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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Toilet: Ek Development Communication Katha
August 14, 2017

Toilet: Ek Development Communication Katha

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Akshay Kumar is fast emerging as a very unlikely bearer of varied and content-driven Hindi cinema. Derided by the reigning Hindi cinema establishment and its audience bank as 'Bharat Kumar 2.0' for his off-screen nationalistic messages and works, ...

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? ...

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 ...

What's it like to be a teenage mother in Sierra Leone?
June 13, 2017

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

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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 all her school books and her bag on the dusty ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Whither the shelterless in SDGs?
May 3, 2017

Whither the shelterless in SDGs?

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 3 2017 - What is adequate housing? The International Covenant on Economic and Social Cultural Rights, 1996 guarantees  every person the rights to adequate food, to adequate housing, to education, to health, to ...

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 Girl Child and Sustainable Development Goals
April 18, 2017

The Girl Child and Sustainable Development Goals

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Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, April 18 2017 - This blog examines what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets and indicators have to offer to further welfare and rights of girl child, and where there are gaps.

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 ...

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 ...

Dispatch from the UN World Data Forum
January 24, 2017

Dispatch from the UN World Data Forum

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Sonia Whitehead, Head of Research Programmes, BBC Media Action, on January 19 2017 -  Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead shares her three top takeaways from the first-ever UN ...

Can the SDGs accelerate progress towards gender equality? What are the inter-linkages and institutional arrangements that are es
January 10, 2017

Can the SDGs accelerate progress towards gender equality? What are the ...

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, January 10 2017 - The discussion on whether and how the SDGs can accelerate progress towards gender equality has to be located in the context that gender inequality persists, particularly in the spheres of politics, ...

Addressing violence against women and girls in Zambia through a community health systems strengthening initiative
January 9, 2017

Addressing violence against women and girls in Zambia through a community ...

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Author: Cathy Green, Technical Lead, Community Health Systems, Health Partners International, January 9, 2017 - The elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls is a key priority of the United Nations Sustainable ...

Top five blogs of 2016
December 26, 2016

Top five blogs of 2016

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Melanie Archer, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, December 23 2016 - Our most popular blogs of the year, featuring: discussion of alternatives to counter-propaganda, tips for successful ...

Mother's milk
December 24, 2016

Mother's milk

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Author: Nasir Ateeq, December 24 2016 - Kittens here are blessed with early initiation and exclusive mother milk!! Their caring mother, without receiving messages through communication campaigns, just instinctively feeds them her milk. They ...

Six forgotten female stories which now 'exist' on Wikipedia
December 15, 2016

Six forgotten female stories which now 'exist' on Wikipedia

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Sam Waterton, Digital Editor, BBC Media Action, on December 9 2016 - Just 17% of profiles on Wikipedia are women. And even fewer exist in languages other than English. BBC Media Action teams in ...

Notre appel pour l'éducation parentale universelle
December 12, 2016

Notre appel pour l'éducation parentale universelle

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De Eve Sullivan avec Jamesa Wagwau et Aya Isumi, 12 décembre 2016: Quand de jeunes enfants crient leur détresse, bien qu'il soit facile de dire qu'ils ont besoin de quelque chose, les parents ou les tuteurs peuvent ne pas reconnaître ...

Our call for universal parenting education
December 8, 2016

Our call for universal parenting education

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By Eve Sullivan, Jamesa Wagwau, and Aya Isumi, December 12 2016 - Small children cry out in distress and, while it is easy to tell that they need something, parents or caregivers may not recognize right away what solace or satisfaction the child ...

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 ...

Somalia: one of the toughest places to give birth in the world
November 30, 2016

Somalia: one of the toughest places to give birth in the world

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action Insight blog by Mohammed A. Gaas, November 15 2016 - A tribute to Amran Mahad, lead actress in Maalmo Dhaama Maanta (A Better Life than Today), an interactive drama helping young people to talk about both ...

Does access to vocational training economically empowerment women?
November 23, 2016

Does access to vocational training economically empowerment women?

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Author: Ranjani K Murthy, November 23 2016 - Economic empowerment of women can be seen as a process of strengthening control of individual women over their labour, resources, information technology, and intra household decision making; collective ...

Towards 16 days of activism against GBV: Championing the Right to Decent work for women at work in commercial farms
November 23, 2016

Towards 16 days of activism against GBV: Championing the Right to Decent ...

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Author: Lilian Kiefer, November 23 2016 - As we approach the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV), action must be urgently taken to address the lack of respect for the right to decent work for women who work in the commercial ...

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 ...

The jewel of Afghanistan
November 3, 2016

The jewel of Afghanistan

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Author: BBC Media Action's Sam Waterton, November 3 2016 - "I want to be a symbol for people with disabilities that no matter the challenge, nothing is impossible”." Sitting in richly furnished office with the flag of Afganistan in its corner, ...

Women's empowerment as strategic rebellion
October 26, 2016

Women's empowerment as strategic rebellion

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, October 27 2016 - Sardenberg (2010) sees women’s empowerment as a process of ‘gender rebellion’ leading to break with traditional gender roles and norms. [See reference below.] Rebellion can be seen as a ...

Contributing to the Change Process in Nigeria with Few Opportunities
October 25, 2016

Contributing to the Change Process in Nigeria with Few Opportunities

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Author: Chris Sanctus Chukwudi Okereke, November 2 2016 -  What is on everybody’s mind in Nigeria is the word “change”, which is a mantra associated with the current administration of the President Muhammadu Buhari. A lot of people are even ...

"In my next life I want to be a boy"
October 20, 2016

"In my next life I want to be a boy"

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Author: Ragini Pasrichan, October 20 2016 - Why we chose “real people” instead of actors to feature in our Public Service Announcements (PSAs), TV adverts sharing simple solutions to prepare for cyclones, flooding and drought. “In my next life I ...

Changing perspective - the power of vertical video
September 21, 2016

Changing perspective - the power of vertical video

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Author: Tom Hannen, September 21 2016 - I was watching my one-year-old son playing on a beach in Turkey when the terrible photo of Aylan Kurdi lying motionless on a beach further along the coast appeared on social media. I will never forget the ...

Polio is back in Nigeria, and the next vaccination campaign may have a surprising consequence
September 15, 2016

Polio is back in Nigeria, and the next vaccination campaign may have a ...

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Authors: Shelby Grossman, Jonathan Phillips and Leah Rosenzweig, August 23 2016 [first posted in the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, linked below] In early August, Nigeria announced new cases of wild poliovirus, two years after the country's ...

Online Platform in Uganda Allows People to Anonymously Report Poor Service Delivery and Corruption in their Community
September 7, 2016

Online Platform in Uganda Allows People to Anonymously Report Poor Service ...

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016 -  In recent decades, Uganda has made various efforts to establish systems to fight corruption, including a strong legal framework, but actual implementation of corruption prevention has been weak. “In ...

Lucrative Summer 2016 for Screen Entertainers and Marketers
September 1, 2016

Lucrative Summer 2016 for Screen Entertainers and Marketers

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Author: Jacques Brodeur, Edupax, September 1 2016 - What about children's health? As children were hunting for Pokemons and their parents were watching the struggle for the podium in Rio, many of us spent Summer 2016 watching screens. Back in ...

Stakeholders acknowledge FAO's role in agricultural policy and capacity development in Lao PDR
August 31, 2016

Stakeholders acknowledge FAO's role in agricultural policy and capacity ...

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Author: James Ayodele, August 31 2016 - The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has delivered relevant support for agricultural policy development in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) and achieved significant results in ...

FAO’s contribution strengthens resilience of vulnerable households in Burkina Faso
August 31, 2016

FAO’s contribution strengthens resilience of vulnerable households in ...

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Author: James Ayodele, August 31 2016 - A recent evaluation has shown that FAO helped the Government and the people of Burkina Faso strengthen the resilience of vulnerable households, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, climate change ...

Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health and Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda
August 25, 2016

Simple SIM Cards Provide Sexual Health and Safety for Sex Workers in Uganda

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Author: Julie Taylor, August 25 2016 - New initiative by Lady Mermaid's Bureau fosters access to information and protects sex workers’ rights In Uganda, commercial sex work is illegal and perceived as immoral and socially unacceptable. As a ...

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 ...

Media, communication and the future of development
July 6, 2016

Media, communication and the future of development

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Author: BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, July 6 2016 - James Deane welcomes you to a new resource on why and how media and communication matters in international development: To someone with a hammer, every problem ...

Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit
June 8, 2016

Sharing stories from the World Humanitarian Summit

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Author: Caroline Nursey, June 6 2016 - It was quite something to see more than 6,000 humanitarians gathered at this week’s World Humanitarian Summit [WHS] - and not a pair of muddy boots in sight! We were seeking an answer to how the 130 million ...

Sustainable Development Under Threat from Drug Trafficking in West Africa
June 2, 2016

Sustainable Development Under Threat from Drug Trafficking in West Africa

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Author: Leandre Banon, June 2 2016 - Drug trafficking is fast becoming the most serious problem in West Africa. The sub- region has seen an increase in drug trafficking, production and consumption which continues to ruin many lives. There has ...

The 'othering' of development and SDGs
May 25, 2016

The 'othering' of development and SDGs

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 25 2016 - Development discourse has often about paid attention to problems of developing countries, and till recently the analysis was largely done by those in developed countries.  Developing countries are the ...

Need to address the trauma from sexual abuse critical
May 25, 2016

Need to address the trauma from sexual abuse critical

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Author: PSAf Executive Director Lilian Kiefer, May 25 2016 - In many parts of our society, children in general and particularly girls are exposed to numerous vices that limit their opportunity to develop to their full potential. The vices that ...

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