THE PANOS INSTITUTES WORK TO ENSURE THAT INFORMATION IS EFFECTIVELY USED TO FOSTER PUBLIC DEBATE, PLURALISM AND DEMOCRACY.
Globally and within nations, Panos works with media and other information actors to enable developing countries to shape and communicate their own development agendas through informed public debate.
| WE FOCUS ON AMPLIFYING THE VOICES
OF THE POOR AND THE MARGINALISED;
TO FOSTER PUBLIC DEBATE, PLURALISM
A world where communities build open, democratic and sustainable societies aimed at social justice, within and between countries, with free and diversified information and communication flows, including an independent and plural media.
VALUES AND BELIEFS
Panos is made up of a global network of autonomous institutes bound together through a shared name and shared values and aims. In fulfilling our mission, our work is explicitly informed by a set of core beliefs and values which we commit to:
- Panos believes that people most affected by global change – often the most marginalised societies and most marginalised peoples within societies – should help shape and drive such change. To achieve this, more balanced information flows between and within societies on issues that affect the poor are urgently needed.
- Panos argues that both freedom and pluralism of information within societies are essential preconditions for sustainable development. It believes in particular that the role of the media is critical in ensuring genuinely democratic public debate.
- Panos holds that information is central to change, and that people need and have a right of access to understandable, relevant and unbiased information in order to be able to take informed action and play an active role as citizens in democratic societies.
- Panos promotes informed inclusive public debate as an essential ingredient in the effective functioning of democratic societies.
- Panos believes in a more equitable world, opposes all forms of discrimination and actively promotes racial and sexual equality.
- Panos believes people have a right to information which enables them to make their own minds up about issues according to their own circumstances, values, cultures and beliefs. At the heart of Panos’ editorial philosophy is a determination to provide information which includes a range of perspectives from different sides in debates.
- Panos believes that analysis and reporting on developing country issues should principally originate from people in these countries. It is committed to producing content which is principally derived from journalists, experts and others from developing countries.
- Panos believes that the process of producing information (such as who produces it, who owns it) is often as important as the information itself.
- Panos is committed to excellence in all that it does, and insists on adhering to the highest standards of integrity, accuracy and authority in its information outputs and activities.
TO PROMOTE RECONCILIATION, DEBATE AND MUTUAL UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN NATIONS AND PEOPLES.
- Panos actively promotes reconciliation, debate and mutual understanding between nations and peoples.
- Panos is entirely independent of any political or religious grouping and from its funding sources and is committed to excellence and innovation in all its activities.
The institutes aim in particular to:
- Encourage and develop innovative information and communications activities and techniques to enable marginalised groups and communities to play an active role in development debates and to foster more democratic societies.
- Stimulate and inform public and policy debate, and to provide authoritative, accessible information on key development and environment issues.
- Support the development of a genuinely plural media, and to contribute to the creation of legal and regulatory environments which nurture development of free, democratic and plural media.
- Provide support and encouragement for both mainstream and alternative media in covering issues of most concern to the poor and marginalised.
- Increase the capacities of media, NGOs and other civil society organisations in developing countries to analyse key environment and development issues for themselves, and to subject national and international policy to a more rigorous, informed and constructive analysis.
- Enable other information actors to communicate the results of this analysis to a wide public, especially via radio and the vernacular press.
TO HELP ARTICULATING MORE EFFECTIVELY THE ASPIRATIONS OF THE PEOPLE, IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESSES.
- Develop with NGOs and media mechanisms for communicating more effectively the aspirations and perceptions of people outside the political elites, and to inject these ideas into national and regional decision-making processes.
- Research and work to strengthen the presence of women in the media/communications fields, with particular emphasis on development and environment communication.
- Provide information channels for South-South and South-North communications.