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Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI)
May 11, 2017

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI)

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ViVI was founded in 2008 in Vienna, Austria, as an international think tank aiming to promote evidence-based vaccine safety research and communication, and has since been registered as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO). ViVI ...

Mobile Phone-Delivered Reminders and Incentives to Improve Childhood Immunisation Coverage and Timeliness in Kenya (M-SIMU): A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial
April 24, 2018

Mobile Phone-Delivered Reminders and Incentives to Improve Childhood ...

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"The vast majority of caregivers reported receiving at least one SMS reminder or incentive during the study and that these interventions were influential in their decision to vaccinate their child."

A Systematic Review of Strategies for Reducing Missed Opportunities for Vaccination
April 23, 2018

A Systematic Review of Strategies for Reducing Missed Opportunities for ...

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This systematic review assessed the effects of interventions for reducing missed opportunities for vaccination (MOVs), which occur when persons eligible for vaccination visit a health facility and do not get the vaccines they need. Such missed ...

Social Mobilization and Community Engagement Central to the Ebola Response in West Africa: Lessons for Future Public Health Emergencies
April 3, 2018

Social Mobilization and Community Engagement Central to the Ebola Response ...

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"[M]any similarities in lessons learned have been drawn from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and other events, such as earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal, the Zika outbreak in Latin America, and longer-term challenges such as HIV or polio. The ...

Intentions to Use a Novel Zika Vaccine: The Effects of Misbeliefs about the MMR Vaccine and Perceptions about Zika
March 16, 2018

Intentions to Use a Novel Zika Vaccine: The Effects of Misbeliefs about the ...

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"In the absence of a realistic understanding of the risks of Zika and the benefits and risks of a Zika vaccine, people may import into the decision process their beliefs or misbeliefs about other vaccines." In August 2016, the National ...

Use of Cellular Phone Contacts to Increase Return Rates for Immunization Services in Kenya
March 16, 2018

Use of Cellular Phone Contacts to Increase Return Rates for Immunization ...

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"Through calling, the health worker is able to establish a personal relationship with the caregivers, understand the reasons behind missing the due date and negotiate with the caregivers on the most appropriate time and date to vaccinate the ...

Community-Based Newborn Health Promotion in Pastoralist Ethiopia: The Social Mobilization and Demand Creation Project
March 15, 2018

Community-Based Newborn Health Promotion in Pastoralist Ethiopia: The Social ...

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"...this brief pilot study suggests that pregnant women are open to changing their health behaviors when they are encouraged and supported by local CVs [community volunteers]..."

Using the COMMVAC Taxonomy to Map Vaccination Communication Interventions in Mozambique
March 14, 2018

Using the COMMVAC Taxonomy to Map Vaccination Communication Interventions in ...

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Using a taxonomy developed by the Communicate to Vaccinate (COMMVAC) project, this study aims to identify and classify the existing communication interventions for vaccination in Mozambique and to find the gaps. The aim was to test whether the ...

Evaluation of a Mobile Phone-Based Intervention to Increase Parents' Knowledge About the Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccination and Their Psychological Empowerment: Mixed-Method Approach
March 14, 2018

Evaluation of a Mobile Phone-Based Intervention to Increase Parents' ...

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This study evaluates 2 mobile-phone-based interventions aimed at increasing parents' knowledge of the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccination (through elements of gamification) and their psychological empowerment (through the use of narratives), ...

Effect of Mobile Phone Text Message Reminders on Routine Immunization Uptake in Pakistan: Randomized Controlled Trial
March 13, 2018

Effect of Mobile Phone Text Message Reminders on Routine Immunization Uptake ...

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"Automated simple one-way SMS reminders in local languages might be feasible for improving routine vaccination coverage." Improved routine immunisation (RI) coverage is recommended as the priority public health strategy to decrease ...

Roadmap for Implementing the Addis Declaration on Immunization: Advocacy, Action, and Accountability
March 13, 2018

Roadmap for Implementing the Addis Declaration on Immunization: Advocacy, ...

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"Communities and civil society are increasingly recognized for their critical role in shaping immunization systems and improving vaccine coverage by increasing demand and holding governments accountable. This roadmap is intended to build on this ...

Social Norms and Women's Risk of Intimate Partner Violence in Nepal
March 5, 2018

Social Norms and Women's Risk of Intimate Partner Violence in Nepal

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Globally, attention has been drawn to the need for better statistics on the prevalence, causes, and consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women as a precursor to its elimination. The Change Starts at Home project (hereafter, ...

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Global Report 2017/2018
February 28, 2018

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: Global Report ...

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"...we highlight the interdependent objectives of the protection of freedom of expression and the development of an informed public." - Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO This is the second edition of a United Nations Educational, ...

CORE Group Polio Project Annual Report FY17
February 26, 2018

CORE Group Polio Project Annual Report FY17

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CORE Inc. is an international development organisation that has endeavoured since 1997 to advance the field of community and maternal health by advocating for in-country collaboration between global partners, local non-governmental organisations ...

A Design Thinking Approach to Effective Vaccine Safety Communication
February 21, 2018

A Design Thinking Approach to Effective Vaccine Safety Communication

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"The highly complex and controversial topic of vaccine safety communication warrants innovative, user-centered solutions that would start with gaining mutual respect while taking into account the needs, concerns and underlying motives of ...

Faking It: Fake News and How It Impacts on the Charity Sector
February 20, 2018

Faking It: Fake News and How It Impacts on the Charity Sector

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"NGOs have become accustomed to addressing the criticisms and misrepresentations of some parts of the mainstream media, but the speed, reach and toxicity of the methods used to spread false information on social media are in another league. ...

Video First: Making an Impact
February 16, 2018

Video First: Making an Impact

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"In order to post videos successfully online you have to know how to play by their rules, and how to deliver what people want to watch and how to encourage them to share." The practice of watching video online has increased exponentially, much ...

Beliefs and Practices of Somali Citizens Concerning HIV/AIDS
February 15, 2018

Beliefs and Practices of Somali Citizens Concerning HIV/AIDS

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Africa's Voices Foundation (AVF) designs mixed methods research projects that "are grounded in social science theories, engage citizens through digital channels, and deliver robust, credible evidence to inform development and governance ...

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 ...

The Future of Learning and Technology in Deprived Contexts
February 14, 2018

The Future of Learning and Technology in Deprived Contexts

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"This report addresses the future of basic education, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) use in deprived locations, and the use of ICTs in primary school learning in 2020 and 2025, especially in deprived contexts." This report from ...

Health Information System Strengthening: Standards and Best Practices for Data Sources
February 14, 2018

Health Information System Strengthening: Standards and Best Practices for ...

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The purpose of this guide is to help health authorities and health information officers align health information system (HIS) data sources with standards and best practices, to ensure that reliable data produce comparable statistics at all levels ...

Gender Equality and Big Data: Making Gender Data Visible
February 9, 2018

Gender Equality and Big Data: Making Gender Data Visible

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"The UN plays a very important role in ensuring that the data revolution for sustainable development is inclusive, not only by incorporating big data and analytics into planning and decision making, but also by working with governments, policy ...

Spain advances, but requires better training to face the digital transformation (I)
February 8, 2018

Spain advances, but requires better training to face the digital ...

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Author: Soraya Carvajal B., originally published February 5 2018 - "Spain is fine, we are doing well in the digital field, but we could be better, especially in terms of education, because it is essential that new generations know ...

Challenges and threats for Spanish cybersecurity (II)
February 8, 2018

Challenges and threats for Spanish cybersecurity (II)

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Author: Soraya Carvajal B., originally published February 6 2018 - Along with the advance in digital matters, new challenges and risks for the Information Society appear in Spain. This was expressed by José María Sanz-Magallón, director of ...

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 ...

Two-Way Radio: Beliefs and Practices of Somali Citizens Concerning Immunisation
February 7, 2018

Two-Way Radio: Beliefs and Practices of Somali Citizens Concerning Immunisation

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Prepared by Africa's Voices Foundation (AVF) for the Health section at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Somalia, this report shares findings from interactive radio programmes on immunisation that aired during October 2016. As part of a ...

Leaving the Camps Behind: The Role of Development Communication in Refugee-Host Integration
February 7, 2018

Leaving the Camps Behind: The Role of Development Communication in ...

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This article moves away from the conceptual framework of intercultural communication and builds a case for the role of development communication in establishing durable social bonds between refugees and host communities, whose benefits are seen ...

Smart Service Provider's Guide to ICT and Sex Work
February 6, 2018

Smart Service Provider's Guide to ICT and Sex Work

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From the Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), this a resource for service providers who want to better understand how information and communication technologies (ICTs) have impacted sex workers and the prevention of HIV. The guide reviews ...

Retos y amenazas para la ciberseguridad de los españoles (II)
February 6, 2018

Retos y amenazas para la ciberseguridad de los españoles (II)

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Por: Soraya Carvajal B., publicado 6 de febrero 2018 - Junto con el avance en materia digital, en España aparecen nuevos retos y riesgos para la Sociedad de la Información. Así lo expresó José María Sanz-Magallón, director de la Fundación ...

PolioTrac - Pakistan
February 5, 2018

PolioTrac - Pakistan

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In Pakistan, PolioTrac is an information and communication technology (ICT)-based system designed to facilitate real-time communication between the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and its social mobilisation network, COMNet. Simple mobile ...

mHealth Data Security, Privacy, and Confidentiality
February 5, 2018

mHealth Data Security, Privacy, and Confidentiality

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From MEASURE Evaluation, these two documents - (i) mHealth data security, privacy, and confidentiality guidelines and (ii) an accompanying checklist - have been created in response to the recognition that, as healthcare organisations turn to ...

Women and mobile phones? Oh so dangerous!
February 4, 2018

Women and mobile phones? Oh so dangerous!

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Author: Richa Singh, originally published August 5 2016 - The market is full of a range of mobile phones making it a commodity which is accessible to even the lower socio-economic sections. You have lucrative recharges, internet packs and other ...

Ending the Gender Digital Divide in Myanmar: A Problem-Driven Political Economy Assessment
February 2, 2018

Ending the Gender Digital Divide in Myanmar: A Problem-Driven Political ...

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"[I]t [is] imperative to improve understanding of how ICTs are becoming yet another barrier, enforced through policies, practices, and norms, that limits women's and girls' agency and voice." In Myanmar, women are 28% less likely than men to own ...

EGovernment Benchmark 2017: Taking Stock of User-Centric Design and Delivery of Digital Public Services in Europe
February 1, 2018

EGovernment Benchmark 2017: Taking Stock of User-Centric Design and Delivery ...

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"Overall eGovernment performance in Europe is moving in the right direction."

Blockchain for Development: Emerging Opportunities for Mobile, Identity and Aid
January 31, 2018

Blockchain for Development: Emerging Opportunities for Mobile, Identity and Aid

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"There is hope that the trust, transparency and security offered by blockchain will remove any remaining excuses organisations might have for avoiding collaboration and data-sharing, helping the sector move from an 'organizational focus' to an ...

Increasing Citizen Voice and Government Responsiveness: What Does Success Really Look Like, and Who Decides?
January 29, 2018

Increasing Citizen Voice and Government Responsiveness: What Does Success ...

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"[D]o the key elements for change come from the processes of participation generated by the use of ICTs? Or do they lie as preconditions that must already be in place, arising from other political dynamics and not connected to the ICT-enabled ...

Assessing Conflict Drivers and Re-Framing Radicalization in Northern Nigeria: Formative Research Report for the Farar Tattabara ("White Dove") Radio Project
January 26, 2018

Assessing Conflict Drivers and Re-Framing Radicalization in Northern ...

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"In late 2016, Equal Access [EA] launched a new CVE (countering violent extremism) radio project in northern Nigeria. In order to better understand evolving conflict dynamics, [Equal Access-Nigeria] conducted formative research across northern ...

The Missing Target: Changing Beliefs and Behaviours to Deliver Gender Equality
January 26, 2018

The Missing Target: Changing Beliefs and Behaviours to Deliver Gender Equality

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"Discriminatory gender norms can be challenged, power imbalances between women and men can be changed, but they must be confronted before young women arrive in the workplace because they start at home, continue at school and pervade every area of ...

Equal Access to the Information Society in Myanmar
January 25, 2018

Equal Access to the Information Society in Myanmar

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"It is imperative that efforts be undertaken to equip Myanmar's citizenry, especially women, with the knowledge, skills, confidence, and other abilities to shape a democratic, trustworthy, and vibrant local information society."

Appropriating Technology for Accountability: Messages from Making All Voices Count
January 24, 2018

Appropriating Technology for Accountability: Messages from Making All Voices ...

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Between June 2013 and November 2017, the Making All Voices Count programme made grants for innovation and scaling projects that aimed to amplify the voices of citizens and enable governments to listen and respond. Conceived in an era of optimism ...

Battling the agenda of Communication For Development: Why the threat of being overshadowed lingers
January 24, 2018

Battling the agenda of Communication For Development: Why the threat of ...

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Author: Veena, January 24 2018 - Communication For Development (C4D) is a strategy aiming at empowering communities to dialogue around prevailing problems and explore local solutions which are sustainable using various media and communication ...

Information Not Found: The "Right to Be Forgotten" as an Emerging Threat to Media Freedom in the Digital Age
January 22, 2018

Information Not Found: The "Right to Be Forgotten" as an Emerging Threat to ...

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"[T]he media development community has a responsibility to engage in the debates, raise awareness of how the RTBF is endangering press freedom, and ensure that the tireless work and progress achieved is not undermined by unscrupulous actors vying ...

Triggering Mobile Internet Use among Men and Women in South Asia
January 22, 2018

Triggering Mobile Internet Use among Men and Women in South Asia

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Adoption and use of mobile internet is far from universal or equitable, with women, those with less education, rural residents, and the economically poor accounting for a disproportionate number of non-users. The increasing economic and social ...

The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms
January 22, 2018

The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), working with Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) programme, conducted a survey (February 15 - April 15 2017) on the adoption of digital technologies in news media ...

National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working Papers and Recommendations
January 19, 2018

National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working ...

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On April 11 and 12 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Community Media and UNESCO organised the National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India in order to revisit the ...

Social and Behavior Change Considerations for Areas Transitioning from High and Moderate to Low, Very Low and Zero Malaria Transmission
January 19, 2018

Social and Behavior Change Considerations for Areas Transitioning from High ...

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"In areas with high, moderate, low, and very low transmission alike, use and uptake of malaria interventions rely heavily on community awareness, demand, and acceptance of essential commodities and services."

Voice, Visibility and Variety of Viciousness: A Malaysian Study on Women's Lived Realities on Social Media
January 18, 2018

Voice, Visibility and Variety of Viciousness: A Malaysian Study on Women's ...

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"Women constitute at least 40 percent of Malaysia's online population yet much is to be known about their experience in exercising their freedom of expression and participation."

Supporting Innovation and the Use of Technologies in Accountability Initiatives: Lessons from Making All Voices Count
January 18, 2018

Supporting Innovation and the Use of Technologies in Accountability ...

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Making All Voices Count was an international initiative that harnessed the power of innovation and new technologies to support effective, accountable governance. The research, evidence, and learning (REL) component led the process of building an ...

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 ...

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement
January 16, 2018

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement

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"Social media is still in its infancy in Afghanistan, with a small and mostly homogenous user base of educated, relatively wealthy, predominately male users....But while small, it holds opportunity for engagement and expression."

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