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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 ...

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 ...

World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law
May 24, 2017

World Development Report 2017: Governance and the Law

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"[W]ho bargains, who is excluded, and what barriers block entry to the policy arena determine the selection and implementation of policies and, consequently, their impact on development outcomes."

Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic Opportunity
May 24, 2017

Mobilizing Myanmar: A Smartphone Revolution Connects The Poor With Economic ...

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"A majority smartphone market could serve as an ideal lab environment to test how mobile money could disrupt entrenched social and financial structures that have kept most people - especially women, ethnic minorities, and rural farmers - in deep ...

Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding: Lessons Learned From Alive & Thrive
May 24, 2017

Engaging Medical Associations to Support Optimal Infant and Young Child ...

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"Medical communities around the world play an important role in educating families about early child nutrition. Creating an enabling environment for mothers and families to adopt optimal IYCF [infant and young child feeding] practices is ...

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, ...

The Drum Beat 735 - Gendered Lenses on Healthy Communication
May 23, 2017

The Drum Beat 735 - Gendered Lenses on Healthy Communication

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Gendered Lenses on Healthy Communication - The Drum Beat 735May 24, 2017 In this issue:

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 ...

PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements Awareness [Manual]
May 19, 2017

PASSA Youth: Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter and Settlements ...

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This manual is for use by National Societies of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) wishing to use PASSA Youth in their programmes. As detailed at Related Summaries, below, the Participatory Approach for ...

Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth
May 19, 2017

Participatory Approach for Safe Shelter Awareness (PASSA) Youth

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"If PASSA Youth is systematically and correctly used it will bring about behavioural change. For this to happen youth need to take full ownership of the process which will happen if they are treated as autonomous beings and not as children ...

Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society
May 19, 2017

Human Rights Defenders under Threat - A Shrinking Space for Civil Society

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This report is part of Amnesty International's global advocacy campaign Brave, launched to combat measures by authoritarian leaders and other actors (state and non-state) with power to threaten and attack human rights defenders (HRDs) and shrink ...

Women and Countering Violent Extremism
May 18, 2017

Women and Countering Violent Extremism

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"Prevention is a major aspect of CVE, aiming to get at the root causes and factors that contribute to extremism and terrorism, by engaging with individuals, communities and others." This Helpdesk Research Report from the Governance and Social ...

Mapping Information Exposure on Social Media to Explain Differences in HPV Vaccine Coverage in the United States
May 18, 2017

Mapping Information Exposure on Social Media to Explain Differences in HPV ...

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Editor's note: This summary was written by The CI.

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programmes with Transgender People: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions
May 18, 2017

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and STI Programmes with Transgender People: ...

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"Addressing transphobia, stigma and discrimination is central to implementing evidence-informed and rights-based services for HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care."

Pathways to Engagement: Understanding How Newsrooms are Working with Communities
May 17, 2017

Pathways to Engagement: Understanding How Newsrooms are Working with Communities

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"Early experiments and innovators have learned a lot about how to weave engagement into the reporting process, but there is still a long way to go to ensure these practices are widespread. Investing in supporting engagement in newsrooms right now ...

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF Policies and Programs: Lessons Learned from Alive & Thrive
May 17, 2017

Media Engagement and Capacity-Building to Increase Commitment to IYCF ...

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"From 2010-2014, Alive & Thrive worked in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam to reduce undernutrition and death caused by sub-optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices.... The initiative’s work includes a community component ...

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject Drugs: Practical Guidance for Collaborative Interventions
May 17, 2017

Implementing Comprehensive HIV and HCV Programmes with People Who Inject ...

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This tool aims to support countries in fast-tracking their response to HIV among people who inject drugs, who are 28 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population and whose global rate of hepatitis C virus (HCV) is 52%. ...

FLEGT Media: A Reporting Guide on Illegal Logging
May 17, 2017

FLEGT Media: A Reporting Guide on Illegal Logging

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"This is not a story. It's not a beat. It's not an angle. This is a lifetime of reporting. The fate of the last great forests, and the people who depend on them, will be decided in the coming decades. Journalists like you will be key players 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 ...

Keeping up the Pressure: Enhancing the Sustainability of Protest Movements
May 16, 2017

Keeping up the Pressure: Enhancing the Sustainability of Protest Movements

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"With formal spaces for participation closing across the globe, citizens are more likely to take to the streets to have their voices heard and press for change. This study shows that the international community and national stakeholders must ...

Zika Communication Mapping
May 16, 2017

Zika Communication Mapping

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This mapping tool is designed to support country-level coordination in Zika communication in 4 Latin American countries: El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and the Dominican Republic. Developed by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative ...

From a Refugee Perspective: Discourse of Arabic Speaking and Afghan Refugees and Migrants on Social Media from March to December 2016
May 16, 2017

From a Refugee Perspective: Discourse of Arabic Speaking and Afghan Refugees ...

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"During the large influx of asylum-seekers, refugees and migrants to Europe in 2015, it became apparent that most people started their journey without a clear understanding of what lay ahead of them....It was a mixed migration movement that ...

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies
May 16, 2017

Vibrant Information for Just, Prosperous, and Inclusive Societies

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"People need to generate, access, engage with, and disseminate high-quality news and information in order to make informed decisions, hold those in power accountable, and take actions that will improve their lives. This paper describes IREX's new ...

Media and Civic Engagement: From Protests to Dialogue
May 15, 2017

Media and Civic Engagement: From Protests to Dialogue

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"[V]ibrant media and informed citizen engagement are essential for ensuring progress and more transparent and participatory policymaking." The Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA) at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in ...

Training the Next Generation of Global Health Communication Professionals: Opportunities and Challenges
May 15, 2017

Training the Next Generation of Global Health Communication Professionals: ...

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"Many organizations have come or should have come to the realization that the development and production of unrelated 'communications' outside of any strategic planning framework and concerted effort are not effective in achieving the kinds of ...

The Comprehensive 'Communicate to Vaccinate' Taxonomy of Communication Interventions for Childhood Vaccination in Routine and Campaign Contexts
May 15, 2017

The Comprehensive 'Communicate to Vaccinate' Taxonomy of Communication ...

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"Without a comprehensive framework integrating communication interventions from routine and campaign contexts, it is not possible to conceptualise the full range of possible vaccination communication interventions. Therefore, vaccine programme ...

Los Humos de mi Barrio (My Neighbourhood's Smoke)
May 12, 2017

Los Humos de mi Barrio (My Neighbourhood's Smoke)

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When households cook with firewood on an open fire or on an non-improved stove (plancha sin chiminea, o con chiminea vieja), they are exposed to high levels of household air pollution (HAP), which is dangerous for their health. In 2016 in ...

Our Children, Our Media: A Guide for Caribbean Practitioners
May 12, 2017

Our Children, Our Media: A Guide for Caribbean Practitioners

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This media manual on responsible coverage of children's issues in the Caribbean was produced through a United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)-sponsored project, implemented by the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) in partnership with the ...

Communication Is Essential for Global Impact
May 12, 2017

Communication Is Essential for Global Impact

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"[M]ore and more one considers communication to be crucial to effectively tackle the major problems of today. Hence, the question we need to address: Is there a right communication strategy?"

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development
May 12, 2017

Ten Frontier Technologies for International Development

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"The...potential and limitations of these technologies are fundamentally dependent on choices that we make, today and in the future - choices about keeping platforms open and interoperable, choices about hardwiring users' rights and freedoms into ...

Restricting Space for Civil Society
May 11, 2017

Restricting Space for Civil Society

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"What is the recent evidence of a global trend toward restricted space for civil society? Is the trend specific to particular thematic areas?" There is consensus in the literature reviewed for this Governance and Social Development Resource ...

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI)
May 11, 2017

Vienna Vaccine Safety Initiative (ViVI)

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ViVI was founded in 2008 in Vienna, Austria, as an international think tank aiming to promote evidence-based vaccine safety research and communication, and has since been registered as an international non-governmental organisation (NGO). ViVI ...

The Drum Beat 734 - Communicating on Climate Change
May 10, 2017

The Drum Beat 734 - Communicating on Climate Change

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Communicating on Climate Change - The Drum Beat 734May 10, 2017

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 ...

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects
May 10, 2017

Grounding Innovation in Pacific Media and Communication for Development Projects

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"The communicative ecologies approach grounds our analysis of innovation, sustainability, and strategy in local contexts, enabling us to explore how the spread of digital technologies is being integrated into Pacific media and communication ...

Crowdsourcing Citizen Feedback on District Development in Ghana Using Interactive Voice  Response Surveys
May 10, 2017

Crowdsourcing Citizen Feedback on District Development in Ghana Using ...

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"In Ghana, as in most countries, there is no systematic or easy way to provide inputs on citizen satisfaction and preferences to decision-makers." This practice paper shares the results of a research project involving a crowdsourcing platform ...

Educating Parents about the Vaccination Status of Their Children: A User-Centered Mobile Application
May 9, 2017

Educating Parents about the Vaccination Status of Their Children: A ...

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"Well-informed parents who support and maintain vaccination records will have an improved sense of control and the gratification of playing an active role in keeping their children healthy..."

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 ...

Changing Gender and Social Norms, Attitudes and Behaviours
May 9, 2017

Changing Gender and Social Norms, Attitudes and Behaviours

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"What rigorous evidence is there on what types of programming interventions work to bring about changes in gender and social norms, and changes in wider attitudes and behaviours?" This annotated bibliography presents studies of programmes that ...

Transforming Governance: How Can Technology Help Reshape Democracy?
May 9, 2017

Transforming Governance: How Can Technology Help Reshape Democracy?

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"How can we adjust our democratic formulas so that they are more sustainable, powerful, fulfilling - and, well, democratic? Some of the parts of this equation may come from the development of online tools and platforms that help people to engage ...

A Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
May 8, 2017

A Systematic Review of Positive Youth Development in Low- and Middle-Income ...

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Commissioned by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the YouthPower Learning project, this systematic review aims to document how Positive Youth Development (PYD) approaches have been applied in low- and ...

Advocacy for Community Treatment (ACT) Toolkit 2.0
May 8, 2017

Advocacy for Community Treatment (ACT) Toolkit 2.0

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"Community advocacy is crucial to bringing about change. Yet community activists often lack the knowledge and skills needed to raise their voices and communicate their needs in the local and national forums where decisions are made." From the ...

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for Social and Behavior Change Communication
May 5, 2017

Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative: Strengthening Capacity for ...

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This end of project report highlights the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI), a 3-year (2013-2016) United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project under the global Health Communication Capacity ...

Organizational Guide to ICT4D: Leveraging Technology for International Development
May 5, 2017

Organizational Guide to ICT4D: Leveraging Technology for International ...

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"The world faces many challenges that require academic understanding, technological application, and program implementation to address. This guide is intended for internal change leaders and lays out an approach to using technology to improve ...

Monitoring Guide and Toolkit for Key Population HIV Prevention, Care, and Treatment Programs
May 5, 2017

Monitoring Guide and Toolkit for Key Population HIV Prevention, Care, and ...

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"A data-use culture allows peer outreach workers from key populations to assume a stronger role in the program and decide how to improve their daily outreach efforts based on data they collect."

Shifting the Spotlight: Understanding Crowdsourcing Intermediaries in Transparency and Accountability Initiatives
May 4, 2017

Shifting the Spotlight: Understanding Crowdsourcing Intermediaries in ...

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"Whereas the users of earlier, targeted transparency initiatives and 'right to know' policies had to rely on disclosers of information and regulators to obtain the information they sought, this wave of collaborative transparency initiatives ...

Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) in Selected Government Health Facilities in Bangladesh: An Early Qualitative Assessment
May 4, 2017

Adolescent Friendly Health Corners (AFHCs) in Selected Government Health ...

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"In Bangladesh, regardless of socio-economic status or educational background, open discussion about sexual and reproductive health (SRH) remains a cultural taboo, particularly for adolescents and young people, and particularly among unmarried ...

Conducting Research with Adolescents from Low- and Middle- Income Countries
May 4, 2017

Conducting Research with Adolescents from Low- and Middle- Income Countries

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"90 per cent of adolescents live in low- and middle-income countries. Despite an increasing focus on their well-being, comprehensive data collection systems and research for effective interventions are lacking."

Lady Irwin College - M. Sc. Development Communication and Extension
May 4, 2017

Lady Irwin College - M. Sc. Development Communication and Extension

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Background Information Lady Irwin College is a constituent college of the University of Delhi. Established in 1932, it is women's college that offers graduate courses as well as post-graduate courses in Home Science, and graduate courses in Food ...

WHO Strategic Communications Framework for Effective Communications
May 4, 2017

WHO Strategic Communications Framework for Effective Communications

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This Framework describes the World Health Organization (WHO)'s strategic approach for effectively communicating WHO information, advice, and guidance in an integrated and coordinated fashion across a broad range of health issues. Although ...

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