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Using Behavior Change Approaches to Improve Complementary Feeding Practices
November 6, 2017

Using Behavior Change Approaches to Improve Complementary Feeding Practices

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This paper applies an implementation framework, based on a behaviour change model, to compare four detailed case studies of complementary feeding programmes carried out in Bangladesh, Malawi, Peru, and Zambia. The paper examines commonalities and ...

Behavioral Economics and Developmental Science: A New Framework to Support Early Childhood Interventions
November 2, 2017

Behavioral Economics and Developmental Science: A New Framework to Support ...

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"Parents play an integral role as active agents on behalf of their children. Simplified, program participation and engagement are often assumed to be the result of an active evaluation by parents about costs versus benefits. This evaluation is ...

Communication for Development and Social Change: Influencing Social Norms for an Inclusive Society in Montenegro
October 27, 2017

Communication for Development and Social Change: Influencing Social Norms ...

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"The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities call upon the governments to ensure that all children, irrespective of their abilities, enjoy their rights. However, children with ...

Reaching Every Child: Sharing Approaches to Improve Child Health
October 26, 2017

Reaching Every Child: Sharing Approaches to Improve Child Health

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This report summarises the proceedings of a September 22 2017 gathering of more than 70 child survival champions who gathered in Washington, DC, United States (US) to share successful approaches used across a spectrum of child health challenges ...

Child Marriage, Adolescent Pregnancy and Family Formation in West and Central Africa - Patterns, Trends and Drivers of Change
October 26, 2017

Child Marriage, Adolescent Pregnancy and Family Formation in West and ...

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“Of the 15 countries where the rate of child marriage is over 30 percent, nine are in West and Central Africa, with Niger having the highest rates in the world. The West and Central Africa region also has the highest adolescent birth rates in the ...

Windows into Early Learning and Development
October 17, 2017

Windows into Early Learning and Development

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From the Executive Summary: "The first five years of a child's life is a time of great promise and rapid change, when the developing brain is most open to the influence of relationships and experiences. However, millions of children across the ...

Approaches of the Leo Toto and APHIAplus Nuru Ya Bonde Programs in Kenya - Case Study on Improving HIV Testing and Services for Children Orphaned or Made Vulnerable by HIV (OVC)
October 12, 2017

Approaches of the Leo Toto and APHIAplus Nuru Ya Bonde Programs in Kenya - ...

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“In spite of the dramatic success of HIV treatment programs around the world, children remain under-tested, and are thus denied access to lifesaving treatment.”

Successful Strategies for Stopping Polio in India
October 10, 2017

Successful Strategies for Stopping Polio in India

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"The polio program became a national movement." This brief from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), one of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) partners, shares key approaches implemented by the polio programme in India to ...

Behavioral Insights for Development: Cases from Central America
October 5, 2017

Behavioral Insights for Development: Cases from Central America

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This publication summarises five cases in which the World Bank, in collaboration with governments and partners, has applied behavioural insights to different areas of public policy in Central America. These experiences collectively show how ...

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings
October 4, 2017

The Impact and Cost of Child Marriage Prevention in Three African Settings

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"Developing and testing streamlined, and minimum basic interventions is critical in the context of child marriage. The practice prevails in the poorest countries with large numbers of girls affected. Interventions that have the potential to reach ...

Mmata Tswana (My Partner) - Community Caregiver Support Groups to Improve ART Adherence Amongst Adolescents Living with HIV
October 3, 2017

Mmata Tswana (My Partner) - Community Caregiver Support Groups to Improve ...

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“As experts in their own situations and children’s closest supporters, caregivers are crucial to providing psychosocial, adherence and retention support to the children and adolescents that they care for. They are well placed to provide overall ...

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and Telenor Pakistan
September 28, 2017

Innovations in Mobile Birth Registration: Insights from Tigo Tanzania and ...

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"The ability to prove one’s identity is essential to securing a number of life-enhancing services such as healthcare, education, financial services, connectivity and social protections."  This GSMA report addresses the need of an estimated ...

"Expanding Our Horizons": Formative Research on Aspirations and Family Dynamics Related to Sanitation and Nutrition
September 28, 2017

"Expanding Our Horizons": Formative Research on Aspirations and Family ...

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This document is a summary of a longer report, originally written in Spanish, sharing the results of an investigation to identify the normative and behavioural factors influencing infant nutrition and feeding and sanitation practices in the ...

Male Engagement in HIV Response - A Platform of Action
September 28, 2017

Male Engagement in HIV Response - A Platform of Action

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"Gender equality and gender-sensitive approaches must be integral parts of the policies and actions that drive the HIV response." This Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) meeting report highlights gender inequalities and harmful ...

Prevention Gap Report
September 26, 2017

Prevention Gap Report

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"All programmes require a strong community empowerment element and specific efforts to address legal and policy barriers, as well as the strengthening of health systems, social protection systems and actions to address gender inequality and ...

Peers and Partners: Empowering Children to Take Civic Action
September 26, 2017

Peers and Partners: Empowering Children to Take Civic Action

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"While threats against civic space are well documented around the world, little is said on how civic space trends are being experienced by children, and how children's rights and abilities to be active agents for change in their countries and ...

ALL IN to End the Adolescent AIDS Epidemic: A Progress Report
September 20, 2017

ALL IN to End the Adolescent AIDS Epidemic: A Progress Report

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"ALL IN...recognizes the importance of a holistic, multi-sectoral approach towards addressing risk and vulnerability in adolescents, seeking to drive this fast-track effort through partnerships that combine forces to improve leadership, ...

Development of a Global Mechanism in Support of Advancing the Scale and Impact of Communication and Media for Development, Social and Behaviour Change
September 20, 2017

Development of a Global Mechanism in Support of Advancing the Scale and ...

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Note: What follows is the summary of this report. The full report can be accessed at this link.

IDELA: Fostering Common Solutions for Young Children
September 18, 2017

IDELA: Fostering Common Solutions for Young Children

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"In LMICs [low- and middle-income countries], there is limited guidance on the 'how to' of programs: how to get a return on investment and how to boost children's early development, especially for children from socio-cultural minorities."

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Social Media
September 18, 2017

Protecting Children on the Move in Asia through Information and ...

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"In a region with more mobile phones than people,...digital growth in Southeast Asia presents opportunities for children on the move to make informed decisions prior to migration and could help to prevent children from moving alone or being ...

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
September 12, 2017

Effectiveness of mHealth Interventions for Maternal, Newborn and Child ...

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"mHealth research projects are typically under-theorised, poorly specified and vaguely described. This creates challenges for effective evidence synthesis, risks unintended consequences that cannot be explained, makes replication and scaling ...

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women
September 7, 2017

Digital Tools and Changing Behaviour in Relation to Violence against Women

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What are the most effective tools developed for digital platforms (social media, mobile phone apps and websites) that have been successful in changing behaviour in relation to violence against women? Violence against women and girls (VAWG) ...

Participation of Children and Adolescents: An Indispensable Factor for a Better Municipal Investment in Central America
September 6, 2017

Participation of Children and Adolescents: An Indispensable Factor for a ...

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"Adolescents, youth and adults representing organizations from the Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua Chapters [to  Central American Seminar of Children and Adolescents in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, May 2016] exchanged experiences ...

Does Targeting Children with Hygiene Promotion Messages Work? The Effect of Handwashing Promotion Targeted at Children, on Diarrhoea, Soil-Transmitted Helminth Infections and Behaviour Change, in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
September 5, 2017

Does Targeting Children with Hygiene Promotion Messages Work? The Effect of ...

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The purpose of this systematic review is to assess if promoting the practice of handwashing with soap (HWWS), designed to reach children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), is effective at increasing handwashing behaviour and ...

Social Norms and Girls' Well-Being: Linking Theory and Practice
August 31, 2017

Social Norms and Girls' Well-Being: Linking Theory and Practice

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"Focusing on social norms expands the typical conversation around social change, placing human relationships within communities at the center of the narrative."

Family Honour and Shattered Dreams: Girl Brides in Mali, Niger and Senegal
August 31, 2017

Family Honour and Shattered Dreams: Girl Brides in Mali, Niger and Senegal

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“The research brings a new perspective – that of girls, boys, their parents and their communities – and nuances some of the common assumptions made about why and how child marriage happens in the region.”

Empowering Women and Girls to Improve Nutrition: Building a Sisterhood of Success
August 22, 2017

Empowering Women and Girls to Improve Nutrition: Building a Sisterhood of ...

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"Women are both disproportionately affected by malnutrition (60% of the world’s 800 million malnourished people are women) and critical actors in findings lasting solutions.... Nutrition justice will only be achieved when women are empowered and ...

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C
August 21, 2017

Seventeen Ways to End FGM/C

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The 2016 Annual Report for the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting provides two perspectives: The main document analyses progress in quantitative terms, offering profiles of each of the 17 programme countries. A ...

A Rigorous Review of Global Research Evidence on Policy and Practice on School-Related Gender-Based Violence
August 14, 2017

A Rigorous Review of Global Research Evidence on Policy and Practice on ...

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As reports have proliferated on widespread violence experienced by girls and boys in and around schools across the globe, school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) has become a major concern for policymakers, education practitioners, and ...

Research into Gender Equality and Early Childhood Development in Eleven Countries in Asia
August 3, 2017

Research into Gender Equality and Early Childhood Development in Eleven ...

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"These findings are of concern because they suggest that in the communities studied, the existing gender discrimination, the low social position of women and the gendered distribution of labour are being taught from the earliest age, instilled in ...

Determinants of Performance of Supplemental Immunization Activities for Polio Eradication in Uttar Pradesh, India: Social Mobilization Activities of the Social Mobilization Network (SM Net) and Core Group Polio Project (CGPP)
July 26, 2017

Determinants of Performance of Supplemental Immunization Activities for ...

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"Social mobilization activities can improve the performance of mass vaccination campaigns." The primary strategy that has been employed to interrupt transmission of wild poliovirus in India is to improve supplemental immunisation activities ...

Understanding the Linkages between Social Safety Nets and Childhood Violence: A Review of the Evidence from Low- and Middle-income Countries
July 20, 2017

Understanding the Linkages between Social Safety Nets and Childhood ...

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"...violent behaviours are typically normalized in childhood, putting children who experience or witness violence at a higher risk of experience and perpetration in adulthood....While risk and protective factors for childhood violence have been ...

The People in the Pictures - Vital Perspectives on Save the Children's Image Making
July 10, 2017

The People in the Pictures - Vital Perspectives on Save the Children's Image ...

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“Debates about the visual representations of global poverty have been going on for many years, yet the experiences and views of those featured have been notably absent.”

Paving the Way for a Healthy Life
July 7, 2017

Paving the Way for a Healthy Life

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"The power of the Wheel and its implementation strategy lies in that it was conceived as a process that actively involves the participation of 1,000 Day families and the community, individually and collectively, rather than serving as a passive ...

Training on Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE)
July 5, 2017

Training on Child Protection in Emergency (CPiE)

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This document reports on the implementation of "Training on Child Protection in Emergency" through a partnership between UNICEF and Diyalo Pariwar for members of protection clusters in each of 12 districts (Chitwan, Tanahu, Kaski, Nawalparasi, ...

Children and the Data Cycle: Rights and Ethics in a Big Data World
June 27, 2017

Children and the Data Cycle: Rights and Ethics in a Big Data World

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"With increasing collection of big data and a vocal data science movement calling for more open data and greater utilization of big data within public, private and not-for-profit policymaking arenas, ensuring the protection of and respect for ...

Honour and Prestige: The Influence of Social Norms on Violence against Women and Girls in Karnataka, South India
June 23, 2017

Honour and Prestige: The Influence of Social Norms on Violence against Women ...

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"...interventions that integrate a norms approach can contribute to strengthening the rights of women and girls and reducing the violent practices that affect the health and human rights of hundreds of millions globally." Social norms play an ...

"She Cannot Just Sit Around Waiting to Turn Twenty" - Understanding Why Child Marriage Persists in Kenya and Zambia
June 22, 2017

"She Cannot Just Sit Around Waiting to Turn Twenty" - Understanding Why ...

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“Around the world, an estimated 15 million girls are married each year before they turn 18, and UNICEF estimates that 720 million women alive today were married as children.”

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan
June 21, 2017

Improving Maternal and Child Health through Media in South Sudan

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"Since 2012, BBC Media Action has been funded by DFID to produce a range of programmes and deliver capacity-strengthening activities aiming to support improved reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health (RMNCH) in South Sudan. This report ...

The Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management
June 21, 2017

The Comprehensive Approach to Health Systems Management

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"Traditionally speaking, public health planning is often driven by central-level policies and resource allocation that trickle their way down the health system. If you only start at the top, however, you miss the bigger picture." - Betty Cox and ...

When Every Child Counts - Engaging the Underserved Communities for Polio Eradication in Uttar Pradesh, India
June 20, 2017

When Every Child Counts - Engaging the Underserved Communities for Polio ...

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"Engagement is the key word, and is central to this focused intervention to enhance acceptance by the minority representing the missed targets, of the shared vision to rid India of polio."

Integrated Social Behavior Change Communication to Improve Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Nutrition Practices
June 15, 2017

Integrated Social Behavior Change Communication to Improve Maternal, Infant, ...

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This technical brief describes the social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) approach used by the Empowering the New Generation to Improve Nutrition and Economic Opportunities (ENGINE) project, a multisector nutrition project implemented ...

Impact: A Design Perspective
June 13, 2017

Impact: A Design Perspective

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"We see opportunities to gather data and improve our designs everywhere. Even in situations where things seem uncertain or difficult to quantify, we simply can't hold for the perfect conditions before we iterate then measure the impact of our ...

Trial of a Novel Intervention to Improve Multiple Food Hygiene Behaviors in Nepal
June 13, 2017

Trial of a Novel Intervention to Improve Multiple Food Hygiene Behaviors in ...

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"This study suggests that it is possible to change entrenched food hygiene habits, even in environmentally challenging conditions such as pertain in rural Nepal." This paper reports on a trial of an intervention to improve 5 food hygiene ...

Engaging Government Health Staff to Promote Nutrition at the Community Level
June 9, 2017

Engaging Government Health Staff to Promote Nutrition at the Community Level

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Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Strengthening Partnerships, Results, and Innovations in Nutrition Globally (SPRING)/Bangladesh aims to decrease undernutrition among women and children by focusing on the ...

Engaging Government Agriculture Staff to Promote Nutrition at the Community Level
June 8, 2017

Engaging Government Agriculture Staff to Promote Nutrition at the Community ...

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"I enjoy motivating our targeted household to grow nutritious food around the year. I feel that women have much confidence now on the messages I am conveying [to] them. Afterwards, they are practicing that ideal behavior at the household ...

Understanding Social Norms Underpinning Domestic Violence in India
June 8, 2017

Understanding Social Norms Underpinning Domestic Violence in India

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"Though VAWG [violence against women and girls] is a global pandemic, it does not often receive the attention and urgency that is needed to address it. Underlying this lack of political will is the justification and rationalising of violence ...

Advocacy for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs for Decentralized Government Models: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
June 6, 2017

Advocacy for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs ...

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"With the [Vietnamese] government's move toward decentralization, Alive & Thrive identified an opportunity to influence localized nutrition policies through the annual Provincial Planning for Nutrition (PPN) process. PPN is an annual process ...

Preventing Violence, Promoting Peace: A Policy Toolkit for Preventing Interpersonal, Collective and Extremist Violence
June 5, 2017

Preventing Violence, Promoting Peace: A Policy Toolkit for Preventing ...

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"The findings of this report emphasise the importance of violence prevention for sustainable development and the importance of sustainable development in the prevention of violence."

Partnering with Women's Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and Young Child Feeding Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
May 24, 2017

Partnering with Women's Associations to Advocate for Stronger Infant and ...

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"In many countries throughout the developing world, women’s associations can be influential advocacy and education organizations that represent the voices of mothers to government and legislative bodies, while also providing a key communications ...

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