Episode 13: Media for Development in Bangladesh


This week we are speaking with BBC Media Action Bangladesh about Media for Development in Bangladesh.

Joining us is Richard Lace, the Country Director in Bangladesh. Richard has worked in media and development for 15 years, in Europe and Africa as well as Bangladesh. He has been leading the BBC Media Action office in Bangladesh since early 2014, and leads a team of 80 staff to deliver media and communications projects that aim to improve family health, enable people hold their leaders accountable, and help people improve their economic security and preparedness for disaster. Prior to becoming Country Director, Richard led BBC Media Action Bangladesh’s projects on climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction, including initiating, developing and delivering the Amrai Pari project.

We are also joined by Research Manager Arif Al Mamun. Arif has worked with BBC Media Action in Bangladesh since 2009, and currently manages the in-country research, monitoring and evaluation programme in the Bangladesh office. He specialises in quantitative research and has successfully delivered formative and evaluative studies for large-scale, donor-funded programmes in health, governance and resilience themes. Arif was the Bangladesh lead for the innovative and ambitious Climate Asia research programme, working on study design and delivery as well as analysing the study results to build a comprehensive picture of how different groups of people in Bangladesh live and deal with climate change, environmental issues and extreme weather. As such, he has an in-depth understanding of the socio-economic factors that underpin communities’ responses to climate change in Bangladesh; and strong insights into how media and communications can be used to help improve climate resilience in the country.

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Follow BBC Media Action on Facebook: @bbcmediaaction

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Discover the work of BBC Media Action Bangladesh on their website.

Read What matters? The Rohingya crisis, one year on, a blog post by Richard Lace on the importance of communication in humanitarian response.

Go to What Matters? The BBC Media Action Community feedback summaries to learn more about the response to their efforts in Cox’s Bazar.

Discover examples of the community-facing media products produced by BBC Media Action to explain cyclone warning signals in Cox’s Bazar: CXB multimedia: Explaining the cyclone warning signals.

Read an evaluation of some BBC Media Action work in Cox’s Bazar in the Evaluation and Information Needs Update.

Read the BBC Media Action report on gender-based violence in Cox’s Bazar, Violence against women within the Rohingya refugee community: prevalence, reasons and implications for communication.

Learn more about one of the organisations that BBC Media Action partner with, Translators Without Borders and the work that they are doing with the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Watch How a TV show in Bangladesh helps improve people’s resilience a short clip about Amrai Pari, the project by BBC Media Action to help people in Bangladesh to prepare for and respond to extreme weather and natural disasters.

Learn more about the impact of the Amrai Pari project in the BBC Media Action report Strengthening resilience through media in Bangladesh.

Read Can a health drama and discussion show affect the drivers of behaviour change? The BBC Media Action report on using media to improve maternal and newborn health in Bangladesh.

Follow Hello Check! an audience-facing youth brand by the BBC Media Action Bangladesh and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).