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Can ICTs bring about social change in Africa?

06/14/2012 | Lilly Peel

The Arab Spring created a renewed buzz around the role ICTs and social media play in social change. Panos London’s Clodagh Miskelly and Tim Williams are attending a conference to explore how new technologies are being used in Africa.

Celebrating International Mountains Day

12/11/2011 | Siobhan Warrington

Caring for flocks in the high pastures above Shimshal village, July 2000 - David Butz | Panos London

It is nine years since the International Year of Mountains (2002) when Panos London launched the Mountain Voices website, an online archive of testimonies from some 300 men and women living in mountain communities from 10 countries.

From soldier to civilian: the challenge of reintegration

09/21/2010 | Panos London

Overview Armed conflict is an all too familiar theme for journalists in many parts of Africa and Asia. But what happens when the fighting stops? Do people just put down their guns and go home? Do they even have homes to go to? And how will they make a living and support their families? The…

Ethiopian inequality will widen says climate report

06/14/2010 | Tania Ghosh

A new study predicts the effects of climate change will reduce Ethiopia's economic growth and widen the gap between the country's poorest and richest people by 20 per cent.

From Sahel to New York video

02/10/2010 | Panos London

In 2009 Panos London took an exhibition of photographs and testimonies to the 17th Policy Review session of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development. This short film documents the exhibition, and the photographs, and also highlights how people responded.

Ethiopia’s critical food aid shortfall

07/08/2008 | Tesfalem Waldyes

The G8 says it will tackle food security. But in Ethiopia where millions face hunger, donors have given only a third of the aid money needed.

Diramo: tied to our cattle

09/01/2007 | Panos London

Diramo, who is 70, remembers a time when grass was “the height of a person” and cattle gave plenty of milk. Despite current hardships she is “happy with everything,” particularly with her marriage, children and grandchildren. Her only regret is that she did not have an education. She explains that her community first learned to…

Duba: solutions to problems

09/01/2007 | Panos London

Duba has two wives and 12 children. He remembers a time when raising cattle was productive, but today his community struggles to buy basic necessities. Now” the quantity of milk that we get from a hundred cows… is almost the same as the amount that we got from a single cow in the old days.”…

Gurracha: conflict devastated it

09/01/2007 | Panos London

“Poverty made it die out. Conflict devastated it.” This is how 67-year-old Gurracha says the forest was destroyed in the area that “belonged to our forefathers”. He reflects on the complex process leading to such poverty and devastation and says that there is a “direct relation” between deforestation and desertification. He says agriculture has not…

Huqa: pleasure from family

09/01/2007 | Panos London

Before, says 36-year-old Huqa, “cattle rearing was a reliable venture”. People did not have to search for water and pasture, and even in times of drought water could be found nearby. “In the past animals didn’t die in the dry seasons. They might become weak but they survived until the rains came.” He says that…

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