A new, free, handbook, customised for journalists reporting climate change in Asia and the Pacific.
This Handbook explores the essential aspects of climate change, including its injustices to vulnerable communities, especially women and girls and least developed countries, and provides examples of best practices and stories of hope unique to the region. It can be used as a resource for journalists to understand the science of climate change, as well as helping journalists to improve their reporting of the environmental, social, economic, political, technological and other angles of the story.
The Handbook is part UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication’s Series on Journalism Education. The series aims to reinforce the capacities of journalists, journalism educators and their institutions to promote sustainable development, by enhancing the abilities of journalists to report on science, development and democratic governance.
Utilizando las TIC y la información de salud para empoderar a mujeres jóvenes, el proyecto WawaRed se lanzó en 2010 para apoyar los esfuerzos del gobierno peruano para mejorar la salud materna al abordar la poca disponibilidad y calidad de los datos de salud. El sistema se puso a prueba inicialmente en 15 centros de salud en un distrito y se amplió para incluir 350 centros en todo el país en 2017.
El objetivo final de WawaRed es mejorar los servicios de salud llegando a las mujeres embarazadas con información diseñada para prevenir muertes y complicaciones innecesarias. La estandarización y el intercambio de datos a través de un sistema de registro de salud electrónico ayuda a garantizar que la información y el asesoramiento correctos puedan beneficiar a las madres y niños vulnerables. Por ejemplo, el sistema envía mensajes de texto personalizados en su idioma local a mujeres embarazadas según su perfil de salud.
En el transcurso de este proyecto, más de 54,000 mujeres indígenas embarazadas se registraron en el sistema WawaRed, más de 100 parteras fueron capacitadas para usar los registros de eSalud y recopilar datos, y 28 estadístas del ministerio fueron capacitados en el análisis de datos.
Se están llevando a cabo conversaciones con las compañías de telefonía móvil de Perú para financiar el servicio a escala nacional. Eventualmente, todos en Perú podrían tener un único registro de eSalud, lo que conducirá a una mejor salud y asistencia sanitaria y permitirá al gobierno utilizar sus recursos de atención médica de manera eficiente y efectiva.
Credito de imagen: Iván Reátegui Ismodes
With the main objective to help refugees socialise and express themselves without necessarily speaking the host country language, ‘A Million Stories (AMS)’ is a project led by four library services - Roskilde Libraries (Denmark), in collaboration with Future Library (Greece) and the public libraries of Malmö (Sweden) and Cologne (Germany)*.
The four partners invited refugees and asylum seekers, who had to flee from their homes, family and friends in the hope of living life in safety, to visit the libraries and share their life stories, thereby giving people a voice and support that their voice is heard. As a result, the project created a digital library of human experiences, containing more than 600 stories from refugees who have fled to EU in recent years.
The AMS platform enables refugees to share their experiences, culture and life stories in various formats including film, audio, visual and written forms. By doing so, not only are a wide range of stories included, allowing refugees to tell them regardless of language and storytelling capabilities, but they can also communicate to a wider audience.
The combination of “A Million Stories” range of formats and geographical outreach creates a realistic picture of refugee/asylum seekers’ lives and what they have been through until the present day, enabling communication not only on a social level but also on an educational or even political level. The project has also fostered respect for intercultural diversity in the host populations by creating references everyone can recognize from their own everyday lives.
Haritha Tharanga, a Sri Lankan independent journalist, living in the town of Horana, has made a mobile planetarium through his own resourcefulness and raising small amounts of funding through assignments.
When starting the construction, Tharanga needed a ball projector, but it cost more money and Tharanga could not afford it, so he made his own circuit to show the star patterns. It took 5 days to establish this in place.
The diameter of the theatre is 60 feet and 300 persons can watch the show each performance. Tharanga’s idea is to spread knowledge of astronomy among the rural people, especially amongst rural children. The smiles of the children bring him happiness and pleasure.
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The Data4Good Movement first started in 2011 with Data Kind in New York City and has spread around the world. Meet the "frontierswomen" who use the world's best technology, to bring together top data scientists and local communities from around the globe to work with social change.
Supported by the Rockefeller Foundation to make tech more accessible and welcoming to women, this is the first instalment of a 2-part series on gender equity in data & technology for 2019 International Women’s Day. View the first piece of the series. Check out the other pieces below on the Rockefeller Foundation’s #data4good series leading up to SXSW 2019.
More than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. This abundance of data, combined with rapidly advancing analytics capabilities, could improve the lives of billions of people around the world. On 22 January 2019, the Rockefeller Foundation and Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth announced Data Science for Social Impact, a new model for collaborative philanthropy that will build and accelerate the use of data science to solve important social challenges.
With a joint, $50-million commitment over five years, the collaborative investments are focused on three strategic focus areas:
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The ISPO (Indonesian Science Project Olympiad) aims to encourage a love of science, cultivate scientific thinking, conduct research, and develop and produce scientific products. Involving Indonesian youth who attend school it is also seen to make an important contribution to the community by preparing young people to be creative, innovative, and responsible.
Olympiad activities take place in the fields of biology, physics, chemistry, technology, environment, and computers.
Background to ISPO
In a globalized world, competition between countries is still ongoing in various dimensions. The main factors that cause such competition are matters of science and technology. For development, the ESPO community feels that the important thing is not the problem of the transfer of science and technology, but efforts to produce its own technology. ISPO also aims to cultivate scientific thinking, conduct research, develop and produce scientific products.
Registration is now open for the Open Science Conference 2019. It is the 6th international conference of the Leibniz Research Alliance Science 2.0. and provides a unique forum for researchers, librarians, practitioners, infrastructure provider, decision-makers in politics and science, publisher, and other important stakeholders to discuss the latest and future developments around Open Science.
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Pragati is a package of nine interactive games developed and refined through robust proof of concept and pilot testing in Nepal. Through game-play and critical reflection questions, they sparked challenging conversations in communities around fertility and family planning, side-effects of family planning methods, and social norms that drive birth timing and family size.
The games utilize clear and informative adult learning techniques that challenge negative social norms in non-threatening ways to facilitate change
The Institute for Reproductive Health (IRH) has recently collaborated with Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development (GRID) to turn four of the Pragati games into mobile game apps in Nepal. Using these apps, ‘menstrual health management’ (MHM) will be integrated with fertility awareness information onto free mobile phone game platforms. Read more
Extracts below from the introductory video on Pragati (8 mins):
"People came to play for fun, and left with a lot of knowledge"
"The games have made counselling much easier"
"The games inform people of the side effects and which family planning methods are available to use"
"Previously, only women came to the clinic. Now women and men come together"
"I feel pride in what I've learned. I didnt know about condoms, pills, IUCDs etc..."
"We had been blaming women for giving birth to girls because society told us to. We used to think men were responsible for birth of boys and women were responsible for birth of boys. Now we know that's not true"
"Ultimately we hope this information gives people the best opportunity to make decisions for themselves and their families"