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An Overview of the Current Challenges to the Safety and Protection of Journalists
September 26, 2016

An Overview of the Current Challenges to the Safety and Protection of ...

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The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) produced this high-level overview report on the status of journalist safety, which seeks to increase the understanding of media leaders about the threats inherent in the practice of journalism ...

Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20: Building a Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chain in Mozambique
September 22, 2016

Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20: Building a Next-Generation ...

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"Any changes to the supply chain require an effective leader to define the new vision for the system and the processes that lead to the transformation....The champion for system design must be willing to question the status quo and use evidence ...

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?
September 21, 2016

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?

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Author: Will Taylor, September 21 2016 - Will Taylor reviews the ‘green cover’ draft of the World Development Report, which puts a spotlight on the media but could do more to lay out how to support inclusive public dialogue at scale. Induced ...

Changing perspective - the power of vertical video
September 21, 2016

Changing perspective - the power of vertical video

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Author: Tom Hannen, September 21 2016 - I was watching my one-year-old son playing on a beach in Turkey when the terrible photo of Aylan Kurdi lying motionless on a beach further along the coast appeared on social media. I will never forget the ...

Water Resource Management and the Changing Climate in Angola's Coastal Settlements
September 21, 2016

Water Resource Management and the Changing Climate in Angola's Coastal ...

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"Climate-related risks to the population are likely to worsen in the future and it is important to understand and prepare for them. Unfortunately, a dearth of relevant data has made it difficult to assess these risks." Convinced that ...

Mexican Journalism, Still in the Line of Fire
September 20, 2016

Mexican Journalism, Still in the Line of Fire

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"Journalists in Mexico should not give up on the idea of forming a common front against the violence, something that international organizations should also support."

The Refugee Journalism Project
September 19, 2016

The Refugee Journalism Project

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"At a time when the British press has a ready use for stories about refugees, it has yet to make space for stories by them....The story by the refugee journalist needs to be heard – not just for its own sake but to address the imbalance in our ...

Toward a Networked Economy in Myanmar
September 16, 2016

Toward a Networked Economy in Myanmar

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Funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this research project is an effort to help Myanmar (Burma) transition to an inclusive, networked economy that advances its social and economic goals, giving citizens access to ...

Catalyzing Broadband Internet in Africa - Ensuring Economic and Social Inclusion
September 15, 2016

Catalyzing Broadband Internet in Africa - Ensuring Economic and Social Inclusion

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"Broadband Internet creates an environment that spurs business growth, nurtures science and innovation, and empowers people." This project aims to inform policies in Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria that help marginalised groups in Africa, such ...

Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?
September 14, 2016

Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?

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Author: James Deane, September 14 2016 - James Deane argues that the concept of media systems capable of: engaging everyone in society, acting independently and enabling dialogue across divides appears increasingly – rather than decreasingly – ...

Guidelines for Reporting of Health Interventions Using Mobile Phones: Mobile Health (mHealth) Evidence Reporting and Assessment (mERA) Checklist
September 13, 2016

Guidelines for Reporting of Health Interventions Using Mobile Phones: Mobile ...

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"Adoption of the mERA checklist by journal editors and authors in a standardised manner is anticipated to improve the transparency and rigour in reporting, while highlighting issues of bias and generalisability, and ultimately temper criticisms ...

Growing Women-Owned Businesses: WEConnect
September 12, 2016

Growing Women-Owned Businesses: WEConnect

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This research project is working to help women-owned businesses connect to global markets and enhance their growth prospects to support socioeconomic development and gender equality. WEConnect International, an international non-profit ...

Stand up and be heard
September 8, 2016

Stand up and be heard

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Author: Jackie Christie, September 8 2016 - Bribing people for their vote is common in Kenya – and young people are especially vulnerable. Jackie Christie explains how a new radio show is helping young people learn more about politics. It was a ...

New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important Issues, from Burial Societies to Protest Groups
September 8, 2016

New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important ...

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016: Grassroot is a free mobile phone tool that helps groups of people in South Africa interact and exchange information, ranging from small social groups to massive community organisations. Grassroot allows ...

Online Platform in Uganda Allows People to Anonymously Report Poor Service Delivery and Corruption in their Community
September 7, 2016

Online Platform in Uganda Allows People to Anonymously Report Poor Service ...

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016 -  In recent decades, Uganda has made various efforts to establish systems to fight corruption, including a strong legal framework, but actual implementation of corruption prevention has been weak. “In ...

Tools of the Trade: Children's Rights and Internet
September 7, 2016

Tools of the Trade: Children's Rights and Internet

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"The Internet offers access to education, information and play, but with children aged 10 years or younger accounting for 80 per cent of all child online exploitation victims, more needs to be done to protect children online." Launched by the ...

Calling All Producers: Creating Media for Hispanic-Latino Families
September 7, 2016

Calling All Producers: Creating Media for Hispanic-Latino Families

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"Read on for tips to help ensure your products are inclusive, relevant, and thoughtfully distributed for Hispanic-Latino families in the United States." Developed for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center's Aprendiendo Juntos (Learning Together) Council ...

Are there alternatives to counter-propaganda in an information age?
September 7, 2016

Are there alternatives to counter-propaganda in an information age?

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Author: James Deane and Will Taylor, September 7 2016 - Looking at information responses to extremism, James Deane and Will Taylor reflect on the challenges for media development organisations and call for an evidence-based debate that ...

HIV Prevention Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women - Putting HIV Prevention Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women on the Fast-Track and Engaging Men and Boys
September 7, 2016

HIV Prevention Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women - Putting HIV ...

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“The number of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa remains exceptionally high. In 2015, 450 000 [380 000–530 000] new infections occurred among adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 24 years, ...

Towards A Safer City: Sexual Harassment in Greater Cairo: Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Data
September 6, 2016

Towards A Safer City: Sexual Harassment in Greater Cairo: Effectiveness of ...

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"Sexual harassment is underreported all over the globe. Stigma and shame prevent many targets of sexual harassment from talking about or reporting these crimes. New technologies and social media platforms open up possibilities to overcome some of ...

Digital Innovation Library
September 1, 2016

Digital Innovation Library

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Launched in 2016, the Digital Innovation Library is an interactive platform designed to showcase the wide range of digital activities that are taking place across the Global South to explore some of the issues prominent in media development, such ...

Lucrative Summer 2016 for Screen Entertainers and Marketers
September 1, 2016

Lucrative Summer 2016 for Screen Entertainers and Marketers

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Author: Jacques Brodeur, Edupax, September 1 2016 - What about children's health? As children were hunting for Pokemons and their parents were watching the struggle for the podium in Rio, many of us spent Summer 2016 watching screens. Back in ...

Statement on the Roundtable on Immunization for Vaccine-Preventable Disease and Polio in Ukraine
September 1, 2016

Statement on the Roundtable on Immunization for Vaccine-Preventable Disease ...

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"Unfortunately, few of the elements of Ukraine's immunization program are at the standard expected or required to protect public healh. Experts agree that a major overhaul of all elements from procurement through to policy and implementation and ...

Tikambe! (Let's Talk!) Project
September 1, 2016

Tikambe! (Let's Talk!) Project

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Tikambe! (Let’s Talk!) is a joint BBC Media Action and Restless Development project in Zambia that uses an integrated communication approach to get young people openly talking about sex, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and how to prevent ...

Food Security Information System project fosters strong collaboration among stakeholders in the Kyrgyz Republic
August 31, 2016

Food Security Information System project fosters strong collaboration among ...

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Author: FAO blogger James Ayodele, September 14 2016 - A recent evaluation by the FAO Office of Evaluation has found that the Food Security Information System (FSIS) project has helped reinforce synergies and broadened professional ...

Hunger reduction programme promotes synergy between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda
August 31, 2016

Hunger reduction programme promotes synergy between FAO priorities and the ...

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Author James Ayodele, September  19 2016 - The Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme has helped create synergies between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda in many ways, but its coherence is less ...

Talking Climate Change via Social Media: Communication, Engagement and Behaviour
August 30, 2016

Talking Climate Change via Social Media: Communication, Engagement and Behaviour

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"Aiming to raise awareness, and to promote behaviour change, governments and organisations are conducting multiple pro-environmental campaigns, particularly via social media. However, to the best of our knowledge, these campaigns are neither ...

Making All Voices Count
August 30, 2016

Making All Voices Count

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Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that supports effective and accountable governance in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. The initiative brings together actors from government, civil society, academia, and the technology ...

Guidebook Internet Governance
August 29, 2016

Guidebook Internet Governance

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"Imagine spending a year shooting a documentary that's subsequently banned in your country and the relief in realizing that your work can still reach a global audience when it's uploaded to YouTube. Imagine how much easier it is to use WhatsApp ...

Countering Violent Extremism through Media and Communication Strategies
August 29, 2016

Countering Violent Extremism through Media and Communication Strategies

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This report presents an analysis of a corpus of academic and grey literature relevant to the question: How can media and communications be used to counter identity-based violence (IBV) or violent extremism (VE)? Whether IBV is committed against ...

Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto
August 29, 2016

Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto

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"The CKB [Climate Knowledge Brokers] group believes that people who are trying to address climate change or adapt to its impacts deserve high quality information to support them in their decision making." The Climate Knowledge Brokers Manifesto ...

An Examination of MOOC Usage for Professional Workforce Development Outcomes in Colombia, the Philippines, & South Africa
August 25, 2016

An Examination of MOOC Usage for Professional Workforce Development Outcomes ...

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"Online courses have the potential to expand quality education and career training worldwide. Yet few people in developing countries access Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), despite the fact that MOOCs are open to the public and often ...

Who to follow on Twitter if you're interested in international development, media and communication
August 25, 2016

Who to follow on Twitter if you're interested in international development, ...

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Author: Melanie Archer, August 25 2016 - A list of Twitter accounts covering governance, health and humanitarian affairs that are well worth following. August is a time for recharging on holiday, resurrecting neglected projects and… refreshing ...

Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights
August 24, 2016

Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights

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Please join StoryCenter for a free one-hour webinar, Storytelling, Participatory Media, and International Health and Human Rights. For the past ten years, StoryCenter’s Silence Speaks initiative has been exploring how narrative and participatory ...

Communication for Humanitarian Action Toolkit (CHAT)
August 24, 2016

Communication for Humanitarian Action Toolkit (CHAT)

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"Well-planned communication can help to promote community resilience and reduce vulnerability to a wide range of disasters and emergency situations." From the University of Adelaide, Applied Communication Collaborative Research Unit (ACCRU), the ...

Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum
August 24, 2016

Mobile Information Literacy Curriculum

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"Mobile information literacy is necessary to help people learn how to find and evaluate the quality and credibility of information obtained online, understand how to create and share online information effectively, and participate safely and ...

U-Report: Voice Matters Project
August 24, 2016

U-Report: Voice Matters Project

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U-Report, developed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is a mobile-based communication platform that lets young people, called U-Reporters, share their ideas and opinions on social issues affecting their communities through sms-based ...

Participatory Visual Methodologies in Global Public Health
August 23, 2016

Participatory Visual Methodologies in Global Public Health

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"The power of the visual to represent what is not easily put into words, especially by marginalised populations, is a key aspect of visual research. The idea of participant-generated data, and the power of participants to be in a position to ...

Community Radio and Sustainability: A Participatory Research Initiative
August 23, 2016

Community Radio and Sustainability: A Participatory Research Initiative

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"The study shows that Community Radio will have to continue a high level of engagement with its community over a longer period of time, enabling listening audiences and community members to play successively bigger roles in all aspects of its ...

Why Media Matters in Healthcare Advocacy and Education
August 17, 2016

Why Media Matters in Healthcare Advocacy and Education

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"...Media advocacy in grass roots organizing and activism is an essential strategy to accomplish three main objectives: influence and shape public debate, exert pressure over decision makers, and, most importantly, strengthen and amplify the ...

Zambia Elections 2016 - championing live TV debate
August 17, 2016

Zambia Elections 2016 - championing live TV debate

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Author: Changwe Kabwe, August 17 2016 - In an election campaign dominated by personality politics, a national TV debate featuring key presidential contenders in the Zambian general election presented a rare opportunity for people to directly ...

The Health Finance and Governance Briefing Kit
August 17, 2016

The Health Finance and Governance Briefing Kit

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The Health Finance and Governance Briefing Kit is designed to help journalists and their editors investigate and report on issues related to health - specifically the financing of health and the governance of health resources. It seeks to help ...

Privacy, Anonymity, Visibility: Dilemmas in Tech Use by Marginalised Communities
August 17, 2016

Privacy, Anonymity, Visibility: Dilemmas in Tech Use by Marginalised Communities

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“LGBTQ activists in Kenya and low-income black and mixed-race housing activists in South Africa are marginalised and criminalised. The facts of their marginalisation and lack of rights cannot be ignored, and perhaps have to be the primary subject ...

Media Framing of Political Conflict: A Review of the Literature
August 15, 2016

Media Framing of Political Conflict: A Review of the Literature

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"[T]he literature suggests that media framing strongly influences political outcomes and thus fosters or undermines democratic institutions in new democracies in various ways."

Research Findings about Organisations Engaging in Media Assistance in the Fields of Journalism Training, Civil Society Support, and Good Governance
August 15, 2016

Research Findings about Organisations Engaging in Media Assistance in the ...

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This literature review from Media Conflict and DEMocratisation (MeCoDEM) provides a systematic overview of findings on media assistance in the fields of journalism training, civil society support, and good governance. MeCoDEM is a research ...

The Potential and Limitations of Citizen Journalism Initiatives
August 12, 2016

The Potential and Limitations of Citizen Journalism Initiatives

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"CGNet Swara's failure to 'bridge' the citizen–professional divide and to position the experiment in terms of the larger public sphere suggests continuing challenges for citizen journalism, potentially undercutting confidence that it currently ...

Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project
August 12, 2016

Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project

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The 5-year (Oct 2011-Sept 2016) Ukraine Media (U-Media) Project promotes the development of a free, vibrant and professional media sector in Ukraine, which provides a range of news and information, serves as a watchdog in the public interest, and ...

Eleven Ways to Boost Your Work with News Media: How You Can Help the Media Report Prevention of Violence against Women
August 11, 2016

Eleven Ways to Boost Your Work with News Media: How You Can Help the Media ...

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Developed by Domestic Violence Victoria (DV Vic), Melbourne, Australia, in partnership with the EVA Media Action Group, this practical guide for violence-against-women practitioners is focused on strategic prevention messaging and work with ...

Toms and Toilets
August 11, 2016

Toms and Toilets

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Author: Praekelt Foundation's Ambika Samarthya-Howard, August 11 2016 - The popular shoe brand Toms was founded in 2006 with the premise that for every pair of shoes you buy, they would give one to a needy person in the developing world. This ...

Journalistic Ethics and Practices in Conflict Societies
August 11, 2016

Journalistic Ethics and Practices in Conflict Societies

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This paper provides a critical review of literature on journalism in conflict societies ("conflict journalism") by investigating principal theories, concepts, and arguments, as well as empirical research findings concerning journalism and its ...

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