles in all aspects of its ...

Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in South Asia: Basic Concepts
August 19, 2016

Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in South Asia: Basic Concepts

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"The understanding that children and young people can evolve from vulnerable individuals to empowered citizens lies at the heart of child-centred DRR."

August 18, 2016

Radio, radio ... and convergence

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As someone with active involvement and/or interest in community media I wonder if you agree with Natasha Beale's analysis in her blog Reaching Marginalized Populations: the Power of Radio and Mobile Voice that: "Indeed, radio is still the most ...

CR Self Assessment Guide
August 19, 2016

CR Self Assessment Guide

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This is a simple, action-oriented self-assessment tool for community radio (CR) stations to assess their structure and performance on a variety of parameters. New Delhi, India's Ideosync Media Combine poses a variety of questions to spark ...

Communication for Development Guidelines for Responding to Polio Events and Outbreaks Post Switch
August 18, 2016

Communication for Development Guidelines for Responding to Polio Events and ...

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In light of the fact that a fast, effective response to stop new polio outbreaks in previously polio-free countries is crucial to meet the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)'s aim of global eradication, this document provides guidelines ...

Understanding the Role of Indigenous Community Participation in Indigenous Prenatal and Infant-Toddler Health Promotion Programs in Canada: A Realist Review
August 18, 2016

Understanding the Role of Indigenous Community Participation in Indigenous ...

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Disparities in Indigenous maternal-child health outcomes persist in relatively affluent nations such as Canada, despite significant health promotion investments. Indigenous community and organisational political leaders, policymakers, knowledge ...

Are gender-transformative evaluations in conflict situations different from similar evaluations in other settings?
August 18, 2016

Are gender-transformative evaluations in conflict situations different from ...

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Author: Ranjani K Murthy, August 18 2016 - Gender-transformative evaluations seek to assess impact of policies, programmes and projects on transforming gender and other social relations.  These evaluations: adopt transformative evaluation ...

CR: A User's Guide to the Technology
August 18, 2016

CR: A User's Guide to the Technology

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"As hands-on participatory community development specialists it is in your interest to be aware of the different options open to you in sourcing, maintenance and operation of the equipment that is most suited to your individual needs." - Jocelyne ...

Community Participation for Transformative Action on Women's, Children's and Adolescents' Health
August 17, 2016

Community Participation for Transformative Action on Women's, Children's and ...

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"The Global strategy for women's, children's and adolescents' health (2016-2030) recognizes that people have a central role in improving their own health. We propose that community participation, particularly communities working together with ...

Community Participation in Health Systems Research: A Systematic Review Assessing the State of Research, the Nature of Interventions Involved and the Features of Engagement with Communities
August 17, 2016

Community Participation in Health Systems Research: A Systematic Review ...

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"Community participation can be instrumental as working with communities can help make interventions more relevant to local needs, informed by local knowledge and priorities, and therefore more effective. More fundamentally, depending on the ...

Why Media Matters in Healthcare Advocacy and Education
August 17, 2016

Why Media Matters in Healthcare Advocacy and Education

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"...Media advocacy in grass roots organizing and activism is an essential strategy to accomplish three main objectives: influence and shape public debate, exert pressure over decision makers, and, most importantly, strengthen and amplify the ...

Zambia Elections 2016 - championing live TV debate
August 17, 2016

Zambia Elections 2016 - championing live TV debate

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Author: Changwe Kabwe, August 17 2016 - In an election campaign dominated by personality politics, a national TV debate featuring key presidential contenders in the Zambian general election presented a rare opportunity for people to directly ...

"You runaway": the challenges of research in South Sudan
August 17, 2016

"You runaway": the challenges of research in South Sudan

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Author: Trish Doherty, August 17 2016: Writing from Juba, Research Manager Trish Doherty explains the importance of conducting research in conflict-affected countries like South Sudan – despite the very real risks for both researchers and the ...

From Principle to Practice: Implementing the Principles for Digital Development
August 17, 2016

From Principle to Practice: Implementing the Principles for Digital Development

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“The Principles for Digital Development are a framework for considering both the possibilities and the challenges that digital development can present.” ~ Jens Karberg, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).

Exploring the Role of Community Engagement in Improving the Health of Disadvantaged Populations: A Systematic Review
August 16, 2016

Exploring the Role of Community Engagement in Improving the Health of ...

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"The findings suggest that CE models can lead to improved health and health behaviours among disadvantaged populations if designed properly and implemented through effective community consultation and participation."

Community Participation in Developing and Assessing Household Food Security in the Highlands of Northern Thailand
August 16, 2016

Community Participation in Developing and Assessing Household Food Security ...

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"To understand what the local communities meant by food security with respect to their own context, we conducted group discussions and workshops where members of the community at each site, both man and women, participated in the discussion ...

Women Empowered (WE) Fighting Zika in Guatemala
August 16, 2016

Women Empowered (WE) Fighting Zika in Guatemala

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"During times of emergency, when individuals, families and communities face a new epidemic, being able to identify who is most at risk, and understanding how it happens and how to prevent it, is crucially important for those we are most vulnerable."

CLTS Learning Series: Lessons from CLTS Implementation in Seven Countries
August 16, 2016

CLTS Learning Series: Lessons from CLTS Implementation in Seven Countries

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This report shares key findings that emerged from a cross-country synthesis of rural sanitation behaviour change processes using the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) approach implemented by Plan International Country Offices (COs) in ...

Pushing the Boundaries: Understanding Women's Participation and Empowerment
August 16, 2016

Pushing the Boundaries: Understanding Women's Participation and Empowerment

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"For women to be able to push the boundaries of power it is essential for them to have the opportunity to participate, to organise and discuss issues affecting their lives, to explore concepts of women's rights and to analyse how power operates ...

Evaluation of Child and Youth Participation in Peacebuilding
August 16, 2016

Evaluation of Child and Youth Participation in Peacebuilding

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This report highlights the results of an evaluation of peacebuilding initiatives involving children and youth in three countries: Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and Nepal. The objectives of the study are to: explore children ...

Engaging Black Communities to Address HIV: Community Responses to the "Keep It Alive!" Social Marketing Campaign in Ontario, Canada
August 15, 2016

Engaging Black Communities to Address HIV: Community Responses to the "Keep ...

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"...Black communities in Ontario and Canada as a whole are heterogeneous, but our results underline the importance of better understanding how and why campaigns are received in varying ways within a targeted population. In addition, the findings ...

The Effectiveness of Social Marketing in Global Health: A Systematic Review
August 15, 2016

The Effectiveness of Social Marketing in Global Health: A Systematic Review

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"Evidence exists that social marketing can influence health behaviours and health outcomes. Better documentation of social marketing interventions is needed when evaluating these programs." This article reviews evidence of the effectiveness of ...

Media Framing of Political Conflict: A Review of the Literature
August 15, 2016

Media Framing of Political Conflict: A Review of the Literature

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"[T]he literature suggests that media framing strongly influences political outcomes and thus fosters or undermines democratic institutions in new democracies in various ways."

Research Findings about Organisations Engaging in Media Assistance in the Fields of Journalism Training, Civil Society Support, and Good Governance
August 15, 2016

Research Findings about Organisations Engaging in Media Assistance in the ...

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This literature review from Media Conflict and DEMocratisation (MeCoDEM) provides a systematic overview of findings on media assistance in the fields of journalism training, civil society support, and good governance. MeCoDEM is a research ...

The Potential and Limitations of Citizen Journalism Initiatives
August 12, 2016

The Potential and Limitations of Citizen Journalism Initiatives

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"CGNet Swara's failure to 'bridge' the citizen–professional divide and to position the experiment in terms of the larger public sphere suggests continuing challenges for citizen journalism, potentially undercutting confidence that it currently ...

Exploring the Link between Child and Youth Participation and Development Effectiveness
August 12, 2016

Exploring the Link between Child and Youth Participation and Development ...

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"A key learning of the research to date is the need to recognise the different perspectives of the various research participant groups to child and youth participation, in considering programming activities and how best to ensure support from ...

Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project
August 12, 2016

Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project

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The 5-year (Oct 2011-Sept 2016) Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project promotes the development of a free, vibrant and professional media sector in Ukraine, which provides a range of news and information, serves as a watchdog in the public interest, and ...

Eleven Ways to Boost Your Work with News Media: How You Can Help the Media Report Prevention of Violence against Women
August 11, 2016

Eleven Ways to Boost Your Work with News Media: How You Can Help the Media ...

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Developed by Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic), Melbourne, Australia, in partnership with the EVA Media Action Group, this practical guide for violence-against-women practitioners is focused on strategic prevention messaging and work with ...

Laos: Nutritious Entertainment
August 11, 2016

Laos: Nutritious Entertainment

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"...Ponyo and her neighbors are engrossed in a soap opera about a family just like theirs who live in a typical village just like theirs. In fact, the actors are Lao villagers, just like them..." This video highlights the potential of ...

Does Mass-Media Public Communication Campaign Normalize Discussion, Attitude and Behavior about Condom Use among Married Men in India?
August 11, 2016

Does Mass-Media Public Communication Campaign Normalize Discussion, Attitude ...

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"The effectiveness of mass media campaigns for normalizing condom discussion is largely mediated by demographic and socio-economic variables. Future campaigns need to address these variables to be more effective."

Toms and Toilets
August 11, 2016

Toms and Toilets

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Author: Praekelt Foundation's Ambika Samarthya-Howard, August 11 2016 - The popular shoe brand Toms was founded in 2006 with the premise that for every pair of shoes you buy, they would give one to a needy person in the developing world. This ...

How can media and communication improve your health?
August 11, 2016

How can media and communication improve your health?

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Author: Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, August 10 2016 - 'When have you taken steps to improve your health as a result of something you read or heard in the media or talking to someone?' asks an activity in a BBC Media Action health workshop exploring the ...

Journalistic Ethics and Practices in Conflict Societies
August 11, 2016

Journalistic Ethics and Practices in Conflict Societies

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This paper provides a critical review of literature on journalism in conflict societies ("conflict journalism") by investigating principal theories, concepts, and arguments, as well as empirical research findings concerning journalism and its ...

Supporting Journalism in Conflict Societies
August 11, 2016

Supporting Journalism in Conflict Societies

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This Media Conflict and DEMocratisation (MeCoDEM) policy brief puts forward suggestions for improved journalism support in the context of democratisation conflicts. It emerged from a research programme comparing and contrasting different types of ...

One Win Leads to Another
August 10, 2016

One Win Leads to Another

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Coinciding with the beginning of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, UN Women, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and Always/Whisper launched the One Win Leads to Another initiative, community-based programme to build ...

Making politics work for development is all the rage
August 10, 2016

Making politics work for development is all the rage

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Author: BBC Media Action's James Deane, August 10 2016 - Through arguing that development outcomes are less the product of specific “projects” than of enabling governance systems, two new World Bank papers help make the case for supporting ...

Communication for Land Governance in Guatemala
August 10, 2016

Communication for Land Governance in Guatemala

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"Participatory communication is a powerful means to enable the informed and active participation of individuals and groups in decisions that affect their life." - Marzia Pafumi, FAO A communication for development (ComDev) initiative organised ...

Young People's Participation in Peacebuilding - A Practice Note
August 10, 2016

Young People's Participation in Peacebuilding - A Practice Note

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"...a growing body of evidence suggests that young women and men can and do play active roles as agents of positive and constructive change. The recently adopted Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security marks the formal ...

Medscape Vaccine Acceptance Report 2016
August 10, 2016

Medscape Vaccine Acceptance Report 2016

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Noting that "[t]he personal and public health impact of vaccine hesitancy, if it culminates in refusal, is substantial", the online global destination for physicians and healthcare professionals worldwide, Medscape, surveyed more than 1,500 ...

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