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As Zimbabwe prepares for elections, the media must lead from the front
April 19, 2018

As Zimbabwe prepares for elections, the media must lead from the front

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Author: Vusumuzi Sifile, April 24 2018 - As Zimbabwe readies for harmonised Presidential, Parliamentary and Local Government elections in a few months’ time, the media in and outside the country needs to position itself to be a platform for ...

Can basic income contribute towards SDG 5 on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment?
April 17, 2018

Can basic income contribute towards SDG 5 on Gender Equality and Women’s ...

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, April 17 2018* - The basic income movement has a long history. As used now, a basic income is a periodic cash payment unconditionally delivered to all on an individual basis, without means-test or work requirement. ...

Inclusive Engagement Essential for Real Benefits from Genetic Resources: South African Stakeholders Re-echo
April 17, 2018

Inclusive Engagement Essential for Real Benefits from Genetic Resources: ...

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Author: James Ayodele, April 24 2018 - Benefits from genetic resources belong to everyone and only an inclusive engagement, with all stakeholders working closely together, can assure real benefits and sustainable management of the ...

Facing the Elephant in the Room: Sexual harassment holding women down
March 28, 2018

Facing the Elephant in the Room: Sexual harassment holding women down

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Author: Lilian Saka Kiefer, April 17 2018 - I recently attended a meeting on empowering women for leadership in politics and in public administration. The meeting provided a platform to reflect on various factors that stand in the way of ...

Women making history in Nepal - the story of Sajha Sawal
February 20, 2018

Women making history in Nepal - the story of Sajha Sawal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted February 19 2018 - As Sajha Sawal (Common Questions) takes a break, we revisit the questions and answers that changed lives - and the evolution of the most-watched debate show in ...

DFID's "transparency revolution" is welcome - but supporting independent media is urgent and challenging
February 9, 2018

DFID's "transparency revolution" is welcome - but supporting independent ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's James Deane, originally posted on February 7 2018 - The UK Department for International Development's commitment to undertake a "transparency revolution" is welcome. Their new strategy outlined yesterday Open Aid, Open ...

Rights in Pakistan: Workplace Harrassment Law and Right to Vote
February 4, 2018

Rights in Pakistan: Workplace Harrassment Law and Right to Vote

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Author: Bilquis Rehman, February 8 2018: Dr. Rehman writes on women´s rights in the workpace and facilitating youth voter education - Workplace Harassment Law 2010 and Pakistan Penal Code Section 509: Enabling workplace a better place for ...

Women and mobile phones? Oh so dangerous!
February 4, 2018

Women and mobile phones? Oh so dangerous!

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Author: Richa Singh, originally published August 5 2016 - The market is full of a range of mobile phones making it a commodity which is accessible to even the lower socio-economic sections. You have lucrative recharges, internet packs and other ...

Happy New Year: The SDGs and BIG IDEAS
February 3, 2018

Happy New Year: The SDGs and BIG IDEAS

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Author: Warren Feek, originally posted January 9 2018 - Happy New Year: Do the SDGs need some Big Ideas? Hi and welcome to 2018 by the Gregorian calendar! 2017 has left the room. Happy New Year. Many thanks for joining and engaging with The ...

Sexual Harassment at workplace: Not so "sexy"!
February 2, 2018

Sexual Harassment at workplace: Not so "sexy"!

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Author: Purva Khetrapal, February 2 2018 - You got your dream job. Your male supervisor takes up the responsibility to mentor you. It starts with comments on your physical appearance. You politely smile through it. It further follows with the ...

Indian draft SDG 5 indicators when compared to global ones: One step forward and two steps backward?
February 1, 2018

Indian draft SDG 5 indicators when compared to global ones: One step forward ...

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Author: Ranjani K Murthy, February 1 2018 - After framing of global SDGs, many countries have begun to frame country specific ones. India was not one to be left behind, and it has drafted a document “SDG Targets and Proposed Draft National ...

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand
December 19, 2017

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand

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Author: Jessica Mayberry, November 16 2017 - At Video Volunteers [VV], we spend nearly all our time reporting on stories that don't make headlines; stories of broken systems and petty corruption occurring amongst the relatively ignored ...

The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a big new argument?
December 13, 2017

The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a ...

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Author: James Deane, December 13 2017 - Sometimes you read a book which - just short of literally - blows your mind.  The Enigma of Reason: a new theory of understanding by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber did that to mine.  If their ...

How we attracted women to our shows
November 28, 2017

How we attracted women to our shows

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Author: Head of Research and Learning, BBC Media Action Nigeria, Anu Mohammed, originally posted November 22 2017 - As a child and throughout my teenage years in northern Nigeria, I saw men in our neighbourhood shopping for the food needed by the ...

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 ...

Investigación Social punto Net: opening scientific knowledge to the collaboration
November 1, 2017

Investigación Social punto Net: opening scientific knowledge to the ...

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Authors: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, originally posted here in Spanish, November 1 2017 - Undoubtedly, the cybernetic age is having an impact on the daily life of people, not only in their social and recreational relationships, in ...

Investigación Social punto Net: abriendo a la colaboración el conocimiento científico
October 26, 2017

Investigación Social punto Net: abriendo a la colaboración el conocimiento ...

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Author: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, November 1 2017 - Es indudable que la era cibernética está teniendo impacto en la vida cotidiana de las personas, no sólo en sus relaciones sociales y recreacionales, en los patrones de consumo, en sus ...

The story of Story Story: 13 years of drama making a difference in Nigeria
October 24, 2017

The story of Story Story: 13 years of drama making a difference in Nigeria

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Author: BBC Media Action Nigeria's Head of Production and Training Deji Arosho, originally posted October 20 2017 - After more than 13 years, over 500 episodes and even a visit from The Queen, Story Story: Voices from the Market, is taking a ...

Home safe home: helping people in Nepal 'build back better'
October 17, 2017

Home safe home: helping people in Nepal 'build back better'

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Authors: BBC Media Action Nepal's Stakeholder Liaison, Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted October 12 2017 - On International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction we explore how Sajha Sawal - our TV current affairs show in Nepal – is helping ...

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 ...

What the development sector can learn from audience segmentation
October 3, 2017

What the development sector can learn from audience segmentation

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Author: BBC Media Action Senior Research Manager Sophie Baskett, originally posted September 27 2017 - In the not-for-profit sector we’ve already learned a lot from marketing techniques developed in the commercial world.

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 ...

Six steps towards a more open media
September 19, 2017

Six steps towards a more open media

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Research James Deane, originally posted September 14 2017 - On the International Day of Democracy, James Deane sets out six ways in which a resurgent public interest media can help improve ...

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, ...

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 ...

Zambia’s Modern Day Politicians and Lost Art of Rhetoric
July 20, 2017

Zambia’s Modern Day Politicians and Lost Art of Rhetoric

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Author: Journalist, Media Consultant and Economist Daniel Tonga, July 25 2017 - When one listens to politicians speak and takes a critical analysis of their political discourse, there is no doubt that present day politicians seriously lack ...

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 ...

The Impact of New Media Technologies on Zambia’s 2016 Presidential elections.
July 18, 2017

The Impact of New Media Technologies on Zambia’s 2016 Presidential elections.

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Author: Daniel Tonga, July 18 2017 - Abstract: The emergence of new media technologies has changed the way in which political communication takes place in Zambia. On 11thAugust 2016, Zambia held presidential, parliamentary and local ...

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa
July 12, 2017

Why the role of the media is so important to free and fair elections in Africa

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Author: George Ogola, originally posted May 16 2017 - The news media is usually one of first casualties of bungled or contested elections. From the recent US elections, the UK’s Brexit vote to Zambia’s controversial 2016 presidential elections, ...

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? ...

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?
June 27, 2017

Bubble filters and custom truths: how do you get out of them?

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Author:  Soraya Carvajal B., June 27 2017 - In 2010 Eli Pariser began his research on bubble filters thanks to his interest in meeting different people, which would challenge him in his way of thinking. So, trying to keep the exchange of ...

Filtros burbuja y verdades personalizadas ¿cómo salir de ellos?
June 27, 2017

Filtros burbuja y verdades personalizadas ¿cómo salir de ellos?

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Autor:  Soraya Carvajal B., 27 de junio 2017 - En 2010 Eli Pariser comenzó su investigación sobre los filtros burbuja gracias a su interés por conocer a gente distinta, que le supusiese un reto en cuanto a su forma de pensamiento. Así, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Journalism without Gatekeepers/Editors: Negative Impact of Social Media on Journalism in Pakistan
June 5, 2017

Journalism without Gatekeepers/Editors: Negative Impact of Social Media on ...

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Author: Kaleem Butt, June 7 2017: The gatekeeper/editor plays a very vital role in journalism; a gatekeeper/editor is a person who is responsible for what is published or broadcast, he/she takes care of grammatical mistakes and whether the ...

The Press Club Hegemony in Pakistan
June 4, 2017

The Press Club Hegemony in Pakistan

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Author: Kaleem Butt, June 6 2017 - It is very true that Pakistan is considered to be one of the most dangerous places for journalism. Journalists are killed, tortured, injured, and blackmailed by state as well as non-state actors, at an average ...

Zambia's Changing Media Face: Politics and Media Unlikely Friends
June 1, 2017

Zambia's Changing Media Face: Politics and Media Unlikely Friends

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Author:  Journalist, Media Consultant and Economist Daniel Tonga, June 6 2017 - Over the last few years, the media in Zambia has gone through a lot of changes. The major reasons for these changes have been both political and ...

Sindhi Press against Censorship during the  Zia Regime (1977-1988)
May 27, 2017

Sindhi Press against Censorship during the Zia Regime (1977-1988)

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Author: Kaleem Butt, May 31 2015 - Introduction: In this era when there is democracy everywhere in the world, still there are many nations that are striving for liberty and autonomy. One such country is Pakistan that has seen direct martial law ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bold female voices: broadcasting under the shadow of Boko Haram
April 24, 2017

Bold female voices: broadcasting under the shadow of Boko Haram

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Author: BBC Media Action's Head of Country Programmes, Nigeria, Rachael Borlase, originally posted on April 13 2017 - At the height of the Boko Haram insurgency local radio stations stayed on air. Three years on from the Chibok schoolgirls’ ...

Junagadh Janvani Empowering Rural Lives
April 20, 2017

Junagadh Janvani Empowering Rural Lives

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Author: Asst. Professor, GBPUA&T, Arpita Sharma, originally posted April 1 2017 - Establishment of Community Radio Station in Junagadh Agriculture University (JAU) is a success story and inspires other institution to replicate the model for ...

A Syrian Drama
April 20, 2017

A Syrian Drama

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Author: BBC Media Action's Executive Director Caroline Nursey, originally post on March 15 2017 - On the sixth anniversary of the Syrian war, Caroline Nursey, our Executive Director explores how a radio drama is helping bring communities ...

The role of social media in development
April 20, 2017

The role of social media in development

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Author: BBC Media Action Indonesia Country Director Rosie Parkyn, originally posted on March 31 2017 - Why should development organisations care about social media? Rosie Parkyn looks at social media’s potential to enhance development outcomes in ...

Five questions our data portal can help answer
April 19, 2017

Five questions our data portal can help answer

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Author: BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead, originally posted on April 4 2017 - There's a lack of data on what ordinary people think, feel and want in developing countries. Our new Data Portal aims to help ...

A voice for women in Afghanistan
April 19, 2017

A voice for women in Afghanistan

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Author: BBC Media Action's Serena Hamilton, originally posted on March 6 2017 - A small radio station in Afghanistan run by women for women is providing a platform to discuss women’s rights, health and local news – and training the next ...

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 ...

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