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A life-saving radio station in the clouds
January 27, 2016

A life-saving radio station in the clouds

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Author: Rishika Das Roy, January 27 2016 - How a life-saving radio station in the Himalayas is helping prepare its listeners for potential flooding, earthquakes and landslides: Tucked away in the Himalayas, close to some of India’s highest ...

Shifting Social Norms to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls: DFID Guidance Notes
January 25, 2016

Shifting Social Norms to Tackle Violence Against Women and Girls: DFID ...

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"Although the development community has long recognised the importance of attitudes, norms, and beliefs that justify violence and gender inequality in perpetuating violence against women and girls (VAWG), there has often been a lack of clarity ...

Tiphunzire! (Let's Learn!)
January 20, 2016

Tiphunzire! (Let's Learn!)

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Launched in 2014, the Tiphunzire! (Let's Learn!) project is working to create empowering learning contexts for marginalised girls in rural central and southern Malawi in order to keep girls in school. The project is training young female teachers ...

Radio show 'hatches' a plan
January 20, 2016

Radio show 'hatches' a plan

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Author: BBC Media Action blogger Elizabeth Mbwana, January 20 2015 - Listening to radio programme Nyakati Zinabadilika (Times are Changing) inspired three young unemployed men to approach the district veterinary officer, helping them to start a ...

Reporting Development: A Guide for African Journalists
January 11, 2016

Reporting Development: A Guide for African Journalists

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Produced by the European Journalism Centre, this guide was produced to act as a key and timely resource for reporting on development issues across Africa.

Polio in State House
January 6, 2016

Polio in State House

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Author: BBC Media Action's Hodan Ibrahim, January 7 2016 - I didn’t know that a simple radio programme could help change lives, until I began working as a researcher for BBC Media Action [Somalia].

The Journalists Initiatives on Immunisation Against Polio and Improved Acceptance of the Polio Vaccine in Northern Nigeria 2007-2015
January 4, 2016

The Journalists Initiatives on Immunisation Against Polio and Improved ...

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"...the JAP not only covered and monitored immunization activities in the media, but also sensitized and educated the grassroots communities, especially parents and guardians in noncompliant communities, about immunization activities."

Climate Governance in Africa: A Handbook for Journalists
December 21, 2015

Climate Governance in Africa: A Handbook for Journalists

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Published by Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, this handbook offers insights and knowledge about climate governance issues affecting the African continent. It was produced to provide a quick reference for journalists on what are often complex ...

Supplementary Immunization Activities for Measles and Rubella Vaccine in Vanuatu
December 17, 2015

Supplementary Immunization Activities for Measles and Rubella Vaccine in Vanuatu

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In early 2015, the Ministry of Health (MoH) Vanuatu in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) conducted Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIA) for measles and rubella (MR) ...

Tanzania's all-female production crew
December 11, 2015

Tanzania's all-female production crew

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Author: BBC Media Action's Jo Casserly, December 11 2015 - "There's one thing I felt today and it was sisterhood and I've never felt that before during a production."

2015 Human Rights Day: Our Rights, Our Freedoms Always…
December 9, 2015

2015 Human Rights Day: Our Rights, Our Freedoms Always…

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Author: PSAf Executive Director Lilian Kiefer, December 9 2015 - Human Rights Day, which is observed internationally every year on 10 December, reminds us of our responsibility to promote and protect human rights for all. In the same way every ...

How Radio and Distance Learning Built Skills and Knowledge for Cocoa Farmers
December 7, 2015

How Radio and Distance Learning Built Skills and Knowledge for Cocoa Farmers

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"BBC Media Action's 'Pathways to Learning' project in the Eastern region of Sierra Leone aimed to improve farmers’ skills and knowledge about cocoa farming. Evaluation work in 2015 shows how farmers and local experts feel the project has helped ...

100 women interview their president
December 7, 2015

100 women interview their president

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Author: BBC Media Action blogger Bidhya Chapagain, December 7 2015 - I met Bidhya Devi Bhandari - Nepal's first female president - a while back while presenting an episode of Sajha Sawal (Common Questions), a weekly TV debate show giving ...

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in Governance, Particularly in the Context of Ebola
December 4, 2015

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in ...

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"BBC Media Action's radio programmes Fo Rod and Tok Bot Salone aim to improve people’s understanding of governance issues while also creating platforms to hold leaders to account. Interviews with experts on governance and media in Sierra Leone, ...

HIV and AIDS: A global health success story?
December 3, 2015

HIV and AIDS: A global health success story?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sophia Wilkinson, December 3 2015 - December 1st is World AIDS Day (WAD), a time when people across the globe wear their red ribbons to raise awareness about HIV and for people to show their solidarity with and support ...

Love9: Cambodia's youth show returns
November 24, 2015

Love9: Cambodia's youth show returns

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Author: Rithy Lomorpich (Yuki), November 24 2015 - Red carpet, flashing cameras and glamorously dressed people - no, it's not the Oscars, but the launch of the second series of Love9, a hugely popular TV show addressing sexual and reproductive ...

MTV Shuga - A Multi-platform Communication Initiative Achieving HIV Behaviour Change for Adolescents in Africa
November 23, 2015

MTV Shuga - A Multi-platform Communication Initiative Achieving HIV ...

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"MTV Shuga is a ground-breaking TV show that portrays the lives and loves of a group of young people.

The Saturation+ Handbook: How to Design and Run Mass Media Campaigns
November 16, 2015

The Saturation+ Handbook: How to Design and Run Mass Media Campaigns

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"Intensity is key to any commercial advertising strategy, and yet it has been an underrated element of public health campaigning. Evidence suggests that achieving high exposure to messages is correlated with impact on behaviors..."

Myanmar elections: using media to inform and empower
November 13, 2015

Myanmar elections: using media to inform and empower

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Authors: BBC Media Action's Phyo Wai Lin and Su Myat Mon, November 13 2015 -  "In our state, the children in grade two [age 7] cannot even read Burmese. Why is that?" On Saturday 12 September, an 18-year-old woman from Kachin in northern ...

Love in the time of Ebola
November 12, 2015

Love in the time of Ebola

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Author: Yvonne MacPherson, November 12 2015 - It's not a stretch of the imagination to consider the potential risk posed by global health threats to us all. We've just seen how Ebola impacted the region of West Africa and scared people much ...

Nganyi Community Resource Centre
November 5, 2015

Nganyi Community Resource Centre

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"The Nganyi clan is known for being gifted in predicting rain. But they have faced challenges recently in delivering accurate forecasts, perhaps due to rapid climatic changes. As a result they have been losing people's trust....At the same time, ...

Media Briefs on Ending Child Marriage in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Zambia
November 5, 2015

Media Briefs on Ending Child Marriage in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and ...

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Published by Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), this series of Media Briefs for Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Zambia was produced to provide the media with information about child marriage. As stated in the guides, "Child marriage is a ...

Surveys don't have to be expensive to be effective
November 5, 2015

Surveys don't have to be expensive to be effective

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Author: Ross James, November 12 2015 - Media research can cost thousands of dollars and many hours, or very little. It all depends on the question being asked and the data needed to answer that question.

The Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior Change Communications Implementation Kit
November 4, 2015

The Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Social and Behavior ...

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The Urban Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Social and Behavior Change Communications (SBCC) Implementation Kit provides a selection of Essential Elements and tools to guide the creation, or strengthening, of SRH social and SBCC ...

The potential of reforming state broadcasters in divided societies: advancing an unfashionable argument
November 3, 2015

The potential of reforming state broadcasters in divided societies: ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, November 3 2015 - Most commentaries on 21st-century media focus on the impact of new technologies, social media and, above all, the increasing global ubiquity of mobile ...

The Climate Change Adaptation and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) - CHAI - Project
November 3, 2015

The Climate Change Adaptation and Information and Communications Technology ...

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"In time, this network of information - made possible by digital technology - may provide many more people with the information needed to manage risk and to make informed decisions that have the potential to improve earnings, while protecting ...

Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio - Final Report
October 29, 2015

Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment ...

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 "The qualitative data from listening clubs showed that youth believe good communication with their parents has a big influence on their behaviours and can help them to make healthier and more informed decisions."

The Impact of Climate Information Services in Senegal
October 26, 2015

The Impact of Climate Information Services in Senegal

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"Climate information in Senegal is now considered an agricultural input just like seeds, fertilizers and equipment, which are at the basis of production."

Inspiring a new generation of voters in Tanzania
October 26, 2015

Inspiring a new generation of voters in Tanzania

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Author: Gaure Mdee, October 26 2015 - With only three days to go before my country goes to the polls, the atmosphere in our office in Dar es Salaam is one of expectation, excitement and anxiety all wrapped into one. For the past year, our team ...

Environmental Reporting and Media Development: Equipping Journalists with the Training and Tools to Cover a Critical Beat
October 23, 2015

Environmental Reporting and Media Development: Equipping Journalists with ...

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"In the coming decades, climate change is poised to disrupt the global economy....Low-income countries stand to lose the most, yet environmental reporting around the world often fails to inform the public on a level that transcends the politics ...

Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio
October 22, 2015

Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment ...

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Programme Summary: Shuga: Engaging Tanzanian Young People in HIV Prevention through Edutainment Radio - Tanzania - the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Tanzania in collaboration with the Tanzania Commission for AIDS (TACAIDS), the United ...

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings
October 19, 2015

Humanitarian Broadcasting in Emergencies - A Synthesis of Evaluation Findings

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"This report... focuses mainly on mass communication programming - broadcasting that can reach millions of people when disaster strikes - informing them about what has happened, what to do, how to find missing loved ones and how to protect ...

Public Service Media in Divided Societies: Relic or Renaissance?
October 16, 2015

Public Service Media in Divided Societies: Relic or Renaissance?

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"This briefing focuses on the media of countries that are divided, undergoing crisis or conflict, or where governance is weak. It argues that the role of public service media in such societies - sometimes called fragile states - is increasingly ...

Koch FM: The radio station in a slum
October 16, 2015

Koch FM: The radio station in a slum

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Author: Diana Njeru, October 16 2015 - On Global Handwashing Day, Diana Njeru looks at how a radio station constructed from a shipping container is helping people improve their health in one of Kenya's largest slums. On the banks of a slimy grey ...

"I want to go to university to become a doctor"
October 13, 2015

"I want to go to university to become a doctor"

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Author: Apune Jacob Alfred, October 13 2015 - The theme for this year's International Day of the Girl Child is the power of the adolescent girl and the vision for this generation of girls in 2030. As the day approaches, Apune Jacob Alfred ...

When Do Gain-Framed Health Messages Work Better than Fear Appeals?
October 13, 2015

When Do Gain-Framed Health Messages Work Better than Fear Appeals?

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"Message framing is one of the most researched, yet least conclusively understood, phenomena in health communication. Positive or gain-framed messages are sometimes effective, but negative or loss-based messages (such as fear appeals) are often ...

Comunicación para el Desarrollo: Una Guía Práctica
October 9, 2015

Comunicación para el Desarrollo: Una Guía Práctica

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This manual, produced in Spanish, "Comunicación para el Desarrollo: Una Guía Práctica (Communication for Development - A Practical Guide)" reaffirms the importance of communication to support development processes and social change in Latin ...

World Sight Day: using radio to reach out
October 9, 2015

World Sight Day: using radio to reach out

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Author: Aveseh Asough, October 9 2015 - We were already a few hours into our production training workshop in Benin City in south Nigeria, when a shy, young man arrived in my training room, apologising "Madam, I am so sorry I am late." I soon ...

Learning from Community Communication: For better Mission Indradhanush
October 9, 2015

Learning from Community Communication: For better Mission Indradhanush

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Author: Suchi Gaur, October 9 2015 - I had the opportunity to attend the launch of the Immunization initiative titled "Mission Indradhanush" of the Government of India. With the objective that every child gets immunized for seven (7) vaccine ...

Youth Chhlat, Cambodia
October 7, 2015

Youth Chhlat, Cambodia

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"Youth Chhlat is a cross-media life skills programme that enables and encourages young people to engage with gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues. It combines a computer-based eLearning system with a mobile phone ...

Your StoryTeller
October 6, 2015

Your StoryTeller

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Your StoryTeller is an initiative to create a story collection designed to extend the reach of community radio (CR) stations through interactive "Animated Audio-Visual Storytelling" on tuberculosis (TB) awareness and treatment. It is a project of ...

Evaluation of the SOPO School Handwashing Promotion Programme: Nyanza and Rift Valley Provinces, Kenya
October 5, 2015

Evaluation of the SOPO School Handwashing Promotion Programme: Nyanza and ...

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"Soap was available to children in a minority of schools, limiting the students' ability to wash their hands, regardless of their knowledge and desire to do so. At home, nearly half the school children reported that soap was unavailable to them ...

Our Media, Our Principles: Building Codes of Practice for Community Radio in India
October 5, 2015

Our Media, Our Principles: Building Codes of Practice for Community Radio in ...

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"As India witnesses an endeavour to erect a nationwide network of thousands of autonomous, locally orientated community radio stations, it becomes necessary to build a set of codes of practice for this third tier of broadcasting so that it does ...

Glocal Times No 22/23
October 2, 2015

Glocal Times No 22/23

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Glocal Times (GT), the web magazine published by Malmö University's Master's program in Communication for Development in Sweden, is celebrating ten years of publication. This anniversary double issue gathers the thinking of academics, ...

The post-2015 Global Goals: moving from "what" to "how" will rest on more informed societies
September 28, 2015

The post-2015 Global Goals: moving from "what" to "how" will rest on more ...

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Author: James Deane, September 28 2015 - Ahead of this week's UN [United Nations] summit in New York [United States], BBC Media Action’s Director of Policy and Learning argues for a stronger focus on the provision of information as well as ...

The fictional village of Lulu, promoting peace in South Sudan
September 28, 2015

The fictional village of Lulu, promoting peace in South Sudan

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Author: Winnie Jaguru, September 28 2015  - For International Day of Peace (21 September), our [BBC Media Action's] script writer in South Sudan blogs about her experience in Juba when the civil war first started and how a radio drama she’s ...

After the Arab Uprisings - The Prospects for a Media that Serves the Public
September 28, 2015

After the Arab Uprisings - The Prospects for a Media that Serves the Public

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"This paper looks at broadcast media in the Arab world four years after the Arab uprising. It looks at how media can help bridge divides in society and create mutual understanding." Alexandra Buccianti

Making the Media Work for You: A Guide for Civil Society Organisations
September 25, 2015

Making the Media Work for You: A Guide for Civil Society Organisations

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Intended for civil society organisation (CSO) communicators, this European Journalism Centre (EJC) resource provides practical, cost-effective strategies for organisations that seek to raise and maintain their visibility and impact both in the ...

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