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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."

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Social Media
September 18, 2017

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and ...

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"In a region with more mobile phones than people,...digital growth in Southeast Asia presents opportunities for children on the move to make informed decisions prior to migration and could help to prevent children from moving alone or being ...

DataWinners
September 13, 2017

DataWinners

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Launched in January 2012, DataWinners is an online, do-it-yourself mobile data collection service for organisations in the developing world, designed by Human Network International (HNI). Using the service, organisations transform paper forms ...

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services
September 8, 2017

Digital Tools and Improving Women's Safety and Access to Support Services

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"The literature on (non-digital and digital) ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) and women and girls' empowerment is relatively large, but most studies focus on women's economic empowerment, and these rarely draw connections between ...

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women
September 7, 2017

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women

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What are the most effective tools developed for digital platforms (social media, mobile phone apps and websites) that have been successful in changing behaviour in relation to violence against women? Violence against women and girls (VAWG) ...

Guide to Investigative Web Research
August 29, 2017

Guide to Investigative Web Research

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This introductory guide to investigative web research (IWR) was created by The Engine Room, an international organisation working to help activists, organisations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase ...

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 ...

Development and Access to Information
August 11, 2017

Development and Access to Information

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"Can access to information create more socially and economically inclusive societies? ....[H]w can we capitalize on the strengths of the information society to help combat poverty and inequality, make governments more transparent and accountable, ...

Participatory Video and the Pacifica Mamas: A Pilot Project
August 2, 2017

Participatory Video and the Pacifica Mamas: A Pilot Project

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"Emerging literature highlights that in the Pacific, the use of participatory video (PV)...can be employed as a tool to empower communities to have agency over their media outputs, meaning that they have full control of the content creation, ...

Open Development: Access to Information and the Sustainable Development Goals
July 31, 2017

Open Development: Access to Information and the Sustainable Development Goals

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"The effective implementation of RTI [the right to information] is a prerequisite for the effective participation of the population and their ability to have a voice, which are necessary for democratic societies."

ICT in Agriculture: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and Institutions (Updated Edition)
July 27, 2017

ICT in Agriculture: Connecting Smallholders to Knowledge, Networks, and ...

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“Information and communication technology (ICT) has always mattered in agriculture. Ever since people have grown crops, raised livestock, and caught fish, they have sought information from one another. Today, ICT represents a tremendous ...

Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action
July 18, 2017

Handbook on Data Protection in Humanitarian Action

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Published as part of the Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)'s Data Protection in Humanitarian Action project, this resource is designed for the staff of humanitarian organisations involved in processing ...

Digital Reach
July 10, 2017

Digital Reach

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Working with 12 delivery partners, Nominet Trust is supporting six pilot projects in the United Kingdom (UK) to test a range of new models to meaningfully improve the digital skills, confidence, and resilience of young people aged 15-24 who lack ...

Lost in Translation: The Misinformed Journey of Migrants Across Italy
July 10, 2017

Lost in Translation: The Misinformed Journey of Migrants Across Italy

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"No matter the timeframe of their stay in Italy, or the purpose of their journeys, refugees and migrants demonstrate complex information needs about their ever-changing situation, which require a dynamic response with buy-in from all implicated ...

Hollaback!
July 7, 2017

Hollaback!

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"We've got your back. By sharing your story, you change the way people talk about and understand harassment." Hollaback! is an international movement seeking to end harassment in public spaces. Its website invites women to share narratives (and ...

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?"

The 12 Essentials for System Change
June 30, 2017

The 12 Essentials for System Change

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"To imagine that meaningful interaction can be retrofitted into the existing, well-established systems and structures falls short of a 'revolution'. Revolutions denote a change in power dynamics, which is happening as people affected by disaster ...

Vaccination Resilience: Building and Sustaining Confidence in and Demand for Vaccination
June 30, 2017

Vaccination Resilience: Building and Sustaining Confidence in and Demand for ...

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"In our noisy social media and peer advice overwhelming environment filled with conflicting vaccine narratives, building vaccination resilience is key to minimizing the development of hesitancy and ensuring that immunization programs are not ...

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?
June 27, 2017

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?

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Author:  Soraya Carvajal B., June 27 2017 - In 2010 Eli Pariser began his research on bubble filters thanks to his interest in meeting different people, which would challenge him in his way of thinking. So, trying to keep the exchange of ...

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 ...

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 ...

PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements Awareness [Manual]
May 19, 2017

PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements ...

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This manual is for use by National Societies of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) wishing to use PASSA Youth in their programmes. As detailed at Related Summaries, below, the Participatory Approach for ...

Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth
May 19, 2017

Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth

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"If PASSA Youth is systematically and correctly used it will bring about behavioural change. For this to happen youth need to take full ownership of the process which will happen if they are treated as autonomous beings and not as children ...

Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society
May 19, 2017

Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society

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This report is part of Amnesty International's global advocacy campaign Brave, launched to combat measures by authoritarian leaders and other actors (state and non-state) with power to threaten and attack human rights defenders (HRDs) and shrink ...

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 ...

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies
May 16, 2017

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies

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"People need to generate, access, engage with, and disseminate high-quality news and information in order to make informed decisions, hold those in power accountable, and take actions that will improve their lives. This paper describes IREX's new ...

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI)
May 11, 2017

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI)

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ViVI was founded in 2008 in Vienna, Austria, as an international think tank aiming to promote evidence-based vaccine safety research and communication, and has since been registered as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO). ViVI ...

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects
May 10, 2017

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects

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"The communicative ecologies approach grounds our analysis of innovation, sustainability, and strategy in local contexts, enabling us to explore how the spread of digital technologies is being integrated into Pacific media and communication ...

Crowdsourcing Citizen Feedback on District Development in Ghana Using Interactive Voice  Response Surveys
May 10, 2017

Crowdsourcing Citizen Feedback on District Development in Ghana Using ...

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"In Ghana, as in most countries, there is no systematic or easy way to provide inputs on citizen satisfaction and preferences to decision-makers." This practice paper shares the results of a research project involving a crowdsourcing platform ...

Educating Parents about the Vaccination Status of Their Children: A User-Centered Mobile Application
May 9, 2017

Educating Parents about the Vaccination Status of Their Children: A ...

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"Well-informed parents who support and maintain vaccination records will have an improved sense of control and the gratification of playing an active role in keeping their children healthy..."

Transforming Governance: How Can Technology Help Reshape Democracy?
May 9, 2017

Transforming Governance: How Can Technology Help Reshape Democracy?

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"How can we adjust our democratic formulas so that they are more sustainable, powerful, fulfilling - and, well, democratic? Some of the parts of this equation may come from the development of online tools and platforms that help people to engage ...

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 ...

Shifting the Spotlight: Understanding Crowdsourcing Intermediaries in Transparency and Accountability Initiatives
May 4, 2017

Shifting the Spotlight: Understanding Crowdsourcing Intermediaries in ...

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"Whereas the users of earlier, targeted transparency initiatives and 'right to know' policies had to rely on disclosers of information and regulators to obtain the information they sought, this wave of collaborative transparency initiatives ...

Partnership Guidelines: Building Effective Relationships between MNOs and NGOs in Complex Environments and Crises
May 2, 2017

Partnership Guidelines: Building Effective Relationships between MNOs and ...

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"Mobile technology is increasingly seen as a channel for information sharing, and humanitarian organisations are looking to how informative materials can be shared in digital form. As work continues in the space of mobile identity, here too we ...

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies
May 2, 2017

Enabling Environment National Assessments: Civil Society Response Strategies

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Featuring reflections on civil society strategies to create a more enabling environment, this paper draws on the findings of the Enabling Environment National Assessments (EENA), held in 22 countries between 2013 and 2016 (Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, ...

How to Bring Family Engagement and Early Learning into the Digital Age
April 26, 2017

How to Bring Family Engagement and Early Learning into the Digital Age

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"By paying close attention to the ways in which technologies and media may be deployed to promote new connections that advance critical skills and learning pathways - and by ensuring that educators, mentors, tech developers, and parents are ...

Do Digital Information and Communications Technologies Increase the Voice and Influence of Women and Girls?
April 25, 2017

Do Digital Information and Communications Technologies Increase the Voice ...

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"Digital ICTs can provide new opportunities for women to express themselves but engaging publically and politically online does not guarantee power." What does the empirical evidence tell us about the types of interventions most likely to enable ...

Lights, Camera, Action: The Participatory Video Experience in Nicaragua
April 24, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action: The Participatory Video Experience in Nicaragua

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"The engagement of rural communities in ICTs, paying particular attention to women and youth, is a powerful channel to foster the leap from individual and collective learning to sustainable livelihood impacts through an integrated capacity ...

Exposing the Invisible
April 20, 2017

Exposing the Invisible

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"What is the data environment that makes...use of publicly available data possible? What part do we play in it? What are the systems that are perpetuating knowledge inequality? We want to dig deeper into the abuse of power between public and ...

Social Media Initiative in Ukraine: Analysis of Online Conversations on Polio, Vaccination, and Routine Immunization
April 19, 2017

Social Media Initiative in Ukraine: Analysis of Online Conversations on ...

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Editor's note: The Communication Initiative (The CI) is tasked with supporting country-focused reviews of polio communication, with extensive and growing reference to the relationship with routine immunisation. Those reviews take many different ...

Holistic Security Trainers' Manual
April 19, 2017

Holistic Security Trainers' Manual

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The Trainers' Manual was created partially as a companion to Tactical Technology Collective's Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders (see Related Summaries, below) and partially to reflect further learnings and best practices ...

Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders
April 19, 2017

Holistic Security Manual for Human Rights Defenders

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"When we work to bring about positive social change, we can face persistent threats and attacks which impact upon our physical and psychological integrity, and often affect our friends and families. However, taking an organised approach to ...

Stories of Land, Rights, and Culture: Indigenous Community Leaders Document Their Efforts to Protect Human Rights and Preserve Traditions
April 18, 2017

Stories of Land, Rights, and Culture: Indigenous Community Leaders Document ...

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"Dominant narratives about the 'development agenda' often fail to consider the needs and desires of indigenous communities, who face disproportionate threats to their rights and cultural traditions as a result of land grabs, climate change, and ...

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts
April 12, 2017

Communications, Power and Governance in Democratisation Conflicts

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"[W]e question a characterisation that often contrasts vertical mainstream media with more horizontal and inclusive social media, arguing that a more nuanced view of the political significance of both spaces of communication is required, and one ...

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services
April 10, 2017

Social Media: Shaping the Future of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services

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"The society - the rural people, the field level extensionists, farmers - do not read journals; they read blogs, watch YouTube and use Facebook and Twitter and these are the mediums that reach them effectively. These platforms provide incentives ...

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