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Improving accountability in Kenya

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Author: Jackie Christie, May 2 2014     The editorial team of our TV and radio debate show Sema Kenya - which returns for its third season this Sunday - have to be some of the luckiest programme makers in Kenya.

Visualize Your Data! New Focus Package on Health COMpass on Data Visualization Materials

Author: Keris Raisanen, crossposted April 29 2014     Most of the time when we think about representing numbers in a visual way, we think about things like bar graphs and pie charts. These can be great tools for displaying development indicators, but recent software advancements have created a wealth of additional resources and tips for presenting data in ways that are both visually appealing and easy to understand. This field is called 'data visualization', and is loosely defined as the creation and study of the visual representation of data.

Retelling the Story of Media and Development

I am deeply dissatisfied with the current state of public discourse about the role of media in international development. It appears to be dominated by 'techno-utopian' narratives which celebrate the apparent capacity of the media to directly deliver 'positive' benefits to communities.

What Does Behavior Change Have to do with World Health Day?

Author: Lisa Mwaikambo, crossposted April 25 2014       This past Monday, we celebrated World Health Day, which focused on combating the global threat of vector-borne diseases. According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people are infected and more than one million die every year from vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, Lyme disease, and yellow fever.

Behavior Change Communication: A Requirement for Effective Health Programming

Author: Lisa Mwaikambo, crossposted April 25 2014       Most if not all health interventions require an element of behavior change. As noted in Dr. Jim Shelton’s August 2013 editorial  "The 6 domains of behavior change: the missing health system building block" in the Global Health: Science and Practice Journal, 15 of the top 20 health risk factors in sub-Saharan Africa are predominantly behavioral, and the other five are highly influenced by behavior.

Locating Nutrition Debates in the Context of Globalisation and Gender/Social Hierarchies

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, April 23 2014       The Zero Draft Political Outcome Document for the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) which will be held in Rome in 2014 recognises that a framework for collective commitment, action and results is needed to reshape the global food system to improve people’s nutrition, particularly that of women and children (WHO, n.d).

A Marketing Plan for Community Radio

Author: John Goslino, April 23 2014       As someone involved in community radio perhaps you are wondering "Why do we need a marketing plan? Why can't we just bumble along as we always have, fighting crises all the time, never sure what we're going to do next? After all, we've survived so far - haven't we?"

That question reveals its own answer: without a plan you get trapped in a day-to-day existence, fighting the same crises over and over again, wasting a lot of time, but making no real progress.

Training tips: how to inform and inspire journalists

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Author: Ehizogie Ohiani, crossposted April 22 2014    Journalists the world over aren't exactly known for their lack of cynicism. And in Nigeria it's often extremely hard to break through a journalist's hardened shell with training that convinces them they can address corruption, help people become aware of their rights and make a difference.

But as a trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria, I know it's possible - and the results can be remarkable.

Afghan elections: a battle between fear and hope

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Author: Shirazuddin Siddiqi, crossposted April 22 2014       Since the departure of the Taliban regime in late 2001, experts on Afghanistan have been saying every year has been a critical year for the country. Often for very good reasons. But the significance of 2014 can hardly be exaggerated. Partly it’s because this year will see the end of international assistance in key areas. But mainly because it will bear witness to what will hopefully be the first ever peaceful democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan's history.

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