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Technology for Development: Indo-Pacific State of Play
February 15, 2018

Technology for Development: Indo-Pacific State of Play

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"Australia’s first International Cyber Engagement Strategy lays out three simple... goals to harness the opportunities of the digital age and accelerate sustainable development in the Indo-Pacific..." From the Institute of Development Studies ...

An ICT Agripreneurship Guide: A Path to Success for Young ACP Entrepreneurs
February 7, 2018

An ICT Agripreneurship Guide: A Path to Success for Young ACP Entrepreneurs

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"Work by CTA - such as the AgriHack Initiative - and others has demonstrated that ICT has a key role to play in supporting and enhancing the performance of economies, including in the agriculture sector. However, young innovators interested in ...

Using Farming Families' Perspectives to Inform Recommended Priority Practices
February 6, 2018

Using Farming Families' Perspectives to Inform Recommended Priority Practices

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"Regardless of specific practices being promoted, UPAVAN videos should model good decision-making and positive communication styles. Additional opportunities to help farming families build communication, planning, and joint decision-making skills ...

Technology to Monitor and Share Information on Rainforests and Forest People's Rights: Primer
January 31, 2018

Technology to Monitor and Share Information on Rainforests and Forest ...

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"Technology is never a magic bullet and rarely a quick fix. No tool can replace the need for strong relationships with communities, based on trust and knowledge of local context." This is an introduction (or primer) for using technology to ...

How can media help people in Bangladesh prepare for disasters?
January 22, 2018

How can media help people in Bangladesh prepare for disasters?

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Author: BBC Media Action Bangladesh's Research Officer Aniqa Hossain, originally posted January 15 2018 - In Bangladesh, we’re pretty disaster-prone. Cyclones are a regular occurrence and much of our coastline is low-lying and often floods. This ...

Music to Advance Sustainable Development - Baixada Never Gives Up
January 19, 2018

Music to Advance Sustainable Development - Baixada Never Gives Up

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The pilot project Music to Advance Sustainable Development kicked off in June 2016 to explore the transformative potential of music to popularise the 2030 Agenda and contribute to active citizenship and accountability in Brazil's Baixada ...

From the Ground Up: Multi-Level Accountability Politics in Land Reform in the Philippines
January 17, 2018

From the Ground Up: Multi-Level Accountability Politics in Land Reform in ...

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The case of the Peasant Movement of Bondoc Peninsula (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bondoc Peninsula, or KMBP) sheds light on the contest over implementing land reform in the Philippines. This study narrates the struggle of KMBP through the lens of ...

The Journal of Development Communication
January 16, 2018

The Journal of Development Communication

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The main objective of The Journal of Development Communication, or JDC, is to examine the role of communication in promoting national and regional development in developing countries worldwide. Launched in 1989, the peer-reviewed journal is ...

A Video Storytelling Method to Enhance Agricultural Extension - Workshop Handbook
January 11, 2018

A Video Storytelling Method to Enhance Agricultural Extension - Workshop ...

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This handbook is designed to provide tools for civil society institutions interested in developing and utilising participatory videos to communicate knowledge about new agricultural technologies and practices to rural communities in developing ...

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 6, 2018

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"The Crop Specific Mobile Apps programme has evolved over time in response to changing user needs, in both content provided and the distribution mechanism. The recent analytics component shows how low literacy users contribute to data collection ...

Audience Research in Media Development
January 5, 2018

Audience Research in Media Development

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"Though audience research has also been part of the toolbox of media development organizations for some time, it was only when focus in international development shifted from producing outputs to effecting impact that research of media viewing, ...

Communicating Climate Change in the Rice Sector
December 19, 2017

Communicating Climate Change in the Rice Sector

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"Rice agriculture is among the sectors most vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. Yet, it appears that little is written about how to communicate climate change among rice stakeholders, especially the resource-poor farmers." - ...

Unpacking the Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology for Human Development
November 28, 2017

Unpacking the Disruptive Potential of Blockchain Technology for Human ...

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"[M]any perceive blockchain technology as a platform for positive change - one that could disrupt the global economy and address many of the socio-economic and political issues that countries are facing..."

Behind the Brands
November 21, 2017

Behind the Brands

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Part of Oxfam's effort to help create a world where everyone has enough to eat, the Behind the Brands campaign assesses companies' performance on social responsibility, compares them with their peers, and challenges them to use their power to ...

Media Approaches to Communicating for Development
November 13, 2017

Media Approaches to Communicating for Development

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In June 2017, a group of researchers from Australian universities and practitioners from different not-for-profit organisations came together to share knowledge and experience in the study and practice of communication for development (C4D). The ...

A Roadmap for Change: Impactful Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality Initiatives
November 13, 2017

A Roadmap for Change: Impactful Women's Empowerment and Gender Equality ...

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This compendium shares some of CARE International’s most impactful programmes and projects in the field of women’s empowerment and gender equality. Although not exhaustive, this compendium is designed to offer a good indication of what works best ...

Gender, Power and Justice Primer
November 8, 2017

Gender, Power and Justice Primer

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The Gender, Power and Justice Primer is a curated gender resource highlighting key gender statistics, global commitments, evidence, and promising practices at the intersection of international development, emergencies, and gender justice. ...

Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the Literature
November 2, 2017

Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the ...

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"In the context of smallholder agriculture, which contains a large and at times complicated number of value chain actors, unequal access to information leads certain actors to be on the losing end of the transactions that take place within the ...

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Toolkit
November 1, 2017

Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Toolkit

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Released in October 2017, this online tool is a step-by-step guide to Oxfam's Vulnerability and Risk Analysis (VRA), which is a multi-stakeholder process designed to promote dialogue, trust, and shared action amongst different groups by ...

Assessing How Agricultural Technologies Can Change Gender Dynamics and Food Security - A Three-Part Toolkit
October 31, 2017

Assessing How Agricultural Technologies Can Change Gender Dynamics and Food ...

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The INGENAES toolkit, developed by Cultural Practice, LLC, introduces a methodology that is designed to aid practitioners and researchers in assessing whether agricultural technologies they are planning to introduce or promote are ...

The story of Story Story: 13 years of drama making a difference in Nigeria
October 24, 2017

The story of Story Story: 13 years of drama making a difference in Nigeria

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Author: BBC Media Action Nigeria's Head of Production and Training Deji Arosho, originally posted October 20 2017 - After more than 13 years, over 500 episodes and even a visit from The Queen, Story Story: Voices from the Market, is taking a ...

Rural Communication Services for Family Farming: Contributions, Evidence and Perspectives
October 24, 2017

Rural Communication Services for Family Farming: Contributions, Evidence and ...

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"Rural communication services and policies can translate farmers' right to communication into fair and transparent regulatory frameworks that will allow equitable access to information and communication services in rural areas and ensure the ...

Minga Perú's Strategy for Social Change in the Peruvian Amazon: A Rhetorical Model for Participatory, Intercultural Practice to Advance Human Rights
October 24, 2017

Minga Perú's Strategy for Social Change in the Peruvian Amazon: A Rhetorical ...

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"Minga holds itself accountable to following its own engagement methodology built experientially over the years, which considers constructivism, interculturality, and affective pedagogy at all organizational levels and at every programmatic and ...

Going to Scale with ICTs for Agriculture
October 18, 2017

Going to Scale with ICTs for Agriculture

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"...These technological applications are capable of reaching hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers and stakeholders in rural areas, acting as a catalyst for positive change and in achieving the SDGs...." This series of seven case studies ...

Home safe home: helping people in Nepal 'build back better'
October 17, 2017

Home safe home: helping people in Nepal 'build back better'

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Authors: BBC Media Action Nepal's Stakeholder Liaison, Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted October 12 2017 - On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction we explore how Sajha Sawal - our TV current affairs show in Nepal – is helping ...

Final Project Report: Her Farm Radio in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda
October 11, 2017

Final Project Report: Her Farm Radio in Ethiopia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda

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“Women carry out a substantial and growing part of the work on family farms and represent 43 per cent of the global agricultural workforce....For women to have more meaningful contributions to farm management and decision-making, they must have ...

Scaling-up Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Sri Lanka
October 5, 2017

Scaling-up Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Sri Lanka

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A two-year International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-funded project identified challenges to the sustainable management of aquaculture in Sri Lanka, including poor knowledge mobilisation and low connectivity, particularly for smallholder ...

Nepal Terrace Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture Kits (SAKs)
October 5, 2017

Nepal Terrace Farmers and Sustainable Agriculture Kits (SAKs)

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This research-based initiative aims to improve the livelihoods of farmers working on the hillsides and terraced plots of land in central Nepal. Its focus is on improving agronomic practices and outcomes with simple, low-cost tools and affordable ...

Bashaier: Egypt's Agrifood Network
October 5, 2017

Bashaier: Egypt's Agrifood Network

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The Knowledge Economy Foundation (KEF) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded by private sector partners that strives to strengthen supply chains and the Egyptian economy. It is using information and communications technologies (ICTs) ...

Gender and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Survey Toolkit
October 3, 2017

Gender and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Survey Toolkit

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The Gender and ICT Survey Toolkit provides a set of resources for obtaining a landscape assessment of gender and information and communication technology (ICT), providing organisations wanting to use mobile technology in their humanitarian and ...

Pakistan Institutional Structure for Managing Climate Change Finance
September 28, 2017

Pakistan Institutional Structure for Managing Climate Change Finance

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Author: Shabir Arain, October 3 2017 - Programs are getting more grip due to increasing avenues of domestic and international Climate finance. For developing countries, climate finance is undoubtedly becoming the key Incentive to integrate ...

Time to address low community participation in sustainable environmental management
September 26, 2017

Time to address low community participation in sustainable environmental ...

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Author: Panos Institute South Africa's Vusumuzi Sifile, September 26 2017 - Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) presents remarkable opportunities for boosting environmental sustainability, contributing to poverty eradication ...

Shamba Chef Television Programme
September 26, 2017

Shamba Chef Television Programme

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Shamba Chef is an edutainment reality television show in Kenya designed to promote the adoption of cleaner and more efficient cooking methods, as well as to explore the culture of food and improve family nutrition. In Kenya, eight out of ten ...

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.

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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The SUMMIT UPDATES Thread Beginning the DIALOGUE - Scroll down here for network posts - RECENT GROUP ACTIVITY SCHOLARSHIPS INFORMATION and FUNDING guidance (support to attend) REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND LINKS (Registration closes on March 19, ...

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 ...

Encouraging Water Conservation
September 14, 2017

Encouraging Water Conservation

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"Many people are aware that water is a critical and limited resource, but if you don't know how much water you use, how much you should use, or which activities consume significant quantities of water, it's incredibly difficult to take any ...

Media Brief on Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Zambia
September 7, 2017

Media Brief on Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Zambia

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This media brief is designed to provide media practitioners in Zambia with detailed background information and knowledge on community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) and environmental natural resources management issues (ENRM) in an ...

BRACED Knowledge Manager Learning Series
August 28, 2017

BRACED Knowledge Manager Learning Series

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Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) aims to improve the lives of vulnerable people facing climate extremes and disasters through the efforts of 15 consortia operating across the Sahel, East Africa, and ...

Local community driven initiatives, part II -  United effort of local people can change the food production scene
August 27, 2017

Local community driven initiatives, part II - United effort of local people ...

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Author: Suman Chowdhury Mony, August 29, 2017 - Every year, there is a huge production of crops and vegetables in many countries. Developed countries utilize all of their production, but that is difficult for the developing and underdeveloped ...

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, ...

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. ...

Advanced Workshop on Designing for Behavior Change: Focus on Activities
August 3, 2017

Advanced Workshop on Designing for Behavior Change: Focus on Activities

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This workshop curriculum seeks to offer additional, advanced guidance for practitioners who are already experienced in using the Designing for Behavior Change (DBC) framework to design determinant-based behaviour change strategies. “The DBC ...

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 ...

The mAgri Design Toolkit - User-centered Design for Mobile Agriculture
July 31, 2017

The mAgri Design Toolkit - User-centered Design for Mobile Agriculture

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"By integrating a deep understanding of the user when designing or adapting an mAgri product, service providers can drive successful innovation in the mAgri sector and generate services that can be commercialized faster and become more widely ...

ICT in Agriculture: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and Institutions (Updated Edition)
July 27, 2017

ICT in Agriculture: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and ...

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“Information and communication technology (ICT) has always mattered in agriculture. Ever since people have grown crops, raised livestock, and caught fish, they have sought information from one another. Today, ICT represents a tremendous ...

REALIZE: Social and Behavioral Change for Gender Equity and Diversity
July 25, 2017

REALIZE: Social and Behavioral Change for Gender Equity and Diversity

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This manual offers a set of field-friendly activities that are designed to build awareness, facilitate critical reflective dialogue, and explore potential action to improve gender equity and diversity (GED). The activities are also meant to help ...

The Clean Energy Revolution
July 20, 2017

The Clean Energy Revolution

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Author: Tayyab Shafique Mughal, July 26 2017 - Pakistan is a developing country and ranking 6th in terms of population size. Despite having incredible economic development and environmental opportunities, Pakistan has been facing frequent ...

Inclusive Rural Communication Services: Building Evidence, Informing Policy
July 18, 2017

Inclusive Rural Communication Services: Building Evidence, Informing Policy

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“Underpinned by Communication for Development principles, RCS [Rural Communication Services] are based on the assumption that rural communities contribute a dynamic knowledge base and life-long experience to development. Participation of rural ...

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