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The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a big new argument?
December 13, 2017

The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a ...

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Author: James Deane, December 13 2017 - Sometimes you read a book which - just short of literally - blows your mind.  The Enigma of Reason: a new theory of understanding by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber did that to mine.  If their ...

Media Consumption Survey in Ukraine
December 13, 2017

Media Consumption Survey in Ukraine

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Internews' annual Ukrainian media survey revealed that Ukrainians in 2017 were more critical in their media consumption, demanding better-quality and more reliable content from journalists. The survey of 4,048 people highlights Ukrainians' media ...

Facilitating Community-Led Disaster Risk Management
December 13, 2017

Facilitating Community-Led Disaster Risk Management

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"We must empower communities to plan and drive change, and reinforce governments' responsibility to provide their people with a protective and enabling environment." This guide is designed to support those promoting a community-led, inclusive, ...

Getting to an Evaluation Plan: A Six-Step Process from Engagement to Evidence
December 12, 2017

Getting to an Evaluation Plan: A Six-Step Process from Engagement to Evidence

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"The process of developing an evaluation plan, in cooperation with a group of stakeholders, fosters collaboration, a sense of shared purpose, and transparency, thereby ensuring that stakeholders are on the same page about the purpose, use, and ...

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy
December 12, 2017

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

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"In the absence of a comprehensive campaign to deal with this threat, manipulation and disinformation techniques could enable modern authoritarian regimes to expand their power and influence while permanently eroding user confidence in online ...

A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria
December 12, 2017

A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria

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Author: Producer Trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria Akile Gojo, originally posted December 5 2017 - Earlier this year, after a day of training producers at one of our partner radio stations in Gombe state, I was eating dinner in a nearby ...

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News
December 12, 2017

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News

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"Dark social" refers to online and digital sharing either missing or incorrectly attributed in site traffic analytics. It describes the blind spot that originates when visitors to online news websites arrive there from links shared by email, ...

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World
December 12, 2017

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World

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"Making the digital space better for children requires collaboration and cooperation among governments, United Nations agencies and other international children's organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and the technical ...

Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research
December 11, 2017

Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research

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"Attempts to prevent Internet dimensions of the violent radicalization of youth do not have proven efficacy, but on the other hand it is clear that they can damage online freedoms, especially freedom of expression, freedom of information, privacy ...

The Drum Beat 748 - Communication and Change News and Issues
December 11, 2017

The Drum Beat 748 - Communication and Change News and Issues

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Communication and Change News and Issues - The Drum Beat 748December 13 2017

Every Last Hiding Place: Fifteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
December 8, 2017

Every Last Hiding Place: Fifteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring ...

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"A major risk for the eradication is complacency, something for which there is no metric that can be monitored....That is one of the biggest challenges for the Polio Programme and can only be resolved by hands-on leadership." This, the 15th ...

Social Media and Citizen Inclusion: Towards a New Model of Political Legitimacy?
December 8, 2017

Social Media and Citizen Inclusion: Towards a New Model of Political Legitimacy?

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What is the potential of digital activism to promote good, democratic governance in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Deployment at Scale
December 7, 2017

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons ...

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"In order to persuade people to think and do things differently, you need to get inside their heads to understand the barriers to behavioral change, and the triggers that might empower people to break these barriers. This is why behavioral change ...

Effective Use of Digital Platforms for HIV Prevention among Men Who Have Sex with Men in the European Union/European Economic Area: ECDC Guides
December 7, 2017

Effective Use of Digital Platforms for HIV Prevention among Men Who Have Sex ...

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"Online and digital/social media are increasingly important communication channels for reaching audiences in a targeted and cost-effective manner....[T]he use of the technology by gay and bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) ...

Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit Pilot Qualitative Research & Case Study Report
December 7, 2017

Urban Adolescent SRH SBCC I-Kit Pilot Qualitative Research & Case Study Report

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In 2015, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) project developed the Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Communications Implementation Kit (I-Kit) to help guide the creation, or ...

Senior C4D Manager, Polio, P-5, Programme Division - UNICEF - NY, United States
December 6, 2017

Senior C4D Manager, Polio, P-5, Programme Division - UNICEF - NY, United States

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UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global ...

Understanding and Tackling the Gendered Drivers of Poor Adolescent Mental Health
December 6, 2017

Understanding and Tackling the Gendered Drivers of Poor Adolescent Mental Health

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"We hypothesize that rigid social norms and gender-based discrimination limit the perceived control that both girls and boys have over their own lives and futures, and that this perceived lack of control can have deleterious effects on their ...

Moving Forward on Strengthening and Sustaining National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) Globally: Recommendations from the 2nd Global NITAG Network Meeting
December 6, 2017

Moving Forward on Strengthening and Sustaining National Immunization ...

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National Immunization Technical Advisory Groups (NITAGs) provide independent, evidence-informed advice to assist their governments in immunisation policy formation. In 2016, recognising that NITAGs could potentially benefit from intercountry ...

Reasons for Non-Vaccination: Parental Vaccine Hesitancy and the Childhood Influenza Vaccination School Pilot Programme in England
December 5, 2017

Reasons for Non-Vaccination: Parental Vaccine Hesitancy and the Childhood ...

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"This study is a reminder of the importance of asking parents their reasons for non-vaccination to identify all reasons, including perhaps unexpected ones." In 2013, the annual influenza immunisation programme in England was extended to children ...

How can media and communication address violence against women and girls?
December 5, 2017

How can media and communication address violence against women and girls?

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Authors: BBC Media Action Gender advisors Kanwal Ahluwalia and Elanor Jackson, originally posted November 30 2017 - We are often asked what a gender transformative project looks like. A gender transformative approach explicitly tackles social ...

Gender Equality: Our Approach and Strategy - BBC Media Action
December 5, 2017

Gender Equality: Our Approach and Strategy - BBC Media Action

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"This paper outlines BBC Media Action’s approach to Gender Equality and our strategy for achieving impact in this area. This paper reviews and builds on learnings and evidence from initiatives that have sought to advance gender equality through ...

Research on Subgroups Is not Research on Equity Attributes: Evidence from an Overview of Systematic Reviews on Vaccination
December 5, 2017

Research on Subgroups Is not Research on Equity Attributes: Evidence from an ...

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Through an overview of systematic reviews (SRs) in the area of vaccination, this study aims to describe how, globally, research on the effects of interventions on vaccination coverage has looked specifically at vulnerable populations, and, in ...

We Change the World: What Can We Learn from Global Social Movements for Health?
December 5, 2017

We Change the World: What Can We Learn from Global Social Movements for Health?

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This report from the global innovation foundation Nesta presents actionable ways to grow social movements based on the practical experience of over 40 social movement leaders, allies, and dissenters around the world. It looks primarily at four ...

Connecting Citizens to Their Governments: Lessons from ICT-Based Governance Initiatives in Indonesia
December 5, 2017

Connecting Citizens to Their Governments: Lessons from ICT-Based Governance ...

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"It is...fair to conclude that the use of ICTs in governance does strengthen community participation and improve public services, and government responsiveness and accountability."

A Feminist Perspective on Gender, Media and Communication Rights in Digital Times - Key Issues for CSW62 and Beyond
December 4, 2017

A Feminist Perspective on Gender, Media and Communication Rights in Digital ...

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From IT for Change, this paper highlights the failure by states to incorporate a gender dimension in connectivity, the entrenchment of the gender digital divide, and the pervasiveness of gender-based violence (GBV) and its negative impact on ...

Creating a Culture of Evidence Use: Using an Innovative Knowledge Translation Platform to Inform HIV/AIDS Programming for Women and Girls
December 4, 2017

Creating a Culture of Evidence Use: Using an Innovative Knowledge ...

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"Interviews with [36] key individuals and a review of 55 national policies and programming documents have found that What Works has had a substantial impact in promoting the use of evidence to effect positive change in HIV interventions for women ...

SOGIESC UPR Advocacy Toolkit
December 4, 2017

SOGIESC UPR Advocacy Toolkit

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"SOGIESC issues are often side-lined during dialogues at the international level, but the UPR is one of the few forums where there can be vital debate on LGBTI human rights with governments who may otherwise not engage with or even tolerate such ...

Reframing Communication about Zika and Mosquitoes to Increase Disease Prevention Behavior
December 1, 2017

Reframing Communication about Zika and Mosquitoes to Increase Disease ...

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"To address the issue of controlling invasive disease vector mosquitoes, it is clear that we need new methods and strategies that emphasize the efficacy of collective action by local communities."

Defending Journalism
December 1, 2017

Defending Journalism

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"[T]he most effective responses to the safety of journalists are those born and led by a broad coalition of stakeholders that include media, civil society, authorities where possible and international organisations." - Jesper Højberg, Executive ...

Right to Health
December 1, 2017

Right to Health

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Launched ahead of World AIDS Day 2017, this Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) report attributes recent rises in access to treatment in part to the courage and determination of people living with HIV demanding and claiming their ...

Who Cares What Others Think? The Role of Latinas' Acculturation in the Processing of HPV Vaccination Narrative Messages
November 30, 2017

Who Cares What Others Think? The Role of Latinas' Acculturation in the ...

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"[H]ealth campaigns can be used to change beliefs and teach new behaviors, as long as they account for the fact that the audience's cultural background and social environment can either reinforce or attenuate persuasion."

Using Technology to Document Violations: Enabling Sex-worker Communities to Document Violence Against Them in India and Cambodia
November 30, 2017

Using Technology to Document Violations: Enabling Sex-worker Communities to ...

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Carried out by the Tactical Technology Collective (Tactical Tech) and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this project was based on the assumption that enabling sex workers in India and Cambodia to document violations ...

How Young Feminists Resist: A Comic Book
November 30, 2017

How Young Feminists Resist: A Comic Book

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This comic book, created by Dee Mathieu Cassendo in collaboration with the Young Feminist Activism (YFA) team at the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), visually depicts the creative tactics that young feminist organisers use in ...

Information Needs Assessment: Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh
November 29, 2017

Information Needs Assessment: Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh

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"The refugee population is clearly a very tight one, where communication means and habits are strictly community-based, with great emphasis on personal connection and community leaders."

My Village My Home: A Tool to Optimize Immunization Coverage
November 29, 2017

My Village My Home: A Tool to Optimize Immunization Coverage

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"Effectively used, the MVMH tool can ensure full immunization coverage until 2 years of age and will definitely improve the overall coverage within any geographical area." My Village My Home (MVMH) is a community-level tool designed to provide ...

How we attracted women to our shows
November 28, 2017

How we attracted women to our shows

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Author: Head of Research and Learning, BBC Media Action Nigeria, Anu Mohammed, originally posted November 22 2017 - As a child and throughout my teenage years in northern Nigeria, I saw men in our neighbourhood shopping for the food needed by the ...

Promising Practices in Refugee Education: Synthesis Report
November 28, 2017

Promising Practices in Refugee Education: Synthesis Report

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"Whilst the challenges of providing education to the world's refugee children are contextual, multiple and varied, with sustained attention, sufficient political will, and a commitment to creativity and innovation, they can, and must, be overcome."

Unpacking the Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology for Human Development
November 28, 2017

Unpacking the Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology for Human ...

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"[M]any perceive blockchain technology as a platform for positive change - one that could disrupt the global economy and address many of the socio-economic and political issues that countries are facing..."

Data Triangulation: Use of Health Facility Immunization Reporting Tools
November 28, 2017

Data Triangulation: Use of Health Facility Immunization Reporting Tools

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This document from JSI's Coordination and Implementation of Child Health Record Redesigns Project outlines various immunisation tools used at the health facility level and how they are used in harmonisation with immunisation programmes (the ...

Rethinking Research Partnerships: Discussion Guide and Toolkit
November 28, 2017

Rethinking Research Partnerships: Discussion Guide and Toolkit

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"How do organisations with different structures, goals and interests collaborate? Can they work together productively around these differences? What tensions exist and what is the impact of these? How is power distributed and which voices are ...

Nonformal Dialogues in National Peacemaking
November 27, 2017

Nonformal Dialogues in National Peacemaking

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"Nonformal dialogues offer complementary approaches to formal dialogues in national peacemaking efforts in contexts of conflict."

Framing Equality Toolkit
November 27, 2017

Framing Equality Toolkit

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"Our practices - how we engage with our communities and with the wider publics - must reflect and strengthen the stories we tell. Change is only possible once our movements are telling better stories through being more representative, diverse, ...

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision among Adolescents: A Missed Opportunity for HIV Behavioral Interventions
November 27, 2017

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision among Adolescents: A Missed Opportunity ...

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"VMMC may be one of the first occasions for adolescent males in many African countries to interact with the health system and offers a unique opportunity for providers to engage them in broader SRH and HIV messaging."

The Drum Beat 747 - HIV/AIDS Communication and the Right to Health
November 27, 2017

The Drum Beat 747 - HIV/AIDS Communication and the Right to Health

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HIV/AIDS Communication and the Right to Health - The Drum Beat 747November 29, 2017 In this issue:

Coding Rights
November 27, 2017

Coding Rights

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A collective of Latin American women and coders who joined forces in 2015 to create Coding Rights, a "think and do tank" in Brazil, is working to create a more welcoming Web by addressing fundamental human rights challenges and imbalances of ...

National Key Population Program Specialist - FHI 360 - Sri Lanka
November 24, 2017

National Key Population Program Specialist - FHI 360 - Sri Lanka

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Project Description FHI 360 in collaboration with Implmenting Partners in Sri Lanka is implementing the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported “Technical Assistance Partnership” under the Global ...

Living Free and Equal: What States Are Doing to Tackle Violence and Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex People
November 21, 2017

Living Free and Equal: What States Are Doing to Tackle Violence and ...

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From the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), this publication provides an analysis of more than 200 examples of what States in 65 countries in every region of the world are doing to tackle violence and ...

Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'
November 21, 2017

Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'

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Author: Stephanie Desmon, October 31 2017 - Scientific evidence doesn't seem to carry the same weight it used to. In the new era of "alternative facts," it can be especially difficult to effectively communicate with people in order to convince ...

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria
November 21, 2017

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria

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Author: BBC Media Action's Assistant Project Manager in Syria Julie Boutros, originally posted November 19 2017 - As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, Julie Boutros describes how we're helping children in Syria survive and cope with the ...

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