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I have 140 friends, and I speak to them nearly every day
September 29, 2016

I have 140 friends, and I speak to them nearly every day

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Chukwura, September 28 2016 - Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a pen pal far away in Nice, France. I was always excited to receive letters from her – I remember we bonded over photos of our home towns and ...

What big international development events are still to come in 2016?
September 29, 2016

What big international development events are still to come in 2016?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Melanie Archer, September 29 2016 - 2016 has been a busy year so far. The World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul while the British Government hosted a major anti-corruption conference. But the year’s not over ...

What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions: Safe Motherhood and Prevention of Vertical Transmission: Antenatal Care - Treatment
September 28, 2016

What Works for Women and Girls: Evidence for HIV/AIDS Interventions: Safe ...

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This updated (2016) component of the resource What Works for Women & Girls (see Related Summaries, below) provides a public health perspective on what works for women in access and adherence to antiretroviral treatment (ART) in the context of ...

Why Do Some Behaviours Change More Easily than Others? Water-Use Behaviour Interventions in Rural Nepal
September 28, 2016

Why Do Some Behaviours Change More Easily than Others? Water-Use Behaviour ...

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"[R]eal individual freedom of choice about participation in collective traditions, and the capability to affect collective agency through public reasoning become the most important principles that should steer behaviour-change interventions."

Strengthening Behaviour Change Communication in Western Nepal: How Can We Do Better?
September 26, 2016

Strengthening Behaviour Change Communication in Western Nepal: How Can We Do ...

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The Government of Nepal aims to achieve full water and sanitation coverage by 2017. The bilateral Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project in Western Nepal (RWSSP-WN) works with local governments in 14 districts, aiming to declare them open ...

Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20: Building a Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chain in Mozambique
September 22, 2016

Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20: Building a Next-Generation ...

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"Any changes to the supply chain require an effective leader to define the new vision for the system and the processes that lead to the transformation....The champion for system design must be willing to question the status quo and use evidence ...

Unpacking 'Participation': Models, Meanings and Practices
September 21, 2016

Unpacking 'Participation': Models, Meanings and Practices

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"Participation" has entered the development mainstream and is used by a variety of institutions, but what it means can vary enormously between different actors. This article explores some of the meanings and practices associated with ...

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?
September 21, 2016

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?

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Author: Will Taylor, September 21 2016 - Will Taylor reviews the ‘green cover’ draft of the World Development Report, which puts a spotlight on the media but could do more to lay out how to support inclusive public dialogue at scale. Induced ...

Water Resource Management and the Changing Climate in Angola's Coastal Settlements
September 21, 2016

Water Resource Management and the Changing Climate in Angola's Coastal ...

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"Climate-related risks to the population are likely to worsen in the future and it is important to understand and prepare for them. Unfortunately, a dearth of relevant data has made it difficult to assess these risks." Convinced that ...

Childhood Immunisation in South Asia - Overcoming the Hurdles to Progress
September 20, 2016

Childhood Immunisation in South Asia - Overcoming the Hurdles to Progress

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"Community engagement relies not just on information sharing and awareness raising but also on a dialogue that enables public health professionals to understand the needs and concerns of caregivers and community leaders. Immunisation programmes ...

Citizen Voice and Action
September 19, 2016

Citizen Voice and Action

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"No democratic government can afford not to listen to the voices of its citizens....However, governments - and institutions of various sizes and scales - find citizen engagement difficult and sometimes threatening. This is because participation ...

The Refugee Journalism Project
September 19, 2016

The Refugee Journalism Project

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"At a time when the British press has a ready use for stories about refugees, it has yet to make space for stories by them....The story by the refugee journalist needs to be heard – not just for its own sake but to address the imbalance in our ...

Toward a Networked Economy in Myanmar
September 16, 2016

Toward a Networked Economy in Myanmar

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Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this research project is an effort to help Myanmar (Burma) transition to an inclusive, networked economy that advances its social and economic goals, giving citizens access to ...

Best Practice Guidance: How to Respond to Vocal Vaccine Deniers in Public
September 16, 2016

Best Practice Guidance: How to Respond to Vocal Vaccine Deniers in Public

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"Addressing vocal vaccine deniers in the media can be fraught with danger and angst." This guidance document from the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe provides basic, broad principles for a spokesperson of any health ...

Catalyzing Broadband Internet in Africa - Ensuring Economic and Social Inclusion
September 15, 2016

Catalyzing Broadband Internet in Africa - Ensuring Economic and Social Inclusion

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"Broadband Internet creates an environment that spurs business growth, nurtures science and innovation, and empowers people." This project aims to inform policies in Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria that help marginalised groups in Africa, such ...

Polio is back in Nigeria, and the next vaccination campaign may have a surprising consequence
September 15, 2016

Polio is back in Nigeria, and the next vaccination campaign may have a ...

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Authors: Shelby Grossman, Jonathan Phillips and Leah Rosenzweig, August 23 2016 [first posted in the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, linked below] In early August, Nigeria announced new cases of wild poliovirus, two years after the country's ...

Modelling and Controlling Infectious Diseases
September 15, 2016

Modelling and Controlling Infectious Diseases

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"Mathematical modeling provides an appropriate framework to integrate data coming from different sources. This, together with computer simulation and interdisciplinary collaboration between data scientists and domain experts, provides in-depth ...

Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?
September 14, 2016

Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?

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Author: James Deane, September 14 2016 - James Deane argues that the concept of media systems capable of: engaging everyone in society, acting independently and enabling dialogue across divides appears increasingly – rather than decreasingly – ...

Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children
September 14, 2016

Uprooted: The growing crisis for refugee and migrant children

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This "UNICEF report finds nearly 50 million children have migrated across borders or been forcibly displaced; more than half of these have fled violence and insecurity." The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has gathered global data about ...

The State of Vaccine Confidence 2016: Global Insights Through a 67-Country Survey
September 13, 2016

The State of Vaccine Confidence 2016: Global Insights Through a 67-Country ...

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"Vaccine confidence is an increasingly important global public health issue, with decreases in confidence leading to well-documented cases of disease outbreaks, setbacks to global polio eradication as well as other immunization goals, and ...

Washington DC Roundtable Discussion on Immunisation for Vaccine-Preventable Disease and Polio in Ukraine
September 12, 2016

Washington DC Roundtable Discussion on Immunisation for Vaccine-Preventable ...

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On June 8 2016, a high-level technical roundtable on immunisation and polio eradication in Ukraine was held in Washington DC, United States (US). It was convened by the US-Ukraine Foundation and hosted by Representative Mary Kaptur, (D) Ohio 9th ...

Growing Women-Owned Businesses: WEConnect
September 12, 2016

Growing Women-Owned Businesses: WEConnect

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This research project is working to help women-owned businesses connect to global markets and enhance their growth prospects to support socioeconomic development and gender equality. WEConnect International, an international non-profit ...

Village Book Training Manual: Community Led and Planning Process
September 12, 2016

Village Book Training Manual: Community Led and Planning Process

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"Externally designed, top down plans which are based on assumed knowledge of a community's problems, run the risk of activities and projects being implemented that do not address the real needs of the people concerned. It has long been affirmed ...

Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA)
September 12, 2016

Partnership for Canada-Caribbean Community Climate Change Adaptation (ParCA)

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"Refining the climate change science knowledge gaps and building capacity for the Caribbean to pose and answer for itself some of the emerging second-generation climate change questions were key advances in knowledge."

Voice and Accountability Tool
September 7, 2016

Voice and Accountability Tool

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This tool is designed to support groups in evaluating their capacity to conduct advocacy programmes and improve their performance. It was produced by the Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), which is the official aid agency of the ...

HIV Prevention Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women - Putting HIV Prevention Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women on the Fast-Track and Engaging Men and Boys
September 7, 2016

HIV Prevention Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women - Putting HIV ...

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“The number of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa remains exceptionally high. In 2015, 450 000 [380 000–530 000] new infections occurred among adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 24 years, ...

Towards A Safer City: Sexual Harassment in Greater Cairo: Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Data
September 6, 2016

Towards A Safer City: Sexual Harassment in Greater Cairo: Effectiveness of ...

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"Sexual harassment is underreported all over the globe. Stigma and shame prevent many targets of sexual harassment from talking about or reporting these crimes. New technologies and social media platforms open up possibilities to overcome some of ...

Experiences in Conducting Participatory Communication Research for HIV Prevention Globally: Translating Critical Dialog into Action through Action Media
September 2, 2016

Experiences in Conducting Participatory Communication Research for HIV ...

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"Communication to address public health concerns is typically developed through expert-led didactic approaches that, at best, engage audiences at the end of the development cycle through pretesting of communication concepts. Action Media provides ...

Digital Innovation Library
September 1, 2016

Digital Innovation Library

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Launched in 2016, the Digital Innovation Library is an interactive platform designed to showcase the wide range of digital activities that are taking place across the Global South to explore some of the issues prominent in media development, such ...

How Listening Groups Are Adding Value to the Ethiopian Health Development Army and Impacting the Wider Community
September 1, 2016

How Listening Groups Are Adding Value to the Ethiopian Health Development ...

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"Listening groups, based on BBC Media Action’s health programmes, are adding value to the Ethiopian government’s Health Development Army, a network of volunteers tasked with learning about key health behaviours and leading others in their ...

Lucrative Summer 2016 for Screen Entertainers and Marketers
September 1, 2016

Lucrative Summer 2016 for Screen Entertainers and Marketers

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Author: Jacques Brodeur, Edupax, September 1 2016 - What about children's health? As children were hunting for Pokemons and their parents were watching the struggle for the podium in Rio, many of us spent Summer 2016 watching screens. Back in ...

Statement on the Roundtable on Immunization for Vaccine-Preventable Disease and Polio in Ukraine
September 1, 2016

Statement on the Roundtable on Immunization for Vaccine-Preventable Disease ...

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"Unfortunately, few of the elements of Ukraine's immunization program are at the standard expected or required to protect public healh. Experts agree that a major overhaul of all elements from procurement through to policy and implementation and ...

Tikambe! (Let's Talk!) Project
September 1, 2016

Tikambe! (Let's Talk!) Project

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Tikambe! (Let’s Talk!) is a joint BBC Media Action and Restless Development project in Zambia that uses an integrated communication approach to get young people openly talking about sex, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and how to prevent ...

We need to start talking about AIDS again
August 31, 2016

We need to start talking about AIDS again

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Author: Caroline Sugg, August 31 2016 - In the early days of HIV, communication was at the heart of many successful prevention efforts but has never been fully integrated into the global response. Caroline Sugg explains why this needs to change, ...

How a volunteer journalist used radio to combat cholera in Kenya
August 31, 2016

How a volunteer journalist used radio to combat cholera in Kenya

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Author: Mark Okundi, August 31 2016 - Passing on skills to a new generation of broadcast journalists is helping save lives in Kenya. Mark explains how a fresh-faced volunteer single-handedly developed a radio programme designed to ...

Food Security Information System project fosters strong collaboration among stakeholders in the Kyrgyz Republic
August 31, 2016

Food Security Information System project fosters strong collaboration among ...

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Author: FAO blogger James Ayodele, September 14 2016 - A recent evaluation by the FAO Office of Evaluation has found that the Food Security Information System (FSIS) project has helped reinforce synergies and broadened professional ...

Hunger reduction programme promotes synergy between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda
August 31, 2016

Hunger reduction programme promotes synergy between FAO priorities and the ...

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Author James Ayodele, September  19 2016 - The Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme has helped create synergies between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda in many ways, but its coherence is less ...

FAO-led partnership expands knowledge on groundwater management and governance
August 31, 2016

FAO-led partnership expands knowledge on groundwater management and governance

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Author: James Ayodele, September 7 2016 - An FAO-led partnership project has helped increase scientific and economic knowledge and understanding about groundwater governance at the global and regional levels but is not sufficiently ...

FAO's support for value chains aims at agricultural diversification in the East Caribbean States
August 31, 2016

FAO's support for value chains aims at agricultural diversification in the ...

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Author: James Ayodele, August 31 2016 - FAO’s support for agricultural and food value chain development has aimed at strengthening agricultural diversification in Barbados and member countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean ...

Stakeholders acknowledge FAO's role in agricultural policy and capacity development in Lao PDR
August 31, 2016

Stakeholders acknowledge FAO's role in agricultural policy and capacity ...

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Author: James Ayodele, August 31 2016 - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has delivered relevant support for agricultural policy development in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and achieved significant results in ...

FAO’s contribution strengthens resilience of vulnerable households in Burkina Faso
August 31, 2016

FAO’s contribution strengthens resilience of vulnerable households in ...

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Author: James Ayodele, August 31 2016 - A recent evaluation has shown that FAO helped the Government and the people of Burkina Faso strengthen the resilience of vulnerable households, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, climate change ...

Design Lessons from Creating a Mobile-based Community Media Platform in Rural India
August 30, 2016

Design Lessons from Creating a Mobile-based Community Media Platform in ...

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"It is well known that technology based interventions targeted towards development need to look beyond technology to be successful - cultural nuances, capability and intentions of the people, institutional linkages, financial sustainability, etc ...

Interventions to Improve HPV Vaccine Uptake: A Systematic Review
August 30, 2016

Interventions to Improve HPV Vaccine Uptake: A Systematic Review

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"Multiple interventions to address poor vaccination rates have increased knowledge of HPV-related diseases and the HPVV....Although vaccination intent was increased, it was neither sustained nor translated into vaccination behavior. Furthermore, ...

Countering Violent Extremism through Media and Communication Strategies
August 29, 2016

Countering Violent Extremism through Media and Communication Strategies

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This report presents an analysis of a corpus of academic and grey literature relevant to the question: How can media and communications be used to counter identity-based violence (IBV) or violent extremism (VE)? Whether IBV is committed against ...

Polio Will not End Everywhere until Everywhere Ends It: Thirteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
August 29, 2016

Polio Will not End Everywhere until Everywhere Ends It: Thirteenth Report of ...

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"The IMB's championship of the people factors and the use of social data are bearing fruit, ranging from valuing and training vaccinators, to really understanding why parents are avoiding having their children immunized, to empowering women as ...

Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto
August 29, 2016

Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto

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"The CKB [Climate Knowledge Brokers] group believes that people who are trying to address climate change or adapt to its impacts deserve high quality information to support them in their decision making." The Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto ...

Relational Accountability in Indigenizing Visual Research for Participatory Communication
August 26, 2016

Relational Accountability in Indigenizing Visual Research for Participatory ...

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This article attempts to re-focus the discussion about participatory communication by examining elements of an indigenous approach to communication for social change research strategies. It is based on a larger research project undertaken in the ...

Broadcasting Peace: A Case Study on Education for Peace, Participation and Skills Development Through Radio and Community Dialogue
August 26, 2016

Broadcasting Peace: A Case Study on Education for Peace, Participation and ...

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This case study looks at a youth-focused communication for development intervention in Uganda carried out in partnership with the Straight Talk Foundation as part of the Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy in Conflict-Affected Contexts (PBEA) ...

Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health and Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda
August 25, 2016

Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health and Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda

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Author: Julie Taylor, August 25 2016 - New initiative by Lady Mermaid's Bureau fosters access to information and protects sex workers’ rights In Uganda, commercial sex work is illegal and perceived as immoral and socially unacceptable. As a ...

Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights
August 24, 2016

Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights

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Please join StoryCenter for a free one-hour webinar, Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights. For the past ten years, StoryCenter’s Silence Speaks initiative has been exploring how narrative and participatory ...

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