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Publication Date
Year: 
2017

These Islamic and Christian khutbar or sermon guides were developed to empower religious leaders in Kenya with the tools and skills to reach their congregations with key messages on pediatric HIV transmission and prevention.  The guides deal with the importance of testing and counselling; stigma and discrimination; treatment, care, and support and the role of parents and caregivers; as well as male involvement in the HIV prevention and response continuum.

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Cost: 
Free to download
Languages: 

English

Number of Pages: 

39

Contacts (user reference): 
vmiranda
Source: 

AIDSFree website on June 6 2017.

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Case studies from the UNESCO Effective Literacy and Numeracy Practices Database (LitBase) - 2nd Edition
Publication Date
Year: 
2016

“It is my hope that this publication contributes to the advancement of innovative and effective ICT-oriented solutions for literacy teaching and learning. It should support the building of a more solid knowledge base for what works (and what doesn’t) in the field of adult literacy programmes using ICTs.” Arne Carlsen, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)

Cost: 
Free to download
Languages: 

English and French

Number of Pages: 

157

Contacts (user reference): 
UNESCO Institut...

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Publication Date
Saturday, May 1, 2004

"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."

  <div class="field button"><a href="https://www.unicef.org/rosa/everychild.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 42-page working paper in PDF format.</a></div>
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UNICEF - Region...
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Image credit: Wing-Sie Cheng

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Author: 
Anna Robinson-Pant
Publication Date
2016

"I am convinced that the intrinsic value of literacy and education, extending far beyond  economic development, is to empower people. This means enabling women and men, through  education, to take control of their own health and well-being as well as to determine  their own futures". Arne Carlsen, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

  <div class="field button"><a href="http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002456/245698e.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download this 33-page report. </a></div>
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UNESCO Institut...
Source: 

UIL website on June 6 2017.

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Subtitle: 
Enabling People to Practice Positive Behaviours
Author: 
Petr Schmied
Publication Date
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

“The vast majority of development interventions have one thing in common: their goals can be achieved only if the target groups start practicing new behaviours, such as washing hands with soap, using new agronomic practices or sending girls to school.”

This toolkit is designed to give development practitioners the know-how they need to understand people's behaviours and to help people make positive changes in their lives. It highlights how behaviour change is key to addressing many development issues such as child mortality, climate change, gender inequality, and poor governance, and offers practical and easy-to-read guidance on how to go about developing a behaviour change intervention. It is based on insights gained from decades of research and the practical experience of development workers and social scientists into what determines how people behave.

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Cost: 
Free to download
Languages: 

English

Number of Pages: 

60

Contacts (user reference): 
petrschmied
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"Storytelling is a psychologically and a sociologically endorsed need." - A. David Lewis

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The brainchild of A. David Lewis, an American comic book writer and graphic novelist, Haawiyat features 8 pages of well-known, timeless Syrian folk tales illustrated in a variety of kid-friendly styles and published entirely in Arabic: "The Miller and the Two Gins," "The Story of the Five Cakes," and "The Story of the King's Daughter's Earring." When choosing the stories, Lewis and his multinational team of creators and translators used caution to avoid conjuring traumatic memories for the children; mental health professionals and onsite experts helped guide the process. (Click here [PDF] to read the stories in English.) These tales are intended to deliver a measure of solace, sense of control, and/or narrative stability to children who may have lost everything.

As a whole, the comic explores themes of forgiveness, hope, and determination in times of strife. Of the 3 stories, "The Story of the Five Cakes" best exemplifies the comic’s message of compassion. The tale, which comes from a collection compiled by Syrian poet, Samir Tahhan, and translated by American anthropologist, Andrea Rugh, follows a mother's journey to feed her starving children. Discovering she only has 5 cakes in her cupboard, the mother grants each of her 5 children a cake, even though doing so would leave her hungry. The children, in turn, meet her compassion by halving each of their cakes and giving them back to her. Presented with their sacrifices, the mother donates the cakes back to the community so that no other child will be forced to face hunger - a metaphor for the beauty of communal compassion in seemingly hopeless times.

Shipped out in early April 2017 to Northern Syria and Turkey with the help of NuDay Syria, a New England-based relief company, the 8-page black and white issue is envisioned by CYRIC as a proof of concept for an expanded incarnation that will have more stories, be in full colour, and go out to many more children.

Development Issues: 

Children

Key Points: 

Of the 4.9 million displaced Syrians currently residing in refugee camps, nearly half are children. After fleeing Syria, a nation badly bloodied by civil war, refugees are finding themselves trapped in migratory limbo for long stretches of time as they await placement in foreign, and often unwelcoming, lands. Syrian children suffer new traumas within the camps in their fight for survival and acceptance.

Contacts (user reference): 
adlewis
Source: 

"Comics Project Aims To Offer Hope To Syrian Refugee Kids", by Rob Salkowitz, Forbes, May 16 2017; "Haawiyat: A Syrian Comic for Syrian Children", by Monica Rodriguez, ArtsEverywhere, May 8 2017; and Haawiyat website, May 30 2017. Image credit: CYRIC

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Publication Date
Publication Date: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

This toolkit offers an introduction to the Listening and Learning (L&L) methodology - a youth-led research methodology which is based on conversations to capture individual perspectives and experiences.  The toolkit identifies the key considerations for a successful process, and includes guidance on best practice for implementing this research method.  It was created by Search for Common Ground’s Children and Youth Division and the West Africa research team, and is based on the organisation’s experience in conducting youth-led research projects which put the power of research, design, and advocacy in the hands of young people.

Cost: 
Free to download
Languages: 

English

Number of Pages: 

37

Contacts (user reference): 
Search for Comm...
SajiPrelis
Source: 

SFCG website on May 31 2017.

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Author: 
Christine Glanz (ed.)
Hassana Alidou (ed.)

“The challenge for education today is to adapt and respond to the complex realities of a linguistically and culturally diverse world, and to combat social disintegration and discrimination. We can use action research to reflect on this, moving from theory to practice and from practice to theory.”

Cost: 
Free to download
Languages: 

English and French

Number of Pages: 

222

Contacts (user reference): 
UNESCO Institut...
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UIL website on June 7 2017.

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Author: 
Ben Cislaghi
Parinita Bhattacharjee
Publication Date
2017
Affiliation: 

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, or LSHTM (Cislaghi); University of Manitoba and Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, or KHPT (Bhattacharjee)

"...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 important role in driving violence against women and girls (VAWG) and in sustaining practices such as child marriage (CM) and intimate partner violence (IPV). This is one of the key findings of a qualitative paper drawing on findings from Samata and Samvedana Plus, two STRIVE evaluation studies of norms interventions, implemented by the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT). These programmes, both set in Karnataka, South India, aim to reduce rates of girl school drop-out and CM (Samata) and to decrease female sex workers (FSWs)' experience of IPV (Samvedana Plus).

In brief (see Related Summaries, below, for details):

  <div class="field button"><a href="http://strive.lshtm.ac.uk/system/files/attachments/STRIVE_Honour%20and%20Prestige%20paper.pdf" target="_blank">Click here for the 16-page report in PDF format.</a></div>
Contacts (user reference): 
Parinita
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C4D Network Twitter Trawl: 12 – 18 June 2017 and STRIVE website, June 23 2017. Image credit: Priya Pillai, N P Jayan and Annie Holmes © 2016 KHPT

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Publication Date
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

“C4D [communication for development] is, as many people acknowledge in this study, a burgeoning field of development practice, and still in some quarters misunderstood and underrepresented. But it is also thriving, with an energy in-country that comes through in this Study and mapping process very clearly.”

This study presents a a country snapshot of 'Communications for Development' around the world, from the perspective of the C4D Network, a global community of professionals working in communication for development (C4D). It reflects the views of Network members who are either working in C4D or teaching it, studying it, supporting it, and on occasion commissioning it. The report offers a summary of findings from across the globe, as well as results from individual participating countries.

  <div class="field button"><a href="http://c4dnetwork.apps-1and1.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Final-Stand-Alone.-Mapping.-28.03.2017.pdf" target="_blank">Click here to download this 70-page report in PDF format. </a></div>
Contacts (user reference): 
NSutherland
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C4D Network website on May 30 2017.

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