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Women making history in Nepal - the story of Sajha Sawal
February 20, 2018

Women making history in Nepal - the story of Sajha Sawal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted February 19 2018 - As Sajha Sawal (Common Questions) takes a break, we revisit the questions and answers that changed lives - and the evolution of the most-watched debate show in ...

Rohingya crisis: When information is a matter of life and death
February 12, 2018

Rohingya crisis: When information is a matter of life and death

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Author: BBC Media Action's Executive Director Caroline Nursey, originally posted February 7 2018 - The scale of the humanitarian crisis is visible on the road winding away from Cox's Bazar long before you reach the camps. Empty aid trucks head ...

DFID's "transparency revolution" is welcome - but supporting independent media is urgent and challenging
February 9, 2018

DFID's "transparency revolution" is welcome - but supporting independent ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's James Deane, originally posted on February 7 2018 - The UK Department for International Development's commitment to undertake a "transparency revolution" is welcome. Their new strategy outlined yesterday Open Aid, Open ...

Spain advances, but requires better training to face the digital transformation (I)
February 8, 2018

Spain advances, but requires better training to face the digital ...

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Author: Soraya Carvajal B., originally published February 5 2018 - "Spain is fine, we are doing well in the digital field, but we could be better, especially in terms of education, because it is essential that new generations know ...

Challenges and threats for Spanish cybersecurity (II)
February 8, 2018

Challenges and threats for Spanish cybersecurity (II)

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Author: Soraya Carvajal B., originally published February 6 2018 - Along with the advance in digital matters, new challenges and risks for the Information Society appear in Spain. This was expressed by José María Sanz-Magallón, director of ...

Retos y amenazas para la ciberseguridad de los españoles (II)
February 6, 2018

Retos y amenazas para la ciberseguridad de los españoles (II)

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Por: Soraya Carvajal B., publicado 6 de febrero 2018 - Junto con el avance en materia digital, en España aparecen nuevos retos y riesgos para la Sociedad de la Información. Así lo expresó José María Sanz-Magallón, director de la Fundación ...

España avanza, pero requiere mejor formación para afrontar la transformación digital (I)
February 6, 2018

España avanza, pero requiere mejor formación para afrontar la transformación ...

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Por: Soraya Carvajal B., publicado 5 de febrero 2018 - “España está bien, vamos bien en el tema digital, pero podríamos estar mejor, especialmente en cuanto a la educación, porque es fundamental que las nuevas generaciones sepan moverse ...

 Mine Risk Education via Entertainment Education
February 5, 2018

Mine Risk Education via Entertainment Education

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Author: Sergiy Prokhorov, February 5 2018 - Would like to share a good case of Entertainment Education (EE) application in Mine Risk Eduction (MRE) done by UNICEF Ukraine. In Ukraine 580,000 children were affected by an armed conflict in the ...

 Solutions are simple, we complicate them
February 4, 2018

Solutions are simple, we complicate them

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Author: Bilquir Rehman, February 5 2018 - Farida a hardworking women, who has uplifted her status in the village through her consistent efforts.

Rights in Pakistan: Workplace Harrassment Law and Right to Vote
February 4, 2018

Rights in Pakistan: Workplace Harrassment Law and Right to Vote

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Author: Bilquis Rehman, February 8 2018: Dr. Rehman writes on women´s rights in the workpace and facilitating youth voter education - Workplace Harassment Law 2010 and Pakistan Penal Code Section 509: Enabling workplace a better place for ...

Women and mobile phones? Oh so dangerous!
February 4, 2018

Women and mobile phones? Oh so dangerous!

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Author: Richa Singh, originally published August 5 2016 - The market is full of a range of mobile phones making it a commodity which is accessible to even the lower socio-economic sections. You have lucrative recharges, internet packs and other ...

Happy New Year: The SDGs and BIG IDEAS
February 3, 2018

Happy New Year: The SDGs and BIG IDEAS

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Author: Warren Feek, originally posted January 9 2018 - Happy New Year: Do the SDGs need some Big Ideas? Hi and welcome to 2018 by the Gregorian calendar! 2017 has left the room. Happy New Year. Many thanks for joining and engaging with The ...

Sexual Harassment at workplace: Not so "sexy"!
February 2, 2018

Sexual Harassment at workplace: Not so "sexy"!

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Author: Purva Khetrapal, February 2 2018 - You got your dream job. Your male supervisor takes up the responsibility to mentor you. It starts with comments on your physical appearance. You politely smile through it. It further follows with the ...

Redraw Misogyny to change society's narrative
February 2, 2018

Redraw Misogyny to change society's narrative

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Author: Purva Khetrapal, February 3 2018 - Working in the communication team of a human rights organization, it always disappointed us how stories of gender-based violence are reported in media. While sensitization of journalists towards issues ...

Indian draft SDG 5 indicators when compared to global ones: One step forward and two steps backward?
February 1, 2018

Indian draft SDG 5 indicators when compared to global ones: One step forward ...

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Author: Ranjani K Murthy, February 1 2018 - After framing of global SDGs, many countries have begun to frame country specific ones. India was not one to be left behind, and it has drafted a document “SDG Targets and Proposed Draft National ...

Does External Communications crawl over C4D terrain? Well, Yes, in my experience
January 26, 2018

Does External Communications crawl over C4D terrain? Well, Yes, in my experience

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Author: Veena, February 1 2018 - Communication For Development (C4D) and External Communication are two distinct arms of Communication; however, often the stakeholders outside the two fields do not recognize the difference. This leads to a ...

Battling the agenda of Communication For Development: Why the threat of being overshadowed lingers
January 24, 2018

Battling the agenda of Communication For Development: Why the threat of ...

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Author: Veena, January 24 2018 - Communication For Development (C4D) is a strategy aiming at empowering communities to dialogue around prevailing problems and explore local solutions which are sustainable using various media and communication ...

Shining a light on girl's education in South Sudan
January 22, 2018

Shining a light on girl's education in South Sudan

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Author: BBC Media Action South Sudan's Kenyi Betuel, editor of 'Our School', originally posted on January 15 2018 - Agol Deng Tong dreams of going to university and setting up her own business, but living in rural South Sudan - with no ...

How can media help people in Bangladesh prepare for disasters?
January 22, 2018

How can media help people in Bangladesh prepare for disasters?

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Author: BBC Media Action Bangladesh's Research Officer Aniqa Hossain, originally posted January 15 2018 - In Bangladesh, we’re pretty disaster-prone. Cyclones are a regular occurrence and much of our coastline is low-lying and often floods. This ...

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: IV - Tobacco industry research sets the gold standard
January 17, 2018

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: IV ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] February 3 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his ...

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: Part III - Redefining the "end game" goal
January 17, 2018

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] January 31 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his ...

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: Part II - “There’s been no progress in 10 years”
January 17, 2018

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] January 26 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his ...

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: Part I - 50 shades of gray frame
January 17, 2018

New Tobacco Industry communication strategies to undermine public health: ...

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Author: Franklin Apfel [including interview transcript from Derek Yach] January 18 2018 – This blog, one of four, is part of series in which Apfel analyses and McKee comments on Yach’s interview responses on the tobacco industry and his ...

Changing the National Family Planning Policy in Niger: an urgent imperative?
January 11, 2018

Changing the National Family Planning Policy in Niger: an urgent imperative?

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Author: Balkissa Harouna, January 11 2018 - NIGER: a landlocked country in West Africa, with about 17 million inhabitants, holding the world record of the strongest fertility rate: 8 children on average for a woman. This picture is the one most ...

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand
December 19, 2017

One Death, Three Stories About Sickness and Starvation in Jharkhand

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Author: Jessica Mayberry, November 16 2017 - At Video Volunteers [VV], we spend nearly all our time reporting on stories that don't make headlines; stories of broken systems and petty corruption occurring amongst the relatively ignored ...

Communication is key to quashing suspicion around vaccination drives
December 18, 2017

Communication is key to quashing suspicion around vaccination drives

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Author: Wilmot James, December 14 2017 - Cynthia Gorney wrote in National Geographic in November about the phenomenon of "vaccine hesitancy". She cites the example of Pakistan, where polio vaccinators were turned away or attacked on the basis of ...

The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a big new argument?
December 13, 2017

The human brain and how it shapes development success: do we need to have a ...

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Author: James Deane, December 13 2017 - Sometimes you read a book which - just short of literally - blows your mind.  The Enigma of Reason: a new theory of understanding by Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber did that to mine.  If their ...

A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria
December 12, 2017

A novel approach to maternal health in Nigeria

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Author: Producer Trainer for BBC Media Action in Nigeria Akile Gojo, originally posted December 5 2017 - Earlier this year, after a day of training producers at one of our partner radio stations in Gombe state, I was eating dinner in a nearby ...

How can media and communication address violence against women and girls?
December 5, 2017

How can media and communication address violence against women and girls?

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Authors: BBC Media Action Gender advisors Kanwal Ahluwalia and Elanor Jackson, originally posted November 30 2017 - We are often asked what a gender transformative project looks like. A gender transformative approach explicitly tackles social ...

How we attracted women to our shows
November 28, 2017

How we attracted women to our shows

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Author: Head of Research and Learning, BBC Media Action Nigeria, Anu Mohammed, originally posted November 22 2017 - As a child and throughout my teenage years in northern Nigeria, I saw men in our neighbourhood shopping for the food needed by the ...

Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'
November 21, 2017

Talking about Vaccines in a 'Fact-Resistant World'

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Author: Stephanie Desmon, October 31 2017 - Scientific evidence doesn't seem to carry the same weight it used to. In the new era of "alternative facts," it can be especially difficult to effectively communicate with people in order to convince ...

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria
November 21, 2017

Coping with conflict: making media to support children in Syria

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Author: BBC Media Action's Assistant Project Manager in Syria Julie Boutros, originally posted November 19 2017 - As the world marks Universal Children’s Day, Julie Boutros describes how we're helping children in Syria survive and cope with the ...

Using human-centred design to achieve your goals
November 14, 2017

Using human-centred design to achieve your goals

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Authors: Radharani Mitra, originally posted November 7 2017 - This blog was originally posted on India Development Review (IDR’s) Practice blog. One can’t talk about design without quoting Steve Jobs. "Design is a funny word," he said, "Some ...

Mobile hospitals in Zambia, years after!
November 9, 2017

Mobile hospitals in Zambia, years after!

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Author: Sandra Lombe, November 14 2017 - A few years ago, the government of the Republic of Zambia decided to buy mobile hospitals targeted mainly for rural areas, so they could provide services required, especially surgery. Mobile hospitals are ...

Investigación Social punto Net: opening scientific knowledge to the collaboration
November 1, 2017

Investigación Social punto Net: opening scientific knowledge to the ...

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Authors: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, originally posted here in Spanish, November 1 2017 - Undoubtedly, the cybernetic age is having an impact on the daily life of people, not only in their social and recreational relationships, in ...

Investigación Social punto Net: abriendo a la colaboración el conocimiento científico
October 26, 2017

Investigación Social punto Net: abriendo a la colaboración el conocimiento ...

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Author: Alejandra Ramírez Soruco, November 1 2017 - Es indudable que la era cibernética está teniendo impacto en la vida cotidiana de las personas, no sólo en sus relaciones sociales y recreacionales, en los patrones de consumo, en sus ...

The story of Story Story: 13 years of drama making a difference in Nigeria
October 24, 2017

The story of Story Story: 13 years of drama making a difference in Nigeria

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Author: BBC Media Action Nigeria's Head of Production and Training Deji Arosho, originally posted October 20 2017 - After more than 13 years, over 500 episodes and even a visit from The Queen, Story Story: Voices from the Market, is taking a ...

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 ...

Flying solo after training with BBC Question Time
October 10, 2017

Flying solo after training with BBC Question Time

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Authors: Ali Sharif and Rob Hopkin, originally posted October 4 2017 - Ali Sharif, 27, wanted to be an airline pilot but after joining BBC Media Action’s training programme in North Africa - and with help from BBC Question Time director Rob ...

A Stronger Possibility for Reinvesting Tobacco Money in Public Health for a Smoke-Free World
October 9, 2017

A Stronger Possibility for Reinvesting Tobacco Money in Public Health for a ...

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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 ...

What the development sector can learn from audience segmentation
October 3, 2017

What the development sector can learn from audience segmentation

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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.

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 ...

Pakistan Institutional Structure for Managing Climate Change Finance
September 28, 2017

Pakistan Institutional Structure for Managing Climate Change Finance

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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 ...

Time to address low community participation in sustainable environmental management
September 26, 2017

Time to address low community participation in sustainable environmental ...

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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 ...

Look beyond numbers: we need to know why change happens
September 20, 2017

Look beyond numbers: we need to know why change happens

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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 ...

Six steps towards a more open media
September 19, 2017

Six steps towards a more open media

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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 ...

Media Development Needs a Community of Scholars
September 13, 2017

Media Development Needs a Community of Scholars

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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, ...

Express yourself: asking fresh questions with Facebook Live in Nepal
September 5, 2017

Express yourself: asking fresh questions with Facebook Live in Nepal

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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 ...

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 ...

Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, Nepal, Bangladesh and India
August 22, 2017

Communication is aid: BBC Media Action response to floods in Sierra Leone, ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's Senior Communications Manager Nick Henegan, originally posted August 18 2017 - In the aftermath of a disaster information is as important as food, water and shelter. It can save lives. This week BBC Media Action teams ...

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