launched a healthy habits campaign as part of Galli Galli Sim Sim (GGSS), the Indian co-production of Sesame Street. The GGSS Mobile Community Viewing (MCV) program trains local change agents to provide health information to slum neighbourhoods. They use a repurposed, GGSS-branded vegetable cart carrying a TV set and a DVD player showing segments on health and nutrition, followed by distribution of educational materials to children and caregivers. This slum roadshow also features activities such as mask-making and theatre. An evaluation of the program notes that exposure to the GGSS’s MCV is associated with increases in children’s knowledge of sources of milk (calcium), healthy foods, and steps of handwashing – as well as with caregivers’ knowledge of vegetables. This shows the importance of a mix of methods to reach the intended audience, based on how and where they seek health information.
The Sesame Workshop in India has
Launched in 2006, Galli Galli Sim Sim (GGSS) is a broad-based, multimedia educational initiative for young Indian children modeled on Sesame Street, the US-based Sesame Workshop’s entertainment-education series for preschoolers. Created through a partnership between Sesame Workshop and Turner India, in creative collaboration with Miditech Pvt. Ltd., the television series aims to promote joyful learning of basic life skills – be they cognitive, social, emotional, or physical – for India’s children, and to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood development and education.
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Tagged child, education, edutainment, entertainment, health, India, nutrition, safety, sanitation, USAID
The LIN Center for Community Development serves not-for-profit organizations and philanthropists in Vietnam. In addition to providing direct support to local not-for-profit organizations (NPOs), LIN also serves as a vehicle through which donors can contribute their knowledge, energy and resources to support these NPOs. In an effort to help local people to meet local needs, LIN aims to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic environment and strengthen the communities in which they live and work. The LIN Center would be a good partner for project management, capacity building and other community development work in Vietnam.
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Tagged capacity, capacity building, community, education, innovation, non-profit, partnership, philanthropy, Vietnam
The One Billion Rising movement is coming to Indonesia and planning events around Valentine’s Day to support women’s rights. One Billion Rising was founded to address the reality that as many as one in three women (one billion people) will be raped, beaten or face violence during their lifetime. In Indonesia, according to the National Commission on Violence against Women, the number of reported cases of rape, domestic violence and other forms of brutality against women reached 119,107 in 2012, although the actual number of cases is thought to be much higher.
The original Valentine’s Day was co-opted by activists and shortened to V-Day, in reference to the word ‘vagina’, frowned upon by many as taboo. Now as Feb. 14 approaches, the V in Valentine is taking on renewed significance as people around the world join together to voice their concerns about violence against women. Indonesia will join with 189 other countries to take part in One Billion Rising, an event to increase awareness of these problems.
The One Billion Rising movement is inviting women and the people who love them to walk out of their homes, schools, and jobs to dance in support of bringing an end to violence against women. People from all over Jakarta are practicing for a flash mob dance at the Monas (National Monument) Park. This campaign shows that participation in socially sensitive issues can be encouraged by making it a fun and social, reducing the barriers and promoting the benefits of taking action.
We put together an Application Template for the current (3rd) round of the Saving Lives at Birth – Grand Challenges program, funded by USAID, DFiD, Gates Foundation, Government of Norway and Grand Challenges Canada. This template is based on the amended RFA (dated January 17th, 2013), which can be accessed here. The online system will likely start accepting applications from March 18th. This template is for the first stage Seed Grants (up to USD250,000 for a total of 2 years), not the second stage Transition Grants. We’d appreciate any feedback or questions, further advice can be found through Grand Challenges Canada. Applications close March 28, 2013 – 2 p.m. EST (US).
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Tagged application, Canada, child, DFID, Gates, Grand Challenges, health, innovation, maternal, Norway, proposal, RFA, RFP, women
The following is the abstract for a chapter I’m writing in a soon-to-be-released book edited by Linda Brennan et al. Thank you in advance for any feedback.
The sustainability of development programs is affected by the way in which information is produced and disseminated. This chapter examines the role of communications in social and behavior change, with a focus on an Indonesian sanitation project, ‘Fantastic Mom’, which aimed to reduce infant mortality. It highlights the link between communications and sustainability, particularly the importance of empowering individuals and their communities through participation and capacity building. The chapter then combines these elements and introduces the Sustainable Change Marketing (SCHEMA) model, using it to analyze the results of Indonesia’s Fantastic Mom project. This project succeeded in changing behaviors and building capacity but failed to effectively engage decision makers, affecting its sustainability. Finally, the chapter reviews these findings and their implications for sustainability work in Southeast Asia and beyond, providing guidance for those planning, implementing and evaluating similar programs.
Reference: Linda Brennan, John Fien, Lukas Parker, Hue Duong, Mai Anh Doan and Torgeir Watne (2013 in press), Growing Sustainable Communities: A Development Guide for Southeast Asia, Tilde University Press.
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Tagged Asia, behaviour change, brand, community, education, environment, government, health, Indonesia, innovation, maternal, media, partnership, Southeast Asia, sustainability, Vietnam, women
The United Nations has issued its joint strategic plan for Myanmar, a guide to what many international agencies will focus on during this early stage of Myanmar’s transition. Myanmar, geographically the largest country in Southeast Asia, has an estimated population of 58 million. It has maintained GDP growth at around 5 per cent annually in recent years and has seen positive trends in poverty-related indicators. The country has further growth potential, with natural resources, agriculture and open access to the sea. Favorably located between South and East Asia, Myanmar has access to the fast growing economies of China and India, as well as access to ASEAN countries.
To date, Myanmar’s development has been characterized by uneven growth. According to the latest Integrated Household Living Conditions Assessment (IHLCA) 2009/10, there continues to be a rural-urban gap, with rural poverty at 29% and urban poverty at 16%. Due to limited public investment, international sanctions and a closed political system, the country has not been able to reach its full potential.
The four priorities in the UN plan are: 1. encouraging inclusive growth; 2. access to social services; 3. reducing vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change; and 4. good governance, democratic institutions and human rights. To achieve success, this strategy will need strong partnerships with the government, private sector and the NGO community.
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Tagged Burma, climate, climate change, democracy, governance, government, human rights, Myanmar, rights, services, UN, United Nations