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August 25, 2016

Who to follow on Twitter if you're interested in international development, media and communication

Author: Melanie Archer, August 25 2016 - A list of Twitter accounts covering governance, health and humanitarian affairs that are well worth following. August is a time for recharging on holiday,...

August 25, 2016

Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health and Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda

Author: Julie Taylor, August 25 2016 - New initiative by Lady Mermaid's Bureau fosters access to information and protects sex workers’ rights In Uganda, commercial sex work is illegal and perceived...

August 18, 2016

Are gender-transformative evaluations in conflict situations different from similar evaluations in other settings?

Author: Ranjani K Murthy, August 18 2016 - Gender-transformative evaluations seek to assess impact of policies, programmes and projects on transforming gender and other social relations.  These...

August 17, 2016

Zambia Elections 2016 - championing live TV debate

Author: Changwe Kabwe, August 17 2016 - In an election campaign dominated by personality politics, a national TV debate featuring key presidential contenders in the Zambian general election presented...

August 17, 2016

"You runaway": the challenges of research in South Sudan

Author: Trish Doherty, August 17 2016: Writing from Juba, Research Manager Trish Doherty explains the importance of conducting research in conflict-affected countries like South Sudan – despite the...

August 11, 2016

Toms and Toilets

Author: Praekelt Foundation's Ambika Samarthya-Howard, August 11 2016 - The popular shoe brand Toms was founded in 2006 with the premise that for every pair of shoes you buy, they would give one to a...

August 11, 2016

How can media and communication improve your health?

Author: Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, August 10 2016 - 'When have you taken steps to improve your health as a result of something you read or heard in the media or talking to someone?' asks an activity in a...

August 10, 2016

Making politics work for development is all the rage

Author: BBC Media Action's James Deane, August 10 2016 - Through arguing that development outcomes are less the product of specific “projects” than of enabling governance systems, two new World Bank...

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100 women interview their president

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Author: BBC Media Action blogger Bidhya Chapagain, December 7 2015 - I met Bidhya Devi Bhandari - Nepal's first female president - a while back while presenting an episode of Sajha Sawal (Common Questions), a weekly TV debate show giving communities in Nepal a chance to question their leaders. Since our names are the same, she teasingly suggested that I should be her mitini (name sister in Nepali).

HIV and AIDS: A global health success story?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sophia Wilkinson, December 3 2015 - December 1st is World AIDS Day (WAD), a time when people across the globe wear their red ribbons to raise awareness about HIV and for people to show their solidarity with and support for people living with HIV. It’s also a chance to remember the 39 million people who have died across 40 years.

For me, WAD is an opportunity to reflect on the great strides that have been made in overcoming this condition and to take stock of what needs to happen next.

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Our Call to the UN Solutions Summit

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Author: Eve Sullivan of the Parents Forum, December 3 2015 - Because our instinct to put children first is strong, we often ignore our own needs as parents. Even the Sustainable Development Goals, several of which* relate to family, do not mention parents or parenting. When will policymakers, practitioners - when will we all - recognize parenting and family life education as our collective blind spot?

Open Jirga: national identity in Afghanistan

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Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi of BBC Media Action, December 3 2015 - When a TV debate show was filmed at the tomb of one of Afghanistan's founding fathers it was clear how much a sense of 'place' is interlinked with 'identity'.

Not even a mosquito flapped its wings, as Afghans would say to describe a completely empty place, in and around one of the most sacred sites in southern Afghanistan.

Empowering Families: Parenting Education Is Essential

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Author: Eve Sullivan of the Parents Forum, December 3 2015 (originally posted in April 2014) - Here I am, recovering from jetlag after a nearly 14-hour flight back to the U.S. from Doha, Qatar where I attended a fascinating international conference on family policy.

16 Days of Activism: Access to education can minimize gender based violence

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Author: Mamoletsane Khati, December 3 2015 - Education is a fundamental human right that is provided for and supported in various international and regional human rights conventions and treaties that most of our southern African countries have ratified.

Love9: Cambodia's youth show returns

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Author: Rithy Lomorpich (Yuki), November 24 2015 - Red carpet, flashing cameras and glamorously dressed people - no, it's not the Oscars, but the launch of the second series of Love9, a hugely popular TV show addressing sexual and reproductive health issues for young Cambodians through discussion and drama. To welcome the new series, I joined four members of the Love9 cast at one of the biggest cinemas in Phnom Penh for its first screening.

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From "gangster" to grocer

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Author: Hoda Hersi, November 24 2015 - "I used to be a gangster", explains Abaas, a first year student at a university in Mogadishu and now the proud owner of a grocery store.

Abaas used to live a life of crime on the streets of Mogadishu. To escape the streets he thought only of how he could accumulate enough money to migrate. If successful, his perilous route would have taken him through the vast, dry deserts of Sudan and Libya, and seen him smuggled across dangerous seas to a new life in Europe.

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Statement by UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

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Author: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, November 20 2015, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November: Across the world, violence against women and girls remains one of the most serious - and the most tolerated-human rights violations, both a cause and a consequence of gender inequality and discrimination.

Its continued presence is one of the clearest markers of societies out of balance and we are determined to change that.

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Myanmar elections: using media to inform and empower

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Authors: BBC Media Action's Phyo Wai Lin and Su Myat Mon, November 13 2015 -  "In our state, the children in grade two [age 7] cannot even read Burmese. Why is that?"

On Saturday 12 September, an 18-year-old woman from Kachin in northern Myanmar asked this question of four parliamentary candidates sitting in front of her as part of an LLKS Election Special.

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