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Author: Nellie Bristol, July 24 2015 - July 24 marks a significant milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio: Nigeria, one of the countries where wild poliovirus has proven hardest to extinguish, has reported no cases of the disease for a...

Author: Aveseh Asough, July 22 2015 - In Nigeria, brown envelopes have a special significance.

For Nigerian journalists brown envelopes suggest money. Cash collected after an event or an assignment to cover ‘transport costs’.

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Author: Clare Lyons, July 22 2015 - One good thing that came from an unsuccessful grant application last year was the seed of an idea for what became our MOELJO course (mobile phone skills and election reporting for journalists).

Author: Valentina Baú, July 20 2015 - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have represented a crucial framework in international development since their establishment in the year 2000. Two of their key strengths have been their ability to...

Author: Annalee Yassi, July 3 2015 - Community-based arts have been promoted in many sectors of society to integrate and celebrate imaginative thinking - to help people find new ways to see and be in the world - and to promote social change. But...

Author: Stephanie Perrin, July 3 2015 - History often forgets revolutionary women, but those involved in the protests in Egypt since January 25, 2011 refuse to be overlooked and continue to build on the nation’s long history of women’s activism....

Author Jennifer Lentfer, June 28 2015 - Below all of the talk of "evidence-based approaches" and "taking it to scale," there is an undercurrent of disquiet.

Author: BBC Media Action blogger Maha Taki, June 22 2015 - An elderly man, one eye milky blue with age, peers into the camera. Immediately behind him lie neat rows of white tarpaulin shelters, walls flapping in the wind.

"Each person...

Author: Fennovia Matakala, June 19 2015 - A sea of serious faces looked to the front of the local council chambers. Shuffling in anticipation, the crowd exchanged excited whispers.

Looking like they were attending the start of a high-...

Author: Dr. Ranu S. Dhillon, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, June 16 2015 - The CHW Reference Guide was produced under the Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program, the United States Agency for International...

Lilian Kiefer

Author: Lilian Kiefer, June 19 2015 - Discrimination and marginalisation have lasting effects in that they take away human dignity. Discrimination means to be treated in a negatively different way because of certain real or perceived...

Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, June 15 2015 - When I asked women and men from six Chennai [India] slums: "What are the changes - positive and negative - you have seen in the last five years in the institutions of marriage, family, markets and state...

Mamoletsane Khati

Author: Mamoletsane Khati, June 11 2015 - African children suffer from neglect, deprivation, poor nutrition, poor access to health services, violence and other harmful social and cultural practices that affect children’s wellbeing and expose...

Author: Fiona Ledger, May 29 2015 - There’s more to a cup of tea than meets the eye - it’s not just wet, hot and thirst quenching, it’s also a media vehicle for promoting tolerance and social inclusion.

Vusumuzi Sifile

Author Vusumuzi Sifile, May 27 2015 - When Kwame Nkrumah and other African leaders met in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in May 1963, they were driven by...

Author: Svea Closser, May 22 2015 - When polio eradication was proposed in the 1980s, many hoped that polio would be a "banner disease" that would raise awareness of and build enthusiasm for routine immunization (RI). So, RI was made one of the "...

Author: Sue Goldstein, May 21 2015 - "Of the 19.3 million children under-immunized with DTP-3 in 2010, 6.6 million were in Africa and 60% of those children lived in only five countries. The availability of vaccines is not the major problem - it...

Author: Roma Solomon, May 21 2015 - "What are you doing now that polio has gone? You and your team must be out of a job!" Well, these are easier questions to answer than those we faced when we started working on polio eradication. "You think you...

Lilian Kiefer

Author Lilian Kiefer, May 27 2015 In a society faced with high poverty levels, and limited participation of...

Author: James Deane, BBC Media Action Director, Policy and Learning, May 20 2015 - I was prompted to write this post by Brian Levy, the rightly respected governance...

Author: Valentina Tartari, May 20 2015 - My name is Valentina Tartari. I am not a journalist, nor an expert on African politics, but an international...

Author: Carly Griggs, May 19 2015 - A few months ago as I pulled into Songambele village in Dodoma region, Tanzania, a soft drizzle was setting in. I pulled my jumper on as I stepped out of the car - it was unusually chilly for September. But the...

Author: Sanjay Bhonge, May 20 2015 - That a healthy nation can progress economically and socio culturally is a known fact. Every nation works towards providing health facilities at the grassroots level by implementing various health...

Author: Suman Basnet, May 15 2015 - As Regional Coordinator of AMARC Asia Pacific, Suman Basnet sent this email to colleagues on May 13 2015. He has kindly offered...

Author: Kirsty Cockburn, May 4 2015 - When Saturday’s devastating earthquake struck, I’d just finished filming with ...

This blog is cross-posted from the WASH website, linked below, May 4 2015 - In times of disaster, particularly when infrastructure has been compromised and people find themselves together in close quarters, there is an increased risk of infection...

Author: Nokholo Mhluzani, April 30 2015 - Towards the end of the year 2014 Action IEHDC [Action Institute for Environment, Health and Development Communication] produced a television talk show under the Wize Up, your decision your life campaign....

From the CHW Reference Guide, authors Donna Bjerregaard, Initiatives Inc., and Henry Perry, Johns Hopkins University, April 28 2015 - The...

Author: Sahib Khan, May 28 2015 - Exposure visits for journalists to areas like the drought-stricken Sindh province, Pakistan, are being organized by...

Author: Alexandra Tyers, April 21 2015 - I was recently in Tanzania, working with the mobile operator Tigo to conduct participatory research with users of their Tigo Biashara service, which launched a few months ago. Tigo were awarded an...

Author: Dorothy Peprah, April 21 2015 - As we tentatively celebrate the recovery of Beatrice Yardolo, the last known Ebola patient to be discharged from a treatment centre in Liberia, BBC Media Action continues working on programmes and training...

Author: Angela Githitho Muriithi, April 13 2015  - In a crowded, dusty camp for displaced people in Somalia, Ibrahim and Raho are doing their best to raise two children. When their baby falls ill with diarrhoea, traditional birth attendant...

Author: Damalie Wasukira, March 25 2015 - Without understanding context, one can't communicate effectively. Considering context in communication means you consider...

Author: Paul Massaquoi, March 23 2015: What do a priest, a boat, a bus and a bike have in common? Despite sounding like the start of a bad joke this is in fact an important part of our strategy for circulating and transmitting our life-saving...

Author: Liberty Bunce, March 23 2015: One of Nigeria's biggest stars, the singer, songwriter and producer 2Face Idibia, is standing in an abandoned Lagos power plant, saying over and over again that he's had enough. He's not complaining about the...

Author:  Silvio Waisbord, March 18 2015, cross-posted from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) website: In this guest post, Silvio Waisbord,...

Author: Nikhil Patil, March 9 2015 - Non-compliance to polio immunization is a major challenge to effectively reaching 100% coverage of the vaccine across Nigeria and eliminate polio transmission. One solution to address non-compliance has been...

Author: Gillies C. Kasongo, March 4 2015 - Youth unemployment remains a major challenge in Southern Africa, threatening the region’s socio-economic development.

Although youth constitute the majority of the population in the Southern...

Author: Gillies C Kasongo, March 4 2015 - Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) commends local radio stations that are transforming themselves into platforms that provide local communities an opportunity to engage in dialogue on various...

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The Communication Initiative Network and Partnership convenes the communication and media for development, social and behavioural change community to share knowledge, connect, debate relevant issues, and critically review each other's work in order to advance effective development action across and between all development priorities. Contact Warren

Pacific Media Centre (PMC)

Founded in 2007, the Pacific Media Centre (PMC) at New Zealand's Auckland University of Technology (AUT) University seeks to stimulate research into contemporary Maori, Pasifika, and ethnic diversity media and community development in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Communication Strategies: 

PMC's strategic focus stems from the belief that robust and informed journalism and media research contributes to economic, political, and social development in the region. Activities include:

  • undertaking and stimulating research into contemporary Maori, Pasifika, Asia-Pacific, and ethnic diversity media and culture production;
  • strengthening research capability in the area of media production;
  • presenting and publishing the findings of media research;
  • developing collaborations and relationships with other Asia-Pacific centres of research excellence in media and cultural production; and
  • developing editorial and publication capability, including Pacific Journalism Review, PMC Online, and Pacific Scoop (see below for more details on the latter).


Sample past and ongoing projects (additional details are available on the PMC website) include:

  • PMC awarded a "journalist-in-residence" research grant to independent filmmaker Jim Marbrook to help develop a documentary about indigenous Kanak political and industrial rights and nickel mining development in New Caledonia. Marbrook, who is also a television lecturer in AUT University's School of Communication Studies, produced an 8-minute pilot video, Towards Grand Terre, as a first step in the project and is working to a full documentary feature, Cap Bocage.
  • Through PMC, photojournalist John Miller (Ngapuhi) began embarking on a journalist-in-residence project in August 2007 researching the Ngatihine forestry block development in mid-Northland in the 1970s in the context of a confrontation about the use of Maori land. He has presented this research as a case study, with a focus on the way in which mainstream and alternative forms of media represented the issue.
  • Pacific Scoop is an independent regional "hub" partnership venture between AUT University's Pacific Media Centre and the independent news portal Scoop Media Ltd. The website is based in the School of Communication Studies, where postgraduate Pacific student journalists and other media students with an interest in Pasifika affairs - especially those on the Asia-Pacific Journalism and Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism courses - are filing regular stories.
  • Pacific Media Watch is an Asia-Pacific media monitoring digital repository collected and published by postgraduate students and staff at PMC and also by contributing journalists.


Click here to access PMC's media development and development communication publications. Click here to read about Asia-Pacific and Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism courses.

Development Issues: 

Media Development.

Contact Information: 
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Source: 

Emails from David Robie to The Communication Initiative on January 20 2011 and February 1 2011; and PMC website, January 31 2011. Image credit: Marilyn Waring

Culture and Learning

Author: 
Liz Brooker
Martin Woodhead
Publication Date
September 1, 2010

This edition of Early Childhood in Focus (ECiF) addresses the major policy questions surrounding the place of culture in early childhood programmes and how to promote development and learning while respecting cultural diversities. ECiF is a series of publications produced by the Child and Youth Studies Group at The Open University, United Kingdom, with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, intending to provide reviews of research on key policy and practice issues that are of value to policy makers and advocates for the rights of children.

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Strengthening Community-Based Early Childhood Education in Aotorea New Zealand

Subtitle: 
Report of the Quality Public Early Childhood Education Project
Author: 
Helen May
Linda Mitchell
Publication Date
December 1, 2009

In 2008, the Quality Public Early Childhood Education (QPECE) project brought together a group of New Zealand national organisations with an interest in strengthening community-based early childhoo

ECE for All/ New Zealand

Caring and Learning Together: A Cross-National Study on the Integration of Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) within Education

Author: 
Yoshie Kaga
John Bennett
Peter Moss
Publication Date
January 1, 2010
Affiliation: 

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

This United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) study offers an assessment of the policy of integrating the responsibility for early childhood care and education (ECC

Source: 

Zunia website, July 22 2010.

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Freedom of Information for Pacific Policy Makers

Subtitle: 
2008 Regional Workshop Report
Publication Date
November 1, 2008

This is a report of the workshop on Freedom of Information for Pacific Policy Makers held in Honiara, Solomon Islands, from June 30 to July 2 2008, at which representatives from ten Forum Island Countries (FICs) discussed freedom of information (FOI) legislation. The meeting was organised by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Pacific Centre.

Contact Information: 
Source: 

UNDP Pacific Centre website accessed on July 8 2009 and January 15 2014.

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