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Women and girl's rights in Sierra Leone: Let Us Know!

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Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, February 23 2015 - Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer.

The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal rights always appealed to me. Little did I know that a chance meeting with a woman one sunny afternoon would change my life.

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The Impact of New Media Technologies on Zambia’s 2016 Presidential elections.

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Author: Daniel Tonga, July 18 2017 - Abstract: The emergence of new media technologies has changed the way in which political communication takes place in Zambia. On 11thAugust 2016, Zambia held presidential, parliamentary and local government elections in which nine political parties massively used new media technologies to campaign before and during elections. The utilisation of new media technologies by political parties introduced a new way in political communication and had a great impact on how politics are conducted in Zambia. This study aims to assess the effectiveness of new media technologies in political campaigns during the time of elections. For the first time ever in the political history of Zambia, political parties used new media technologies massively in political campaigns to engage the electorate and this has brought a new facet in political communication which has now became beneficial to Zambian politics and culture.

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Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

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Author: George Ogola, originally posted May 16 2017 - The news media is usually one of first casualties of bungled or contested elections. From the recent US elections, the UK’s Brexit vote to Zambia’s controversial 2016 presidential elections, the mainstream news media bore the brunt of much of the criticism that followed.

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No answers without questions: a decade of debate in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally published July 3 2017 - As Sajha Sawal broadcasts its 500th episode, the team members reflect on what the programme means to the Nepali audience – and them.

“Who will answer my questions? When will we experience respite? We’ve been quiet for a long time. Speak up. Change begins with you.”

These are words from the song composed by a group of young Sajha Sawal viewers. It’s a song about aspiring for a better future. Week after week our national television and radio debate programme has been a platform for people from all communities in Nepal to voice their hopes and urge the country’s leaders to make them a reality.

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Polio: Highest Hopes and Deepest Fears for the GPEI Based on Where It Is Now

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Author: Peter K.A. da Costa, Ph.D., July 7 2017 - is a member of the Horn of Africa Polio Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and has been a technical advisor on polio communication in Central Africa as well as Nigeria. He has worked as a development expert in and on Africa as well as on global issues and initiatives for more than two decades and, among many other things, serves as Senior Adviser to the Africa Progress Panel, chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He holds a Ph.D. in Development Studies and is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Let's talk about sex: using radio to educate teenagers in Bangladesh

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Author: Gourob Kundu, originally posted June 30 2017 - Our world is home to 1.8 billion young people. The majority of these 10 to 24-year-olds live in Asia, with 48 million alone growing up in Bangladesh.  

Our world is home to 1.8 billion young people. The majority of these 10 to 24-year-olds live in Asia, with 48 million alone growing up in Bangladesh.  

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The rise of edutainment: taking stock of the evidence

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Author: Sonia Whitehead, BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes, originally posted June 21 2017 - Around the world, growing numbers of people have more and more access to endless distractions. Global smartphone ownership is on the rise. Between 2014 and 2015 alone, the number of Nigerians going online multiple times a day increased by 20%.

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Hitting the road to reach young Cambodian job-seekers

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Author: My Sovann, BBC Media Action Communications coordinator, Cambodia, originally published June 23 2017 - "I feel so excited about the roadshow, I have never ever seen an educational event like this in my village" shouts high school student Youm Piseth over the noise of our Klahan9 roadshow in Takeo province, Cambodia.

He is just the kind of person we want to reach and inspire.

Young Cambodians face high levels of unemployment. There’s stiff competition for jobs and a lack of career guidance and vocational training. Those in work are often on low wages, informal contracts and obligated to work long hours with insufficient on-the-job training.

Often young people want to migrate to cities or overseas but don’t know enough to make the necessary preparations or take informed employment decisions.

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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 ideas with his conservative and liberal friends, through Facebook, soon noticed that the information and updates, referring to the first, began to disappear from the timeline of his wall in that social network.

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Filtros burbuja y verdades personalizadas ¿cómo salir de ellos?

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Autor:  Soraya Carvajal B., 27 de junio 2017 - En 2010 Eli Pariser comenzó su investigación sobre los filtros burbuja gracias a su interés por conocer a gente distinta, que le supusiese un reto en cuanto a su forma de pensamiento. Así, tratando de mantener el intercambio de ideas con sus amigos conservadores y liberales, a través Facebook, pronto notó que la información y actualizaciones, referentes a los primeros, comenzaron a desaparecer de la línea cronológica de su muro en esa red social.

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