• Religion and family planning in muslim contexts

    The produced by Berkley Center in Georgetown University focuses on a series of short narratives about family planning programs in six very different Muslim majority countries: Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Iran, Morocco, and Senegal. They were selected to reflect a range of different circumstances and because there was an identifiable effort by government and other leaders to engage religious communities in each case." Download


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  • Women, Faith and Human Rights

    This is an overview of honest and critical thinking, by women and men of faith, and human rights actors, on the relationship between human rights and their respective faith traditions. Convened by UNFPA over a number of years, with support from the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation and under the auspices of the Church of Sweden, these authors straddle the worlds of religious leadership and faith service, while also powerfully advocating for gender equality and human rights. This publication provides a glimpse into the arguments made by these contributors, who are from different countries and diverse faiths. Their views are described in language that seamlessly combines the principles of human rights with religious norms and interpretations. How they articulate the connection between faith and human rights proves to be both enlightening and thought provoking. Download


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  • Realizing the Faith Dividend: Religion, Gender, Peace and Security in Agenda 2030

    This report focuses on the role of religious actors, and religious considerations in the SDG agenda, particularly as they pertain to gender equality, peaceful coexistence and security considerations. The perspectives, ideas and initiatives discussed in these pages bring together experiences and policy analysis shared from the different realities of Donors, UN agencies and Faith-Based NGOs. The narratives build on and inform policies - required at a time when religion is predominantly viewed as an emerging challenge. Download


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  • Strategic Communication for Behaviour and Social Change in South Asia

    This working paper presents a synthesis of the latest experiences in applying various communication approaches ranging from mass communication and entertainment education, interpersonal communication, participatory development communication, advocacy and social mobilisation that have been used in South Asia and elsewhere. Download


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  • Repositioning family planning: Guidelines for advocacy action

    This toolkit aims to help those working in family planning across Africa to effectively advocate for renewed emphasis on family planning to enhance the visibility, availability, and quality of family planning services for increased contraceptive use and healthy timing and spacing of births, ultimately, improved quality of life across the region. Download


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  • Communications for Social Good

    Examines foundation opportunities and techniques to leverage social change goals through the use of communications media. Part of the series Practice Matters: The Improving Philanthropy Project. Download


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  • A Reporter’s Guide to Maternal Health

    This reporter’s guide, published by Solutions Journalism Network and the Pulitzer Center, introduces journalists to potential solutions-oriented angles to maternal health stories. Download


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  • Planning behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions: a practical handbook

    This handbook clarifies the concepts of behaviour change communication (BCC) interventions in the context of UNFPA programmes. Then followed by a brief presentation of some of the most common theoretical frameworks that serve to help gain an understanding of the processes that can influence health-related behaviours and a step-by-step guide on following a process or chain of events to plan, design, execute, monitor and evaluate BCC interventions. Download


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  • Are We There Yet? A Communications Evaluation Guide

    This guide is an evaluation strategy tool. It will be useful for those who already have a communication plan in place with clear objectives, messages, strategies and tactics. The guide walks users through a nine-step process for creating plans for monitoring and measuring their communications. Download


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  • Barriers to Family Planning Use in Malawi: Opportunities for Social and Behavior Change Communication

    The study was conducted to generate evidence to inform the development of effective social and behavior change communication (SBCC) strategies and interventions to improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and the uptake of modern FP methods in Malawi. The study findings highlight that while progress in FP knowledge and use has been made in study communities, there are several opportunities for SBCC interventions and other FP programs to improve FP acceptance and use. Download


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