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The Polio Surveillance System
April 25, 2017

The Polio Surveillance System

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"Data is a powerful tool in the fight to eradicate polio." The search for the poliovirus is triggered when any child is found with acute flaccid paralysis - a sick child suddenly is unable to move her arm or leg due to muscle weakness. This ...

Reaching Every Last Child
April 25, 2017

Reaching Every Last Child

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"Frontline health workers are the heroes of polio eradication." Some children live in places that are harder to reach with polio vaccines than others. This short video shows how, in every vulnerable country, the World Health Organization (WHO) ...

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 ...

A Guide for Public Health Advocacy: Tools and Lessons Learned from Successful Infant and Young Child Feeding Advocacy in Southeast Asia
April 24, 2017

A Guide for Public Health Advocacy: Tools and Lessons Learned from ...

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"[I]n the case of maternal and child nutrition, advocacy can create permanent shifts that forever change the type of support and opportunity a family has to choose the best feeding practices." This guide draws from lessons learned and best ...

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 ...

Putting America First Means Eradicating Polio
April 20, 2017

Putting America First Means Eradicating Polio

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Author: Nellie Bristol, April 13 2017 - 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 ...

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 ...

Holistic Security Trainers' Manual
April 19, 2017

Holistic Security Trainers' Manual

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The Trainers' Manual was created partially as a companion to Tactical Technology Collective's Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders (see Related Summaries, below) and partially to reflect further learnings and best practices ...

Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders
April 19, 2017

Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders

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"When we work to bring about positive social change, we can face persistent threats and attacks which impact upon our physical and psychological integrity, and often affect our friends and families. However, taking an organised approach to ...

'Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry...now I'm in school, I'm happy.'
April 18, 2017

'Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry...now I'm in school, I'm ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's Kenyi Betuel, originally posted on March 6 2017 - Stella wanted to go to school but her father thought it would ‘spoil’ her chances of marriage. Kenyi Betuel – editor of a girls’ education radio show - explores some of ...

The Right to Dissent: International Law Obligations to Respect, Protect and Fulfill the Right to Participate in Public Affairs by Engaging in Criticism, Opposition and Dissent
April 18, 2017

The Right to Dissent: International Law Obligations to Respect, Protect and ...

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Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) produced this manual to promote human rights and the rule of law through enhancing knowledge of international human rights law guarantees of the rights to participate in public affairs by engaging in public ...

Stories of Land, Rights, and Culture: Indigenous Community Leaders Document Their Efforts to Protect Human Rights and Preserve Traditions
April 18, 2017

Stories of Land, Rights, and Culture: Indigenous Community Leaders Document ...

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"Dominant narratives about the 'development agenda' often fail to consider the needs and desires of indigenous communities, who face disproportionate threats to their rights and cultural traditions as a result of land grabs, climate change, and ...

What's the best way of improving accountability in Sierra Leone?
April 17, 2017

What's the best way of improving accountability in Sierra Leone?

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's George Ferguson on March 17 2017 - A free and independent media that holds politicians to account on behalf of citizens has long been held up as a cornerstone of a thriving democracy. In Sierra Leone, we ran a ...

Training Manual: Gender Leadership in Humanitarian Action
April 13, 2017

Training Manual: Gender Leadership in Humanitarian Action

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The purpose of this training manual is to support the institutionalisation of gender equality and women's rights in all humanitarian action. It was developed by Oxfam to support the implementation of the project Institutionalizing Gender in ...

Communication for Development: A Practical Guide
April 12, 2017

Communication for Development: A Practical Guide

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"Development is a communicative process. Communication tools are vital for the political dialogue and awareness-raising required to bring about social and institutional reforms. This...handbook...shows how these tools can be used effectively." - ...

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. ...

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' ...

Implementing Systems-Level Change for Health Equity: A Partnership Summit
April 5, 2017

Implementing Systems-Level Change for Health Equity: A Partnership Summit

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"The time to implement systems-­level change for health equity is now." This report summarises the proceedings and recommendations of the inaugural Health Equity Initiative (HEI) Summit, which provided a forum to explore systemic issues and ...

Tailoring Immunization Programmes for Seasonal Influenza (TIP FLU)
April 4, 2017

Tailoring Immunization Programmes for Seasonal Influenza (TIP FLU)

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"[A]s HCWs are trusted sources of information on preventive health for patients, encouraging HCWs to act as champions advocating for SIV could be a powerful intervention to increase uptake of SIV among other priority groups."

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), ...

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 ...

Let's Talk about Hesitancy: Enhancing Confidence in Vaccination and Uptake
March 31, 2017

Let's Talk about Hesitancy: Enhancing Confidence in Vaccination and Uptake

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Commissioned by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and produced by World Health Communication Associates (WHCA), this guide provides practical evidence-based and peer-reviewed advice for public health programme managers ...

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 ...

Building Girls' Protective Assets: A Collection of Tools for Program Design
March 30, 2017

Building Girls' Protective Assets: A Collection of Tools for Program Design

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"Start with the girls to see the girls..." Based on the experiences of dozens of programmes that work with adolescent girls in low- and middle-income countries, this resource is intended for organisations that are committed to extending their ...

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 ...

FAO's technical cooperation assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia achieves notable results
March 30, 2017

FAO's technical cooperation assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ...

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Author - James Ayodele, March 30 2017 - A recent evaluation by the FAO [Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations] Office of Evaluation says that FAO’s technical cooperation assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has achieved ...

How can rural women be well fed?
March 30, 2017

How can rural women be well fed?

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Author: James Ayodele, March 30 2017 - International Women’s Day 2017 Women in cities may be heading companies and making key decisions but in rural areas they are suffering great hardship, poverty, inequality and hunger. On the International ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

ΛGORΛ
March 21, 2017

ΛGORΛ

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ΛGORΛ is the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)'s global hub for learning and development. Launched in 2015, the online platform facilitates global access to learning opportunities and provides planning and reporting solutions for its users. ...

UK Diaspora Engagement with Polio Eradication in Pakistan
March 21, 2017

UK Diaspora Engagement with Polio Eradication in Pakistan

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Photo Credit: © Rotary International/Khaula Jamil UK Diaspora Engagement with Polio Eradication in Pakistan is a Muslim- and diaspora-led initiative to once and for all eliminate the spectre of polio from Pakistan's children. Implemented by ...

Communication initiative to address fish depletion, promote livelihood diversification
March 21, 2017

Communication initiative to address fish depletion, promote livelihood ...

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Author: Panos Institute Southern Africa's Lilian Saka-Kiefer, on April 19 2017 - Fishing is one of the most relied upon livelihood activities for communities around rivers and lakes.  Fish features prominently on the diet of many ...

How to Hold a Successful Share Fair
March 20, 2017

How to Hold a Successful Share Fair

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This handbook is a reference tool for anyone who works in public health or international development and wants to bring together a group of people to discuss ideas, address challenges, and share best practices. The handbook guides users through ...

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 ...

Knowledge Exchange Toolbox
March 16, 2017

Knowledge Exchange Toolbox

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Principal Author: Meena Arivananthan Contributing Authors: Angèle Bijanu, Paula Bulancea, Jens Matthes, Diksha Mudbhary-Sitaula, Eric Mullerbeck, Paola Storchi, and Ian Thorpe

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 ...

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