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Communication pour le développement

Documents techniques et de politique

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Facts for Life:  Facts for Life aims to provide lifesaving knowledge about children‘s health to those who need it most: parents, caregivers, health workers, government officials, journalists and teachers. The latest edition has updated information on safe motherhood, early childhood development, nutrition, HIV/AIDS and other major causes of childhood illnesses and death. The information represents the best current understanding of science, policy and practice. In simple language, practical, effective, low-cost ways of protecting children‘s lives and promoting their development are emphasized. Facts for Life is a joint effort of UNICEF, WHO, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNDP, UNAIDS, WFP and World Bank.

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Strategic Communication for Behaviour & Social Change in South Asia: This working paper captures the essence of the 2004 Experts’ Consultation on Strategic Communication for Development in South Asia. It presents a synthesis of experiences in applying various communication approaches ranging from mass communication and entertainment education, interpersonal communication, participatory development communication, advocacy and social mobilisation.

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Involving People, Evolving Behaviour: This book, jointly produced by Southbound and UNICEF, is aimed at people who are involved in designing, implementing and monitoring social sector programmes and projects for developing and disadvantaged communities, anywhere in the world. It is a multi-sectoral and inter-disciplinary synthesis of field experiences and lessons learned, which offers fresh insight and debate in the context of behavior development and change. Its aim is to challenge traditional approaches to programme design, using a range of different perspectives from the personal to the political, with a view to increasing the impact and sustainability of international development programmes. To order the book, visit the Southbound website.

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Communication Handbook for Polio Eradication and Routine EPI: This Handbook provides programme officers with guidelines and a framework to design and implement research-driven communication programs that will strengthen all aspects of EPI ( supplemental campaigns, routine immunization and disease surveillance). It offers a menu of ideas, strategies and tools from which programme officers can select according to their country-specific reality, in order to accelerate polio eradication and strengthen routine EPI. The Handbook has been developed by UNICEF and WHO in a team effort with EPI communication focal points in ministries of health and polio partners.

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Building Trust and Responding to Adverse Events following Immunisation in South Asia using Strategic Communication: This working paper synthesizes key learnings from a joint regional workshop organised by the UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia in New Delhi, 2004, to develop communication capacity specifically around adverse events following immunization (AEFI). The paper aims to promote better planned and implemented strategic communication around AEFI to maintain public trust in childhood immunization and help realize children's rights to life, survival and development.

Essentials for Excellence: Researching, monioring and evaluting strategic communication for behaviour and social change with special reference to the prevention and control of avian and pandemic influenza, 2008.


Coordinated Strategy to Abandon Female Genital mutilation/Cutting in One Generation: This technical note presents an in-depth examination of the research documented by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) to provide a more comprehensive understating of FGM/C as a form of social convention. Its focus is on the social dynamics of this harmful practice at the community level and it specifically applies game theory to the social dynamics of FGM/C. It was developed by the UNICEF Child Protection Section. Copies are available by writing to:

Programme Communication for Early Child Development: This booklet explains how principles of programme communication are part of a holistic approach to Early Child Development (ECD). It is designed for programme planners, designers, artists and communicators to improve their ability to use programme communication for holistic early child development. For a copy, please e-mail: or write to: UNICEF ECD Unit, 3 UN Plaza, NY, NY 10017.