• 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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  • Faith-Based Models for Improving Maternal and Newborn Health

    The brief summarizes ways in which faith-based programs have effectively decreased maternal mortality rates. The publication reviews successful models of faith-based organizations including faith-based health networks, community health programs focusing on behavior change, congregation-based health programs, and comprehensive health care. Download


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  • Reducing maternal mortality: Actual and Potential Roles for Faith-Linked Institutions and Communities.

    Reducing maternal mortality requires measures to address both direct, obstetric complications of childbirth, as well as a range of indirect factors. Faith-inspired organizations as healthcare providers often work in rural or underserved communities, filling in gaps in public healthcare systems. Download


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