These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
"CIMA is pleased to release a special report, Making Media Development More Effective, by Tara Susman-Peña, a media development and communications consultant. She was the director of research for Internews’s Media Map Project, which informed this paper. A wealth of research demonstrates that a healthy media sector is consistently paired with better development outcomes and can contribute to better development. However, media development–donor support for strengthening the quality, independence, and sustainability of the news media–has comprised only about 0.5 percent of overall aid to developing countries. Should media development’s track record earn it a more central place in international development? A strong evidence base of original research conducted for the Media Map Project, a collaborative effort between Internews and the World Bank Institute, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides the opportunity to analyze the extent to which donor support to media has helped the media sector fulfill its promise to strengthen development. This report points out that donors to media development have a number of blind spots that prevent their interventions from being more effective and that media development stakeholders could improve their efforts by applying aid effectiveness principles to their practice." READ MORE
DFID Research for Development
Emerging Implications of Open and Linked Data for Knowledge Sharing in Development
"Movements towards open data involve the publication of datasets (from metadata on publications, to research, to operational project statistics) online in standard formats and without restrictions on reuse. A number of open datasets are published as linked data, creating a web of connected datasets. Governments, companies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across the world are increasingly exploring how the publication and use of open and linked data can have impacts on governance, economic growth and the delivery of services. This article outlines the historical, social and technical trajectories that have led to current interest in, and practices around, open data. Drawing on three example cases of working with open and linked data it takes a critical look at issues that development sector knowledge intermediaries may need to engage with to ensure the socio-technical innovations of open and linked data work in the interests of greater diversity and better development practice."READ MORE
Guardian Africa Network
"Anti-poverty campaigns using social media are falling into the old trap of stereotyping the people they're meant to serve. Ami Musa is a 13 year old girl from Sierra Leone. She wants things like soap, shoes, water and education. She is also sharing those wants on Pinterest. Well, that is at least the set-up of a campaign by UNICEF UK that uses a fictional girl to show "what 13-year-olds like Ami from Sierra Leone really want."
Pinterest users are encouraged to repin each of the things that Ami wants in order to "remind people of what the world's poorest children dream of." A link then takes a user to the UNICEF UK campaign where they can show their support. "Children like Ami need basics that many of us take for granted: food, education, healthcare, a clean supply of water. Your donation can help us provide these and other essentials. Thank you," says the site to a visitor." READ MORE
Poverty Matters Blog
"The first global fund to give poor people direct control over urban development spending is having more than just a local impact. Rose Molokoane, who helps allocate millions of dollars to urban improvement projects around the world, lives in a South African informal settlement. She has spent more than 20 years organising urban poor communities, helping them to pool savings and obtain land and housing. Molokoane is also a prominent member of Urban Poor Fund International, the first global fund to give poor people direct control over development spending in cities. "We are sick and tired of becoming the objects of development," she told an audience at a conference in Brazil last year. "We want to build our own destiny."" READ MORE
The World We Want 2015
Global Consultation on Governance & the Post-2015 Framework
"This space is dedicated to the global thematic consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Framework, co-convened by UNDP and OHCHR, in partnership with the Government of Germany. It is an open and inclusive forum for civil society, policy makers, government officials, donors, UN staff and all other stakeholders to discuss the scope and priorities of a post-2015 development agenda.
Experience to date has shown that sustained progress towards the MDGs has been underpinned by strong democratic governance and hampered by its absence. In view of this and the fact that the global political and economic context has shifted dramatically since the inception of the MDGs, a new development agenda needs to reflect these trends, whilst building on the positive achievements of the MDGs." READ MORE
BBC Media Action
Accountability in action: Sudoor Sawal
"Nepal boasts 326 FM stations, a phenomenal figure for a country of 27 million people. Both commercially and community-owned, they operate in 74 of Nepal's 75 districts.
But local stations are often criticised on a number of accounts: they are accused of weak editorial standards, an over-dependence on programmes produced from Kathmandu and even of acting as mouthpieces for local politicians and their agendas.
In fact, from my experience working with stations in remote parts of Nepal, they help to break valuable local stories and are vital in giving their audiences a voice. With the help of BBC Media Action, our partner stations in remote parts of Nepal have successfully brought local government to account.
One such example is our latest local partner station Radio Ramarosham, which broadcasts in the district of Accham in the far western region of Nepal. BBC Media Action started working with them in August 2012, helping to build their production capacity and providing basic necessary equipment. One of the programmes we have helped the Ramarosham team to create is a weekly discussion programme based on BBC Media Action’s national debate show, Sajha Sawal (Common Questions). The question-and-answer format allows people to ask questions of their leaders about issues that matter to them." READ MORE