BBC Media Action
Fiona Ledger, Senior Production Manager, BBC Media Action
There’s more to a cup of tea than meets the eye - it’s not just wet, hot and thirst quenching, it’s also a media vehicle for promoting tolerance and social inclusion in Burma. Fiona Ledger explains...
Senior Production Manager, BBC Media Action
Tea Cup Diaries - cast, crew and donors
There’s more to a cup of tea than meets the eye - it’s not just wet, hot and thirst quenching, it’s also a media vehicle for promoting tolerance and social inclusion.
This week, BBC Media Action Burma proudly launched its new weekly radio drama, The Teacup Diaries (in Burmese La Pa Ye Ta Kwe Ye Diari), to an audience of 120 people including the media, our donors, USAID’s Office of Transitional Initiatives (OTI) and broadcast partner, Myanmar TV Channel (MRTV).
Launches are never easy - I’ve done a few. They involve an incredible amount of work, however you cut it: branding, logos, publicity materials, guests, finding a location and deciding how much audio and video to include. There’s also diplomacy and etiquette to consider: who should speak and in what order?
All in all, the run-up to a launch is defined by simmering anxiety and last minute panics. But there’s no doubt that a launch event is an efficient way of announcing to the world a new media project.
House of Memories
Director, Policy and Learning
I was prompted to write this post by Brian Levy, the rightly respected governance guru of the World Bank, now Senior Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Brian is the author of Working With the Grain: integrating governance and growth in development strategies, one of the most influential books on governance right now. We met at the OECD DAC Governance Network last week, which is where donors get together to share their insights into how to better support improved governance in their development strategies. I was asked to respond to a presentation Brian made on his book.
Against the Grain
My initial reaction when I first heard of Against the Grain was, I confess, a kind of resigned frustration. I thought, “Here we go again. Another academic apologia telling us how it didn’t really matter how horrible, authoritarian or power-hungry a government was. As long as they ‘got the job done’ (in terms of reducing poverty), it was fine by the donors who supported them.”
Project Manager, BBC Media Action
A few months ago as I pulled into Songambele village in Dodoma region, Tanzania, a soft drizzle was setting in. I pulled my jumper on as I stepped out of the car – it was unusually chilly for September. But the village residents were not fazed, in fact they were thrilled – it was the first rain they had seen in months. For the last few years, rains have become more and more unpredictable, and many communities in Dodoma have become accustomed to one rainy season a year, compared to two in the past.
The day I rocked up I visited Phoibe Nganasha who had changed the way she harvested maize. When Phoibe first started planting her maize seeds in elevated rows and producing organic compost, everyone laughed at her for wasting so much time. But once she harvested four times more than the year previously they started knocking at her door…
Phoibe is one of hundreds of thousands of people who claim to have taken action as a result of listening to a radio programme called Nyakati...
Director of Communications and Fundraising, BBC Media Action
People queue at the airport in Kathmandu after the earthquake
When Saturday’s devastating earthquake struck, I’d just finished filming with Sajha Sawal, BBC Media Action’s debate programme in Nepal.
I’m now safely back at home in the UK, having negotiated the chaos at Kathmandu airport yesterday to get one of the few flights out. I was with the family of a Nepal-based colleague being pushed along with a crowd of hundreds when the second quake hit....
As we tentatively celebrate the recovery of Beatrice Yardolo, the last known Ebola patient to be discharged from a treatment centre in Liberia, BBC Media Action continues working on programmes and training across the region to ensure Ebola is minimised.
Radio programmes like Kick Ebola from Liberia have played a crucial role in stemming the outbreak. But how could we measure this when the...
Angela Githitho Muriithi
Country Director, BBC Media Action
In a crowded, dusty camp for displaced people in Somalia, Ibrahim and Raho are doing their best to raise two children. When their baby falls ill with diarrhoea, traditional birth attendant Raho treats her with the cures handed down over generations, refusing modern oral rehydration solution (ORS) and zinc treatments. Sadly, their baby dies – another grim statistic from Somalia, where health...
Project Manager, BBC Media Action
Nigerian music stars, 2Face Idibia, Oritsefemi and Chidinma speak out against violence in Nigeria’s 2015 elections.
One of Nigeria’s biggest stars, the singer, songwriter and producer 2Face Idibia, is standing in an abandoned Lagos power plant, saying over and over again that he’s had enough. He’s not complaining about the heat, the dust, or even the fact he’s back at work just hours after the launch party for his latest album. He’s rehearsing his lines ahead of filming a public service announcement to warn...
By bike, by bus and by boat: Our Ebola radio show’s incredible bi-weekly journey across Sierra Leone.
Production Coordinator, BBC Media Action
Cars travel on a road just outside of Freetown, Sierra Leone
What do a priest, a boat, a bus and a bike have in common? Despite sounding like the start of a bad joke this is in fact an important part of our strategy for circulating and transmitting our life-saving Ebola information radio programmes to stations across Sierra Leone.
Brown paper packages
While most BBC programmes are sent down ISDN lines or shared via storage systems backed by huge servers...
Olabisi Olu Garrick
Olabisi, BBC Media Action presenter, interviews Sierra Leone's First Lady with a colleague for Leh Wi Know.
Despite my fourteen years as a journalist, I didn’t always want to work in the media. I actually wanted to be a lawyer.
The ability to hold people to account and help people understand their legal rights always appealed to me. Little did I know that a chance meeting with a woman one sunny afternoon would change my life.
This incredible woman was Hannah Foullah, who was at the time one of Sierra...
Project Manager, BBC Media Action
Today (Friday 13th February) is World Radio Day and its theme is ‘youth’. Tom Baker explains how BBC Media Action is using the unique power of radio to inform, connect and empower young people around the world.
There are so many development days in the calendar, why does World Radio Day stand out for BBC Media Action?
We’re celebrating World Radio Day because radio plays such an important role...