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World Comics India
June 22, 2016

World Comics India

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World Comics India, a partner in the World Comics network, conducts comic creation workshops in rural India, particularly focusing on presentation in "remote and disturbed areas." It is a volunteer movement that receives invitations from ...

Connected Society: Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT)
June 21, 2016

Connected Society: Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT)

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This GSMA toolkit is for mobile network operators (MNOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), development organisations, and governments who want to provide training to improve people's basic knowledge and understanding of the mobile internet. ...

App designed to help Syrian refugees
June 21, 2016

App designed to help Syrian refugees

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Author: Leen Hashem, June 21 2016 - 'We've started a WhatsApp group for refugees living in this area' a middle aged man said enthusiastically, explaining how the platform was helping the group share information and provide each other with much ...

The Drum Beat 714 - Communication and Change News and Issues
June 21, 2016

The Drum Beat 714 - Communication and Change News and Issues

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Communication and Change News and Issues - The Drum Beat 714June 22 2016

Promotion of Girls' Education (PROGE) - presented by Blessings Mtuwa Nkhata
June 16, 2016

Promotion of Girls' Education (PROGE) - presented by Blessings Mtuwa Nkhata

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I reviewed the presentation #5  on Girl Child Education in Malawi. Statement is clear and well organized. Ideas are potent and should yield results. My observations are: 1.     Ideally project should have included some ...

Skiing in Afghanistan
June 15, 2016

Skiing in Afghanistan

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Author: Mukhtar Yadgar, June 15 2016 - Afghanistan’s Bamyan province is best known for its ancient statues of Buddha, destroyed 15 years ago by the Taliban government. Today, its relative security and freezing winters are aiding the growth of a ...

Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 Countries
June 15, 2016

Global School Feeding Sourcebook: Lessons from 14 Countries

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"The Sourcebook documents and analyzes a range of government-led school meals programmes to provide decision-makers and practitioners worldwide with the knowledge, evidence and good practice they need to strengthen their national school feeding ...

Improving Menstrual Hygiene Management in Emergencies: IFRC's MHM Kit
June 15, 2016

Improving Menstrual Hygiene Management in Emergencies: IFRC's MHM Kit

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"A key strength of this innovation process is the effort grantees have made to understand and incorporate the varying needs and preferences of beneficiaries and to seek their feedback on the products provided." This case study explores ...

Standardising Humanitarian Data for a Better Response: The Humanitarian EXchange Language
June 15, 2016

Standardising Humanitarian Data for a Better Response: The Humanitarian ...

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"Standardisation efforts are challenging in the humanitarian sector, as defining a common vocabulary can easily become very political. Issues can arise at all levels, on everything from country names to how to refer to the affected population."

Mapping A Response: Using Satellite Images to Aid Humanitarian Action
June 14, 2016

Mapping A Response: Using Satellite Images to Aid Humanitarian Action

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"Today, aerial imagery is available from a variety of sources, including traditional satellites, nano satellites, manned and unmanned aircrafts, balloons and kites. This imagery can benefit humanitarian organisations in their response to ...

Words of Relief: Translators without Borders' Local Language Translation for Emergencies
June 14, 2016

Words of Relief: Translators without Borders' Local Language Translation for ...

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"Overall, the innovation process has been successful in creating enhanced learning and evidence around the importance of language translation in disaster response, and has succeeded in producing a measurably improved mode of communicating with ...

Using Mobile Voice Technology to Improve the Collection of Food Security Data: WFP's Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping
June 14, 2016

Using Mobile Voice Technology to Improve the Collection of Food Security ...

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"Reliable information is critical to understanding food security trends, assessing crises and informing decision-making. However, traditional methods for collecting this information - in particular food security data at household level - are ...

Strategies to Increase Male Engagement in eMTCT of HIV and Syphilis: Webinar
June 14, 2016

Strategies to Increase Male Engagement in eMTCT of HIV and Syphilis: Webinar

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"Given the role that men play in STI [sexually transmitted infection] transmission, male engagement in efforts to eliminate Mother to child Transmission (eMTCT) of HIV and syphilis is logical, but not always straightforward." Certainly, global ...

Building Communities of Practice for Urban Refugees: Workshop and Roundtable Reports
June 14, 2016

Building Communities of Practice for Urban Refugees: Workshop and Roundtable ...

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"Horizontal partnerships in the form of networks or other collaborative structures provide a better platform for service provision and information dissemination."

Ser refugiado es como ser tico [Being a Refugee Is like Being a Costa Rican]
June 13, 2016

Ser refugiado es como ser tico [Being a Refugee Is like Being a Costa Rican]

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"All the messages and materials of the strategy were created and validated with the refugee community..."

Mapping Refugee Media Journeys: Smart Phones and Social Media Networks
June 13, 2016

Mapping Refugee Media Journeys: Smart Phones and Social Media Networks

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"We urge states and news organisations to work together with tech companies, NGOs, and other stakeholders, in order to develop sustainable partnerships which in turn can orchestrate a coherent news and information strategy for and with refugees: ...

Our Best Shot At Immunization Success: Winning Over The Community
June 13, 2016

Our Best Shot At Immunization Success: Winning Over The Community

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Author: Rina Dey, June 10 2016 [cross-posted from the Huffington Post, linked below] - With India having crossed five years of being polio-free this year, looking back at some of the important milestones brings back memories - some very happy and ...

Open Data Barometer (ODB) - 3rd Edition
June 10, 2016

Open Data Barometer (ODB) - 3rd Edition

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"When made freely available to everyone via the Web, without charge, in formats that are easy to share, combine and cross-reference, open data is more than a tool to hold governments accountable. It is also a driver of innovation that can improve ...

Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy in Canada: Results of a Consultation Study by the Canadian Immunization Research Network
June 10, 2016

Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy in Canada: Results of a Consultation Study ...

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The aim of this consultation study was to identify the views of Canadian vaccination experts and health professionals concerning the definition, scope, causes, and consequences of vaccine hesitancy in Canada. "Vaccine hesitancy" is a concept that ...

A Social Informatics Analysis of Refugee Mobile Phone Use: A Case Study of Za'atari Syrian Refugee Camp
June 9, 2016

A Social Informatics Analysis of Refugee Mobile Phone Use: A Case Study of ...

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"What level of mobile phone ownership and use is typical among refugee camp youth? How has their use changed (if at all) between the pre-conflict and refugee lives? What types of internet-based services might interest refugee youth and what are ...

Community-based Health Information Systems in the Global Context: Literature Review
June 9, 2016

Community-based Health Information Systems in the Global Context: Literature ...

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"CBHIS have the potential to engage community members, provide them with an avenue to health services, and hold them accountable, contributing to the goals of sustainability." Community workers (CWs), including community health workers (CHWs), ...

Open Development: Networked Innovations in International Development
June 8, 2016

Open Development: Networked Innovations in International Development

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"The emergence of open networked models made possible by digital technology has the potential to transform international development." This book from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) explores open network structures that ...

Public Access ICT across Cultures: Diversifying Participation in the Network Society
June 8, 2016

Public Access ICT across Cultures: Diversifying Participation in the Network ...

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"The reports in this book take a fresh look at shared public access to computers and the Internet and provide evidence that the benefits of shared public access go far beyond simply providing affordable access to the infrastructure. Public access ...

Tikambe: Let's talk about sex
June 8, 2016

Tikambe: Let's talk about sex

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Author: Sandi Chimpala, June 6 2016 - Standing in a dark TV studio, Sharon Mutale poured out her heart. "While in school I got pregnant...I was 16 years old. At that point my father stopped supporting me financially at school. He was very upset. ...

Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit
June 8, 2016

Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit

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Author: Caroline Nursey, June 6 2016 - It was quite something to see more than 6,000 humanitarians gathered at this week’s World Humanitarian Summit [WHS] - and not a pair of muddy boots in sight! We were seeking an answer to how the 130 million ...

ICT4Refugees: A Report on the Emerging Landscape of Digital Responses to the Refugee Crisis
June 8, 2016

ICT4Refugees: A Report on the Emerging Landscape of Digital Responses to the ...

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"...[T]he current phenomenon of 'ICT for refugees' is novel and has great potential that should be investigated." In the efforts to respond to mass migrations and to support refugees, there has been a proliferation in digitally focused projects, ...

Improving Quality of Post-Partum Family Planning in Low-Resource Settings
June 7, 2016

Improving Quality of Post-Partum Family Planning in Low-Resource Settings

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"...even in a severely resource-constrained environment, gains are possible when managers and front-line providers work together to solve local system challenges and make changes to care delivery processes..." This framework, developed by the ...

A Gender-Responsive Approach to Climate-Smart Agriculture: Evidence and Guidance for Practitioners
June 6, 2016

A Gender-Responsive Approach to Climate-Smart Agriculture: Evidence and ...

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"Taking a gender-responsive approach to Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) means that the particular needs, priorities, and realities of men and women are recognized and adequately addressed in the design and application of CSA so that both men and ...

Internal Migration: A Manual for Community Radio Stations
June 6, 2016

Internal Migration: A Manual for Community Radio Stations

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"Given the Internal Migration in India Initiative (IMII)'s objective to increase understanding of the issue of internal migration, advocate for policy reform for inclusion of internal migrants in society, and inform migrants about their rights ...

Exploratory Study of the Role of Knowledge Brokers in Translating Knowledge to Action following Global Maternal and Newborn Health Technical Meetings
June 6, 2016

Exploratory Study of the Role of Knowledge Brokers in Translating Knowledge ...

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"An interactive meeting format alone does not ensure knowledge translation afterwards..."

Data for Management: It's Not Just Another Report
June 6, 2016

Data for Management: It's Not Just Another Report

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"The vaccine program has taken on a culture of reporting rather than a culture of using the information for continuous improvement....[V]accine supply chain managers are being encouraged to contextualize data for more effective, immediate and ...

#WithRefugees Campaign
June 6, 2016

#WithRefugees Campaign

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) commemorates World Refugee Day (WRD) every year on June 20th. In 2016, the campaign is called #WithRefugees. By signing the #WithRefugees petition, people from across the globe can call on ...

Zika Vaccine Misconceptions: A Social Media Analysis
June 6, 2016

Zika Vaccine Misconceptions: A Social Media Analysis

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"...once people believe something, it is difficult to dissuade them. Public health officials must get out in front of the conspiracy theorists to educate and influence the population now." This study analyses conversations about Zika vaccine ...

Community Radio Stations in Coastal Bangladesh in Addressing Cyclone Roanu
June 5, 2016

Community Radio Stations in Coastal Bangladesh in Addressing Cyclone Roanu

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Author: AHM Bazlur Rahman, June 16 2016 - As part of addressing the risk of Cyclone Roanu, eight community radio (CR) stations in the coastal region of Bangladesh broadcasted 348 hours program for 3 days continuously from May 19 to May 21, ...

Youth Women in Community Media and Journalism: the beginning of a new era in rural broadcasting journalism of Bangladesh
June 5, 2016

Youth Women in Community Media and Journalism: the beginning of a new era in ...

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Author: AHM Bazlur Rahman, June 16 2016 - In spite of the social and religious barriers such scenarios in gender disparity, particularly in media, has been gradually changing. Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) under the ...

The Drum Beat 713 - Inside the Vial: Communicating about Particular Polio Preventives
June 3, 2016

The Drum Beat 713 - Inside the Vial: Communicating about Particular Polio ...

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Inside the Vial: Communicating about Particular Polio Preventives - The Drum Beat 713June 8 2016 In this issue:

African Vaccination Week (AVW)
June 3, 2016

African Vaccination Week (AVW)

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"Let's raise our voice to celebrate African Vaccination Week and close the immunisation gap!" Celebrated each year since 2011, African Vaccination Week (AVW) provides an opportunity for countries to strengthen immunisation services and systems ...

Can the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System Be Used to Increase Vaccine Acceptance and Trust?
June 3, 2016

Can the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System Be Used to Increase Vaccine ...

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"One reason for vaccine hesitancy is lack of trust that vaccine harms are adequately documented and reported, yet few communication strategies have explicitly attempted to improve this trust."

Out in the Open: Education Sector Responses to Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression
June 3, 2016

Out in the Open: Education Sector Responses to Violence based on Sexual ...

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In some countries, 85% of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students experience homophobic and transphobic violence in school, and 45% of transgender students drop out. Homophobic violence also targets 33% of students who are wrongly ...

eBilim Mobile Digital Library Project
June 2, 2016

eBilim Mobile Digital Library Project

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"Bilim" means knowledge in the Kyrgyz language, and "e" indicates electronic media. "eBilim" brings together two important components of this project: locally accessible knowledge and current technology and media. With the aim of minimising the ...

The World Bank Live: A Model of Marketing Success, But Is It the Right Model?
June 2, 2016

The World Bank Live: A Model of Marketing Success, But Is It the Right Model?

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"With a stated mission to end poverty by 2030, the Bank should be motivated to rethink how it shares knowledge via webcasting and how it influences development outcomes via its online engagement."

Grassroots Girls Book Club
June 2, 2016

Grassroots Girls Book Club

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"We told our stories to show change is happening. It's amazing how a girl can transform her life with the right support. And it was fun seeing our lives illustrated by some incredible female artists! Read our graphic novellas, discuss with your ...

#DrawDisability
June 2, 2016

#DrawDisability

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"If children and youth are informed and motivated about the issue of disability, their perceptions and actions can change the lives of millions, most importantly of those with disabilities around the world, by challenging stereotypes and attitudes."

Sustainable Development Under Threat from Drug Trafficking in West Africa
June 2, 2016

Sustainable Development Under Threat from Drug Trafficking in West Africa

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Author: Leandre Banon, June 2 2016 - Drug trafficking is fast becoming the most serious problem in West Africa. The sub- region has seen an increase in drug trafficking, production and consumption which continues to ruin many lives. There has ...

Curbing Corruption and Fostering Accountability in Fragile Settings: Why an Imperilled Media Needs Better Support
June 2, 2016

Curbing Corruption and Fostering Accountability in Fragile Settings: Why an ...

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"An independent media is one of the most effective assets we have in efforts to curb corruption and foster accountability. Yet it is deeply imperilled, particularly in fragile states and often poorly understood by the international development ...

Strengthening Media in the Pacific: Country Situational Reports from Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu
June 2, 2016

Strengthening Media in the Pacific: Country Situational Reports from Papua ...

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"The problem of writing stories about someone known personally to the writer is indicative of many small communities where there are fewer the degrees of separation."

17 Days of Activism for the Empowerment of Rural Women and their Communities
June 1, 2016

17 Days of Activism for the Empowerment of Rural Women and their Communities

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As a multi-issue call to organise for change providing advocacy tools, strategies, and recommendations for action, the 17 Days Campaign involves rural women leaders and their communities in becoming lobby groups for claiming basic human rights ...

Using Interactive Web Tools in Environmental Planning to Improve Communication about Sustainable Development
June 1, 2016

Using Interactive Web Tools in Environmental Planning to Improve ...

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"Public involvement in the landscape planning process is an essential opportunity to communicate the goals and objectives of a sustainable planning....This involvement can be supported by interactive information, discussion, and learning ...

Polio Eradication and Health Systems in Karachi: Vaccine Refusals in Context
June 1, 2016

Polio Eradication and Health Systems in Karachi: Vaccine Refusals in Context

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"Community and health worker engagement will be key to polio eradication in Karachi, Pakistan."

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