Author: Franklin Apfel MD, MHS, originally published October 6 2017 - Having worked on developing and implementing the UN Foundation funded - ‘Tobacco Kills - Don’t be Duped’ project - a global communication initiative in support of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), while working at the World Health Organization (WHO), developing, promoting and passing the FCTC - a global treaty ratified by nearly 180 countries which have used it to strengthen tobacco control activities and curb tobacco related deaths, I am concerned about the recent budget commitment of Phillip Morris International (PMI) of 80 million US dollars a year for 12 years (nearly 1 billion US Dollars!) in the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World rather than the FCTC itself.
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.
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 coming.
As the government finds a solution
‘Accessing comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all.'
Author: Shabir Arain, October 3 2017 - Programs are getting more grip due to increasing avenues of domestic and international Climate finance. For developing countries, climate finance is undoubtedly becoming the key Incentive to integrate climate change issues into their development discourse and advance their efforts and initiatives to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change. According to the climate Policy Initiative (CPI) report, in 2014, annual global climate finance flows approximately reached $392 billion, of which $34 billion flowed from developed to developing countries. Pakistan is a relatively new player in the international climate finance arena with a promising institutional setup, and, hence, has limited experience in receiving or disbursing international climate finance resources. As of 2012, it had only $15 million in disbursements of multilateral finance explicitly for climate change.
Author: Panos Institute South Africa's Vusumuzi Sifile, September 26 2017 - Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) presents remarkable opportunities for boosting environmental sustainability, contributing to poverty eradication and enhancing economic diversification in Zambia.
Recognising this potential, the government has put in place numerous policies that seek to promote CBNRM as a springboard for environmental sustainability in the country. Senior government officials have made pronouncements that re-affirm this commitment to sustainable community participation in environment and natural resources management (ENRM). Just recently, on 15th September, President Edgar Lungu told Parliament that Zambia is richly endowed with abundant natural resources, with each of the country’s regions possessing “unique comparative advantage that can be leveraged to promote investment”.
Author: BBC Media Action's Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead, originally posted September 13 2017 - Working in the development sector I am aware that, particularly over the last few years, donors and others expect project results to be quantifiable. Numbers talk.
This was apparent at the UN World Data Forum in Cape Town in January when we looked at how the SDGs will be measured, and it was discussed again at the Esomar World Research Congress in Amsterdam this week. Donors want statistics to demonstrate impact and show a project is value for money, but aren’t as confident using insights from qualitative research.
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 accountability and foster transparency.
Strategies being used to improve accountability and foster transparency are not working well enough.
Corruption is on the rise, people do not feel that traditional institutions are delivering effective accountability, and there is a decline in trust in institutions as a whole. Authoritarianism and populism are resurgent.
The solutions to these challenges are huge but I want to set out six things which need to happen if democracy support is to become more effective.
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, the current models of support seems futile when confronted by the magnitude of the current challenges to journalism.
Author: BBC Media Action Nepal Stakeholder Liaison Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted Augusut 31 2017 - Social media is providing a platform for young voices in a new programme called Taja Sawal (Fresh Questions) in Nepal. The studio painted with murals by volunteers illustrates the vibrant and youthful approach to the new show. Pratibha Tuladhar speaks with the two new young presenters to get the full picture.
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 children from attending schools across the region. At least 1,200 people have been killed in south Asia’s worst flooding in the year with more than 40 million affected.
Thousands of schools are being used as emergency evacuation shelters and at least 18,000 have been damaged or destroyed by the floods, which is putting children’s education and long-term well-being at risk, Save the Children has warned.
Hundreds of thousands of children could fall permanently out of the school system if education is not prioritised in relief efforts.