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ICT4D Research: Reflections on History and Future Agenda
September 21, 2017

ICT4D Research: Reflections on History and Future Agenda

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"[T]o what extent are ICTs contributing to development, particularly that of the relatively poor members of society? How can we extend the benefits of ICTs more widely in society and mitigate the negative effects of rich/poor divides, for ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Digital Discrimination: Political Bias in Internet Service Provision across Ethnic Groups
August 2, 2017

Digital Discrimination: Political Bias in Internet Service Provision across ...

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"The global expansion of the Internet is frequently associated with increased government transparency, political rights, and democracy....Still, we do not know how the provision of Internet services varies across societal groups in a country or ...

Global Kids Online Tools for Researchers
July 21, 2017

Global Kids Online Tools for Researchers

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"Rather than thinking about children as objects to be studied, we might think of children as co-researchers who are involved in all phases of a research project, from defining the issues to be investigated and designing the methods that will be ...

Communication for Development in the University Curriculum
July 18, 2017

Communication for Development in the University Curriculum

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"As most of the nations of the world subscribe to the Sustainable Development Goals and their 2030 targets, it becomes increasingly important that the potential of using communication knowledge, skills, ethics, and technology intelligently and ...

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 ...

Why We Post
June 28, 2017

Why We Post

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Why do we post on social media? Is it true that we are replacing face-to-face relationships with on-screen life? Can we assume that social media is the same for a female factory worker in China as a male information technology (IT) professional ...

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 ...

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 ...

Mapping Information Exposure on Social Media to Explain Differences in HPV Vaccine Coverage in the United States
May 18, 2017

Mapping Information Exposure on Social Media to Explain Differences in HPV ...

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Editor's note: This summary was written by The CI.

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 ...

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 ...

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 as a Platform for Health-Related Public Debates and Discussions: The Polio Vaccine on Facebook
April 3, 2017

Social Media as a Platform for Health-Related Public Debates and ...

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"The traditional online media supported the Ministry of Health in the Polio crisis of 2013. This in turn led to responses from both opponents and supporters in the social media. The social media were, in fact, the actual locus of debates and ...

Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit (SMART)
March 31, 2017

Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit (SMART)

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When a disaster or public health emergency strikes, the internet is flooded with tweets, Facebook messages, blogs, and other social media posts. If used correctly, this information can shape the way public safety agencies handle the response to ...

Monitoring and Evaluating Digital Health Interventions: A Practical Guide to Conducting Research and Assessment
March 27, 2017

Monitoring and Evaluating Digital Health Interventions: A Practical Guide to ...

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"From those just beginning their digital journey to more sophisticated project teams, we hope that this Toolkit will continue to advance the quality of monitoring and evaluation activities within digital health and contribute to more ...

Media Use in the Middle East 2016: A Six-Nation Survey
March 14, 2017

Media Use in the Middle East 2016: A Six-Nation Survey

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"Any understanding of the role communication media play among individuals, institutions, nation-states, and society itself requires grounding in how people use media to communicate with others and seek news, opinions, entertainment, and even ...

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 ...

Building Data Responsibility into Humanitarian Action
March 2, 2017

Building Data Responsibility into Humanitarian Action

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"Because affected populations can be harmed as well as helped by the use of data, frameworks must be established to ensure that humanitarians understand and mitigate risks caused by the use of data." This United Nations (UN) Office for ...

Responding to Global Change: A Theory of Change Approach to Making Agricultural Research for Development Outcome-Based
February 7, 2017

Responding to Global Change: A Theory of Change Approach to Making ...

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"Theory of change represents our best understanding of how engagement and learning can enable change as well as how progress towards outcomes might be measured."

Making Sense of MOOCs: A Guide for Policy-Makers in Developing Countries
January 24, 2017

Making Sense of MOOCs: A Guide for Policy-Makers in Developing Countries

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"Whilst higher education institutions have long been engaged in the delivery of online content (via, for example open educational resources and virtual learning environments), the rapid advent of MOOCs is regarded by some experts as an education ...

Digital Citizens: Countering Extremism Online
January 9, 2017

Digital Citizens: Countering Extremism Online

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"...there is a dearth of high quality resources designed to increase the resilience of young people to extremism and radicalisation in a digital context, and those explicitly digital citizenship resources that do exist do not substantively ...

Coding Bootcamps: A Strategy for Youth Employment in Developing Countries
January 5, 2017

Coding Bootcamps: A Strategy for Youth Employment in Developing Countries

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From the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), this digital inclusion research report explores the history of the bootcamp phenomenon, identifies the primary models in operation, reviews how they contribute to the employment path, and ...

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 ...

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy Monitoring and Advocacy
December 7, 2016

Scaling Accountability through Vertically Integrated Civil Society Policy ...

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"'Scale' has many different meanings across fields and contexts. Looking at scale from different angles - drawing insights from different ways of using the term - helps [us] understand how we can take scale into account when developing strategic ...

Citizen Engagement in Peacebuilding: A Communication for Development Approach to Rebuilding Peace from the Bottom-Up
November 29, 2016

Citizen Engagement in Peacebuilding: A Communication for Development ...

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"Through participatory communication and a tailored use of the media and technology, C4D can create new platforms and channels for citizens to be agents in the national reconstruction." This article demonstrates how a communication for ...

Can Gossip Change Nutrition Behaviour? Results of a Mass Media and Community-Based Intervention Trial in East Java, Indonesia
November 28, 2016

Can Gossip Change Nutrition Behaviour? Results of a Mass Media and ...

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"...novel theory-driven approaches which employ emotional motivators are capable of having an effect on improving dietary diversity and the regularity of vegetable and fruit intake among children aged 6-24 months." This study explored whether a ...

YouthMobile
November 18, 2016

YouthMobile

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"At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, encouraging innovation and creativity of youth is vital for effectively addressing these challenges."

Great Idea
November 18, 2016

Great Idea

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"Great Idea makes use of...ICT [information and communication technology] and media to amplify the effect of good quality lessons to be used inside and outside of schools." Great Idea is a mobile- and distance-learning project for secondary ...

#Unite4Heritage
November 10, 2016

#Unite4Heritage

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"Empowering youth to actively participate in cultural life and equipping learners to become responsible global citizens is vital to forging more fair, inclusive and peaceful societies. Digital technologies and the Internet, which impact on the ...

Reflections on Media Education Futures
October 27, 2016

Reflections on Media Education Futures

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"With technology companies continuously launching new devices, media consumption is constantly changing and new relationships with media and practices raise new questions. At the same time, new generations adopt new roles as users of the media ...

The Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods Strands in Media Development
October 18, 2016

The Governance and Sustainable Livelihoods Strands in Media Development

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"Donors are often interested in strengthening the media as a way of speeding up governance reform. An alternative approach is to focus on the communication needs of the poor, argues scholar Linje Manyozo."

Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika
October 5, 2016

Smarter Crowdsourcing for Zika

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"Would you like to lend your skills to tackle a public health emergency? Deliberate with diverse innovators and professionals to refine good ideas into actionable projects? Join a conversation with government partners interested in implementing ...

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 ...

Violence against Women and the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Jamaica
October 3, 2016

Violence against Women and the Use of Information and Communication ...

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Existing research points out that a large number of women and girls in Jamaica suffer from gender-based violence. In fact, violence against women (VAW) is a problem throughout the Caribbean region. At the same time, the use of information and ...

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 ...

Implementing Agenda 2030: Unpacking the Data Revolution at Country Level
September 23, 2016

Implementing Agenda 2030: Unpacking the Data Revolution at Country Level

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This final report from the Post-2015 Data Test initiative offers research-based reflections on how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be effectively and universally applied, as well as ...

Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20: Building a Next-Generation Immunization Supply Chain in Mozambique
September 22, 2016

Lessons Learned in Reaching the Final 20: Building a Next-Generation ...

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"Any changes to the supply chain require an effective leader to define the new vision for the system and the processes that lead to the transformation....The champion for system design must be willing to question the status quo and use evidence ...

Water Resource Management and the Changing Climate in Angola's Coastal Settlements
September 21, 2016

Water Resource Management and the Changing Climate in Angola's Coastal ...

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"Climate-related risks to the population are likely to worsen in the future and it is important to understand and prepare for them. Unfortunately, a dearth of relevant data has made it difficult to assess these risks." Convinced that ...

Research into Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D)
September 16, 2016

Research into Open Educational Resources for Development (ROER4D)

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"The ROER4D project objectives are underpinned by developmental imperatives - driven not only by a belief that OER have a role to play in addressing current development needs in education; but also that demonstrating open research practices in ...

Catalyzing Broadband Internet in Africa - Ensuring Economic and Social Inclusion
September 15, 2016

Catalyzing Broadband Internet in Africa - Ensuring Economic and Social Inclusion

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"Broadband Internet creates an environment that spurs business growth, nurtures science and innovation, and empowers people." This project aims to inform policies in Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria that help marginalised groups in Africa, such ...

Communicating with Communities (CwC) during Post-Disaster Reconstruction: An Initial Analysis
September 14, 2016

Communicating with Communities (CwC) during Post-Disaster Reconstruction: An ...

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"International organisations have acknowledged that providing information to and communicating with communities affected by disasters should be considered as an integral part of the humanitarian aid. Yet little is known on the information and ...

Guidelines for Reporting of Health Interventions Using Mobile Phones: Mobile Health (mHealth) Evidence Reporting and Assessment (mERA) Checklist
September 13, 2016

Guidelines for Reporting of Health Interventions Using Mobile Phones: Mobile ...

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"Adoption of the mERA checklist by journal editors and authors in a standardised manner is anticipated to improve the transparency and rigour in reporting, while highlighting issues of bias and generalisability, and ultimately temper criticisms ...

Voice & Matter - Communication, Development and the Cultural Return
September 7, 2016

Voice & Matter - Communication, Development and the Cultural Return

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This book contains a collection of articles by renowned academics in the field of communication, cultural, and development studies. The collection seeks to “reinstate the centrality and urgency of Communication for Development as an area of ...

Talking Climate Change via Social Media: Communication, Engagement and Behaviour
August 30, 2016

Talking Climate Change via Social Media: Communication, Engagement and Behaviour

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"Aiming to raise awareness, and to promote behaviour change, governments and organisations are conducting multiple pro-environmental campaigns, particularly via social media. However, to the best of our knowledge, these campaigns are neither ...

An Examination of MOOC Usage for Professional Workforce Development Outcomes in Colombia, the Philippines, & South Africa
August 25, 2016

An Examination of MOOC Usage for Professional Workforce Development Outcomes ...

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"Online courses have the potential to expand quality education and career training worldwide. Yet few people in developing countries access Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), despite the fact that MOOCs are open to the public and often ...

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