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Anatomy of a Consultancy: Reversing Moldova’s Decline in Immunization

By Paula Claycomb and Tess Stuart Editor’s Note: Rain Barrel has deepened its expertise around behavior and social change policy development through a series of contracts, mostly through UNICEF and its Communications for Development (aka C4D) staff. Our consultancies have involved intense interactions with UNICEF country offices and governments in Nepal, Timor Leste, Kyrgyzstan, South […]

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Cartoon Network steps up its Zika campaign with Rain Barrel assistance

Rain Barrel is pleased that Cartoon Network Latin America, together with its campaign partners PAHO/WHO and UNICEF, are continuing to reach out to young people to help control the spread of the Zika virus. Please see the press release below that describes the new phase of the Zika campaign. We are proud of our role […]


Note to President Trump on Speaking the Language of Social Justice and Development

“Social Justice” is part of Rain Barrel’s tagline.  It’s there for a reason.  It’s the language we speak.  It’s part of our DNA.  It infuses our work with UN agencies, NGOs, governments, academia and the private sector. We work with words and images and use them carefully, very conscious of their power. Much of what […]


Getting a scientific message across means taking human nature into account

by Rose Hendricks Ph.D. Candidate in Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego ​Published on The Conversation on January 10, 2017 Editor’s note: Every day, we at Rain Barrel puzzle over the best way to convey valuable information to people so as to effect change. For us, communication is the confluence of art and science. This […]

Writers Resist!

Out of love and respect for words, Robert and I rallied on the steps of the New York Public Library on January 15​​ at a Writers Resist event organized by PEN. As communicators and writers, we share the deep concern that freedoms of the press and speech are under assault by the President-elect and his […]

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David Beckham highlights UNICEF’s violence against children campaign

On December 5, UNICEF launched a powerful public service announcement (see below) featuring the soccer hero David Beckham’s tattoos. Beckham, better known as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, reveals the range of violence against children through the animation of his elaborate body art. The PSA is the latest chapter in the global campaign END Violence against […]