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Linking southern journalists

The focus of this project is to increase the availability of original, high-quality articles and broadcasts about life in developing countries written by local journalists. The coverage will include the opinions and voices of those most affected by issues such as climate change, HIV and AIDS, and trade.

The project aims to nurture and support up-and-coming journalists in developing countries to contribute stories to the media in UK, Spain, Sweden and Poland.


  • Improve quantity, quality and diversity of reporting on development issues by Southern journalists to cater for European media and their audiences
  • Encourage journalism that includes the voices of people living in developing countries who are most affected by issues such as climate change, poverty and HIV and AIDS
  • Strengthen public support for the Millennium Development Goals agenda with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa



Panos London has supported hundreds of Southern journalists to increase their editorial skills to the point where they can now report for international publications, as well as giving them the technical knowledge required to report in-depth and at length about complex development topics.

Click on a pointer on the map to find out more about some of them:

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You can also read the latest updates for more work by these journalists and others.


Panos London’s journalists are commissioned on a regular basis to produce quality articles and radio features in a range of formats. This includes photo diaries, features, comment, blogs, oral testimonies and interviews with people who may not get their voice heard on international issues.

The project targets European media in 4 countries, with staff in London and media consultants in each country forming the Panos London project team.

David Dahmen – Sweden

David Dahmen has been reporting on development issues for over 30 years, having travelled widely in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Following a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and International relations, David joined various newspapers and news agencies, also acting as a Press Officer with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and Swedish Save the Children for a number of years. Since 1998, David is a freelance reporter/photographer at Mosebacke Media, a network of journalists, specializing in global environment issues.

Karin Elfving – Sweden

Karin Elfving recently returned to Sweden after four years of service at the Swedish International Development Agency in Bamako and at Panos Institute West Africa in Dakar. Previously Karin has also been living in Senegal working for the Senegalese newspaper, Info7. As an independent freelance journalist she writes features from Sweden, West Africa and Latin America. Karin is specialized in issues touching upon gender, post-colonial relations, migration and cultural transformations.

Carles Casals – Spain

Carles Casals (Barcelona, 1961) is a journalist who specialises on development issues. He has been working for Spanish NGOs – Intermon-Oxfam, Jesuit Refugee Service and Save the Children –  as writer and press officer for more than 25 years. He is the author of two books (in Spanish): La Globalización, apuntes a un fenómeno que está cambiando nuestras vidas (2001), which was about globalisation; and Expulsados de su Tierra (2004) about Internally Displaced People around the world. For the past six years he has also taught journalism at a private university in Barcelona. He has previously worked for the Panos Institute – from 1997 till 2000 – on the News from the South project.

Iwona Kadluczka – Poland

Iwona Kadluczka joined Panos London in September 2010 as Media Consultant for Poland. She is also working as Foreign News Correspondent for a leading Polish newspaper publisher Agora SA. Following graduation from the BA Course in Journalism and Social Communication at prestigious Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, in 2006, Iwona moved to London to fulfil her dream of becoming an international journalist. She has been working for various Polish outlets since then. She was professionally trained with the Daily Mirror and recently graduated from MA Journalism Course at London College of Communication, UAL.


Anna Egan – UK
Anna Egan joined Panos London in 2004 as radio editor. Before Panos, Anna was reporter and producer at the BBC Radio 4 magazine programmes Woman’s Hour and You and Yours. As a news reporter she  trained with the Newcastle Chronicle and Journal and the Surrey Mirror. Previous charity work includes two years as coordinator of the UK digital television channel the Community Channel.

Lilly Peel – UK
Lilly Peel joined the Panos London editorial team in 2009. Before joining Panos she worked as a reporter on the business desk of The Times in London. Lilly worked for two years as a feature writer and editor for The Statesman in Kolkata, following a year as an associate director for a PR company in Delhi specialising in health issues. Before moving to India she worked as a senior reporter on The Argus in Brighton.

Primary project contact

For further details about the project contact Tia Jeewa at Panos London

Funded by Europeaid and Sida:

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Latest updates

I am committed to blog on

Mary Madiga’s blogs aimed at a global audience have made people listen in her own state for the first time.

Thanks to Panos, I am now seen and heard

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

Breaking rocks to pay her school fees

Like many Liberians, Mercy Womeh missed several years of education as a result of the 14-year civil war. She is now 18 and determined to complete her final two years of schooling. To fund her education, she crushes rocks.

The world’s biggest school lunch programme

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.

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.

Community gardens boost self-sufficiency in Argentina

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.

Children fall ill as hunger persists

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.

‘To tell you the truth we are starving’

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.

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.

Mali villagers too hungry to fast for Ramadan

Women in Gwelekoro village, where Kaidia Samaké lives, pound cereals. This year the harvest was poor due to lack of rain and the amount of food they were able to store has already run out - Andrew Esiebo | Panos London

As the food crisis worsens in Mali, our blogger Kaidia Samaké fears she will not be able to fast for all of Ramadan because she does not have the nutritious food needed to to break her fast when the sun goes down each evening.

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.

‘Land and natural resources must belong to the people’

Villagers take part in a non-violent march to demand their rights to land and resources - Ekta Parishad

In her latest blog Bhan Sahu tells us about a non-violent civil resistance movement, inspired by Gandhi, which aims to bring about social and land reform in India.

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.

Indian men increasingly opt to be sterilised

Jag Roshan Sharma wanted a vasectomy in order to pay his children’s school fees. The choice to limit the family sizes is increasingly common and cash incentives are offered to women living below the poverty line to use birth control.

Refugee turns web designer in world’s largest camp

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.

Headteacher faces down the Taliban

'Educate one girl and you educate a household' teacher Gul-e-Khandana saved her school from the Taliban - Muhammed Furqan | Panos London

Gul-e-Khandana, headteacher of a girls’ school in rural Pakistan, challenged the Taliban soldiers who came to destroy her school. Our journalist Rina speaks to her about the importance of educating girls.

Compensation for rape victims, or justice?

Detail from a poster made by WAD (Women Action for Development), the organisation that Ambra works for - Thingnam Anjulika Samom | Panos London

A new government scheme that has been recently rolled out in Manipur offers rape victims a chance to apply for financial compensation. However, Ambra fears that while the scheme will help women financially it won’t help to bring them justice and that rapists will walk free.

Escaping São Paulo’s drug gangs

Marcos at the soccer field of the São Paulo neighborhood - Lilo Clareto | Panos London

Marcos Lopes tells his story of reform, from being the leader of a street gang to leaving that life and reaching out to help others like him.

Afghan mothers at risk with every birth

38 years old Fariba holds her a year and half years old boy while putting down a sleep her youngest son Mustafa who was born a month ago in her home in Kabul - Farzana Wahidy | Panos London

Aunohita speaks to mothers, NGO workers and the Deputy Minister of Health in Afghanistan to examine the strains placed on women in the family – fertility, contraception and social pressures.

Kashmir’s children pay the price of conflict

Shabir and his family - Raashid Bhat | Panos London

Unexploded ordnance is a very real problem for people living in rural Kashmir. Shabir lost his brother to a discarded army shell, and has received only a very small amount in compensation for his own injuries including the loss of his leg.

From ridicule to fulfillment; ‘I have made the journey’

Ambra showing her son's high school marks - Thingnam Anjulika Samom | Panos London

Talking of her own ‘journey from victimhood to self-reliance,’ Ambra blogs about how a moment of determination was the turning point for her and her sons.

Gender equality in Rwanda from the grassroots up

Farmers with the fruit trees they have been given by the organisation SDA (Service au Developpement des Association) - Dieter Telemans | Panos Pictures

Women are rebuilding Rwanda from the grassroots to the highest tiers of parliament. Local journalist Didier speaks to grassroots leaders, university academics, schoolgirls and charity leaders to find out what has changed since 1994 and how they see their future.

Mali rebellion stirs fear in rural villages

Armed Tuareg man herding sheep in this remote and insecure area north of Gao - Crispin Hughes | Panos Pictures

As rebel groups in Mali combine to announce an independent Sharia state after the recent Northern coup, Kaidia voices her fears about her future in the south of Mali.

Controversy as methadone treatment reaches Manipur

People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) and relatives lighting candles - Thingnam Anjulika | Panos London

Ambra blogs about some controversial topics around treating people with drug dependencies in Manipur. Also, a new initiative looks to diagnose HIV in infants as early as possible.

When people starve they do things they know are bad for them

Kaidia holds some néré pods - Soumaila T Diarra | Panos London

“We know we are destroying our environment… but we don’t have any choice.”

This project increases the availability of original, high-quality features on development by building long-term, working relationships between southern journalists and European editors.


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