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13th February: what’s in a date?

02/13/2012 | Tim Williams

The location of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris - Tim Williams | Panos London

Tim Williams had the pleasure of voting through the proposal for World Radio Day at the UNESCO general conference. But who would have guessed that establishing a date would be such a diplomatic minefield?

Democracy “is a farce” in Manipur polls

01/27/2012 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Villagers cast their vote amidst high security in the polling station in Moirang. About 62 percent of the 802,000 registered voters voted in an incident-free second phase of Lok Sabha (Lower House of Parliament) elections for the Inner Manipur parliamentary constituency on April 22nd 2009 - Sanjit Das | Panos Pictures

The culture of elections in the state is of bribery, corruption and proxy voting. Democracy – which is based on people electing their own representatives – has become a farce of money power and muscle power.

The biggest challenge is apathy

01/23/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Efforts are on to raise awareness among Dalit and tribal people -mostly women - of Kaudikasa to know and cliam their rights - Stella Paul | Panos London

Bhan returns with a blog for us about social change in rural India and how this can come about by claiming ownership over community affairs.

People hope for change as elections approach

01/20/2012 | Maimoona Shahzadi

Maimoona teaching her class - Rina Saeed Khan | Panos London

We are not as politically aware, we mostly watch Pakistan state TV and there is not too much news on this channel. But even though the people are not following the news avidly, there is uncertainty in the air. And people do want change now.

“What women need is economic independence”

01/04/2012 | Bhan Sahu

Bhan Sahu

In her first blog, Bhan Sahu tells us about rural entrepreneurs in the Indian village of Vihiri, who are taking their futures in their own hands.

Conflict Widows’ Forum protest against violence

11/16/2011 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Widows campaign against conflict in Manipur - Takhelchangbam Ambravati | Panos London

The level of violence in Manipur – both within and outside the family – is immense. So even though we have a deep conviction that our work will make a difference, our faith is put to the test many times.

South Sudan takes final steps to statehood

07/08/2011 | Paul Jimbo

The Republic of South Sudan will celebrate its independence on July 9, 2011

Juba, the capital city of the world’s newest nation, the Republic of South Sudan, has spent the months leading to its independence celebrations undergoing a $60m facelift.

Protestors, power and mega-dams

03/25/2011 | Tania Ghosh

Mega-dams have caused controversy around the world. The Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric project, being constructed in Arunachal Pradesh, North-east India is no exception.

Uganda’s elections: a game of football?

02/18/2011 | Richard Kavuma

Richard M Kavuma offers a compelling insight into the Ugandan election campaign of February 2011, which Yoweri Museveni won by 68% of the vote, asking whether the best team is going to win, or whether it’s simply a case of the match being rigged.

Southern Sudanese celebrate referendum result

01/31/2011 | Paul Jimbo

In Southern Sudan, preliminary referendum results point to 99 per cent of those polled voting to split from the North. Paul Jimbo has spoken to voters in the Warrap and West Bahr al Ghazal states about their hopes for the future. 

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