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New Policy Briefing - The media of Somalia: a force for moderation?
A new Policy Briefing by the BBC World Service Trust has found that the Somali media is likely to play a moderating role in society.  Read more
A message from our Executive Director, Caroline Nursey
‘Information is power’ is an old adage but it remains as true, if not more so, than it has ever been. Caroline Nursey looks at how the work of the BBC World Service Trust will be strengthened with a new grant from DfID.  Read more
Combating food insecurity in northern Kenya
As famine is declared in neighbouring Somalia, we’re helping ActionAid to improve vital communication with drought-affected populations in northern Kenya.   Read more
Afghan children’s show is world’s best
Green Fairy, an imaginative educational radio programme for 9-13 year olds has been honoured in the New York Festivals radio awards.  Read more
South Sudan: voice of independence
Radio provides a vital source of information for the people of the world’s newest country as they embark on the long process of nation building, says Carol Morgan in Juba.  Read more
A week in Moshi
Amazing things can happen at the East Africa Cup, an annual festival of learning, sport, and intercultural exchange, says journalism trainee Daniel Wahome.  Read more
Web drama tackles tough issues
An explosion in Internet access and participation is offering unprecedented opportunities for citizen engagement in the Arab world.   Read more
Condoms get people talking in Paris
A film from BBC WST India’s award-winning condom normalisation project is part of a major modern art show at Paris’ Centre Pompidou.  Read more
Education innovation in Bangladesh
8.5 million Bangladeshis are using English learned through BBC Janala, finds midline research.  Read more
Cambodia: public perceptions of climate change
Over 90% of Cambodians report that extreme weather events are affecting their daily lives, according to new research from the BBC WST.  Read more
The Syrian blogosphere: between challenge and hope
A period of unprecedented activism in Syria could also mark the start of a new-found confidence for the country's emerging blogosphere.   Read more
World Press Freedom Day: beyond advocacy
In the midst of a series of revolutions in which new forms of media are playing a central role, we hardly need reminding of this year's focus on "21st century media", says Kate Noble.   Read more
Press Freedom in Nepal
“Journalism is rooted in my mind and heart”. Presenter Narayan Shrestha on the challenges facing journalists in Nepal, and encouraging freedom of information.   Read more
Supporting press freedom
Nick Raistrick reports on the need for a creative, realistic and practical approach to media development.  Read more
Shankaboot wins International Emmy
Interactive web drama Shankaboot brings the spirit of Beirut to Cannes.  Read more
Building bridges in Somalia
Nick Raistrick reports from Hargeisa on how bringing journalists and community groups together is helping improve the media amid some of the most dangerous conditions in the world.  Read more
Women of the World
Continuing our International Women’s Day celebrations, the BBC WST took part in the Women of the World festival on London's Southbank.  Read more
Mariama Khai Fornah, journalist, Sierra Leone
Award-winning journalist Mariama Khai Fornah describes her experiences as a reporter, commitment to journalism and hopes for Sierra Leone’s future.  Read more
International Women's Day 2011
Celebrating the centenary of International Women's Day with a round-up of our work from around the world.  Read more
TV drama Bishaash comes to the UK
Following its success since launching in Bangladesh in November 2010, Bishaash is now set to help British Bangladeshis learn English.  Read more
BBC Janala wins top education prize
Pioneering English learning service in Bangladesh is honoured by the GSMA at the Global Mobile Awards.  Read more
South Sudan referendum
In the lead up to a watershed referendum in South Sudan, six local radio trainees have been working together to give a voice to local people.  Read more
BBC World Have Your Say, live from Freetown
When the discussion programme BBC World Have Your Say came to Sierra Leone, BBC World Service Trust staff got the chance to work on a broadcast for a global audience.  Read more
UK’s Minister for Africa meets the team behind 100 Dúvidas
December 2010 saw the UK’s Minister for Africa visit one of the BBC World Service Trust’s programmes in Angola.  Read more
World AIDS Day 2010
The BBC World Service Trust marked World AIDS Day with a look at our work on HIV and AIDS around the world.  Read more
Television drama and game show teach families English
English in Action has launched two television programmes in Bangladesh - a drama series and game show - to enable millions of children and adults of all ages to learn English.   Read more
BBC Janala receives Tech Award for educational innovation
BBC Janala has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Education Award at the 2010 Tech Awards in Silicon Valley, California.  Read more
Event: Making a noise for the MDGs
What happened when an audience debated drama, development and the role of women at a live broadcast from London’s Southbank Centre?  Read more
Mark Thompson praises our work in Afghanistan
Our work in Afghanistan and Haiti has been praised by BBC Director General Mark Thompson in a speech to the New America Foundation.  Read more
Emergency radio reaches millions in Pakistan
Within days of the monsoon flooding that devastated Pakistan at the end of July, the BBC World Service Trust in partnership with BBC Urdu began broadcasting emergency radio programming to millions of listeners through Pakistan Lifeline.  Read more
Millions tune in to Pakistan lifeline
Millions in Pakistan began tuning in to emergency lifeline radio programming yesterday, as BBC Urdu launched a new service to people in the most severely flooded areas of the country.  Read more
Radio offers a lifeline to Pakistan as crisis worsens
In response to the devastating floods in northern Pakistan, lifeline radio programmes are to be broadcast in the most severely affected areas through the BBC in both Urdu and Pashto.  Read more
Lifeline radio in Kyrgyzstan
The BBC World Service Trust and Internews are providing humanitarian news reporting for victims of ethnic violence in southern Kyrgyzstan.  Read more
Communicating Justice in Liberia and Sierra Leone
Award-winning Liberian journalist Joseph Cheeseman has been reporting on the trial of former President Charles Taylor for over two years.  Read more
The Bangladesh Sanglap story
Over the last five years, our pioneering TV debate series has helped to develop and diversify the political and media landscape of Bangladesh.  Read more
At the Crossroad in Mile 91
“Okada” rides and blackouts: Adolphus Williams, journalism mentor in Mile 91, Sierra Leone describes his work at Radio Gbafth.  Read more
Community radio breaks down barriers
Sulakshana Gupta on how a new radio show is championing women's issues in Pujehun, Sierra Leone.  Read more
India: Tackling bonded labour
The BBC World Service Trust launches a new radio programme tackling bonded labour in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.  Read more
Chile responds to earthquake and tsunami crisis
After years of building its media sector and disaster preparedness policies, what are the learnings from Santiago to Port-au-Prince? Lisa Robinson reports.  Read more
Delivering a lifeline for Haiti
Lisa Robinson reports on Connexion Haiti, the BBC's emergency lifeline radio programme helping Haitians cope with the effects of the earthquake.   Read more
Iran's information spaces
Can anything be done to prevent repressive governments from taking control of cyberspace? Iran Project Director, Mahmood Enayat gives an insight into the Iranian experience.  Read more
India: risking all to rescue a condom
Sabrina Siddhu reports from Delhi on the India team’s latest phase in the condom normalisation campaign.  Read more
One million calls for Janala
BBC Janala, our innovative English language learning project in Bangladesh, has served a million lessons in just three months.  Read more
Award for Sajha Sawal presenter Narayan Shrestha
Narayan Shrestha, the presenter of Nepal’s popular TV and radio debate show Sajha Sawal, has won Today’s Youth Asia Young Achievers’ Award.  Read more
Wangari Maathai on media and climate change
“I’m going to Copenhagen to talk, which I’m very good at.” Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai discusses public awareness of climate change in Africa with fellow environmentalist, Jonathon Porrit.  Read more
Mobiles offer English lessons to millions in Bangladesh
The BBC World Service Trust has launched an ambitious new multi-platform media project that will harness the latest communications technology for mass education in Bangladesh.  Read more
A decade of change: Talking about safe sex in India
Miss India-Universe, an HIV-positive detective and a puppy named Condom. Explore our India team's ground-breaking work over the past 10 years on combating HIV and AIDS.  Read more
Supporting Palestinian media
Walid Batrawi reports from Ramallah on the challenges and dangers of training journalists in the Palestinian territories.  Read more
Severity of storms catches Vietnam by surprise
As the BBC World Service Trust wraps up its project addressing disaster prevention and preparedness in Vietnam, the country grapples with the severity of recent storms.  Read more
Happy 10th anniversary!
The BBC World Service Trust celebrates its 10th birthday. We feature a selection of stories, photos, audio and video showing the huge impact our work has had - and continues to have - across the world.  Read more
Nepal: question time with the prime minister
Sajha Sawal, Nepal’s ground-breaking debate radio and television show, marks its landmark 100th episode in a special edition with prime minister Madhav Kumar Nepal. The programme editor Ben Williams reports from Kathmandu.  Read more
Countdown to Copenhagen: bridging the development divide
Can the much anticipated Copenhagen summit succeed in brokering a new deal on climate change? Grace Davies reports from a special programme of World Debate co-hosted by the BBC World Service Trust in Stockholm.  Read more
Africa Talks Climate: exposing the information gap on climate change
African citizens are those most affected by climate change and least informed of – and responsible for – its causes, argues a policy briefing by the BBC World Service Trust.  Read more
Uganda’s clampdown threatens open media
Rachael Borlase, an international trainer in Kampala, describes how the Ugandan government’s recent media crackdown is affecting the work of the BBC World Service Trust.  Read more
India: using drama to promote gender equality
The BBC World Service Trust launches Life Gulmohar Style, an ambitious new radio drama in India, focusing on women’s rights and gender issues.  Read more
Strengthening media in southern Iraq
After four successful years, Basra’s Al-Mirbad radio station has taken the first steps towards becoming an independent NGO. Abir Awad reports on a new future.  Read more
Stretching the Darfur Lifeline
David Mowbray, Africa director for the BBC World Service Trust, describes how work is continuing in southern Sudan, despite the challenges of working in the country.  Read more
Coming of age in Afghanistan
After 15 years under the BBC umbrella, Afghan Education Projects has taken the first steps towards becoming an independent NGO.  Read more
Training journalists in Chennai
BBC training services are to continue at the Asian College of Journalism, India.  Read more
New programme raises 100 Doubts in Luanda
A programme aiming to improve government accountability and give a voice to the citizens of Luanda, Angola.  Read more
"Communicating Justice" in West Africa
As former Liberian president Charles Taylor takes the stand at his defence trial, the BBC World Service Trust is supporting West African journalists at The Hague to report on proceedings to audiences in Sierra Leone and Liberia.  Read more
Bangladesh Sanglap: London special
An audience of British-Bangladeshis enjoyed a lively debate at London’s City Hall at a special recording of Bangladesh Sanglap.   Read more
Strengthening media in Bangladesh: The World Debate
A Bangladeshi production team trained by the BBC World Service Trust teamed up with BBC World News to produce the latest edition of the flagship BBC discussion programme  Read more
Media and democracy in fragile states
A joint report with the UK-based Institute of Development Studies is designed to contribute to a more serious and robust research agenda.  Read more
Media and development: a policy priority
Media should be a stronger priority in development strategies, says an independent policy opinion survey from the BBC World Service Trust.  Read more
Mass media and HIV and AIDS in Cambodia
A new report measuring knowledge, attitudes and practices amongst young people finds that mass media is highly effective in providing information about HIV and AIDS to young Cambodians.  Read more
HIV and AIDS prevention in Nigeria
Asabe Sambo conducts peer to peer education work with groups who are highly vulnerable to HIV infection, using media outputs produced by the BBC World Service Trust. This is her story.  Read more
Old City, New Dreams
An urban radio drama targeted at audiences living in rapidly expanding urban areas is the latest production from BBC Afghan Education Projects (AEP).   Read more
Kolkata rocks to concert on disaster preparedness
"Today's preparedness is tomorrow's security" is the message of a free concert featuring popular band Bhoomi to promote disaster preparedness in West Bengal and Orissa.  Read more
Belarus: training journalists of the future
The BBC World Service Trust is supporting a two year international project to support freedom of expression in Belarus through independent broadcasting   Read more
Old Master benefits developing world
The BBC World Service Trust is to be the first international recipient of a portion of funds from the sale of a major painting by 18th century Venetian artist Canaletto.   Read more
Mosquitoes beware: fighting Malaria through film
"The Village Nurse's Charms", a 30 minute film drama targeting key populations with messages about Malaria prevention launched in Cambodia on 18 December  Read more
"Playful yet hard-hitting": Palace of Dreams
A powerful new feature film brings together some of Cambodia's top young actors to promote safe sex and educate young Cambodians about HIV and AIDS  Read more
Left in the dark: The unmet need for information in emergency response
In today’s media-rich world, many of the planet’s poorest still lack access to potentially life-saving information.  Read more
Investing in Africa: what's working?
The Accra High Level Forum (2-4 September 2008), a landmark summit on aid effectiveness, provided the setting and subject for the latest BBC World Debate  Read more
Celebrating creativity: Annual Review 2008
This year's annual review celebrates the creativity and innovation at the heart of all our work  Read more
Romanian documentary wins top TV award
A documentary produced as part of a BBC World Service Trust programme on social integration has won a prestigious television award at the annual SIMFEST festival of local and independent TV in Romania.  Read more
Mobiles are focus of HIV campaign
The BBC World Service Trust is running an innovative ringtone project to promote the use of condoms in India as part of an HIV campaign reaching over 100 million people   Read more
Liberia media training praised by Foreign Secretary
"...in Liberia, thanks to the BBC World Service Trust, 70% of Liberians are now following Charles Taylor's trial in The Hague."  Read more
Burma cyclone: lifeline radio support
Broadcasting emergency radio 'lifeline' support in response to the devastating impact of Cyclone Nargis,  Read more
Major award for HIV and AIDS work
BBC World Service Trust, the international charity of the BBC, has received an award for Business Excellence from GBC (the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), for its work in increasing awareness about HIV and AIDS.  Read more
World Press Freedom Day: Focus on Kenya
Free media critical to Kenya's future, claims research report from BBC World Service Trust.  Read more
Initiative launched to assist media across Africa
As the media landscape across Africa evolves, the Africa Media Initiative will play a large role in assisting that change. If Africa is to move from economic dependency to become a continent of developed and democratic nations, the emergence of independent and vibrant media is essential.  Read more
Strengthening media in Iraq
Media freedom and access to information are of particular significance in countries emerging from conflict, especially if this conflict follows years of oppressive regimes.  Read more
Nigerian media holds government to account
Nigeria scores a dismal 20 out of 100 in the Open Budget Index because the Government provides 'scant or no' information on its budget and financial activities.  Read more
Championing condoms in India
The latest phase of our campaign to normalise condom use in India features an old sport with a new twist. Kabaddi, a game originally from the Indian subcontinent, is being used to champion condoms.   Read more
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