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January 17, 2017

A tribute to Om Prakash Puri

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Devika Bahl on January 13 2017 - Veteran Indian actor, Om Puri, who passed away last week, fronted our HIV and AIDS drama series, Jasoos Vijay –...

January 13, 2017

Researching women in Afghanistan

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action [Insight] blog by Katy Williams, Research Editor, BBC Media Action, on January 6 2017 - International development organisations need to understand the...

January 13, 2017

Nepal: Reconstruction through radio

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Pratibha Tuladhar on January 11 2017 - Timorous rays of winter sun fall on the potato fields of Nuwakot, a district in central Nepal still recovering...

January 13, 2017

Gaming for good: answering those awkward questions about puberty in Bangladesh

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sharif Hossen Saimum on January 9 2017 - Talking about their bodies can be a taboo for young people in Bangladesh. A new series of interactive...

January 10, 2017

Can the SDGs accelerate progress towards gender equality? What are the inter-linkages and institutional arrangements that are es

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, January 10 2017 - The discussion on whether and how the SDGs can accelerate progress towards gender equality has to be located in the context that gender inequality...

January 9, 2017

Addressing violence against women and girls in Zambia through a community health systems strengthening initiative

Author: Cathy Green, Technical Lead, Community Health Systems, Health Partners International, January 9, 2017 - The elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls is a key...

December 26, 2016

Top five blogs of 2016

Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Melanie Archer, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, December 23 2016 - Our most popular blogs of the year, featuring: discussion of...

December 24, 2016

Mother's milk

Author: Nasir Ateeq, December 24 2016 - Kittens here are blessed with early initiation and exclusive mother milk!! Their caring mother, without receiving messages through communication campaigns,...

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When the skill of questioning is listening: interviewing refugees in Europe

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Author: BBC Media Action Research Editor Katy Williams, July 26 2016 - Having recently undertaken the perilous journey from Damascus to Berlin, researcher and filmmaker Reem Karssli – now seeking asylum in Germany – had a strong connection with the people she interviewed for BBC Media Action’s research into the communication needs of refugees in Europe.

Filmmaker Reem Karssli knows first-hand the importance of reliable communications to refugees. Six months ago, she fled the war in Syria and is now a refugee herself in Germany where she became part of the team researching the communication needs of refugees for BBC Media Action’s Voices of Refugees report.

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Can mass media cause change? A randomised control trial finds out

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Author: Paul Bouanchaud and others including a team from BBC Media Action, July 20 2016 - Can the mass media cause changes in an audience's knowledge, attitudes and intention to practise behaviours? At BBC Media Action, we have just successfully conducted a randomised control trial to investigate this chain of causality in a prime time health TV drama in Bangladesh.

Do BBC Media Action programmes cause changes in our audiences? Do our television and radio shows increase knowledge, make people think differently or change their actual behaviour? In short, what is happening as a direct result of our programmes?

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Sexploitation in Tanzania - how a radio show is helping young people

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Author: Gaure Mdee, July 20 2016 - We arrived in Kahama in north-western Tanzania on a cool Thursday afternoon. The town is home to one of the country’s largest gold mines but unemployment here is high. Many people struggle to make ends meet in spite of the riches that lie hidden below the ground.

Our radio show Niambie (Tell Me) aims to give young people a voice. We had travelled to Kahama to make a show about how corruption affects them and ways in which the community can tackle the problem together. As a national corruption chief told us during our visit, 'corruption is rife and rampant here.'

In preparation for the show we interviewed young people at the offices of local youth development charity Kahama Heroes. Young people spoke openly.

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How can humanitarian broadcasting help support recovery from crises?

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Author: Theo Hannides, July 7 2016 - When disaster strikes – whether in the form of an earthquake, conflict or epidemic – people need the right information to understand what is happening and how they can best respond. In recent years, the humanitarian community has increasingly recognised the importance of providing accurate and trusted information and using communication in crises. However, there is very little evidence available of what actually works best in information and communication responses to emergencies, not least because it is so difficult to do robust research. BBC Media Action’s recent report looks at how to meet these challenges and, by synthesising research from across four of its emergency responses, adds to the evidence base of what does and doesn’t work.

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'Together we can do it': an action-packed festival

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Author: BBC Media Action's Mahbubul Hasan Manik, July 7 2016 - "This event helped me learn these techniques by heart" one man told me after he finished watching a demonstration of how to build a simple water filter. This knowledge will help him remove iron from his water, which can lead to serious health complications if consumed in excess. He’d just spent his Friday afternoon at a special Amrai Pari mini-festival held in Rangpur in the north of Bangladesh.

Amrai Pari (Together we can do it) began life as a television programme. It featured communities adopting low cost, replicable solutions to everyday problems caused by extreme weather and changing weather patterns.

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Tackling Zika: What health communicators can learn from Ebola

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sophia Wilkinson, July 6 2016 - Since the World Health Organisation declared Zika a global public health emergency in February of this year, much attention has been brought to bear on applying lessons learned during the Ebola crisis of 2014-15. This blog draws on the lessons for the health communication sector explored through a new practice briefing from BBC Media Action, Using media and communication to respond to public health emergencies - lessons learned from Ebola, and the unique role media and communications can play in effectively tackling Zika.

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The role of the media in a divided society

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, July 6 2016 - James Deane’s personal reflection on the role of media in divided societies in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union.

I’ve spent many years writing about, researching and supporting media in countries of crisis. I’ve especially focused on divided societies. I’ve argued that the character of the media, the information available to people and the capacity of people to communicate across divides in their countries does much to determine how societies either fragment or unite.

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Media, communication and the future of development

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, July 6 2016 - James Deane welcomes you to a new resource on why and how media and communication matters in international development:

To someone with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

It is the criticism levelled at many areas of international development.

To an economist, sort out economic policy and prosperity will follow. To a civil society activist, sort out access to rights and justice, then fairness will follow. To a governance specialist, sort out the effectiveness of government institutions, and good governance will follow.

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Reaching Marginalized Populations: the Power of Radio and Mobile Voice

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Author: Natasha Beale, July 7 2016 - Discourse in the ICT4D field can often get ahead of itself, focusing so much on new technologies that developing the newest app or handing every teacher a tablet becomes the magic bullet to solving the world’s development problems. While it would be great if this were true, if new technologies were indeed the answer, most practitioners and project managers know that the reality is not so simple.

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Tackling the Silent Killer With Open Source Health Communications: A Campaign to End Child Pneumonia

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A campaign to end child pneumonia by reaching mothers and health workers with life-saving information


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