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Reporting on Gender-Based Violence in the Syria Crisis: A Journalists' Handbook
May 31, 2016

Reporting on Gender-Based Violence in the Syria Crisis: A Journalists' Handbook

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"The media can amplify Syrian women's voices, counteract myths, and stimulate dialogue and action." - Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA Executive Director

Media and Elections: A Guide for Electoral Practitioners
May 27, 2016

Media and Elections: A Guide for Electoral Practitioners

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[T]he electorate and political actors have the right to freely discuss political issues and public policies and to express opinions. Voters and candidates rely heavily on access to the media to both impart and receive information. This requires ...

Using radio to tackle stigma and pain
May 25, 2016

Using radio to tackle stigma and pain

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Author: BBC Media Action's Alice Mbelwa, May 25 2014 - Heavily pregnant, experiencing difficulties and far from any medical professionals, Adelina, a farmer from Kobunshwi in north-west Tanzania, wasn’t able to get the help she ...

Media and Conflict in Myanmar: Opportunities for Media to Advance Peace
May 25, 2016

Media and Conflict in Myanmar: Opportunities for Media to Advance Peace

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"To build trust and reduce fear between citizen and state, respondents tended to prioritize media interventions, such as a participatory radio or television talk show that features state and national officials interacting with citizens." This ...

Geojournalism.org
May 24, 2016

Geojournalism.org

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"We've gotten to the point where data and the tools for explaining it are in the hands of journalists and communicators around the world. But to transform the global issues of climate change, deforestation, and air pollution into local, ...

"Be 100 Ragl" (Worth 100 Men) - An Arabic Radio Fiction Series on Women's Rights and Their Role in Society
May 23, 2016

"Be 100 Ragl" (Worth 100 Men) - An Arabic Radio Fiction Series on Women's ...

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"While the presence of the stars (Mona Zaki and Nancy Ajram), the fiction format and the captivating plot played a key role in attracting and entertaining the audience, conversations on social media, radio talk shows, public events and the ...

Family as Mediation - A Caribbean Perspective
May 20, 2016

Family as Mediation - A Caribbean Perspective

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"Through daily interactions, routines and most importantly relationships, family enacts and reproduces its values, which include ideas and practices around media engagement and use. It is through relationships that approaches of mediation are ...

Infomediaries and Accountability
May 20, 2016

Infomediaries and Accountability

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"With growing consensus that transparency does not always or automatically lead directly to accountability - and research pointing to a role for infomediaries in generating accountability from transparent information - there is an emerging ...

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 ...

Gambo, the radio show superfan
May 19, 2016

Gambo, the radio show superfan

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Author: Haruna Kakangi, May 19 2016 - On a Thursday morning in the ancient town of Bauchi in north-east Nigeria, I’m sitting with a group of 10 men and seven women by the side of a road in a quiet neighbourhood. The sun is bright and hot, but ...

A brush with Somalia's people smugglers
May 19, 2016

A brush with Somalia's people smugglers

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Author: Mohammed A. Gaas, May 18 2016 - I came home from work to find my wife, visibly worried, standing at the gate. She had news about my teenage nephew. "Abdirisaq hasn't come home yet. Something must have happened to him. He’s never been out ...

Media and Communication in Governance: It's Time for a Rethink
May 19, 2016

Media and Communication in Governance: It's Time for a Rethink

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This book chapter provides: a framework for thinking through the different development outcomes media support might achieve; arguments for why successful governance strategies are likely to involve a stronger media support focus in future; the ...

Improving Access to Justice through Information and Communication Technologies
May 17, 2016

Improving Access to Justice through Information and Communication Technologies

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This rapid literature review collates information about the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) - radio, television, phones, computers, and the internet - in access to justice initiatives. Seeking to support disadvantaged ...

Impact of Communication Campaigns to Deter Irregular Migration
May 16, 2016

Impact of Communication Campaigns to Deter Irregular Migration

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"Understanding the decisions to leave is a key part of the success of communication campaigns to deter irregular migration. However there is very little evidence on the impact and effectiveness of these campaigns and anecdotal evidence suggests ...

The Politics of Media Development: The Importance of Engaging Government and Civil Society
May 16, 2016

The Politics of Media Development: The Importance of Engaging Government and ...

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"Without the enabling political conditions for the media to operate freely, media development efforts can achieve only limited success." This report provides guidance on how to engage the public sector - governmental and political systems - in ...

ICT-Enabled Info-Kiosks for Knowledge-Based Community Empowerment of NREGA Workers
May 11, 2016

ICT-Enabled Info-Kiosks for Knowledge-Based Community Empowerment of NREGA ...

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"...simplified information access for people at the grassroots..." In 2010, OneWorld Foundation India launched an information and communication technology (ICT) initiative to help empower workers about an Indian labour law and social security ...

Engaging the Missing Link: Evidence from FALAH for Involving Men in Family Planning in Pakistan
May 10, 2016

Engaging the Missing Link: Evidence from FALAH for Involving Men in Family ...

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"When they are directly and effectively engaged, Pakistani men are ready to participate and share responsibility in family planning." Results from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Family Advancement for Life ...

Strategic Communication Framework for Hormonal Contraceptive Methods and Potential HIV-Related Risks
May 9, 2016

Strategic Communication Framework for Hormonal Contraceptive Methods and ...

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Given the World Health Organization (WHO)'s recommendation that women should receive correct and full information to enable an informed choice regarding their method of contraception, the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) ...

Developing the talent of Somali journalists
May 5, 2016

Developing the talent of Somali journalists

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Author: BBC Media Action's Abdillahi Jama, May 5 2016 - As a Somali journalist, I’ve seen a lot. As the 1991 civil war erupted in Mogadishu, bombs and bullets interrupted my journalism studies. Finding it impossible to finish - despite being in ...

A life-changing TV show
May 5, 2016

A life-changing TV show

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Author: BBC Media Action's Bidhya Chapagain, May 5 2016 - I had first met Ujeli on a chilly morning outside a temporary shelter on top of a hill in Selang, Sindhupalchowk, just northeast of Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. The encampment of rickety ...

Immunization Highlights 2015: Report of the WHO Regional Office for Europe
May 4, 2016

Immunization Highlights 2015: Report of the WHO Regional Office for Europe

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This report describes the activities of the Vaccine-preventable Diseases and Immunization (VPI) programme of the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe in pursuing the goals and objectives of the European Vaccine Action Plan ...

Close the Immunization Gap
May 3, 2016

Close the Immunization Gap

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"No child should be denied the right to immunization for unfair reasons, including economic or social causes. All barriers must be overcome." - Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General Launched during World Immunization Week 2015, this multiyear ...

EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices]
May 3, 2016

EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices]

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EK duniya anEK awaaz (EDAA) [One World, Many Voices] is a web-based, free and open audio content and resource exchange platform for community radio (CR) broadcasters in India. It enables CR stations and other content producers to share their ...

Radio Saathi App
May 2, 2016

Radio Saathi App

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"We understood from the very onset that the role of the CR community in the creation of such a learning tool was pivotal..." The Radio Saathi app is an Android mobile application for multimedia-based training for individuals in India who are ...

Mobile Vaani
April 29, 2016

Mobile Vaani

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Mobile Vaani (MV) is a mobile-based voice media platform for underserved areas in India whereby users generate content in their own local dialect through Interactive Voice Response (IVR). Created by Gram Vaani, the intelligent IVR system allows ...

April 29, 2016

Why New Zealand is a terrible example to follow

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"New Zealand was also highlighted as a model system by some experts, who said that given its size and geographic position, it might be a more suitable model for smaller nations."Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International ...

Life Saving Community Media
April 28, 2016

Life Saving Community Media

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This blog has been posted onto The Communication Initiative platform: A life-saving radio station in the clouds. It outlines the role of community radio related to disasters. Mandakini Ki Awaaz (‘Voice of the Mandakini’) was developed following ...

Website for Parents: Vaccines for Your Children
April 27, 2016

Website for Parents: Vaccines for Your Children

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Launched during National Infant Immunization Week (April 16-23 2016) by the United States (US)-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this website offers a variety of resources for parents seeking to learn more about childhood ...

How to Report Scientific Findings
April 27, 2016

How to Report Scientific Findings

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This online resource from SciDev.Net is written as a communication guide for journalists reporting scientific research. It explains how and why to interrogate research findings that might appear in press releases. Stories lacking depth and ...

Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child
April 26, 2016

Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child

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The Complete Background to Lao PDR’s Polio Outbreak and Response‬

Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on Research and Evaluation for an Emerging Field
April 26, 2016

Communication for Development in Peacebuilding: Directions on Research and ...

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"More effective instruments are needed that perform the difficult task of re-connecting broken communities, informing citizens and involving them in processes of reconstruction, and enabling all groups in civil society to have a voice in the ...

Reducing Violence by Transforming Neighborhoods: A Natural Experiment in Medellin, Colombia
April 21, 2016

Reducing Violence by Transforming Neighborhoods: A Natural Experiment in ...

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"Neighborhood-level interventions provide an opportunity to better understand the impact that neighborhoods have on health." This research was done in Medellín, Colombia, to access the effects of transit-oriented development and municipal ...

Media in Latin America: A Path Forward
April 20, 2016

Media in Latin America: A Path Forward

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"...a coalition of a dozen leading media watchdog organizations and NGOs [non-governmental organisations] that participated...issued a declaration calling on Latin America's governments to take concrete steps to guarantee freedom of expression ...

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health
April 20, 2016

Exploring the Role of Communication in Community Health

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"To understand more about the role media and communication can play in Sierra Leone, and the ways it can support efforts to rebuild the health system, BBC Media Action carried out a programme of research in Sierra Leone in late 2015." From BBC ...

My "TAFIGAWALO" Experience!
April 16, 2016

My "TAFIGAWALO" Experience!

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Author: George O. Ndukwu, April 20 2016 - I had a wonderful experience supervising the scripting and production of "TAFIGAWALO" (Working towards change) for the Population Media Center[PMC]/ Nigeria. A 78 Episode Pidgin English Serial Radio ...

Meaty issues on the radio
April 14, 2016

Meaty issues on the radio

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Author: Ehizogie Ohiani, April 8 2016 - A meal without meat is as good as no meal for most people in Benue State, North Central Nigeria. Considering its importance, one would expect that hygiene surrounding the preparation and sale of meat would ...

Tackling cholera through radio in Kenya
April 14, 2016

Tackling cholera through radio in Kenya

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Author: David Njuguna, April 6 2016 - Last year Kenya was facing a devastating cholera outbreak. It started in the capital, Nairobi and by June 2015, a total of 4,937 cases and 97 deaths had been reported nationally. According to public health ...

Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Examining Global Best Practices in Communication for Inactivated Polio Vaccination Introduction in Rwanda
April 14, 2016

Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Examining Global Best Practices in ...

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"This article provides insights into the critical role that communication efforts have played and will continue to play in polio eradication worldwide."

Tea Cup Diaries: How a Radio Drama is Changing Attitudes in Myanmar
April 14, 2016

Tea Cup Diaries: How a Radio Drama is Changing Attitudes in Myanmar

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"BBC Media Action’s Tea Cup Diaries promotes understanding, openness and respect for people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds in Myanmar.Listeners reported improved knowledge of other ethnic and religious groups, and had a better ...

Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media Development
April 13, 2016

Rethinking Public Service Broadcasting's Place in International Media ...

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"Media developers and donors are taking a second look at public service broadcasting. Could it be that PSB, even with all its challenges and pitfalls, might offer a new path for opening up the media environment?" This paper from the Center for ...

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?
April 13, 2016

How Did Local Radio Stations Support Their Communities During the Ebola Crisis?

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"During the 2014/5 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone BBC Media Action supported staff at 42 local or community-based radio stations to improve communication about the disease. Case studies indicate these stations were able to provide actionable ...

Step It Up for Gender Equality Media Compact
April 11, 2016

Step It Up for Gender Equality Media Compact

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Launched in March 2016 by UN Women during a side event of the 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, this alliance of international, regional, and national media outlets is working as gender champions to galvanise attention and ...

Evaluation of the Behaviour Change Communication and Community Mobilization Activities in Myanmar Artemisinin Resistance Containment Zones
April 7, 2016

Evaluation of the Behaviour Change Communication and Community Mobilization ...

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This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of the behaviour change communication and community mobilisation activities carried out under the rubric of the fifth objective of the Myanmar Artemisinin Resistance Containment (MARC) programme ...

One year on from the Nigerian elections: "no violence, just vote"
April 6, 2016

One year on from the Nigerian elections: "no violence, just vote"

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Author: Osebi Adams, April 6 2016 - This time last year, I wasn’t sure what the future held for me as a young Nigerian. Not because I was worried about a job or a family since I was already working as a researcher for BBC Media Action and ...

Strategies for Improving Polio Surveillance Performance in the Security-Challenged Nigerian States of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe During 2009-2014
April 5, 2016

Strategies for Improving Polio Surveillance Performance in the ...

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To identify areas of polio transmission in Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe (3 of the states in the northeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria), polio surveillance must be very sensitive, according to this report. These states, which also have international ...

No Hoodie No Honey Social Media Campaign
April 5, 2016

No Hoodie No Honey Social Media Campaign

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Launched in December 2013, the No Hoodie No Honey (No Condom, No Sex) social media campaign is designed to reach young people in Nigeria, especially girls aged 15-24, with information on sexual and reproductive health (SRH), including safer sex. ...

Zika: Radio Information Spots
April 1, 2016

Zika: Radio Information Spots

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"The power of radio, its proximity to the population and its ease of access, provide a unique opportunity to reach the largest number of people in the shortest possible time to effectively disseminate prevention messages during sanitary crises ...

Polio in Ukraine: Crisis, Challenge, and Opportunity
March 31, 2016

Polio in Ukraine: Crisis, Challenge, and Opportunity

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"How did a modern country with aspirations toward European identity fail so dramatically on something as basic as childhood vaccines? The decline of Ukraine's immunization system is fueled primarily by corruption, coupled with ineffective public ...

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects
March 31, 2016

Media Development: An Evaluation of Five Capacity-Strengthening Projects

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"Those involved in media development owe it to the populations they seek to benefit to scrutinise and evaluate their own efforts carefully, ensuring that they continually challenge themselves to improve the work they do." This BBC Media Action ...

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