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Using cartoons to help save lives
December 7, 2016

Using cartoons to help save lives

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sam Waterton, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on November 29 2016- Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. In addition to frequent cyclones and drought, large areas ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

#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 Development in Regions of Conflict, Transitional Countries, and Closed Societies
October 18, 2016

Media Development in Regions of Conflict, Transitional Countries, and Closed ...

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"Media development actors need to have a clear and coordinated strategy on how to support a free and pluralistic media landscape in a fragile state. They need to assess local needs and work closely with all stakeholders....[T]hose in power and ...

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 ...

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."

Achieving Impact at Scale through ICT-Enabled Extension Services (AIS)
October 4, 2016

Achieving Impact at Scale through ICT-Enabled Extension Services (AIS)

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"Radio broadcasts, text messaging, and phone apps are providing more farmers with the information and market linkages needed to adopt technologies that increase their productivity and improve nutrition in their communities."

DatNav: Guide to Navigate the Digital Data in Human Rights Research
September 27, 2016

DatNav: Guide to Navigate the Digital Data in Human Rights Research

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"Digital data can support human rights documentation in depth, breadth, accuracy and efficiency." This guide is designed to help human rights researchers, journalists, students, and philanthropists navigate and integrate digital data and online ...

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 ...

Memory Studies - A Brief Concept Paper
September 12, 2016

Memory Studies - A Brief Concept Paper

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"The concept of collective memory rests upon the assumption that every social group develops a memory of its past which allows it to preserve and pass along its self-image."

Voice & Matter - Communication, Development and the Cultural Return
September 7, 2016

Voice & Matter - Communication, Development and the Cultural Return

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This book contains a collection of articles by renowned academics in the field of communication, cultural, and development studies. The collections seeks to “reinstate the centrality and urgency of Communication for Development as an area of ...

Experiences in Conducting Participatory Communication Research for HIV Prevention Globally: Translating Critical Dialog into Action through Action Media
September 2, 2016

Experiences in Conducting Participatory Communication Research for HIV ...

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"Communication to address public health concerns is typically developed through expert-led didactic approaches that, at best, engage audiences at the end of the development cycle through pretesting of communication concepts. Action Media provides ...

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 ...

Public Health Communication has to be 'Mainstream'
August 29, 2016

Public Health Communication has to be 'Mainstream'

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Author: Anshuman Rawat, August 24 2016 [cross-posted from Anshuman Rawat's blog site, linked below] - A cursory study of health communication would reveal that when it comes to catching eyeballs, the catchy promotions of, for example, private ...

Relational Accountability in Indigenizing Visual Research for Participatory Communication
August 26, 2016

Relational Accountability in Indigenizing Visual Research for Participatory ...

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This article attempts to re-focus the discussion about participatory communication by examining elements of an indigenous approach to communication for social change research strategies. It is based on a larger research project undertaken in the ...

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 ...

Adolescent Boys and Young Men: Engaging Them as Supporters of Gender Equality and  Health and Understanding Their Vulnerabilities
August 22, 2016

Adolescent Boys and Young Men: Engaging Them as Supporters of Gender ...

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“Far too many boys approach adolescence having experienced violence, witnessed violence, dropped out of school, had risky sex, or practiced other risk-taking behaviors because they believe that they must do so to be seen by their peers and their ...

Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in South Asia: Basic Concepts
August 19, 2016

Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction in South Asia: Basic Concepts

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"The understanding that children and young people can evolve from vulnerable individuals to empowered citizens lies at the heart of child-centred DRR."

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 ...

Communication for Land Governance in Guatemala
August 10, 2016

Communication for Land Governance in Guatemala

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"Participatory communication is a powerful means to enable the informed and active participation of individuals and groups in decisions that affect their life." - Marzia Pafumi, FAO A communication for development (ComDev) initiative organised ...

Integrity Idol
August 4, 2016

Integrity Idol

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"Integrity Idol is all about building a positive narrative. Instead of putting wrongdoers behind bars, it's about highlighting the good people. We really want to change the system through individuals, and inspire the younger generation to join ...

Communication and the polio endgame
July 28, 2016

Communication and the polio endgame

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Author: Caroline Sugg, Head of Special Projects at BBC Media Action, July 28 2016 - The sense of excitement in the public health community is palpable. While experts on polio warn against celebrating too soon, it looks as if this crippling ...

Interventions to Strengthen the HIV Prevention Cascade: A Systematic Review of Reviews
July 21, 2016

Interventions to Strengthen the HIV Prevention Cascade: A Systematic Review ...

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"Much progress has been made in interventions to prevent HIV infection. However, development of evidence-informed prevention programmes that translate the efficacy of these strategies into population effect remain a challenge." This paper ...

Syria Lifeline
July 18, 2016

Syria Lifeline

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Syria Lifeline is BBC Media Action's communication project for Syrian refugees whose purpose is to communicate with people who have lost their normal media channels along with their homes. It consists of a library of video content and other ...

Gyan Jyoti - Generating FP Demand via Mobile Phones
July 14, 2016

Gyan Jyoti - Generating FP Demand via Mobile Phones

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This Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Spotlight on Health COMpass from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) explores the process and impact of developing an android-based phone app called Gyan Jyoti ("light of ...

Project-Based Learning
July 11, 2016

Project-Based Learning

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In many instances, a social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) project is asked to design, implement, and evaluate SBCC projects in collaboration with local country-based partners. This collaborative implementation process offers ...

Sogi's Story - Comic Book and Video
July 11, 2016

Sogi's Story - Comic Book and Video

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SOGI’s Story is an educational comic on human rights, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The aim of this resource is to tackle discrimination and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) persons in its various ...

East Los High: Transmedia Edutainment to Promote the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Young Latina/o Americans
July 8, 2016

East Los High: Transmedia Edutainment to Promote the Sexual and Reproductive ...

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...showing the potential of transmedia edutainment as a sustainable platform for large-scale, longer-term audience engagement..."

Media and Masculinities - The Role of Key Media Outlets in Nigeria in Shaping Perceptions of Masculinities
June 30, 2016

Media and Masculinities - The Role of Key Media Outlets in Nigeria in ...

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“Through information (newspapers), entertainment (cinema) and print advertising, the mass media promotes stereotypes about what it means to be a man. From all media content analysed,this is particularly evident in cinema (100%) and cartoons ...

Case Study: Peace Clubs - Participatory Video and Most Significant Change Evaluation
June 27, 2016

Case Study: Peace Clubs - Participatory Video and Most Significant Change ...

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"Participatory Video (PV) was used in this context because it is an accessible, flexible medium of recording community stories of change. It can capture what surveys, questionnaires and bar charts fail to communicate: the human stories of ...

Media as a Form of Aid in Humanitarian Crises
June 24, 2016

Media as a Form of Aid in Humanitarian Crises

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"For mainstream media, the millions of people whose lives have been upended are mostly data points, illustrations of the misery and upheaval that have swept across Syria, Yemen, Gaza, Iraq, and many places between. Yet for those who are caught in ...

App designed to help Syrian refugees
June 21, 2016

App designed to help Syrian refugees

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Author: Leen Hashem, June 21 2016 - 'We've started a WhatsApp group for refugees living in this area' a middle aged man said enthusiastically, explaining how the platform was helping the group share information and provide each other with much ...

Words of Relief: Translators without Borders' Local Language Translation for Emergencies
June 14, 2016

Words of Relief: Translators without Borders' Local Language Translation for ...

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"Overall, the innovation process has been successful in creating enhanced learning and evidence around the importance of language translation in disaster response, and has succeeded in producing a measurably improved mode of communicating with ...

impactAFRICA Series of Webinars for Journalists
June 14, 2016

impactAFRICA Series of Webinars for Journalists

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This series of webinars forms part of an initiative by Code for Africa, the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), and the World Bank's Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF). The webinars are intended for journalists who are interested in ...

Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit
June 8, 2016

Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit

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Author: Caroline Nursey, June 6 2016 - It was quite something to see more than 6,000 humanitarians gathered at this week’s World Humanitarian Summit [WHS] - and not a pair of muddy boots in sight! We were seeking an answer to how the 130 million ...

The World Bank Live: A Model of Marketing Success, But Is It the Right Model?
June 2, 2016

The World Bank Live: A Model of Marketing Success, But Is It the Right Model?

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"With a stated mission to end poverty by 2030, the Bank should be motivated to rethink how it shares knowledge via webcasting and how it influences development outcomes via its online engagement."

We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time [Podemos Detener el VIH Una Conversación a la Vez]
May 31, 2016

We Can Stop HIV One Conversation at a Time [Podemos Detener el VIH Una ...

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"The first step to stopping HIV in the Hispanic/Latino community is talking about it." One Conversation at a Time is a national (United States, or US) communication campaign that encourages Hispanics/Latinos to talk openly about HIV/AIDS with ...

Mission Zika
May 27, 2016

Mission Zika

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"Our experience around the world shows that children can make a real difference as part of community engagement strategies to address public health issues. This campaign aims to reduce fear, counteract misinformation, and show positive actions ...

Girl Effect - Girl Safeguarding Policy: Digital Privacy, Security, Safety Principles and Guidelines
May 25, 2016

Girl Effect - Girl Safeguarding Policy: Digital Privacy, Security, Safety ...

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Developed as part of the Girl Effect programme, this set of guidelines was produced to provide staff and partners with guidance on how all programme actions will protect girls who are using the digital tools that they create and/or promote. The ...

Girl Rising
May 20, 2016

Girl Rising

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"To me the common thread for the girls in the film, was that they each believed (against all evidence) that they deserved more. They just had a deep sense of their own power and potential. For many of the girls we profiled, they often found an ...

Child-Centred Climate Resilience: Case Studies from the Philippines and Vietnam
May 19, 2016

Child-Centred Climate Resilience: Case Studies from the Philippines and Vietnam

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"Including the voices of children is not just about including their views on certain topics. It is about creating a favourable environment that actively promotes their participation throughout the process, as well as engaging adults." This ...

The Habitual Brain:  Advances in Creating Disruptive and Sticky Behavior - SBCC Summit 2016 Keynote Speech
May 18, 2016

The Habitual Brain: Advances in Creating Disruptive and Sticky Behavior - ...

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“I'm going to talk about the science of habit and what it can tell us about human behaviour....” This Keynote Speech by David T. Neal was presented at the First International SBCC (Social and Behaviour Change Communication) Summit in February ...

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