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February 8, 2016

Forging a West African Consensus on UNGASS

A recent news story cited Ghana’s Deputy Superintendent of Police, David Selom Hukportie, as bemoaning the formidable challenges he faces trying to destroy marijuana farms across the country. Mr....

January 27, 2016

A life-saving radio station in the clouds

Author: Rishika Das Roy, January 27 2016 - How a life-saving radio station in the Himalayas is helping prepare its listeners for potential flooding, earthquakes and landslides: Tucked away in the...

January 20, 2016

Radio show 'hatches' a plan

Author: BBC Media Action blogger Elizabeth Mbwana, January 20 2015 - Listening to radio programme Nyakati Zinabadilika (Times are Changing) inspired three young unemployed men to approach the...

January 13, 2016

FAO analytical tools and engagement on national strategies help advance both climate change adaptation and mitigation

A recent evaluation by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has shown that the advanced analytical tools and data of the Organization and its support to national climate change strategy...

January 7, 2016

Getting communities to drive environmental sustainability-Case for Community-Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) in Zambia

High environmental degradation is one of the key developmental challenges facing Zambia today. This is because rural livelihoods are largely natural resource based. High poverty levels lead to the...

January 7, 2016

Learning from "Chennai floods": Development Paradigms and Disasters

Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, January 7 2016 - Living in Chennai at the time of 2015 floods (which in fact hit several coastal districts of the state Tamil Nadu), and hearing commentaries of how climate...

January 7, 2016

FAO resources contribute to knowledge on food and agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has made critical contributions to technical knowledge and analysis on food and agriculture with its knowledge products and services, thus strengthening...

January 7, 2016

Evaluation stakeholders highlight key issues in evaluating hunger, food security and improved nutrition

Rome, Italy, November 18 2015. After two days of enriching and stimulating discussions, evaluation stakeholders have identified some priorities for evaluating actions to reduce hunger and poverty and...

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Media for Mobilization: Communicating Ownership

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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.

Information and the Greater Narrative

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Information and politics

“Information is important. Information can be a matter of life and death.”

Men and Women and Merely Players

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"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

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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

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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

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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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