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Media as a Form of Aid in Humanitarian Crises
June 24, 2016

Media as a Form of Aid in Humanitarian Crises

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"For mainstream media, the millions of people whose lives have been upended are mostly data points, illustrations of the misery and upheaval that have swept across Syria, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, and many places between. Yet for those who are caught in ...

Connected Society: Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT)
June 21, 2016

Connected Society: Mobile Internet Skills Training Toolkit (MISTT)

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This GSMA toolkit is for mobile network operators (MNOs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), development organisations, and governments who want to provide training to improve people's basic knowledge and understanding of the mobile internet. ...

App designed to help Syrian refugees
June 21, 2016

App designed to help Syrian refugees

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Author: Leen Hashem, June 21 2016 - 'We've started a WhatsApp group for refugees living in this area' a middle aged man said enthusiastically, explaining how the platform was helping the group share information and provide each other with much ...

Using Mobile Voice Technology to Improve the Collection of Food Security Data: WFP's Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping
June 14, 2016

Using Mobile Voice Technology to Improve the Collection of Food Security ...

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"Reliable information is critical to understanding food security trends, assessing crises and informing decision-making. However, traditional methods for collecting this information - in particular food security data at household level - are ...

Ser refugiado es como ser tico [Being a Refugee Is like Being a Costa Rican]
June 13, 2016

Ser refugiado es como ser tico [Being a Refugee Is like Being a Costa Rican]

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"All the messages and materials of the strategy were created and validated with the refugee community..."

Mapping Refugee Media Journeys: Smart Phones and Social Media Networks
June 13, 2016

Mapping Refugee Media Journeys: Smart Phones and Social Media Networks

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"We urge states and news organisations to work together with tech companies, NGOs, and other stakeholders, in order to develop sustainable partnerships which in turn can orchestrate a coherent news and information strategy for and with refugees: ...

A Social Informatics Analysis of Refugee Mobile Phone Use: A Case Study of Za'atari Syrian Refugee Camp
June 9, 2016

A Social Informatics Analysis of Refugee Mobile Phone Use: A Case Study of ...

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"What level of mobile phone ownership and use is typical among refugee camp youth? How has their use changed (if at all) between the pre-conflict and refugee lives? What types of internet-based services might interest refugee youth and what are ...

Community-based Health Information Systems in the Global Context: Literature Review
June 9, 2016

Community-based Health Information Systems in the Global Context: Literature ...

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"CBHIS have the potential to engage community members, provide them with an avenue to health services, and hold them accountable, contributing to the goals of sustainability." Community workers (CWs), including community health workers (CHWs), ...

Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit
June 8, 2016

Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit

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Author: Caroline Nursey, June 6 2016 - It was quite something to see more than 6,000 humanitarians gathered at this week’s World Humanitarian Summit [WHS] - and not a pair of muddy boots in sight! We were seeking an answer to how the 130 million ...

ICT4Refugees: A Report on the Emerging Landscape of Digital Responses to the Refugee Crisis
June 8, 2016

ICT4Refugees: A Report on the Emerging Landscape of Digital Responses to the ...

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"...[T]he current phenomenon of 'ICT for refugees' is novel and has great potential that should be investigated." In the efforts to respond to mass migrations and to support refugees, there has been a proliferation in digitally focused projects, ...

Data for Management: It's Not Just Another Report
June 6, 2016

Data for Management: It's Not Just Another Report

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"The vaccine program has taken on a culture of reporting rather than a culture of using the information for continuous improvement....[V]accine supply chain managers are being encouraged to contextualize data for more effective, immediate and ...

eBilim Mobile Digital Library Project
June 2, 2016

eBilim Mobile Digital Library Project

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"Bilim" means knowledge in the Kyrgyz language, and "e" indicates electronic media. "eBilim" brings together two important components of this project: locally accessible knowledge and current technology and media. With the aim of minimising the ...

We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time [Podemos Detener el VIH Una Conversación a la Vez]
May 31, 2016

We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time [Podemos Detener el VIH Una ...

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"The first step to stopping HIV in the Hispanic/Latino community is talking about it." One Conversation at a Time is a national (United States, or US) communication campaign that encourages Hispanics/Latinos to talk openly about HIV/AIDS with ...

Transparency, Accountability and Technology
May 31, 2016

Transparency, Accountability and Technology

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This policy paper seeks to update current understanding of information communication technology (ICT) for transparency and accountability (T/A) and discusses whether or not ICT for developtment (ICT4D) is succeeding in bringing T/A to ...

Use of SMS-Based Platforms for Health Communication and Monitoring in the Context of Polio Outbreak Response
May 31, 2016

Use of SMS-Based Platforms for Health Communication and Monitoring in the ...

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"Overall, the SMS approach did reach a large number of people in a short time compared to conventional methods like interpersonal communication, which in this case would have increased security risks for the community mobilisers." This paper ...

Maternal Immunisations (MatImms) App
May 27, 2016

Maternal Immunisations (MatImms) App

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"When women were surveyed about what would help them to make an informed decision about taking up the recommended vaccines during their pregnancies, the consensus was that the information given to them was not sufficient and many had suggested ...

Social Media Strategy Development - A Guide to Using Social Media for Public Health Communication
May 27, 2016

Social Media Strategy Development - A Guide to Using Social Media for Public ...

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This guide from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provides public health organisations, especially those in the European Union (UN), with a practical approach to integrate social media into their overall communication ...

Media and Elections: A Guide for Electoral Practitioners
May 27, 2016

Media and Elections: A Guide for Electoral Practitioners

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"[T]he electorate and political actors have the right to freely discuss political issues and public policies and to express opinions. Voters and candidates rely heavily on access to the media to both impart and receive information. This requires ...

Opportunity for All? Technology and Learning in Lower-Income Families
May 26, 2016

Opportunity for All? Technology and Learning in Lower-Income Families

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"Substantial digital inequalities still exist....Among youth, being under-connected [to the internet] means that critical opportunities to develop creative projects, take advantage of educational media, explore extracurricular programs, and ...

Diverse Families and Media: Using Research to Inspire Design
May 26, 2016

Diverse Families and Media: Using Research to Inspire Design

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"A one-size-fits-all model of product development is all too often the norm in the children's media industry. The implications for equity here are of course, enormous." - Lori Takeuchi

Investigating Climate Information Services through a Gendered Lens
May 26, 2016

Investigating Climate Information Services through a Gendered Lens

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"As women farmers are often invisible, it is the responsibility of researchers, practitioners, and extension officers to tailor communication methods to women's needs so that they also can benefit from climate information services and adapt their ...

Media and Conflict in Myanmar: Opportunities for Media to Advance Peace
May 25, 2016

Media and Conflict in Myanmar: Opportunities for Media to Advance Peace

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"To build trust and reduce fear between citizen and state, respondents tended to prioritize media interventions, such as a participatory radio or television talk show that features state and national officials interacting with citizens." This ...

Family as Mediation - A Caribbean Perspective
May 20, 2016

Family as Mediation - A Caribbean Perspective

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"Through daily interactions, routines and most importantly relationships, family enacts and reproduces its values, which include ideas and practices around media engagement and use. It is through relationships that approaches of mediation are ...

Infomediaries and Accountability
May 20, 2016

Infomediaries and Accountability

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"With growing consensus that transparency does not always or automatically lead directly to accountability - and research pointing to a role for infomediaries in generating accountability from transparent information - there is an emerging ...

Media and Communication in Governance: It's Time for a Rethink
May 19, 2016

Media and Communication in Governance: It's Time for a Rethink

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This book chapter provides: a framework for thinking through the different development outcomes media support might achieve; arguments for why successful governance strategies are likely to involve a stronger media support focus in future; the ...

Social Media and Conflict Management in Post-Conflict and Fragile Contexts
May 18, 2016

Social Media and Conflict Management in Post-Conflict and Fragile Contexts

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"The evidence base for this area is weak despite much enthusiasm over the potential impact social media could have." This rapid review identifies recent literature on the role of social media plays in conflict management in post-conflict and ...

Social Media and Governance
May 17, 2016

Social Media and Governance

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"What is the recent evidence on the impact of social media on governance of social, political, and economic bodies? How is social media regulated and governed in low-income and fragile contexts?" This report presents links to, and an annotated ...

Improving Access to Justice through Information and Communication Technologies
May 17, 2016

Improving Access to Justice through Information and Communication Technologies

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This rapid literature review collates information about the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) - radio, television, phones, computers, and the internet - in access to justice initiatives. Seeking to support disadvantaged ...

Neenv (Shiksha Ka Sawal) Campaign
May 17, 2016

Neenv (Shiksha Ka Sawal) Campaign

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Launched in May 2015 in Sikar, a district of the Indian state Rajasthan in western India, Neenv (meaning "Foundation "in Hindi) is an initiative to strengthen 30,000+ government schools through citizen audit for quality public education for all ...

Mission 1000
May 11, 2016

Mission 1000

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"Mission 1000 about standing up and saying, I can protect myself, I refuse to be intimidated". Every year, Mission 1000 tries to reach out to 1,000 underprivileged children and women across India to transform their lives by providing free ...

ICT-Enabled Info-Kiosks for Knowledge-Based Community Empowerment of NREGA Workers
May 11, 2016

ICT-Enabled Info-Kiosks for Knowledge-Based Community Empowerment of NREGA ...

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"...simplified information access for people at the grassroots..." In 2010, OneWorld Foundation India launched an information and communication technology (ICT) initiative to help empower workers about an Indian labour law and social security ...

Community Health Workers: Bringing Family Planning Services to Where People Live and Work
May 6, 2016

Community Health Workers: Bringing Family Planning Services to Where People ...

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"When appropriately designed and implemented, community health worker (CHW) programs can increase use of contraception, particularly where unmet need is high, access is low, and geographic or social barriers to use of services exist." This brief ...

Monitoring & Evaluation in Family Planning: Strengths, Weaknesses, and Future Directions
May 6, 2016

Monitoring & Evaluation in Family Planning: Strengths, Weaknesses, and ...

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded MEASURE Evaluation carried out this assessment in order to take stock of the practice of monitoring and evaluation (M&E) in the field of FP and to present recommendations ...

Use of Mobile Phones by the Rural Poor: Gender Perspectives from Selected Asian Countries
May 5, 2016

Use of Mobile Phones by the Rural Poor: Gender Perspectives from Selected ...

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"Mobile phones have been shown (though not uniformly) to positively contribute in various ways to rural development, from reducing information asymmetry, improving functional networks, to increasing access to services and finance. Yet a digital ...

Radio Saathi App
May 2, 2016

Radio Saathi App

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"We understood from the very onset that the role of the CR community in the creation of such a learning tool was pivotal..." The Radio Saathi app is an Android mobile application for multimedia-based training for individuals in India who are ...

Mobile Vaani
April 29, 2016

Mobile Vaani

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Mobile Vaani (MV) is a mobile-based voice media platform for underserved areas in India whereby users generate content in their own local dialect through Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Created by Gram Vaani, the intelligent IVR system allows ...

Le We Tap Ebola (Let Us Stop Ebola)
April 27, 2016

Le We Tap Ebola (Let Us Stop Ebola)

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"In order to get to zero Ebola cases, we must all work together. Every Sierra Leonean must take responsibility to ensure that our families, our communities, and our country will end Ebola." "Le We Tap Ebola", meaning "Let Us Stop Ebola", is a ...

Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on Research and Evaluation for an Emerging Field
April 26, 2016

Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on Research and ...

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"More effective instruments are needed that perform the difficult task of re-connecting broken communities, informing citizens and involving them in processes of reconstruction, and enabling all groups in civil society to have a voice in the ...

Delaying Child Marriage through Community-Based Skills-Development Programs for Girls: Results from a Randomized Controlled Study in Rural Bangladesh
April 26, 2016

Delaying Child Marriage through Community-Based Skills-Development Programs ...

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"BALIKA results show that programs that educate girls, build their skills for modern livelihoods and engage their communities can reduce the likelihood of child marriage by one-third and produce better health, educational and social outcomes for ...

Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for Adolescents (BALIKA)
April 26, 2016

Bangladeshi Association for Life Skills, Income, and Knowledge for ...

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"As an intervention research initiative we chose to offer a package of activities that included the engagement of key actors and mentors from the community and active engagement of a research process to ensure that the effort produced rigorous ...

Nigeria: Social Media and Development - Uses and Impact?
April 25, 2016

Nigeria: Social Media and Development - Uses and Impact?

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We all know about the growth of digital in Nigeria. And within that growth there are trends of course - I was intrigued by this article related to business - Nigeria: 2016’s Biggest Social Media Trends for Business. But how effective have we all ...

Evaluating Digital Citizen Engagement: A Practical Guide
April 22, 2016

Evaluating Digital Citizen Engagement: A Practical Guide

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Published by Open Knowledge Repository of The World bank, this guide provides practical steps to assess how digital tools have contributed to citizen engagement and to understand the impact that technology has had on the engagement processes. ...

Reducing Violence by Transforming Neighborhoods: A Natural Experiment in Medellin, Colombia
April 21, 2016

Reducing Violence by Transforming Neighborhoods: A Natural Experiment in ...

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"Neighborhood-level interventions provide an opportunity to better understand the impact that neighborhoods have on health." This research was done in Medellín, Colombia, to access the effects of transit-oriented development and municipal ...

Report on the Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group for the Eradication of Poliomyelitis in Afghanistan [January 2016]
April 21, 2016

Report on the Meeting of the Technical Advisory Group for the Eradication of ...

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"The TAG acknowledges the increased focus on household and community engagement approaches to build further trust as an important and necessary addition to mass media activities. However, more emphasis must now be placed on expanding this work ...

Media in Latin America: A Path Forward
April 20, 2016

Media in Latin America: A Path Forward

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"...a coalition of a dozen leading media watchdog organizations and NGOs [non-governmental organisations] that participated...issued a declaration calling on Latin America's governments to take concrete steps to guarantee freedom of expression ...

Dispel rumours to fix immunisation's image problems
April 20, 2016

Dispel rumours to fix immunisation's image problems

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Author: Inga Vesper, April 18 2016. This blog is cross-posted from the SciDev.Net website, linked below. Vaccine programmes can trigger fears of conspiracies and oppression. It's time they got more collaborative. The world is becoming more ...

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health
April 20, 2016

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health

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"To understand more about the role media and communication can play in Sierra Leone, and the ways it can support efforts to rebuild the health system, BBC Media Action carried out a programme of research in Sierra Leone in late 2015." From BBC ...

Prescriber and Patient-Oriented Behavioural Interventions to Improve Use of Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests in Tanzania: Facility-Based Cluster Randomised Trial
April 15, 2016

Prescriber and Patient-Oriented Behavioural Interventions to Improve Use of ...

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"In a geographical area where previously in some areas over 90% of patients who were prescribed an antimalarial did not have malaria, this study has demonstrated that a combination of prescriber and patient behavioural interventions can, by ...

Meaty issues on the radio
April 14, 2016

Meaty issues on the radio

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Author: Ehizogie Ohiani, April 8 2016 - A meal without meat is as good as no meal for most people in Benue State, North Central Nigeria. Considering its importance, one would expect that hygiene surrounding the preparation and sale of meat would ...

From Access to Inclusion: Educating Clients
April 13, 2016

From Access to Inclusion: Educating Clients

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"...using media and audiovisual campaigns is a powerful channel in reaching to un- and underbanked populations and providing low-income women with relevant financial education messages that will help them make full use of the financial products ...

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