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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 ...

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 ...

Tracking Vaccination Teams During Polio Campaigns in Northern Nigeria by Use of Geographic Information System Technology: 2013-2015
April 4, 2016

Tracking Vaccination Teams During Polio Campaigns in Northern Nigeria by Use ...

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"GIS technology, if used effectively alongside other interventions, could contribute immensely to the interruption of polio in Nigeria." This article demonstrates the application of geographic information system (GIS) technology to track polio ...

Right Method, Right Time, My Choice
April 1, 2016

Right Method, Right Time, My Choice

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Right Time, Right Method, My Choice is a behaviour change campaign designed to improve increase contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) by 5 percentage points in the 11 districts in Indonesia where the campaign is being implemented over 3 years ...

WeFarm
March 31, 2016

WeFarm

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WeFarm is a worldwide peer to peer knowledge sharing network, building a bank of the world's farming knowledge, then making it available to anyone anywhere, in any language, and on any device - even the most basic mobile phone. This collaborative ...

Gender and Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit
March 31, 2016

Gender and Social and Behavior Change Communication Implementation Kit

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"By integrating gender into your SBCC strategy, you can make health messages more effective, stimulate equity in gender roles, and improve health outcomes. Since the roles and power relations between men and women affect how an activity is ...

The 5As: A Practical Taxonomy for the Determinants of Vaccine Uptake
March 24, 2016

The 5As: A Practical Taxonomy for the Determinants of Vaccine Uptake

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"Vaccine hesitancy may be due to a complex mix of behavioral and social factors, and most interventions to increase vaccine acceptance have shown little or no effect..."

mHealth Pilot Study: Text Messaging Intervention to Promote HPV Vaccination
March 21, 2016

mHealth Pilot Study: Text Messaging Intervention to Promote HPV Vaccination

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"mHealth interventions are able to overcome barriers to participation in traditional face-to-face interventions, such as inconvenience, time/place of delivery, and cost."

Act Now For Tomorrow
March 17, 2016

Act Now For Tomorrow

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This digital mapping project was launched by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in an effort to help young people around the world identify climate issues in their communities and find ways to address them. The global climate map is ...

Digital Media and Latino Families: New Channels for Learning, Parenting, and Organizing
March 17, 2016

Digital Media and Latino Families: New Channels for Learning, Parenting, and ...

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"We are learning much about how a colorful spectrum of Latino children and families now engage a variety of platforms and digital content to advance differing goals. These users often pursue some form of learning or novel information. Even when ...

Connecting to Learn: Promoting Digital Equity for America's Hispanic Families
March 17, 2016

Connecting to Learn: Promoting Digital Equity for America's Hispanic Families

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This brief combines original research and policy analysis to examine the potential for digital media investments to support a promising learning pathway for children in the United States (US)' increasingly diverse, low-income families. Noting ...

The Effectiveness of Disaster Risk Communication: A Systematic Review of Intervention Studies
March 14, 2016

The Effectiveness of Disaster Risk Communication: A Systematic Review of ...

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The aim of this systematic review is to identify, appraise and synthesise the findings of studies of the effects of risk communication interventions during 4 stages of the disaster cycle: mitigation and prevention, preparedness, response, and ...

Can Digital Tools Be Used for Improving Immunization Programs?
March 14, 2016

Can Digital Tools Be Used for Improving Immunization Programs?

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"Only small progresses have been made to integrate digital tools into immunization programs. Moreover, research aimed at assessing the effectiveness of digital technologies as potential responses to problems of immunization programs is scarce."

Exploring Citizen Journalism for Rural Indonesia
March 14, 2016

Exploring Citizen Journalism for Rural Indonesia

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"The West Kalimantan community has welcomed the news service, which provides highly relevant information on topics such as roads that are closed due to flooding, bridges that need repair, protests at local government offices, and community events."

Why Information Matters: A Foundation for Resilience
March 11, 2016

Why Information Matters: A Foundation for Resilience

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“You can make a system work better with surprising ease if you give it more timely, more accurate, more complete information.” - Donella Meadows, Thinking in Systems

Zika Apps
March 11, 2016

Zika Apps

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In the wake of the Zika virus outbreak, various organisations have developed apps (software used on a smartphone or mobile device) to raise awareness, share information and photos, and engage citizens to take action. For example:

Level Up Learning: A National Survey of Teaching with Digital Games
March 10, 2016

Level Up Learning: A National Survey of Teaching with Digital Games

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"Teachers are showing a surprisingly strong receptivity to using games and acknowledging their power for student engagement. The growing momentum has been largely fueled by bottom-up professional development. Teachers are telling us that they are ...

Connected Women 2015: Adaptation Framework for the Mobile Technical Literacy Toolkit
March 7, 2016

Connected Women 2015: Adaptation Framework for the Mobile Technical Literacy ...

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“Not being able to operate a phone is one of the most reported barriers to women adopting and using mobile technology and ultimately accessing life-enhancing mobile services in low- and middle-income markets globally.” The Group Speciale Mobile ...

The Role of the Polio Program Infrastructure in Response to Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Nigeria 2014
March 7, 2016

The Role of the Polio Program Infrastructure in Response to Ebola Virus ...

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"The support from the polio program infrastructure, particularly the coordination mechanism adopted (the EEOC), the availability of skilled personnel in the polio program, and lessons learned from managing the polio eradication program greatly ...

Mother tongue: boosting maternal health through mobile phones
March 7, 2016

Mother tongue: boosting maternal health through mobile phones

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Author: Bindi Thakka - Our producer looks at the importance of tribal language - and how it can be used to help provide life-saving advice to mothers in India. In India an incredible 1,652 different languages are spoken. Jharkhand, a state in ...

Involvement of Boys through Interactive BCC/IEC to Enhance Adolescent and Sexual Reproductive Health in Northern Uganda
March 4, 2016

Involvement of Boys through Interactive BCC/IEC to Enhance Adolescent and ...

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The Communication for Development Foundation Uganda (CDFU) engaged in a project in the Lira and Alebtong districts of Uganda to involve boys in sexual and reproductive health (SRH) through the use of interactive behaviour change communication ...

Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (CCPF) Project
March 3, 2016

Chipatala Cha Pa Foni (CCPF) Project

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Chipatala cha pa Foni (CCPF) or Health Center by Phone, is an mHealth project in Malawi originally designed to increase access to timely and appropriate maternal, neonatal, and child health information, advice and care. The project combined a ...

Communication for Transformation: Action Media - Global Experiences and Practice
March 3, 2016

Communication for Transformation: Action Media - Global Experiences and ...

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The action media methodology, developed in the 1990s to inform HIV communication between youth in South Africa, has since been reiterated and applied to many countries, diverse audiences, and a range of issues. The approach focuses on how ...

Use of Mobile Phones to Conduct Interactive, Theory-Based Research on Social and Behavior Change Communication in Communities Affected by Ebola
March 3, 2016

Use of Mobile Phones to Conduct Interactive, Theory-Based Research on Social ...

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In a presentation titled "How SMS-Based Surveys Were Used in the Rapid Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: Potential for Future Applications", given with Maria Elena Figueroa, Amanda Berman displayed the PowerPoint attached here to address ...

Annual Report 2014: Polio Eradication Initiative, Afghanistan
February 23, 2016

Annual Report 2014: Polio Eradication Initiative, Afghanistan

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"Polio program is now at a cross roads to...achieve the objective of stopping the circulation of wild polio virus in Afghanistan....In order to do so all polio partners have started working hand in hand with communities and all influential layers ...

How SMS-Based Surveys Were Used in the Rapid Response to the Ebola Outbreak in Liberia: Potential for Future Applications: Abstract
February 22, 2016

How SMS-Based Surveys Were Used in the Rapid Response to the Ebola Outbreak ...

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"As part of the Ebola response in Liberia, HC3 needed prompt information to develop an effective communication strategy such as the level of knowledge about the Ebola virus, modes of transmission and information needs to help curb the ...

Contributions of Western Perspectives to a Global Theory of Health Communication
February 22, 2016

Contributions of Western Perspectives to a Global Theory of Health Communication

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“Modern Western communication research '...is about effects. It could have been otherwise - consider the study of art, for example - but it is not'(Katz, 2001). Often this is a fruitful line of thinking that produces useful solutions to immediate ...

National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication, Afghanistan, July 2015 - June 2016
February 17, 2016

National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication, Afghanistan, July 2015 ...

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"The engagement and commitment of all partners to achieve the goal is critical as we continue to exert extraordinary efforts to vaccinate every child in the country and particularly in the hard-to-reach areas where the virus continues to ...

Communicating in a Crisis like Ebola: Facts and Figures
February 11, 2016

Communicating in a Crisis like Ebola: Facts and Figures

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"A critical look at the complications and experiences from the perspective of communications and social science holds lessons for future public health responses to infectious disease outbreaks."

Eradicating Polio in Nigeria
February 8, 2016

Eradicating Polio in Nigeria

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"The success of Nigeria's federal and state governments, Global Polio Eradication Initiative partners, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is all the more impressive given the climate of disinformation, intimidation, and violence..."

Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South
February 5, 2016

Impact of Information Society Research in the Global South

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"There is a multiplicity of voices, methodologies and theoretical traditions in the interdisciplinary fields of research that investigate the role of ICTs 'in', 'for', and sometimes 'and' development. This volume includes many illustrations of ...

What Drives Behavior? Key Factors for Handwashing in Bangladesh
February 4, 2016

What Drives Behavior? Key Factors for Handwashing in Bangladesh

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"What behavior will you promote? What key factors will you address to motivate people?"

Blog Spotlight from IDDS Lahore in Pakistan
January 29, 2016

Blog Spotlight from IDDS Lahore in Pakistan

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Author: Kendra Sharp, January 22 2016 [cross-posted from International Development Innovation Network (IDIN), linked below] - How fitting that the day we celebrated Martin Luther King [MLK] Jr. Day in the U.S. was the day we had our second site ...

Mobile for Development: Transforming Global Healthcare through Mobile Technology
January 21, 2016

Mobile for Development: Transforming Global Healthcare through Mobile Technology

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According to this report, as mobile connectivity continues to grow through increased technological innovations, the health sector will have many opportunities to meet rising patient demand with mobile health interventions. As a result, mHealth ...

Mapping How Information about Childhood Vaccination Is Communicated in Two Regions of Cameroon: What Is Done and Where Are the Gaps?
January 21, 2016

Mapping How Information about Childhood Vaccination Is Communicated in Two ...

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"By identifying the interventions used in Cameroon and developing an intervention map, we allowed stakeholders to see where they were concentrating their communication efforts and where gaps exist, allowing them to reflect on whether changes are ...

Tiphunzire! (Let's Learn!)
January 20, 2016

Tiphunzire! (Let's Learn!)

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Launched in 2014, the Tiphunzire! (Let's Learn!) project is working to create empowering learning contexts for marginalised girls in rural central and southern Malawi in order to keep girls in school. The project is training young female teachers ...

Introduction of Mobile Health Tools to Support Ebola Surveillance and Contact Tracing in Guinea
January 20, 2016

Introduction of Mobile Health Tools to Support Ebola Surveillance and ...

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"An informatics system consisting of a mobile health application and business intelligence software was used for collecting and analyzing Ebola contact tracing data. This system offered potential to improve data access and quality to support ...

Connected Women : Mobile Skills Toolkit 2015
January 6, 2016

Connected Women : Mobile Skills Toolkit 2015

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“The ability to use a mobile phone and its non-voice and core functions – has been identified as a barrier to women’s awareness and usage of mobile services across low- and middle-income countries.” The Groupe Speciale Mobile Association ...

Nigeria's seven lessons from polio and Ebola response
January 6, 2016

Nigeria's seven lessons from polio and Ebola response

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Author: Ayodeji Oluwole Odutolu (co-authors: Ritgak Dimka, Mayowa Oluwatosin Alade), cross-posted from the World Bank blog Investing in Health (see below), January 5 2016 - Amid the devastating effects of West Africa's Ebola outbreak to human ...

ICT & SDGs - How Information and Communications Technology Can Achieve The Sustainable Development Goals
January 6, 2016

ICT & SDGs - How Information and Communications Technology Can Achieve The ...

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"...the SDGs represent a complex, global-scale problem-solving exercise that cuts across all sectors of the economy and that must engage all sectors and all parts of the world. The entire world has adopted the SDGs; now we will have to deploy all ...

Supplementary Immunization Activities for Measles and Rubella Vaccine in Vanuatu
December 17, 2015

Supplementary Immunization Activities for Measles and Rubella Vaccine in Vanuatu

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In early 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH) Vanuatu in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIA) for measles and rubella (MR) ...

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