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Sexual and reproductive health and rights and SDGs
May 25, 2017

Sexual and reproductive health and rights and SDGs

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 25 2017 - Sexual and reproductive health refers to a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease, in all matters relating to the sexuality and reproductive ...

The art of designing surveys about social norms: insights from Ethiopia
May 23, 2017

The art of designing surveys about social norms: insights from Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Hilina Assefa and Lois Aspinall, originally published on May 17 2017 - How we view our role and relationships within our communities shapes how we behave – with important consequences for development. When widespread, ...

Pakistan's Agenda against Climate Change
May 22, 2017

Pakistan's Agenda against Climate Change

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Author: Ghulam Shabir Arain, May 23 2017 - Pakistan still lags behind in its coverage of climate change issues. We are too focused on extremism and governance issues, which take up a lot of our attention, resources and time. While the media in ...

Three ways of communicating to stop disasters happening
May 16, 2017

Three ways of communicating to stop disasters happening

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Author: Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction [DRR] Robert Glasser, originally published on  May 12 2017 - This past March, Peru was hit by devastating floods. Media reports led with death tolls and ...

Democracy with winning candidate - Feudal in Pakistan
May 10, 2017

Democracy with winning candidate - Feudal in Pakistan

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Author: Sahib Khan, May 10 2017 - For the first time, the second-elected Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N)-led government in Pakistan is completing its constitutional tenure in Pakistan, and the next elections are expected to be held in ...

3 negatives and 3 positives from World Press Freedom Day
May 9, 2017

3 negatives and 3 positives from World Press Freedom Day

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Author:  BBC Media Action's Director of Policy and Learning James Deane, originally posted on May 5 2017 - Given the troubling global backdrop, World Press Freedom Day arguably needed a name change in 2017. Marked annually by a gathering ...

Whither the shelterless in SDGs?
May 3, 2017

Whither the shelterless in SDGs?

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Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, May 3 2017 - What is adequate housing? The International Covenant on Economic and Social Cultural Rights, 1996 guarantees  every person the rights to adequate food, to adequate housing, to education, to health, to ...

Using social ties to make pregnancy safer: insights from Bangladesh and Ethiopia
May 3, 2017

Using social ties to make pregnancy safer: insights from Bangladesh and Ethiopia

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Author: BBC Media Action's Health Adviser Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi, originally posted on April 27 2017 - Following the launch of BBC Media Action's Global Health Stories site, Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi explains how influencing mothers-in-law and ...

The inspiring young female construction worker helping reconstruct earthquake-hit villages in Nepal.
May 2, 2017

The inspiring young female construction worker helping reconstruct ...

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Author: Subash Karki, originally posted on April 24 2017 - Sharada’s village in Nepal was destroyed by a cataclysmic earthquake in April 2015. In the aftermath she helped her neighbours rebuild their shattered homes and - with the help of a radio ...

Why is it important for Pakistan to stay below 1.5 degrees?
April 26, 2017

Why is it important for Pakistan to stay below 1.5 degrees?

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Author: Ghulam Shabir Arain, on May 2 2017 - The Paris Agreement has been ratified on climate change lays out obligation for nations to limit their greenhouse-gas emissions and contain the impact of global warming. Pakistan's Permanent ...

Design thinking and health communication: learning from failure
April 25, 2017

Design thinking and health communication: learning from failure

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Author: BBC Media Action India Country Director Priyanka Dutt, originally on April 20 2017 - What do you do when your audience is difficult to reach, tough to keep engaged and doesn’t understand concepts you take for granted? Priyanka Dutt offers ...

Bold female voices: broadcasting under the shadow of Boko Haram
April 24, 2017

Bold female voices: broadcasting under the shadow of Boko Haram

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Author: BBC Media Action's Head of Country Programmes, Nigeria, Rachael Borlase, originally posted on April 13 2017 - At the height of the Boko Haram insurgency local radio stations stayed on air. Three years on from the Chibok schoolgirls’ ...

Social media tips from Doctor Who help launch new Palestinian youth drama
April 24, 2017

Social media tips from Doctor Who help launch new Palestinian youth drama

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Author: Social Media Manager, BBC, Jose Vila, originally posted on March 30 2017 - Jose Vila, social media manager for Doctor Who on advising BBC Media Action's new TV drama in the Palestinian Territories. Life's full of surprises. I was sitting ...

Junagadh Janvani Empowering Rural Lives
April 20, 2017

Junagadh Janvani Empowering Rural Lives

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Author: Asst. Professor, GBPUA&T, Arpita Sharma, originally posted April 1 2017 - Establishment of Community Radio Station in Junagadh Agriculture University (JAU) is a success story and inspires other institution to replicate the model for ...

A Syrian Drama
April 20, 2017

A Syrian Drama

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Author: BBC Media Action's Executive Director Caroline Nursey, originally post on March 15 2017 - On the sixth anniversary of the Syrian war, Caroline Nursey, our Executive Director explores how a radio drama is helping bring communities ...

Sierra Leone: standing up to crime through radio
April 20, 2017

Sierra Leone: standing up to crime through radio

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Author: BBC Media Action's Eastina Massaquoi, originally posted on March 24 2017 -  How a Comic Relief funded radio programme is helping inspire young people through discussion and positive role models in Sierra Leone. I was walking along ...

The role of social media in development
April 20, 2017

The role of social media in development

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Author: BBC Media Action Indonesia Country Director Rosie Parkyn, originally posted on March 31 2017 - Why should development organisations care about social media? Rosie Parkyn looks at social media’s potential to enhance development outcomes in ...

Putting America First Means Eradicating Polio
April 20, 2017

Putting America First Means Eradicating Polio

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Author: Nellie Bristol, April 13 2017 - The road to polio eradication has been nothing if not torturous. The initiative is credited with spectacular achievements - reducing the number of cases by more than 99 percent, providing vaccinations and ...

Media, Public Opinion and Women Empowerment
April 20, 2017

Media, Public Opinion and Women Empowerment

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Author: PSAf's Lilian Saka-Kiefer, originally on April 20 2017 - The media are a critical player in building public awareness on events in the society that directly or indirectly affect their audience. The media have a great impact in the ...

BBC Media Action Data Portal
April 19, 2017

BBC Media Action Data Portal

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This BBC Media Action Data Portal is designed as a resource centre for the organisation's reports and data from across Africa, Asia and the Middle East over the past five years. The portal features reports, visualisations, tools and data from BBC ...

Five questions our data portal can help answer
April 19, 2017

Five questions our data portal can help answer

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Author: BBC Media Action Head of Research Programmes Sonia Whitehead, originally posted on April 4 2017 - There's a lack of data on what ordinary people think, feel and want in developing countries. Our new Data Portal aims to help ...

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas
April 19, 2017

Inspirational women and girls in our dramas

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Author: BBC Media Action's Geraldine Sweetland, originally posted on March 8 2017 - To celebrate International Women’s Day 2017 (whose theme is #beboldforchange) – we take a closer look at some of the inspirational female characters (past and ...

A voice for women in Afghanistan
April 19, 2017

A voice for women in Afghanistan

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Author: BBC Media Action's Serena Hamilton, originally posted on March 6 2017 - A small radio station in Afghanistan run by women for women is providing a platform to discuss women’s rights, health and local news – and training the next ...

The Girl Child and Sustainable Development Goals
April 18, 2017

The Girl Child and Sustainable Development Goals

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Author: Ranjani.K.Murthy, April 18 2017 - This blog examines what the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), targets and indicators have to offer to further welfare and rights of girl child, and where there are gaps.

'Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry...now I'm in school, I'm happy.'
April 18, 2017

'Whenever I saw children in school I used to cry...now I'm in school, I'm ...

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Author: BBC Media Action's Kenyi Betuel, originally posted on March 6 2017 - Stella wanted to go to school but her father thought it would ‘spoil’ her chances of marriage. Kenyi Betuel – editor of a girls’ education radio show - explores some of ...

Health communication changes lives by reaching millions
April 18, 2017

Health communication changes lives by reaching millions

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Author: BBC Media Action's Acting Head of Health and Resilience Sophia Wilkinson, originally posted on April 10 2017 - To mark the launch of our [BBC Media Action's] Global Health Stories site, Sophia Wilkinson explains how health communication ...

We need more female journalists in Nepal
April 18, 2017

We need more female journalists in Nepal

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Author: BBC Media Action's Pratibha Tuladhar, originally posted on March 3 2017 - Bidhya Chapagain sits in the centre of the studio surrounded by a cluster of bright lights, cables and cameras. She is preparing for an episode of Sajha Sawal, our ...

What's the best way of improving accountability in Sierra Leone?
April 17, 2017

What's the best way of improving accountability in Sierra Leone?

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's George Ferguson on March 17 2017 - A free and independent media that holds politicians to account on behalf of citizens has long been held up as a cornerstone of a thriving democracy. In Sierra Leone, we ran a ...

Human stories inspire positive change
April 17, 2017

Human stories inspire positive change

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Katy Williams, on March 6 2017 - Katy Williams asked political debate show presenters in Nepal and Afghanistan about the real-life changes their programmes have helped achieve. Successes include getting more ...

Fight against Albino killing: Outreach Scout Foundation
April 8, 2017

Fight against Albino killing: Outreach Scout Foundation

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Author: Outreach Scout Foundation's Amon Lukhele, on April 25 2017 - In Malawi, persons with Albinism are facing challenges of life. Everyday/month we hear stories regarding the killing of persons with Albinism. Politicians, including the ...

FAO's technical cooperation assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia achieves notable results
March 30, 2017

FAO's technical cooperation assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ...

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Author - James Ayodele, March 30 2017 - A recent evaluation by the FAO [Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations] Office of Evaluation says that FAO’s technical cooperation assistance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has achieved ...

How can rural women be well fed?
March 30, 2017

How can rural women be well fed?

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Author: James Ayodele, March 30 2017 - International Women’s Day 2017 Women in cities may be heading companies and making key decisions but in rural areas they are suffering great hardship, poverty, inequality and hunger. On the International ...

Communication initiative to address fish depletion, promote livelihood diversification
March 21, 2017

Communication initiative to address fish depletion, promote livelihood ...

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Author: Panos Institute Southern Africa's Lilian Saka-Kiefer, on April 19 2017 - Fishing is one of the most relied upon livelihood activities for communities around rivers and lakes.  Fish features prominently on the diet of many ...

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings from massive BBC programme
March 10, 2017

How can media inspire accountability and political participation? Findings ...

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Author: Duncan Green, Senior Strategic Advisor, Oxfam GB on March 1 2017 - A recurring pattern: I get invited to join a conversation with a bunch of specialists on a particular issue (eg market systems). Cue panic and some quick skim-reading of ...

Commercialised Civil Society in Zimbabwe: Where are the people?
March 9, 2017

Commercialised Civil Society in Zimbabwe: Where are the people?

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Author: Anele Herbet Dube, on April 25 2017 - Over the past years I have observed that civil society organisations in Zimbabwe succumbed to the political and economic crisis that characterises this once great country. The once active and ...

Empower women to fully participate in addressing development issues that affect them
March 8, 2017

Empower women to fully participate in addressing development issues that ...

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Author: Mamoletsane Khati, originally posted on March 8 2017 - The theme for International Women’s Day 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. The theme encourages us to challenge the socio-economic, political and cultural barriers towards women ...

Missing the signals: India's anti-vaccination social media campaign
March 7, 2017

Missing the signals: India's anti-vaccination social media campaign

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Author: Heidi Larson, March 7 2017 - It is not just in the US [United States] and Europe, where wealthier populations are among the most vaccine questioning. India recently launched a one-month campaign to vaccinate over 35 million 9-month to ...

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer
March 7, 2017

Big Data: Silver Bullet, 21st Century Oil, or just a plain old thermometer

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Author: Ian Masters, originally posted March 6 2017 - Part 1 Development has seen a number of “silver bullets” since the middle of the last century and it’s tempting to place Big Data as the latest and greatest solution to the development ...

Seeing What We Don't See: An Experience of Supportive Supervision
February 21, 2017

Seeing What We Don't See: An Experience of Supportive Supervision

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 21 2017 - Busy medical, epidemiology, and immunization managers at district levels and above can easily get so caught up in managing logistics and reviewing data that they forget to make the time to go out and ...

 World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age
February 18, 2017

World Radio Day: still relevant in a digital age

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Melanie Archer, on February 13 2017 - To mark World Radio Day, Melanie Archer reviews how radio can be a force for inclusion in a changing world, although it is vulnerable to getting co-opted for ideological ...

Radio has never been more necessary
February 13, 2017

Radio has never been more necessary

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Author: BBC Media Action's Caroline Nursey, on February 10 2017 - On World Radio Day, Caroline Nursey, BBC Media Action’s Executive Director discusses the ongoing importance of radio in a fast-changing digital world.  As the digital media ...

Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis
February 9, 2017

Lifeline radio for displaced Iraqis

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Author: BBC Media Action's Abir Awad, on February 7 2017 - “The food we are given is not suitable for human consumption. They’ve taken away our identity cards and our phones,” says Ahmed during a phone-in programme at Radio Nawa, an independent ...

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible
February 9, 2017

Using storytelling to make statistics accessible

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Author: BBC Media Action Insight's Mahmuda Hoque, on February 6 2017 - Bangladesh-based researcher Mahmuda Hoque explains how her team created a story about “Maya”, a 19-year-old mother, to help bring their findings about antenatal preparations ...

Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons from Lao and the Hmong Community
February 8, 2017

Overcoming Barriers of Distrust to Improve Vaccination Coverage: Lessons ...

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Author: Ellen Coates, February 8 2017 - The 2014/2015 polio outbreak in Lao People’s Democratic Republic [Lao] resulted in two deaths and paralysis of a small group of children and adults. All cases and positive contacts were from the Hmong ...

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the Eastern Cape
February 8, 2017

A Developer First. Pursuing a Career in Programming as a Woman from the ...

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Author: Praekelt's Mitso Qalaba, originally posted February 8 2017 - Born and raised in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, I grew up in a rural widowed single-parent household. My upbringing is not unique for the country. I did not have ...

What does the new World Development Report say?
February 7, 2017

What does the new World Development Report say?

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Author: BBC Media Action's Will Taylor, posted February 2 2017 - Senior Governance Adviser Will Taylor reviews the World Development Report 2017. There’s a lot to like in the World Development Report 2017: Governance and Law, published earlier ...

Prevention is better than cure
February 7, 2017

Prevention is better than cure

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Author: BBC Media Action's Betty Duku, posted February 1 2017 - How local and national radio is supporting work to prevent cholera in South Sudan. “I didn’t know it was cholera until a health professional at my local clinic told me” said Mary ...

'How to' films help refugees eat more healthily
January 31, 2017

'How to' films help refugees eat more healthily

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Originally posted on the BBC Media Action blog by Maurice Aaek on January 25 2017 - Refugees, nutritionists and film-makers created a series of short ‘how to’ films to help Syrians living in tough conditions in Lebanon pull together quick, ...

FAO country programme demonstrates relevance in addressing development issues in the Kyrgyz Republic
January 30, 2017

FAO country programme demonstrates relevance in addressing development ...

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Author: James Ayodele - A recent report by the [Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)] Office of Evaluation says that the FAO’s programme in the Kyrgyz Republic has been comprehensive and has largely addressed relevant development goals ...

FAO is well positioned to contribute to resilience agenda
January 30, 2017

FAO is well positioned to contribute to resilience agenda

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Author: FAO's James Ayodele - The renewed interest in resilience represents a historic opportunity for FAO, which is well positioned to contribute to the resilience agenda; nevertheless, the Organization has yet to make its presence fully felt ...

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