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Using Media Freedom Indices in Media Development: How the Different Information Tools Can Be Used
December 2, 2016

Using Media Freedom Indices in Media Development: How the Different ...

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"Media freedom rankings reveal much about the state of the media around the world. That makes them popular with media development organizations and donors needing to decide where to invest their resources. But this entails knowing what kind of ...

Media Freedom Indices: What They Tell Us - And What They Don't
December 2, 2016

Media Freedom Indices: What They Tell Us - And What They Don't

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"While press freedom rankings determine national and international media policies, it is not always clear as to how objective these rankings really are."

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 ...

Our Girls, Our Future
November 30, 2016

Our Girls, Our Future

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Catherine Juma, November 22 2016 - Girls in South Sudan are less likely than boys to start school and more likely to drop out. Our radio producer visited her former school to find out if ...

Somalia: one of the toughest places to give birth in the world
November 30, 2016

Somalia: one of the toughest places to give birth in the world

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Mohammed A. Gaas, November 15 2016 - A tribute to Amran Mahad, lead actress in Maalmo Dhaama Maanta (A Better Life than Today), an interactive drama helping young people to talk about both ...

Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question
November 30, 2016

Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Yan Htaik Seng, November 1 2016 - We recount a nerve-racking visit to Myanmar’s ethnically diverse Kayin State - as it recovers from years of conflict - to give young people a rare chance to voice ...

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 ...

What Role Does Lifeline Preparedness Play in Enabling Effective Communication in a Crisis? Case Studies from Myanmar and Nepal
November 28, 2016

What Role Does Lifeline Preparedness Play in Enabling Effective ...

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"[A]ll too often, coordination of communication is a challenge in a crisis. The media doesn't traditionally work in partnership with aid workers and the government; they actually often mistrust each other, as the media usually plays an important ...

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 ...

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 ...

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?
November 17, 2016

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?

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"This briefing, based on quantitative data from seven countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Myanmar, Tanzania and Sierra Leone), outlines the links between watching and listening to governance programmes and political participation, as ...

What are the Barriers to Community Involvement in Local Level Disaster Preparedness Measures in Bangladesh?
November 17, 2016

What are the Barriers to Community Involvement in Local Level Disaster ...

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"Amrai Pari (Together We Can Do It)...a reality TV programme...visits communities in the areas of the country most susceptible to environmental hazards and challenges them to work together with their neighbours and local traders to make their ...

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 ...

In the Service of the Public - Functions and Transformation of Media in Developing Countries
November 15, 2016

In the Service of the Public - Functions and Transformation of Media in ...

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"The transformation of state broadcasters to public service media (PSM) is one of the most ambitious endeavors in the field of media development. It is an enormous task to work with state broadcasters that are controlled by the government and ...

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 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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Coming out about indoor pollution in Ethiopia
November 3, 2016

Coming out about indoor pollution in Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Andrey Vladov, November 3 2016 - A new radio drama is helping improve people’s health in Ethiopia by drawing attention to the harmful effects of traditional ways of cooking, heating and lighting homes. “Bring that wood ...

The jewel of Afghanistan
November 3, 2016

The jewel of Afghanistan

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sam Waterton, November 3 2016 - "I want to be a symbol for people with disabilities that no matter the challenge, nothing is impossible”." Sitting in richly furnished office with the flag of Afganistan in its corner, ...

Ghamai
October 27, 2016

Ghamai

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"Radio helps bring doctors into people's homes." - Shabana Mohammadzai, presenter Featuring a mixture of interviews, drama, and discussion, Ghamai, which means "Jewel" in Pashto, is a weekly radio programme developed by BBC Media Action to help ...

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 ...

Turn Up The Volume: Empowering Women Through Media: Lessons from BBC Media Action's Governance Programming
October 25, 2016

Turn Up The Volume: Empowering Women Through Media: Lessons from BBC Media ...

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"The media is a prism through which we see those in power. In many cases, media not only reflects inequalities between men and women but also amplifies and entrenches them." Based on the experience of BBC Media Action’s work in producing factual ...

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, ...

"In my next life I want to be a boy"
October 20, 2016

"In my next life I want to be a boy"

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Author: Ragini Pasrichan, October 20 2016 - Why we chose “real people” instead of actors to feature in our Public Service Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for cyclones, flooding and drought. “In my next life I ...

Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for cyclones, flooding and drought.
October 20, 2016

Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for ...

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Author: Myoset Nyeinchan, October 20 2016 - Why we chose “"real people" instead of actors to feature in our Public Service Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for cyclones, flooding and drought. When her husband ...

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 ...

An independent Nepali media has never been more needed
October 10, 2016

An independent Nepali media has never been more needed

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Author: Kiran Bhandari, Dipak Bhattarai and James Deane, October 10 2016 - Nepal’s media has played a pivotal role in the country’s democratic transition but how successful has it been at fighting corruption and boosting accountability? Nepal ...

"I will be there even if my bodyguards refuse to accompany me."
October 10, 2016

"I will be there even if my bodyguards refuse to accompany me."

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Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, October 10 2016 - Scores of people were killed or injured early last month when twin bomb blasts hit Kabul and armed assailants attacked the buildings housing an international charity. We were due to record an ...

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 ...

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 ...

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."

Accountability, nation and society: the role of media in remaking Nepal
October 4, 2016

Accountability, nation and society: the role of media in remaking Nepal

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"This briefing is written principally for the international community that wants to understand the current reality of governance in Nepal and the role of media in it." This BBC Media Action policy briefing describes the role of media in 21st ...

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 ...

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 ...

I have 140 friends, and I speak to them nearly every day
September 29, 2016

I have 140 friends, and I speak to them nearly every day

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Chukwura, September 28 2016 - Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, I had a pen pal far away in Nice, France. I was always excited to receive letters from her – I remember we bonded over photos of our home towns and ...

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."

Final Evaluation: Democracy and Development in Action through Media and Empowerment (DAME) 2012-2014
September 26, 2016

Final Evaluation: Democracy and Development in Action through Media and ...

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This report presents the results of the final evaluation of the Democracy and Development in Action through Media and Empowerment (DAME) project, implemented by Search for Common Ground-Timor-Leste (SFCG-TL) in collaboration with partners Belun, ...

Documenting Best Practices: Advocacy on Integrating SRH HIV
September 26, 2016

Documenting Best Practices: Advocacy on Integrating SRH HIV

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"...when HIV/AIDS programs are linked with other initiatives {e.g. family planning, sexual health, ante- and post-natal care, gender-based violence (GBV) prevention and services, prevention and control of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), ...

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 ...

Shining a Light on Untapped Resources for Behavior Change Communication in Guatemala
September 23, 2016

Shining a Light on Untapped Resources for Behavior Change Communication in ...

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"These studies provided new and important insights on three avenues for engagement that have, to date, been underutilized for social and behavior change communication."

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 ...

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 ...

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 – ...

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