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In search of healthy habits in Indonesia

Rain Barrel recently tied the ribbon on an ambitious Social and Behavior Change Communication project to improve the diets and physical fitness of teens in 39 schools in two pilot provinces in Indonesia.  Supporting ongoing UNICEF and government nutrition programs, RBC’s team designed an evidence-based, participatory strategy to engage and motivate young people to embrace […]

Kids to presidential candidates: listen to us!

RBC sends warmest congratulations to UNICEF USA on the launch of their Youth Poll Study along with an urgent call on presidential candidates to take a stand on children’s issues. Rain Barrel is proud to have helped pave the way for this initiative by carrying out the first-ever Situation Analysis of Children’s Rights in the United […]

To fulfill its mission, UN must take care of staff’s mental health

To mark World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10), the UN launched its new website under the banner Mental Health Matters – A Healthy Workforce for a Better World. The site is just one of the tools recommended by Rain Barrel Communication in the design this year of a companion Communication Strategy (blending advocacy and behavior […]

Back to healthy eating for Indonesian teens

By Teresa Stuart Guida Dara and Budi[1], like many Indonesian adolescents, face the double burden of malnutrition. This means that while many girls and boys in Dara and Budi’s junior high school are stunted or thin, an increasing number of others are becoming overweight or obese – a problem now affecting rich and poor nations […]

Mobilizing Smart Responses to Climate Change

An urgent appeal to people working with social and behavior change communication By Tomas Jensen As climate change accelerates and its impact on the planet worsens every day, we, as a species, must act quickly and smartly to bring about massive social and behavior changes that will counter the damage being wrought – and even […]

Groundbreaking Entertainment Education Research in Mozambique

RBC is proud of groundbreaking Entertainment Education research in Mozambique just published by two of our Associates, Amy Henderson Riley and Suruchi Sood, with Massimiliano Sani: https://doi.org/10.1080/10410236.2019.1606137 They examined the impact of Ouro Negro (Black Gold), a serial radio drama designed to change behaviors and social norms around improving children’s health and development. Using qualitative and […]

Getting to know RBC’s newest Senior Advisor

Interview with Tomas Jensen, who will lead our portfolio of Social and Behavior Change Communication projects How does joining RBC fit into your life plan? Joining RBC is a great fit for me and where I am in my life and career. I want to be home-based (Cairns, Australia) because I have a daughter, and […]