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Communication for Development: Dialogue and Involvement to Achieve Sustainable Results
January 18, 2017

Communication for Development: Dialogue and Involvement to Achieve ...

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"Including C4D in a project does not require an exceptional effort. It requires a listening and open attitude, accompanying the project from the beginning to the end to make the project live locally, facilitate its progress and enhance its ...

Breakthrough-RESEARCH
January 17, 2017

Breakthrough-RESEARCH

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"Breakthrough-RESEARCH addresses a clear need for increased study of SBC [social and behaviour change] interventions. Few existing studies examine mechanisms of effect in large, multi-component interventions, raise questions of cost-benefit or ...

Breakthrough-ACTION
January 17, 2017

Breakthrough-ACTION

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"Recent years have seen significant changes in behavioral programming generally, and SBCC [social and behaviour change communication] specifically. Widespread access to mobile phones and social media has transformed the communication landscape, ...

A Guide to Data Innovation for Development: From Idea to Proof-of-Concept
January 17, 2017

A Guide to Data Innovation for Development: From Idea to Proof-of-Concept

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This United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resource provides step-by-step guidance for development practitioners to leverage new sources of data. "Data innovation" is described here as the use of new or non-traditional data sources - e.g., ...

Ethics in the News
January 17, 2017

Ethics in the News

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"After a year of unprecedented news-making, media around the world are stepping back to ask a pertinent question - what is the future of ethical journalism in an age when it appears that the public around the world are falling out with facts, ...

Translation Is not Enough: Cultural Adaptation of Health Communication Materials
January 13, 2017

Translation Is not Enough: Cultural Adaptation of Health Communication Materials

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This guide from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) introduces a 5-step, stakeholder-based approach to adapting health communication materials. It describes how countries can take any health communication material ...

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 ...

Engendering Men: A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in Social Change and Gender Equality
January 13, 2017

Engendering Men: A Collaborative Review of Evidence on Men and Boys in ...

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"...engaging men in interpersonal gender issues have been shown to be an important entry point for more political and public pro-feminist engagement."

End News Media Sexism
January 13, 2017

End News Media Sexism

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"A campaign to remind news media of their responsibility to uphold professional ethics on fair coverage, balance, accuracy and non-discrimination." With an eye to ending news media sexism by 2020, the World Association for Christian ...

Research Uptake: A Guide for DFID-Funded Research Programmes
January 13, 2017

Research Uptake: A Guide for DFID-Funded Research Programmes

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"Research uptake strategies should encompass stakeholder engagement, capacity building, communication and monitoring and evaluation." This toolkit is a "beginner's guide" aiming to support research programmes funded by the United Kingdom (UK) ...

Open Data, Transparency and Accountability
January 12, 2017

Open Data, Transparency and Accountability

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"Despite a range of international open data initiatives and pressures, developing countries are lagging behind in the implementation of reforms at government level, in the overall availability of data, and in the use of open data for transparency ...

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 ...

Data Journalism Awards 2017
January 12, 2017

Data Journalism Awards 2017

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Started in 2012, the Data Journalism Awards (DJA) seek to highlight, and reward, outstanding work in data journalism worldwide. The competition seeks to celebrate examples of data-driven investigations, data-driven applications, and storytelling ...

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development - Special Digital Focus 2015
January 11, 2017

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development - Special ...

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"The trends identified in this report shed light on the shifting landscape of opportunities and challenges for freedom and expression and media development, particularly those brought about by digital technologies. Through such sharing of ...

Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries - Handbook on Mapping Media Landscapes
January 11, 2017

Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries - Handbook on Mapping ...

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"Media landscapes in countries undergoing transition often change radically and just as often there is no solid knowledge about these changes. This means that the different stakeholders in the media and civil society navigate in unknown ...

Capacity Strengthening: HC3 Uses Technology in Bangladesh to Build Field Worker Confidence  and Social and Behavior Change Communication Skills
January 10, 2017

Capacity Strengthening: HC3 Uses Technology in Bangladesh to Build Field ...

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From the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), this case study examines the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI) is part of a series describing HC3's social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) capacity ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Kumu Hina Project
January 5, 2017

The Kumu Hina Project

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"Our mutual goal was to have Hina tell her story in her own words, creating a personal narrative that would organically inform and engage viewers about Hawaii's tradition of embracing gender diversity." - "Kumu Hina" filmmakers

Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media
January 5, 2017

Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media

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"Social media operations are most effective when they are strategically incorporated as part of an organization's outreach, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation efforts."

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 ...

Eyes and Ears on the Ground: Monitoring Aid in Insecure Environments
January 4, 2017

Eyes and Ears on the Ground: Monitoring Aid in Insecure Environments

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"Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is critical for understanding the performance of aid, ensuring accountability to affected populations and donors, and allowing effective continuation of programmes amid insecurity. Nonetheless, insecurity can ...

Technologies for Monitoring in Insecure Environments
January 4, 2017

Technologies for Monitoring in Insecure Environments

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"In some of the most insecure humanitarian contexts, monitoring aid programmes is particularly important to humanitarian organisations. Did assistance get to the right people? Have aid trucks safely reached their intended location? How do ...

Listening to Communities in Insecure Environments
January 4, 2017

Listening to Communities in Insecure Environments

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"In insecure environments, where humanitarian staff have limited opportunities for face-to-face interactions with communities, achieving accountability to affected populations is more complex and often requires a mix of approaches. Community ...

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal
January 3, 2017

Supporting Safety of Journalists in Nepal

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"Societies rely upon public interest journalism for their supply of current information and knowledge. This is why UNESCO gives special attention to press freedom, which is based on the universal human right to free expression. To be meaningful, ...

Top five blogs of 2016
December 26, 2016

Top five blogs of 2016

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Melanie Archer, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, December 23 2016 - Our most popular blogs of the year, featuring: discussion of alternatives to counter-propaganda, tips for successful ...

Mother's milk
December 24, 2016

Mother's milk

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Author: Nasir Ateeq, December 24 2016 - Kittens here are blessed with early initiation and exclusive mother milk!! Their caring mother, without receiving messages through communication campaigns, just instinctively feeds them her milk. They ...

Going global with Facebook Live
December 24, 2016

Going global with Facebook Live

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Bidhya Chapagain on December 22 2016 2016 - Hundreds of thousands of people across the world joined our first two Facebook Lives from Nepal, grabbing the opportunity to question an inspiring group ...

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."

Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Initiative: Final M&E Report
December 20, 2016

Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Initiative: Final M&E Report

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"...the HTSM project offers promising potential as a bottom-up media intervention model. If used with local populations in high need areas, these media tools can help change individual attitudes and behaviors that will pave the way for local ...

A dramatic end to violence against women?
December 15, 2016

A dramatic end to violence against women?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Josephine Casserly, Governance and Rights Adviser on December 7 2016 - In the UK and South Africa, two dramas illustrate how stories can help people better understand gender-based ...

Six forgotten female stories which now 'exist' on Wikipedia
December 15, 2016

Six forgotten female stories which now 'exist' on Wikipedia

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sam Waterton, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on December 9 2016 - Just 17% of profiles on Wikipedia are women. And even fewer exist in languages other than English. BBC Media Action teams in ...

The 5 C's of Successful Digital Health Scale-up
December 14, 2016

The 5 C's of Successful Digital Health Scale-up

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Author: Dr. Sherri Bucher, December 13 2016 - Launched in August 2014, MomConnect, a stage-based text messaging platform which connects women in South Africa with targeted, evidence-based information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and ...

Health Reporting and Lessons from the Polio Campaign in Ukraine
December 14, 2016

Health Reporting and Lessons from the Polio Campaign in Ukraine

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Five journalist workshops and one media conference on Polio Vaccination, Lessons From the Polio Campaign in Ukraine and Other Health Issues of Public Concern were held in Kyiv, Cherkasy, Odessa, and Svyatohirsk (Donetsk region), Ukraine, between ...

Embracing Web 2.0 and Social Media: A Life-Changing Pathway for Agricultural Development Actors
December 14, 2016

Embracing Web 2.0 and Social Media: A Life-Changing Pathway for Agricultural ...

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“Web 2.0 and social media have become part of everyday life for most people in the developed world. But they represent a life-changing encounter for many in developing countries.” Michael Hailu, CTA Director

Impact of Health Communication on the HIV Continuum of Care
December 13, 2016

Impact of Health Communication on the HIV Continuum of Care

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"Health communication can motivate people to get tested, get treated and stay on treatment for the rest of their lives. That's because health communication seeks to address frankly the complex behaviors that influence HIV-related decision-making ...

Technology Tools in Human Rights
December 13, 2016

Technology Tools in Human Rights

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"Human rights documentation is a core part of human rights advocacy. And while there is a rich history and community of practice in collecting, storing, organising, analysing, and communicating human rights data, the landscape is quickly ...

Preventing Violent Extremism: Leaders Telling a Different Story
December 12, 2016

Preventing Violent Extremism: Leaders Telling a Different Story

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"It is widely acknowledged that violent extremist groups develop through processes of engagement, communication and conversation. Thus, the relevance of bringing together all relevant stakeholders, without which change and real impact will never ...

Lessons for Sustainability: Failing to Scale ICT4Ag-Enabled Services
December 12, 2016

Lessons for Sustainability: Failing to Scale ICT4Ag-Enabled Services

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"ICTs have undoubted potential to boost agricultural production and value chains in ACP countries. But many efforts to introduce ICTs for this purpose have not been sustainable. What can we learn from their experiences?" - Michael Hailu, CTA ...

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 ...

Communities First: A Blueprint for Organizing and Sustaining a Global Movement Against Violent Extremism
December 9, 2016

Communities First: A Blueprint for Organizing and Sustaining a Global ...

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"The threat of violent extremism is more geographically dispersed and more localized than ever, yet the security-focused and other responses of national governments and multilateral institutions have not been and will not be sufficient to counter ...

A First Look at Digital Security
December 9, 2016

A First Look at Digital Security

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"Say you know that you want to protect yourself online, but you don't know where to start. Or maybe you've heard about a best practice or tactic to use, but you don't know how to implement it. Well, you're in luck!"

Access Now Position Paper: A Digital Rights Approach to Proposals for Preventing or Countering Violent Extremism Online
December 9, 2016

Access Now Position Paper: A Digital Rights Approach to Proposals for ...

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"We cannot toss out all that we have learned about protecting free expression or limiting surveillance because activity once conducted in the physical environment now takes place on the internet, or because conversations that were once hidden are ...

A How To Guide: Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia
December 8, 2016

A How To Guide: Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia

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Supported by the Australian Government and led by Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this compendium provides practical guidance and insights for ...

UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom
December 8, 2016

UNESCO Series on Internet Freedom

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This series of publications on internet freedom seeks to explore the changing legal and policy issues related to the internet. Specifically, the series intends to "capture the complex dynamics of global Internet governance and present the key ...

Gaza Strip: communication saves lives
December 7, 2016

Gaza Strip: communication saves lives

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mohammed Abu Asaker Humanitarian Liaison, Palestinian Territories, on November 25 2016 - Mohammed Abu Asaker’s neighborhood in the Gaza Strip was bombed in 2009. His personal experience is helping ...

How Low Turnout Is Turned Around: International Best Practice in Voter Turnout Campaigns
December 7, 2016

How Low Turnout Is Turned Around: International Best Practice in Voter ...

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This report offers practical strategies for increasing voter participation, drawn from behavioural theories, successes, and insights from experiences in a range of cultures, contexts, and political milieu. Although, as stated here, lessons ...

Design Research for Media Development: A Guide for Practitioners
December 7, 2016

Design Research for Media Development: A Guide for Practitioners

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"Design research is useful whether you are designing an iPhone in Palo Alto or a media development program in Pakistan. But for projects like the latter - whose designers often come from vastly different backgrounds than their users, and where ...

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy Monitoring and Advocacy
December 7, 2016

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy ...

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"'Scale' has many different meanings across fields and contexts. Looking at scale from different angles - drawing insights from different ways of using the term - helps [us] understand how we can take scale into account when developing strategic ...

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