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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 ...

Influencing Behaviours and Practices to Tackle Poverty and Injustice
January 22, 2018

Influencing Behaviours and Practices to Tackle Poverty and Injustice

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Convinced that effective behaviour change strategies can play a vital role in combating poverty, injustice, and environmental degradation - whether by helping end gender-based violence, improving health and hygiene behaviours, or reducing ...

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."

How International Non-Government Organisations Are Doing Development Differently
January 18, 2018

How International Non-Government Organisations Are Doing Development Differently

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Created in October 2014, the Doing Development Differently (DDD) manifesto is a synthesis of principles that can help those involved in aid and development to have greater impact. It emphasises the need for problems to be locally defined and ...

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 ...

Theories of Change for Promoting Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile and Conflict-Affected Settings
January 17, 2018

Theories of Change for Promoting Empowerment and Accountability in Fragile ...

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Published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) in association with the Action for Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme (A4EA), this paper explores the current state of thinking among a range of aid actors (multilaterals, ...

From the Ground Up: Multi-Level Accountability Politics in Land Reform in the Philippines
January 17, 2018

From the Ground Up: Multi-Level Accountability Politics in Land Reform in ...

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The case of the Peasant Movement of Bondoc Peninsula (Kilusang Magbubukid ng Bondoc Peninsula, or KMBP) sheds light on the contest over implementing land reform in the Philippines. This study narrates the struggle of KMBP through the lens of ...

Occurrence of Home-Based Record Stock-Outs: A Quiet Problem for National Immunization Programmes Continues
January 17, 2018

Occurrence of Home-Based Record Stock-Outs: A Quiet Problem for National ...

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"HBR stock-outs...may impact continuity-of-care, increase inefficiencies at the point-of-care and reduce the ability of caregivers to be effective health advocates."

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An Evidence-Informed Approach
January 16, 2018

International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education: An ...

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"Countries are increasingly acknowledging the importance of equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to make responsible choices in their lives, particularly in a context where they have greater exposure to sexually explicit material ...

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."

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media
January 15, 2018

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media

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This publication, commissioned by the Open Society Foundation and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, describes the results of a study on how journalists are experimenting with building trust and engaging with ...

Key Messages: Getting the Most out of Polio Eradication
January 12, 2018

Key Messages: Getting the Most out of Polio Eradication

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"It is ultimately the political dimension and the strength of political linkages made that will determine the fate of this global health initiative." The Global Health Centre (GHC) at the Graduate Institute of International and Development ...

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization
January 11, 2018

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization

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"New technologies-in-use have made a difference to social development, and for this reason the internet and how it has displaced traditional media cannot be dealt with within the silos of disciplinary specialization or empirically investigated ...

Blind Spot: Reaching out to Men and Boys
January 11, 2018

Blind Spot: Reaching out to Men and Boys

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"[S]ocietal gender inequality and many efforts to address it share a common blind spot: how gender norms that encourage male dominance and emphasize myths of male invulnerability are also harmful to men and boys." Released on World AIDS Day ...

The Father Factor: How Community Video Encourages Male Involvement for Better   Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors in Niger
January 9, 2018

The Father Factor: How Community Video Encourages Male Involvement for ...

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"In Niger, where the Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING) project has worked to improve nutrition since 2015, MIYCN [maternal, infant, and young child nutrition] behaviors are influenced by cultural ...

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their Mental Well-Being, Social Relationships and Physical Activity? An Evidence-Focused Literature Review
January 9, 2018

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their ...

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"Understandably, parents, teachers and others who have an interest in children's health and well-being become increasingly concerned as children spend more time using digital technology, but are also confused by the lack of consensus on whether ...

The Benefit of the Doubt or Doubts over Benefits? A Systematic Literature Review of Perceived Risks of Vaccines in European Populations
January 8, 2018

The Benefit of the Doubt or Doubts over Benefits? A Systematic Literature ...

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"In addition to identifying concerns about vaccination in Europe, this study confirmed the notion that individuals have many safety concerns about vaccination and often believe that the risks of vaccination outweigh their benefits." Previous ...

Digital Development and the Digital Gender Gap
January 8, 2018

Digital Development and the Digital Gender Gap

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"How does digital development change pathways to development for women and girls? What are the economic, social and political risks and opportunities?" Prepared for the United Kingdom (UK) Government's Department for International Development ...

Immunization Effects of a Communication Intervention to Promote Preteen HPV Vaccination in Primary Care Practices
January 8, 2018

Immunization Effects of a Communication Intervention to Promote Preteen HPV ...

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"The Protect Them study shows promise for practice-based communication strategies - including age-appropriate discussion of HPV as a preventable STI - to be effective in promoting preteen HPV vaccination."

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 6, 2018

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"The Crop Specific Mobile Apps programme has evolved over time in response to changing user needs, in both content provided and the distribution mechanism. The recent analytics component shows how low literacy users contribute to data collection ...

Audience Research in Media Development
January 5, 2018

Audience Research in Media Development

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"Though audience research has also been part of the toolbox of media development organizations for some time, it was only when focus in international development shifted from producing outputs to effecting impact that research of media viewing, ...

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 5, 2018

Medic Mobile Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"....Medic Mobile was launched in Nepal in 2013 as a mobile phone-based health monitoring solution using a simple data capture interface appropriate for community health workers (CHWs) with low levels of literacy and technical skills."

The Evolution of Vaccination Week in the Americas
January 5, 2018

The Evolution of Vaccination Week in the Americas

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"As a social mobilization campaign, relevant themes and the use of diverse media have allowed PAHO, its partners, and Member States to give visibility to the importance of immunization and communicate with key audiences, building public ...

Lean HCD: A Case Study in Human-Centered Design in the Highlands of Guatemala
January 4, 2018

Lean HCD: A Case Study in Human-Centered Design in the Highlands of Guatemala

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"HCD requires deeper engagement on the part of the design team than a traditional design process, which tends to start with the technology instead of with people's problems. This tech-centered approach may reduce uptake of the solution..."

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the Americas
January 2, 2018

Lessons Learned on IPV Introduction and the Switch from tOPV to bOPV in the ...

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"One measure we used to know whether the communication was working was to see the tone of the messages in the media, and we saw mostly positive or neutral messages, which was a good indication that things were going well." - Lauren Vulanovic, ...

How Can We Use the 'Science of Stories' to Produce Persuasive Scientific Stories?
January 2, 2018

How Can We Use the 'Science of Stories' to Produce Persuasive Scientific ...

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"[T]o better connect with audiences communicators would do well to recognize themselves as storytellers - not to distort the truth, but to help people to connect with problems and issues on a more human level in terms of what matters to them."

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 2, 2018

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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Launched in 2012 by the Indian organisation ZMQ Development, MIRA Channel is an integrated mobile phone service providing communication and information tools for maternal and child health care to rural women in low-resource settings. "The ...

What Constitutes Responsiveness of Physicians: A Qualitative Study in Rural Bangladesh
January 2, 2018

What Constitutes Responsiveness of Physicians: A Qualitative Study in Rural ...

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Derived from the fields of medical ethics, human rights, and human development, the concept of responsiveness entails the social actions by health providers to meet the legitimate expectations of patients. Observing that responsiveness plays a ...

Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Package for Men and Adolescent Boys
December 26, 2017

Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Package for Men and Adolescent Boys

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"The Global Sexual and Reproductive Health Service Package... aims to increase the range and quality of sexual and reproductive services provided that meet the specific and diverse needs of men and adolescents boys." This service package for ...

No More 'Harmful Traditional Practices': Working Effectively With Faith Leaders
December 26, 2017

No More 'Harmful Traditional Practices': Working Effectively With Faith Leaders

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"[T]his study represents a novel and timely consideration of the role of faith in the perpetuation and/or discontinuation of HTPs [harmful traditional practices], with important lessons for policy makers and development practitioners." From the ...

Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking Behaviors in Ethiopia: Implications for Youth Friendly Service Programming
December 21, 2017

Understanding Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health-seeking ...

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"Acknowledging the need for targeted health services for adolescents and youth, the Ethiopian Government has scaled-up and institutionalized youth friendly services (YFS) through intensive capacity building at all levels of the health ...

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming and Evidence
December 19, 2017

Civil Society Involvement in Family Planning: A Review of Global Programming ...

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Civil society organisations (CSOs) are often involved in expanding services, raising awareness, generating demand, and advocating for an improved enabling environment to ensure women and men have full, free, and informed choice to determine ...

Lessons Learnt from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination in 45 Low- and Middle-Income Countries
December 19, 2017

Lessons Learnt from Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination in 45 Low- and ...

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This article synthesises lessons learned and determinants of success from human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine demonstration projects and national programmes in low- and middle-income countries (LAMICs). Between January 2007 and May 2016, over 80 ...

Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa Countries: 16th Meeting Report
December 19, 2017

Technical Advisory Group on Polio Eradication for the Horn of Africa ...

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"The TAG congratulates the HOA countries for implementing most of the recommendations from the 15th HOA TAG and for progress in building strong C4D [communication for development] networks in many countries and integrating C4D into the ...

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology
December 18, 2017

Supporting Teachers with Mobile Technology

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"[T]eacher capacity building for mobile learning is likely to become increasingly essential as a growing number of educators and students, including those in poor countries, buy and use mobile phones." This report draws lessons from United ...

Addressing Failure in ICT-Enabled 'Citizen Voice - Government Responsiveness' Interventions: Unpacking Core Assumptions and Essential Components
December 15, 2017

Addressing Failure in ICT-Enabled 'Citizen Voice - Government ...

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"When government willingness is already there, ICT-enabled voice can help build capacity to respond. But generally, unless pre-existing government commitment to respond is in place, voice through the platforms will not create it, and response ...

Little by Little: Exploring the Impact of Social Acceptance on Refugee Integration into Host Communities
December 15, 2017

Little by Little: Exploring the Impact of Social Acceptance on Refugee ...

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"It is very difficult here. There is discrimination, so people get to know you little by little." - Male Colombian refugee This study from Catholic Relief Services (CRS) explores the multifaceted ways - economic, political, social, and ...

Vulnerable Youth as Prosumers in HIV Prevention: Studies Using Participatory Action Research
December 14, 2017

Vulnerable Youth as Prosumers in HIV Prevention: Studies Using Participatory ...

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Drawing on four cases of research from Africa and South East Asia, this paper discusses the possibilities for youth "prosumerism" as a participation mechanism in HIV prevention, particularly in light of new opportunities arising from a digital ...

Media Consumption Survey in Ukraine
December 13, 2017

Media Consumption Survey in Ukraine

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Internews' annual Ukrainian media survey revealed that Ukrainians in 2017 were more critical in their media consumption, demanding better-quality and more reliable content from journalists. The survey of 4,048 people highlights Ukrainians' media ...

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy
December 12, 2017

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

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"In the absence of a comprehensive campaign to deal with this threat, manipulation and disinformation techniques could enable modern authoritarian regimes to expand their power and influence while permanently eroding user confidence in online ...

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News
December 12, 2017

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News

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"Dark social" refers to online and digital sharing either missing or incorrectly attributed in site traffic analytics. It describes the blind spot that originates when visitors to online news websites arrive there from links shared by email, ...

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World
December 12, 2017

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World

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"Making the digital space better for children requires collaboration and cooperation among governments, United Nations agencies and other international children's organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and the technical ...

Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research
December 11, 2017

Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research

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"Attempts to prevent Internet dimensions of the violent radicalization of youth do not have proven efficacy, but on the other hand it is clear that they can damage online freedoms, especially freedom of expression, freedom of information, privacy ...

Every Last Hiding Place: Fifteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative
December 8, 2017

Every Last Hiding Place: Fifteenth Report of the Independent Monitoring ...

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"A major risk for the eradication is complacency, something for which there is no metric that can be monitored....That is one of the biggest challenges for the Polio Programme and can only be resolved by hands-on leadership." This, the 15th ...

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Deployment at Scale
December 7, 2017

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons ...

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"In order to persuade people to think and do things differently, you need to get inside their heads to understand the barriers to behavioral change, and the triggers that might empower people to break these barriers. This is why behavioral change ...

Understanding and Tackling the Gendered Drivers of Poor Adolescent Mental Health
December 6, 2017

Understanding and Tackling the Gendered Drivers of Poor Adolescent Mental Health

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"We hypothesize that rigid social norms and gender-based discrimination limit the perceived control that both girls and boys have over their own lives and futures, and that this perceived lack of control can have deleterious effects on their ...

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