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National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working Papers and Recommendations
January 19, 2018

National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working ...

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On April 11 and 12 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Community Media and UNESCO organised the National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India in order to revisit the ...

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement
January 16, 2018

Social Media in Afghanistan: Users and Engagement

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"Social media is still in its infancy in Afghanistan, with a small and mostly homogenous user base of educated, relatively wealthy, predominately male users....But while small, it holds opportunity for engagement and expression."

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization
January 11, 2018

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology and Globalization

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"New technologies-in-use have made a difference to social development, and for this reason the internet and how it has displaced traditional media cannot be dealt with within the silos of disciplinary specialization or empirically investigated ...

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their Mental Well-Being, Social Relationships and Physical Activity? An Evidence-Focused Literature Review
January 9, 2018

How Does the Time Children Spend Using Digital Technology Impact Their ...

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"Understandably, parents, teachers and others who have an interest in children's health and well-being become increasingly concerned as children spend more time using digital technology, but are also confused by the lack of consensus on whether ...

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 6, 2018

Crop Specific Mobile Apps by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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"The Crop Specific Mobile Apps programme has evolved over time in response to changing user needs, in both content provided and the distribution mechanism. The recent analytics component shows how low literacy users contribute to data collection ...

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy
January 2, 2018

MIRA Channel Case Study by UNESCO-Pearson Initiative for Literacy

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Launched in 2012 by the Indian organisation ZMQ Development, MIRA Channel is an integrated mobile phone service providing communication and information tools for maternal and child health care to rural women in low-resource settings. "The ...

European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators: DigCompEdu
December 15, 2017

European Framework for the Digital Competence of Educators: DigCompEdu

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"[I]it is part of educators' digital competence to enable learners to actively participate in life and work in a digital age. It is also part of their competence to reap the benefits of digital technologies for enhancing pedagogic practice and ...

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy
December 12, 2017

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

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"In the absence of a comprehensive campaign to deal with this threat, manipulation and disinformation techniques could enable modern authoritarian regimes to expand their power and influence while permanently eroding user confidence in online ...

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News
December 12, 2017

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News

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"Dark social" refers to online and digital sharing either missing or incorrectly attributed in site traffic analytics. It describes the blind spot that originates when visitors to online news websites arrive there from links shared by email, ...

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World
December 12, 2017

The State of the World's Children 2017: Children in a Digital World

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"Making the digital space better for children requires collaboration and cooperation among governments, United Nations agencies and other international children's organizations, civil society, the private sector, academia and the technical ...

Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research
December 11, 2017

Youth and Violent Extremism on Social Media: Mapping the Research

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"Attempts to prevent Internet dimensions of the violent radicalization of youth do not have proven efficacy, but on the other hand it is clear that they can damage online freedoms, especially freedom of expression, freedom of information, privacy ...

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons Learned and Best Practices for Deployment at Scale
December 7, 2017

Case Study - Kilkari: A Maternal and Child Health Service in India - Lessons ...

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"In order to persuade people to think and do things differently, you need to get inside their heads to understand the barriers to behavioral change, and the triggers that might empower people to break these barriers. This is why behavioral change ...

Effective Use of Digital Platforms for HIV Prevention among Men Who Have Sex with Men in the European Union/European Economic Area: ECDC Guides
December 7, 2017

Effective Use of Digital Platforms for HIV Prevention among Men Who Have Sex ...

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"Online and digital/social media are increasingly important communication channels for reaching audiences in a targeted and cost-effective manner....[T]he use of the technology by gay and bisexual men, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) ...

Using Technology to Document Violations: Enabling Sex-worker Communities to Document Violence Against Them in India and Cambodia
November 30, 2017

Using Technology to Document Violations: Enabling Sex-worker Communities to ...

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Carried out by the Tactical Technology Collective (Tactical Tech) and funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), this project was based on the assumption that enabling sex workers in India and Cambodia to document violations ...

Information Needs Assessment: Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh
November 29, 2017

Information Needs Assessment: Cox's Bazar - Bangladesh

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"The refugee population is clearly a very tight one, where communication means and habits are strictly community-based, with great emphasis on personal connection and community leaders."

Risk Communication Guide for Mobile Phones and Base Stations
November 16, 2017

Risk Communication Guide for Mobile Phones and Base Stations

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"The emphasis is on anticipating where people may have concerns and then using effective communication approaches to minimise the potential for heightened concerns in the community." Produced by the Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA) and ...

Communication for Policy Research South (CPRsouth)
November 7, 2017

Communication for Policy Research South (CPRsouth)

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"Building a local human resource base in different areas of the network economy is critical to developing and sustaining information and communications technology sectors that are responsive to socio-economic development goals."

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 ...

GIS Support for the 2016 MSF Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign in Kinshasa
November 1, 2017

GIS Support for the 2016 MSF Yellow Fever Vaccination Campaign in Kinshasa

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"Based on the interviews, it is possible to conclude that GIS support was a very important enabler - although not a critical factor - in the vaccination campaign. GIS support allowed MSF staff to complete their work more quickly, more safely and ...

Defining and Building a Data Use Culture
October 30, 2017

Defining and Building a Data Use Culture

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"Countries and organizations can improve health outcomes by introducing interventions or technologies that put the right information at the right time in the hands of the right people so they can make better decisions."

Going to Scale with ICTs for Agriculture
October 18, 2017

Going to Scale with ICTs for Agriculture

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"...These technological applications are capable of reaching hundreds of millions of smallholder farmers and stakeholders in rural areas, acting as a catalyst for positive change and in achieving the SDGs...." This series of seven case studies ...

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 ...

How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises
October 16, 2017

How to Use Social Media to Better Engage People Affected by Crises

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"Existing studies show that digital communications channels can be critical before, during and after natural disasters, crises and armed conflicts, to save lives and reduce suffering (e.g. by disseminating of early warning messages and safety ...

Using Mobile Phones to Improve Vaccination Uptake in 21 Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review
October 12, 2017

Using Mobile Phones to Improve Vaccination Uptake in 21 Low- and ...

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"There is reason to be optimistic regarding the potential for mobile phones to increase vaccination coverage in LMIC."

Using Social Media for Good: Crafting a Facebook Content Strategy - Webinar
October 10, 2017

Using Social Media for Good: Crafting a Facebook Content Strategy - Webinar

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“Social media platforms like Facebook can be a tremendous tool for public health organizations, making it possible to communicate critical health information, inspire movements, and connect with a widespread and engaged audience. It can also be a ...

Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the Issue of Youth Depression in Malawi and Tanzania
October 10, 2017

Interactive Radio Program Report: An Integrated Approach to Addressing the ...

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“In many countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), mental health issues are poorly understood. They are often attributed to laziness, and in severe cases spiritual possession or bewitchment. There are very few services available to help people ...

Scaling-up Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Sri Lanka
October 5, 2017

Scaling-up Sustainable Aquaculture Development in Sri Lanka

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A two-year International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-funded project identified challenges to the sustainable management of aquaculture in Sri Lanka, including poor knowledge mobilisation and low connectivity, particularly for smallholder ...

Bashaier: Egypt's Agrifood Network
October 5, 2017

Bashaier: Egypt's Agrifood Network

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The Knowledge Economy Foundation (KEF) is a non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded by private sector partners that strives to strengthen supply chains and the Egyptian economy. It is using information and communications technologies (ICTs) ...

The Potential of Social Media Intelligence to Improve People's Lives: Social Media Data   for Good
October 4, 2017

The Potential of Social Media Intelligence to Improve People's Lives: Social ...

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Developed with support from Facebook, this report from the Governance Lab (GovLab) explores the premise that data - and, in particular, the data and analytical expertise held by social media companies - may provide for a new type of intelligence ...

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 ...

Broadcasting Live Radio Programs on Disaster Preparedness and Response through Community Radio Stations: Guideline
September 29, 2017

Broadcasting Live Radio Programs on Disaster Preparedness and Response ...

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Noting that community radio may have the ability to broadcast when other media or mobile networks fail to communicate, this guide from the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies ...

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and Telenor Pakistan
September 28, 2017

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and ...

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"The ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing a number of life-enhancing services such as healthcare, education, financial services, connectivity and social protections."  This GSMA report addresses the need of an estimated ...

Planning Tool for Developing a Digital Library of Monitoring and Evaluation Resources
September 26, 2017

Planning Tool for Developing a Digital Library of Monitoring and Evaluation ...

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This planning tool provides a checklist of tasks to be conducted and issues to be addressed prior to and during the development of an electronic or digital library of HIV monitoring and evaluation (M&E) resources. It was developed under the ...

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 ...

GSMA mHealth Gender Toolkit - Key Principles and Tips for Reaching Women
September 20, 2017

GSMA mHealth Gender Toolkit - Key Principles and Tips for Reaching Women

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“Women represent an untapped business opportunity in mHealth, with direct and indirect commercial benefits for the mobile industry.”

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 ...

Barriers and Solutions in Using M4D: Connecting Directly to Citizens for Scalable Impact
September 14, 2017

Barriers and Solutions in Using M4D: Connecting Directly to Citizens for ...

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"For a mobile engagement project to create real impact, affordable and scalable technology is a necessary starting point, but elements of culture, psychology and human design must be considered." This paper identifies four prevailing barriers to ...

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 ...

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
September 12, 2017

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child ...

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"mHealth research projects are typically under-theorised, poorly specified and vaguely described. This creates challenges for effective evidence synthesis, risks unintended consequences that cannot be explained, makes replication and scaling ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

The State of Mobile Data for Social Good
August 4, 2017

The State of Mobile Data for Social Good

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"There are many different stakeholders...in the mobile data for social good field, and all play a role in converting mobile data into actionable insights. The large number of stakeholder groups - and the plethora of organizations and individuals ...

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 ...

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."

The mAgri Design Toolkit - User-centered Design for Mobile Agriculture
July 31, 2017

The mAgri Design Toolkit - User-centered Design for Mobile Agriculture

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"By integrating a deep understanding of the user when designing or adapting an mAgri product, service providers can drive successful innovation in the mAgri sector and generate services that can be commercialized faster and become more widely ...

History of Struggle: The Global Story of Community Broadcasting Practices, or a Brief History of Community Radio
July 28, 2017

History of Struggle: The Global Story of Community Broadcasting Practices, ...

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"[T]he spread of community radio as an institution is rooted in a history of struggle and media activism engaged among disparate movements and actors who often captured the airwaves in defiance of state-run and for-profit broadcasters."

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 ...

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