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Using human-centred design to achieve your goals
November 14, 2017

Using human-centred design to achieve your goals

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Authors: Radharani Mitra, originally posted November 7 2017 - This blog was originally posted on India Development Review (IDR’s) Practice blog. One can’t talk about design without quoting Steve Jobs. "Design is a funny word," he said, "Some ...

Mobile hospitals in Zambia, years after!
November 9, 2017

Mobile hospitals in Zambia, years after!

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Author: Sandra Lombe, November 14 2017 - A few years ago, the government of the Republic of Zambia decided to buy mobile hospitals targeted mainly for rural areas, so they could provide services required, especially surgery. Mobile hospitals are ...

Flying solo after training with BBC Question Time
October 10, 2017

Flying solo after training with BBC Question Time

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Authors: Ali Sharif and Rob Hopkin, originally posted October 4 2017 - Ali Sharif, 27, wanted to be an airline pilot but after joining BBC Media Action’s training programme in North Africa - and with help from BBC Question Time director Rob ...

A Stronger Possibility for Reinvesting Tobacco Money in Public Health for a Smoke-Free World
October 9, 2017

A Stronger Possibility for Reinvesting Tobacco Money in Public Health for a ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel MD, MHS, originally published October 6 2017 - Having worked on developing and implementing the UN Foundation funded - ‘Tobacco Kills - Don’t be Duped’ project - a global communication initiative in support of the Framework ...

Access to quality health services still a challenge for the deaf in Zambia
September 29, 2017

Access to quality health services still a challenge for the deaf in Zambia

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Author: Sandra Lombe, October 3 2017 - The challenges the deaf and the blind are facing in accessing health services are not new to Zambia, however, it seems the government has heard their cry and one can only hope the solution is now ...

Pakistan Institutional Structure for Managing Climate Change Finance
September 28, 2017

Pakistan Institutional Structure for Managing Climate Change Finance

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Author: Shabir Arain, October 3 2017 - Programs are getting more grip due to increasing avenues of domestic and international Climate finance. For developing countries, climate finance is undoubtedly becoming the key Incentive to integrate ...

Time to address low community participation in sustainable environmental management
September 26, 2017

Time to address low community participation in sustainable environmental ...

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Author: Panos Institute South Africa's Vusumuzi Sifile, September 26 2017 - Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) presents remarkable opportunities for boosting environmental sustainability, contributing to poverty eradication ...

Look beyond numbers: we need to know why change happens
September 20, 2017

Look beyond numbers: we need to know why change happens

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Author: BBC Media Action's Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead, originally posted September 13 2017 - Working in the development sector I am aware that, particularly over the last few years, donors and others expect project results to be ...

Media Development Needs a Community of Scholars
September 13, 2017

Media Development Needs a Community of Scholars

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Authors: CIMA's Paul Rothman and Nick Benequista, originally posted September 5 2017 - International assistance to media is facing an existential crisis. While there is a growing recognition of the importance of international assistance to media, ...

South Asia floods: Two million children shut out of schools by disaster
September 1, 2017

South Asia floods: Two million children shut out of schools by disaster

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Author: Shabir Arain, originally posted on August 31 2017 - At least 18,000 schools damaged or destroyed across Bangladesh, India and Nepal. Severe flooding and landslides in Bangladesh, Nepal and India have prevented around 1.8 million ...

How to use media for development - and why it works.
August 8, 2017

How to use media for development - and why it works.

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Author: BBC Media Action Senior Production Managery Clemency Fraser, originally published July 31 2017 - Have you ever wanted to see how we create media for development? Well, good news folks now you can. BBC Media Action has been creating ...

The Clean Energy Revolution
July 20, 2017

The Clean Energy Revolution

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Author: Tayyab Shafique Mughal, July 26 2017 - Pakistan is a developing country and ranking 6th in terms of population size. Despite having incredible economic development and environmental opportunities, Pakistan has been facing frequent ...

No answers without questions: a decade of debate in Nepal
July 11, 2017

No answers without questions: a decade of debate in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally published July 3 2017 - As Sajha Sawal broadcasts its 500th episode, the team members reflect on what the programme means to the Nepali audience – and them. “Who will answer my questions? ...

Polio: Highest Hopes and Deepest Fears for the GPEI Based on Where It Is Now
July 7, 2017

Polio: Highest Hopes and Deepest Fears for the GPEI Based on Where It Is Now

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Author: Peter K.A. da Costa, Ph.D., July 7 2017 - is a member of the Horn of Africa Polio Technical Advisory Group (TAG) and has been a technical advisor on polio communication in Central Africa as well as Nigeria. He has worked as a development ...

Hitting the road to reach young Cambodian job-seekers
June 28, 2017

Hitting the road to reach young Cambodian job-seekers

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Author: My Sovann, BBC Media Action Communications coordinator, Cambodia, originally published June 23 2017 - "I feel so excited about the roadshow, I have never ever seen an educational event like this in my village" shouts high school student ...

Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?
June 27, 2017

Polio Eradication Hopes and Fears: What Next?

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Authors: Heidi Larson, Ph.D. & Will Schulz, MSc, June 13 2017

The Power of India's Village Women
June 26, 2017

The Power of India's Village Women

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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. Societies and cultures that invest in and ...

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience
June 20, 2017

Tell me a story: narratives, behaviour change and neuroscience

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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 and it will live in my heart forever." - ...

Are There Lasting Lessons from Polio Eradication for Global Health?
June 20, 2017

Are There Lasting Lessons from Polio Eradication for Global Health?

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Author: Sue Goldstein, June 7 2017 - is a member of the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and is a past member of the Task Force on Immunisation (TFI) - World Health Organization (WHO) Regional ...

Bonded for slavery despite flourishing Democracy - Feudal Democracy
June 14, 2017

Bonded for slavery despite flourishing Democracy - Feudal Democracy

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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 villages in Kot Ghulam Mohammad Taluka in ...

How can communication help stop teenagers dying?
June 13, 2017

How can communication help stop teenagers dying?

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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 Organization (WHO) has been accompanied by some ...

The case for adaptive programming
June 13, 2017

The case for adaptive programming

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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 will do, where, when, and how many times, in ...

From Polio's Small Victories to Development's Global Wins
June 13, 2017

From Polio's Small Victories to Development's Global Wins

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Author: Claire Hajaj, June 7 2017 - is a journalist specialising in conflict, policy, and advocacy whose experience spans strategic communication, international policy, national development, and humanitarian operations. She has written on the ...

FAO breaks new grounds in rural poverty reduction
June 7, 2017

FAO breaks new grounds in rural poverty reduction

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Author: FAO's James Ayodele, June 7 2017 - FAO is breaking new grounds in rural poverty reduction through an enhanced support to employment creation and social protection, and partnerships with counterparts outside its traditional domain, says ...

Hope and Momentum in Ukraine
June 6, 2017

Hope and Momentum in Ukraine

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Author: Judy Twigg, Ph.D., June 6 2017 - works on issues of health, demographic change, and health systems reform in Russia and Eurasia, as well as evaluations of health reform and communicable disease control projects (including factors behind ...

Health partnerships in the Global South: more than a marriage of convenience
May 30, 2017

Health partnerships in the Global South: more than a marriage of convenience

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Author: BBC Media Action's Acting Head of Health and Resilience Sophia Wilkinson, originally posted on May 24 2017 - We use the word 'partnership' a lot in the development world. At a global level, we’re all 'partners' - a giant family of ...

Sexual and reproductive health and rights and SDGs
May 25, 2017

Sexual and reproductive health and rights and SDGs

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 25 2017 - Sexual and reproductive health refers to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease, in all matters relating to the sexuality and reproductive ...

The art of designing surveys about social norms: insights from Ethiopia
May 23, 2017

The art of designing surveys about social norms: insights from Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Hilina Assefa and Lois Aspinall, originally published on May 17 2017 - How we view our role and relationships within our communities shapes how we behave – with important consequences for development. When widespread, ...

Pakistan's Agenda against Climate Change
May 22, 2017

Pakistan's Agenda against Climate Change

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Author: Ghulam Shabir Arain, May 23 2017 - Pakistan still lags behind in its coverage of climate change issues. We are too focused on extremism and governance issues, which take up a lot of our attention, resources and time. While the media in ...

Three ways of communicating to stop disasters happening
May 16, 2017

Three ways of communicating to stop disasters happening

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Author: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction [DRR] Robert Glasser, originally published on  May 12 2017 - This past March, Peru was hit by devastating floods. Media reports led with death tolls and ...

Democracy with winning candidate - Feudal in Pakistan
May 10, 2017

Democracy with winning candidate - Feudal in Pakistan

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Author: Sahib Khan, May 10 2017 - For the first time, the second-elected Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)-led government in Pakistan is completing its constitutional tenure in Pakistan, and the next elections are expected to be held in ...

3 negatives and 3 positives from World Press Freedom Day
May 9, 2017

3 negatives and 3 positives from World Press Freedom Day

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Author:  BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, originally posted on May 5 2017 - Given the troubling global backdrop, World Press Freedom Day arguably needed a name change in 2017. Marked annually by a gathering ...

Using social ties to make pregnancy safer: insights from Bangladesh and Ethiopia
May 3, 2017

Using social ties to make pregnancy safer: insights from Bangladesh and Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally posted on April 27 2017 - Following the launch of BBC Media Action's Global Health Stories site, Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi explains how influencing mothers-in-law and ...

The inspiring young female construction worker helping reconstruct earthquake-hit villages in Nepal.
May 2, 2017

The inspiring young female construction worker helping reconstruct ...

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Author: Subash Karki, originally posted on April 24 2017 - Sharada’s village in Nepal was destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake in April 2015. In the aftermath she helped her neighbours rebuild their shattered homes and - with the help of a radio ...

Why is it important for Pakistan to stay below 1.5 degrees?
April 26, 2017

Why is it important for Pakistan to stay below 1.5 degrees?

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Author: Ghulam Shabir Arain, on May 2 2017 - The Paris Agreement has been ratified on climate change lays out obligation for nations to limit their greenhouse-gas emissions and contain the impact of global warming. Pakistan's Permanent ...

Putting America First Means Eradicating Polio
April 20, 2017

Putting America First Means Eradicating Polio

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Author: Nellie Bristol, MA, April 13 2017 - is a senior fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Global Health Policy Center who has written extensively on polio eradication. Bristol came to CSIS following a long ...

'Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry...now I'm in school, I'm happy.'
April 18, 2017

'Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry...now I'm in school, I'm ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's Kenyi Betuel, originally posted on March 6 2017 - Stella wanted to go to school but her father thought it would ‘spoil’ her chances of marriage. Kenyi Betuel – editor of a girls’ education radio show - explores some of ...

What's the best way of improving accountability in Sierra Leone?
April 17, 2017

What's the best way of improving accountability in Sierra Leone?

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's George Ferguson on March 17 2017 - A free and independent media that holds politicians to account on behalf of citizens has long been held up as a cornerstone of a thriving democracy. In Sierra Leone, we ran a ...

Fight against Albino killing: Outreach Scout Foundation
April 8, 2017

Fight against Albino killing: Outreach Scout Foundation

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Author: Outreach Scout Foundation's Amon Lukhele, on April 25 2017 - In Malawi, persons with Albinism are facing challenges of life. Everyday/month we hear stories regarding the killing of persons with Albinism. Politicians, including the ...

FAO's technical cooperation assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia achieves notable results
March 30, 2017

FAO's technical cooperation assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ...

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Author - James Ayodele, March 30 2017 - A recent evaluation by the FAO [Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations] Office of Evaluation says that FAO’s technical cooperation assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has achieved ...

How can rural women be well fed?
March 30, 2017

How can rural women be well fed?

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Author: James Ayodele, March 30 2017 - International Women’s Day 2017 Women in cities may be heading companies and making key decisions but in rural areas they are suffering great hardship, poverty, inequality and hunger. On the International ...

Communication initiative to address fish depletion, promote livelihood diversification
March 21, 2017

Communication initiative to address fish depletion, promote livelihood ...

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Author: Panos Institute Southern Africa's Lilian Saka-Kiefer, on April 19 2017 - Fishing is one of the most relied upon livelihood activities for communities around rivers and lakes.  Fish features prominently on the diet of many ...

Commercialised Civil Society in Zimbabwe: Where are the people?
March 9, 2017

Commercialised Civil Society in Zimbabwe: Where are the people?

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Author: Anele Herbet Dube, on April 25 2017 - Over the past years I have observed that civil society organisations in Zimbabwe succumbed to the political and economic crisis that characterises this once great country. The once active and ...

Empower women to fully participate in addressing development issues that affect them
March 8, 2017

Empower women to fully participate in addressing development issues that ...

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Author: Mamoletsane Khati, originally posted on March 8 2017 - The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. The theme encourages us to challenge the socio-economic, political and cultural barriers towards women ...

Seeing What We Don't See: An Experience of Supportive Supervision
February 21, 2017

Seeing What We Don't See: An Experience of Supportive Supervision

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Author: Ellen Coates, MPH, February 21 2017 - is a public health professional who is former Director of the Core Group Polio Project and member of several recent outbreak response assessment teams in Laos and Madagascar. She has extensive ...

Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons from Lao and the Hmong Community
February 8, 2017

Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons ...

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 8 2017 - The 2014/2015 polio outbreak in Lao People’s Democratic Republic [Laos] resulted in two deaths and paralysis of a small group of children and adults. All cases and positive contacts were from the Hmong ...

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the Eastern Cape
February 8, 2017

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the ...

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Author: Praekelt's Mitso Qalaba, originally posted February 8 2017 - Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, I grew up in a rural widowed single-parent household. My upbringing is not unique for the country. I did not have ...

FAO country programme demonstrates relevance in addressing development issues in the Kyrgyz Republic
January 30, 2017

FAO country programme demonstrates relevance in addressing development ...

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Author: James Ayodele - A recent report by the [Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)] Office of Evaluation says that the FAO’s programme in the Kyrgyz Republic has been comprehensive and has largely addressed relevant development goals ...

FAO is well positioned to contribute to resilience agenda
January 30, 2017

FAO is well positioned to contribute to resilience agenda

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Author: FAO's James Ayodele - The renewed interest in resilience represents a historic opportunity for FAO, which is well positioned to contribute to the resilience agenda; nevertheless, the Organization has yet to make its presence fully felt ...

Millennials vs Baby Boomers, Digital Gaps and Information
January 20, 2017

Millennials vs Baby Boomers, Digital Gaps and Information

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Author: Soraya Carvajal B., January 24 2017 - Are Millennials interested in politics? How do they report? What relationship do they have with the media? How will the Millennials adapt to their company? What kind of aspirations do they have? Do ...

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