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Partnering with Women's Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
May 24, 2017

Partnering with Women's Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and ...

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"In many countries throughout the developing world, women’s associations can be influential advocacy and education organizations that represent the voices of mothers to government and legislative bodies, while also providing a key communications ...

World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law
May 24, 2017

World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law

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"[W]ho bargains, who is excluded, and what barriers block entry to the policy arena determine the selection and implementation of policies and, consequently, their impact on development outcomes."

Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic Opportunity
May 24, 2017

Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic ...

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"A majority smartphone market could serve as an ideal lab environment to test how mobile money could disrupt entrenched social and financial structures that have kept most people - especially women, ethnic minorities, and rural farmers - in deep ...

Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
May 24, 2017

Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child ...

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"Medical communities around the world play an important role in educating families about early child nutrition. Creating an enabling environment for mothers and families to adopt optimal IYCF [infant and young child feeding] practices is ...

Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society
May 19, 2017

Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society

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This report is part of Amnesty International's global advocacy campaign Brave, launched to combat measures by authoritarian leaders and other actors (state and non-state) with power to threaten and attack human rights defenders (HRDs) and shrink ...

Women and Countering Violent Extremism
May 18, 2017

Women and Countering Violent Extremism

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"Prevention is a major aspect of CVE, aiming to get at the root causes and factors that contribute to extremism and terrorism, by engaging with individuals, communities and others." This Helpdesk Research Report from the Governance and Social ...

Mapping Information Exposure on Social Media to Explain Differences in HPV Vaccine Coverage in the United States
May 18, 2017

Mapping Information Exposure on Social Media to Explain Differences in HPV ...

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Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programmes with Transgender People: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions
May 18, 2017

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programmes with Transgender People: ...

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"Addressing transphobia, stigma and discrimination is central to implementing evidence-informed and rights-based services for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care."

Pathways to Engagement: Understanding How Newsrooms are Working with Communities
May 17, 2017

Pathways to Engagement: Understanding How Newsrooms are Working with Communities

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"Early experiments and innovators have learned a lot about how to weave engagement into the reporting process, but there is still a long way to go to ensure these practices are widespread. Investing in supporting engagement in newsrooms right now ...

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned from Alive & Thrive
May 17, 2017

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF ...

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"From 2010-2014, Alive & Thrive worked in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam to reduce undernutrition and death caused by sub-optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices.... The initiative’s work includes a community component ...

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject Drugs: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions
May 17, 2017

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject ...

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This tool aims to support countries in fast-tracking their response to HIV among people who inject drugs, who are 28 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population and whose global rate of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is 52%. ...

Keeping up the Pressure: Enhancing the Sustainability of Protest Movements
May 16, 2017

Keeping up the Pressure: Enhancing the Sustainability of Protest Movements

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"With formal spaces for participation closing across the globe, citizens are more likely to take to the streets to have their voices heard and press for change. This study shows that the international community and national stakeholders must ...

From a Refugee Perspective: Discourse of Arabic Speaking and Afghan Refugees and Migrants on Social Media from March to December 2016
May 16, 2017

From a Refugee Perspective: Discourse of Arabic Speaking and Afghan Refugees ...

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"During the large influx of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants to Europe in 2015, it became apparent that most people started their journey without a clear understanding of what lay ahead of them....It was a mixed migration movement that ...

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies
May 16, 2017

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies

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"People need to generate, access, engage with, and disseminate high-quality news and information in order to make informed decisions, hold those in power accountable, and take actions that will improve their lives. This paper describes IREX's new ...

Training the Next Generation of Global Health Communication Professionals: Opportunities and Challenges
May 15, 2017

Training the Next Generation of Global Health Communication Professionals: ...

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"Many organizations have come or should have come to the realization that the development and production of unrelated 'communications' outside of any strategic planning framework and concerted effort are not effective in achieving the kinds of ...

The Comprehensive 'Communicate to Vaccinate' Taxonomy of Communication Interventions for Childhood Vaccination in Routine and Campaign Contexts
May 15, 2017

The Comprehensive 'Communicate to Vaccinate' Taxonomy of Communication ...

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"Without a comprehensive framework integrating communication interventions from routine and campaign contexts, it is not possible to conceptualise the full range of possible vaccination communication interventions. Therefore, vaccine programme ...

Communication Is Essential for Global Impact
May 12, 2017

Communication Is Essential for Global Impact

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"[M]ore and more one considers communication to be crucial to effectively tackle the major problems of today. Hence, the question we need to address: Is there a right communication strategy?"

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development
May 12, 2017

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development

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"The...potential and limitations of these technologies are fundamentally dependent on choices that we make, today and in the future - choices about keeping platforms open and interoperable, choices about hardwiring users' rights and freedoms into ...

Restricting Space for Civil Society
May 11, 2017

Restricting Space for Civil Society

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"What is the recent evidence of a global trend toward restricted space for civil society? Is the trend specific to particular thematic areas?" There is consensus in the literature reviewed for this Governance and Social Development Resource ...

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects
May 10, 2017

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects

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"The communicative ecologies approach grounds our analysis of innovation, sustainability, and strategy in local contexts, enabling us to explore how the spread of digital technologies is being integrated into Pacific media and communication ...

Crowdsourcing Citizen Feedback on District Development in Ghana Using Interactive Voice  Response Surveys
May 10, 2017

Crowdsourcing Citizen Feedback on District Development in Ghana Using ...

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"In Ghana, as in most countries, there is no systematic or easy way to provide inputs on citizen satisfaction and preferences to decision-makers." This practice paper shares the results of a research project involving a crowdsourcing platform ...

Educating Parents about the Vaccination Status of Their Children: A User-Centered Mobile Application
May 9, 2017

Educating Parents about the Vaccination Status of Their Children: A ...

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"Well-informed parents who support and maintain vaccination records will have an improved sense of control and the gratification of playing an active role in keeping their children healthy..."

Changing Gender and Social Norms, Attitudes and Behaviours
May 9, 2017

Changing Gender and Social Norms, Attitudes and Behaviours

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"What rigorous evidence is there on what types of programming interventions work to bring about changes in gender and social norms, and changes in wider attitudes and behaviours?" This annotated bibliography presents studies of programmes that ...

Transforming Governance: How Can Technology Help Reshape Democracy?
May 9, 2017

Transforming Governance: How Can Technology Help Reshape Democracy?

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"How can we adjust our democratic formulas so that they are more sustainable, powerful, fulfilling - and, well, democratic? Some of the parts of this equation may come from the development of online tools and platforms that help people to engage ...

A Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
May 8, 2017

A Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income ...

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Commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the YouthPower Learning project, this systematic review aims to document how Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches have been applied in low- and ...

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for Social and Behavior Change Communication
May 5, 2017

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for ...

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This end of project report highlights the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI), a 3-year (2013-2016) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project under the global Health Communication Capacity ...

Shifting the Spotlight: Understanding Crowdsourcing Intermediaries in Transparency and Accountability Initiatives
May 4, 2017

Shifting the Spotlight: Understanding Crowdsourcing Intermediaries in ...

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"Whereas the users of earlier, targeted transparency initiatives and 'right to know' policies had to rely on disclosers of information and regulators to obtain the information they sought, this wave of collaborative transparency initiatives ...

Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) in Selected Government Health Facilities in Bangladesh: An Early Qualitative Assessment
May 4, 2017

Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) in Selected Government Health ...

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"In Bangladesh, regardless of socio-economic status or educational background, open discussion about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remains a cultural taboo, particularly for adolescents and young people, and particularly among unmarried ...

WHO Strategic Communications Framework for Effective Communications
May 4, 2017

WHO Strategic Communications Framework for Effective Communications

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This Framework describes the World Health Organization (WHO)'s strategic approach for effectively communicating WHO information, advice, and guidance in an integrated and coordinated fashion across a broad range of health issues. Although ...

Partnership Guidelines: Building Effective Relationships between MNOs and NGOs in Complex Environments and Crises
May 2, 2017

Partnership Guidelines: Building Effective Relationships between MNOs and ...

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"Mobile technology is increasingly seen as a channel for information sharing, and humanitarian organisations are looking to how informative materials can be shared in digital form. As work continues in the space of mobile identity, here too we ...

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies
May 2, 2017

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies

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Featuring reflections on civil society strategies to create a more enabling environment, this paper draws on the findings of the Enabling Environment National Assessments (EENA), held in 22 countries between 2013 and 2016 (Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, ...

Contested and Under Pressure: A Snapshot of the Enabling Environment of Civil Society in   22 Countries
May 2, 2017

Contested and Under Pressure: A Snapshot of the Enabling Environment of ...

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"The Enabling Environment National Assessments (EENA) process, a national civil society-led participative research process, demonstrates the engagement by civil society around the world in improving the conditions for citizens' participation. It ...

A Framework for Health Communication Across the HIV Treatment Continuum
May 1, 2017

A Framework for Health Communication Across the HIV Treatment Continuum

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"Communication approaches offer viable options for promoting relevant behaviors across the continuum."

Communication Strategies for the Prevention of HIV, STI and Hepatitis among MSM in Europe
May 1, 2017

Communication Strategies for the Prevention of HIV, STI and Hepatitis among ...

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"The complex interplay between stigmatisation of homosexuality and the onward effect of this on self-esteem, mental health and sexual behaviour mean that MSM are a hard-to-reach group for delivering effective and sustained health education and ...

Intervening to Reduce Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from the Do Kadam Programme in Bihar for Programme Implementation and Evaluation
April 28, 2017

Intervening to Reduce Violence against Women and Girls: Lessons from the Do ...

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India's Do Kadam Barabari Ki Ore (Two Steps Towards Equality) programme was an effort to address a perceived dearth of evidence on what works and what does not work to change notions of masculinity and femininity, reverse norms at community level ...

The Impact of Open Government: Assessing the Evidence
April 28, 2017

The Impact of Open Government: Assessing the Evidence

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"[O]pen government proponents must design transparent procedures that take into account who is likely to be in a position to respond to the information made available by transparency, and to offset the existing inequalities of power and engagement."

Combining Intensive Counseling by Frontline Workers with a Nationwide Mass Media Campaign Has Large Differential Impacts on Complementary Feeding Practices but Not on Child Growth: Results of a Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluation in Bangladesh
April 27, 2017

Combining Intensive Counseling by Frontline Workers with a Nationwide Mass ...

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"As the global momentum for investing in nutrition ramps up, there is an urgent need for demonstrated large-scale solutions for improving the most fundamental of nutrition actions, i.e., home-based behaviors to improve the quality of diets. This ...

Social Franchising and a Nationwide Mass Media Campaign Increased the Prevalence of Adequate Complementary Feeding in Vietnam: A Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluation
April 27, 2017

Social Franchising and a Nationwide Mass Media Campaign Increased the ...

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The Alive & Thrive (A&T) initiative, carried out in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, applied principles of social franchising within the government health system in Vietnam to improve the quality of interpersonal counseling (IPC) for ...

Rethinking Communication for Maternal and Child Health: Lessons from the Shaping Demand and Practices Project in Bihar, Northern India
April 26, 2017

Rethinking Communication for Maternal and Child Health: Lessons from the ...

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"Between 2011 and 2015, BBC Media Action and its partners implemented a... project to improve family health in Bihar, one of the poorest and most populous states in India. Called Shaping Demand and Practices (SDP), the initiative formed part of ...

How to Bring Family Engagement and Early Learning into the Digital Age
April 26, 2017

How to Bring Family Engagement and Early Learning into the Digital Age

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"By paying close attention to the ways in which technologies and media may be deployed to promote new connections that advance critical skills and learning pathways - and by ensuring that educators, mentors, tech developers, and parents are ...

The Power of Airwaves: The Role of Spectrum Management in Media Development
April 26, 2017

The Power of Airwaves: The Role of Spectrum Management in Media Development

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"[A] well-defined, transparent, and equitable spectrum management process that takes into account the needs of all relevant stakeholders is necessary in order to create an environment that serves the public good and enables media development."

Do Digital Information and Communications Technologies Increase the Voice and Influence of Women and Girls?
April 25, 2017

Do Digital Information and Communications Technologies Increase the Voice ...

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"Digital ICTs can provide new opportunities for women to express themselves but engaging publically and politically online does not guarantee power." What does the empirical evidence tell us about the types of interventions most likely to enable ...

Social Accountability Initiatives in Health and Nutrition: Lessons from India, Pakistan   and Bangladesh
April 25, 2017

Social Accountability Initiatives in Health and Nutrition: Lessons from ...

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"[T]he scholarly interest in accountability forms part of a recent tendency to document wider emergent forms of citizen action and community-driven development."

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 ...

Lights, Camera, Action: The Participatory Video Experience in Nicaragua
April 24, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action: The Participatory Video Experience in Nicaragua

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"The engagement of rural communities in ICTs, paying particular attention to women and youth, is a powerful channel to foster the leap from individual and collective learning to sustainable livelihood impacts through an integrated capacity ...

Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape
April 21, 2017

Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape

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"Belittling stereotypes that hinder advancement, problems to combine work and family life, gender biased distribution of beats and a general feminization of the industry, (with declining wages and significant male drop out), are some of the ...

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."

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 ...

On "Shrinking Space": A Framing Paper
April 19, 2017

On "Shrinking Space": A Framing Paper

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"The 'shrinking space' dilemma is by its very nature characterized by groups which in practice face little more than 'first world problems' speaking on behalf of those activists who never had any space to begin with - groups whose very existence ...

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking
April 13, 2017

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking

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"Our hope is that this report may serve as a vehicle to start a broader conversation about core policy principles. Policymakers, scholars, and concerned citizens may refer to it as they consider the underlying normative values that underpin a ...

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