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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. ...

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 ...

Seeing What We Don't See: An Experience of Supportive Supervision
February 21, 2017

Seeing What We Don't See: An Experience of Supportive Supervision

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 21 2017 - Busy medical, epidemiology, and immunization managers at district levels and above can easily get so caught up in managing logistics and reviewing data that they forget to make the time to go out and ...

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 ...

Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons from Lao and the Hmong Community
February 8, 2017

Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons ...

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 8 2017 - The 2014/2015 polio outbreak in Lao People’s Democratic Republic [Lao] resulted in two deaths and paralysis of a small group of children and adults. All cases and positive contacts were from the Hmong ...

Participatory Budgeting in Indonesia: Past, Present and Future
February 8, 2017

Participatory Budgeting in Indonesia: Past, Present and Future

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"Following several years of experience with participatory budgeting in Solo city, [Yayasan Kota Kita (Our City Foundation)'s] research set out to examine participatory budgeting processes in six Indonesian cities, to inform their work – and the ...

Responding to Global Change: A Theory of Change Approach to Making Agricultural Research for Development Outcome-Based
February 7, 2017

Responding to Global Change: A Theory of Change Approach to Making ...

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"Theory of change represents our best understanding of how engagement and learning can enable change as well as how progress towards outcomes might be measured."

Dial 'N' for Nutrition? A Landscape Analysis of What We Know About m-Nutrition, m-Agriculture and m-Development
February 1, 2017

Dial 'N' for Nutrition? A Landscape Analysis of What We Know About ...

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"The purpose of this paper is to assist would-be implementers and evaluators to understand the landscape they are operating in, so they can design nutrition and agriculture interventions that stand the greatest chance of working, and evaluation ...

Connect with Respect: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in Schools
January 30, 2017

Connect with Respect: Preventing Gender-Based Violence in Schools

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"As a teacher, you can play an important role in preventing the expression of gender-based violence in the school setting. Teachers, school principals and the broader education system can provide positive role models, empower children and youth ...

Filling Buckets, Fueling Change - Ensuring Gender-Responsive Climate Change Adaptation
January 20, 2017

Filling Buckets, Fueling Change - Ensuring Gender-Responsive Climate Change ...

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"With an explicit effort to address gender equality in the context of adaptation, the CCAF projects shifted the paradigm from focusing on women as vulnerable to directly empowering them as agents of change."

Media and Information Literacy: A Human Rights-based Approach in Developing Countries
January 19, 2017

Media and Information Literacy: A Human Rights-based Approach in Developing ...

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"Media and information literacy (MIL) is linked to access to information, free expression and education." This discussion paper from DW Akademie defines media and information literacy (MIL) through a rights-based approach and examines, in ...

Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries - Handbook on Mapping Media Landscapes
January 11, 2017

Changing Media Landscapes in Transitional Countries - Handbook on Mapping ...

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"Media landscapes in countries undergoing transition often change radically and just as often there is no solid knowledge about these changes. This means that the different stakeholders in the media and civil society navigate in unknown ...

Assessing Changes in Attitudes, Awareness, and Behavior in Indonesian Youths: A Multi-Method Communication and Social Media Approach
January 6, 2017

Assessing Changes in Attitudes, Awareness, and Behavior in Indonesian ...

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The research presented in this paper provides insights to inform how practitioners design counter trafficking in persons (C-TIP) awareness-raising materials, both in general and specifically within Indonesia, where the research was conducted. The ...

Toolkit for Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling Services: A Social Franchise Model
January 3, 2017

Toolkit for Infant and Young Child Feeding Counseling Services: A Social ...

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The Alive & Thrive (A&T) initiative works to save lives, prevent illness, and ensure healthy growth and development through improved maternal nutrition, breastfeeding, and complementary feeding. As a behaviour change project, A&T uses ...

Using Social Media to Communicate against Violent Extremism
December 9, 2016

Using Social Media to Communicate against Violent Extremism

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"Violent extremists have used the online world to spread misinformation and hateful messages in an effort to radicalise others. However, social media can be harnessed to challenge extremist propaganda and promote positive values such as ...

A How To Guide: Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia
December 8, 2016

A How To Guide: Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia

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Supported by the Australian Government and led by Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, this compendium provides practical guidance and insights for ...

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy Monitoring and Advocacy
December 7, 2016

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy ...

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"'Scale' has many different meanings across fields and contexts. Looking at scale from different angles - drawing insights from different ways of using the term - helps [us] understand how we can take scale into account when developing strategic ...

Bridging the Gaps: UNDP Youth Strategy and Key Populations
December 5, 2016

Bridging the Gaps: UNDP Youth Strategy and Key Populations

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As young key populations strategically using the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Youth Strategy 2014-2014 [PDF], the Bangkok, Thailand-based network led by young men who have sex with men ...

Jumping Hurdles: Access to HIV Health Services for Young Men Who Have Sex with Men and Young Transgender Persons in Asia and the Pacific
December 5, 2016

Jumping Hurdles: Access to HIV Health Services for Young Men Who Have Sex ...

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This discussion paper with accompanying video lays out some of the key ingredients for a comprehensive youth friendly healthcare package tailored to the context of countries in Asia and the Pacific region that is accessible and affordable to ...

Youth Voices Count (YVC)
December 5, 2016

Youth Voices Count (YVC)

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Led by young men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender (TG) people, Youth Voices Count (YVC) brings together young community leaders in Asia and the Pacific to address issues related to HIV, health, and human rights through capacity ...

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Asia Pacific
December 1, 2016

Managing Disaster Response through Mobile: Asia Pacific

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"Mobile networks and the connectivity they provide can be a lifeline for those affected by natural disasters and other humanitarian emergencies. They are vital to facilitating access to information and coordinating assistance within affected ...

Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question
November 30, 2016

Myanmar: Our Wish, Our Question

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Yan Htaik Seng, November 1 2016 - We recount a nerve-racking visit to Myanmar’s ethnically diverse Kayin State - as it recovers from years of conflict - to give young people a rare chance to voice ...

What Role Does Lifeline Preparedness Play in Enabling Effective Communication in a Crisis? Case Studies from Myanmar and Nepal
November 28, 2016

What Role Does Lifeline Preparedness Play in Enabling Effective ...

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"[A]ll too often, coordination of communication is a challenge in a crisis. The media doesn't traditionally work in partnership with aid workers and the government; they actually often mistrust each other, as the media usually plays an important ...

Can Gossip Change Nutrition Behaviour? Results of a Mass Media and Community-Based Intervention Trial in East Java, Indonesia
November 28, 2016

Can Gossip Change Nutrition Behaviour? Results of a Mass Media and ...

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"...novel theory-driven approaches which employ emotional motivators are capable of having an effect on improving dietary diversity and the regularity of vegetable and fruit intake among children aged 6-24 months." This study explored whether a ...

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?
November 17, 2016

Research Briefing: Can Media Affect Political Participation?

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"This briefing, based on quantitative data from seven countries (Bangladesh, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Myanmar, Tanzania and Sierra Leone), outlines the links between watching and listening to governance programmes and political participation, as ...

Media, participation and social inclusion: what are the links?
November 16, 2016

Media, participation and social inclusion: what are the links?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Chris Snow on November 10 2016 - Reviewing the results of a survey of 23,000 people across seven countries, Chris Snow looks at the potential of media to engage even hard-to-reach groups ...

In the Service of the Public - Functions and Transformation of Media in Developing Countries
November 15, 2016

In the Service of the Public - Functions and Transformation of Media in ...

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"The transformation of state broadcasters to public service media (PSM) is one of the most ambitious endeavors in the field of media development. It is an enormous task to work with state broadcasters that are controlled by the government and ...

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance
November 9, 2016

Media and Political Participation: Fostering Inclusive Governance

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"Accountability is enhanced when citizens play an active role in making demands and when officials are expected to respond to those demands with satisfactory answers and actions." This research on BBC Media Action's governance programmes for ...

Understanding Key Terms and Data Related to HIV: Handbook for Adolescents and Young Key Populations at Higher Risk of HIV Exposure in Asia and the Pacific
November 7, 2016

Understanding Key Terms and Data Related to HIV: Handbook for Adolescents ...

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"There are a lot of data about HIV and AIDS. How much of it do you really understand? Have you ever read a document, watched a presentation or talked with your friends about HIV data and not understood the meaning of certain terms?"

Happy Schools!: A Framework for Learner Well-Being in the Asia-Pacific
November 4, 2016

Happy Schools!: A Framework for Learner Well-Being in the Asia-Pacific

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"[I]n response to trends such as demographic changes, rising mobility, growing intolerance and violent extremism, increased competition and rapid technological advancement, many countries have recognized that education has a key role to play in ...

My Rights My Voice Completion Report 2011-2016
October 31, 2016

My Rights My Voice Completion Report 2011-2016

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"The project has created a dynamic which will allow us to change the destiny of our communities." - Sofia, aged 24, MRMV youth group member, Niger

Evaluation of the 'My Rights My Voice' Programme: Synthesis Report
October 31, 2016

Evaluation of the 'My Rights My Voice' Programme: Synthesis Report

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My Rights My Voice (MRMV) is a multi-country programme implemented by Oxfam GB, Oxfam Novib, Oxfam Québec, and their partners with the aim of engaging marginalised children and youth in their rights to health and education services. (See Related ...

Village Drama against Malaria
October 28, 2016

Village Drama against Malaria

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The Village Drama against Malaria project is a public engagement with science initiative that used Cambodian drama, art, music workshops, and village concerts to mobilise rural communities to eliminate malaria. Jointly organised by the ...

Communication, Participation, & Social Change: A Review of Communication Initiatives Addressing Gender-Based Violence, Gender Norms, and Harmful Traditional Practices in Crisis-Affected Settings
October 25, 2016

Communication, Participation, & Social Change: A Review of Communication ...

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"Participatory communication activities can spur discussion and engagement, empower individuals and groups, strengthen leadership and advocacy skills, and promote alternatives to norms and practices that propagate gender inequities and ...

The Potential and Reality of Data Journalism in Developing Media Markets
October 24, 2016

The Potential and Reality of Data Journalism in Developing Media Markets

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"In the rush to embrace the open government and open data movement, donors have favored activities like boot camps, hackathons and conferences seem to promise a quick and sexy route to instilling data journalism skills. Yet these approaches make ...

Promoting Vasectomy Services
October 18, 2016

Promoting Vasectomy Services

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"Greater education and support for vasectomy at a national level would address the gender imbalance in contraceptive availability and use."

Good Men Give Value to Women
October 3, 2016

Good Men Give Value to Women

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Implemented by Paz y Desarrollo (PYD) Cambodia, a Spanish non-governmental organisation (NGO), in partnership with the Ministry of Women's Affairs (MoWA), Good Men Give Value to Women - the Good Men campaign - sought to contribute to the ...

A Parent's Guide: Talk to Your Children about the Internet
September 27, 2016

A Parent's Guide: Talk to Your Children about the Internet

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"You know your children best. Sit down with them and discuss the benefits of the Internet....In the same conversation, have a realistic plan for avoiding misuse of the Internet. Use the language best suited to your relationship to create a safe, ...

Final Evaluation: Democracy and Development in Action through Media and Empowerment (DAME) 2012-2014
September 26, 2016

Final Evaluation: Democracy and Development in Action through Media and ...

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This report presents the results of the final evaluation of the Democracy and Development in Action through Media and Empowerment (DAME) project, implemented by Search for Common Ground-Timor-Leste (SFCG-TL) in collaboration with partners Belun, ...

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