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June 27, 2017

Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

Authors: Heidi Larson & Will Schulz, June 13 2017 - In August 1980, just three months after the World Health Assembly declared smallpox to be officially eradicated, D.A. Henderson stood up to...

June 26, 2017

The Power of India's Village Women

Author: Moin Qazi, February 16 2017 [first posted in The Pulse, linked below] India is far from perfect in ensuring women's rights, but quotas at the local government level are having a real impact...

June 20, 2017

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience

Author: National Creative Director, BBC Media Action India Radharani Mitra, orignially posted June 19 2017 - "Tell me the facts and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story...

June 20, 2017

Are There Lasting Lessons from Polio Eradication for Global Health?

Author: Sue Goldstein, June 7 2017 - 2017 is a year in which the fewest number of polio cases have ever been recorded. There is only 1 type of wild polio virus left, and reaching the last case is in...

June 14, 2017

Bonded for slavery despite flourishing Democracy - Feudal Democracy

Author: Sahib Khan, June 14 2017 - Police freed 45 members of several peasant families, including women and children, from illegal captivity of landlords after raiding their farmlands in a number of...

June 13, 2017

How can communication help stop teenagers dying?

Author: BBC Media Action Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally post June 5 2017 - While the election of Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the next director general of the World Health...

June 13, 2017

The case for adaptive programming

Author: BBC Media Action India Country Director Priyanka Dutt, posted to the BBC Media Action website on June 8 2017 - I don’t like results frameworks. Most demand that you specify exactly what you...

June 13, 2017

What's it like to be a teenage mother in Sierra Leone?

Author: BBC Media Action Producer Mariama Sesay, originally posted June 6 2017 - Driving home from work in Freetown one day a young woman caught my attention. She looked exhausted, trying to carry...

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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.

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Information and the Greater Narrative

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Information and politics

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

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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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