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Media for Mobilization: Communicating Ownership

Good things, they take time and sustained effort. That is the underlying philosophy behind social mobilization (SM) - the process of inspiring collective action, by making people aware of what they can achieve and how. While engaging local communities and making them aware of their stakes in the process of development, it also aims to establish a credible presence for development organizations hoping to be more than temporary visitors.

Men and Women and Merely Players

Almas Bobby addressing the Development Sector

 

"All the world’s a stage" for the transgender community of Pakistan. The role is assigned by a cursory glance at a traffic light: “jester”, “oddball”, possibly “a morally degenerate sex worker”. The general public looks no further and the flat character seen meandering through the traffic, vending prayers, accepts the shapelessness of the umbrella term, “hijra”.

The Development of Demand

Mobiles

When colleagues talked of ICT for development in a country where the electric supply is erratic at best, there were always those who were scathingly sceptical. Perhaps it was because they have long resented the slow digitization of everything, from books to conversations to relationships. Perhaps it was because they genuinely felt the developing world has considerable catching up to do in terms of basic, tangible development indicators, before worrying about the greater implications of cell-phones and Facebook.

Spinning the Story for Development

Globe

A few weeks ago I had the chance to meet Ethan Casey, an American journalist with a special interest in most things Pakistan. A seasoned writer who has travelled within the country more than most natives both urban and rural, his books reveal a nuanced understanding of the South Asian people and culture. To help guide his travels through the post-flood situation, a common friend had organized a casual chat with a selection of people working in the media and development sector.

A Car of One’s Own: Female Mobility in Pakistan

It seems there are no women in Peshawar, even if it is the urban centre of the Khyber Pukhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. The streets are lined with men pushing carts, men scratching ears, men holding hands. Young men, old men, men with beards and one twirling a moustache.

As I settle onto the carpet of a gem-polishing outlet in the Namak Mandi market, I am received with the utmost courtesy. The qehwa tea is delicious and the young Pushtun entrepreneur insists on speaking impeccable English, while shaking his head with the most polite form of firmness.

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Blogs: Conflict and Fragility

Author: Zabiullah Faizy, September 26 2014  - Abdurrasul Pamiri stunned the studio audience of our discussion programme Open Jirga when he revealed he had travelled eight days from the Pamir Mountains in northern Afghanistan to ask a question.

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Author: Jawahir Habib, November 13 2013      "Lucky are the people of Yugoslavia and Somalia as the world's eyes rest on them. Condemned are the people of Juba … It may be a blessing to die in front of a camera - then at least the world will get to know about it. But it is painful to die or be killed, without anybody knowing...

Female Polio Workers

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Blogs: Donors and the Development System

Author: Anand Shekhar, January 27 2015 - The response of India Inc. to the clarion call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to make India “Swacch Bharat” is praiseworthy. Most of the renowned Corporate Houses have committed investments to support the construction of toilets in households and schools. Major companies like TCS, Bharti, HUL,...

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Author: Warren Feek, January 2015

Happy New Year! Many best wishes and much support from all in The Communication Initiative for your very important work this year. 

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Author: Suman Chowdhury Mony, September 2 2014 - Every morning, one lady bike rider passes me when my bus gets stuck in the jam on the way to my office. She goes ahead to her destination by driving her Scooty easily and naturally on the wide and narrow spaces on the road, just as a man might drive.

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Blogs: Global Health Policies

Author: Anand Shekhar, January 27 2015 - The response of India Inc. to the clarion call of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to make India “Swacch Bharat” is praiseworthy. Most of the renowned Corporate Houses have committed investments to support the construction of toilets in households and schools. Major companies like TCS, Bharti, HUL,...

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Blogs: Media Development

Author: Kwizera Charugamba, January 13 2015 - Last summer, as we started the mammoth task of building a national youth radio show in Tanzania from scratch, a few of us (myself included) set off on a fact-finding mission to BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s London [United Kingdom] studios.

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Author: Owen Nyaka, December 1 2014 -  What is it about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people that ties broadcasters’ tongues and melts journalists’ minds in articulating stories on these neglected communities? An obvious answer to this is the four-letter word: fear.

Author: Jackie Christie, August 29 2014 - The assignments I take on for BBC Media Action sometimes take my breath away. Take my most recent project, for example: travel to the Horn of Africa and facilitate the creation of a 24-episode radio drama, I was told.

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Nervious Siantombo

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Author: Cassie Biggs, June 27 2014 - Voice of Hope radio station in the South Sudanese town of Wau lies in a green and peaceful compound, overlooked by an impressive red brick cathedral built in the 1900s.

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Blogs: Political Accountability and Participation

Author: Md. A. Halim Miah, Knowledge Service Coordinator (Operations), Practical Action Bangladesh, January 27 2015 - One of the major challenges of poverty reduction initiatives in Bangladesh is exploring the multifaceted nature of poverty. The [economically] poor and their poverty are not homogeneous but varied in nature, severity and...

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, January 20 2015 - The Context

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We wanted to find out "what works" at one...

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Author: Jo Casserly, January 6 2015 - Academics have been mulling over the tricky term "collective efficacy" for decades. Collective, what? Well, exactly. In its essence, collective efficacy is the belief that taking action with others can make a positive change. But I learned last week that if you want to really get to the bottom...

Author: Anu Mohammed, December 2 2014 - I could never have predicted a conversation overheard in my cab to work would have such an impact on me. But as we drew to a halt in one of Abuja’s frequent traffic jams, I heard my driver make a call that got me thinking about the increasing power of media in Nigeria - and people’s confidence...

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Author: Bidhya Chapagain, September 26 2014 - Man Bahadur Lama was sitting in a relief centre when I first met him. Visibly shocked and heavy with grief, he told me he was desperately awaiting government papers which would qualify him for help as a person displaced by disaster.

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Nervious Siantombo

Author: Nervious Siantombo, August 5 2014 - Citizen participation is a critical element in the development of Zambia’s agriculture sector, which is the mainstay of the majority of the country’s population.

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Blogs: Rights and Development

Author: Priya Anand, January 20 2015 - With an overwhelming victory for the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies in 2014, the then newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to focus on people-centered policies and effective governance. Has the Government considered the needs of disadvantaged minorities and lived up...

Author: Dasha Ilic, January 16 2015 - The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has featured the prophet Muhammad on its front cover once again. The Prophet is crying, just as did the cartoonist...

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, December 8 2014

Background

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Author: Owen Nyaka, December 1 2014 -  What is it about lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and intersex people that ties broadcasters’ tongues and melts journalists’ minds in articulating stories on these neglected communities? An obvious answer to this is the four-letter word: fear.

Author: Manuel Manrique Castro, November 21 2014 - The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted twenty five years - a quarter of a century ago tomorrow (November 20th). This document contains a number of vital aspirations for humanity, some of which have been achieved, and many others which remain on the list of debts we still owe...

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, November 14 2014 - As I write this blog, the international symposium of MenEngage "Engaging with men and masculinities for development, gender equality and social justice in a globalizing world" is taking place in New Delhi, India (November 10th to 14th, 2014).

Lilian Kiefer

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Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, November 10 2014 - Yesterday, a few students asked me what I thought of the “Global Gender Gap report, 2014” and how India was doing.  It set me thinking on interpreting the results of the report itself, which benchmarks national gender gaps of 142 countries on economic, political, education  and health-based...

Gillies Kasongo

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, October 20 2014 - People, the world over, are entitled to universal, inalienable and indivisible rights, by virtue of their common humanity.

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Blogs: Shifting Media Landscapes

Authors: Claire Hooker and Julie Leask, originally published on November 5 2014, cross-posted on January 5 2015: Listen up, health officials - here's how to reduce "Ebolanoia".

Author: Georgis Bashar, October 27 2014 - Ujan Ganger Naiya (Sailing Against the Tide) is a TV drama about teenage sisters in a rural village in Bangladesh. They each marry despite the youngest sister Anika being only 16 and desperate to complete her education. As the drama unfolds, we learn more about the dangers of early pregnancy...

Author:  Anne Reevell, September 8 2014 - A month ago I shut the door on the house that has been my home in Tripoli and, with one suitcase, climbed into a convoy with a dozen or so other "internationals" being evacuated from Libya.

I'd been living in this beautiful but chaotic city for a year working with...

A woman radio broadcaster in Gujarat, India

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Author: Manyang David Mayar, August 11 2014 -  Earlier this year I blogged about the school children in Jonglei state who were forced mid-exam to flee to the bush in fear of their lives....

Author: Soraya Carvajal B., August 1 2014 - When asked  the question if it is important and necessary that the women enter  into technological scientific careers, scholarly consensus indicates that yes, it is, because women are underrepresented in all STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] sector and especially in...

Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

Author: Mehta Garima, June 28 2014 - The Millennium Development Goals for Africa are due to run out in 2015 and this has led to some of the best minds on the continent and the UN [United Nations] turning to what future targets should be set to follow them. A primary concern of many is the successful growth and development of science and...

UNESCO

Author: Antonio Savoia, crossposted on May 29 2014 - Access to independent media as a development goal: can we measure it? This was the key question that emerged at the...

Author: James Deane, May 12 2014    The World Press Freedom Day conference took place at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris earlier...

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Blogs: Social Media and Development

Author: Dasha Ilic, January 16 2015 - The satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has featured the prophet Muhammad on its front cover once again. The Prophet is crying, just as did the cartoonist...

Author: Jackie Christie, August 29 2014 - The assignments I take on for BBC Media Action sometimes take my breath away. Take my most recent project, for example: travel to the Horn of Africa and facilitate the creation of a 24-episode radio drama, I was told.

Author: Haider Al-Safi, July 3 2014 - As news came in earlier this month that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) had taken Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, I turned on my TV and satellite...

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Harnessing the power of fiction to talk about social change

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Progressio Development Worker Kuziva Zimunya

Cross-posted from the Progressio website 10 February 2014: Kuziva Zimunya reports from Zimbabwe on how communications skills can empower people to improve their lives.

Progressio believes in what I believe in - capacity building at grassroots level. I was inspired by Progressio’s approach to working with...

CREDITS: MKULIMA YOUNG

Author Sandra Margaret Chao, December 12 2013:       "Hi farmers, anyone with ideas on how to improve clay soil for farming?"

It is a post that has attracted about eight comments in the last ten hours since it was posted on the Facebook page Mkulima Young, where the advice ranges from soil techniques to better...

International Conference on ICT4ag

Author Arison Tamfu, December 12 2013:        In the remote Bokwaogo locality in Buea on the eastern slopes of Mount Cameroon, Mama Mologan Francisca battles with the soil hurrying to meet weather deadlines for her maize and tea farm. She is a proud owner of a vast piece of land extending beyond half a hectare.

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