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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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

An Attack on One Is an Attack on All: Successful Initiatives to Protect Journalists and Combat Impunity
August 4, 2017

An Attack on One Is an Attack on All: Successful Initiatives to Protect ...

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"Advocacy is needed for greater protection mechanisms, but also for something more basic: the value that independent media brings to society at large. Increased understanding of this role is needed."

Supporting Civil Society under Pressure - Lessons from Natural Resource Exploitation
August 2, 2017

Supporting Civil Society under Pressure - Lessons from Natural Resource ...

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"The concept of «shrinking space» has been put forward to capture more fully the wide range of pressures and restrictions experienced by civil society. These pressures include physical harassment, as well as initiation of criminal investigations, ...

Why We Use Media for Development: BBC Media Action Microsite for Development and Media Practitioners
August 1, 2017

Why We Use Media for Development: BBC Media Action Microsite for Development ...

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This BBC Media Action micro website "...outlines our approach to media for development projects and uses examples of our work around the world to show how media is vital in enabling people hold power to account, improving public health and ...

History of Struggle: The Global Story of Community Broadcasting Practices, or a Brief History of Community Radio
July 28, 2017

History of Struggle: The Global Story of Community Broadcasting Practices, ...

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"[T]he spread of community radio as an institution is rooted in a history of struggle and media activism engaged among disparate movements and actors who often captured the airwaves in defiance of state-run and for-profit broadcasters."

Local Radio in Afghanistan: A Sustainability Assessment
July 26, 2017

Local Radio in Afghanistan: A Sustainability Assessment

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"[T]he historical resilience of radio and its future prospects within Afghanistan’s fluid media landscape, and in particular the viability of local radio stations’ efforts to guarantee a minimum level of access to information for even the most ...

Rádio Yandê
July 25, 2017

Rádio Yandê

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Rádio Yandê is a community radio station that uses digital media to bring Brazil's indigenous cultures and languages to the forefront. The station, which began streaming online in November 2013, is a web-based broadcast created by indigenous ...

INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children
July 25, 2017

INSPIRE: Seven Strategies for Ending Violence Against Children

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This World Health Organization (WHO) document "identifies a select group of strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. They are: implementation and enforcement of laws; norms and values; safe environments; parent ...

The Inherent Danger of Hate Speech Legislation - A Case Study from Rwanda and Kenya  on the Failure of a Preventative Measure
July 13, 2017

The Inherent Danger of Hate Speech Legislation - A Case Study from Rwanda ...

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“FoE (Freedom of Expression) is one of the most fundamental human rights. Nevertheless, a fierce debate exists on the necessity to restrict some types of speech.”

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa
July 12, 2017

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

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Author: George Ogola, originally posted May 16 2017 - The news media is usually one of first casualties of bungled or contested elections. From the recent US elections, the UK’s Brexit vote to Zambia’s controversial 2016 presidential elections, ...

Early Childhood Matters 2017
July 11, 2017

Early Childhood Matters 2017

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This edition of Early Childhood Matters (ECM), the Bernard van Leer Foundation's journal, sets out to new ideas on advances in early childhood development, while exploring the challenges of scaling up. The introduction suggests that ideas like ...

No answers without questions: a decade of debate in Nepal
July 11, 2017

No answers without questions: a decade of debate in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally published July 3 2017 - As Sajha Sawal broadcasts its 500th episode, the team members reflect on what the programme means to the Nepali audience – and them. “Who will answer my questions? ...

Governance in Tajikistan: Evaluation of the Women Smallholder Farmer Advocacy Campaign
July 3, 2017

Governance in Tajikistan: Evaluation of the Women Smallholder Farmer ...

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This is an evaluation of Oxfam GB (OGB)'s global advocacy campaign, GROW, as implemented in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan. The GROW campaign takes a multi-pronged approach to the multi-faceted issue of global food insecurity by focusing on a ...

Hitting the road to reach young Cambodian job-seekers
June 28, 2017

Hitting the road to reach young Cambodian job-seekers

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Author: My Sovann, BBC Media Action Communications coordinator, Cambodia, originally published June 23 2017 - "I feel so excited about the roadshow, I have never ever seen an educational event like this in my village" shouts high school student ...

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?
June 27, 2017

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?

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Author:  Soraya Carvajal B., June 27 2017 - In 2010 Eli Pariser began his research on bubble filters thanks to his interest in meeting different people, which would challenge him in his way of thinking. So, trying to keep the exchange of ...

Listening Post Collective
June 26, 2017

Listening Post Collective

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"We believe responsible reporting begins with listening. From there, media outlets and community organizations can create news stories that respond to people's informational needs, reflect their lives, and enable them to make informed ...

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan
June 21, 2017

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan

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"Since 2012, BBC Media Action has been funded by DFID to produce a range of programmes and deliver capacity-strengthening activities aiming to support improved reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) in South Sudan. This report ...

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience
June 20, 2017

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience

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Author: National Creative Director, BBC Media Action India Radharani Mitra, orignially posted June 19 2017 - "Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever." - ...

How can communication help stop teenagers dying?
June 13, 2017

How can communication help stop teenagers dying?

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Author: BBC Media Action Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally post June 5 2017 - While the election of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) has been accompanied by some ...

The case for adaptive programming
June 13, 2017

The case for adaptive programming

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Author: BBC Media Action India Country Director Priyanka Dutt, posted to the BBC Media Action website on June 8 2017 - I don’t like results frameworks. Most demand that you specify exactly what you will do, where, when, and how many times, in ...

A Slowly Shifting Field: Understanding Donor Priorities in Media Development
June 12, 2017

A Slowly Shifting Field: Understanding Donor Priorities in Media Development

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"In the current era of resurgent authoritarianism, independent media has become ever more important." This report looks at the trends identified by the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA), an initiative of the National Endowment for ...

The Assault on Journalism: Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression
June 7, 2017

The Assault on Journalism: Building Knowledge to Protect Freedom of Expression

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"People who exercise their right to freedom of expression through journalism must be allowed to practice their work without restrictions. This is the responsibility of the state, courts, media companies and journalist organizations, but also of ...

Zambia's Changing Media Face: Politics and Media Unlikely Friends
June 1, 2017

Zambia's Changing Media Face: Politics and Media Unlikely Friends

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Author:  Journalist, Media Consultant and Economist Daniel Tonga, June 6 2017 - Over the last few years, the media in Zambia has gone through a lot of changes. The major reasons for these changes have been both political and ...

Sindhi Press against Censorship during the  Zia Regime (1977-1988)
May 27, 2017

Sindhi Press against Censorship during the Zia Regime (1977-1988)

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Author: Kaleem Butt, May 31 2015 - Introduction: In this era when there is democracy everywhere in the world, still there are many nations that are striving for liberty and autonomy. One such country is Pakistan that has seen direct martial law ...

Pathways to Engagement: Understanding How Newsrooms are Working with Communities
May 17, 2017

Pathways to Engagement: Understanding How Newsrooms are Working with Communities

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"Early experiments and innovators have learned a lot about how to weave engagement into the reporting process, but there is still a long way to go to ensure these practices are widespread. Investing in supporting engagement in newsrooms right now ...

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned from Alive & Thrive
May 17, 2017

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF ...

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"From 2010-2014, Alive & Thrive worked in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam to reduce undernutrition and death caused by sub-optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices.... The initiative’s work includes a community component ...

Three ways of communicating to stop disasters happening
May 16, 2017

Three ways of communicating to stop disasters happening

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Author: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction [DRR] Robert Glasser, originally published on  May 12 2017 - This past March, Peru was hit by devastating floods. Media reports led with death tolls and ...

Our Children, Our Media: A Guide for Caribbean Practitioners
May 12, 2017

Our Children, Our Media: A Guide for Caribbean Practitioners

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This media manual on responsible coverage of children's issues in the Caribbean was produced through a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)-sponsored project, implemented by the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) in partnership with the ...

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects
May 10, 2017

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects

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"The communicative ecologies approach grounds our analysis of innovation, sustainability, and strategy in local contexts, enabling us to explore how the spread of digital technologies is being integrated into Pacific media and communication ...

3 negatives and 3 positives from World Press Freedom Day
May 9, 2017

3 negatives and 3 positives from World Press Freedom Day

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Author:  BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, originally posted on May 5 2017 - Given the troubling global backdrop, World Press Freedom Day arguably needed a name change in 2017. Marked annually by a gathering ...

Using social ties to make pregnancy safer: insights from Bangladesh and Ethiopia
May 3, 2017

Using social ties to make pregnancy safer: insights from Bangladesh and Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally posted on April 27 2017 - Following the launch of BBC Media Action's Global Health Stories site, Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi explains how influencing mothers-in-law and ...

The inspiring young female construction worker helping reconstruct earthquake-hit villages in Nepal.
May 2, 2017

The inspiring young female construction worker helping reconstruct ...

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Author: Subash Karki, originally posted on April 24 2017 - Sharada’s village in Nepal was destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake in April 2015. In the aftermath she helped her neighbours rebuild their shattered homes and - with the help of a radio ...

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies
May 2, 2017

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies

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Featuring reflections on civil society strategies to create a more enabling environment, this paper draws on the findings of the Enabling Environment National Assessments (EENA), held in 22 countries between 2013 and 2016 (Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, ...

The Power of Airwaves: The Role of Spectrum Management in Media Development
April 26, 2017

The Power of Airwaves: The Role of Spectrum Management in Media Development

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"[A] well-defined, transparent, and equitable spectrum management process that takes into account the needs of all relevant stakeholders is necessary in order to create an environment that serves the public good and enables media development."

Bold female voices: broadcasting under the shadow of Boko Haram
April 24, 2017

Bold female voices: broadcasting under the shadow of Boko Haram

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Author: BBC Media Action's Head of Country Programmes, Nigeria, Rachael Borlase, originally posted on April 13 2017 - At the height of the Boko Haram insurgency local radio stations stayed on air. Three years on from the Chibok schoolgirls’ ...

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 ...

Junagadh Janvani Empowering Rural Lives
April 20, 2017

Junagadh Janvani Empowering Rural Lives

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Author: Asst. Professor, GBPUA&T, Arpita Sharma, originally posted April 1 2017 - Establishment of Community Radio Station in Junagadh Agriculture University (JAU) is a success story and inspires other institution to replicate the model for ...

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