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Miracle or Menace? Biotech and the Third World

01/08/2013

As the internal combustion engine and electricity transformed life in the 20th century, so revolutionary advances in biotechnology will have an equally profound effect for the 21st century. These advances have vastly increased our power to manipulate the living environment providing opportunities for boosting food production and conquering disease. Biotechnology could provide 28 new vaccines…

Beyond consultation: a guide for commissioners

Policy Briefs | 03/12/2012

Doctor Marita Koumettou with a patient at the Dukes Avenue Practice, an NHS doctor's surgery in North London - Andrew Testa | Panos Pictures

Bringing service users and health staff together to shape and improve services and to identify and test practical changes is no easy task, but it is a valuable process.

CoP 17: What will be achieved – and what to expect?

Media Briefs | 11/21/2011

A young boy looks at a CO2 graph showing the current carbon dioxide concentration and higher projected figure for 2030, at an exhibition about climate change and global warming at the California Academy of Science, San Francisco. Dieter Telemans | Panos Pictures

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) published its agenda for the COP 17 on 19th September 2011. The current agenda has changed little since the COP 16 in Cancun in 2010 and the COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009.

Hungry in the City

Media Briefs | 10/12/2011

Inside a Kampala Slum

Hungry in the City is a collection of stories from people in developing countries around the world who explain how they are surviving in an era of higher food prices, inflation and hunger.

Reporting health research

Case Studies | 07/19/2011

This case study shares recommendations and details the lessons learned during a communications project to improve media reporting on tuberculosis (TB) in Zambia.

Multimedia

Video: Under a Different Sky

Yongmi Park grew up in North Korea, but now lives in the north of England with her family. In this nine minute film Mrs Park describes the circumstances leading up to her forced marriage in China, and how on escape, she was sentenced to hard labour in North Korea. This is her story of survival.

Posters & stories from Beyond Consultation

During the Beyond Consultation project participants from an African women’s group and a group for young African men who have sex with men produced some materials intended to communicate their views, concerns and priorities to NHS staff from sexual health and HIV services. These posters and short audio and video clips were intended as conversation…

Communication at the heart of change

Communication at the heart of change explains the essential role that information and communication plays in development.

Awash with climate change

This is a brief video with four of the journalists from the Climate Change Media Partnership that went to the UN climate summit (COP15), in Copenhagen in 2009 about their impressions of the conference.

Media briefs

CoP 17: What will be achieved – and what to expect?

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) published its agenda for the COP 17 on 19th September 2011. The current agenda has changed little since the COP 16 in Cancun in 2010 and the COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009.

Hungry in the City

Hungry in the City is a collection of stories from people in developing countries around the world who explain how they are surviving in an era of higher food prices, inflation and hunger.

A journalist’s guide to reporting research findings

This guide provides practical tips and guidance for journalists and editors interested in publishing stories based on development research findings.

Breaking barriers: Women in a man’s world

Panos London presents six case studies of women who are defying stereotypes to tackle poverty and gender inequality in developing countries.

Dams and development

The topic guide considers areas of potential conflict between countries, concerns over policy guidelines regarding dam building and the socio-economic impact of displacement.

Beyond the financial crisis

The World Bank says the international financial crisis will plunge a further 64 million people into extreme poverty in 2010. Our media brief explores how economic growth impacts people’s lives.

Wave power: Radio and the MDGs

Wave Power showcases four community radio projects helping to tackle the Millennium Development Goals in developing countries

Climate change and livelihoods

Overview This week world leaders are meeting at the United Nations’ climate change summit to discuss the best ways to mitigate the effects of climate change. Current research indicates that it will be people living in developing countries that will bear the brunt of climate change. This topic guide offers insights for journalists interested in…

Forced migration

Overview Since the end of the Cold War, forced migration has been a phenomenon largely affecting developing countries. By the end of 2008, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) reported that globally there were 15.2 million refugees and 26 million internally displaced people (IDPs). The sheer magnitude of the numbers of refugees and…

Reporting research: using evidence for effective journalism

Overview Researchers working for universities, governments or private companies are doing vital investigation into issues – such as clean water, food security and sexual health – that directly affect the everyday life of people around the world. However they often communicate the results only to other researchers. Research findings can create powerful stories for news…

Feeling the pinch: impacts of the financial crisis on developing countries

Overview According to recent studies it is the world’s poorest who will be hit hardest by the global recession. There have been many reports on how developed countries have been affected by the current financial crisis, but new research, which has come out in the past few months, has shown how the global downturn is…

From soldier to civilian: the challenge of reintegration

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…

Men who have sex with men and HIV policies in developing countries

Overview Leaders from around the world will meet in Vienna to attend the XVIII International AIDS conference this month. The overarching theme of the conference, cited on the website, is the “emphasis on the importance of protecting and promoting human rights as a prerequisite to a successful response to HIV”. The conference is particularly focused…

Research makes the news

Research into development issues is not an end in itself. If knowledge created by researchers is shared and debated publicly, it is more likely to be adopted by policymakers and practitioners. Too many research reports sit on library shelves gathering dust. Today there is growing recognition of the importance of research uptake.

Reporting REDD

Reporting REDD is a new media pack aiming to give journalists an overview of a vital issue in global climate change negotiations. REDD – reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries – is a proposed mechanism to slow the loss of forests, but how it

Policy briefs

Beyond consultation: a guide for commissioners

Bringing service users and health staff together to shape and improve services and to identify and test practical changes is no easy task, but it is a valuable process.

Why the media matters in a warming world

Climate change journalism can protect people and promote development. This policy briefing explains how supporting journalists can help countries to implement policies that work, while meeting their international obligations.

ICTs and development in Zambia

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly important in achieving development goals and promoting citizen participation in the southern Africa country of Zambia.

Realising the potential of ICTs in Tanzania

Tanzania is including ICTs in their national development plans to help achieve their development goals and increase citizen participation.

The challenge of digital inclusion in Mozambique

Mozambique was one of the first African countries to have a national policy aimed at maximising the contribution of ICTs. Our policy brief explores the achievements and weaknesses of the policy.

ICTs and development in Zambia:
challenges and opportunities

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are increasingly important in achieving development goals and promoting citizen participation. Zambia is one of a number of countries in the Southern African region that have sought to include ICTs in their national development plans.

Seen and heard

Children have a key role in supporting families and communities affected by HIV and AIDS, yet their views and contributions are often ignored. This paper examines issues in children’s participation in responses to HIV and AIDS.

Up in smoke?

An ongoing series of reports exploring the key environment and development issues that are emerging across the globe as climate change begins to bite.

From words to action

Part of the Growing pains series, this paper challenges policymakers to find practical means to support children in the face of poverty and AIDS.

Making poverty the story

Many international donors are yet to appreciate that a vibrant, independent media sector is essential for development and needs support.

At the heart of change

In this landmark publication Panos London sets out our vision for the role of communication in long-term, sustainable development.

What the papers aren’t saying

Despite being the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, this study shows that media coverage of TB remains minimal or non-existent.  

Speaking freely, being strong

Social movements have brought energy, vitality and self-defined change to local, national and international responses to HIV and AIDS. 

We are one but we are many

This paper weaves together recent research about social movements, public debate and communication, making the case for analysing social movements within communications and social change frameworks.

Whatever the weather

The media play an important role in stimulating discussion in developing countries. Yet this study shows it has a poor understanding of climate change and expresses little interest in it. 

Case studies

Reporting health research

This case study shares recommendations and details the lessons learned during a communications project to improve media reporting on tuberculosis (TB) in Zambia.

All together now: oral testimony, theatre, media, debate

This case study explores how communication activities helped a marginalised community in Pakistan to speak out against the pollution ruining their lives.

Reporting tax research

This case study describes some of the methods and activities developed by the RELAY programme, applied to Kenyan governance and tax.

At the heart of change

In this landmark publication Panos London sets out our vision for the role of communication in long-term, sustainable development.