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Social media tips from Doctor Who help launch new Palestinian youth drama
April 24, 2017

Social media tips from Doctor Who help launch new Palestinian youth drama

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Author: Social Media Manager, BBC, Jose Vila, originally posted on March 30 2017 - Jose Vila, social media manager for Doctor Who on advising BBC Media Action's new TV drama in the Palestinian Territories. Life's full of surprises. I was sitting ...

Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape
April 21, 2017

Gender in the Belarusian Media Landscape

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"Belittling stereotypes that hinder advancement, problems to combine work and family life, gender biased distribution of beats and a general feminization of the industry, (with declining wages and significant male drop out), are some of the ...

Strategic Communication for Zika Prevention: A Framework for Local Adaptation
April 21, 2017

Strategic Communication for Zika Prevention: A Framework for Local Adaptation

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"Effective behavioral communication is essential as it empowers families and communities to make informed decisions regarding Zika prevention measures to protect themselves and their families."

Media, Public Opinion and Women Empowerment
April 20, 2017

Media, Public Opinion and Women Empowerment

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Author: PSAf's Lilian Saka-Kiefer, originally on April 20 2017 - The media are a critical player in building public awareness on events in the society that directly or indirectly affect their audience. The media have a great impact in the ...

BBC Media Action Data Portal
April 19, 2017

BBC Media Action Data Portal

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This BBC Media Action Data Portal is designed as a resource centre for the organisation's reports and data from across Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the past five years. The portal features reports, visualisations, tools and data from BBC ...

Five questions our data portal can help answer
April 19, 2017

Five questions our data portal can help answer

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Author: BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead, originally posted on April 4 2017 - There's a lack of data on what ordinary people think, feel and want in developing countries. Our new Data Portal aims to help ...

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas
April 19, 2017

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas

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Author: BBC Media Action's Geraldine Sweetland, originally posted on March 8 2017 - To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 (whose theme is #beboldforchange) – we take a closer look at some of the inspirational female characters (past and ...

Health communication changes lives by reaching millions
April 18, 2017

Health communication changes lives by reaching millions

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Author: BBC Media Action's Acting Head of Health and Resilience Sophia Wilkinson, originally posted on April 10 2017 - To mark the launch of our [BBC Media Action's] Global Health Stories site, Sophia Wilkinson explains how health communication ...

Human stories inspire positive change
April 17, 2017

Human stories inspire positive change

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Katy Williams, on March 6 2017 - Katy Williams asked political debate show presenters in Nepal and Afghanistan about the real-life changes their programmes have helped achieve. Successes include getting more ...

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking
April 13, 2017

Essential Principles for Contemporary Media and Communications Policymaking

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"Our hope is that this report may serve as a vehicle to start a broader conversation about core policy principles. Policymakers, scholars, and concerned citizens may refer to it as they consider the underlying normative values that underpin a ...

Communication for Development: A Practical Guide
April 12, 2017

Communication for Development: A Practical Guide

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"Development is a communicative process. Communication tools are vital for the political dialogue and awareness-raising required to bring about social and institutional reforms. This...handbook...shows how these tools can be used effectively." - ...

Mapping of Media Literacy Practices and Actions in EU-28
April 12, 2017

Mapping of Media Literacy Practices and Actions in EU-28

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This resource provides a guide to what is happening in the European media literacy world. In it, the European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO), part of the Council of Europe (COE), maps the recent state of play of media literacy practices and ...

GLAAD Media Reference Guide - 10th Edition
April 11, 2017

GLAAD Media Reference Guide - 10th Edition

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GLAAD's Media Reference Guide is intended to be used by journalists reporting for mainstream media outlets and by creators in entertainment media who want to tell the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people fairly ...

Terrorism and the Media: A Handbook for Journalists
April 10, 2017

Terrorism and the Media: A Handbook for Journalists

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"Terrorists rely upon conventional journalistic codes of drama, violence and surprise, especially for television....Traditional media have not always taken the measure of their responsibility in this great propaganda game, and enter into the ...

Pathways to Change: Media, Communication and Health - BBC Media Action
April 6, 2017

Pathways to Change: Media, Communication and Health - BBC Media Action

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This short film explains the "theory of change" that lies behind BBC Media Action’s health programmes: how they expect media and communication to lead to healthier practices by influencing factors that "drive" behaviour - things like knowledge, ...

The Influencers - Bringing about Health Change in Bangladesh and Ethiopia - BBC Media Action
April 6, 2017

The Influencers - Bringing about Health Change in Bangladesh and Ethiopia - ...

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This film shows how BBC Media Action has helped women in two of the countries in which they work, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, to have safer pregnancies and healthier babies. They did this by inspiring pregnant women and those who influence them, ...

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy to Protect Children and Communities Against Preventable Diseases
April 3, 2017

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy to Protect Children and Communities Against ...

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This Evidence to Action brief from PolicyLab at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) summarises research findings around the causes and effects of vaccine hesitancy, a behaviour influenced by issues such as lack of trust in the medical ...

Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
March 28, 2017

Gender Socialization during Adolescence in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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"By drawing attention to the gender socialization process among adolescents, it is possible to re-direct intervention efforts, taking into consideration how young people imagine their transitions to adulthood - and how they achieve them. Rather ...

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's Work to Improve Maternal and Child Health
March 23, 2017

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's ...

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"By working with governmental and non-governmental partners, BBC Media Action's content was able to go beyond mass media to reach those without access, spark discussion and deepen the impact of work to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn ...

Impact Data - Ujan Ganger Naiya and Natoker Pore
March 23, 2017

Impact Data - Ujan Ganger Naiya and Natoker Pore

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Context:Every day in Bangladesh, more than 320 newborn babies die, and women have a 1 in 110 chance of dying during childbirth. Lack of knowledge, social and cultural barriers, and inequitable access to services, particularly in lower ...

Managing Knowledge During Partnerships: A Case of Intermediaries in Agricultural Innovation System
March 23, 2017

Managing Knowledge During Partnerships: A Case of Intermediaries in ...

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"The advent of the Internet and its emerging collaborative web-based tools has assumed a crucial role in both inter- and intra-organizational knowledge management systems."

Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America
March 22, 2017

Media Movements: Civil Society and Media Policy Reform in Latin America

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"Why is participation in policy-making normatively desirable? How do citizens make policy-making better? What difference does it make if citizens take part in public debate, parliamentary discussions and procedures, and policy implementation and ...

Guide to Reporting Civic Space: Media Toolkit
March 22, 2017

Guide to Reporting Civic Space: Media Toolkit

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This toolkit is designed to inform the media about the importance of civic space, and how the media can play a more effective role in protecting it. It defines what civic space is, the threats and challenges it faces, and the work being done ...

Media Use in the Middle East 2016: A Six-Nation Survey
March 14, 2017

Media Use in the Middle East 2016: A Six-Nation Survey

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"Any understanding of the role communication media play among individuals, institutions, nation-states, and society itself requires grounding in how people use media to communicate with others and seek news, opinions, entertainment, and even ...

"Governance and Accountability: What Role for Media?" - Panel Discussion
March 10, 2017

"Governance and Accountability: What Role for Media?" - Panel Discussion

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"Politics is made of people. We need to be able to question our leaders so that we can hold them to account. How can media play a role in helping people improve governance and accountability?" This event, held at London, United Kingdom (UK)'s ...

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings from massive BBC programme
March 10, 2017

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings ...

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Author: Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam GB on March 1 2017 - A recurring pattern: I get invited to join a conversation with a bunch of specialists on a particular issue (eg market systems). Cue panic and some quick skim-reading of ...

Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs?
March 9, 2017

Are Men Well Served by Family Planning Programs?

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"Although the range of contraceptives includes methods for men, namely condoms, vasectomy and withdrawal that men use directly, and the Standard Days Method (SDM) that requires their participation, family planning programming has primarily ...

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer
March 7, 2017

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer

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Author: Ian Masters, originally posted March 6 2017 - Part 1 Development has seen a number of “silver bullets” since the middle of the last century and it’s tempting to place Big Data as the latest and greatest solution to the development ...

Communication Strategies to Promote the Uptake of Childhood Vaccination in Nigeria: A Systematic Map
March 6, 2017

Communication Strategies to Promote the Uptake of Childhood Vaccination in ...

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"Effective communication is a critical component in ensuring that children are fully vaccinated. Although numerous communication interventions have been proposed and implemented in various parts of Nigeria, the range of communication strategies ...

The Best Defense: Threats to Journalists' Safety Demand Fresh Approach
February 27, 2017

The Best Defense: Threats to Journalists' Safety Demand Fresh Approach

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"Much work remains to be done to improve the security of journalists in the face of unprecedented threats, including the spread of violent non-state actors, the shrinking rule of law, resurgent authoritarianism, and an industry shift toward ...

Engaging Men in Public Policies for the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls
February 24, 2017

Engaging Men in Public Policies for the Prevention of Violence Against Women ...

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This report aims to provide evidence about what works when it comes to the strategy of engaging men and boys to prevent and eventually eradicate violence against women and girls (VAWG) in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region. The ...

Hilkor ("Ripples in the Water") and Mai Sari Sunakhari ("Orchid, Like Me") Radio Dramas
February 24, 2017

Hilkor ("Ripples in the Water") and Mai Sari Sunakhari ("Orchid, Like Me") ...

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"Now 22 years old with a 3.5-year-old daughter, Lalita lives with her parents and listens avidly to a radio drama, Hilkor ('Ripples in the Water'). In it, she hears her story and she hopes that other girls will know the truth and be able to avoid ...

A Manual for Investigative Journalism: How to Become a Mouthpiece for the People
February 23, 2017

A Manual for Investigative Journalism: How to Become a Mouthpiece for the People

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Editors: Gwen Ansell (2010), Syed Nazakat (2016) Publisher: Global Media Programme This manual, also referred to as the Investigative Journalism Manual (IJM), is designed to equip journalists with core investigative reporting skills and to ...

Inspiring Political Participation
February 22, 2017

Inspiring Political Participation

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"[A]ll these programmes sought to increase participation and accountability; reaching people that other media tend to ignore, getting them talking about politics and supporting them to influence decisions on the issues that affect their ...

2016 Nigeria Polio Eradication Emergency Plan
February 22, 2017

2016 Nigeria Polio Eradication Emergency Plan

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"The entire communication network coupled with other demand creation initiatives such as the scaling up of health camps and attractive pluses have shown results in reducing missed children, including non-compliance. Additional social data showed ...

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides
February 22, 2017

Entertainment-Education and Child Marriage: A Scoping Study for Girls Not Brides

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"Knowing that tackling child marriage requires transforming the attitudes and behaviours that perpetuate the practice among families and communities, Entertainment-Entertainment strategies could be a powerful way to engage individuals and ...

A Handbook on Reporting Terrorism
February 22, 2017

A Handbook on Reporting Terrorism

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This guidebook is a tool for Kenyan media professionals who are reporting on issues of terrorism, and who seek to counter violent extremism. As explained in the report, “Kenya has suffered its fair share of terror related attacks including the ...

Doing Debate Differently: Media and Accountability
February 21, 2017

Doing Debate Differently: Media and Accountability

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"Media’s role in shaping public dialogue can help to bridge the gap between information provision and political action, developing more inclusive and effective patterns of interaction between state and society. Supporting people from across ...

Global Shining Light Award
February 21, 2017

Global Shining Light Award

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"More and more journalists are being killed, and media outlets attacked, because they are carrying out important efforts in investigative journalism - exposing uncomfortable truths, shining light on systematic corruption, and providing ...

Power Is Everywhere: How Stakeholder-Driven Media Build the Future of Watchdog News
February 21, 2017

Power Is Everywhere: How Stakeholder-Driven Media Build the Future of ...

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"...it is quite clear that stakeholder watchdogs are creating a new social practice base, a set of shared skills and attitudes, for investigative reporting in future decades."

Road Safety Mass Media Campaigns: A Toolkit, Plus a Video Library
February 20, 2017

Road Safety Mass Media Campaigns: A Toolkit, Plus a Video Library

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"Road user behaviour can be improved by road safety campaigns, which in combination with behavioural measures (e.g., law enforcement, education or training), can become a powerful way to persuade the public to behave more safely in traffic."

Going Vertical: Citizen-Led Reform Campaigns in the Philippines
February 16, 2017

Going Vertical: Citizen-Led Reform Campaigns in the Philippines

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"These theoretical propositions on what kind of strategy works best for strengthening accountability and instituting reforms are built on a review of evidence. As such, they are ripe for testing, deepening and enriching through application to ...

Framework for Developing a Communication Strategy for the Introduction of Oral Cholera Vaccine
February 15, 2017

Framework for Developing a Communication Strategy for the Introduction of ...

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"Communication for Development (C4D) plays a central role in the successful introduction of oral cholera vaccine as an additional tool in cholera prevention and control, both in endemic and epidemic settings." This oral cholera vaccine (OCV) ...

Reporting on Road Safety: A Guide for Journalists
February 13, 2017

Reporting on Road Safety: A Guide for Journalists

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"This guide is the result of four years of investment working with media on road safety in ten countries. "

Peace through Arts
February 13, 2017

Peace through Arts

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This project aimed at creating a forum for Pakistani youth where they could interact with one another, discuss various issues pertaining to their everyday lives, and express their desire for peace and prosperity through different art forms. ...

Every Shot Counts
February 10, 2017

Every Shot Counts

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Beginning in 2016, Africa United (AU), a campaign led by a coalition of African leaders and footballers, joined immunisation partners to celebrate African Vaccination Week (AVW) through the "Every Shot Counts" initiative. (See Related Summaries, ...

Parents' and Informal Caregivers' Views and Experiences of Communication about Routine Childhood Vaccination: A Synthesis of Qualitative Evidence
February 9, 2017

Parents' and Informal Caregivers' Views and Experiences of Communication ...

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"People involved in vaccine programmes need to understand how parents experience different types of communication about vaccination and how this influences their decision to vaccinate their child." The aim of this Cochrane review was to explore ...

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible
February 9, 2017

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations ...

What does the new World Development Report say?
February 7, 2017

What does the new World Development Report say?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Will Taylor, posted February 2 2017 - Senior Governance Adviser Will Taylor reviews the World Development Report 2017. There’s a lot to like in the World Development Report 2017: Governance and Law, published earlier ...

IDEAS (Innovating, Designing, Evaluating and Applying to Small-Scale Projects) Guide and Facilitators' Guide
February 2, 2017

IDEAS (Innovating, Designing, Evaluating and Applying to Small-Scale ...

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"...a resource to develop your evaluation plans before you begin a new project, so that during the journey you have a strategy and tools to help you watch and listen to the changing situation around you....Incorporating evaluation and learning ...

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