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A Study in User-Centered Communication and Family Planning Decision-Making in Nepal
September 21, 2017

A Study in User-Centered Communication and Family Planning Decision-Making ...

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The case studies from Nepal in this report detail conversations that took place between young couples and Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) health workers and family members, also sharing their reflections on campaign-related ...

ICT4D Research: Reflections on History and Future Agenda
September 21, 2017

ICT4D Research: Reflections on History and Future Agenda

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"[T]o what extent are ICTs contributing to development, particularly that of the relatively poor members of society? How can we extend the benefits of ICTs more widely in society and mitigate the negative effects of rich/poor divides, for ...

ALL IN to End the Adolescent AIDS Epidemic: A Progress Report
September 20, 2017

ALL IN to End the Adolescent AIDS Epidemic: A Progress Report

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"ALL IN...recognizes the importance of a holistic, multi-sectoral approach towards addressing risk and vulnerability in adolescents, seeking to drive this fast-track effort through partnerships that combine forces to improve leadership, ...

Development of a Global Mechanism in Support of Advancing the Scale and Impact of Communication and Media for Development, Social and Behaviour Change
September 20, 2017

Development of a Global Mechanism in Support of Advancing the Scale and ...

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Note: What follows is the summary of this report. The full report can be accessed at this link.

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement
September 20, 2017

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement

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"Digital choices for democracy can empower or disempower citizens; can present citizens with real alternatives for equality, thereby deepening democracy; or [can] prove costly for both individual citizens and the polity as a whole."

Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism
September 19, 2017

Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering ...

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"MIL [media and information literacy] is a strong tool, cutting across educational, cultural and social contexts. It can help overcome disinformation, stereotypes and intolerance conveyed through some media and in online spaces. Here, stimulating ...

IDELA: Fostering Common Solutions for Young Children
September 18, 2017

IDELA: Fostering Common Solutions for Young Children

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"In LMICs [low- and middle-income countries], there is limited guidance on the 'how to' of programs: how to get a return on investment and how to boost children's early development, especially for children from socio-cultural minorities."

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in South Asia: Evidence for Interventions in the Health Sector, Women's Collectives and Local Governance Mechanisms
September 18, 2017

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in South Asia: Evidence for ...

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Based on a systemic review of literature, this International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) report seeks to understand how best to design responsive intimate partner violence (IPV) interventions by examining relevant programmes that were or ...

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Social Media
September 18, 2017

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and ...

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"In a region with more mobile phones than people,...digital growth in Southeast Asia presents opportunities for children on the move to make informed decisions prior to migration and could help to prevent children from moving alone or being ...

Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America
September 15, 2017

Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office in Montevideo, Uruguay, contends that the advancement of knowledge societies depends on our understanding of the universal right to freedom of expression and ...

Catalogue of Interventions Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy
September 15, 2017

Catalogue of Interventions Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

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This catalogue provides tools and information resources to support European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) countries in addressing the issue of vaccine hesitancy. In addition, it provides examples of individual- and community-level ...

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy
September 14, 2017

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy

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"As long as capture exists, and it usually exists in one form or another, then the media are not truly free." - Anya Schiffrin

Barriers and Solutions in Using M4D: Connecting Directly to Citizens for Scalable Impact
September 14, 2017

Barriers and Solutions in Using M4D: Connecting Directly to Citizens for ...

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"For a mobile engagement project to create real impact, affordable and scalable technology is a necessary starting point, but elements of culture, psychology and human design must be considered." This paper identifies four prevailing barriers to ...

The 'Logical Levels' Behavioural Model Applied to Condom Use
September 13, 2017

The 'Logical Levels' Behavioural Model Applied to Condom Use

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This description of the Logical Levels of Change, a behavioural model by Robert Dilts, details strategies of using it as a framework for designing, reviewing, and enhancing health promotion interventions, illustrated with the example of condom ...

Citizens as Drivers of Change: How Citizens Practice Human Rights to Engage with the State and Promote Transparency and Accountability
September 13, 2017

Citizens as Drivers of Change: How Citizens Practice Human Rights to Engage ...

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"Citizen engagement is organic rather than induced by external actors; citizens, working on a voluntary basis, help select and design initiatives."

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
September 12, 2017

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child ...

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"mHealth research projects are typically under-theorised, poorly specified and vaguely described. This creates challenges for effective evidence synthesis, risks unintended consequences that cannot be explained, makes replication and scaling ...

Communication and Conflict in Transitional Societies: Integrating Media and Communication in Development Cooperation
September 12, 2017

Communication and Conflict in Transitional Societies: Integrating Media and ...

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"Social change is no longer regarded as a linear process in which media are promotional instruments serving a Western notion of modernization which journalists are trained to deliver. Instead, active participation of all stakeholders in the ...

Famine: Lessons Learned
September 11, 2017

Famine: Lessons Learned

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"Aid agencies should collaborate more closely with media initiatives and networks that seek to promote better communication and engagement with affected communities to ensure that well-informed messages reach the public. At the same time, they ...

Community Engagement in Liberia: Routine Immunization Post-Ebola
September 11, 2017

Community Engagement in Liberia: Routine Immunization Post-Ebola

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"The most frequently made recommendation was the integral use or involvement of the community." In Liberia, as in the other most affected countries in West Africa, the Ebola epidemic led to a disruption in essential health services and resulted ...

Identification of Preliminary Core Outcome Domains for Communication about Childhood Vaccination: An Online Delphi Survey
September 11, 2017

Identification of Preliminary Core Outcome Domains for Communication about ...

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"Vaccination communication interventions impact more than just vaccination status and behaviours. Measuring intermediate outcomes related to the communication's purpose is crucial to unpacking these effects and may assist in understanding the ...

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services
September 8, 2017

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services

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"The literature on (non-digital and digital) ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and women and girls' empowerment is relatively large, but most studies focus on women's economic empowerment, and these rarely draw connections between ...

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women
September 7, 2017

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women

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What are the most effective tools developed for digital platforms (social media, mobile phone apps and websites) that have been successful in changing behaviour in relation to violence against women? Violence against women and girls (VAWG) ...

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good
September 7, 2017

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good

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"[I]n contrast with the deluge of blog posts and tweets praising technology’s role to promote smarter and more participatory governments, one finds limited evidence on the effects of technology on citizen engagement practices." - Tiago Carneiro ...

Participation of Children and Adolescents: An Indispensable Factor for a Better Municipal Investment in Central America
September 6, 2017

Participation of Children and Adolescents: An Indispensable Factor for a ...

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"Adolescents, youth and adults representing organizations from the Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua Chapters [to  Central American Seminar of Children and Adolescents in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 2016] exchanged experiences ...

Does Targeting Children with Hygiene Promotion Messages Work? The Effect of Handwashing Promotion Targeted at Children, on Diarrhoea, Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections and Behaviour Change, in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
September 5, 2017

Does Targeting Children with Hygiene Promotion Messages Work? The Effect of ...

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The purpose of this systematic review is to assess if promoting the practice of handwashing with soap (HWWS), designed to reach children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), is effective at increasing handwashing behaviour and ...

World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior
September 1, 2017

World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior

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"Can providing a role model change a person's opinion of what is possible in life and what is 'right' for a society? Can marketing a social norm of safe driving reduce accident rates? Can providing information about the energy consumption of ...

Stakeholder Perceptions of Communication about Vaccination in Two Regions of Cameroon: A Qualitative Case Study
September 1, 2017

Stakeholder Perceptions of Communication about Vaccination in Two Regions of ...

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"Understanding stakeholders' (parents', communities' and health workers') perspectives of communication about childhood vaccination, including their preferences for its format, delivery and content, is an important step towards designing better ...

Social Norms and Girls' Well-Being: Linking Theory and Practice
August 31, 2017

Social Norms and Girls' Well-Being: Linking Theory and Practice

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"Focusing on social norms expands the typical conversation around social change, placing human relationships within communities at the center of the narrative."

Interreligious Action for Peace: Studies in Muslim-Christian Cooperation
August 30, 2017

Interreligious Action for Peace: Studies in Muslim-Christian Cooperation

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"In development and humanitarian action, it is now widely accepted - including among many avowedly secular professionals and institutions - that religious actors are not only important influencers on a wide range of issues but that they can also ...

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
August 30, 2017

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

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This World Bank report explores the impact of the internet, mobile phones, and related technologies on economic development. Its statistics and analysis show that, while digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world, digital ...

Reflections on Media Environment Trends - IMS Annual Report 2016-2017
August 29, 2017

Reflections on Media Environment Trends - IMS Annual Report 2016-2017

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"...the year 2016 – mid 2017 displayed vividly the increased global connectedness of people and communities as technology continued to influence news and information and the way it is produced, regulated and repressed. In this context, the year ...

A Citizenship in Crisis: Voice, Welfare and Other Contestations in the Digital State
August 28, 2017

A Citizenship in Crisis: Voice, Welfare and Other Contestations in the ...

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"The primacy of the digital over the offline, in a scenario where digital access disparities are stark, has meant that traditional forms of collective representation and action fall by the wayside and are not given their fair due - to emerge, ...

Polio Outbreak Ukraine Report 2015-2016
August 24, 2017

Polio Outbreak Ukraine Report 2015-2016

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"This report...describes strong technical expertise, a creative and data-driven communications campaign, and vibrant teamwork in the face of uncommon political and logistical obstacles." - Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine

Policy Briefing and Country Reports - Creating New Spaces: Women's Experiences of Political Participation in Communities
August 23, 2017

Policy Briefing and Country Reports - Creating New Spaces: Women's ...

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"Womankind Worldwide's research on women's political participation at the community level in Afghanistan, Ghana, Nepal and Zimbabwe has found that women-only groups or 'spaces' have multiple benefits for women's participation in politics and ...

Development of a Set of Community-Informed Ebola Messages for Sierra Leone
August 23, 2017

Development of a Set of Community-Informed Ebola Messages for Sierra Leone

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"[S]ystematic, iterative qualitative research should be fully embedded into the message development process from the outset of the response to any future public health emergency, and the communication of those messages should also be conducted on ...

Ukraine's Health Sector: Sustaining Momentum for Reform
August 23, 2017

Ukraine's Health Sector: Sustaining Momentum for Reform

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"For the last year,...an important linchpin of reform - the health sector - has been the subject of intense new development and debate across Ukraine....The moment of possibility has arrived. A major success in health reform is within reach."

Empowering Women and Girls to Improve Nutrition: Building a Sisterhood of Success
August 22, 2017

Empowering Women and Girls to Improve Nutrition: Building a Sisterhood of ...

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"Women are both disproportionately affected by malnutrition (60% of the world’s 800 million malnourished people are women) and critical actors in findings lasting solutions.... Nutrition justice will only be achieved when women are empowered and ...

Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age
August 22, 2017

Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age

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This paper summarises the key issues in the current digital governance scenario in India. It focuses on emerging technological practices in government and articulates the gaps in current legal-policy measures necessary to promote participatory ...

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C
August 21, 2017

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C

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The 2016 Annual Report for the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting provides two perspectives: The main document analyses progress in quantitative terms, offering profiles of each of the 17 programme countries. A ...

Intergenerational Dialogue for Democracy
August 21, 2017

Intergenerational Dialogue for Democracy

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"Democracy is about intergenerational equity, while a state of intergenerational equity strengthens the resilience of democracy." - Andrew Bradley, Director and Head of the Office of International IDEA to the European Union

Role of Religion and Religious Leaders in Farmer-Pastoralist Conflict in Plateau State - An Inter-Religious Peacebuilding in Northern Nigeria (IPNN) Qualitative Research Report
August 21, 2017

Role of Religion and Religious Leaders in Farmer-Pastoralist Conflict in ...

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“Due to the high degree of correlation between ethnic and religious identities, and because some ethnic groups traditionally have stronger control of resources, one’s religion is often linked to one’s access to and control over resources, ...

Women, Faith and Human Rights
August 18, 2017

Women, Faith and Human Rights

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"Religious women advocates of the human rights agenda are rarely heard in global dialogues and negotiations, and when they are present, their voices and perspectives are often on the margins of these intergovernmental fora....This happens in ...

The Ties That Bind: Building Social Cohesion in Divided Communities
August 17, 2017

The Ties That Bind: Building Social Cohesion in Divided Communities

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"Discussions involving social cohesion generally evoke thoughts about trust, tolerance, harmony, ties and networks."

Faith-Based Approaches to Transforming Masculinities for Gender Justice & Equality: A Two-Day Consultation
August 17, 2017

Faith-Based Approaches to Transforming Masculinities for Gender Justice & ...

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"[D]espite the promise of faith-based approaches to gender equality, there is extremely limited availability of systematic review or systematized evidence to support this work." MenEngage Alliance and Tearfund organised a 2-day consultation in ...

Local Humanitarian Leadership and Religious Literacy
August 16, 2017

Local Humanitarian Leadership and Religious Literacy

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"In many societies, it is the religious leaders and actors who are the most powerful and respected members of the society, with tremendous access to, and sway over, their community members. Yet many secular international humanitarian actors keep ...

Vaccination Communication Strategies: What Have We Learned, and Lost, in 200 Years?
August 16, 2017

Vaccination Communication Strategies: What Have We Learned, and Lost, in 200 ...

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"Advocates for childhood vaccination need to employ greater pathos in their communication - simply stating 'these are the scientific facts...' is not, and never will be, enough."

Scaling Digital Health in Developing Markets: Opportunities and Recommendations for Mobile Operators
August 15, 2017

Scaling Digital Health in Developing Markets: Opportunities and ...

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"Digital health is taking its first steps in some African, Asian and Latin American markets, with a widespread view that greater use of technology and digital solutions can help address key healthcare issues: expanding healthcare coverage ...

UNDP Guidelines on Engaging with Faith-based Organizations and Religious Leaders
August 15, 2017

UNDP Guidelines on Engaging with Faith-based Organizations and Religious Leaders

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"Faith matters to people, and matters to development. In many parts of the world, faith-based organizations (FBOs) and religious leaders (RLs) are influential in both the political and social spheres, and have a broad following in society. Their ...

Applying Theory to Practice: CARE's Journey Piloting Social Norms Measures for Gender Programming
August 15, 2017

Applying Theory to Practice: CARE's Journey Piloting Social Norms Measures ...

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"CARE has found that there are persistent gender inequitable behaviors that are not changing despite working on attitudes and providing information, and where good policies are in place. CARE sought out to test whether a deeper understanding of ...

A Rigorous Review of Global Research Evidence on Policy and Practice on School-Related Gender-Based Violence
August 14, 2017

A Rigorous Review of Global Research Evidence on Policy and Practice on ...

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As reports have proliferated on widespread violence experienced by girls and boys in and around schools across the globe, school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) has become a major concern for policymakers, education practitioners, and ...

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