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Windows into Early Learning and Development
October 17, 2017

Windows into Early Learning and Development

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Save the Children observes that the first five years of a child's life is a time when the developing brain is most open to the influence of relationships and experiences; children's exposure to care, stimulation, and play in these early years ...

Mass Media: Reaching Audiences Far and Wide with Messages to Support Healthy Reproductive Behaviors
October 17, 2017

Mass Media: Reaching Audiences Far and Wide with Messages to Support Healthy ...

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This brief describes the evidence on and experience with mass media programming in family planning, finding such programming can influence individual behaviours by providing accurate information, building self-efficacy, and promoting attitudes ...

Unlock the Power of Girls Now
October 17, 2017

Unlock the Power of Girls Now

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"Achieving gender equality is a long and slow process and those who step forward to challenge the status quo are often threatened and stigmatised. Girls, and all champions of change, need to be resilient and to gather strength from working ...

Storytelling and Evidence-Based Policy: Lessons from the Grey Literature
October 16, 2017

Storytelling and Evidence-Based Policy: Lessons from the Grey Literature

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"Storytelling remains a crucial communications tool for researchers seeking uptake of their evidence into policy. It does, however, mean that storytelling needs to be approached strategically."

Advocacy Impact Case Studies
October 13, 2017

Advocacy Impact Case Studies

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These case studies of advocacy success from around the world can be used as a resource to demonstrate how global health advocates can develop strategies to achieve policy goals. The series illustrates how PATH's 10-part approach to advocacy can ...

National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2017-2018 [Pakistan]
October 12, 2017

National Emergency Action Plan for Polio Eradication 2017-2018 [Pakistan]

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"Our focus remains on the basics of vaccination to ensure our heroic vaccinators are met with success on the doorstep and inside every home."

Successful Strategies for Stopping Polio in India
October 10, 2017

Successful Strategies for Stopping Polio in India

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"The polio program became a national movement." This brief from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), one of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, shares key approaches implemented by the polio programme in India to ...

Guide to Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs for Youth in Egypt
October 10, 2017

Guide to Designing Sexual and Reproductive Health Programs for Youth in Egypt

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The purpose of this guide from the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) is to provide a selection of "Essential Elements" and tools to guide the creation, or strengthening, of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) social and behaviour ...

Prevent - Protect - Prosecute: Acting on UN Human Rights Council Resolution 33/2
October 10, 2017

Prevent - Protect - Prosecute: Acting on UN Human Rights Council Resolution ...

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"For freedom of expression advocates, it is important to know what international mechanisms are available, what they do, and how they can be used to turn the commitments in HRC Resolution 33/2 into action."

What the development sector can learn from audience segmentation
October 3, 2017

What the development sector can learn from audience segmentation

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Author: BBC Media Action Senior Research Manager Sophie Baskett, originally posted September 27 2017 - In the not-for-profit sector we’ve already learned a lot from marketing techniques developed in the commercial world.

Reporter's Toolkit on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Worldwide
October 3, 2017

Reporter's Toolkit on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Worldwide

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"Reporting on sexual and reproductive health and rights around the world offers incredible opportunities to tell the real stories of girls, women and families who are empowered by access to - or impacted by lack of access to - their full rights. ...

Communication with Communities: Walking the Talk
October 2, 2017

Communication with Communities: Walking the Talk

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"If we are to meet the growing needs of disaster-affected communities around the world, we must do more to truly listen to them and, crucially, to tailor our responses accordingly. However, the fact is that the implementation of these commitments ...

Broadcasting Live Radio Programs on Disaster Preparedness and Response through Community Radio Stations: Guideline
September 29, 2017

Broadcasting Live Radio Programs on Disaster Preparedness and Response ...

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Noting that community radio may have the ability to broadcast when other media or mobile networks fail to communicate, this guide from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ...

HC3 in Action: Supporting Youth Health with SBCC
September 29, 2017

HC3 in Action: Supporting Youth Health with SBCC

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This brief describes key examples, challenges, insights, and resources to emerge from Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) initiatives to improve sexual and reproductive health outcomes for youth and adolescents, ages 10 to 24, ...

Fatal Journeys: Improving Data on Missing Migrants
September 27, 2017

Fatal Journeys: Improving Data on Missing Migrants

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"Despite all the media and policy attention given to reporting migrant deaths, data on the subject remains very limited." From the International Organization of Migration (IOM)'s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, this study on missing ...

Shamba Chef Television Programme
September 26, 2017

Shamba Chef Television Programme

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Shamba Chef is an edutainment reality television show in Kenya designed to promote the adoption of cleaner and more efficient cooking methods, as well as to explore the culture of food and improve family nutrition. In Kenya, eight out of ten ...

Message Guide for Zika Communication
September 25, 2017

Message Guide for Zika Communication

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From the Jamaica Ministry of Health (MOH), this is a practical tool meant to be used by partners and stakeholders implementing Zika activities in Jamaica. Adapted from Strategic Communication for Zika Prevention: A Framework for Local Adaptation ...

Tools, Platforms and Mechanisms to Support Accountability to Disaster-Affected Populations in the Philippines
September 25, 2017

Tools, Platforms and Mechanisms to Support Accountability to ...

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"Active community participation was undeniably missing in the conceptualisation, implementation and monitoring of the accountability platforms developed in response to Typhoon Haiyan." This Making All Voices Count research report assesses the ...

Quick Guide to Adapting the Strategic Communication Framework for Zika Prevention
September 22, 2017

Quick Guide to Adapting the Strategic Communication Framework for Zika ...

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Based upon its comprehensive sister document (Strategic Communication for Zika Prevention: A Framework for Local Adaptation - available at Related Summaries, below), this guide provides concise, step-by-step guidance on how to adapt the strategic ...

Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls
September 22, 2017

Enough: Together We Can End Violence Against Women and Girls

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Launched in November 2016 to coincide with the United Nations (UN)-designated International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Oxfam's Enough campaign focuses on shifting harmful social norms that condone and perpetuate violence ...

A Study in User-Centered Communication and Family Planning Decision-Making in Nepal
September 21, 2017

A Study in User-Centered Communication and Family Planning Decision-Making ...

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The case studies from Nepal in this report detail conversations that took place between young couples and Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) health workers and family members, also sharing their reflections on campaign-related ...

Development of a Global Mechanism in Support of Advancing the Scale and Impact of Communication and Media for Development, Social and Behaviour Change
September 20, 2017

Development of a Global Mechanism in Support of Advancing the Scale and ...

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Note: What follows is the summary of this report. The full report can be accessed at this link.

Six steps towards a more open media
September 19, 2017

Six steps towards a more open media

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Research James Deane, originally posted September 14 2017 - On the International Day of Democracy, James Deane sets out six ways in which a resurgent public interest media can help improve ...

Shifting Norms, Changing Behaviour, Amplifying Voice: What Works? The 2018 International Social and Behaviour Change Communication Summit Featuring Entertainment Education
September 18, 2017

Shifting Norms, Changing Behaviour, Amplifying Voice: What Works? The 2018 ...

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REGISTRATION NOW OPEN AT THIS LINK ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION PROCESS for this SUMMIT NOW OPEN AT THIS LINK Summit Web Site Summit Overview

Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America
September 15, 2017

Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office in Montevideo, Uruguay, contends that the advancement of knowledge societies depends on our understanding of the universal right to freedom of expression and ...

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy
September 14, 2017

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy

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"As long as capture exists, and it usually exists in one form or another, then the media are not truly free." - Anya Schiffrin

Media Development Needs a Community of Scholars
September 13, 2017

Media Development Needs a Community of Scholars

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Authors: CIMA's Paul Rothman and Nick Benequista, originally posted September 5 2017 - International assistance to media is facing an existential crisis. While there is a growing recognition of the importance of international assistance to media, ...

Communication and Conflict in Transitional Societies: Integrating Media and Communication in Development Cooperation
September 12, 2017

Communication and Conflict in Transitional Societies: Integrating Media and ...

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"Social change is no longer regarded as a linear process in which media are promotional instruments serving a Western notion of modernization which journalists are trained to deliver. Instead, active participation of all stakeholders in the ...

Famine: Lessons Learned
September 11, 2017

Famine: Lessons Learned

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"Aid agencies should collaborate more closely with media initiatives and networks that seek to promote better communication and engagement with affected communities to ensure that well-informed messages reach the public. At the same time, they ...

Community Engagement in Liberia: Routine Immunization Post-Ebola
September 11, 2017

Community Engagement in Liberia: Routine Immunization Post-Ebola

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"The most frequently made recommendation was the integral use or involvement of the community." In Liberia, as in the other most affected countries in West Africa, the Ebola epidemic led to a disruption in essential health services and resulted ...

Identification of Preliminary Core Outcome Domains for Communication about Childhood Vaccination: An Online Delphi Survey
September 11, 2017

Identification of Preliminary Core Outcome Domains for Communication about ...

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"Vaccination communication interventions impact more than just vaccination status and behaviours. Measuring intermediate outcomes related to the communication's purpose is crucial to unpacking these effects and may assist in understanding the ...

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services
September 8, 2017

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services

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"The literature on (non-digital and digital) ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and women and girls' empowerment is relatively large, but most studies focus on women's economic empowerment, and these rarely draw connections between ...

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women
September 7, 2017

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women

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What are the most effective tools developed for digital platforms (social media, mobile phone apps and websites) that have been successful in changing behaviour in relation to violence against women? Violence against women and girls (VAWG) ...

Media Brief on Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Zambia
September 7, 2017

Media Brief on Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Zambia

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This media brief is designed to provide media practitioners in Zambia with detailed background information and knowledge on community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) and environmental natural resources management issues (ENRM) in an ...

World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior
September 1, 2017

World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior

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"Can providing a role model change a person's opinion of what is possible in life and what is 'right' for a society? Can marketing a social norm of safe driving reduce accident rates? Can providing information about the energy consumption of ...

Stakeholder Perceptions of Communication about Vaccination in Two Regions of Cameroon: A Qualitative Case Study
September 1, 2017

Stakeholder Perceptions of Communication about Vaccination in Two Regions of ...

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"Understanding stakeholders' (parents', communities' and health workers') perspectives of communication about childhood vaccination, including their preferences for its format, delivery and content, is an important step towards designing better ...

Strengthening Accountability Through Media in Afghanistan: Final Evaluation
August 30, 2017

Strengthening Accountability Through Media in Afghanistan: Final Evaluation

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"This project aimed to enable more accountable, peaceful and inclusive state-society relations in Afghanistan, by providing a platform for people to question their leaders and which built the profile and participation of women in public dialogue ...

Reflections on Media Environment Trends - IMS Annual Report 2016-2017
August 29, 2017

Reflections on Media Environment Trends - IMS Annual Report 2016-2017

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"...the year 2016 – mid 2017 displayed vividly the increased global connectedness of people and communities as technology continued to influence news and information and the way it is produced, regulated and repressed. In this context, the year ...

Polio Outbreak Ukraine Report 2015-2016
August 24, 2017

Polio Outbreak Ukraine Report 2015-2016

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"This report...describes strong technical expertise, a creative and data-driven communications campaign, and vibrant teamwork in the face of uncommon political and logistical obstacles." - Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine

Development of a Set of Community-Informed Ebola Messages for Sierra Leone
August 23, 2017

Development of a Set of Community-Informed Ebola Messages for Sierra Leone

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"[S]ystematic, iterative qualitative research should be fully embedded into the message development process from the outset of the response to any future public health emergency, and the communication of those messages should also be conducted on ...

Ukraine's Health Sector: Sustaining Momentum for Reform
August 23, 2017

Ukraine's Health Sector: Sustaining Momentum for Reform

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"For the last year,...an important linchpin of reform - the health sector - has been the subject of intense new development and debate across Ukraine....The moment of possibility has arrived. A major success in health reform is within reach."

Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, Nepal, Bangladesh and India
August 22, 2017

Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's Senior Communications Manager Nick Henegan, originally posted August 18 2017 - In the aftermath of a disaster information is as important as food, water and shelter. It can save lives. This week BBC Media Action teams ...

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C
August 21, 2017

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C

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The 2016 Annual Report for the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting provides two perspectives: The main document analyses progress in quantitative terms, offering profiles of each of the 17 programme countries. A ...

Voice to the People (V2P) Project
August 17, 2017

Voice to the People (V2P) Project

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Voice to the People (V2P) is a good governance project supporting communities in Kaduna state and the Southeast region of Nigeria to take ownership of their own development by driving accountability among their leaders, raising their voices to ...

Wi Di Pipul (We The People) Radio Programme
August 16, 2017

Wi Di Pipul (We The People) Radio Programme

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Wi Di Pipul is a radio show that focuses on Sierra Leone’s health, education, and social care sector - reporting problems, as well as discussing and sharing solutions. Produced by BBC Media Action in Sierra Leone, the magazine format programme is ...

A Rigorous Review of Global Research Evidence on Policy and Practice on School-Related Gender-Based Violence
August 14, 2017

A Rigorous Review of Global Research Evidence on Policy and Practice on ...

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As reports have proliferated on widespread violence experienced by girls and boys in and around schools across the globe, school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) has become a major concern for policymakers, education practitioners, and ...

Reporting Poverty in the UK: A Practical Guide for Journalists
August 10, 2017

Reporting Poverty in the UK: A Practical Guide for Journalists

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"It is not the job of the media generally to solve the problem of poverty or to take sides in the political tussle over it....But [b]y explaining it, we may make the public more understanding and aware. That, in turn, could lead to politicians ...

Speaking up for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone
August 9, 2017

Speaking up for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone

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Author: BBC Media Action Sierra Leone's Head of Production, Allieu Sesay, originally posted August 7 2017 - Abass became a voice for Ebola survivors across Sierra Leone. Allieu Sesay tells his ongoing story. Holding his baby daughter in his ...

How to use media for development - and why it works.
August 8, 2017

How to use media for development - and why it works.

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Author: BBC Media Action Senior Production Managery Clemency Fraser, originally published July 31 2017 - Have you ever wanted to see how we create media for development? Well, good news folks now you can. BBC Media Action has been creating ...

Integrated Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Programs Implementation Kit (I-Kit)
August 8, 2017

Integrated Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Programs ...

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“Recent years have witnessed a shift from development programs that focus on a single health or development topic, to initiatives that encompass multiple topics within a single program.” This resource brings together current best practices to ...

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