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ReMiND Project: Midterm Evaluation Summary
August 22, 2017

ReMiND Project: Midterm Evaluation Summary

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Using mobile phone-based health technology (mHealth) in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India, the Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths Project (ReMiND) aims to increase the adoption of key maternal newborn and child health practices by improving the ...

Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND)
August 22, 2017

Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND)

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"What was really eye-opening was that with the phone, the illiterate ASHA, who seemed overwhelmed and a bit lost, was transformed to someone with increased skills and confidence, who was effective in her work and respected in her community. - ...

Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, Nepal, Bangladesh and India
August 22, 2017

Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's Senior Communications Manager Nick Henegan, originally posted August 18 2017 - In the aftermath of a disaster information is as important as food, water and shelter. It can save lives. This week BBC Media Action teams ...

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

August 18, 2017

Putting America First Means Eradicating Polio: A Polio 'Hopes and Fears' ...

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The road to polio eradication has been nothing if not torturous. The initiative is credited with spectacular achievements - reducing the number of cases by more than 99 percent, providing vaccinations and other health services to children ...

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 ...

Social Cohesion Integration Diagnostics Tool (SCIDAT)
August 18, 2017

Social Cohesion Integration Diagnostics Tool (SCIDAT)

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Part of Catholic Relief Services (CRS)'s suite of resources on social cohesion, this user's guide is a strategic tool designed to help senior management teams, programme officers, and managers better understand the potential of their country ...

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 ...

Taking Action to Address Child Marriage: The Role of Different Sectors
August 17, 2017

Taking Action to Address Child Marriage: The Role of Different Sectors

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Developed by the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) in collaboration with Girls Not Brides, this series of 10 briefs provides a short, accessible introduction to incorporating and measuring child marriage prevention and response ...

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 ...

Protecting Children from Online Sexual Exploitation
August 16, 2017

Protecting Children from Online Sexual Exploitation

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"Online sexual abuse and exploitation is a growing global problem for girls and boys, many of whom suffer in silence at the hands of people closest to them in their homes and communities. Through their values, moral authority and extensive ...

Family Planning Advocacy Through Religious Leaders: A Guide for Faith Communities
August 16, 2017

Family Planning Advocacy Through Religious Leaders: A Guide for Faith ...

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This document guides the efforts of faith-based organisations (FBOs) to equip and encourage religious leaders to advocate for family planning (FP) with their governments, the media, and their own congregations and communities. It was inspired by ...

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 ...

Implementing UNSCR 2250: Youth and Religious Actors Engaging for Peace
August 14, 2017

Implementing UNSCR 2250: Youth and Religious Actors Engaging for Peace

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"At a time in which religious youth are particularly vulnerable to recruitment to violent extremism, it is imperative that the voices of youth - especially those who are influential religious actors in their own right, shaping religious ...

Child, Early, and Forced Marriage Resource Guide
August 14, 2017

Child, Early, and Forced Marriage Resource Guide

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This resource guide provides information on how the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) sectors, missions, and staff can integrate child, early, and forced marriage (CEFM) prevention and response into their programming. It ...

Toilet: Ek Development Communication Katha
August 14, 2017

Toilet: Ek Development Communication Katha

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Akshay Kumar is fast emerging as a very unlikely bearer of varied and content-driven Hindi cinema. Derided by the reigning Hindi cinema establishment and its audience bank as 'Bharat Kumar 2.0' for his off-screen nationalistic messages and works, ...

Development and Access to Information
August 11, 2017

Development and Access to Information

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"Can access to information create more socially and economically inclusive societies? ....[H]w can we capitalize on the strengths of the information society to help combat poverty and inequality, make governments more transparent and accountable, ...

New Pathways for Citizen Agency: Open Government National Action Plans in Uruguay
August 11, 2017

New Pathways for Citizen Agency: Open Government National Action Plans in ...

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This research brief looks at the experience of open governance in Uruguay. It analyses the creation and implementation of the Open Government National Action Plan (OGP-NAP) to understand its impact on citizen agency and participation in the ...

Reporting Poverty in the UK: A Practical Guide for Journalists
August 10, 2017

Reporting Poverty in the UK: A Practical Guide for Journalists

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"It is not the job of the media generally to solve the problem of poverty or to take sides in the political tussle over it....But [b]y explaining it, we may make the public more understanding and aware. That, in turn, could lead to politicians ...

Speaking up for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone
August 9, 2017

Speaking up for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone

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Author: BBC Media Action Sierra Leone's Head of Production, Allieu Sesay, originally posted August 7 2017 - Abass became a voice for Ebola survivors across Sierra Leone. Allieu Sesay tells his ongoing story. Holding his baby daughter in his ...

Mis/representations of Women Migrant Workers in the Media: A Critical Analysis
August 9, 2017

Mis/representations of Women Migrant Workers in the Media: A Critical Analysis

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"News media...has the power to shape dominant representations and reframe narratives and discourses surrounding migration. Indeed, fostering more gender-responsive reporting on migration is an important element to realizing the rights of women ...

Pathways to Accountability from the Margins: Reflections on Participatory Video Practice
August 9, 2017

Pathways to Accountability from the Margins: Reflections on Participatory ...

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"Many participatory governance and accountability processes, and the theoretical discourses and practical approaches underlying them, do not pay sufficient attention to the need to shape the relational conditions for accountability for ...

Capacity and Consent: Empowering Adolescents to Exercise their Reproductive Rights
August 8, 2017

Capacity and Consent: Empowering Adolescents to Exercise their Reproductive ...

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"This publication sets forth the barriers adolescents face in realizing their sexual and reproductive health and rights, discusses recent critical developments in the human rights framework underpinning these rights, and proposes a way forward ...

Zan TV (Women's TV)
August 8, 2017

Zan TV (Women's TV)

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Launched in May 2017 after a high-profile marketing campaign on billboards in Kabul and on social media, Zan TV (Women's TV) is a television channel in Afghanistan that is dedicated to women. Female presenters are common on Afghan television, but ...

How to use media for development - and why it works.
August 8, 2017

How to use media for development - and why it works.

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Author: BBC Media Action Senior Production Managery Clemency Fraser, originally published July 31 2017 - Have you ever wanted to see how we create media for development? Well, good news folks now you can. BBC Media Action has been creating ...

Integrated Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Programs Implementation Kit (I-Kit)
August 8, 2017

Integrated Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Programs ...

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“Recent years have witnessed a shift from development programs that focus on a single health or development topic, to initiatives that encompass multiple topics within a single program.” This resource brings together current best practices to ...

Young Adolescents and Digital Media: Uses, Risks and Opportunities in Low-and Middle-Income Countries
August 7, 2017

Young Adolescents and Digital Media: Uses, Risks and Opportunities in ...

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With the goal of contributing to evidence-informed programming and policy dialogues and action, this rapid evidence review explores adolescent girls' access to and use of digital media, especially mobile phones and the internet, in low- and ...

The Drum Beat 740 - Governance in Community Decision-Making Related to Polio Immunisation
August 7, 2017

The Drum Beat 740 - Governance in Community Decision-Making Related to Polio ...

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Governance in Community Decision-Making Related to Polio Immunisation - The Drum Beat 740August 9, 2017 In this issue:

Building Capacity in Information Management for HIV and AIDS Programs - A Compendium of Tools
August 7, 2017

Building Capacity in Information Management for HIV and AIDS Programs - A ...

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"Local capacity to manage HIS and M&E functions is essential, so that countries can produce accurate, timely, and complete data to plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate program activities."

Activism, Artivism and Beyond: Inspiring Initiatives of Civic Power
August 7, 2017

Activism, Artivism and Beyond: Inspiring Initiatives of Civic Power

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"What all of the examples in this report share is passion, resilience, a desire to make the world better and, above all, a contagious energy. Be it online or offline, large or small, global or local, all initiatives covered in this book are the ...

Philippines Resilience Programme
August 4, 2017

Philippines Resilience Programme

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Launched in April 2015, Oxfam's climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) programme in the Philippines focuses on conflict-prone and climate change-sensitive areas, as well as areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Mindanao. ...

An Attack on One Is an Attack on All: Successful Initiatives to Protect Journalists and Combat Impunity
August 4, 2017

An Attack on One Is an Attack on All: Successful Initiatives to Protect ...

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"Advocacy is needed for greater protection mechanisms, but also for something more basic: the value that independent media brings to society at large. Increased understanding of this role is needed."

The State of Mobile Data for Social Good
August 4, 2017

The State of Mobile Data for Social Good

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"There are many different stakeholders...in the mobile data for social good field, and all play a role in converting mobile data into actionable insights. The large number of stakeholder groups - and the plethora of organizations and individuals ...

Measuring Social Impact in the Clean and Efficient Cooking Sector: A How-To Guide
August 4, 2017

Measuring Social Impact in the Clean and Efficient Cooking Sector: A How-To ...

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"Are entrepreneurs who distribute your clean and/or efficient cookstoves/fuels experiencing any benefits, like enhanced communications skills or expanded networks, as a result of their work with you? Are the users of your cookstoves/fuels using ...

When Digital Democracy Falls Short: Insights from Colombia
August 3, 2017

When Digital Democracy Falls Short: Insights from Colombia

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This research brief examines the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) mediation in democratisation and citizen engagement in Colombia. This country's e-government development has been recognised by the United Nations (UN) as a ...

Training Supervisors to Mentor Health Workers Who Provide Counselling on Infant and Young Child Feeding
August 3, 2017

Training Supervisors to Mentor Health Workers Who Provide Counselling on ...

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"Strengthening the ability of mentor-supervisors to provide ongoing mentoring can help health workers improve their counseling performance with patients and clients."

Research into Gender Equality and Early Childhood Development in Eleven Countries in Asia
August 3, 2017

Research into Gender Equality and Early Childhood Development in Eleven ...

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"These findings are of concern because they suggest that in the communities studied, the existing gender discrimination, the low social position of women and the gendered distribution of labour are being taught from the earliest age, instilled in ...

Placing Human Behavior at the Center of the Fight to Eradicate Polio: Lessons Learned and Their Application to Other Life-Saving Interventions
August 3, 2017

Placing Human Behavior at the Center of the Fight to Eradicate Polio: ...

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"For the field of public health, the lesson to place human factors - how people think, make choices, and behave - at the center of disease control initiatives is a lesson that the world cannot afford to overlook again." This report, included in ...

A Feminist Action Framework on Development and Digital Technologies
August 2, 2017

A Feminist Action Framework on Development and Digital Technologies

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"Through a feminist lens that brings together economic justice and gender justice concerns, this paper traces the key elements of the right to access, right to knowledge and right to development in the network society context." From the ...

Supporting Civil Society under Pressure - Lessons from Natural Resource Exploitation
August 2, 2017

Supporting Civil Society under Pressure - Lessons from Natural Resource ...

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"The concept of «shrinking space» has been put forward to capture more fully the wide range of pressures and restrictions experienced by civil society. These pressures include physical harassment, as well as initiation of criminal investigations, ...

Digital Discrimination: Political Bias in Internet Service Provision across Ethnic Groups
August 2, 2017

Digital Discrimination: Political Bias in Internet Service Provision across ...

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"The global expansion of the Internet is frequently associated with increased government transparency, political rights, and democracy....Still, we do not know how the provision of Internet services varies across societal groups in a country or ...

Participatory Video and the Pacifica Mamas: A Pilot Project
August 2, 2017

Participatory Video and the Pacifica Mamas: A Pilot Project

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"Emerging literature highlights that in the Pacific, the use of participatory video (PV)...can be employed as a tool to empower communities to have agency over their media outputs, meaning that they have full control of the content creation, ...

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