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New Phone Tool in South Africa Helps Groups Mobilise around Important Issues, from Burial Societies to Protest Groups

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Author Julie Taylor, September 8 2016: Grassroot is a free mobile phone tool that helps groups of people in South Africa interact and exchange information, ranging from small social groups to massive community organisations. Grassroot allows communities to engage with their members, call meetings, take votes, and create actions lists, whether a small burial society or thousands of people mobilising for a rally. Grassroot works across all phones — from the cheapest entry-level phone to sophisticated smart phones. It is available in South African languages isiZulu, SeSotho, SePedi and SeTsonga. Grassroot is entirely free – it doesn’t require data, it doesn’t require airtime and it doesn’t require a smart phone.

 

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

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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 Uganda, corruption is widely considered a problem, across a range from demographics, from students to taxi-drivers, shopkeepers to watchmen,” says Roy Mukasa from Anti Corruption Coalition Uganda (ACCU).  “Few people are aware of their rights; many people have paid or continue to pay bribes on a regular basis. For example, we have learned about school girls who have bribed to get good grades, and others who have bribed to get medical treatment – the list goes on and on.”  

 

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Are there alternatives to counter-propaganda in an information age?

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Author: James Deane and Will Taylor, September 7 2016 - Looking at information responses to extremism, James Deane and Will Taylor reflect on the challenges for media development organisations and call for an evidence-based debate that accommodates different approaches.

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Scriptwriting for Syrians

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Author: Hozan Akko, September 7 2016 - A new radio drama for Syrians hopes to bridge divides and help people deal with the pressures of prolonged conflict.

To the relief of her family, a woman miraculously emerges from the rubble of a collapsed building on a small street in a Syrian suburb. She is scratched and dusty but otherwise unscathed. Amidst the sirens, there is the faint sound of broken wood and glass cracking beneath her feet. She’s escaped with her life – but her family business, a small restaurant, has been completely destroyed in the blast. Gazing back at the restaurant ruins, Archi has already resolved to rebuild what she has lost.

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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 March, the media showed us explosions in Brussels' airport while, at the same time, people were trying to run away from terrorist attacks in Syria. 

This article is about devastating impact of digital addiction and exposure to media violence on humanity. 

In times of destruction, war, and massive migrations, communicators and educators have the responsibility to safegard empathy, compassion, solidarity, hope for social justice and peace in children, adolescents, their parents and their fellow citizens. How can that be done successfully?

 

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We need to start talking about AIDS again

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Author: Caroline Sugg, August 31 2016 - In the early days of HIV, communication was at the heart of many successful prevention efforts but has never been fully integrated into the global response. Caroline Sugg explains why this needs to change, by explaining how a focus on behavioural and social change can help tackle current challenges posed by HIV and AIDS.

The early days of HIV were dark indeed. Freshly made coffins lined the streets of African towns, stark symbols of communities ravaged by a new and little understood killer. The intense stigma faced by people living with the disease around the world cruelly compounded their suffering.

But in those frightening times, important clues on how to effectively fight HIV were already emerging. We should remember these clues today as the world wakes up to the fact that we are failing to prevent more than 2 million new infections a year.http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet

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How a volunteer journalist used radio to combat cholera in Kenya

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Author: Mark Okundi, August 31 2016 - Passing on skills to a new generation of broadcast journalists is helping save lives in Kenya. Mark explains how a fresh-faced volunteer single-handedly developed a radio programme designed to tackle cholera.

I began mentoring Sayid in a studio at Wajir Community Radio and was immediately impressed by him. He had just finished his fourth year of high school and had joined the station as a volunteer presenter. Fresh faced and without any previous media experience, it was a gutsy entry into the industry.

Developing young journalists

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Forest and Farm Facility programme fills gaps in rural development cooperation

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Author: James Ayodele, September 21 2016 - The Forest and Farm Facility (FFF) programme [See video below.] is filling gaps in rural development cooperation; strengthening the capacity of forest and farm producers and enabling them to engage in policy advocacy. There is however a scope to enhance sustainability of the value chains being developed by further upgrading the status and capacity of producer organizations, says the report of a recent evaluation by the FAO Office of Evaluation.

The mid-term evaluation, which was conducted between January and June 2016, used data from interviews with national and sub-national stakeholders in five countries (Gambia, Kenya, Guatemala, Myanmar and Vietnam) and a desk review of activities in the other five focal countries (Bolivia, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua and Zambia).

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Food Security Information System project fosters strong collaboration among stakeholders in the Kyrgyz Republic

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Author: FAO blogger James Ayodele, September 14 2016 - A recent evaluation by the FAO Office of Evaluation has found that the Food Security Information System (FSIS) project has helped reinforce synergies and broadened professional collaborations among different groups of stakeholders in the Kyrgyz Republic. But the project will require a detailed exit strategy to ensure sustainability of its impact.

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Hunger reduction programme promotes synergy between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda

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Author James Ayodele, September  19 2016 - The Improved Global Governance for Hunger Reduction Programme has helped create synergies between FAO priorities and the EU development agenda in many ways, but its coherence is less evident at the country level, says the report of a recent evaluation by the Office of Evaluation.

Conducted between October 2015 and April 2016, the evaluation assessed the catalytic role of the programme and its overall contribution to enhanced, coordinated and informed food security and nutrition governance at the global, regional and national levels.

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