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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 ...

Open Broadcaster
February 16, 2018

Open Broadcaster

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"Share your stories with your community, your country, and your world!." Open Broadcaster's mission is to develop and provide products and services for community-focused broadcasters of any size, working in analog or digital environments, around ...

Media Pluralism, Public Trust, and Democracy: New Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean
February 14, 2018

Media Pluralism, Public Trust, and Democracy: New Evidence from Latin ...

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"[T]he findings from our analyses point to the broader conclusion that focusing efforts on strengthening media ecosystems can help to address and, ideally, counter the region's growing dissatisfaction with democracy. This is because where ...

Style Guide for Reporting on Indigenous People
February 13, 2018

Style Guide for Reporting on Indigenous People

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"Media plays a key role in educating the public on Indigenous communities. It could start with describing the communities in a fair, accurate and respectful way." - JHR Indigenous Reporters Program manager Lenny Carpenter Produced in ...

Community Radio's Role in Prevention and Promotion of Early Detection of TB among Indigenous People of India
February 11, 2018

Community Radio's Role in Prevention and Promotion of Early Detection of TB ...

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A meta-analysis pointed to a pooled pulmonary TB prevalence estimate of 703 per 100,000 for the tribal population which is significantly higher than that of India (256 per 100,000). In Purulia district, statistics indicate that in 2015 more TB ...

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 ...

Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey
February 5, 2018

Building Trust in Media in South East Europe and Turkey

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Running from January 2016 through December 2018, this project focuses on improving media accountability mechanisms, media internal governance, and media and information literacy (MIL) among citizens in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former ...

Changing the Narrative: Media Representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe
January 29, 2018

Changing the Narrative: Media Representation of Refugees and Migrants in Europe

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"Media can present and explain the existing challenges, provide accurate information on issues and events which can become inflammatory or be misunderstood, and provide a platform for the voices of refugees and migrants themselves. This enables ...

Assessing Conflict Drivers and Re-Framing Radicalization in Northern Nigeria: Formative Research Report for the Farar Tattabara ("White Dove") Radio Project
January 26, 2018

Assessing Conflict Drivers and Re-Framing Radicalization in Northern ...

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"In late 2016, Equal Access [EA] launched a new CVE (countering violent extremism) radio project in northern Nigeria. In order to better understand evolving conflict dynamics, [Equal Access-Nigeria] conducted formative research across northern ...

Information Not Found: The "Right to Be Forgotten" as an Emerging Threat to Media Freedom in the Digital Age
January 22, 2018

Information Not Found: The "Right to Be Forgotten" as an Emerging Threat to ...

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"[T]he media development community has a responsibility to engage in the debates, raise awareness of how the RTBF is endangering press freedom, and ensure that the tireless work and progress achieved is not undermined by unscrupulous actors vying ...

The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms
January 22, 2018

The State of Technology in Global Newsrooms

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The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), working with Georgetown University's Communication, Culture, and Technology (CCT) programme, conducted a survey (February 15 - April 15 2017) on the adoption of digital technologies in news media ...

National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working Papers and Recommendations
January 19, 2018

National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India: Working ...

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On April 11 and 12 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Chair on Community Media and UNESCO organised the National Consultation on Strengthening Community Radio in India in order to revisit the ...

Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3)
January 17, 2018

Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3)

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The Cameroon Peace Promotion Project (CP3) was an initiative designed to improve community resistance to violent extremist influence in the northern regions of Cameroon. Implemented between December 2015 and December 2017 by Equal Access, the ...

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media
January 15, 2018

Bridging the Gap: Rebuilding Citizen Trust in the Media

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This publication, commissioned by the Open Society Foundation and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, describes the results of a study on how journalists are experimenting with building trust and engaging with ...

Audience Research in Media Development
January 5, 2018

Audience Research in Media Development

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"Though audience research has also been part of the toolbox of media development organizations for some time, it was only when focus in international development shifted from producing outputs to effecting impact that research of media viewing, ...

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 ...

BBC Media Action Microsite: Gender
December 14, 2017

BBC Media Action Microsite: Gender

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This BBC Media Action interactive digital toolkit has been created on a dedicated micro website "to help those working in media and communication for development to challenge negative gender stereotypes and advance gender equality." The ...

Media Consumption Survey in Ukraine
December 13, 2017

Media Consumption Survey in Ukraine

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Internews' annual Ukrainian media survey revealed that Ukrainians in 2017 were more critical in their media consumption, demanding better-quality and more reliable content from journalists. The survey of 4,048 people highlights Ukrainians' media ...

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy
December 12, 2017

Freedom on the Net 2017: Manipulating Social Media to Undermine Democracy

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"In the absence of a comprehensive campaign to deal with this threat, manipulation and disinformation techniques could enable modern authoritarian regimes to expand their power and influence while permanently eroding user confidence in online ...

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 ...

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News
December 12, 2017

In Repressive Countries, Citizens Go 'Dark' to Share Independent News

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"Dark social" refers to online and digital sharing either missing or incorrectly attributed in site traffic analytics. It describes the blind spot that originates when visitors to online news websites arrive there from links shared by email, ...

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 ...

Gender Equality: Our Approach and Strategy - BBC Media Action
December 5, 2017

Gender Equality: Our Approach and Strategy - BBC Media Action

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"This paper outlines BBC Media Action’s approach to Gender Equality and our strategy for achieving impact in this area. This paper reviews and builds on learnings and evidence from initiatives that have sought to advance gender equality through ...

Defending Journalism
December 1, 2017

Defending Journalism

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"[T]he most effective responses to the safety of journalists are those born and led by a broad coalition of stakeholders that include media, civil society, authorities where possible and international organisations." - Jesper Højberg, Executive ...

Reporting on Gender-Based Violence - A Guide for Journalists and Editors
December 1, 2017

Reporting on Gender-Based Violence - A Guide for Journalists and Editors

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Created by Sonke Gender Justice in collaboration with Health-E News, this guide is designed to provide journalists and editors in South Africa with guidance on how to report on issues of gender-based violence (GBV) in a sensitive, respectful, and ...

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 ...

Getting Connected: An Assessment of Information Needs in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria
November 14, 2017

Getting Connected: An Assessment of Information Needs in Puerto Rico after ...

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"Many Puerto Ricans can't get the information they need related to recovery issues, and their voices are not being heard. People are isolated, and don’t have any way to relay what they're seeing and experiencing in their communities."

Don't Shoot the Messenger! Journalists as Human Rights Defenders in the East and Horn of Africa
November 8, 2017

Don't Shoot the Messenger! Journalists as Human Rights Defenders in the East ...

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”…amid growing restrictions on civic space in the sub-region, journalists play a critical role in exposing human rights violations and providing vital information and analysis of current events. Simply documenting and sharing information can ...

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 ...

Webinar: Tips for Submitting a Competitive Abstract for the International SBCC Summit 2018
October 24, 2017

Webinar: Tips for Submitting a Competitive Abstract for the International ...

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Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2018 International Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Summit featuring Entertainment-Education to be held April 16 to 20, 2018 in Nusa Dua, Indonesia. SBCC and EE professionals are encouraged ...

Rural Communication Services for Family Farming: Contributions, Evidence and Perspectives
October 24, 2017

Rural Communication Services for Family Farming: Contributions, Evidence and ...

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"Rural communication services and policies can translate farmers' right to communication into fair and transparent regulatory frameworks that will allow equitable access to information and communication services in rural areas and ensure the ...

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 ...

Prevent - Protect - Prosecute: Acting on UN Human Rights Council Resolution 33/2
October 10, 2017

Prevent - Protect - Prosecute: Acting on UN Human Rights Council Resolution ...

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"For freedom of expression advocates, it is important to know what international mechanisms are available, what they do, and how they can be used to turn the commitments in HRC Resolution 33/2 into action."

Communication with Communities: Walking the Talk
October 2, 2017

Communication with Communities: Walking the Talk

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"If we are to meet the growing needs of disaster-affected communities around the world, we must do more to truly listen to them and, crucially, to tailor our responses accordingly. However, the fact is that the implementation of these commitments ...

Fatal Journeys: Improving Data on Missing Migrants
September 27, 2017

Fatal Journeys: Improving Data on Missing Migrants

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"Despite all the media and policy attention given to reporting migrant deaths, data on the subject remains very limited." From the International Organization of Migration (IOM)'s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, this study on missing ...

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 ...

Community Media Sustainability Policy Series
September 19, 2017

Community Media Sustainability Policy Series

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“Community broadcasters are a crucial part of a healthy, pluralistic media sector. They are independent and not-for-profit, and are governed by and in service to the community they represent.”

Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America
September 15, 2017

Access to Information: Lessons from Latin America

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office in Montevideo, Uruguay, contends that the advancement of knowledge societies depends on our understanding of the universal right to freedom of expression and ...

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy
September 14, 2017

In the Service of Power: Media Capture and the Threat to Democracy

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"As long as capture exists, and it usually exists in one form or another, then the media are not truly free." - Anya Schiffrin

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, ...

Communication and Conflict in Transitional Societies: Integrating Media and Communication in Development Cooperation
September 12, 2017

Communication and Conflict in Transitional Societies: Integrating Media and ...

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"Social change is no longer regarded as a linear process in which media are promotional instruments serving a Western notion of modernization which journalists are trained to deliver. Instead, active participation of all stakeholders in the ...

Radio Distribution Module
September 11, 2017

Radio Distribution Module

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“Why is it important for people to have a radio, even if they may have access to other forms of media? What do they choose to listen to, and how does this information affect their daily lives? How do you design a radio distribution to maximize ...

Media Brief on Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Zambia
September 7, 2017

Media Brief on Community Based Natural Resources Management (CBNRM) in Zambia

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This media brief is designed to provide media practitioners in Zambia with detailed background information and knowledge on community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) and environmental natural resources management issues (ENRM) in an ...

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 ...

Strengthening Accountability Through Media in Afghanistan: Final Evaluation
August 30, 2017

Strengthening Accountability Through Media in Afghanistan: Final Evaluation

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"This project aimed to enable more accountable, peaceful and inclusive state-society relations in Afghanistan, by providing a platform for people to question their leaders and which built the profile and participation of women in public dialogue ...

Reflections on Media Environment Trends - IMS Annual Report 2016-2017
August 29, 2017

Reflections on Media Environment Trends - IMS Annual Report 2016-2017

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"...the year 2016 – mid 2017 displayed vividly the increased global connectedness of people and communities as technology continued to influence news and information and the way it is produced, regulated and repressed. In this context, the year ...

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 ...

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?
August 21, 2017

Sponsorship Package - SUMMIT: What Works?

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Social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) engages and supports people to shift norms, change behaviours, and amplify the voices needed to address development challenges such as extreme poverty, gender inequities, public health emergencies, ...

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