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Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the Literature
November 2, 2017

Open Data and Transparent Value Chains in Agriculture: A Review of the ...

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"In the context of smallholder agriculture, which contains a large and at times complicated number of value chain actors, unequal access to information leads certain actors to be on the losing end of the transactions that take place within the ...

Assessing How Agricultural Technologies Can Change Gender Dynamics and Food Security - A Three-Part Toolkit
October 31, 2017

Assessing How Agricultural Technologies Can Change Gender Dynamics and Food ...

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The INGENAES toolkit, developed by Cultural Practice, LLC, introduces a methodology that is designed to aid practitioners and researchers in assessing whether agricultural technologies they are planning to introduce or promote are ...

Digital Health for Systems: Strengthening Family Planning Systems Through Time and Resource Efficiencies
October 18, 2017

Digital Health for Systems: Strengthening Family Planning Systems Through ...

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This brief summarises the experience and evidence for the most commonly used digital health technologies aimed at supporting health systems and service delivery for family planning around the world. Digital health has been identified as a ...

Gender and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Survey Toolkit
October 3, 2017

Gender and Information Communication Technology (ICT) Survey Toolkit

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The Gender and ICT Survey Toolkit provides a set of resources for obtaining a landscape assessment of gender and information and communication technology (ICT), providing organisations wanting to use mobile technology in their humanitarian and ...

Tools, Platforms and Mechanisms to Support Accountability to Disaster-Affected Populations in the Philippines
September 25, 2017

Tools, Platforms and Mechanisms to Support Accountability to ...

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"Active community participation was undeniably missing in the conceptualisation, implementation and monitoring of the accountability platforms developed in response to Typhoon Haiyan." This Making All Voices Count research report assesses the ...

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good
September 7, 2017

Civic Tech in the Global South: Assessing Technology for the Public Good

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"[I]n contrast with the deluge of blog posts and tweets praising technology’s role to promote smarter and more participatory governments, one finds limited evidence on the effects of technology on citizen engagement practices." - Tiago Carneiro ...

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends
August 30, 2017

World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends

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This World Bank report explores the impact of the internet, mobile phones, and related technologies on economic development. Its statistics and analysis show that, while digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world, digital ...

ReMiND Project: Midterm Evaluation Summary
August 22, 2017

ReMiND Project: Midterm Evaluation Summary

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Using mobile phone-based health technology (mHealth) in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India, the Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths Project (ReMiND) aims to increase the adoption of key maternal newborn and child health practices by improving the ...

Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND)
August 22, 2017

Reducing Maternal and Newborn Deaths (ReMiND)

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"What was really eye-opening was that with the phone, the illiterate ASHA, who seemed overwhelmed and a bit lost, was transformed to someone with increased skills and confidence, who was effective in her work and respected in her community. - ...

New Pathways for Citizen Agency: Open Government National Action Plans in Uruguay
August 11, 2017

New Pathways for Citizen Agency: Open Government National Action Plans in ...

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This research brief looks at the experience of open governance in Uruguay. It analyses the creation and implementation of the Open Government National Action Plan (OGP-NAP) to understand its impact on citizen agency and participation in the ...

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

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

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

Young Adolescents and Digital Media: Uses, Risks and Opportunities in Low-and Middle-Income Countries
August 7, 2017

Young Adolescents and Digital Media: Uses, Risks and Opportunities in ...

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With the goal of contributing to evidence-informed programming and policy dialogues and action, this rapid evidence review explores adolescent girls' access to and use of digital media, especially mobile phones and the internet, in low- and ...

Local Radio in Afghanistan: A Sustainability Assessment
July 26, 2017

Local Radio in Afghanistan: A Sustainability Assessment

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"[T]he historical resilience of radio and its future prospects within Afghanistan’s fluid media landscape, and in particular the viability of local radio stations’ efforts to guarantee a minimum level of access to information for even the most ...

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

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

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

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

Social Media Handbook: Tips for Civil Society Users

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

Improving Data Quality in Mobile Community-Based Health Information Systems
June 27, 2017

Improving Data Quality in Mobile Community-Based Health Information Systems

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"Given the power of community-based data to inform decision making, it is essential that these data are of high quality....The true power of community-based health data can be realized when stakeholders across all levels of the system use this ...

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain
June 23, 2017

Citizen Participation and the Rise of the Open Source City in Spain

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"Although the scheme may be simple, we believe that it already features most of the components of a new democratic participation in the digital age." This research brief from IT for Change via Making All Voices Count looks at initiatives that ...

Key Findings Report: Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Workshop
June 20, 2017

Key Findings Report: Innovation for Data-Driven Agriculture Workshop

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"Opportunities and challenges relevant to smallholder agriculture in emerging economies are increasing thanks to the continued proliferation of smartphones, sensors, and advanced analytics globally." - Karina Lundahl, Facilitator, Innovation for ...

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory
June 12, 2017

Digital Technologies for Resilience Inventory

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

Zika Communication Mapping
May 16, 2017

Zika Communication Mapping

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This mapping tool is designed to support country-level coordination in Zika communication in 4 Latin American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Developed by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative ...

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development
May 12, 2017

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development

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"The...potential and limitations of these technologies are fundamentally dependent on choices that we make, today and in the future - choices about keeping platforms open and interoperable, choices about hardwiring users' rights and freedoms into ...

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for Social and Behavior Change Communication
May 5, 2017

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for ...

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This end of project report highlights the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI), a 3-year (2013-2016) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project under the global Health Communication Capacity ...

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: Potential and Constraints
April 10, 2017

The Use of Mobile Technology for Humanitarian Programming in Syria: ...

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"Everyone is reliant on mobile technology for communication ... Even a grandmother in Syria might now be using applications such as WhatsApp ... these tools have become central." (Field researcher interviewee) This report presents the findings ...

Pioneering HIV Services for and with Men Having Sex with Men in MENA
March 30, 2017

Pioneering HIV Services for and with Men Having Sex with Men in MENA

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"Deeply rooted HIV-related stigma and discrimination [in the MENA region], apparent in laws, policies, and programmes, and at all levels of society, pose significant barriers to HIV prevention and care, support and engagement of key populations ...

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's Work to Improve Maternal and Child Health
March 23, 2017

A Bigger Splash - Partnering for Impact: Lessons from BBC Media Action's ...

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"By working with governmental and non-governmental partners, BBC Media Action's content was able to go beyond mass media to reach those without access, spark discussion and deepen the impact of work to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn ...

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches to Sexual and Reproductive Health Education and Services
March 14, 2017

Adolescents in Bangladesh: A Situation Analysis of Programmatic Approaches ...

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"[I]ssues surrounding sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remain a cultural taboo, especially for adolescents and young unmarried people. Adolescents in Bangladesh too often enter their reproductive years poorly informed about SRH issues, ...

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings from massive BBC programme
March 10, 2017

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings ...

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Author: Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam GB on March 1 2017 - A recurring pattern: I get invited to join a conversation with a bunch of specialists on a particular issue (eg market systems). Cue panic and some quick skim-reading of ...

Global Health eLearning: Examining the Effects of Blended Learning Models on Knowledge Application and Retention
March 9, 2017

Global Health eLearning: Examining the Effects of Blended Learning Models on ...

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"Findings from the study support the potential of blended learning models to reinforce learning and application of knowledge, which is crucial to ensuring health professionals around the world have access to accurate and timely health information."

Designing eLearning Courses to Meet the Digital Literacy Needs of Healthcare Workers in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries: Experiences from the Knowledge for Health Project
March 3, 2017

Designing eLearning Courses to Meet the Digital Literacy Needs of Healthcare ...

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"Traditional conceptualizations of knowledge management fail to incorporate the social aspects in which knowledge management work operates. Social knowledge management places people at the center of all knowledge management, including placing the ...

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Effects of a Digital Health Training Package on Client Family Planning Behaviors
March 3, 2017

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Effects of a Digital Health ...

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"Knowledge management methods such as eLearning courses and Toolkits provide curated and synthesized collections of selected health information that fieldworkers can easily access and apply in their daily work, and then diffuse this knowledge and ...

Routine Health Information Systems: A Curriculum on Basic Concepts and Practice
February 22, 2017

Routine Health Information Systems: A Curriculum on Basic Concepts and Practice

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"Relevant and well-structured courses on RHIS are few, and are not tailored to the needs of developing countries." Routine health information systems (RHIS), also called health facility and community information systems, regularly generate data ...

Refugees and Connectivity
February 13, 2017

Refugees and Connectivity

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"The current refugee crisis is the world's most pressing humanitarian challenge....This refugee crisis...is the first mass displacement of the digital age....These phenomena are creating a demand for mobile network operators to step into new ...

Global Diffusion of eHealth: Making Universal Health Coverage Achievable
February 1, 2017

Global Diffusion of eHealth: Making Universal Health Coverage Achievable

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"...in the 21st century the delivery of health care and improvements of health systems must consider the contribution of ICT as an essential and central component, not an add-on. eHealth is now an integral part of delivering improvements in health."

Change Starts at Home
January 25, 2017

Change Starts at Home

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Equal Access (EA)'s Change Starts at Home (Change) initiative uses a multi-component social behaviour change communication (SBCC) strategy involving a radio drama and community mobilisation to shift attitudes, norms, and behaviours that underpin ...

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programs with Men Who Have Sex With Men: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions
January 19, 2017

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programs with Men Who Have Sex With ...

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"Despite major scientific advances in the fight against HIV and AIDS, health departments around the world lack the necessary know-how to deliver responsive sexual health services targeting men who have sex with men. This and other barriers like ...

Making Content Meaningful: A Guide to Adapting Existing Global Health Content for Different Audiences
January 12, 2017

Making Content Meaningful: A Guide to Adapting Existing Global Health ...

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This guide is designed to help programme managers and implementers working in the health and development sectors to adapt existing openly accessible health content to different contexts, local languages, and formats. As explained in the guide, ...

Digital Development: What Is the Role of International NGOs? ICT for Development Programmes and Opportunities in the Horn, East and Central Africa
February 27, 2017

Digital Development: What Is the Role of International NGOs? ICT for ...

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“Trends in international development point to increasing investment in new technologies and a more significant role for information communication technologies (ICT) in the work of NGOs.” This discussion paper reports on the results of research ...

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 ...

Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media
January 5, 2017

Social Networking: A Guide to Strengthening Civil Society through Social Media

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"Social media operations are most effective when they are strategically incorporated as part of an organization's outreach, program design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation efforts."

Eyes and Ears on the Ground: Monitoring Aid in Insecure Environments
January 4, 2017

Eyes and Ears on the Ground: Monitoring Aid in Insecure Environments

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"Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is critical for understanding the performance of aid, ensuring accountability to affected populations and donors, and allowing effective continuation of programmes amid insecurity. Nonetheless, insecurity can ...

Technologies for Monitoring in Insecure Environments
January 4, 2017

Technologies for Monitoring in Insecure Environments

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"In some of the most insecure humanitarian contexts, monitoring aid programmes is particularly important to humanitarian organisations. Did assistance get to the right people? Have aid trucks safely reached their intended location? How do ...

Listening to Communities in Insecure Environments
January 4, 2017

Listening to Communities in Insecure Environments

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"In insecure environments, where humanitarian staff have limited opportunities for face-to-face interactions with communities, achieving accountability to affected populations is more complex and often requires a mix of approaches. Community ...

Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Initiative: Final M&E Report
December 20, 2016

Half the Sky Movement Global Engagement Initiative: Final M&E Report

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"...the HTSM project offers promising potential as a bottom-up media intervention model. If used with local populations in high need areas, these media tools can help change individual attitudes and behaviors that will pave the way for local ...

Impact of Health Communication on the HIV Continuum of Care
December 13, 2016

Impact of Health Communication on the HIV Continuum of Care

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"Health communication can motivate people to get tested, get treated and stay on treatment for the rest of their lives. That's because health communication seeks to address frankly the complex behaviors that influence HIV-related decision-making ...

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI)
November 17, 2016

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI)

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"Making SBCC materials, resources and training available in a digital format is a cost-effective and sustainable way to reach more people with consistent, reliable information." - Rebecca Arnold, Project Director, BKMI Launched in 2013, the ...

eHealth Conversations: Using Information Management, Dialogue, and Knowledge Exchange to Move Toward Universal Access to Health
November 10, 2016

eHealth Conversations: Using Information Management, Dialogue, and Knowledge ...

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"Due to the variety and timeliness of the topics addressed, this work is useful for health professionals, decision makers, political leaders, developers of health-related programs, and other players interested in the broad field of eHealth."

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 ...

Seeing Is Believing: Evidence from a Community Video Approach for Nutrition and Hygiene Behaviors
October 18, 2016

Seeing Is Believing: Evidence from a Community Video Approach for Nutrition ...

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"The use of video as a SBCC medium offers several advantages when working in rural communities, such as more standardized content with fewer inconsistencies across educators and high receptivity and understanding among low-literacy ...

Priya's Shakti and Priya's Mirror
October 11, 2016

Priya's Shakti and Priya's Mirror

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"...shatters the taboos around gender based violence through art, education, and a strong identifiable female character who is a rape survivor and superhero."

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to the next
October 4, 2016

Health information systems lay foundation for building from one emergency to ...

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Author: James Thomas, cross-posted on October 4 2016 - Ebola has once again surfaced in Guinea. Meanwhile, the battle with Zika virus continues in Latin America. American responses to outbreaks tend to be disease-specific, driven in part by the ...

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