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Sierra Leone: standing up to crime through radio
April 20, 2017

Sierra Leone: standing up to crime through radio

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Author: BBC Media Action's Eastina Massaquoi, originally posted on March 24 2017 -  How a Comic Relief funded radio programme is helping inspire young people through discussion and positive role models in Sierra Leone. I was walking along ...

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 ...

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas
April 19, 2017

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas

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Author: BBC Media Action's Geraldine Sweetland, originally posted on March 8 2017 - To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 (whose theme is #beboldforchange) – we take a closer look at some of the inspirational female characters (past and ...

The Girl Child and Sustainable Development Goals
April 18, 2017

The Girl Child and Sustainable Development Goals

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Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, April 18 2017 - This blog examines what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets and indicators have to offer to further welfare and rights of girl child, and where there are gaps.

'Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry...now I'm in school, I'm happy.'
April 18, 2017

'Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry...now I'm in school, I'm ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's Kenyi Betuel, originally posted on March 6 2017 - Stella wanted to go to school but her father thought it would ‘spoil’ her chances of marriage. Kenyi Betuel – editor of a girls’ education radio show - explores some of ...

Mapping of Media Literacy Practices and Actions in EU-28
April 12, 2017

Mapping of Media Literacy Practices and Actions in EU-28

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This resource provides a guide to what is happening in the European media literacy world. In it, the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO), part of the Council of Europe (COE), maps the recent state of play of media literacy practices and ...

Shaping Futures: Planning ahead for Girls' Empowerment and Employability
April 6, 2017

Shaping Futures: Planning ahead for Girls' Empowerment and Employability

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"Together, the skills the girls learned as well as the support of their schools enabled a positive impact on their self-efficacy, gender positive attitudes and desire to plan for the future (employability)." The Planning Ahead for Girls' ...

Building Girls' Protective Assets: A Collection of Tools for Program Design
March 30, 2017

Building Girls' Protective Assets: A Collection of Tools for Program Design

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"Start with the girls to see the girls..." Based on the experiences of dozens of programmes that work with adolescent girls in low- and middle-income countries, this resource is intended for organisations that are committed to extending their ...

Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
March 28, 2017

Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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"By drawing attention to the gender socialization process among adolescents, it is possible to re-direct intervention efforts, taking into consideration how young people imagine their transitions to adulthood - and how they achieve them. Rather ...

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Services
March 14, 2017

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches ...

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"[I]ssues surrounding sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remain a cultural taboo, especially for adolescents and young unmarried people. Adolescents in Bangladesh too often enter their reproductive years poorly informed about SRH issues, ...

Tipping Point
March 1, 2017

Tipping Point

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"Tipping Point's goal is to support gender equitable social norms and opportunities that give way to alternative paths for women and girls and the courage to believe in the broader possibilities for their lives." CARE and its partner ...

Hilkor ("Ripples in the Water") and Mai Sari Sunakhari ("Orchid, Like Me") Radio Dramas
February 24, 2017

Hilkor ("Ripples in the Water") and Mai Sari Sunakhari ("Orchid, Like Me") ...

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"Now 22 years old with a 3.5-year-old daughter, Lalita lives with her parents and listens avidly to a radio drama, Hilkor ('Ripples in the Water'). In it, she hears her story and she hopes that other girls will know the truth and be able to avoid ...

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides
February 22, 2017

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides

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"Knowing that tackling child marriage requires transforming the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate the practice among families and communities, Entertainment-Entertainment strategies could be a powerful way to engage individuals and ...

UNICEF Nepal C4D Response Earthquake 2015
February 17, 2017

UNICEF Nepal C4D Response Earthquake 2015

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This report highlights the key United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) communication for development (C4D) interventions during the response phase of the April and May 2015 earthquakes, which killed nearly 9,000 and severely affected thousands ...

Peace through Arts
February 13, 2017

Peace through Arts

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This project aimed at creating a forum for Pakistani youth where they could interact with one another, discuss various issues pertaining to their everyday lives, and express their desire for peace and prosperity through different art forms. ...

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible
February 9, 2017

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations ...

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the Eastern Cape
February 8, 2017

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the ...

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Author: Praekelt's Mitso Qalaba, originally posted February 8 2017 - Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, I grew up in a rural widowed single-parent household. My upbringing is not unique for the country. I did not have ...

Encountering Democracy
February 3, 2017

Encountering Democracy

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This 3-part documentary and resource guide emerged from a 3-phased communication and advocacy project designed to elicit homeless and formerly homeless youths' perspectives on democracy and citizenship in Canada. The films and guide are meant to ...

Scaling-Up HPV Vaccine Introduction
February 2, 2017

Scaling-Up HPV Vaccine Introduction

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"Investment in an engagement and communication strategy, including effective consent processes, is essential to success. Countries must plan for crises and be flexible and tackle them rapidly when they occur." This report distills and shares ...

News Narratives About the HPV Vaccine for Adolescent Males
February 2, 2017

News Narratives About the HPV Vaccine for Adolescent Males

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"...themes were uncovered in this analysis that may help public health researchers and health care providers better talk to reporters, patients, and parents about the HPV vaccine."

Mobile Phones for Social Change and Behavioural Change: A Compendium of 100+ Initiatives in India
January 31, 2017

Mobile Phones for Social Change and Behavioural Change: A Compendium of 100+ ...

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"The bigger thinking of compiling over 100 projects is to explore how mobiles can drive desired social and behavioural changes among millions of Indians."

Ending the AIDS Epidemic for Adolescents, with Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Meaningfully Engage Adolescents in the AIDS Response
January 31, 2017

Ending the AIDS Epidemic for Adolescents, with Adolescents: A Practical ...

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The purpose of this document from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is to provide guidance to programme designers, implementers, policymakers, and decision makers on how to meaningfully engage adolescents in the AIDS ...

Technical Guidance for Prioritizing Adolescent Health
January 31, 2017

Technical Guidance for Prioritizing Adolescent Health

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This technical guidance, developed by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)- and World Health Organization (WHO)-led Adolescent Working Group of the Every Woman Every Child (EWEC) initiative, aims to support countries to both advocate for ...

Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya Prevention Toolkits
January 30, 2017

Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya Prevention Toolkits

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"We invite all partners within and outside the Movement to adapt and use these materials to empower your communities with the knowledge, skills and behaviour necessary to reduce vector-borne disease transmission for healthier and happier ...

Gender and Malaria: Discussion Paper
January 26, 2017

Gender and Malaria: Discussion Paper

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"Making the investment case for programming that addresses the specific vulnerabilities and needs of both males and females who are affected by or at risk of malaria."

Menstrupedia
January 26, 2017

Menstrupedia

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Launched in 2012, Menstrupedia is an effort to open up the conversation on menstruation in India, where discussion of the topic is taboo. The organisation aims to promote awareness and act as a guide to periods for girls and women, using a comic ...

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Uptake Through Soccer in Zimbabwe
January 26, 2017

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision Uptake Through Soccer in Zimbabwe

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"Despite progress in supply scale-up, Zimbabwe is falling well short of its target of 80 per cent VMMC coverage by 2015 (WHO 2011), underlining the urgent need to identify and scale up effective interventions that increase demand for VMMC."

HIV and Young Men Who Have Sex with Men
January 23, 2017

HIV and Young Men Who Have Sex with Men

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"Young MSM are often more vulnerable than older MSM to the effects of homophobia - manifested in discrimination, bullying, harassment, family disapproval, social isolation and violence - as well as criminalization and self-stigmatization."

HIV and Young Transgender People
January 23, 2017

HIV and Young Transgender People

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"Stigma and discrimination against transgender people frequently cause them to be rejected by their families and denied healthcare services, including access to HIV testing, counselling and treatment."

HIV and Young People Who Inject Drugs
January 23, 2017

HIV and Young People Who Inject Drugs

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"Programmes are frequently not designed to respond to the overlapping vulnerabilities of young people who inject drugs or the specific legal challenges and ethical concerns in working with children. These vulnerabilities require responses that ...

HIV and Young People Who Sell Sex
January 23, 2017

HIV and Young People Who Sell Sex

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"Young people who sell sex are often marginalized and disengaged from services due to fear of legal sanctions."

Recent Experiences and Lessons Learned in Vasectomy Programming in Low-Resource Settings: A Document Review
January 20, 2017

Recent Experiences and Lessons Learned in Vasectomy Programming in ...

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"By maximizing the confluence of existing infrastructure and more positive attitudes toward FP [family planning] use, and by building upon the existing body of effective male involvement interventions, now is an opportune time to incorporate ...

Media and Information Literacy: A Human Rights-based Approach in Developing Countries
January 19, 2017

Media and Information Literacy: A Human Rights-based Approach in Developing ...

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"Media and information literacy (MIL) is linked to access to information, free expression and education." This discussion paper from DW Akademie defines media and information literacy (MIL) through a rights-based approach and examines, in ...

UNESCO Values Education through Sport Materials
January 16, 2017

UNESCO Values Education through Sport Materials

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The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) has developed a set of materials to support their campaign to promote the role of sport in delivering values education. The materials consist of a motion design ...

Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh
January 13, 2017

Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sharif Hossen Saimum on January 9 2017 - Talking about their bodies can be a taboo for young people in Bangladesh. A new series of interactive computer games - accessible in 350 schools - are ...

Pop Culture with a Purpose: Violence against Women in Bangladesh - Edutainment
January 12, 2017

Pop Culture with a Purpose: Violence against Women in Bangladesh - Edutainment

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Observing that violence against women (VAW) and adolescent girls is a systemic and engrained problem in Bangladesh, Oxfam Novib worked with a group of local partners in Bangladesh, including BRAC, WE CAN, HASAB (HIV/AIDS and STD Alliance ...

Protecting Human Rights (PHR)
January 12, 2017

Protecting Human Rights (PHR)

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The Protecting Human Rights (PHR) project is a 5-year (March 2011-2017) domestic violence prevention and protection programme in Bangladesh, implemented by Plan International across the country, focusing on 102 unions and 8 upazilas of 6 ...

Digital Citizens: Countering Extremism Online
January 9, 2017

Digital Citizens: Countering Extremism Online

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"...there is a dearth of high quality resources designed to increase the resilience of young people to extremism and radicalisation in a digital context, and those explicitly digital citizenship resources that do exist do not substantively ...

What Works to Prevent HIV Among Adolescent Girls?
March 10, 2017

What Works to Prevent HIV Among Adolescent Girls?

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“AIDS is the leading cause of death among adolescents (aged 10-19) in ESA [East and Southern Africa]. Adolescents (aged 10-19) are the only age group in which AIDS deaths rose between 2001 and 2013.”

Investing in Communication for Development to Enhance Quality Education and Learning Outcomes
January 30, 2017

Investing in Communication for Development to Enhance Quality Education and ...

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"Studies have demonstrated that C4D approaches have a positive impact on changing attitudes and norms relating to education. They can positively shift knowledge and attitudes of caregivers, learners and educators in order to support inclusive, ...

Assessing Changes in Attitudes, Awareness, and Behavior in Indonesian Youths: A Multi-Method Communication and Social Media Approach
January 6, 2017

Assessing Changes in Attitudes, Awareness, and Behavior in Indonesian ...

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The research presented in this paper provides insights to inform how practitioners design counter trafficking in persons (C-TIP) awareness-raising materials, both in general and specifically within Indonesia, where the research was conducted. The ...

Coding Bootcamps: A Strategy for Youth Employment in Developing Countries
January 5, 2017

Coding Bootcamps: A Strategy for Youth Employment in Developing Countries

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From the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), this digital inclusion research report explores the history of the bootcamp phenomenon, identifies the primary models in operation, reviews how they contribute to the employment path, and ...

Red Aware
January 4, 2017

Red Aware

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"Empowering young Australians to prevent the spread of HIV and other STIs through participation and leadership" Red Aware is an interactive campaign to bring young people in Australia together to take action and prevent the spread of HIV and ...

Child Participation Assessment Tool
January 4, 2017

Child Participation Assessment Tool

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"We carefully analysed the views expressed by children, because they gave us a deep insight into the reality - or sometimes the frustrations - a child faces when communicating and interacting in an adult-dominated world." - Snežana ...

Programme Ra Manual
January 3, 2017

Programme Ra Manual

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"Discussing mutual respect, the way that other people think, and how we should respect each other's opinions were crucial in making me consider changing the way I think and behave with others." - young man taking part in a Programme Ra training ...

Film for development
December 23, 2016

Film for development

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Melanie Archer, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on December 15 2016 - Films in the international development sector are often associated with fundraising but they can also serve as a ...

Turning Point: A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism
December 20, 2016

Turning Point: A New Comprehensive Strategy for Countering Violent Extremism

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"It is not enough to merely counter these messages. We have to put our own affirmative vision forward, amplifying many different kinds of ideas and voices."

Guidelines for Consulting with Children and Young People with Disabilities
December 14, 2016

Guidelines for Consulting with Children and Young People with Disabilities

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This document is a resource to support inclusive communication with children and youth with disabilities. It seeks to equip individuals and organisations working on child rights issues with the knowledge and skills to communicate and consult with ...

Using Social Media to Communicate against Violent Extremism
December 9, 2016

Using Social Media to Communicate against Violent Extremism

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"Violent extremists have used the online world to spread misinformation and hateful messages in an effort to radicalise others. However, social media can be harnessed to challenge extremist propaganda and promote positive values such as ...

Extreme Dialogue
December 9, 2016

Extreme Dialogue

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Extreme Dialogue aims to build resilience to radicalisation among young people through a series of open-access educational resources and short films that foster critical thinking and digital literacy skills. Extreme Dialogue encourages safe, ...

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