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January 27, 2016

A life-saving radio station in the clouds

Author: Rishika Das Roy, January 27 2016 - How a life-saving radio station in the Himalayas is helping prepare its listeners for potential flooding, earthquakes and landslides: Tucked away in the...

January 20, 2016

Radio show 'hatches' a plan

Author: BBC Media Action blogger Elizabeth Mbwana, January 20 2015 - Listening to radio programme Nyakati Zinabadilika (Times are Changing) inspired three young unemployed men to approach the...

January 11, 2016

Reporting Development: A Guide for African Journalists

Produced by the European Journalism Centre, this guide was produced to act as a key and timely resource for reporting on development issues across Africa.

January 4, 2016

The Journalists Initiatives on Immunisation Against Polio and Improved Acceptance of the Polio Vaccine in Northern Nigeria 2007-2015

"...the JAP not only covered and monitored immunization activities in the media, but also sensitized and educated the grassroots communities, especially parents and guardians in noncompliant...

December 21, 2015

Climate Governance in Africa: A Handbook for Journalists

Published by Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa, this handbook offers insights and knowledge about climate governance issues affecting the African continent. It was produced to provide a quick...

December 9, 2015

2015 Human Rights Day: Our Rights, Our Freedoms Always…

Author: PSAf Executive Director Lilian Kiefer, December 9 2015 - Human Rights Day, which is observed internationally every year on 10 December, reminds us of our responsibility to promote and protect...

December 7, 2015

How Radio and Distance Learning Built Skills and Knowledge for Cocoa Farmers

"BBC Media Action's 'Pathways to Learning' project in the Eastern region of Sierra Leone aimed to improve farmers’ skills and knowledge about cocoa farming. Evaluation work in 2015 shows how farmers...

December 4, 2015

What Does Accountability Mean in Sierra Leone? The Role of the Media in Governance, Particularly in the Context of Ebola

"BBC Media Action's radio programmes Fo Rod and Tok Bot Salone aim to improve people’s understanding of governance issues while also creating platforms to hold leaders to account. Interviews with...

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Femme et Télévision au Maghreb (Women and Television in the Maghreb)

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Subtitle: 
Amélioration de l’image de la femme dans les télévisions du Maghreb francophone
Author: 
Sahbi Ben Nablia
Publication Date
Publication Date: 
December 1, 2009

Published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Office in Rabat as part of its 2010-2013 programme to advance gender equality in media content of the Maghreb countries, this guide is designed to help television practitioners to create gender-sensitive TV content and to reduce stereotyping in their productions. It is the first in a series being produced to ensure gender equality in media content in the Maghreb.

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Free to download
Languages: 

French

Number of Pages: 

58

Source: 

UNESCO website on December 2 2010.

Femmes et Radio au Maghreb (Women and Radio in the Maghreb)

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Author: 
Sahbi Ben Nablia
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Publication Date: 
September 1, 2010

Published by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Office in Rabat as part of its 2010-2013 programme to advance gender equality in media content of the Maghreb countries, this guide is designed to help radio owners, managers, and producers to create gender-sensitive content and to reduce stereotyping in their productions. It is the second in a series being produced to ensure gender equality in media content and follows the first guide, Femme et television au Maghreb (Women and Television in the Maghreb).

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Free to download.
Languages: 

French

Number of Pages: 

92

Source: 

UNESCO website on November 22 2010.

The Language of Water

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Implemented by Arca-MED, the communications branch of Arca Consulting, this film project involved the production of 4 documentarie

Communication Strategies: 

The 4 documentaries, each 52 minutes in length, explore water issues in 4 different sectors: water and peace, water conservation, water and health, and water and ecosystems. The contents were developed through a participatory field research process that involved interviews with personnel, acquisition and analysis of relevant documentation, and analysis of emblematic cases and success stories of individuals and communities. There were few formal interviews, since the strategy was to tell the stories with a creative approach by illuminating the daily life and activities of relevant community members. Themes highlighted in the stories concerning water include: innovation; changes in behaviour and practices; cultivations able to withstand water scarcity; examples of community participation or community-based initiatives; and examples of networking, south-south cooperation, and pooling of experience.

The films were produced through co-production agreements with television stations in each of the countries concerned. They have obtained, in exchange, the right to broadcast all 4 documentaries on their channels. The intended audience is within the Arabic speaking region, within the European region, and - internationally - via BBC World or the Arab television channels.

Click here to access, in PDF format, a dossier describing the films and the process in more detail.

Development Issues: 

Environment, Natural Resource Management, Peace, Health, Rights.

Key Points: 

Arca-MED explains that the various models developed by scientists in order to predict the effects of climate change indicate that the rise in temperatures and the change in rainfall patterns will produce more severe effects in some areas, including the Mediterranean. One of the consequences is the "intensification" of the water cycle - meaning that rainfall will be concentrated in fewer, severe storms, giving less time for the soil to absorb and store humidity. At the same time, the amount of precipitation in the Mediterranean will diminish. In conclusion, there will be less rain in absolute terms, and, of that rain, a larger share will be lost because of torrential runoff. All of this will happen in a region where water shortage is a centuries-old problem. "We can tell the story of conflicts about water, of how it affects life in the cities, on the farms and the steppe [per Wikipedia: a biome region characterised by grassland plain without trees apart from those near rivers and lakes]. Of how it affects and is affected by the quality of the environment, and the importance of conserving forests and even desert shrubs to save water resources. Of how cultures and society have developed different norms on its use and ingenious ways to make the best of it. Of the commitment of modern society, and of its failures."

Arca-MED continues: "Across our cultural and social differences, we share the awareness that water is a pressing issue, and of the need to develop synergies to address it. From being the subject of competition and even conflict, water can and must become a cross-cutting theme of cooperation, bridging our differences. Our objective is to use the universal language of water as a means to give birth to debate and meeting of minds and cultures, across the borders of religion, politics, and social layers, aiming at the development of practical, implementable solutions."

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Email from Emanuela Gasbarroni to The Communication Initiative on May 24 2010; and Arca-MED website, May 27 2010.

IMF Youth Video Contest

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This International Monetary Fund (IMF) contest invites young people across the Middle East, Pakistan, and North Africa to directly engage with the IMF on the issues of greatest concern to them by maki

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September 30, 2010

Euro-Med Dialogue Award

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This Euro-Med Award for the Dialogue between Cultures is an annual prize which recognises the achievements of individuals and organisations working for the promotion of intercultural dialogue.

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May 20, 2010

Geo-bombing: YouTube and Google Earth

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Author: 
Sami Ben Gharbia
Publication Date
December 1, 2008
Affiliation: 

Global Voices

Source: 

Global Voices Advocacy website accessed on September 21 2009.

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