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The rise of edutainment: taking stock of the evidence
June 28, 2017

The rise of edutainment: taking stock of the evidence

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Author: Sonia Whitehead, BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes, originally posted June 21 2017 - Around the world, growing numbers of people have more and more access to endless distractions. Global smartphone ownership is on the ...

Hitting the road to reach young Cambodian job-seekers
June 28, 2017

Hitting the road to reach young Cambodian job-seekers

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Author: My Sovann, BBC Media Action Communications coordinator, Cambodia, originally published June 23 2017 - "I feel so excited about the roadshow, I have never ever seen an educational event like this in my village" shouts high school student ...

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?
June 27, 2017

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?

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Author:  Soraya Carvajal B., June 27 2017 - In 2010 Eli Pariser began his research on bubble filters thanks to his interest in meeting different people, which would challenge him in his way of thinking. So, trying to keep the exchange of ...

Filtros burbuja y verdades personalizadas ¿cómo salir de ellos?
June 27, 2017

Filtros burbuja y verdades personalizadas ¿cómo salir de ellos?

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Autor:  Soraya Carvajal B., 27 de junio 2017 - En 2010 Eli Pariser comenzó su investigación sobre los filtros burbuja gracias a su interés por conocer a gente distinta, que le supusiese un reto en cuanto a su forma de pensamiento. Así, ...

Improving Data Quality in Mobile Community-Based Health Information Systems
June 27, 2017

Improving Data Quality in Mobile Community-Based Health Information Systems

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"Given the power of community-based data to inform decision making, it is essential that these data are of high quality....The true power of community-based health data can be realized when stakeholders across all levels of the system use this ...

Children and the Data Cycle: Rights and Ethics in a Big Data World
June 27, 2017

Children and the Data Cycle: Rights and Ethics in a Big Data World

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"With increasing collection of big data and a vocal data science movement calling for more open data and greater utilization of big data within public, private and not-for-profit policymaking arenas, ensuring the protection of and respect for ...

Guidelines for the Development of a Social Media Code of Conduct for Elections
June 26, 2017

Guidelines for the Development of a Social Media Code of Conduct for Elections

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The International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) observes that electoral management bodies (EMBs) have noted stakeholders' increasing reliance on social media throughout the electoral cycle but have also ...

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain
June 23, 2017

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain

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"Although the scheme may be simple, we believe that it already features most of the components of a new democratic participation in the digital age." This research brief from IT for Change via Making All Voices Count looks at initiatives that ...

The Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management
June 21, 2017

The Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management

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"Traditionally speaking, public health planning is often driven by central-level policies and resource allocation that trickle their way down the health system. If you only start at the top, however, you miss the bigger picture." - Betty Cox and ...

Key Findings Report: Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Workshop
June 20, 2017

Key Findings Report: Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Workshop

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"Opportunities and challenges relevant to smallholder agriculture in emerging economies are increasing thanks to the continued proliferation of smartphones, sensors, and advanced analytics globally." - Karina Lundahl, Facilitator, Innovation for ...

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience
June 20, 2017

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience

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Author: National Creative Director, BBC Media Action India Radharani Mitra, orignially posted June 19 2017 - "Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever." - ...

#FaithOverFear Toolkit
June 20, 2017

#FaithOverFear Toolkit

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This #FaithOverFear campaign from Religions for Peace, UNICEF, and a global coalition of religious groups is aimed to inspire action among religious people world wide to support refugees by welcoming them to their communities. It was motivated by ...

CDCynergy Message Mapping Guide
June 20, 2017

CDCynergy Message Mapping Guide

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"One of the most powerful tools available for communication is the message map. A message map is an organized means for communicating layers of information." Sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Cancer ...

Behaviour Change Toolkit for International Development Practitioners
June 19, 2017

Behaviour Change Toolkit for International Development Practitioners

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“The vast majority of development interventions have one thing in common: their goals can be achieved only if the target groups start practicing new behaviours, such as washing hands with soap, using new agronomic practices or sending girls to ...

Rumour Has It: A Practice Guide to Working with Rumours
June 14, 2017

Rumour Has It: A Practice Guide to Working with Rumours

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This guide is designed for humanitarian organisations working in emergency response situations to enable them to integrate working with rumours into their response programmes. The guide aims to build organisations' knowledge and understanding of ...

Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion of Tolerance and Respect for Diversity: A Development Response to Addressing Radicalization and Violent Extremism
June 14, 2017

Preventing Violent Extremism through Inclusive Development and the Promotion ...

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"A return to divisive politics (us vs. them) will only lead to more conflicts. Different faiths, political parties, human-rights defenders, media, educational institutions and others need to promote tolerance and respect for diversity (in ...

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts
June 14, 2017

Zika in Twitter: Temporal Variations of Locations, Actors, and Concepts

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This paper presents a study of recent discourse in Twitter among different communities across the globe regarding a public health emergency of international concern: the Zika outbreak. This analysis demonstrates the significance of 3 types of ...

Impact: A Design Perspective
June 13, 2017

Impact: A Design Perspective

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"We see opportunities to gather data and improve our designs everywhere. Even in situations where things seem uncertain or difficult to quantify, we simply can't hold for the perfect conditions before we iterate then measure the impact of our ...

The case for adaptive programming
June 13, 2017

The case for adaptive programming

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Author: BBC Media Action India Country Director Priyanka Dutt, posted to the BBC Media Action website on June 8 2017 - I don’t like results frameworks. Most demand that you specify exactly what you will do, where, when, and how many times, in ...

What's it like to be a teenage mother in Sierra Leone?
June 13, 2017

What's it like to be a teenage mother in Sierra Leone?

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Author: BBC Media Action Producer Mariama Sesay, originally posted June 6 2017 - Driving home from work in Freetown one day a young woman caught my attention. She looked exhausted, trying to carry all her school books and her bag on the dusty ...

A Slowly Shifting Field: Understanding Donor Priorities in Media Development
June 12, 2017

A Slowly Shifting Field: Understanding Donor Priorities in Media Development

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"In the current era of resurgent authoritarianism, independent media has become ever more important." This report looks at the trends identified by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), an initiative of the National Endowment for ...

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory
June 12, 2017

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory

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"Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems ...

HIV/AIDS Risk and Prevention Issues Among Inuit Living in Nunavut Territory of Canada
June 12, 2017

HIV/AIDS Risk and Prevention Issues Among Inuit Living in Nunavut Territory ...

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"There is a lack of data on the extent of HIV/AIDS among Inuit....Therefore this study was undertaken to fulfil this glaring void..." Based on the author's own research, undertaken during 3 visits to the Canadian Arctic and the published ...

Defining Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) and Other Essential Health Communication Terms
June 8, 2017

Defining Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) and Other Essential ...

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From The Manoff Group, this technical brief aims to clearly define social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) and to clarify key health communication terms. It is meant to help practitioners more precisely select and define their ...

Tech Age Girls (TAG)
June 7, 2017

Tech Age Girls (TAG)

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"[E]fforts to improve girls' potential must go beyond training and start creating an ecosystem in which skills can be maximized. This means addressing leadership and self-confidence, creating support networks, developing allies and advocates, and ...

The Assault on Journalism: Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression
June 7, 2017

The Assault on Journalism: Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression

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"People who exercise their right to freedom of expression through journalism must be allowed to practice their work without restrictions. This is the responsibility of the state, courts, media companies and journalist organizations, but also of ...

Model Course on Safety of Journalists
June 6, 2017

Model Course on Safety of Journalists

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"UNESCO believes that attacks against journalists intimidate everyone, and leave society in a condition of information-poverty. Governments, business, civil society and individuals all lose when the media cannot do its job of bringing reliable ...

Jungala Radio
June 6, 2017

Jungala Radio

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"Refugees travelling to and across Europe have limited or no access to media platforms, digital tools and the Internet. This makes it difficult for these communities to challenge the negative mainstream media narratives and public attitudes that ...

Preventing Violence, Promoting Peace: A Policy Toolkit for Preventing Interpersonal, Collective and Extremist Violence
June 5, 2017

Preventing Violence, Promoting Peace: A Policy Toolkit for Preventing ...

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"The findings of this report emphasise the importance of violence prevention for sustainable development and the importance of sustainable development in the prevention of violence."

Open Defecation - A Behaviour Change Communication Challenge | India on the Move
June 5, 2017

Open Defecation - A Behaviour Change Communication Challenge | India on the Move

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"Translating and effectively converting technical-information and complex socio-behavioral messages into creative, appealing and acceptable approaches that trigger sustained dialogue among participants is often one of the most difficult and ...

Journalism without Gatekeepers/Editors: Negative Impact of Social Media on Journalism in Pakistan
June 5, 2017

Journalism without Gatekeepers/Editors: Negative Impact of Social Media on ...

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Author: Kaleem Butt, June 7 2017: The gatekeeper/editor plays a very vital role in journalism; a gatekeeper/editor is a person who is responsible for what is published or broadcast, he/she takes care of grammatical mistakes and whether the ...

Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health Programs [with Case Example Series]
June 2, 2017

Guide to Monitoring and Evaluating Knowledge Management in Global Health ...

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"In a world where virtually all global health professionals are practicing KM (consciously or not), it is more important than ever to put its importance into context and gauge its contribution to health systems."

Creating the Next Generation of Palestinian Democratic Political Leaders (The President) Project
June 1, 2017

Creating the Next Generation of Palestinian Democratic Political Leaders ...

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"The program The President sends a very strong message to the [Palestinian] leadership and says, there is a real need for the democratic process. The second message that it gives is the interest on the part of the youth to participate in making ...

Accommodating Religious Identity in Youth Peacebuilding Programs
May 30, 2017

Accommodating Religious Identity in Youth Peacebuilding Programs

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"Becoming familiar with the dynamics of privilege and oppression between religious groups in the community or country where a program takes place allows peacebuilders to be sensitive toward participants and ensure everyone is included and ...

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs - Literacy and Numeracy Programmes using Radio, TV, Mobile Phones, Tablets and Computers
May 30, 2017

Harnessing the Potential of ICTs - Literacy and Numeracy Programmes using ...

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“It is my hope that this publication contributes to the advancement of innovative and effective ICT-oriented solutions for literacy teaching and learning. It should support the building of a more solid knowledge base for what works (and what ...

C4D Network Country Mapping Study - Key Findings 2016/2017
May 30, 2017

C4D Network Country Mapping Study - Key Findings 2016/2017

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“C4D [communication for development] is, as many people acknowledge in this study, a burgeoning field of development practice, and still in some quarters misunderstood and underrepresented. But it is also thriving, with an energy in-country that ...

Don't Lose the Plot Television Programme
May 25, 2017

Don't Lose the Plot Television Programme

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Launched in May 2017, Don’t Lose the Plot is a competition reality television series that is designed to encourage Kenyan, Tanzanian, and Ugandan youth to go into agribusiness. It brings a particular format of reality television – the 'makeover' ...

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."

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 ...

PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements Awareness [Manual]
May 19, 2017

PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements ...

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This manual is for use by National Societies of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) wishing to use PASSA Youth in their programmes. As detailed at Related Summaries, below, the Participatory Approach for ...

Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth
May 19, 2017

Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth

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"If PASSA Youth is systematically and correctly used it will bring about behavioural change. For this to happen youth need to take full ownership of the process which will happen if they are treated as autonomous beings and not as children ...

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 ...

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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Editor's note: This summary was written by The CI.

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 ...

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%. ...

FLEGT Media: A Reporting Guide on Illegal Logging
May 17, 2017

FLEGT Media: A Reporting Guide on Illegal Logging

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"This is not a story. It's not a beat. It's not an angle. This is a lifetime of reporting. The fate of the last great forests, and the people who depend on them, will be decided in the coming decades. Journalists like you will be key players in ...

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 ...

Zika Communication Mapping
May 16, 2017

Zika Communication Mapping

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This mapping tool is designed to support country-level coordination in Zika communication in 4 Latin American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Developed by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative ...

Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES) Project
May 16, 2017

Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected ...

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The LINKAGES project (Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV) aims to accelerate the ability of partner governments, key population (KP)-led civil-society organisations, and private-sector providers to ...

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