Panos London’s mission is to stimulate informed and inclusive public debate around key development issues in order to foster sustainable development.
Our aim is to ensure that the perspectives of the people whose lives are most affected by development (mainly the poor and marginalised) are included within decision-making and that decisions are subject to their scrutiny and debate. We are working to promote an enabling media and communications environment worldwide.
From the Executive Director
Welcome to Panos London’s Annual Review, which gives only a flavour of our innovative, wide-ranging work in 2010 to amplify the voices of poor and marginalised people and stimulate informed and inclusive debates around the world. Our ambition is to become one of the world’s leading communication for development organisations, empowering people to push for the change they consider necessary. I am very pleased that last year we maintained a high level of activities with direct programme expenditure rising by three per cent to reach over £3.5 million.
I’m also very proud of the quality of our work, and was delighted when an independent evaluation commissioned in 2010 by the UK’s Department for International Development concluded that Panos ‘clearly makes a difference to people’s lives even when it does not set out to have an impact on predetermined development goals.’ Our media capacity building ‘increased coverage of development issues … reaching millions of viewers, listeners and readers’ and our articles and publications were singled out as ‘a source of quality development content, packaged to the highest standards’. The evaluation highlighted the multiple impacts Panos had on policy-making, and our key advocacy role in promoting the importance of information and communication in building sustainable development.
Despite these achievements, however, 2010 proved a very disappointing year financially. Funding decisions by major donors driven by changing priorities, and the impact of the worldwide economic recession, led to a 15 per cent fall in income from 2009. An organisational restructuring saw us taking painful decisions in 2010–11 which resulted in a smaller staff team.
We are confident, nonetheless, that these timely changes will allow us to deliver our existing projects and expand our pipeline of new ones at a time when the challenges faced by poor people in the world are even more acute.
As we enter the final years for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, several targets remain off track for completion by 2015. I remain convinced of the vital importance of Panos’s mission because the MDGs can only ever be achieved with a much deeper and more profound engagement of those in whose name they are established.
Against that backdrop I would like to take the opportunity to thank each of our donors for their ongoing commitment to our work; and invite you to find out more, and to support us, at: www.panos.org.uk