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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 ...

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement
September 20, 2017

Voice or Chatter? Making ICTs Work for Transformative Engagement

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"Digital choices for democracy can empower or disempower citizens; can present citizens with real alternatives for equality, thereby deepening democracy; or [can] prove costly for both individual citizens and the polity as a whole."

A Citizenship in Crisis: Voice, Welfare and Other Contestations in the Digital State
August 28, 2017

A Citizenship in Crisis: Voice, Welfare and Other Contestations in the ...

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"The primacy of the digital over the offline, in a scenario where digital access disparities are stark, has meant that traditional forms of collective representation and action fall by the wayside and are not given their fair due - to emerge, ...

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. - ...

Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age
August 22, 2017

Democratic Accountability in the Digital Age

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This paper summarises the key issues in the current digital governance scenario in India. It focuses on emerging technological practices in government and articulates the gaps in current legal-policy measures necessary to promote participatory ...

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 ...

When Digital Democracy Falls Short: Insights from Colombia
August 3, 2017

When Digital Democracy Falls Short: Insights from Colombia

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This research brief examines the impact of information and communication technology (ICT) mediation in democratisation and citizen engagement in Colombia. This country's e-government development has been recognised by the United Nations (UN) as a ...

A Tale of Two Consultations: Online Participatory Practices in Brazil
July 31, 2017

A Tale of Two Consultations: Online Participatory Practices in Brazil

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This paper gives an overview of the state of information and communication technology (ICT)-mediated citizen participation in Brazil. Internet penetration still remains a major challenge in this country, with only around half of homes having ...

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 ...

When Top Down Visions Meet Grassroots Digital Activism: Notes from Netherlands
July 11, 2017

When Top Down Visions Meet Grassroots Digital Activism: Notes from Netherlands

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"...even in a context where citizen participation becomes a policy principle, the desired format of and the actual opportunities for participation can be problematic." This paper from Making All Voices Count studies the integration of ...

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 ...

Integrated Social Behavior Change Communication to Improve Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition Practices
June 15, 2017

Integrated Social Behavior Change Communication to Improve Maternal, Infant, ...

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This technical brief describes the social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) approach used by the Empowering the New Generation to Improve Nutrition and Economic Opportunities (ENGINE) project, a multisector nutrition project implemented ...

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 ...

Tech Age Girls (TAG)
June 7, 2017

Tech Age Girls (TAG)

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"[E]fforts to improve girls' potential must go beyond training and start creating an ecosystem in which skills can be maximized. This means addressing leadership and self-confidence, creating support networks, developing allies and advocates, and ...

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 ...

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 ...

Organizational Guide to ICT4D: Leveraging Technology for International Development
May 5, 2017

Organizational Guide to ICT4D: Leveraging Technology for International ...

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"The world faces many challenges that require academic understanding, technological application, and program implementation to address. This guide is intended for internal change leaders and lays out an approach to using technology to improve ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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."

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, ...

Capacity Strengthening: HC3 Uses Technology in Bangladesh to Build Field Worker Confidence  and Social and Behavior Change Communication Skills
January 10, 2017

Capacity Strengthening: HC3 Uses Technology in Bangladesh to Build Field ...

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From the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3), this case study examines the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI) is part of a series describing HC3's social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) capacity ...

Digital Mapping in Warwick Junction and the Remaking of 'Space': Notes from South Africa
July 12, 2017

Digital Mapping in Warwick Junction and the Remaking of 'Space': Notes from ...

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“With greater ICT availability, there is a growing possibility for citizens to use ICTs to hold government accountable, particularly around local public service delivery.”

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."

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 ...

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 ...

Health through Measurement: Countries Learn How by Listening to Each Other
October 10, 2016

Health through Measurement: Countries Learn How by Listening to Each Other

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Author: James Thomas, October 10 2016 - In a world that is working to ensure health for all, what does progress look like? It might look like people from different nations sitting in tight circles, leaning in to hear each talk about their ...

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 ...

Getting from 'Wow' to Sustainability
September 29, 2016

Getting from 'Wow' to Sustainability

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Author: Jim Thomas, PhD, Project Director, MEASURE Evaluation, June 28 2016 [a MEASURE Evaluation blog reprinted from the Global Digital Health Network on the Knowledge Gateway] BANGKOK, Thailand - With a cellphone application, mClinica can ...

Afghan Information Ecosystems: A Design Research Approach
September 27, 2016

Afghan Information Ecosystems: A Design Research Approach

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"[P]ractitioners should take steps to increase online security, online literacy, and inclusivity while keeping sight of the enduring value of face to face networks and conventional communication methods."

Shining a Light on Untapped Resources for Behavior Change Communication in Guatemala
September 23, 2016

Shining a Light on Untapped Resources for Behavior Change Communication in ...

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"These studies provided new and important insights on three avenues for engagement that have, to date, been underutilized for social and behavior change communication."

Mobile Phones, Internet, and Gender in Myanmar
September 15, 2016

Mobile Phones, Internet, and Gender in Myanmar

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This report is the result of research conducted by LIRNEasia and GSMA's Connected Women programme focusing on women's access to and use of mobile phones in Myanmar, where 40% of the population aged 15-65 owned a mobile phone and 30% of the ...

Making All Voices Count
August 30, 2016

Making All Voices Count

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Making All Voices Count is an international initiative that supports effective and accountable governance in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. The initiative brings together actors from government, civil society, academia, and the technology ...

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