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

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

Panos London supports the media sector and works with journalists to foster debate

The media is the main source of information for most people in the world. In our report At the heart of change we identified four key elements needed for a healthy media able to hold governments to account and promote debate and change in society:

  • Media freedom
  • A sustainable media infrastructure
  • Journalistic skills, professionalism and resources
  • Media content drawn from diverse sources and reflecting a full range of views, including those of marginalised groups.

We support journalists and the media in developing countries because no other sector of society has such a profound and sustainable effect on the quantity and quality, diversity and freedom of information and communication.

  • We continue to put in substantial work to building journalistic skills and diversity of media content, working with the rest of the Panos Network and other partners
  • We are developing our expertise in media freedom and media sustainability issues to support and develop business models that can sustain public interest content
  • We will continue our research and advocacy promoting the crucial role of the media in development.

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Thanks to Panos, I am now seen and heard

Stella Paul | Panos London

Bhan Sahu, Indian social activist describes how her blogs for Panos have inspired her son to help stop migration from her village.

Comic book hero for Kenya’s Twitter generation

Boyie - aka DJ B - Malika, Maria Kim and Charlie Pele are the characters behind the fictional world of Shujaaz, bringing advice and information to young Kenyans

They say you shouldn’t change a winning formula. Sex sells – it’s been doing it for Hollywood, Bollywood and Nollywood for decades. And it goes for development too.
Lilly Peel finds out how.

The world’s biggest school lunch programme

Children sit down to their midday meal at a school in Andhra Pradesh - Sean Sprague | Panos Pictures

India’s pledge to feed its hungry children sees it dishing up to 120 million school dinners a day. On World Food Day we visit Akshaya Patra, a charity helping deliver the world’s biggest school lunch programme.

Concours: gagnez la chance de participer à la COP 18

participer à la compétition de TerrAfrica et Voices4Climate pour avoir la chance de gagner un voyage à COP18 à Doha

Avez-vous une histoire à raconter sur le changement climatique? Voulez-vous assister à la Conférence des Nations Unies sur les changements climatiques (COP 18) à Doha, au Qatar pour faire les reportages sur les événements avec TerrAfrica Green Radio? Si la réponse est oui, alors lisez la suite!

Competition: win a trip to COP18

Enter the TerrAfrica Voices4Climate podcast competition for the chance to travel to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar

Do you have a story to tell about climate change? Would you like to attend the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 18) in Doha, Qatar, to cover the events for TerrAfrica Green Radio? If the answer is yes, then read on!

Mali: small steps to women’s economic empowerment

Members of a local women's group (Association des Femmes) stand outside their office in Sévaré, Mali - Neil Cooper | Panos Pictures

Women traditionally cannot own land in Mali, making it hard for rural women to earn money. Kaidia explains how the women’s association in her village helps women earn money and distributes loans.

‘Dazzle me’ editor tells climate change reporters

Journalist fellows on a visit to the Nepali Times office in Kathmandu - Magdalena Rossman | Panos London

As climate change is pulled down the news agenda, how do journalists in countries most affected by climate change get their readers excited about the topic?

Is free education failing Kenya’s children? A mother’s dilemma

A student at a public primary school in Kenya takes notes during a lesson - Adrian Gathu | Panos London

Children enjoy free primary schooling in Kenya. Yet many fail basic literacy tests and corruption has affected schools. Journalist and mother Audrey Wabwire explores the problems in this audio report.

Gender equality starts at home

A group of young people from tribal areas who want to bring about social change without violence - Stella Paul | Panos London

What’s the best way to engage young people in social movements and politics? Bhan Sahu explains the small steps helping to create a new generation of leaders who want to change the system from the bottom upwards.

Community gardens boost self-sufficiency in Argentina

Mario Benito admires one of his latest devices for his allotment -. This stack of plastic bottles allows him to grow multiple plants in a small space - Ana Bell | Panos London

A national organic gardening scheme in Argentina has been a huge success, providing fresh fruit and vegetables to 3.3 million people across the country. With food prices rising around the globe, Ana Bell meets local gardeners in Buenos Aires to hear their stories of self-sufficiency.

Mali: rains bring hope to villagers – for now

A woman harvests her family's sorghum and millet crops, with her baby on her back. Sorghum is the staple crop in Kaidia's village - Rhodri Jones | Panos Pictures

So far the rains have been good and Kaidia has started planting crops for the next season. But without a bull to help plough her land she has to choose between sowing the seeds late or sowing them without ploughing.

Tax matters: is tax the key to development?

Henry D. Snorton, senior tax collector in Liberia's Margibi County, explains the difficulties of his job: "We have absolutely nothing: no decent office furniture, no telephones, no typewriters, not even a motorbike to collect tax in remote areas. Our collectors sometimes walk for a whole day to visit one taxable. Many villages cannot be reached by road" - Jan Banning | Panos Pictures

Would a tax on mobile phones boost or hamper development? Are governments spending the tax that they do raise wisely? What can ordinary citizens do to hold their governments to account? Read on to find out.

The village women who dare to bring change

Bhan Sahu (second from left) with her mother, nieces and neighbours' children - Stella Paul | Panos London

Bhan believes you can’t wait for the government to change society – change needs to start with individuals. She tells us about three ordinary women who are challenging traditions in their villages.

Children fall ill as hunger persists

Two boys from Gwelekoro village return with sticks collected for firewood. Kaidia says children fall ill more often due to malnutrition - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

In Kaidia’s latest blog she tells us that children are the worst affected by the hungry season. Malnutrition means they are more susceptible to illnesses, such as relapses of malaria, and are unable to work in the fields to sow the next season’s crops.

Seeking a new state for the powerless

Power to the people: Mary Madiga addresses a Telengana rally - Telengana Mahajena Mahila Samakhya

“We have no land, no education and little power to make decisions. So, we don’t have a voice.” In her own words, our blogger Mary Madiga explains why she has joined a movement fighting for a new state: Telangana.

‘To tell you the truth we are starving’

Kaidia Samaké sits outside her home in Gwelekoro with her children and grandchildren - Soumaila T Diarra | Panos London

For almost a year we have been following the life of Kaidia Samaké who lives in the village of Gwelekoro in Mali. With a food crisis currently sweeping the Sahel, Kaidia’s blogs trace how the annual ‘hungry season’ intensified, pushing her family and other villagers to the brink of starvation.

Olympic triumph unites communities in troubled Manipur

Mary Kom trains with her students at her non-profit boxing accademy in Manipur - Anjulika Thingnam | Panos London

The London Olympics are over but the athletes’ achievements have the potential to leave a lasting legacy. Mary Kom, a flyweight boxer from Manipur in north-east India, didn’t win gold – yet her performance inspired her state and her country.

India’s women boxers come out fighting

Girls line up in front of boxing coach Razia Shabnam for a training session in the park - Suzanne Lee | Panos London

Flyweight boxer and Olympic bronze medalist, Mary Kom, is a hero to many aspiring boxers in Kolkata. Ranjita Biswas visits a poor neighbourhood of the city where boxing has given young women the confidence to challenge social norms.

Media and governance: what the academics say

Two men read newspapers on the street of Lagos, Nigeria, on the day of presidential elections - Jacob Silberberg | Panos Pictures

Is there a link between the media and good governance? Development communications consultant and Panos London governing board trustee, Mary Myers, gives us a who’s who line-up of academics whose work gets to the heart of the matter.

Living with HIV in Africa: personal stories

Aliness Munyanta is HIV positive but her daughter is not, thanks to drugs that help prevent mother to child transmission - Richard Mulonga | Panos London

What does it mean to live with HIV and AIDS in the developing world? With the International AIDS Conference in full swing this week, we have put together a collection of stories and first-person accounts from courageous men and women in Africa who are tackling their HIV status.

Enterprise: the key to survival in Dadaab

Refugees walk along the main street in Hagadera camp in Dadaab - Piers Benatar | Panos Pictures

Dadaab refugee complex in north eastern Kenya is home to nearly half a million people. Unable to leave the camps without travel permits and unable to officially work due to Kenyan employment laws, many residents have turned entrepreneur to survive.

Refugee turns web designer in world’s largest camp

Piers Benatar | Panos London

Mohammed Bashir Sheik has never left Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee complex, but that hasn’t stopped him learning how to create and host websites, set up a small business and teach others how to use computers.

Reframing Africa’s story

A sign outside a radio station in Niger. The African Diaspora media wants to show an alternative to the story of Africa a place of poverty, hunger and conflict - Jacob Silberberg | Panos Pictures

Panos London’s senior media advisor took part in a debate on the African Diaspora media. Panellists and the audience discussed the role the African Diaspora media has to play in challenging the traditional narrative of Africa as a place of war, poverty and hunger.

Can ICTs bring about social change in Africa?

A woman takes a picture with her mobile phone of anti-Gaddafi protestors in Libya - Sven Torfin | Panos Pictures

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.

Tunisia’s post-revolution media frustrated by lack of change

At UNESCO’s annual conference to mark World Press Freedom Day - Tim Williams | Panos London

Tim Williams travelled to Tunis to attend UNESCO’s conference marking World Press Freedom Day. He met dissident Bahraini bloggers and young Tunisian journalists, frustrated at the slow pace of change.