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Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria
November 21, 2017

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria

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Author: BBC Media Action's Assistant Project Manager in Syria Julie Boutros, originally posted November 19 2017 - As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, Julie Boutros describes how we're helping children in Syria survive and cope with the ...

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 ...

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.

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, ...

Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, Nepal, Bangladesh and India
August 22, 2017

Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's Senior Communications Manager Nick Henegan, originally posted August 18 2017 - In the aftermath of a disaster information is as important as food, water and shelter. It can save lives. This week BBC Media Action teams ...

Speaking up for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone
August 9, 2017

Speaking up for Ebola survivors in Sierra Leone

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Author: BBC Media Action Sierra Leone's Head of Production, Allieu Sesay, originally posted August 7 2017 - Abass became a voice for Ebola survivors across Sierra Leone. Allieu Sesay tells his ongoing story. Holding his baby daughter in his ...

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 ...

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? ...

Let's talk about sex: using radio to educate teenagers in Bangladesh
July 5, 2017

Let's talk about sex: using radio to educate teenagers in Bangladesh

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Author: Gourob Kundu, originally posted June 30 2017 - Our world is home to 1.8 billion young people. The majority of these 10 to 24-year-olds live in Asia, with 48 million alone growing up in Bangladesh.   Our world is home to 1.8 ...

The rise of edutainment: taking stock of the evidence
June 28, 2017

The rise of edutainment: taking stock of the evidence

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Author: Sonia Whitehead, BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes, originally posted June 21 2017 - Around the world, growing numbers of people have more and more access to endless distractions. Global smartphone ownership is on the ...

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." - ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Sierra Leone: standing up to crime through radio
April 20, 2017

Sierra Leone: standing up to crime through radio

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Author: BBC Media Action's Eastina Massaquoi, originally posted on March 24 2017 -  How a Comic Relief funded radio programme is helping inspire young people through discussion and positive role models in Sierra Leone. I was walking along ...

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 ...

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas
April 19, 2017

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas

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Author: BBC Media Action's Geraldine Sweetland, originally posted on March 8 2017 - To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 (whose theme is #beboldforchange) – we take a closer look at some of the inspirational female characters (past and ...

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 ...

'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 ...

Health communication changes lives by reaching millions
April 18, 2017

Health communication changes lives by reaching millions

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Author: BBC Media Action's Acting Head of Health and Resilience Sophia Wilkinson, originally posted on April 10 2017 - To mark the launch of our [BBC Media Action's] Global Health Stories site, Sophia Wilkinson explains how health communication ...

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 ...

Human stories inspire positive change
April 17, 2017

Human stories inspire positive change

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Katy Williams, on March 6 2017 - Katy Williams asked political debate show presenters in Nepal and Afghanistan about the real-life changes their programmes have helped achieve. Successes include getting more ...

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings from massive BBC programme
March 10, 2017

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings ...

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Author: Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam GB on March 1 2017 - A recurring pattern: I get invited to join a conversation with a bunch of specialists on a particular issue (eg market systems). Cue panic and some quick skim-reading of ...

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 ...

 World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age
February 18, 2017

World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Melanie Archer, on February 13 2017 - To mark World Radio Day, Melanie Archer reviews how radio can be a force for inclusion in a changing world, although it is vulnerable to getting co-opted for ideological ...

Radio has never been more necessary
February 13, 2017

Radio has never been more necessary

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Nursey, on February 10 2017 - On World Radio Day, Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action’s Executive Director discusses the ongoing importance of radio in a fast-changing digital world.  As the digital media ...

Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis
February 9, 2017

Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis

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Author: BBC Media Action's Abir Awad, on February 7 2017 - “The food we are given is not suitable for human consumption. They’ve taken away our identity cards and our phones,” says Ahmed during a phone-in programme at Radio Nawa, an independent ...

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 ...

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 ...

Prevention is better than cure
February 7, 2017

Prevention is better than cure

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Author: BBC Media Action's Betty Duku, posted February 1 2017 - How local and national radio is supporting work to prevent cholera in South Sudan. “I didn’t know it was cholera until a health professional at my local clinic told me” said Mary ...

Nepal: Reconstruction through radio
January 13, 2017

Nepal: Reconstruction through radio

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Pratibha Tuladhar on January 11 2017 - Timorous rays of winter sun fall on the potato fields of Nuwakot, a district in central Nepal still recovering from the impact of the 2015 earthquakes. The ...

Afghanistan: an intense year for local radio
December 23, 2016

Afghanistan: an intense year for local radio

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mukhtar Yadgar, Project Officer, Afghanistan, on December 15 2016 - Security threats against journalists and financial pressure are just two of the challenges facing local radio in Afghanistan. ...

A dramatic end to violence against women?
December 15, 2016

A dramatic end to violence against women?

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Josephine Casserly, Governance and Rights Adviser on December 7 2016 - In the UK and South Africa, two dramas illustrate how stories can help people better understand gender-based ...

Gaza Strip: communication saves lives
December 7, 2016

Gaza Strip: communication saves lives

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Mohammed Abu Asaker Humanitarian Liaison, Palestinian Territories, on November 25 2016 - Mohammed Abu Asaker’s neighborhood in the Gaza Strip was bombed in 2009. His personal experience is helping ...

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 ...

Kakalliya: The rapping granny
December 5, 2016

Kakalliya: The rapping granny

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Chibuike Utaka, Head of Factual, BBC Media Action Nigeria, December 2 2016 - Granny-power hits the airwaves to help improve the health of mothers and babies in northern Nigeria. An old woman is ...

 Generating real-time citizen data to identify socio-economic & political trends in East Africa
December 5, 2016

Generating real-time citizen data to identify socio-economic & political ...

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Across the globe, tech-based opportunities to gather and leverage information have led many organisations to change how they make decisions; they rely less on speculation and intuition and far more on data. In East Africa, a small start-up called ...

Our Girls, Our Future
November 30, 2016

Our Girls, Our Future

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Catherine Juma, November 22 2016 - Girls in South Sudan are less likely than boys to start school and more likely to drop out. Our radio producer visited her former school to find out if ...

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