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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 ...

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 ...

Five tips for success in health communication
December 1, 2016

Five tips for success in health communication

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Caroline Sugg, November 15 2016 - “Without strong communication, we are not going to achieve global health goals.” (Professor Peter Piot, London School of Hygiene and Tropical ...

Hands Up for #HIVprevention Campaign
December 1, 2016

Hands Up for #HIVprevention Campaign

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What does HIV prevention mean to you? Write it on your hand, take a photo, and share it. In the lead-up to World AIDS Day (WAD), December 1 2016, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) implemented a social media-based ...

Lifeline Production Manual: A Guide on How to Make Programming for People Affected by Humanitarian Emergencies
November 30, 2016

Lifeline Production Manual: A Guide on How to Make Programming for People ...

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"...by doing Lifeline programming, media can play a role in bringing communities together, connecting affected people to each other and to aid workers and leaders. This can enable survivors to hold relief agencies to account, and also to ...

Preventing Radicalisation to Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Approaches and Practices
November 30, 2016

Preventing Radicalisation to Terrorism and Violent Extremism: Approaches and ...

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The Radicalisation Awareness Network (RAN) Collection of Approaches and Practices presents a set of 7 practitioners' approaches in the field of prevention of radicalisation, each of them illustrated by a number of lessons learned and selected ...

Getting the Words Right: A Gender Sensitive Language Guide for the Sri Lanka Media
November 30, 2016

Getting the Words Right: A Gender Sensitive Language Guide for the Sri Lanka ...

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"As journalists, we need to understand the connection between our language use and our social reality. Because it is also sensible and professional to do so. If we use language that seeks to 'negate' or 'erase' women from language, it invariably ...

Citizen Engagement in Peacebuilding: A Communication for Development Approach to Rebuilding Peace from the Bottom-Up
November 29, 2016

Citizen Engagement in Peacebuilding: A Communication for Development ...

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"Through participatory communication and a tailored use of the media and technology, C4D can create new platforms and channels for citizens to be agents in the national reconstruction." This article demonstrates how a communication for ...

Can Gossip Change Nutrition Behaviour? Results of a Mass Media and Community-Based Intervention Trial in East Java, Indonesia
November 28, 2016

Can Gossip Change Nutrition Behaviour? Results of a Mass Media and ...

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"...novel theory-driven approaches which employ emotional motivators are capable of having an effect on improving dietary diversity and the regularity of vegetable and fruit intake among children aged 6-24 months." This study explored whether a ...

Celebrate 27th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Universal Children's Day and Every Day
November 23, 2016

Celebrate 27th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child on ...

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Author: Jacques Brodeur, November 23 2016 - Edupax seizes the opportunity of the 27th anniversary of the Convention to remind readers about various and important benefits of protecting children from material injurious to their health and ...

Sierra Leone's Changing Media Landscape Offers Fresh Opportunities for Development Communications
November 23, 2016

Sierra Leone's Changing Media Landscape Offers Fresh Opportunities for ...

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“Mobile phone uptake in Sierra Leone has burgeoned making mobiles the most accessed form of communication on a weekly basis alongside radio.” This research summary looks at the results of a national survey on the use of mobiles and media, such as ...

YouthMobile
November 18, 2016

YouthMobile

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"At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, encouraging innovation and creativity of youth is vital for effectively addressing these challenges."

The International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit Summary Report
November 18, 2016

The International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit Summary Report

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"HC3 believes that if widely shared and followed, the Addis Declaration will strengthen and enrich the SBCC [social and behaviour change communication] field, link members of the SBCC scholarly and professional community more closely to each ...

Great Idea
November 18, 2016

Great Idea

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"Great Idea makes use of...ICT [information and communication technology] and media to amplify the effect of good quality lessons to be used inside and outside of schools." Great Idea is a mobile- and distance-learning project for secondary ...

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI)
November 17, 2016

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI)

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"Making SBCC materials, resources and training available in a digital format is a cost-effective and sustainable way to reach more people with consistent, reliable information." - Rebecca Arnold, Project Director, BKMI Launched in 2013, the ...

LEARNO.NET: Professional Video Training by EJC
November 16, 2016

LEARNO.NET: Professional Video Training by EJC

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LEARNO.NET is an online learning platform launched in December 2015 by the European Journalism Centre (EJC). Designed especially for journalists and journalism students, LEARNO.NET also serves bloggers, advocacy groups, media entrepreneurs, and ...

What are the challenges facing young people in East Africa?
November 16, 2016

What are the challenges facing young people in East Africa?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Alasdair Stuart on November 3 2016 - Alasdair Stuart shares the challenges faced by young people in Tanzania, Somalia and Kenya and outlines how they themselves think the media can ...

A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Communication for Development (C4D) to Counter-Trafficking Activities
November 15, 2016

A Step-by-Step Guide to Applying Communication for Development (C4D) to ...

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Guided by other communication for development (C4D) tools in existence, IOM X - the International Organization for Migration (IOM)'s campaign to encourage safe migration and public action to stop exploitation and human trafficking - created its ...

eHealth Conversations: Using Information Management, Dialogue, and Knowledge Exchange to Move Toward Universal Access to Health
November 10, 2016

eHealth Conversations: Using Information Management, Dialogue, and Knowledge ...

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"Due to the variety and timeliness of the topics addressed, this work is useful for health professionals, decision makers, political leaders, developers of health-related programs, and other players interested in the broad field of eHealth."

eHealth in the Region of the Americas: Breaking down the Barriers to Implementation
November 10, 2016

eHealth in the Region of the Americas: Breaking down the Barriers to ...

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In 2005, all World Health Organization (WHO) Member States committed to working to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) in a collective expression of the belief that all people in need should have access to health services without risk of ...

#Unite4Heritage
November 10, 2016

#Unite4Heritage

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"Empowering youth to actively participate in cultural life and equipping learners to become responsible global citizens is vital to forging more fair, inclusive and peaceful societies. Digital technologies and the Internet, which impact on the ...

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance
November 9, 2016

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance

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"Accountability is enhanced when citizens play an active role in making demands and when officials are expected to respond to those demands with satisfactory answers and actions." This research on BBC Media Action's governance programmes for ...

Understanding Key Terms and Data Related to HIV: Handbook for Adolescents and Young Key Populations at Higher Risk of HIV Exposure in Asia and the Pacific
November 7, 2016

Understanding Key Terms and Data Related to HIV: Handbook for Adolescents ...

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"There are a lot of data about HIV and AIDS. How much of it do you really understand? Have you ever read a document, watched a presentation or talked with your friends about HIV data and not understood the meaning of certain terms?"

Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?
November 3, 2016

Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Sugg, November 3 2016 - Drawing on her new policy briefing, Caroline Sugg reflects on why communication is often a peripheral part of public health interventions, looking at challenges around evidence, the ...

Your issue’s in danger! Why advocacy groups should apply evidence-based communication
November 6, 2016

Your issue’s in danger! Why advocacy groups should apply evidence-based ...

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Author: Espen Malling, November 16 2016 - The process of change is inseparable from the process of communication. Therefore, advocacy groups and other proponents of a knowledge-based development of society risk undermining their cause if failing ...

Women and Violent Radicalization: Research Report
November 3, 2016

Women and Violent Radicalization: Research Report

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"Media representations of women in extremist groups, or who engage in political violence, are often rife with sexual stereotypes that stress their supposed passivity. Yet such women should not be seen exclusively as victims, since they are also ...

The Power of Maps - Bringing the Third Dimension to the Negotiation Table
November 2, 2016

The Power of Maps - Bringing the Third Dimension to the Negotiation Table

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"Knowledge built up over time and passed on from generation to generation represents a valuable asset for rural communities when it comes to their land and aquatic resources. Being able to collate rich spatially-defined/geo-referenced local ...

A Time of Transition: Adolescents in Humanitarian Settings
November 1, 2016

A Time of Transition: Adolescents in Humanitarian Settings

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"[R]ecent humanitarian action has highlighted the need to more rigorously include the perspectives and consider needs of adolescents in crisis situations." Plan International United Kingdom (UK) and Plan International commissioned this report to ...

Zusha! Road Safety Campaign
October 27, 2016

Zusha! Road Safety Campaign

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Launched in May 2015, the Zusha! National Road Safety Campaign aims to reduce road accidents by encouraging passengers using matatus (14-seater minibuses) or buses to speak out directly to their drivers against reckless driving. Zusha!, which is ...

Working with News and Social Media to Prevent Violence against Women and Their Children: A Strategic Framework for Victoria
October 26, 2016

Working with News and Social Media to Prevent Violence against Women and ...

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...a map of the approaches required and a supporting tool to align and encourage informed and critical engagement with news and social media on VAW [violence against women]..." This Framework reflects the experience of Melbourne, Australia's ...

We need more media coverage of disaster prevention
October 20, 2016

We need more media coverage of disaster prevention

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Author: Marcus Oxley, October 20 2016 - Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, Marcus Oxley argues that we need more media coverage of disasters before – rather than after – they happen. This would make prevention more of a priority, ...

PhotoVoice Facilitator's Guide
October 13, 2016

PhotoVoice Facilitator's Guide

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The guide has been developed to help organisations working in low-, middle-, and high-income countries prepare, organise, and facilitate a PhotoVoice training. Developed by Rutgers, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working in sexual and ...

Synthesis Report of the Rapid Assessment of Adolescent and HIV Programme Context in Five Countries: Botswana, Cameroon, Jamaica, Swaziland and Zimbabwe
October 13, 2016

Synthesis Report of the Rapid Assessment of Adolescent and HIV Programme ...

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“At a time when AIDS-related deaths are declining rapidly in other population groups, AIDS-related deaths among adolescents aged 10–19 are not declining and AIDS remains the second leading cause of death in adolescents globally. It is the leading ...

Priya's Shakti and Priya's Mirror
October 11, 2016

Priya's Shakti and Priya's Mirror

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"...shatters the taboos around gender based violence through art, education, and a strong identifiable female character who is a rape survivor and superhero."

Health through Measurement: Countries Learn How by Listening to Each Other
October 10, 2016

Health through Measurement: Countries Learn How by Listening to Each Other

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Author: James Thomas, October 10 2016 - In a world that is working to ensure health for all, what does progress look like? It might look like people from different nations sitting in tight circles, leaning in to hear each talk about their ...

Getting data on the lives of ordinary people in the developing world
October 10, 2016

Getting data on the lives of ordinary people in the developing world

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Authors: Kavita Abraham Dowsing and Sonia Whitehead, October 10 2016 - Ahead of the launch of BBC Media Action’s data portal in October, Kavita Abraham-Dowsing and Sonia Whitehead explain why we need more data about the views, aspirations and ...

The Global Impact of Open Data: Key Findings from Detailed Case Studies Around the World
October 5, 2016

The Global Impact of Open Data: Key Findings from Detailed Case Studies ...

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"[D]espite the evident potential of open data, and despite the growing amounts of information being released by governments and corporations, little is actually known about its use and impact. What kind of social and economic transformations has ...

Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika
October 5, 2016

Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika

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"Would you like to lend your skills to tackle a public health emergency? Deliberate with diverse innovators and professionals to refine good ideas into actionable projects? Join a conversation with government partners interested in implementing ...

SBCC for Emergency Preparedness Implementation Kit
October 4, 2016

SBCC for Emergency Preparedness Implementation Kit

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"A well-coordinated, timely and strategic communication strategy and implementation plan can manage people's expectations during an emergency and assist response efforts. Affected communities can be engaged and supported to make the required ...

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to the next
October 4, 2016

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to ...

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Author: James Thomas, cross-posted on October 4 2016 - Ebola has once again surfaced in Guinea. Meanwhile, the battle with Zika virus continues in Latin America. American responses to outbreaks tend to be disease-specific, driven in part by the ...

Good Men Give Value to Women
October 3, 2016

Good Men Give Value to Women

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Implemented by Paz y Desarrollo (PYD) Cambodia, a Spanish non-governmental organisation (NGO), in partnership with the Ministry of Women's Affairs (MoWA), Good Men Give Value to Women - the Good Men campaign - sought to contribute to the ...

Violence against Women and the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Jamaica
October 3, 2016

Violence against Women and the Use of Information and Communication ...

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Existing research points out that a large number of women and girls in Jamaica suffer from gender-based violence. In fact, violence against women (VAW) is a problem throughout the Caribbean region. At the same time, the use of information and ...

Engaging Social Media for Health Communication in Africa: Approaches, Results and Lessons
October 3, 2016

Engaging Social Media for Health Communication in Africa: Approaches, ...

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"...health-related social media interventions should be grounded in a theory of change, enhance meaningful participation of critical actors in the development process, and address the problem of inequities."

Participatory communication through community radio
October 2, 2016

Participatory communication through community radio

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Author: Anele Herbet Dube, October 3 2016 - One of the key challenges facing Civil Society Organisations (CSO) in Zimbabwe has more to do with programming rather than funding or diminishing funding opportunities. In my more than 5 years ...

Protecting the Science Communication Environment: The Case of Childhood Vaccines
September 30, 2016

Protecting the Science Communication Environment: The Case of Childhood Vaccines

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"Displaying a level of inattention to evidence-based methods of science communication as aggressive as its dedication to evidence-based practices of medicine, the institutions best situated to counteract influences subversive of public confidence ...

Strengthening Independent Media in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Performance Evaluation of USAID Strengthening Independent Media (SIM) Activity
September 30, 2016

Strengthening Independent Media in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Performance ...

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This performance evaluation examined the results of the 5-year media assistance programme Strengthening Independent Media (SIM) in Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) and the effects of the programme on BiH's overall media landscape. Launched in October ...

Getting from 'Wow' to Sustainability
September 29, 2016

Getting from 'Wow' to Sustainability

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Author: Jim Thomas, PhD, Project Director, MEASURE Evaluation, June 28 2016 [a MEASURE Evaluation blog reprinted from the Global Digital Health Network on the Knowledge Gateway] BANGKOK, Thailand - With a cellphone application, mClinica can ...

Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame)
September 27, 2016

Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame)

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"Can a telenovela (soap opera) change attitudes and behaviors about HIV testing, treatment, and prevention?" Sin Vergüenza (Without Shame) is an English and Spanish telenovela web series developed to address the impact HIV has on the United ...

Afghan Information Ecosystems: A Design Research Approach
September 27, 2016

Afghan Information Ecosystems: A Design Research Approach

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"[P]ractitioners should take steps to increase online security, online literacy, and inclusivity while keeping sight of the enduring value of face to face networks and conventional communication methods."

A Parent's Guide: Talk to Your Children about the Internet
September 27, 2016

A Parent's Guide: Talk to Your Children about the Internet

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"You know your children best. Sit down with them and discuss the benefits of the Internet....In the same conversation, have a realistic plan for avoiding misuse of the Internet. Use the language best suited to your relationship to create a safe, ...

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