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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 ...

 Mine Risk Education via Entertainment Education
February 5, 2018

Mine Risk Education via Entertainment Education

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Author: Sergiy Prokhorov, February 5 2018 - Would like to share a good case of Entertainment Education (EE) application in Mine Risk Eduction (MRE) done by UNICEF Ukraine. In Ukraine 580,000 children were affected by an armed conflict in the ...

Redraw Misogyny to change society's narrative
February 2, 2018

Redraw Misogyny to change society's narrative

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Author: Purva Khetrapal, February 3 2018 - Working in the communication team of a human rights organization, it always disappointed us how stories of gender-based violence are reported in media. While sensitization of journalists towards issues ...

Does External Communications crawl over C4D terrain? Well, Yes, in my experience
January 26, 2018

Does External Communications crawl over C4D terrain? Well, Yes, in my experience

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Author: Veena, February 1 2018 - Communication For Development (C4D) and External Communication are two distinct arms of Communication; however, often the stakeholders outside the two fields do not recognize the difference. This leads to a ...

Battling the agenda of Communication For Development: Why the threat of being overshadowed lingers
January 24, 2018

Battling the agenda of Communication For Development: Why the threat of ...

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Author: Veena, January 24 2018 - Communication For Development (C4D) is a strategy aiming at empowering communities to dialogue around prevailing problems and explore local solutions which are sustainable using various media and communication ...

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: IV - Tobacco industry research sets the gold standard
January 17, 2018

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: IV ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] February 3 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his ...

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: Part III - Redefining the "end game" goal
January 17, 2018

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] January 31 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his ...

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: Part II - “There’s been no progress in 10 years”
January 17, 2018

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] January 26 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his ...

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: Part I - 50 shades of gray frame
January 17, 2018

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] January 18 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his ...

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 ...

A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria
December 12, 2017

A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria

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Author: Producer Trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria Akile Gojo, originally posted December 5 2017 - Earlier this year, after a day of training producers at one of our partner radio stations in Gombe state, I was eating dinner in a nearby ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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." - ...

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 ...

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 ...

Design thinking and health communication: learning from failure
April 25, 2017

Design thinking and health communication: learning from failure

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Author: BBC Media Action India Country Director Priyanka Dutt, originally on April 20 2017 - What do you do when your audience is difficult to reach, tough to keep engaged and doesn’t understand concepts you take for granted? Priyanka Dutt offers ...

Media, Public Opinion and Women Empowerment
April 20, 2017

Media, Public Opinion and Women Empowerment

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Author: PSAf's Lilian Saka-Kiefer, originally on April 20 2017 - The media are a critical player in building public awareness on events in the society that directly or indirectly affect their audience. The media have a great impact in the ...

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 ...

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer
March 7, 2017

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer

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Author: Ian Masters, originally posted March 6 2017 - Part 1 Development has seen a number of “silver bullets” since the middle of the last century and it’s tempting to place Big Data as the latest and greatest solution to the development ...

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible
February 9, 2017

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations ...

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 ...

What does the new World Development Report say?
February 7, 2017

What does the new World Development Report say?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Will Taylor, posted February 2 2017 - Senior Governance Adviser Will Taylor reviews the World Development Report 2017. There’s a lot to like in the World Development Report 2017: Governance and Law, published earlier ...

Community engagement and sexuality education in conservative contexts: the case of Pakistan
December 6, 2016

Community engagement and sexuality education in conservative contexts: the ...

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Dr. Venkatraman Chandra-Mouli and Marina Plesons, World Health Organization (WHO) Department of Reproductive Health and Research, December 1 2016 - How can community engagement be used to ...

What are the challenges facing young people in East Africa?
November 16, 2016

What are the challenges facing young people in East Africa?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Alasdair Stuart on November 3 2016 - Alasdair Stuart shares the challenges faced by young people in Tanzania, Somalia and Kenya and outlines how they themselves think the media can ...

Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?
November 3, 2016

Why isn't communication a greater public health priority?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Sugg, November 3 2016 - Drawing on her new policy briefing, Caroline Sugg reflects on why communication is often a peripheral part of public health interventions, looking at challenges around evidence, the ...

Your issue’s in danger! Why advocacy groups should apply evidence-based communication
November 6, 2016

Your issue’s in danger! Why advocacy groups should apply evidence-based ...

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Author: Espen Malling, November 16 2016 - The process of change is inseparable from the process of communication. Therefore, advocacy groups and other proponents of a knowledge-based development of society risk undermining their cause if failing ...

We need more media coverage of disaster prevention
October 20, 2016

We need more media coverage of disaster prevention

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Author: Marcus Oxley, October 20 2016 - Marking International Day for Disaster Reduction, Marcus Oxley argues that we need more media coverage of disasters before – rather than after – they happen. This would make prevention more of a priority, ...

An independent Nepali media has never been more needed
October 10, 2016

An independent Nepali media has never been more needed

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Author: Kiran Bhandari, Dipak Bhattarai and James Deane, October 10 2016 - Nepal’s media has played a pivotal role in the country’s democratic transition but how successful has it been at fighting corruption and boosting accountability? Nepal ...

Getting data on the lives of ordinary people in the developing world
October 10, 2016

Getting data on the lives of ordinary people in the developing world

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Authors: Kavita Abraham Dowsing and Sonia Whitehead, October 10 2016 - Ahead of the launch of BBC Media Action’s data portal in October, Kavita Abraham-Dowsing and Sonia Whitehead explain why we need more data about the views, aspirations and ...

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?
September 21, 2016

Will the World Development Report miss out the media's role in public dialogue?

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Author: Will Taylor, September 21 2016 - Will Taylor reviews the ‘green cover’ draft of the World Development Report, which puts a spotlight on the media but could do more to lay out how to support inclusive public dialogue at scale. Induced ...

Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?
September 14, 2016

Public service broadcasting in fragile states: are we flogging a dead horse?

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Author: James Deane, September 14 2016 - James Deane argues that the concept of media systems capable of: engaging everyone in society, acting independently and enabling dialogue across divides appears increasingly – rather than decreasingly – ...

Public Health Communication has to be 'Mainstream'
August 29, 2016

Public Health Communication has to be 'Mainstream'

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Author: Anshuman Rawat, August 24 2016 [cross-posted from Anshuman Rawat's blog site, linked below] - A cursory study of health communication would reveal that when it comes to catching eyeballs, the catchy promotions of, for example, private ...

Tackling Zika: What health communicators can learn from Ebola
July 6, 2016

Tackling Zika: What health communicators can learn from Ebola

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sophia Wilkinson, July 6 2016 - Since the World Health Organisation declared Zika a global public health emergency in February of this year, much attention has been brought to bear on applying lessons learned during the ...

The role of the media in a divided society
July 6, 2016

The role of the media in a divided society

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, July 6 2016 - James Deane’s personal reflection on the role of media in divided societies in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. I’ve spent many years ...

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use
May 4, 2016

Data for Decision-Making: Empowering Local Data Use

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Authors: Lora Shimp, Technical Director, with Heather Randall, Program Coordinator, GAVI-NVI Project, May 4 2016 - As we celebrate World Immunization Week [April 25], it's important to remember that one way to "close the gap" on immunization ...

Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child
April 26, 2016

Lao PDR's Polio Outbreak and Response: C4D efforts in reaching the last child

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The Complete Background to Lao PDR’s Polio Outbreak and Response‬

One year on from the Nigerian elections: "no violence, just vote"
April 6, 2016

One year on from the Nigerian elections: "no violence, just vote"

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Author: Osebi Adams, April 6 2016 - This time last year, I wasn’t sure what the future held for me as a young Nigerian. Not because I was worried about a job or a family since I was already working as a researcher for BBC Media Action and ...

Why Branding Matters for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
March 30, 2016

Why Branding Matters for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)

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From Charles Kojo Vandyck: The last couple of years, my colleagues and I at WACSI [West Africa Civil Society Institute] have initiated passionate discussions about branding and its value added to strengthening the institute’s relevance, identity, ...

Mother tongue: boosting maternal health through mobile phones
March 7, 2016

Mother tongue: boosting maternal health through mobile phones

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Author: Bindi Thakka - Our producer looks at the importance of tribal language - and how it can be used to help provide life-saving advice to mothers in India. In India an incredible 1,652 different languages are spoken. Jharkhand, a state in ...

The Nepalese girl whose story touched thousands
March 7, 2016

The Nepalese girl whose story touched thousands

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Author: Bidhya Chapagain - Bidhya Chapagain, presenter of Sajha Sawal (Common Questions) - a weekly debate show broadcast across Nepal on TV and Radio - writes a letter to Ujeli, a 15 year old girl she got to know while visiting earthquake ...

2015 Human Rights Day: Our Rights, Our Freedoms Always…
December 9, 2015

2015 Human Rights Day: Our Rights, Our Freedoms Always…

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Author: PSAf Executive Director Lilian Kiefer, December 9 2015 - Human Rights Day, which is observed internationally every year on 10 December, reminds us of our responsibility to promote and protect human rights for all. In the same way every ...

Love in the time of Ebola
November 12, 2015

Love in the time of Ebola

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Author: Yvonne MacPherson, November 12 2015 - It's not a stretch of the imagination to consider the potential risk posed by global health threats to us all. We've just seen how Ebola impacted the region of West Africa and scared people much ...

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