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December 5, 2017

How can media and communication address violence against women and girls?

Authors: BBC Media Action Gender advisors Kanwal Ahluwalia and Elanor Jackson, originally posted November 30 2017 - We are often asked what a gender transformative project looks like. A gender...

November 28, 2017

How we attracted women to our shows

Author: Head of Research and Learning, BBC Media Action Nigeria, Anu Mohammed, originally posted November 22 2017 - As a child and throughout my teenage years in northern Nigeria, I saw men in our...

November 21, 2017

Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'

Author: Stephanie Desmon, October 31 2017 - Scientific evidence doesn't seem to carry the same weight it used to. In the new era of "alternative facts," it can be especially difficult to effectively...

November 21, 2017

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria

Author: BBC Media Action's Assistant Project Manager in Syria Julie Boutros, originally posted November 19 2017 - As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, Julie Boutros describes how we're...

November 14, 2017

Using human-centred design to achieve your goals

Authors: Radharani Mitra, originally posted November 7 2017 - This blog was originally posted on India Development Review (IDR’s) Practice blog. One can’t talk about design without quoting Steve...

November 9, 2017

Mobile hospitals in Zambia, years after!

Author: Sandra Lombe, November 14 2017 - A few years ago, the government of the Republic of Zambia decided to buy mobile hospitals targeted mainly for rural areas, so they could provide services...

November 1, 2017

Investigación Social punto Net: opening scientific knowledge to the collaboration

Authors: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, originally posted here in Spanish, November 1 2017 - Undoubtedly, the cybernetic age is having an impact on the daily life of people, not only in their...

October 26, 2017

Investigación Social punto Net: abriendo a la colaboración el conocimiento científico

Author: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, November 1 2017 - Es indudable que la era cibernética está teniendo impacto en la vida cotidiana de las personas, no sólo en sus relaciones sociales y...

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Empower women to fully participate in addressing development issues that affect them

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Author: Mamoletsane Khati, originally posted on March 8 2017 - The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. The theme encourages us to challenge the socio-economic, political and cultural barriers towards women development and calls for women to actively participate in challenging the gender gap and inequalities to ensure their development.  

 Women in Southern Africa face several inequalities compared to their male counterparts. This gender gap is brought about by the challenges of low education, health and high violence that women are be subjected to. This gap is also evident in business and politics and makes it hard for women to realize their full potential and as thus achieve the required empowerment and development as stipulated in the Sustainable Development Goals No.5 which seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

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Missing the signals: India's anti-vaccination social media campaign

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Author: Heidi Larson, March 7 2017 - It is not just in the US [United States] and Europe, where wealthier populations are among the most vaccine questioning. India recently launched a one-month campaign to vaccinate over 35 million 9-month to 15-year old children with a measles-rubella [MR] vaccine across five states. The campaign marked the start of a two-year initiative aiming to vaccinate over 400 million children across India - part of a larger global effort to eliminate measles and rubella.

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Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer

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Author: Ian Masters, originally posted March 6 2017 - Part 1

Development has seen a number of “silver bullets” since the middle of the last century and it’s tempting to place Big Data as the latest and greatest solution to the development question. But as competing silver bullets ricochet through workshops and high-level panel discussions in the develo-sphere, in this post I want to dodge the Big Data for Development bullet for a moment, and consider instead what it means for a “post-truth” world.

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Seeing What We Don't See: An Experience of Supportive Supervision

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Author: Ellen Coates, MPH, February 21 2017 - is a public health professional who is former Director of the Core Group Polio Project and member of several recent outbreak response assessment teams in Laos and Madagascar. She has extensive experience in maternal and child health, immunisation, and polio eradication throughout the developing world, with a particular focus in recent years on communication for development (C4D) in the context of polio eradication and strengthened routine immunisation in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

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World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Melanie Archer, on February 13 2017 - To mark World Radio Day, Melanie Archer reviews how radio can be a force for inclusion in a changing world, although it is vulnerable to getting co-opted for ideological purposes.

Snapchat’s been grabbing headlines with its decision to become a public company. The messaging app has amassed an impressive 158 million daily users, 39 million of whom are based outside of North America and Europe.

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Radio has never been more necessary

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Nursey, on February 10 2017 - On World Radio Day, Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action’s Executive Director discusses the ongoing importance of radio in a fast-changing digital world. 

As the digital media landscape develops at a revolutionary pace it is easy to forget that radio still reaches more places and more people in the world than any other medium – and that it has an enduring power to change people’s lives in profound ways.

It can provide urgent life-saving advice in the aftermath of a disaster, help communities divided by conflict rebuild trust in each other, and inspire people to hold those in power to account.

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Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis

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Author: BBC Media Action's Abir Awad, on February 7 2017 - “The food we are given is not suitable for human consumption. They’ve taken away our identity cards and our phones,” says Ahmed during a phone-in programme at Radio Nawa, an independent radio station broadcasting across Iraq.

The caller is one of tens of thousands displaced from the Mosul area of northern Iraq. He’s in his own country but is not allowed to leave the UN-managed camp where he’s taken shelter; Iraqi security forces suspect anyone who has lived in Mosul during the past two years of being an IS sympathiser.

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Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations to life.

Researchers often uncover insights with real practical relevance but then struggle to communicate their findings compellingly to those who can make use of them.

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Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons from Lao and the Hmong Community

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 8 2017 - The 2014/2015 polio outbreak in Lao People’s Democratic Republic [Laos] resulted in two deaths and paralysis of a small group of children and adults. All cases and positive contacts were from the Hmong ethnic minority group, which has traditionally had a tense relationship with the Lao government characterized by a lack of trust on both sides. The Hmong community, where outbreaks of other vaccine preventable diseases in the recent past were also concentrated, had both limited access to, and limited willingness to access health services that in Lao are provided primarily by government-run clinics. During a social investigation conducted in 2015, Hmong parents and caregivers often indicated that they didn't know about polio or the vaccination campaigns, didn't trust the government services or the vaccine quality, and/or weren't comfortable with the health service personnel, most of whom were not Hmong speakers.

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A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the Eastern Cape

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Author: Praekelt's Mitso Qalaba, originally posted February 8 2017 - Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, I grew up in a rural widowed single-parent household. My upbringing is not unique for the country.

I did not have clear career goals growing up, but I always knew I wanted to work in media. Living in the rural areas, radio and television kept me informed about national and world affairs. Whether it was a news anchor, journalist, or film producer, I just knew I wanted to deliver information to people, especially those who were underprivileged and living in remote areas.

Today, I use computer and mobile devices to help millions of people access information.

First Encounter with Computers

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