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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 ...

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."

Six steps towards a more open media
September 19, 2017

Six steps towards a more open media

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Research James Deane, originally posted September 14 2017 - On the International Day of Democracy, James Deane sets out six ways in which a resurgent public interest media can help improve ...

Shifting Norms, Changing Behaviour, Amplifying Voice: What Works? The 2018 International Social and Behaviour Change Communication Summit Featuring Entertainment Education
September 18, 2017

Shifting Norms, Changing Behaviour, Amplifying Voice: What Works? The 2018 ...

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Please note that what follows is an initial introduction to this Summit. More details will follow soon, as will the registration form, the abstracts submission process and form, the official Summit website, and the online communities related to ...

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 ...

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."

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Child Sensitivity in Poverty Alleviation Programming: An Analytical Toolkit
September 7, 2017

Child Sensitivity in Poverty Alleviation Programming: An Analytical Toolkit

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The purpose of this toolkit is to present practical guidance to help project teams ensure that poverty alleviation (PA) programmes such as those addressing food security and hunger, livelihoods, social protection, humanitarian cash/resource ...

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 ...

Express yourself: asking fresh questions with Facebook Live in Nepal
September 5, 2017

Express yourself: asking fresh questions with Facebook Live in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action Nepal Stakeholder Liaison Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted Augusut 31 2017 - Social media is providing a platform for young voices in a new programme called Taja Sawal (Fresh Questions) in Nepal. The studio painted ...

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."

Strengthening Accountability Through Media in Afghanistan: Final Evaluation
August 30, 2017

Strengthening Accountability Through Media in Afghanistan: Final Evaluation

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"This project aimed to enable more accountable, peaceful and inclusive state-society relations in Afghanistan, by providing a platform for people to question their leaders and which built the profile and participation of women in public dialogue ...

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, ...

"Mobile Mullah" Supports Polio Vaccination in Kandahar
August 28, 2017

"Mobile Mullah" Supports Polio Vaccination in Kandahar

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According to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the support of religious leaders is crucial for the success of polio eradication efforts in Afghanistan - one of the remaining three polio-endemic countries in the world (along with ...

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 ...

A Conversation Guide for Health Equity
August 23, 2017

A Conversation Guide for Health Equity

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"It's worth noting that communities where people are more connected with each other tend to be healthier than ones where they aren't. So in the case of health equity, conversation might do more than enable change. It may, itself, be literally ...

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 ...

Creating New Spaces: Women's Experiences of Political Participation in Communities
August 23, 2017

Creating New Spaces: Women's Experiences of Political Participation in ...

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"Research on women’s political participation at the community level was undertaken by Womankind in four very different countries - Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nepal and Afghanistan. The work in each context intends to increase women’s political ...

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

Voice to the People (V2P) Project
August 17, 2017

Voice to the People (V2P) Project

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Voice to the People (V2P) is a good governance project supporting communities in Kaduna state and the Southeast region of Nigeria to take ownership of their own development by driving accountability among their leaders, raising their voices to ...

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 ...

A Practical Guide to Implementing Community-Based HIV-Prevention Services: Experiences Shared and Lessons Learned from South Africa
August 15, 2017

A Practical Guide to Implementing Community-Based HIV-Prevention Services: ...

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This guidance document brings together lessons learned from the community-based HIV and tuberculosis programme implemented by the Desmond Tutu TB Centre, and provides practical information for others who are establishing community-based HIV ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

Our Media/Nuestros Medios
August 2, 2017

Our Media/Nuestros Medios

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Our Media/Nuestros Medios es una red global que nace en el 2000 con el fin de facilitar un diálogo a largo plazo sobre iniciativas ciudadanas de comunicación y medios entre académicos, activistas, y expertos en políticas de comunicación e ...

Motivating ordinary Bangladeshis to respond to extreme weather
August 1, 2017

Motivating ordinary Bangladeshis to respond to extreme weather

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Author: BBC Media Action Bangladesh's Executive Editor Shihan Zuberi, originally published on the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) blog - Droughts. Cyclones. Floods. There are few places where such extraordinary events are ...

Why We Use Media for Development: BBC Media Action Microsite for Development and Media Practitioners
August 1, 2017

Why We Use Media for Development: BBC Media Action Microsite for Development ...

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This BBC Media Action micro website "...outlines our approach to media for development projects and uses examples of our work around the world to show how media is vital in enabling people hold power to account, improving public health and ...

Open Development: Access to Information and the Sustainable Development Goals
July 31, 2017

Open Development: Access to Information and the Sustainable Development Goals

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"The effective implementation of RTI [the right to information] is a prerequisite for the effective participation of the population and their ability to have a voice, which are necessary for democratic societies."

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