As our flagship peace-building radio drama, The Tea Cup Diaries, marks its fifth anniversary, learn how the show has helped bridge divides between diverse communities in Myanmar, and how it continues to support and entertain its loyal following during the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the world grapples with COVID-19, a small rural community in Turkana County, Kenya recently faced another crisis: flash flooding. Hear from local weather producer and BBC Media Action mentee, Vivian Achwa, who spoke to affected communities.
As for billions of people around the world, the past few months have been a story of adaptation and change for BBC Media Action. Discover the latest about our global response to the COVID-19 pandemic from our CEO, Caroline Nursey.
A pop song about protecting yourself from COVID-19 is blaring from loudspeakers in a hospital in Baghdad. The public interest broadcaster behind it, Al Mirbad, is a rare and trusted voice for news and information in Basra – read more about its vital work during the pandemic from our Iraq country director.
Through our project Her Voice, Her Rights in Afghanistan, we’re supporting female journalists across the country to produce programmes that support women and girls’ empowerment. Learn more in this guest blog by Mastora Pakbin, a radio journalist and BBC Media Action mentee in Bamyan Province.
Head of Policy, James Deane, and Senior Media Development Adviser, Maha Taki, outline the crisis facing public interest media and announce the publication of a feasibility study for an International Fund for Public Interest Media (IFPIM).
What does it take to create effective global health communication? Our US Director Yvonne McPherson draws on our experience in the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak to evaluate the WHO’s new WhatsApp service to tackle COVID-19.
Our health programme Tawa Fo Welbodi is encouraging people to keep taking malaria prevention seriously during the COVID-19 pandemic and adapting fast to address the extra challenges it brings. Hear from our Head of Production in Freetown.
Audiences are at the heart of everything we do. To understand our audiences and our impact, our work begins and ends with research – and this remains true even in a time of crisis. Hear from our Head of Research, Sonia Whitehead, about how we're adapting to COVID-19.
Rumours, mis- and dis-information about COVID-19 are spreading rapidly and can be almost as harmful as the virus itself. Hear from our Senior Project Manager, Kate Gunn, about the latest developments from our new global communications initiative tackling the COVID-19 'info-demic'
Media can and often does perpetuate stereotypes. But used responsibly and sensitively, it can also be a creative and engaging public platform that tackles some of the deepest-rooted beliefs successfully. Read insight from Emebet Wuhib-Mutungi on shifting the norms around gender.
Rumours and mis- and dis-information, including false cures and the disease’s spread, can be as harmful as the virus itself. Here are our top tips for media reporting on public health emergencies to help inform audiences, connect them to the services they need, and inspire them to cope.
At BBC Media Action, we believe that addressing climate change requires action at all levels of society. Hear from Indonesia Country Director, Ankur Garg, about our multimedia project aiming to inform and inspire young people to join the conversation about sustainable development.
On International Day for Tolerance, hear from our Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Nursey, about how we’re fostering mutual understanding and tolerance between diverse communities in Myanmar through media.
Independent media are vital to peaceful and effective development - but their role is endangered with consequences for good governance and democracy. A coordinated, prioritised international response is needed to protect the critical role of public-interest media.
As world leaders gather at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, Diana Njeru from BBC Media Action Kenya explains how climate change is affecting people across East Africa, and how we’re supporting them to adapt through radio.
As our malaria myth-busting radio show in Sierra Leone, Tawa Fo Welbodi, enters its second series, hear from Mariama Sesay, the show's Lead Producer, about her personal reflections on the disease and what audiences have learnt and done as a result of tuning in.
Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist. Find out how our project Her Voice Her Rights is supporting female journalists across the country to speak up about their rights and share their stories.
We are dedicated to the cause of media freedom – the principle that expression and communication through media is a right that should be exercised freely – which is at the very core of effective democracies and inclusive societies. Find out more.
For the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day conference (WPFD2019) in Ethiopia, we sponsored two youth delegates to take part in the Youth Newsroom initiative, which gives young journalists from around the world the chance to report on the conference and improve their journalism skills.
As we look towards the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage later this year, we’re sharing insights from BBC Media Action’s work to help health workers and communities work better together to build a healthier world.
Based on learnings from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, our US Director Yvonne MacPherson explores how tools for Health Communication could be used to tackle the issue of misinformation in other contexts.
A guest blog by Sarah Bradshaw, Training Manager for BBC Academy International and an experienced BBC radio producer/director, who helped us develop a new radio drama to help change attitudes towards gender-based violence in Bangladesh.
Our Senior Adviser for Resilience and Humanitarian Response shares her ideas on how to advance risk communication - so people understand the risks they face, know how to address them, and take informed actions to manage them effectively.
Radio presenter Eastina Massaquoi nearly died from malaria at the age of 21. Now she is helping to tackle the disease - the cause of 40% of deaths outside of hospitals across the country - with new radio programme Tawa Fo Welbodi (Determined for Health).
Gender roles are often the reason girls drop out of school in South Sudan. Radio show 'Our School' aims to amplify issues and barriers to girls education so they can be discussed and overcome. Our Editor shares an unusual story of a young boy turning the tables on gender stereotypes.
How did one student manage to do her homework in the dark and pass her exams? She shared her solution on radio show 'Our School' to inspire other girls across the country to overcome the challenges they face to stay in school.
What helps - and what stops - people acting to protect themselves against extreme weather events? Our research team share the approach and insight that helped to inform resilience TV programme Amrai Pari.
Our teams in Sierra Leone, Nepal and Bangladesh are currently working with humanitarian and media agencies to deliver vital information to people affected by a series of deadly floods, helping them to survive, cope and recover.