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Getting from 'Wow' to Sustainability
September 29, 2016

Getting from 'Wow' to Sustainability

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Author: Jim Thomas, PhD, Project Director, MEASURE Evaluation, June 28 2016 [a MEASURE Evaluation blog reprinted from the Global Digital Health Network on the Knowledge Gateway] BANGKOK, Thailand - With a cellphone application, mClinica can ...

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 ...

Shining a Light on Untapped Resources for Behavior Change Communication in Guatemala
September 23, 2016

Shining a Light on Untapped Resources for Behavior Change Communication in ...

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"These studies provided new and important insights on three avenues for engagement that have, to date, been underutilized for social and behavior change communication."

Connecting Refugees
September 22, 2016

Connecting Refugees

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"The digital revolution is transforming the world but refugees are being left behind. Today, almost 65 million forcibly displaced refugees and internally displaced persons are living without reliable internet and mobile connectivity." This ...

Changing perspective - the power of vertical video
September 21, 2016

Changing perspective - the power of vertical video

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Author: Tom Hannen, September 21 2016 - I was watching my one-year-old son playing on a beach in Turkey when the terrible photo of Aylan Kurdi lying motionless on a beach further along the coast appeared on social media. I will never forget the ...

Leveraging Mobile Network Big Data for Developmental Policy: Research papers from the project
September 19, 2016

Leveraging Mobile Network Big Data for Developmental Policy: Research papers ...

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"Many developing countries lack the capacity and resources to collect and analyze data for evidence-based policy-making. Is big data, which involves large and complex data sets, an opportunity to meet this challenge? Or will it become difficult ...

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 ...

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 ...

Guidelines for Reporting of Health Interventions Using Mobile Phones: Mobile Health (mHealth) Evidence Reporting and Assessment (mERA) Checklist
September 13, 2016

Guidelines for Reporting of Health Interventions Using Mobile Phones: Mobile ...

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"Adoption of the mERA checklist by journal editors and authors in a standardised manner is anticipated to improve the transparency and rigour in reporting, while highlighting issues of bias and generalisability, and ultimately temper criticisms ...

Stand up and be heard
September 8, 2016

Stand up and be heard

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Author: Jackie Christie, September 8 2016 - Bribing people for their vote is common in Kenya – and young people are especially vulnerable. Jackie Christie explains how a new radio show is helping young people learn more about politics. It was a ...

New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important Issues, from Burial Societies to Protest Groups
September 8, 2016

New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important ...

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016: Grassroot is a free mobile phone tool that helps groups of people in South Africa interact and exchange information, ranging from small social groups to massive community organisations. Grassroot allows ...

Online Platform in Uganda Allows People to Anonymously Report Poor Service Delivery and Corruption in their Community
September 7, 2016

Online Platform in Uganda Allows People to Anonymously Report Poor Service ...

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016 -  In recent decades, Uganda has made various efforts to establish systems to fight corruption, including a strong legal framework, but actual implementation of corruption prevention has been weak. “In ...

Tools of the Trade: Children's Rights and Internet
September 7, 2016

Tools of the Trade: Children's Rights and Internet

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"The Internet offers access to education, information and play, but with children aged 10 years or younger accounting for 80 per cent of all child online exploitation victims, more needs to be done to protect children online." Launched by the ...

Calling All Producers: Creating Media for Hispanic-Latino Families
September 7, 2016

Calling All Producers: Creating Media for Hispanic-Latino Families

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"Read on for tips to help ensure your products are inclusive, relevant, and thoughtfully distributed for Hispanic-Latino families in the United States." Developed for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center's Aprendiendo Juntos (Learning Together) Council ...

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 ...

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, ...

Kahi Ankahi Baatein (KAB) [Speaking the Unsaid]
August 30, 2016

Kahi Ankahi Baatein (KAB) [Speaking the Unsaid]

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In a country where young people constitute about 22.8% of the population, the New Delhi, India-based human rights organisation CREA (Creating Resources for Empowerment and Action) observed that there exist very few resources that provide ...

Making All Voices Count
August 30, 2016

Making All Voices Count

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Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that supports effective and accountable governance in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. The initiative brings together actors from government, civil society, academia, and the technology ...

Who to follow on Twitter if you're interested in international development, media and communication
August 25, 2016

Who to follow on Twitter if you're interested in international development, ...

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Author: Melanie Archer, August 25 2016 - A list of Twitter accounts covering governance, health and humanitarian affairs that are well worth following. August is a time for recharging on holiday, resurrecting neglected projects and… refreshing ...

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 ...

Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum
August 24, 2016

Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum

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"Mobile information literacy is necessary to help people learn how to find and evaluate the quality and credibility of information obtained online, understand how to create and share online information effectively, and participate safely and ...

U-Report: Voice Matters Project
August 24, 2016

U-Report: Voice Matters Project

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U-Report, developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is a mobile-based communication platform that lets young people, called U-Reporters, share their ideas and opinions on social issues affecting their communities through sms-based ...

Participatory Visual Methodologies in Global Public Health
August 23, 2016

Participatory Visual Methodologies in Global Public Health

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"The power of the visual to represent what is not easily put into words, especially by marginalised populations, is a key aspect of visual research. The idea of participant-generated data, and the power of participants to be in a position to ...

The Potential and Limitations of Citizen Journalism Initiatives
August 12, 2016

The Potential and Limitations of Citizen Journalism Initiatives

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"CGNet Swara's failure to 'bridge' the citizen–professional divide and to position the experiment in terms of the larger public sphere suggests continuing challenges for citizen journalism, potentially undercutting confidence that it currently ...

Toms and Toilets
August 11, 2016

Toms and Toilets

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Author: Praekelt Foundation's Ambika Samarthya-Howard, August 11 2016 - The popular shoe brand Toms was founded in 2006 with the premise that for every pair of shoes you buy, they would give one to a needy person in the developing world. This ...

Young People's Participation in Peacebuilding - A Practice Note
August 10, 2016

Young People's Participation in Peacebuilding - A Practice Note

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"...a growing body of evidence suggests that young women and men can and do play active roles as agents of positive and constructive change. The recently adopted Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security marks the formal ...

This Is How We Stop Zika
August 5, 2016

This Is How We Stop Zika

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Carried out from July through September 2016 by RTI International, this research-based multimedia campaign aims at empowering pregnant women on how to prevent Zika virus transmission in Puerto Rico. The campaign, part of an effort with the ...

Integrity Idol
August 4, 2016

Integrity Idol

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"Integrity Idol is all about building a positive narrative. Instead of putting wrongdoers behind bars, it's about highlighting the good people. We really want to change the system through individuals, and inspire the younger generation to join ...

Curing Pilot-itis for mHealth
August 3, 2016

Curing Pilot-itis for mHealth

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Author: Praekelt Foundation's Ambika Samarthya-Howard, August 3 2016 -

The Measles Vaccination Narrative in Twitter: A Quantitative Analysis
August 2, 2016

The Measles Vaccination Narrative in Twitter: A Quantitative Analysis

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"[S]ocial media analysis [can] be invaluable for providing insights about how popular health narratives are being shaped, as a better understanding of public perception of health issues can lead to more effective communication strategies."

Understanding Immunisation Awareness and Sentiment Through Social and Mainstream Media
August 2, 2016

Understanding Immunisation Awareness and Sentiment Through Social and ...

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"As immunisation uptake is mediated by socio-cultural and political influences, locally appropriate communication responses are required to meet and sustain coverage goals." This brief describes a multi-country study by United Nations (UN) ...

Using Preference Parameter Estimates to Optimise Public Sector Wage Contracts
August 1, 2016

Using Preference Parameter Estimates to Optimise Public Sector Wage Contracts

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"Using smartphones to collect data on the performance of polio vaccination campaign workers is a cheap and reliable way to improve the existing monitoring activities. The use of geo stamped and time stamped data provides a good picture of the ...

Cell Coverage: Reaching Pakistan's Children with the Polio Vaccine
July 29, 2016

Cell Coverage: Reaching Pakistan's Children with the Polio Vaccine

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"With better knowledge of the reasons for resistance to polio vaccines in specific regions, Rotary has been able to adapt its existing strategies appropriately, such as engaging religious and community leaders to educate them about the importance ...

Two-Way Radio: Using Radio and Mobile Phones to Engage with Somali Women and Youth
July 26, 2016

Two-Way Radio: Using Radio and Mobile Phones to Engage with Somali Women and ...

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"In a country with insecure and inaccessible regions, our pilot project demonstrated the value of Africa's Voices approach as a tool for remote monitoring and real-time citizen feedback - helping to amplify the voices of hard-to-reach communities ...

Ebola: A Behavior-Driven Crisis
July 25, 2016

Ebola: A Behavior-Driven Crisis

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From the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), this web-based multimedia package explores social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) in the context of a public health crisis. Presented in a gallery-style format, the multimedia ...

How-to Guides on SBCC from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3)
July 21, 2016

How-to Guides on SBCC from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3)

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This HealthCompass portal from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) offers access to social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) "How-to Guides" that are short guides providing step-by-step instructions on how to perform ...

HNI Madagascar: Information Via Mobile to Tackle Gender-based Violence
July 20, 2016

HNI Madagascar: Information Via Mobile to Tackle Gender-based Violence

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“The addition of gender content to the 3-2-1 Service is beginning to show evidence of positive social impacts for both male and female users and commercial benefits for Airtel.” This case study describes the 3-2-1 mobile-phone-based information ...

Syria Lifeline
July 18, 2016

Syria Lifeline

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Syria Lifeline is BBC Media Action's communication project for Syrian refugees whose purpose is to communicate with people who have lost their normal media channels along with their homes. It consists of a library of video content and other ...

Voices of Refugees: Information and Communication Needs of Refugees in Greece and Germany
July 18, 2016

Voices of Refugees: Information and Communication Needs of Refugees in ...

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"The social, cultural and ethnic diversity of refugees passing through the region, highlighted by their diverse languages and dialects and their differing levels of literacy and ability to access technology, has added to the complexity of their ...

Mass Communication Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Camps
July 15, 2016

Mass Communication Assessment of Syrian Refugees in Camps

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"It is crucial that all populations affected by the Syrian crisis, including those currently staying in the KRI [Kurdistan Region of Iraq] are adequately informed about the services available to them and/or know how to contact aid providers in ...

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants on the Move in Europe
July 15, 2016

Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and ...

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This guidance note provides advice on protecting and supporting the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of refugees, asylum-seekers, and migrants on the move in Europe on their way to a destination country. Amidst the multiple needs of these ...

E-Agriculture Strategy Guide
July 14, 2016

E-Agriculture Strategy Guide

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Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), this guide provides a framework for countries in developing their national e-agriculture strategies in alignment ...

Gyan Jyoti - Generating FP Demand via Mobile Phones
July 14, 2016

Gyan Jyoti - Generating FP Demand via Mobile Phones

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This Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Spotlight on Health COMpass from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) explores the process and impact of developing an android-based phone app called Gyan Jyoti ("light of ...

Zamboanga Learning Review on Post-Conflict Community Engagement
July 14, 2016

Zamboanga Learning Review on Post-Conflict Community Engagement

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"Critical here was how we engaged the displaced populations to understand their experiences and listen to their feedback as regards access to life-saving information, as well as opportunities for dialogue, connectivity and community ...

Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing Societies
July 14, 2016

Women and ICT in Africa and the Middle East: Changing Selves, Changing ...

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This book offers a selection of articles that look at the link between information and communication technology (ICT) and women’s empowerment, and how ICTs can facilitate the pursuit of a world that is grounded in social justice and ...

ICT Solutions for Strengthening SRHR Programmes
July 13, 2016

ICT Solutions for Strengthening SRHR Programmes

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This position paper explores some of the information and communication technology (ICT) solutions for sexual reproduction and health rights (SRHR) programmes that were developed by the International Institute for Communication and Development ...

Family Planning 2020 Midpoint Campaign
July 12, 2016

Family Planning 2020 Midpoint Campaign

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"We have a window of opportunity to raise our collective voices to ensure that health, rights, and the dignity of women and girls are central to family planning and broader development conversations."

Improving Polio Campaign Quality in Jordan, Somalia, and South Sudan
July 12, 2016

Improving Polio Campaign Quality in Jordan, Somalia, and South Sudan

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"For the World Health Organization (WHO) and ministries of health working to combat and forever put an end to the debilitating poliovirus, access to accurate and time-sensitive information makes a world of difference." In this article, one of ...

Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Ebola
July 11, 2016

Using Media and Communication to Respond to Public Health Emergencies: ...

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“BBC Media Action asserts that lives can be saved if high-quality media and communication is central to planning responses to any future disease outbreak, as opposed to being peripheral to the practical hardware of a response.” This practice ...

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