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...
Project Manager, BBC Media Action
An elderly man, one eye milky blue with age, peers into the camera. Immediately behind him lie neat rows of white tarpaulin shelters, walls flapping in the wind.
“Each person builds his own shelter,” he says matter-of-factly, “Once he’s done, he goes on to help his neighbour.”
Standing tall in the dusty courtyard, he explains why; “We’re all Syrians here, and we’re all one.”
Satisfied with the footage they’ve captured at the Beqaa refugee camp in Lebanon, housing over 400,000 Syrian refugees – the film crew wrap up.
The man they’ve just filmed is just one of the two million Syrians who have fled conflict in Syria since it began in 2011. His message of self-sufficiency and solidarity makes up part of a series of 25 documentaries, mini-dramas and animations providing practical tips for refugees.
The films – produced by BBC Media Action in collaboration with local and Syrian film-makers, artists and actors since 2013 – cover a range of topics including access to education, aid, legal...
Project Officer, BBC Media Action
A lady asks a question during a community debate in Zambia
A sea of serious faces looked to the front of the local council chambers. Shuffling in anticipation, the crowd exchanged excited whispers.
Looking like they were attending the start of a high-profile court case, over 100 residents of Katete District in Eastern province of Zambia turned out for Mphangwe Community radio’s first ever live, public debate to question local leaders – including the local MP.
As the floor opened for questions, the key community concern was clear.
Last year, the community had been allocated K1,000 (around £90,000) from a local development fund for the construction of a much needed 15km road – a project which would make it easier for children to get to school and patients to get to hospital.
Despite the selection of a contractor, the road had yet to materialise and the community was losing its patience.
As the microphone was passed around, the audience’s frustrations were made clear.
“You are aware that the contractor working on the roads is taking...
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 Tea Cup 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...
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...
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...