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Do Digital Information and Communications Technologies Increase the Voice and Influence of Women and Girls?
April 25, 2017

Do Digital Information and Communications Technologies Increase the Voice ...

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"Digital ICTs can provide new opportunities for women to express themselves but engaging publically and politically online does not guarantee power." What does the empirical evidence tell us about the types of interventions most likely to enable ...

Social Accountability Initiatives in Health and Nutrition: Lessons from India, Pakistan   and Bangladesh
April 25, 2017

Social Accountability Initiatives in Health and Nutrition: Lessons from ...

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"[T]he scholarly interest in accountability forms part of a recent tendency to document wider emergent forms of citizen action and community-driven development."

Investment Case for Polio Eradication
April 24, 2017

Investment Case for Polio Eradication

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"Polio is defeated by a combination of strong country leadership and governance, effective planning, innovative approaches, community engagement and tremendous commitment from GPEI partners and front line workers." This World Health Organization ...

Lights, Camera, Action: The Participatory Video Experience in Nicaragua
April 24, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action: The Participatory Video Experience in Nicaragua

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"The engagement of rural communities in ICTs, paying particular attention to women and youth, is a powerful channel to foster the leap from individual and collective learning to sustainable livelihood impacts through an integrated capacity ...

Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape
April 21, 2017

Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape

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"Belittling stereotypes that hinder advancement, problems to combine work and family life, gender biased distribution of beats and a general feminization of the industry, (with declining wages and significant male drop out), are some of the ...

Strategic Communication for Zika Prevention: A Framework for Local Adaptation
April 21, 2017

Strategic Communication for Zika Prevention: A Framework for Local Adaptation

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"Effective behavioral communication is essential as it empowers families and communities to make informed decisions regarding Zika prevention measures to protect themselves and their families."

Behavioural Insights at the United Nations - Achieving Agenda 2030
April 20, 2017

Behavioural Insights at the United Nations - Achieving Agenda 2030

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"Agenda 2030 can only be achieved if we critically examine the behavioural factors that lead people to utilize programs effectively and efficiently. Research in behavioural science - regarding how people make decisions and act on them, how they ...

On "Shrinking Space": A Framing Paper
April 19, 2017

On "Shrinking Space": A Framing Paper

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"The 'shrinking space' dilemma is by its very nature characterized by groups which in practice face little more than 'first world problems' speaking on behalf of those activists who never had any space to begin with - groups whose very existence ...

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking
April 13, 2017

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking

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"Our hope is that this report may serve as a vehicle to start a broader conversation about core policy principles. Policymakers, scholars, and concerned citizens may refer to it as they consider the underlying normative values that underpin a ...

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts
April 12, 2017

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts

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"[W]e question a characterisation that often contrasts vertical mainstream media with more horizontal and inclusive social media, arguing that a more nuanced view of the political significance of both spaces of communication is required, and one ...

Evaluation of the WHO Regional Office for Europe Tailoring Immunization Programmes (TIP) Behavioural Insights Tool and Approach
April 11, 2017

Evaluation of the WHO Regional Office for Europe Tailoring Immunization ...

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"TIP's overall value involves participatory appraisal. To that extent, the principles are relevant to other settings such as outbreaks and emergencies." In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO)/Europe developed the Guide to Tailoring ...

How Are Gender Equality and Human Rights Interventions Included in Sexual and Reproductive Health Programmes and Policies: A Systematic Review of Existing Research Foci and Gaps
April 11, 2017

How Are Gender Equality and Human Rights Interventions Included in Sexual ...

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Studies have shown that harmful gender norms that promote male dominance over women prevent women from practicing safer sex, limit their use of contraceptives, and increase their risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV. ...

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services
April 10, 2017

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

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"The society - the rural people, the field level extensionists, farmers - do not read journals; they read blogs, watch YouTube and use Facebook and Twitter and these are the mediums that reach them effectively. These platforms provide incentives ...

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: Potential and Constraints
April 10, 2017

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: ...

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"Everyone is reliant on mobile technology for communication ... Even a grandmother in Syria might now be using applications such as WhatsApp ... these tools have become central." (Field researcher interviewee) This report presents the findings ...

Tuning In To Community Radio
April 7, 2017

Tuning In To Community Radio

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"While we acknowledge there is a tyranny of distance between Pacific countries...we have the opportunity to strengthen existing information and communication exchange models which amplify voices and brings visibility to the desire for equality, ...

Shaping Futures: Planning ahead for Girls' Empowerment and Employability
April 6, 2017

Shaping Futures: Planning ahead for Girls' Empowerment and Employability

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"Together, the skills the girls learned as well as the support of their schools enabled a positive impact on their self-efficacy, gender positive attitudes and desire to plan for the future (employability)." The Planning Ahead for Girls' ...

How Do Media on Both Sides of the Mediterranean Report on Migration?
April 4, 2017

How Do Media on Both Sides of the Mediterranean Report on Migration?

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"Everyone with an interest in this issue, not only journalists, has a responsibility to avoid playing on people's fears and uncertainties, to eliminate the language of confrontation and hostility and to encourage national dialogues on how to meet ...

Towards Gender Equality: The GEMS Journey thus Far
April 4, 2017

Towards Gender Equality: The GEMS Journey thus Far

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"[B]eing one of the key institutions of socialization, schools have the potential to promote gender equality and question the use of violence to bring about and sustain change." This evaluation of the Gender Equality Movement in Schools (GEMS), ...

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Latin America
April 3, 2017

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Latin America

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From GSMA Intelligence, in collaboration with the GSMA's Disaster Response team, this report provides an overview of the Latin American mobile market, the disaster risk landscape, and examples of the innovative solutions being developed by the ...

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy to Protect Children and Communities Against Preventable Diseases
April 3, 2017

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy to Protect Children and Communities Against ...

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This Evidence to Action brief from PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) summarises research findings around the causes and effects of vaccine hesitancy, a behaviour influenced by issues such as lack of trust in the medical ...

Social Media as a Platform for Health-Related Public Debates and Discussions: The Polio Vaccine on Facebook
April 3, 2017

Social Media as a Platform for Health-Related Public Debates and ...

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"The traditional online media supported the Ministry of Health in the Polio crisis of 2013. This in turn led to responses from both opponents and supporters in the social media. The social media were, in fact, the actual locus of debates and ...

Vaccine Hesitancy: In Search of the Risk Communication Comfort Zone
March 31, 2017

Vaccine Hesitancy: In Search of the Risk Communication Comfort Zone

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"Parents live within and have to navigate an increasingly complex, noisy mediascape in which conflicting claims about vaccines and VPDs [vaccine-preventable diseases] compete for attention and thus shape their affective environment....[H]ow do we ...

Pioneering HIV Services for and with Men Having Sex with Men in MENA
March 30, 2017

Pioneering HIV Services for and with Men Having Sex with Men in MENA

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"Deeply rooted HIV-related stigma and discrimination [in the MENA region], apparent in laws, policies, and programmes, and at all levels of society, pose significant barriers to HIV prevention and care, support and engagement of key populations ...

The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development: Sharing Lessons of Improving Development Processes with Evidence
March 28, 2017

The Social Realities of Knowledge for Development: Sharing Lessons of ...

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"Shifts in ideas about research for development have seen externally imposed models and theory-based policy prescriptions replaced by processes of participation and co-production, with a greater focus on local knowledge and engaging key ...

Beyond Eradication: The United States' Role in Sustaining Public Health Gains Achieved Through Polio Programs
March 28, 2017

Beyond Eradication: The United States' Role in Sustaining Public Health ...

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"Sustained investment and policy leadership by the United States will enable the eradication and certification of polio, harness its momentum for broader health gains, and foster tremendous impact on strengthening public-health systems globally ...

Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
March 28, 2017

Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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"By drawing attention to the gender socialization process among adolescents, it is possible to re-direct intervention efforts, taking into consideration how young people imagine their transitions to adulthood - and how they achieve them. Rather ...

Women's Meaningful Participation in Peace: Lessons from the Bangsamoro (Mindanao, Philippines)
March 27, 2017

Women's Meaningful Participation in Peace: Lessons from the Bangsamoro ...

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"It is widely acknowledged that women's meaningful participation in peace processes is fundamental to ensuring a sustainable and transformative peace. However there is still much to be learned about how to move forward in practical terms." This ...

Technology Innovation Hubs and Policy Engagement
March 24, 2017

Technology Innovation Hubs and Policy Engagement

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"There is latent, but recognised, potential for tech innovation hubs in the global South to play a more overt role in promoting social change through contributing to the 'thickening' of local democratic space and policy co-creation. ...

Strengthening Learning and Knowledge Management: Review of WaterAid's Approach to Knowledge Management
March 24, 2017

Strengthening Learning and Knowledge Management: Review of WaterAid's ...

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"The key conclusion from the review is that behaviour change should be the target of activities aiming to improve learning, knowledge sharing, communication and information management." - Aditi Chandak, WaterAid's Knowledge and Learning Advisor

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's Work to Improve Maternal and Child Health
March 23, 2017

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's ...

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"By working with governmental and non-governmental partners, BBC Media Action's content was able to go beyond mass media to reach those without access, spark discussion and deepen the impact of work to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn ...

Managing Knowledge During Partnerships: A Case of Intermediaries in Agricultural Innovation System
March 23, 2017

Managing Knowledge During Partnerships: A Case of Intermediaries in ...

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"The advent of the Internet and its emerging collaborative web-based tools has assumed a crucial role in both inter- and intra-organizational knowledge management systems."

Media Development in the Digital Age: Five Ways to Engage in Internet Governance
March 23, 2017

Media Development in the Digital Age: Five Ways to Engage in Internet Governance

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"This report makes the case to this community that they can, and must, engage in the decision-making bodies that are shaping Internet governance (IG) to ensure that the Internet - and the growing media sphere it sustains - remains open, ...

Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America
March 22, 2017

Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America

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"Why is participation in policy-making normatively desirable? How do citizens make policy-making better? What difference does it make if citizens take part in public debate, parliamentary discussions and procedures, and policy implementation and ...

Experts Recommend Strategic Shift in Nigeria's Polio Eradication Programme
March 16, 2017

Experts Recommend Strategic Shift in Nigeria's Polio Eradication Programme

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This news story from the World Health Organization (WHO) describes the outcomes of the 32nd meeting of the Expert Review Committee (ERC) on Polio Eradication and Routine Immunization in Nigeria, a country that is moving towards polio-free ...

Research Capacity Strengthening for Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Case Study from Latin America
March 16, 2017

Research Capacity Strengthening for Sexual and Reproductive Health: A Case ...

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This paper presents the case study of World Health Organization (WHO) Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP)'s efforts to build research capacity in Latin America by studying and analysing the 5-year history of ...

Examining the Impact of Knowledge Management Interventions: The Knowledge for Health East Africa Field Project
March 16, 2017

Examining the Impact of Knowledge Management Interventions: The Knowledge ...

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"Knowledge management interventions positively improved effectiveness and efficiency of knowledge sharing and use of knowledge management techniques among ECSA-HC staff members." This research brief looks at the process and effects of knowledge ...

Changing Humanitarian Action?
March 15, 2017

Changing Humanitarian Action?

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"Despite the time, money and energy that is spent on change, there has been very little attention paid to the processes by which change actually happens in the humanitarian 'system' (a term which, in itself, has implications for how we think ...

Disasters and Violence against Women and Girls: Can Disasters Shake Social Norms and Power Relations?
March 14, 2017

Disasters and Violence against Women and Girls: Can Disasters Shake Social ...

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"Post-disaster contexts are often characterised by the aggravation of discriminatory norms, social inequalities and gender-based violence, particularly against women and girls. Disasters cause suffering and damage but they also provide ...

Tackling Intimate Partner Violence in South Asia: Why Working with Men and Boys Matters for Women
March 14, 2017

Tackling Intimate Partner Violence in South Asia: Why Working with Men and ...

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This report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) explores multi-level influences that shape the perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) by men and boys in South Asia. It also examines the policy, programming, and institutional ...

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Services
March 14, 2017

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches ...

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"[I]ssues surrounding sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remain a cultural taboo, especially for adolescents and young unmarried people. Adolescents in Bangladesh too often enter their reproductive years poorly informed about SRH issues, ...

Prospects of Multilevel Communication by Children and Young People in Africa: A Case Study of the South African Children's Parliament
March 14, 2017

Prospects of Multilevel Communication by Children and Young People in ...

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“Child rights advocates are optimistic of its transformative role in enhancing the voice of young people and instituting an empowering narrative for social change. However, it is constrained by conceptual and programmatic weaknesses which impair ...

Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Lessons Learned and Legacy
March 10, 2017

Global Polio Eradication Initiative: Lessons Learned and Legacy

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"It is important to document the lessons learned from polio eradication, especially because it is one of the largest ever global health initiatives. The health community has an obligation to ensure that these lessons and the knowledge generated ...

Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs?
March 9, 2017

Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs?

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"Although the range of contraceptives includes methods for men, namely condoms, vasectomy and withdrawal that men use directly, and the Standard Days Method (SDM) that requires their participation, family planning programming has primarily ...

Global Health eLearning: Examining the Effects of Blended Learning Models on Knowledge Application and Retention
March 9, 2017

Global Health eLearning: Examining the Effects of Blended Learning Models on ...

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"Findings from the study support the potential of blended learning models to reinforce learning and application of knowledge, which is crucial to ensuring health professionals around the world have access to accurate and timely health information."

Digital Democracy: The Tools Transforming Political Engagement
March 9, 2017

Digital Democracy: The Tools Transforming Political Engagement

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"How and to what extent are digital tools being used by parliaments, municipal governments and political parties to engage citizens to improve the quality and legitimacy of their decision-making? What can be learned from recent digital democracy ...

A Review of Frameworks on the Determinants of Health
March 8, 2017

A Review of Frameworks on the Determinants of Health

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This report from the Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health (CCSDH) illustrates the many ways in which the determinants of health - factors such as housing, income, education, employment, and social support networks - can be depicted ...

Participatory Communication Strategy to Strengthen Household and Community Leadership for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition, Improved Hygiene and Crop Diversification
March 8, 2017

Participatory Communication Strategy to Strengthen Household and Community ...

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"The Strategy operates through influential members and decision-makers in homes, the community, and on communication media platforms, establishing bridges of cultural relevance and emphasizing the reasons and benefits of behavior change."

A Conceptual Framework for Action on the Social Determinants of Health
March 6, 2017

A Conceptual Framework for Action on the Social Determinants of Health

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"Conceptual frameworks in a public health context shall in the best of worlds serve two equally important purposes: guide empirical work to enhance our understanding of determinants and mechanisms and guide policy-making to illuminate entry ...

Communication Strategies to Promote the Uptake of Childhood Vaccination in Nigeria: A Systematic Map
March 6, 2017

Communication Strategies to Promote the Uptake of Childhood Vaccination in ...

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"Effective communication is a critical component in ensuring that children are fully vaccinated. Although numerous communication interventions have been proposed and implemented in various parts of Nigeria, the range of communication strategies ...

Designing eLearning Courses to Meet the Digital Literacy Needs of Healthcare Workers in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries: Experiences from the Knowledge for Health Project
March 3, 2017

Designing eLearning Courses to Meet the Digital Literacy Needs of Healthcare ...

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"Traditional conceptualizations of knowledge management fail to incorporate the social aspects in which knowledge management work operates. Social knowledge management places people at the center of all knowledge management, including placing the ...

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