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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 ...

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."

The role of social media in development
April 20, 2017

The role of social media in development

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Author: BBC Media Action Indonesia Country Director Rosie Parkyn, originally posted on March 31 2017 - Why should development organisations care about social media? Rosie Parkyn looks at social media’s potential to enhance development outcomes in ...

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 ...

BBC Media Action Data Portal
April 19, 2017

BBC Media Action Data Portal

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This BBC Media Action Data Portal is designed as a resource centre for the organisation's reports and data from across Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the past five years. The portal features reports, visualisations, tools and data from BBC ...

Five questions our data portal can help answer
April 19, 2017

Five questions our data portal can help answer

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Author: BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead, originally posted on April 4 2017 - There's a lack of data on what ordinary people think, feel and want in developing countries. Our new Data Portal aims to help ...

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." - ...

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services
April 10, 2017

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

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"The society - the rural people, the field level extensionists, farmers - do not read journals; they read blogs, watch YouTube and use Facebook and Twitter and these are the mediums that reach them effectively. These platforms provide incentives ...

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: Potential and Constraints
April 10, 2017

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: ...

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"Everyone is reliant on mobile technology for communication ... Even a grandmother in Syria might now be using applications such as WhatsApp ... these tools have become central." (Field researcher interviewee) This report presents the findings ...

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, ...

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Latin America
April 3, 2017

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Latin America

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From GSMA Intelligence, in collaboration with the GSMA's Disaster Response team, this report provides an overview of the Latin American mobile market, the disaster risk landscape, and examples of the innovative solutions being developed by the ...

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 ...

Monitoring and Evaluating Digital Health Interventions: A Practical Guide to Conducting Research and Assessment
March 27, 2017

Monitoring and Evaluating Digital Health Interventions: A Practical Guide to ...

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"From those just beginning their digital journey to more sophisticated project teams, we hope that this Toolkit will continue to advance the quality of monitoring and evaluation activities within digital health and contribute to more ...

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 ...

Managing Knowledge During Partnerships: A Case of Intermediaries in Agricultural Innovation System
March 23, 2017

Managing Knowledge During Partnerships: A Case of Intermediaries in ...

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"The advent of the Internet and its emerging collaborative web-based tools has assumed a crucial role in both inter- and intra-organizational knowledge management systems."

Media Development in the Digital Age: Five Ways to Engage in Internet Governance
March 23, 2017

Media Development in the Digital Age: Five Ways to Engage in Internet Governance

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"This report makes the case to this community that they can, and must, engage in the decision-making bodies that are shaping Internet governance (IG) to ensure that the Internet - and the growing media sphere it sustains - remains open, ...

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. ...

Alidade
March 14, 2017

Alidade

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"We know that tech can increase chances for success - if done right. But it's often hard for social change projects whose skills don't already lie in technology to know how technology can be integrated or which tool would be the most useful for ...

Tackling Intimate Partner Violence in South Asia: Why Working with Men and Boys Matters for Women
March 14, 2017

Tackling Intimate Partner Violence in South Asia: Why Working with Men and ...

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This report from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) explores multi-level influences that shape the perpetration of intimate partner violence (IPV) by men and boys in South Asia. It also examines the policy, programming, and institutional ...

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Services
March 14, 2017

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches ...

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"[I]ssues surrounding sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remain a cultural taboo, especially for adolescents and young unmarried people. Adolescents in Bangladesh too often enter their reproductive years poorly informed about SRH issues, ...

Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs?
March 9, 2017

Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs?

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"Although the range of contraceptives includes methods for men, namely condoms, vasectomy and withdrawal that men use directly, and the Standard Days Method (SDM) that requires their participation, family planning programming has primarily ...

Global Health eLearning: Examining the Effects of Blended Learning Models on Knowledge Application and Retention
March 9, 2017

Global Health eLearning: Examining the Effects of Blended Learning Models on ...

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"Findings from the study support the potential of blended learning models to reinforce learning and application of knowledge, which is crucial to ensuring health professionals around the world have access to accurate and timely health information."

Participatory Communication Strategy to Strengthen Household and Community Leadership for the Reduction of Chronic Malnutrition, Improved Hygiene and Crop Diversification
March 8, 2017

Participatory Communication Strategy to Strengthen Household and Community ...

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"The Strategy operates through influential members and decision-makers in homes, the community, and on communication media platforms, establishing bridges of cultural relevance and emphasizing the reasons and benefits of behavior change."

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer
March 7, 2017

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer

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Author: Ian Masters, originally posted March 6 2017 - Part 1 Development has seen a number of “silver bullets” since the middle of the last century and it’s tempting to place Big Data as the latest and greatest solution to the development ...

Designing eLearning Courses to Meet the Digital Literacy Needs of Healthcare Workers in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries: Experiences from the Knowledge for Health Project
March 3, 2017

Designing eLearning Courses to Meet the Digital Literacy Needs of Healthcare ...

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"Traditional conceptualizations of knowledge management fail to incorporate the social aspects in which knowledge management work operates. Social knowledge management places people at the center of all knowledge management, including placing the ...

Building Data Responsibility into Humanitarian Action
March 2, 2017

Building Data Responsibility into Humanitarian Action

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"Because affected populations can be harmed as well as helped by the use of data, frameworks must be established to ensure that humanitarians understand and mitigate risks caused by the use of data." This United Nations (UN) Office for ...

Feedback Mechanisms in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
March 1, 2017

Feedback Mechanisms in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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"[R]eviews of recent humanitarian responses - to both natural disasters and complex contexts - often find that mechanisms to ensure accountability to the affected community are infrequently embedded into the response, and if they are, it is very ...

AidDrops
February 23, 2017

AidDrops

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"Connectivity is the lifeblood of migration." - Deidre McKay, interviewee on an AidDrops podcast This resource is a series of podcasts on SoundCloud featuring interviews conducted by Martin Dawes, a former BBC foreign correspondent and United ...

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides
February 22, 2017

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides

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"Knowing that tackling child marriage requires transforming the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate the practice among families and communities, Entertainment-Entertainment strategies could be a powerful way to engage individuals and ...

Road Safety Mass Media Campaigns: A Toolkit, Plus a Video Library
February 20, 2017

Road Safety Mass Media Campaigns: A Toolkit, Plus a Video Library

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"Road user behaviour can be improved by road safety campaigns, which in combination with behavioural measures (e.g., law enforcement, education or training), can become a powerful way to persuade the public to behave more safely in traffic."

eHealth Africa (eHA)'s Polio Programme
February 17, 2017

eHealth Africa (eHA)'s Polio Programme

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"...help stakeholders make timely and better-informed decisions to ensure all eligible children in the regions are immunized with the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV)..." Founded in 2009, eHealth Africa (eHA) develops people-centric and data-driven ...

Women in Agriculture: A Toolkit for Mobile Services Practitioners
February 16, 2017

Women in Agriculture: A Toolkit for Mobile Services Practitioners

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Created by GSMA mWomen in partnership with GSMA mAgri, this is a resource for mobile network operators (MNOs) and members of the wider mobile ecosystem who are thinking about developing mobile-enabled agricultural services (mAgri services) for ...

Framework for Developing a Communication Strategy for the Introduction of Oral Cholera Vaccine
February 15, 2017

Framework for Developing a Communication Strategy for the Introduction of ...

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"Communication for Development (C4D) plays a central role in the successful introduction of oral cholera vaccine as an additional tool in cholera prevention and control, both in endemic and epidemic settings." This oral cholera vaccine (OCV) ...

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development Platform
February 15, 2017

The Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development ...

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The Social Science in Humanitarian Action: A Communication for Development Platform is an online resource that aims to establish networks of social scientists who can rapidly provide insight and advice to emergency responses, with a focus on the ...

Refugees and Connectivity
February 13, 2017

Refugees and Connectivity

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"The current refugee crisis is the world's most pressing humanitarian challenge....This refugee crisis...is the first mass displacement of the digital age....These phenomena are creating a demand for mobile network operators to step into new ...

Every Shot Counts
February 10, 2017

Every Shot Counts

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Beginning in 2016, Africa United (AU), a campaign led by a coalition of African leaders and footballers, joined immunisation partners to celebrate African Vaccination Week (AVW) through the "Every Shot Counts" initiative. (See Related Summaries, ...

Parents' and Informal Caregivers' Views and Experiences of Communication about Routine Childhood Vaccination: A Synthesis of Qualitative Evidence
February 9, 2017

Parents' and Informal Caregivers' Views and Experiences of Communication ...

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"People involved in vaccine programmes need to understand how parents experience different types of communication about vaccination and how this influences their decision to vaccinate their child." The aim of this Cochrane review was to explore ...

Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis
February 9, 2017

Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis

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Author: BBC Media Action's Abir Awad, on February 7 2017 - “The food we are given is not suitable for human consumption. They’ve taken away our identity cards and our phones,” says Ahmed during a phone-in programme at Radio Nawa, an independent ...

The Importance of Mobile for Refugees: A Landscape of New Services and Approaches
February 7, 2017

The Importance of Mobile for Refugees: A Landscape of New Services and ...

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"So important were mobile phones that, on arrival, many refugees asked for Wi-Fi or charging services ahead of food, water, or shelter. This phenomenon has generated significant interest, both from aid agencies - which are now recognising that ...

 Citizen Engagement in Public Service Delivery
February 7, 2017

Citizen Engagement in Public Service Delivery

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"This paper suggests that reform-minded public officials can improve development results by using citizen engagement in a variety of ways: to elicit information and ideas, support public service improvements, defend the public interest from ...

Humanitarian Futures for Messaging Apps
February 3, 2017

Humanitarian Futures for Messaging Apps

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"How and why are people affected by crises or armed conflict actually using messaging apps? When and how is it appropriate to introduce a new technology that not everyone will be able to access? Could communicating with people through these ...

IDEAS (Innovating, Designing, Evaluating and Applying to Small-Scale Projects) Guide and Facilitators' Guide
February 2, 2017

IDEAS (Innovating, Designing, Evaluating and Applying to Small-Scale ...

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"...a resource to develop your evaluation plans before you begin a new project, so that during the journey you have a strategy and tools to help you watch and listen to the changing situation around you....Incorporating evaluation and learning ...

 Social and Behaviour Change Communication Insights and Strategy Case Study: Open Defecation in India
February 1, 2017

Social and Behaviour Change Communication Insights and Strategy Case Study: ...

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"This report demonstrates how behaviour change communications [BCC] is key to improving public health in developing countries. Whilst building infrastructure and services is critical, there is also a need to change social and behavioural norms to ...

Global Diffusion of eHealth: Making Universal Health Coverage Achievable
February 1, 2017

Global Diffusion of eHealth: Making Universal Health Coverage Achievable

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"...in the 21st century the delivery of health care and improvements of health systems must consider the contribution of ICT as an essential and central component, not an add-on. eHealth is now an integral part of delivering improvements in health."

Dial 'N' for Nutrition? A Landscape Analysis of What We Know About m-Nutrition, m-Agriculture and m-Development
February 1, 2017

Dial 'N' for Nutrition? A Landscape Analysis of What We Know About ...

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"The purpose of this paper is to assist would-be implementers and evaluators to understand the landscape they are operating in, so they can design nutrition and agriculture interventions that stand the greatest chance of working, and evaluation ...

Mobile Phones for Social Change and Behavioural Change: A Compendium of 100+ Initiatives in India
January 31, 2017

Mobile Phones for Social Change and Behavioural Change: A Compendium of 100+ ...

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"The bigger thinking of compiling over 100 projects is to explore how mobiles can drive desired social and behavioural changes among millions of Indians."

ICTs for a Sustainable World #ICT4SDG
January 30, 2017

ICTs for a Sustainable World #ICT4SDG

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"Promoting the most practical and efficient use of information communication technology #ICT for the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals #SDGs..."

Civil Society-Led Emergency Preparedness for Women with Disabilities in Gaza
January 26, 2017

Civil Society-Led Emergency Preparedness for Women with Disabilities in Gaza

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As part of Oxfam's Within and Without the State (WWS) programme, community researchers worked with women with disabilities in Gaza to enable them to devise a plan for periods of crisis. They supported civil society organisations (CSOs) themselves ...

Change Starts at Home
January 25, 2017

Change Starts at Home

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Equal Access (EA)'s Change Starts at Home (Change) initiative uses a multi-component social behaviour change communication (SBCC) strategy involving a radio drama and community mobilisation to shift attitudes, norms, and behaviours that underpin ...

Media Feast, News Famine: Ten Global Advertising Trends that Threaten Independent Journalism
January 24, 2017

Media Feast, News Famine: Ten Global Advertising Trends that Threaten ...

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"[I]t is imperative that the media development community take the lead in helping its partners become more effective in the digital space, with priority placed on mobile." This report from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at ...

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