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April 26, 2017

Media: Pay or not pay?

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There is an ongoing, murmuring issue in health communication - do you pay for media time or not? The issues are difficult and interesting. Where do you stand and why? In favour of paying is the argument that if you wish your media and ...

Advancing C4D in Academic institutions
April 24, 2017

Advancing C4D in Academic institutions

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This group emerged from an extensive discussion on The Communication Initiative platform that was prompted by a post from Caroline Hungwe entitled Lack of C4D modules in University courses. There were over 60 contributions to that discussion from ...

March 8, 2017

Advancing Communication and Media for Development - Consultation - Middle ...

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Many best wishes and much support for your very important work. UNICEF (Through Rafael Obregon, Chief, C4D), The Communication Initiative and other organisations are working togther to develop a possible global mechanism to help advance the ...

Middle East and Northern Africa Network
March 7, 2017

Middle East and Northern Africa Network

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The space for people and organisations active on communication and media development in the Middle East and North Africa

March 6, 2017

Advancing Communication and Media for Development - Consultation - East and ...

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To: Soul Beat Africa Network Re: Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change

March 6, 2017

Consultation: Advancing Communication and Media Development and SBCC

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Many best wishes. The Communication Initiative and UNICEF New York (Rafael Obregon, Chief of Communication for Development leading) are workng to assess the potential added value of a new global mechanism to advance further the communication and ...

February 16, 2017

Media - Awards, Smartphones, Data, Landscape - Development

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Media (and) Development Network and Community Some experiences and questions for your review, critique and comment please: Media Award: Data Journalism Awards 2017  - Interested? How do you view awards for media initiatives? Do they help ...

February 14, 2017

Request for Proposals to Document Contributions of NGOs and Civil Society to ...

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The CORE Group Polio Project (CGPP) is inviting front-line practitioners, non-governmental organisation (NGO) staff, academics, researchers, and others to author scholarly research articles documenting the contributions of NGOs/civil society and ...

January 27, 2017

SDGs and progress towards gender equality?

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The discussion on whether and how the SDGs can accelerate progress towards gender equality has to be located in the context that gender inequality persists, particularly in the spheres of politics, economy, sexual & reproductive justice, and ...

January 27, 2017

India: Mobilizing rural communities

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Please provide me information regarding how to mobilize a rural community in Rajasthan, India and sensitize them towards social issues.

January 15, 2017

Conversation: Hard or Soft strategy?

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As the struggle continues to effectively address both the transmission of HIV and the social, political and economic ramifications of HIV/AIDS, how do you assess the value associated with conversation, dialogue and debate as key communication ...

January 13, 2017

Awards, Freedom, Citizen Data, Conflicts and Phones

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Recent Media Development knowledge shared and questions raised for your comment and conversation on the theme of Digital, Data and Social.  1. Data Journalism Awards 2017 - Interested? Do you think that awards work to enhance quality, ...

March 20, 2017

Lack of C4D modules in University courses

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Cross-posted from Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change - Your analysis and ideas? Reaching out to academia is important because academia contributes to the development of human resource needed by ...

Dismantling Patriarchy in Rural India - One Aspect, One Video, at One Time
November 30, 2016

Dismantling Patriarchy in Rural India - One Aspect, One Video, at One Time

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Since Video Volunteers creation a decade ago, we have noticed very visible discourses on apparent issues such as violence, sexual rights, etc but very few discourses examine that examine the root cause of these issues, ie everyday gender ...

November 30, 2016

External actors ... can not foster transformation

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I have been somewhat dismayed in the past few years that (ED: HIV/AIDS related agencies highlighted) have in my view pretty much abandoned previous commitments to social and behavioural change communication, and in so doing have failed either to ...

November 9, 2016

Global Mechanism: Your analysis and ideas?

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UNICEF, with Rafael Obregon (Chief, Communication for Development, UNICEF New York) leading and The Communication Initiative, through Warren Feek (Executive Director) are holding a series of consultations, to gather views, opinions and ideas on ...

November 11, 2016

Reviewing Social Change

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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?"

Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change
November 7, 2016

Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and ...

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Hi and welcome to the online Group for the Consultation: Global Mechanism for Communication, Media, Social and Behaviour Change. This is a space for everyone interested to share thoughts, analysis and ideas on both the rationale for this possible ...

November 7, 2016

HIV/AIDS: Why isn't communication a higher priority?

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With apologies for any double posting. Below was shared through the Health Communication Network but as the Policy Briefing is inclusive of HIV/AIDS I wanted to share also through this HIV/AIDS network Why isn't communication a greater public ...

November 7, 2016

Coming of Age: Communication’s Role in Powering Global Health

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Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?

Social Change Network
October 24, 2016

Social Change Network

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The space for a focus on advancing social change strategies and actions for increased impact on local, national and international Development visions and goals.

October 18, 2016

Master of Public Health in the Field of Social and Behaviour Change ...

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Master of Public Health in the Field of Social and Behaviour Change Communication - University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa As someone connected with an academic institution, below is shared for both your information and your review. If you ...

October 17, 2016

Job Opening: Polio and Cross-Cutting Initiatives, Global Health - United ...

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Hi - just a quick note in case you know someone who may be interested in this United Nations Foundation job opening: Officer, Polio and Cross-Cutting Initiatives, Global Health - United Nations Foundation - Washington, D.C., United States Thanks ...

September 30, 2016

University of the West Indies MA in Communication for Social and Behaviour ...

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Best wishes. Working with our Partner, Temple University, we have been summarising a range of academic institutions' programmes on communication and media (for) development, social and behavioural change. As someone connected with an academic ...

October 3, 2016

Blue Zones and Impact

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Those of us involved in health communication are asked ad nauseum - where is the proof of impact? Of course there is loads of proof but still we get asked, mainly by policy makers and funders who come from a physical science background and ...

October 3, 2016

New Phone tool - Burials to Protest

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Grassroot is a free mobile phone tool that helps groups of people in South Africa interact and exchange information, ranging from small social groups to massive community organisations. Grassroot allows communities to engage with their members, ...

Soul Beat Africa Network
September 23, 2016

Soul Beat Africa Network

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To provide a space in which people engaged in media, communication, social and behavioural policy, strategy and programme action in AFRICA can share knowledge, debate shared issues, support each other on questions and issues in their work and ...

September 20, 2016

Refugee Journalism

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Refugees, the issues that they have raised, and the response from the contexts into which they have travelled, is headline material in many parts of the world. The Refugee Journalism Project is an effort to assist refugees who were journalists in ...

September 20, 2016

Monitoring m-Health interventions

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There is an increasing interest in and use of m-Health strategies and programmes. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other organisations are looking to expand the evidence base for these interventions through standardised reporting of ...

September 19, 2016

Violent Extremism and Media

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There is a lot of global and national focus at present on what is often called "violent extremism. Within this focus there is very critical attention on the role of the media.

September 11, 2016

Social Media Editors - required or an oxymoron?

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The recent debate over the decision by Facebook to remove a famous, iconic, war photograph from its platform, for reasons of "community standards" related to children - see The Guardian article here for example - has brought to the surface the ...

HIV Prevention Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women - Putting HIV Prevention Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women on the Fast-Track and Engaging Men and Boys
September 7, 2016

HIV Prevention Among Adolescent Girls and Young Women - Putting HIV ...

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“The number of new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women in sub-Saharan Africa remains exceptionally high. In 2015, 450 000 [380 000–530 000] new infections occurred among adolescent girls and young women aged 15 to 24 years, ...

August 30, 2016

Mainstreaming Indian Health Communication

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India: Mainstreaming Health Communication In his blog "Public Health Communication has to be 'Mainstream", Anshuman Rawat argues that "when it comes to catching eyeballs, the catchy promotions of, for example, private label herbal supplements ...

September 1, 2016

CORRECTION: The Polio Endgame and Communication

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CORRECTION: My apologies. Earlier today the wrong version of the post below was sent to the Polio Communication Network. Entirely my fault. Please see the correct version below - Warren Feek COMMUNICATION and the POLIO ENDGAME

August 31, 2016

South Africa: cell phones, youth, collective voice, social change?

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South Africa: cell phones, youth, collective voice, social change? A new mobile-based programme will soon be launched in South Africa called U–Report.  Initiated by UNICEF and partners, it is designed to let young people, called ...

We need to start talking about AIDS again
August 31, 2016

We need to start talking about AIDS again

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Author: Caroline Sugg, August 31 2016 - In the early days of HIV, communication was at the heart of many successful prevention efforts but has never been fully integrated into the global response. Caroline Sugg explains why this needs to change, ...

August 29, 2016

Journalists - Passive or Active?

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Journalists: Passive or Active? The role, positioning and responsibility of journalists and journalism related to Development issues is much debated. The CI's summary of the recent Nordicom publication: "Journalism in Conflict and Post-Conflict ...

August 29, 2016

Social data?

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Under the heading “THE POWER OF SOCIAL DATA”, The Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) for Polio Eradication concluded in its most recent, highly readable report - summary here with link to full document -  that there should be a greater ...

Relational Accountability in Indigenizing Visual Research for Participatory Communication
August 26, 2016

Relational Accountability in Indigenizing Visual Research for Participatory ...

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This article attempts to re-focus the discussion about participatory communication by examining elements of an indigenous approach to communication for social change research strategies. It is based on a larger research project undertaken in the ...

August 18, 2016

Radio, radio ... and convergence

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As someone with active involvement and/or interest in community media I wonder if you agree with Natasha Beale's analysis in her blog Reaching Marginalized Populations: the Power of Radio and Mobile Voice that: "Indeed, radio is still the most ...

August 19, 2016

Masters - Development Communication - Ahmadu Bello University

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Best wishes and many thanks for joining The Communication Initiative Network. We have been working with our Partner, Temple University, and a range of academic institutions to summarise and share information and insights on communication and ...

The Effectiveness of Social Marketing in Global Health: A Systematic Review
August 15, 2016

The Effectiveness of Social Marketing in Global Health: A Systematic Review

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"Evidence exists that social marketing can influence health behaviours and health outcomes. Better documentation of social marketing interventions is needed when evaluating these programs." This article reviews evidence of the effectiveness of ...

Does Mass-Media Public Communication Campaign Normalize Discussion, Attitude and Behavior about Condom Use among Married Men in India?
August 11, 2016

Does Mass-Media Public Communication Campaign Normalize Discussion, Attitude ...

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"The effectiveness of mass media campaigns for normalizing condom discussion is largely mediated by demographic and socio-economic variables. Future campaigns need to address these variables to be more effective."

AIDSFree HIV Prevention Knowledge Base
July 27, 2016

AIDSFree HIV Prevention Knowledge Base

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The AIDSFree HIV Prevention Knowledge Base is an online collection of research and tools to help people who plan and implement evidence-based HIV prevention activities find what works in prevention. Each knowledge base topic is introduced with a ...

South Africa Network
July 26, 2016

South Africa Network

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The SOUTH AFRICA MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION FOR DEVELOPMENT NETWORK provides the space for people involved or interested in communication, media, social and behavioural change related to development issues in SOUTH AFRICA to share knowledge and ...

Cochrane Review: Improving Immunisation Coverage
July 25, 2016

Cochrane Review: Improving Immunisation Coverage

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We have just summarized a Cochrane Review: Interventions for Improving Coverage of Childhood Immunisation in Low- and Middle-Income Countries The relevant headline from the summary is: "Giving information about vaccination to parents and ...

Interventions to Strengthen the HIV Prevention Cascade: A Systematic Review of Reviews
July 21, 2016

Interventions to Strengthen the HIV Prevention Cascade: A Systematic Review ...

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"Much progress has been made in interventions to prevent HIV infection. However, development of evidence-informed prevention programmes that translate the efficacy of these strategies into population effect remain a challenge." This paper ...

HIV/AIDS - Progress or Stalled? What Next?
July 19, 2016

HIV/AIDS - Progress or Stalled? What Next?

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I can get a bit confused by the mood around HIV/AIDS progress. A few questions follow below (click "please review") for your consideration. In general the people and organisations who either monitor and report progress and/or develop and oversee ...

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