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Author: Alexandra Tyers, April 21 2015 - I was recently in Tanzania, working with the mobile operator Tigo to conduct participatory research with users of their Tigo Biashara service, which launched a few months ago. Tigo were awarded an Innovation Fund grant from GSMA Connected Women to develop Tigo Biashara, a mobile educational service,...

Author: Dorothy Peprah, April 21 2015 - As we tentatively celebrate the recovery of Beatrice Yardolo, the last known Ebola patient to be discharged from a treatment centre in Liberia, BBC Media Action continues working on programmes and training across the region to ensure Ebola is minimised.

On this digital/mobile platform, young and adult Latino immigrant workers in Los Angeles, California, United States (US), can create stories about their lives and communities directly from a cell phone. Vozmob appropriates technology to promote popular communication.

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On this digital/mobile platform, young and adult Latino immigrant workers in Los Angeles, California, United States (US), can create stories about their lives and communities directly from a cell phone. Vozmob appropriates technology to promote popular communication.

Author:  Silvio Waisbord, March 18 2015, cross-posted from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) website: In this guest post, Silvio Waisbord, Ph.D. of the George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs explores how social media can influence public health behaviors, especially in resource-limited...

This tool from ZMQ's FreedomTB initiative is designed using a "fully-technology linked" development model that informs the tool design of a mobile phone app, the Active Compliance System, used to combat tuberculosis (TB). 

This tool, being scaled up as a project involving 3,000 patients in Mewat District of Haryana in India, links...

This 4-page brief discusses how Girl Hub used a story collection research methodology called SenseMaker to help generate girl-centred evidence to inform girls' empowerment interventions. The brief outlines what Sensemaker is, provides examples of Girl Hub's experience in practice, and reflects on future implementation. As stated in the brief, "...

This 30-page paper, commissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), discusses how communication can be used in emergency contexts to improve humanitarian responses, with particular focus on the infoasaid project experience.

How to improve the response to malaria?

Author Dr. Michel Odika, March 5 2015 - Historically… Many factors have restricted a country’s capacity to use malaria-related data for improving monitoring and evaluation. These include limited human and financial resources, multiple reporting demands from stakeholders (including donors) and the lack of a reliable...

Author:  Emma Schwartz of NetHope Solutions Center, originally posted December 15 2014, cross-posted February 5 2015 - [Health Communication Capacity Collaborative] HC3’s held its seventh Health Communication Innovation Webinar on Dec. 9 [2014] to offer...

In October 2013, a training in Salvador, Brazil, introducing a multimedia technology called Vojo, was presented to 20 youth in a quilombo community (a settlement of people originally of African origin), Ilha de Maré, which has no internet access. The training introduced a means of posting content in the internet with inexpensive mobile phones...

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Strategic Thinking

This 4-page brief discusses how Girl Hub used a story collection research methodology called SenseMaker to help generate girl-centred evidence to inform girls' empowerment interventions. The brief outlines what Sensemaker is, provides examples of Girl Hub's experience in practice, and reflects on future implementation. As stated in the brief, "...

This 30-page paper, commissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), discusses how communication can be used in emergency contexts to improve humanitarian responses, with particular focus on the infoasaid project experience.

"[A] social design focus should concentrate on context-specific innovations that open safe spaces for dialogue and create new ways of delivering motivating and clear messages to the general public by challenging normalised ideas. Ultimately, this article creates a platform upon which this type of social design thinking and output can develop...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

"[T]he findings clearly indicate that mobile reading is opening up a new pathway to literacy for children."

"In the entire set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group, draft Target 10 of draft Goal 16 is the sole provision that would explicitly require UN [United Nations] members to provide the information that would show if the new global goals are on track to being met - or not."

"Using mobile phone-based technologies can create platforms for real-time evidence-based innovations in immunizations service communication and service delivery."

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Evaluations

This 4-page brief discusses how Girl Hub used a story collection research methodology called SenseMaker to help generate girl-centred evidence to inform girls' empowerment interventions. The brief outlines what Sensemaker is, provides examples of Girl Hub's experience in practice, and reflects on future implementation. As stated in the brief, "...

This 30-page paper, commissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), discusses how communication can be used in emergency contexts to improve humanitarian responses, with particular focus on the infoasaid project experience.

This 83-page report discusses a study to assess the impact of the Shamba Shape Up (SSU) television edutainment programme on small-scale agriculture in Kenya and to research how the programme influences farmers' activities. Led by the University of Reading (United Kingdom), the evaluation study was commissioned by the Africa Enterprise Challenge...

"Using mobile phone-based technologies can create platforms for real-time evidence-based innovations in immunizations service communication and service delivery."

This 14-page report discusses the processes, successes, and lessons learned by Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action South Africa (MAMA SA) related to using mobile technologies to deliver health information to new and expectant mothers and their families. Working together with a consortium of organisations, MAMA SA is using mobile-based...

"[W]hile technology has the potential to amplify citizens' voices, it must be accompanied by clear political goals and other factors to increase their clout."

Drawing upon case studies from 9 programmes around the world and a citizen participation theory of change, this case study from the United States (US)-based National...

With the goal of providing a foundation for further investigation into the use of mobile health tools to support the performance and accountability of front-line health workers (FLHWs) in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), this mHealth Alliance report outlines research that involved a 3-pronged approach:

"BBC Media Action's qualitative research explored the maternal and child health information that is available and needed [in Afghanistan], and analysed which people in households and the community have significant influence over pregnant women."

This research summary describes BBC Media Action's scoping study of the potential of maternal...

"Last month there was a village meeting with over 20 participants including villagers, NGO representatives, the village chief and youth... I expressed my opinion about the [problem of] clean water and diarrhoea... then I dialled the m-Loy9 code and we listened about this problem." m-Loy9 trial participant

For the monitoring of coverage in supplementary immunisation activities (SIAs) carried out as part of the effort to eradicate polio in Pakistan (and, thus, globally), "automated systems based on short message service (SMS) texts appear to be an attractive and relatively inexpensive option." This is the conclusion of research conducted by Aga...

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Experiences

On this digital/mobile platform, young and adult Latino immigrant workers in Los Angeles, California, United States (US), can create stories about their lives and communities directly from a cell phone. Vozmob appropriates technology to promote popular communication.

MIRA Channel, a mobile health initiative produced in India, "is an integrated mobile phone channel to provide health information to rural women and connect them with public health services using mobile phones in low-resource settings. The objective of MIRA is to enable women to improve health indicators by self-managing their health and reach...

Since July 2012, Plan International has been using mobile phone videos to reach out to remote communities in Uganda to share best practices in supporting the early childhood care and development (ECCD) needs of young children. In collaboration with Nokia, the videos are being produced and screened in remote areas without network coverage or...

In October 2013, a training in Salvador, Brazil, introducing a multimedia technology called Vojo, was presented to 20 youth in a quilombo community (a settlement of people originally of African origin), Ilha de Maré, which has no internet access. The training introduced a means of posting content in the internet with inexpensive mobile phones...

Launched in December 2014, the I Survived Ebola campaign is using personal stories and experiences told by Ebola survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea "to inform, protect, and spread hope" while also countering stigma and discrimination. The stories are being documented and shared in video, audio, and print formats, and disseminated...

Launched by the community radio FM station Radio Namaskar in Puri District, Odisha, India, in July 2010, Chala Skul Ku Jiba (Let Us Go to School) was a multi-media behaviour change initiative that sought to mobilise school dropouts to go back to school.

Launched in July 2014, the ICT-Enhanced Advocacy: Mobilising Communities Around Children's Rights project is using SMS (text messaging) to mobilise communities in Malawi around issues affecting children's rights and education. The initiative is designed to provide information, empower the community to voice their concerns, and put a structure...

From the global human rights organisation Breakthrough, this information and communication technology (ICT) campaign asks people around the world to share their selfie (a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone often shared on social networking services) as part of this effort to bring home to...

"[D]igitally literate women can bring about a lot of change in culture, thinking and social welfare."

Through collaboration between Google and the Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF), amongst other partners (see below),  with training through Community Information Resource Center (CIRC) of women, adolescent girls, and "dropout"...

"Child health records help ensure every child receives the vaccines they need to live a healthy and productive life. However, many health records are lost or destroyed, not accurately maintained, or are simply too confusing to read."

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Materials

This tool from ZMQ's FreedomTB initiative is designed using a "fully-technology linked" development model that informs the tool design of a mobile phone app, the Active Compliance System, used to combat tuberculosis (TB). 

This tool, being scaled up as a project involving 3,000 patients in Mewat District of Haryana in India, links...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

"The role that new media and communications technologies have played in the recent 'Arab Spring' uprisings, as well as in recent disaster responses, has sparked a large amount of academic and professional interest in their potential, how they can be harnessed effectively, but also their limitations."

"By adding social media to the annual work plans and official set of strategies that are being used in an emergency, you will be able to reduce opposition, increase internal awareness and buy-in for your activities..."

"Theories are often used to guide the design of messaging content aimed at increasing demand for health services and commodities. However, it not always the case that theories are used to guide the selection of the media through which those messages are conveyed; especially in modern demand generation initiatives that leverage new...

"Since the mobiles for development space is evolving rapidly, the handbook is intended to equip readers with a set of questions to ask when using or considering mobiles, rather than providing a prescription for how to use mobiles in a given country or sector."

Helping Women Get Online (HWGO) is a website, YouTube video channel, and training project (see Related Summaries below) aimed to increase knowledge and access of Indian women to information and communication technology (ICT) usage through the internet and a telephone hotline.

The website includes a step-by-step guide, covering, for...

"Today more than ever smallholders and rural communities require access to information and communication to make their voices heard and change their lives for the better. Communication for Development [ComDev] facilitates dialogue and collaborative action, combining participatory methods with communication tools ranging from community media...

This video explains the origin of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the year 2000 and the ways in which people are interacting to share opinions on the next set of post-2015 goals as the deadline for the first set, the MDGs, approaches.

"MediCapt is a mobile application, under development by the Program on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), to help clinicians more effectively collect, document, and preserve forensic medical evidence of sexual violence to support the local prosecution of these crimes."

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Awards

"The initiative comes in the wake of the disclosure of 'diversity' figures by major tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn, which reveal that, across the board, the number of women in tech jobs is well under 20 per cent, with the percentage of women in leadership roles not much better - reflecting a global lack of...

The Manthan Award was created to recognise best practices in the areas of e-content, creativity, innovation, and development in internet content in India. This specific competition is a regional award for eleven states of southwest India. The core objective of the Manthan Award process is "giving visibility to the already existing content and...

"If you use digital technologies to create content addressing socially relevant issues, this could be your chance to bring your project to a stage of global recognition."

Centre for Communication and Social Change Awards 2014

The Centre for Communication and Social Change is looking for outstanding and innovative individuals and organisations using communication and information and communication technology (ICTs) in communities to create meaningful change and facilitate social, economic, and technological development. The Award exists to recognise 'unsung heroes'...

Manthan South Asia & Asia Pacific Award

The Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF) and .ORG, in association with Vodafone, present the Manthan South Asia & Asia Pacific Awards, open to participants located in South Asia and Asia Pacific.

The core objective of the Manthan Award process is: making visible the digital contents that already exist, thus demonstrating the richness...

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Radio

This 30-page paper, commissioned by the Humanitarian Practice Network (HPN) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), discusses how communication can be used in emergency contexts to improve humanitarian responses, with particular focus on the infoasaid project experience.

Launched in December 2014, the I Survived Ebola campaign is using personal stories and experiences told by Ebola survivors in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea "to inform, protect, and spread hope" while also countering stigma and discrimination. The stories are being documented and shared in video, audio, and print formats, and disseminated...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

Launched by the community radio FM station Radio Namaskar in Puri District, Odisha, India, in July 2010, Chala Skul Ku Jiba (Let Us Go to School) was a multi-media behaviour change initiative that sought to mobilise school dropouts to go back to school.

"In the entire set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group, draft Target 10 of draft Goal 16 is the sole provision that would explicitly require UN [United Nations] members to provide the information that would show if the new global goals are on track to being met - or not."

"How can we build health communication and other capacity in disadvantaged settings?"

"This resource provides an in-depth look at three programs that illustrate the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) and new media - specifically using mobile technologies - as part of an integrated strategy to increase demand for and use of reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) commodities and services."...

Launched in July 2014, the ICT-Enhanced Advocacy: Mobilising Communities Around Children's Rights project is using SMS (text messaging) to mobilise communities in Malawi around issues affecting children's rights and education. The initiative is designed to provide information, empower the community to voice their concerns, and put a structure...

"Theories are often used to guide the design of messaging content aimed at increasing demand for health services and commodities. However, it not always the case that theories are used to guide the selection of the media through which those messages are conveyed; especially in modern demand generation initiatives that leverage new...

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Television

This 83-page report discusses a study to assess the impact of the Shamba Shape Up (SSU) television edutainment programme on small-scale agriculture in Kenya and to research how the programme influences farmers' activities. Led by the University of Reading (United Kingdom), the evaluation study was commissioned by the Africa Enterprise Challenge...

"Without question, communication is playing an increasingly important role within complex emergencies. New information and communication technologies and burgeoning social media use are combining with the extensive reach and use of traditional media to provide crucial lifeline information resources for vulnerable people."

"In the entire set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group, draft Target 10 of draft Goal 16 is the sole provision that would explicitly require UN [United Nations] members to provide the information that would show if the new global goals are on track to being met - or not."

"Theories are often used to guide the design of messaging content aimed at increasing demand for health services and commodities. However, it not always the case that theories are used to guide the selection of the media through which those messages are conveyed; especially in modern demand generation initiatives that leverage new...

"This report focuses on the ways in which youth in Cambodia access and use different types of media and explores media as a source of information for young people. It also looks at how media can have an impact on their levels of civic participation as well as their attitudes."

"...[T]he media children use can have a profound impact - both positive and negative - on learning, social development, and behavior. The only way to maximize the positive impact of media on children is to have an accurate understanding of the role it plays in their lives: which platforms they are using, the activities or content they are...

"The initiative comes in the wake of the disclosure of 'diversity' figures by major tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn, which reveal that, across the board, the number of women in tech jobs is well under 20 per cent, with the percentage of women in leadership roles not much better - reflecting a global lack of...

"BBC Media Action's qualitative research explored the maternal and child health information that is available and needed [in Afghanistan], and analysed which people in households and the community have significant influence over pregnant women."

This research summary describes BBC Media Action's scoping study of the potential of maternal...

I am deeply dissatisfied with the current state of public discourse about the role of media in international development. It appears to be dominated by 'techno-utopian' narratives which celebrate the apparent capacity of the media to directly deliver 'positive' benefits to communities.

"Affording citizens with MIL competencies contributes to free, independent and pluralistic media and information systems, thereby improving the quality of information they provide. While free media is perhaps taken for granted in the western world, more than a third of the world's population lives in countries where media and other...

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News Media

In October 2013, a training in Salvador, Brazil, introducing a multimedia technology called Vojo, was presented to 20 youth in a quilombo community (a settlement of people originally of African origin), Ilha de Maré, which has no internet access. The training introduced a means of posting content in the internet with inexpensive mobile phones...

"In the entire set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets proposed by the Open Working Group, draft Target 10 of draft Goal 16 is the sole provision that would explicitly require UN [United Nations] members to provide the information that would show if the new global goals are on track to being met - or not."

"This report focuses on the ways in which youth in Cambodia access and use different types of media and explores media as a source of information for young people. It also looks at how media can have an impact on their levels of civic participation as well as their attitudes."

"Utilizing social media and user-generated content for post-conflict peacebuilding does not simply mean making a Facebook or Twitter account for your organization. Social media involves conversation, and listening as well."

Produced by Internews Humanitarian Information Service in South Sudan, Boda Boda Talk Talk (BBTT) is a recorded audio service which seeks to provide life-saving and life-enhancing information to people displaced by the conflict at two of the United Nations Missions in Sudan South (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians sites in Juba. The BBTT...

"BBC Media Action's qualitative research explored the maternal and child health information that is available and needed [in Afghanistan], and analysed which people in households and the community have significant influence over pregnant women."

This research summary describes BBC Media Action's scoping study of the potential of maternal...

The Manthan Award was created to recognise best practices in the areas of e-content, creativity, innovation, and development in internet content in India. This specific competition is a regional award for eleven states of southwest India. The core objective of the Manthan Award process is "giving visibility to the already existing content and...

"This collaboration presents the opportunity to link citizen journalism, official elections monitoring, and traditional media coverage with a single platform that can provide a much more comprehensive picture of the election process than any of three could independently."

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