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Our work

Panos London’s mission is to stimulate informed and inclusive public debate around key development issues in order to foster sustainable and equitable 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.

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Our themes

Climate change


One of the major challenges facing people affected by environmental change, campaigners and decision-makers is a lack of information.


photo: Sven Torfinn Kenya, Nairobi, Kibera slums, June 2007 Woman throwing water away in polluted stream. Waste, washing, hazard, poison. Water quality in many developing countries is not good. Many diseases are a direct or indirect a result of drinking t

The Millennium Development Goals aim to halve the number of people in the world living in extreme poverty by 2015. But questions often surround commitments to fairer policies on debt, aid and trade, and progress towards the goals in many low-income countries is slow.

Public health


Panos London has a 20-year record of innovative communication work in the field of HIV and AIDS. We will continue this work, but also use our insights and experience to address other public health issues.

Information society


We live in a world in which exchanges, flows and consumption of information are central to everything. But many people do not have access to new technologies or essential knowledge.

Human security and migration


Panos London has started working on human security and migration projects which will provide communities with greater opportunities to debate constructively and peacefully the issues that lead to polarisation, racism, violence and extremism.

Communicating research


Our work around communicating research bridges the gaps that prevent important policy-related research findings from reaching wider audiences and influencing policy decisions.

Why communication matters

Communication is at the very heart of development. So why isn’t it on everyone’s agenda? In this section we set out just how vital communication is to long-term, sustainable development.

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Our methods


An oral testimony interview in Sudan's desert region

Panos London ensures that poor and marginalised people have their voices heard.



Exchange of ideas improves decision making and increases accountability.


Two CCMP fellows, Dulamsuren Nyam-Ochir and Deleen Powell, reporting at the Poznan UNFCCC conference in December 2008.

We work to improve media in developing countries.


Charles Kabonero (left) and his colleagues had to flee to Uganda after their independent weekly Umuseso newspaper was banned in their native country. Now working in exile in Kampala, Charles and his colleagues started a new newspaper Newsline.

We work to help increase participation, democracy and accountability through ICT.

Our values


We believe that embracing the views of poor and marginalised people is essential for sustainable and effective development.

Taking part in dialogue and debate contributes to a healthy and vibrant society.


We believe that poor and marginalised people should drive and shape the changes needed to improve their lives.

We enable people to share information and ideas, speak out and be heard.


We believe people need accessible information reflecting a wide range of views.

This allows them to make informed choices about crucial issues that have an impact on their lives.


We respect different views, value local knowledge and encourage a range of approaches in our work worldwide.

We believe that freedom of information and media diversity are essential for development.


We shed light on ignored, misrepresented or misunderstood development issues.

We believe that the views of poor and marginalised people give greater insight into their lives and offer unique perspectives on the challenges they face.

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