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"RHV has ignited something in the women leaders - created motivation and inspiration that, for many, will continue after the formal interaction with the project and partners finishes. [They have] good relationships with the communities they represent - a strong social constituency which doesn’t depend on funds." - RHV Asia regional meeting...

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This 2-page research summary shares the experience and audience survey results following broadcasts of The Forum, a debate programme which was recorded with a live studio audience and broadcast nationally on radio and TV in February and March 2013. BBC Media Action, in partnership with the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC),...

The Africa Media & Democracy Conference is hosting its bi-annual Africa Media and Democracy Conference under the theme: "Media, Democracy and Development". The Conference is intended to address and examine various perspectives, interventions, and issues of media in the practice of democratic governance in Africa. The event is open to...

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Anti-Corruption

The Social Entrepreneurs Initiative (SEI) for West Africa is designed to support innovative ideas from young people to boost transparency, accountability, and the fight against corruption in their communities. There are 3 awards, each worth US$3000 cash, for innovative approaches promoting integrity in the education sector. The winners will...

One World Media Corruption Reporting Award

Transparency International is sponsoring a Corruption Reporting award as part of the 2014 One World Media Awards. The goal is to highlight and encourage the coverage of corruption around the world. The One World Media Awards recognise excellence in international media coverage and highlight the unique role of journalists and filmmakers in...

2013 Anti-Corruption Youth Essay Competition for Africans

Organised by the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) under the theme "How to Make Corruption Unattractive in Africa", this essay competition is intended to contribute to the fight against corruption on the continent with a view to ensuring a corruption free, better governed, and economically prosperous African continent....

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Dukan Karshe, which roughly means "the last straw" in the Hausa language, was a nine-part radio series broadcast in 11 northern states of Nigeria between March 25 and May 4 2013 to guide young Nigerians on how the political process works and how to push for reforms. The series was intended to encourage political participation by women and youth...

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In March 2012, Transparency International (TI) together with the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in South Africa, and the Malawi Economic Justice Network held a five-day training on investigating corruption for journalists in Malawi.

Corporate Governance

This guide offering tips on corporate governance is designed for reporters and editors who already have some experience covering business and finance. The goal is to help journalists develop stories that examine how a company is governed and spot events that may have serious consequences for the company’s survival, shareholders, and...

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Launched in late 2011, CorrupciÓN en OFF is a pilot online-television show designed to attract young Colombians to understand the fight against corruption as an urgent need for development, as well as train them in the use of concrete tools for fighting corruption. The project is led by Corporación Ocasa, in collaboration with British Council,...

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This 10-page paper shares lessons from the experience of a Colombian youth group created in 2003 to strengthen youth integrity and work with youth to fight corruption. The group was created after a Youth Forum held parallel to the 11th International Anti-Corruption Conference in South Korea. It is based on the conviction that not only does...

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Launched in 2010, the Global Youth Anti-Corruption Network (GYAC) brings together young leaders, journalists, artists, and experts in information and communication technologies (ICT) from civil society all over the world who work to improve transparency and social accountability for better governance. Supported by the World Bank Institute (WBI...

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This paper, published by U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre, which is operated by the Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI), presents a five-step methodology for building a theory of change for a programme or project related to anti-corruption, focusing on how and why an initiative works. According to the paper, constructing a theory of change (ToC)...

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Civic Engagement

Capacity for Research and Advocacy for Fair Taxation Project

Running from 2012 to 2016, The Capacity for Research and Advocacy for Fair Taxation (CRAFT) project is working to contribute to fair and pro-poor tax systems and more transparent and accountable fiscal policies, with the end goal of helping create more democratic states.

This 2-page summary shares audience feedback about Haba na Haba, a weekly discussion programme broadcast by the BBC Swahili service. The programme covers issues relevant to local communities in Tanzania and invites politicians and public figures into the studio to address concerns raised by the programme and audiences. According to the summary...

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This 33-page reports sums up three years of work implementing the Liu Lathu Programme in Malawi, which is part of the multi-country Mwananchi Programme designed to help citizens hold their governments to account by strengthening the wide range of groups that can empower and support them. The programme works to help ordinary Malawians raise...

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Launched in 2013, Wired For Sound is a project involving a mobile studio that will travel through five of Mozambique's northern provinces to work with local musicians and give marginalised youth an opportunity to openly discuss their rights and other critical issues – both locally via community radio stations and internationally via social and...

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Running from 2013 to 2016, the Strengthening Media, Civil Society Organizations, and Citizens Role in Forest Resource Governance project is working to enhance media coverage of the forest sector and the media's capacity to effectively report, analyse, inform, and engage citizens in Uganda to debate and dialogue on key sector issues.

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This 132-page report draws on five years of lessons learned and case studies from implementing the Mwananchi Governance and Transparency Programme in six African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Uganda, and Zambia. The report proposes a focus on context-specific processes, or 'interlocution processes', by which selected actors...

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Running from 2012 to 2014, the Empowering Local Radio with ICTs project is working to build the capacity of 32 local radios in 7 African countries, with the overall goal of strengthening free, independent, and pluralistic media, as well as encouraging civic participation and gender-responsive communication for sustainable development. The...

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The Radio Platform for Community Development (RPCD) is a one year project launched in 2013 by the Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf), in collaboration with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). It is designed to empower economically poor and marginalised communities in Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia with development...

This 62-page report shares results from the Village Voices for Development (VVD) project in Madagascar, designed to use radio as a tool to empower and enable citizens to learn about, understand, and act upon their rights to information and freedom of expression. The project was implemented by the Andrew Lees Trust in partnership with Andry...

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Launched in September 2012, the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative is working to enable citizens, traditional leaders, and local kgotla assemblies to share their views and policy concerns with their elected representatives through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Using mobile technologies, the project links...

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Conflict and Peace

Local Voices: Congolese Communities and The Kivu Conflict

Launched in December 2013, the Local Voices: Congolese Communities and The Kivu Conflict project is working to share the experiences of the local populations who, in remote areas of Kivu, have been facing militias and armed violence for 20 years. The project uses photo stories, video, and written accounts of personal testimonies to give a voice...

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The South Africa-based African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in partnership with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) at California State University, Sacramento are hosting the fourth International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference under the theme 'Alternative Dispute...

Peace Projects is a grant programme launched by The Journalists and Writers Foundation (JWF) to support innovative conflict resolution and peacebuilding projects focused on preventing, managing and resolving violent conflict and promoting post-conflict peacebuilding. The project is currently soliciting proposals for creative and innovative...

Audio Guide on Media and Conflict Coverage

This audio guide, prepared by Radio for Peacebuilding Africa, is intended for journalists working in conflict and post-conflict areas for all types of media outlets and is designed to accompany the previously published "Sustainability for Community Radios" training modules. The audio guide is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the...

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Organised by Radio for Peacebuilding Africa (RFPA), the RFPA Awards are designed to recognise the most original and highest quality radio programmes which contribute to promoting peace and tolerance on the African continent. The RFPA Awards intend to showcase and reward radio programmes that, by the topics presented or the angle used, intend to...

This report explores the ways in which information and communication technologies (ICTs) and the data they generate can assist international actors, governments, and civil society organisations (CSOs) to more effectively prevent violence and conflict.

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This evaluation survey was designed to measure the impact of L’Equipe (The Team) on the knowledge, attitude, and behavior of a cross-section of the Ivorian society on the themes presented in the drama related to overcoming ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic divisions. According to the evaluation, the survey results regarding the effectiveness...

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This 24-page evaluation report shares finding of an assessment of Bana Dukine, a computer game designed to teach conflict resolution skills and create a space for Rwandan students to practice these skills. The game was designed through a partnership between Serious Games Interactive, Search for Common Ground (SFCG), and the Rwandan Ministry of...

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This 41-page dissertation explores the case of Star Radio in Liberia, highlighting a number of issues about media development in post-conflict countries. According to the report, Star Radio is one of Liberia’s leading nationally broadcast radio stations, which went off-air at the end of 2010 following a staff strike. This study argues that it...

Local Peacebuilding

"For generations, women have served as peace educators, both in their families and in their societies. They have proved instrumental in building bridges rather than walls." - Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan

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Elections

BBC Media Action

"This paper seeks to identify the extent to which the national TV and radio programme Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks), part of BBC Media Action’s governance work in Kenya, supported accountability, peace and inclusion at the time of the 2013 Kenya election. It shows the specific value placed on Sema Kenya by audiences and experts at election time."...

I Voted, Now What - Film Project

Released in 2012, “Aftercount, I Vote Wetin?” or “I Voted, Now What?” is a civic education film encouraging young Nigerians to stay involved in the political process between elections. Produced by the Youngstars Foundation, with support from the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the drama is accompanied by a handbook, which is intended to...

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Launched in September 2012, A Political Safari is a democracy and voter education outreach project that uses mobile cinema to engage audiences in debates and discussions, particularly focusing on promoting free and fair elections. The mobile cinema aired a documentary called "An African Election" to educate voters on electoral processes and...

DW Akademie

"This handbook is designed to help journalists practice their craft to the best of their abilities during political periods that arouse great passion and demand considerable professional sensitivity."

"Young people between the ages of 15 and 25 constitute a fifth of the world’s population. While they are often involved in informal, politically relevant processes, such as activism or civic engagement, they are not formally represented in national political institutions such as parliaments and many of them do not participate in elections....

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The Wazi Campaign is a nationwide public awareness initiative launched ahead of Kenya's March 2013 elections that uses Public Service Announcements (PSAs) to educate citizens on issues such as corruption, leadership and integrity, peaceful elections, national cohesion, and devolution. The animated cartoon PSAs are being aired on television...

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Launched in February 2013, Ni Sisi (It is Us) is a movie produced by S.A.F.E in Kenya to promote peace and remind Kenyans that it is individuals who have the power to say no to the factors which were critical in encouraging post-election violence in 2007/2008: tribalism, rumours, and corruption. Released ahead of elections in March 2013, the...

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Launched in 2011, the Initiative for Leadership and Democracy in Africa (iLEDA) is working to strengthen democracy in Africa by preparing a new generation of civic and political leaders to be effective agents of change. iLeda provides training to different key audiences with tailor made curriculums designed for reach. The project is led by...

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This toolkit comprises ten tools designed to encourage women's effective campaigning in elections and governance processes. Published by the Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the goal of the toolkit is to equip more women...

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Leading up to the March 2013 elections in Kenya, BBC Media Action and BBC Swahili Service are collaborating to produce Sema Kenya (meaning Kenya Speaks in Swahili) a weekly debate show broadcast nationally on television and radio. The show brings officials and well-known public figures together with the public to debate the issues of the day....

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Freedom of Information

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Established in 2005, the Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ) in Uganda brings together human rights journalists from both print and electronic media, as well as freelance investigative reporters. HRNJ works to enhance the promotion, protection, and respect of human rights through defending and building capacities of journalists to...

This award is offered by the EIFL (Electronic Information for Libraries) Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) with support from a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This Innovation Award is the fourth call in EIFL-PLIP's awards programme for public and community libraries in developing and transition countries. It is...

Uganda - Support to Media

"At a time when Uganda’s reputation as a beacon of transformation is under sustained scrutiny, this case study focuses on one aspect of governance reforms: how donors can support the media to play its envisaged role in democratic governance."

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"The people of South Sudan expect change - and quickly. There is a clear hunger from all parts of the country for information on how - and whether - this change is happening, on how to engage with development issues, and on ways to enable ordinary people to exercise their new rights as citizens of an independent state."

"Donor interest in supporting the media sector has grown in tandem with an increased emphasis on promoting good governance in aid-recipient countries, with a free and independent media seen as a pillar of democratisation and human rights."

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This 37-page report, published by the Open Society Foundation's Latin America and Information Programmes, discusses how newly formed parliamentary monitoring organisations (PMOs) are strategically using internet technologies to forge spaces and tactics to bring citizens and governments together. According to the report, with their ability to...

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This guide, developed by the South African History Archive's (SAHA) Freedom of Information Programme, outlines the important role that access to information can play in the achievement of advocacy goals and the protection of rights in South African communities. It examines the legal right to information in South Africa and, using key issues...

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Formed in 2009, the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) Campaign is a working group of organisations collaborating to promote Access to Information in Africa. Centred around the twentieth anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on Press Freedom, and led by the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), it consists of a core group...

Citizen Power Foundation

Citizen Power is a non-profit foundation created in late 1989 as an initiative of people concerned about the defence of civic rights in Argentina. Its mission is to promote citizen participation, transparency of access to public information that strengthens the institutions of democracy through collective action.

This autonomous organisation was established by Mexico's freedom of information (FOI) law to promote the transparency regime, monitor developments in open government and access to information, and settle disputes between citizens and government bodies over responses to FOI requests....

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Gender Empowerment

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This 23-page paper explores international experiences to draw on best practices that could inform strategies to help improve women’s political participation in Liberia. Published by the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), the report states that entrenched traditional norms, cultural practices, limited education of women, and...

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Running from 2012 to 2013, the Women's Empowerment through Virtual Exchange (WEAVE) project is working to develop an online database for women’s human rights advocates across Nigeria, including civil society organisations, policymakers, researchers, and legal experts. Led by Media Information Narrative Development (MIND), in partnership with...

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Based om 25 years of working towards women’s political participation, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) produced this guide for democracy practitioners to help them develop and carry out effective programmes to bring more women into government and politics. The guide focuses on programmes in the areas of citizen participation, elections,...

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The International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKnow Politics) is an online workspace designed to serve the needs of elected officials, candidates, political party leaders and members, researchers, students and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics. The interactive network of women in politics is intended to...

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This toolkit comprises ten tools designed to encourage women's effective campaigning in elections and governance processes. Published by the Campaign for Good Governance (CGG), the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the goal of the toolkit is to equip more women...

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Published by Equality Now in 2011, this manual promotes the use of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (the Women's Rights Protocol), which is a supplementary protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, providing step-by-step guidance for using the Protocol for advocacy at both national and regional levels.

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This 12-page report shares findings from Media Monitoring Project Zimbabwe's (MMPZ) research to assess the mainstream media's role in giving space and visibility to women's concerns, voices, and participation in Zimbabwe's constitution-making process. It is intended as both a yardstick for measuring, and an advocacy tool for enhancing, the...

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Running from 2010 to 2015, the Democratic Governance for Development (DGD) project is designed to provide a coordinated mechanism for supporting the deepening of democracy in Nigeria by international donors and partners. The main objective of the project is to assist Nigerian authorities to consolidate and advance democratic governance and...

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Launched in July 2012 in Sierra Leone, Police Case is a legal-themed television series which follows the story of Adama, a woman who is subject to regular domestic violence from her husband until one day she reacts after a particularly violent fight. The series follows Adama through the criminal justice system, educating viewers about key legal...

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This report, published by Make Every Woman Count (MEWC), provides an overview of the role of women in elections across Africa in 2011. It discusses the position of female candidates before and after the elections have taken place, as well as provides analysis of women's participation in African politics. By providing this data, MEWC hopes to...

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Media and D and G

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This 2-page research summary shares the experience and audience survey results following broadcasts of The Forum, a debate programme which was recorded with a live studio audience and broadcast nationally on radio and TV in February and March 2013. BBC Media Action, in partnership with the Zambian National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC),...

The Africa Media & Democracy Conference is hosting its bi-annual Africa Media and Democracy Conference under the theme: "Media, Democracy and Development". The Conference is intended to address and examine various perspectives, interventions, and issues of media in the practice of democratic governance in Africa. The event is open to...

This 2-page summary shares audience feedback about Haba na Haba, a weekly discussion programme broadcast by the BBC Swahili service. The programme covers issues relevant to local communities in Tanzania and invites politicians and public figures into the studio to address concerns raised by the programme and audiences. According to the summary...

African Investigative Journalism Awards 2013

Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR) has announced the 2013 African Investigative Journalism Awards. According to FAIR, following the last Annual General Meeting, FAIR revised the format of the IJ Awards and subsequently added new categories to enable more African journalists to enter the competition.

The ten new...

BBC Media Action

"This paper seeks to identify the extent to which the national TV and radio programme Sema Kenya (Kenya Speaks), part of BBC Media Action’s governance work in Kenya, supported accountability, peace and inclusion at the time of the 2013 Kenya election. It shows the specific value placed on Sema Kenya by audiences and experts at election time."...

Power Reporting: The African Investigative Journalism Conference

Wits Journalism's Investigative Journalism workshop, in partnership with the Forum for African Investigative Reporters (FAIR), is running three days of intensive training in investigative skills which cover: finding sources, telling your story, using data and databases, reading financial documents, using freedom of information laws, and...

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Dukan Karshe, which roughly means "the last straw" in the Hausa language, was a nine-part radio series broadcast in 11 northern states of Nigeria between March 25 and May 4 2013 to guide young Nigerians on how the political process works and how to push for reforms. The series was intended to encourage political participation by women and youth...

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Running from 2012 to 2014, the Empowering Local Radio with ICTs project is working to build the capacity of 32 local radios in 7 African countries, with the overall goal of strengthening free, independent, and pluralistic media, as well as encouraging civic participation and gender-responsive communication for sustainable development. The...

DW Akademie

"This handbook is designed to help journalists practice their craft to the best of their abilities during political periods that arouse great passion and demand considerable professional sensitivity."

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Parliaments

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Launched in September 2012, the Botswana Speaks Parliamentary Initiative is working to enable citizens, traditional leaders, and local kgotla assemblies to share their views and policy concerns with their elected representatives through the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Using mobile technologies, the project links...

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This 17-page case study shares the experience of Search for Common Ground's work in Zanzibar, working with Zanzibar media to promote good governance and social cohesion on a large scale, encourage frank discussion of differences, and foster a spirit of tolerance.

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This 37-page report, published by the Open Society Foundation's Latin America and Information Programmes, discusses how newly formed parliamentary monitoring organisations (PMOs) are strategically using internet technologies to forge spaces and tactics to bring citizens and governments together. According to the report, with their ability to...

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Rights and Justice

Tuamke Sasa Project

Launched in January 2013, the Tuamke Sasa project is working to encourage a human rights approach in the democratisation process in the Morogoro and Dodoma regions in Tanzania. The project is using theatrical performances to reflect key issues in human rights and democratisation in the country, with an on-site legal advisory tent on human...

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This study seeks to identify how engagement with informal justice systems (IJS) can build greater respect and protection for human rights. It highlights the considerations that development partners should have when assessing whether to implement programmes involving IJS, the primary consideration being that engagement with IJS neither directly...

The overall objective of this course, offered by MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation, is to enable participants to have a deeper understanding of the link between child rights and governance and to acquire skills and knowledge on how to hold their governments accountable in delivering services to children. According to MSTCDC, by the...

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This 34-page evaluation report shares findings of an assessment of the "Tomorrow is a New Day" project in the Democratic Republic of Congo by Search for Common Ground (SFCG). The project is designed to reach soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) and civilians to improve civilian protection, fight impunity...

Policy Advocacy Course (11-22 March 2013)

The overall objective of this course, offered by MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MSTCDC), is to enable participants to use evidence to analyse policies and advocate for people centered policy formulation and implementation. According to MSTCDC, by the end of the course, the participants will understand the key policy processes...

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This 36-page report reviews the current status of minority and indigenous groups in Kenya. Focusing on Kenya’s 2010 Constitution, it pays particular attention to how legal and policy changes over the last five years have addressed the social, economic, and political challenges confronting minorities.

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Latin America

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