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Connecting Citizens to Their Governments: Lessons from ICT-Based Governance Initiatives in Indonesia
December 5, 2017

Connecting Citizens to Their Governments: Lessons from ICT-Based Governance ...

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"It is...fair to conclude that the use of ICTs in governance does strengthen community participation and improve public services, and government responsiveness and accountability."

Defending Journalism
December 1, 2017

Defending Journalism

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"[T]he most effective responses to the safety of journalists are those born and led by a broad coalition of stakeholders that include media, civil society, authorities where possible and international organisations." - Jesper Højberg, Executive ...

Using Technology to Document Violations: Enabling Sex-worker Communities to Document Violence Against Them in India and Cambodia
November 30, 2017

Using Technology to Document Violations: Enabling Sex-worker Communities to ...

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Carried out by the Tactical Technology Collective (Tactical Tech) and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this project was based on the assumption that enabling sex workers in India and Cambodia to document violations ...

Nonformal Dialogues in National Peacemaking
November 27, 2017

Nonformal Dialogues in National Peacemaking

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"Nonformal dialogues offer complementary approaches to formal dialogues in national peacemaking efforts in contexts of conflict."

The Techno-Centric Gaze: Incorporating Citizen Participation Technologies into Participatory Governance Processes in the Philippines
November 20, 2017

The Techno-Centric Gaze: Incorporating Citizen Participation Technologies ...

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"By avoiding the techno-centric gaze and adopting the standpoint of non-users, we were able to better understand the barriers to technology access, explaining non-use as well as the power relationships embedded in these non-actions."

Girls' Clubs and Empowerment Programmes
November 15, 2017

Girls' Clubs and Empowerment Programmes

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"This note highlights examples of girls’ clubs that have led to increasingly gender equitable attitudes and practices, from programmes in Burkina Faso to Bangladesh." This research and practice note from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) ...

Media Approaches to Communicating for Development
November 13, 2017

Media Approaches to Communicating for Development

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In June 2017, a group of researchers from Australian universities and practitioners from different not-for-profit organisations came together to share knowledge and experience in the study and practice of communication for development (C4D). The ...

Art, Development and Peace: Working with Adolescents Living in Internally Displaced People's Camps in Mindanao
November 8, 2017

Art, Development and Peace: Working with Adolescents Living in Internally ...

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"This study shows how the collaborative forms of art and media used by the programme are avenues for the inclusion of adolescents in the post-emergency response, as they offer them a channel to both communicate with one another and to express ...

Communication for Policy Research South (CPRsouth)
November 7, 2017

Communication for Policy Research South (CPRsouth)

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"Building a local human resource base in different areas of the network economy is critical to developing and sustaining information and communications technology sectors that are responsive to socio-economic development goals."

Indonesia's Village Law: Enabler or Constraint for More Accountable Governance?
November 7, 2017

Indonesia's Village Law: Enabler or Constraint for More Accountable Governance?

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"With particular relevance for accountable governance, we reflect on the way that different local governance actors exercise their agency, and how the interactions between them shape and reproduce the new structures offered by the Village Law."

Gender and Resilience: From Theory to Practice
November 7, 2017

Gender and Resilience: From Theory to Practice

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"One year into the implementation of the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) programme, this working paper reflects on progress in linking gender equality and resilience within development projects." This ...

Evolving an Open E-Governance Index for Network Societies
October 25, 2017

Evolving an Open E-Governance Index for Network Societies

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"Despite the proliferation of different ICT indices, the OeGI has unique features: (1) it measures the extent to which civil society groups utilise ICTs to ensure their participation in societal steering; and (2) it measures the extent of ...

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 ...

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.

Project Baduta
September 29, 2017

Project Baduta

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Launched in October 2013 by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), the 4-year Project Baduta focuses on: improving maternal, infant feeding, and care practices at the community level, strengthening the delivery of nutrition services ...

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 ...

Impact Data - Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love)
September 22, 2017

Impact Data - Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love)

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Launched in July 2017 by the Timorese non-governmental organisation (NGO) Ba Futuru, Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love) is an entertainment-education film series in Timor-Leste that explores issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, gender ...

Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love)
September 22, 2017

Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love)

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As a key part of its violence prevention work, the Timorese non-governmental organisation (NGO) Ba Futuru utilises methods like film in an effort to create changes in attitudes and behaviour. Launched in July 2017, Domin Nakloke (Unlocking Love) ...

Prevention+ Programme
September 21, 2017

Prevention+ Programme

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Prevention+ is a five-year (2016-2020) multi-country programme that envisions a world where healthy, respectful, and equal relationships are the norm. To achieve its objectives, the programme addresses the root causes of gender-based violence – ...

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement
September 20, 2017

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement

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"Digital choices for democracy can empower or disempower citizens; can present citizens with real alternatives for equality, thereby deepening democracy; or [can] prove costly for both individual citizens and the polity as a whole."

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Social Media
September 18, 2017

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and ...

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"In a region with more mobile phones than people,...digital growth in Southeast Asia presents opportunities for children on the move to make informed decisions prior to migration and could help to prevent children from moving alone or being ...

Empowering Women and Girls to Improve Nutrition: Building a Sisterhood of Success
August 22, 2017

Empowering Women and Girls to Improve Nutrition: Building a Sisterhood of ...

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"Women are both disproportionately affected by malnutrition (60% of the world’s 800 million malnourished people are women) and critical actors in findings lasting solutions.... Nutrition justice will only be achieved when women are empowered and ...

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?
August 21, 2017

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?

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Social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) engages and supports people to shift norms, change behaviours, and amplify the voices needed to address development challenges such as extreme poverty, gender inequities, public health emergencies, ...

Mis/representations of Women Migrant Workers in the Media: A Critical Analysis
August 9, 2017

Mis/representations of Women Migrant Workers in the Media: A Critical Analysis

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"News media...has the power to shape dominant representations and reframe narratives and discourses surrounding migration. Indeed, fostering more gender-responsive reporting on migration is an important element to realizing the rights of women ...

Pathways to Accountability from the Margins: Reflections on Participatory Video Practice
August 9, 2017

Pathways to Accountability from the Margins: Reflections on Participatory ...

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"Many participatory governance and accountability processes, and the theoretical discourses and practical approaches underlying them, do not pay sufficient attention to the need to shape the relational conditions for accountability for ...

Philippines Resilience Programme
August 4, 2017

Philippines Resilience Programme

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Launched in April 2015, Oxfam's climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) programme in the Philippines focuses on conflict-prone and climate change-sensitive areas, as well as areas affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Mindanao. ...

Research into Gender Equality and Early Childhood Development in Eleven Countries in Asia
August 3, 2017

Research into Gender Equality and Early Childhood Development in Eleven ...

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"These findings are of concern because they suggest that in the communities studied, the existing gender discrimination, the low social position of women and the gendered distribution of labour are being taught from the earliest age, instilled in ...

Heroines of Health
August 1, 2017

Heroines of Health

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With the aim of raising awareness, this documentary by filmmaker Lisa Russell, MPH provides an intimate look into the lives of three women working on the frontlines of global health. It portrays the sacrifices and inspirations behind their work ...

ICT-facilitated Accountability and Engagement in Health Systems: A Review of Making All Voices Count mHealth for Accountability Projects
July 26, 2017

ICT-facilitated Accountability and Engagement in Health Systems: A Review of ...

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“Information and communication technologies (ICTs) and mHealth innovations hold great potential to improve health systems and health outcomes while at the same time enhancing citizen engagement and accountability. Yet there has been little ...

Building Safe Spaces to Support Young Women's Participation in Local Governance in Indonesia
July 18, 2017

Building Safe Spaces to Support Young Women's Participation in Local ...

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"This report illustrates that systematic barriers prevent them [young women] from taking advantage of opportunities to participate in community decision-making structures, and reflects on how one NGO is working to overcome these barriers and ...

Communication for Development in the University Curriculum
July 18, 2017

Communication for Development in the University Curriculum

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"As most of the nations of the world subscribe to the Sustainable Development Goals and their 2030 targets, it becomes increasingly important that the potential of using communication knowledge, skills, ethics, and technology intelligently and ...

Open Data in the Philippines: An Issue of Access and Awareness
July 6, 2017

Open Data in the Philippines: An Issue of Access and Awareness

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...in these existing attempts to elevate citizen engagement and amplify citizen voice through transparency and access to data and information, whose voices are being heard? Whose data is it, anyway? And ultimately, who benefits from the data?"

The CARIAA Research-into-Use Learning Guide
July 6, 2017

The CARIAA Research-into-Use Learning Guide

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"The expectation of actively promoting research uptake requires many researchers to move out of their comfort zones and incorporate new processes, approaches and communication mechanisms into and alongside their research." This learning guide, ...

Social Media Handbook: Tips for Civil Society Users
July 3, 2017

Social Media Handbook: Tips for Civil Society Users

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"...what is the biggest change you hope to achieve with your social media?" The purpose of this handbook is to help civil society in Cambodia better use social media to share information and prompt interactive communication. From the United ...

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 ...

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory
June 12, 2017

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory

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"Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities and systems to survive, adapt, and grow in the face of stress and shocks, and even transform when conditions require it. Building resilience is about making people, communities and systems ...

Tech Age Girls (TAG)
June 7, 2017

Tech Age Girls (TAG)

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"[E]fforts to improve girls' potential must go beyond training and start creating an ecosystem in which skills can be maximized. This means addressing leadership and self-confidence, creating support networks, developing allies and advocates, and ...

Advocacy for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs for Decentralized Government Models: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
June 6, 2017

Advocacy for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs ...

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"With the [Vietnamese] government's move toward decentralization, Alive & Thrive identified an opportunity to influence localized nutrition policies through the annual Provincial Planning for Nutrition (PPN) process. PPN is an annual process ...

Partnering with Women's Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
May 24, 2017

Partnering with Women's Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and ...

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"In many countries throughout the developing world, women’s associations can be influential advocacy and education organizations that represent the voices of mothers to government and legislative bodies, while also providing a key communications ...

Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic Opportunity
May 24, 2017

Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic ...

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"A majority smartphone market could serve as an ideal lab environment to test how mobile money could disrupt entrenched social and financial structures that have kept most people - especially women, ethnic minorities, and rural farmers - in deep ...

Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
May 24, 2017

Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child ...

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"Medical communities around the world play an important role in educating families about early child nutrition. Creating an enabling environment for mothers and families to adopt optimal IYCF [infant and young child feeding] practices is ...

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 ...

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 ...

Social Franchising and a Nationwide Mass Media Campaign Increased the Prevalence of Adequate Complementary Feeding in Vietnam: A Cluster-Randomized Program Evaluation
April 27, 2017

Social Franchising and a Nationwide Mass Media Campaign Increased the ...

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The Alive & Thrive (A&T) initiative, carried out in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, applied principles of social franchising within the government health system in Vietnam to improve the quality of interpersonal counseling (IPC) for ...

A Guide for Public Health Advocacy: Tools and Lessons Learned from Successful Infant and Young Child Feeding Advocacy in Southeast Asia
April 24, 2017

A Guide for Public Health Advocacy: Tools and Lessons Learned from ...

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"[I]n the case of maternal and child nutrition, advocacy can create permanent shifts that forever change the type of support and opportunity a family has to choose the best feeding practices." This guide draws from lessons learned and best ...

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 ...

Women's Meaningful Participation in Peace: Lessons from the Bangsamoro (Mindanao, Philippines)
March 27, 2017

Women's Meaningful Participation in Peace: Lessons from the Bangsamoro ...

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"It is widely acknowledged that women's meaningful participation in peace processes is fundamental to ensuring a sustainable and transformative peace. However there is still much to be learned about how to move forward in practical terms." This ...

Technology Innovation Hubs and Policy Engagement
March 24, 2017

Technology Innovation Hubs and Policy Engagement

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"There is latent, but recognised, potential for tech innovation hubs in the global South to play a more overt role in promoting social change through contributing to the 'thickening' of local democratic space and policy co-creation. ...

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