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The four African Panos Institutes, PIWA/IPAO, PEA, PSAf & PGL, recently engaged in an initiative where over 30 Africa and international media experts and civil society actors met in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, to discuss and formulate an African advocacy programme. The intent is to have ‘’Free Media and Access to Information’’ established as a clear development goal in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), being formulated to replace the Millennium development Goals (MDGs), at the end of 2015.

The initiative spearheaded by the Global Forum on Media Development (GFMD) and the African Media Initiative resulted in ‘’The Nairobi Declaration on the Post 2015 Development Agenda’’ signed by 33 African and International Media and Civil Society Organizations.

Our critical concern in pushing for a separate goal for ‘’Free Media and Access to Information’’ in the SDGs is the realization that where as sustainable development depends on informed participation of people in governance processes and decision making –the public’s right to access information is increasingly being politicised globally but specially in Africa.

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PANOS CARIBBEAN, IN ASSOCIATION WITH COMMONWEATLH OF LEARNING (COL), IS OFFERING A JOURNALIST FELLOWSHIP.

Duration of Fellowship: The Journalist Fellowship Programme will run from 02 January 2015 to 30 April 2015

Deadline for Application: 15 December 2014

Who can Apply: Staff and freelance journalists, including editors and columnists, as well as journalism students from across the Caribbean

Aim: The Journalist Fellowship Programme is intended to:

  • Clarify Learning for Development (L4D), Communication for Development (C4D) and Open and Distance Learning (ODL) concepts for journalists.

  • Identify the links between L4D, ODL and key social issues affecting the Caribbean population and contribute to popularising the concepts in the public sphere.

  • Promote ODL among Caribbean journalists.

Every person has their own sphere of influence, within which they can choose to build or destroy society. Within our spheres of influence, we impart our ways of thinking, be it positive or negative. Most of the time, we unconsciously influence people to see the world through our eyes, imparting our prejudices and stereotypes.

It is in this way that intolerance of any form actually gets transferred and shared with others. Without realising it, people share their negative feelings towards other religions, thereby influencing intolerance towards those "other" religions.

Without realising, people share their negative opinions about other races and advance negativity towards other races.

The Panos Network is a grouping of six autonomous regional Institutes.

  • Committed to 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,
  • with a shared mission, to ensure that information and communication are effectively used to foster public debate, pluralism and democracy within and between countries,
  • working with media and other information actors to enable people and communities to shape and communicate their own development agendas,
  • amplifying the voices of the vulnerable, marginalised and excluded people.

Haitian artists unite, singing to raise awareness against climate change. Listen to their new song and watch the video, NOU AN DANJE ("WE ARE IN DANGER"), released yesterday. ATIS POU ANVIWÒNMAN is a project by PANOS CARIBBEAN, in collaboration with Haiti's ministry of environment, UNDP, the Audubon Society in Haiti (ASH) and Haiti's civil society platform on climate change (PSC-CC - Plateforme de la société civile sur le changement climatique).

 

  • PANOS SOUTHERN AFRICA and PANOS EASTERN AFRICA participate in THE STIGMA INDEX, a project led by PLANNED PARENTHOOD, for developing a tool to measure stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV. the results of the stigma index provide quantitative evidence of stigma and discrimination, and it is designed to allow stigma and discrimination to be compared over time. In each country, a team of people living with HIV (PLHIV) is trained to use the stigma index questionnaire to interview large numbers of PLHIV, about their experiences of HIV stigma.
  • PANOS CARIBBEAN continues to promote debate around the proposed Goat Island transhipment port, located in a protected area of Jamaica, that underlies tensions between development and environment. This week, PANOS CARIBBEAN gives exposure to local blogger Petchary, that writes on a recent report presented the CONSERVATION STRATEGY FUND on possible alternatives to the project.

 

 

Atis EnvironnementPort-au-Prince, HAITI - Sous le haut patronage du Ministère de l’Environnement, Panos Caraïbes a bénéficié des précieux services de 10 jeunes artistes haïtiens parmi les plus talentueux et les plus en verve sur la scène musicale locale et internationale. Ceux-ci ont écrit, composé et enregistré la chanson "NOU AN DANJE", dans le cadre d’une vaste campagne de sensibilisation sur les changements climatiques et la perte de la biodiversité, qui affectent Haïti à un rythme inquiétant.

FLORENCE MZYECHELUSAKA, ZAMBIA - Florence Mzyeche is an inspiration to many women in her home village of Mphande, in Petauke because of her involvement in the radio listening clubs. “It is difficult to make a living through farming in Petauke just like in many rural areas in the country,” she says.

But with Ms Mzyeche’s guidance, many women’s groups have found a way to cope with drought and high food prices by using new methods of farming.

ELIAS BANDAMedia practitioners need to take up their position as mediators of science communication in order to link communities with researchers and other stakeholders, says Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) Regional programme manager for Media Development and ICTs, Mr Elias Banda.

PARAMARIBO, SURINAME - Several regional entities at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture are discussing ways to work together to strengthen the Caribbean’s disease surveillance systems especially those related to animal and human contact at a time when the region battles Chikungunya and the threat of Ebola.

‘We are not monitoring the spread of Chik V and Ebola. That would be done more by the Ministries of Health but these diseases show how quickly diseases can spread.  Chik V started in one island and now its sweeping through the region. So we need to be prepared and have the surveillance techniques ready for any emerging diseases,’ said Dr Patricia Bedfford, Veterinary Health Specialist and Chair of the Caribbean Veterinary (CARIBVET) Communication Working group.

Paramaribo, Suriname – The Caribbean Development Bank is looking to invest US$10 million in agricultural development in Haiti – joining countries such as the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and Jamaica, who are in varying stages of strengthening investment there.

‘We have 10 million set aside for investment in Agriculture. We will meet with Haiti’s Minister to see how we can invest some of that 10 million in agriculture in Haiti,’ said Luther St Ville, from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). He was addressing a seminar on ‘Haiti Agri-Food systems and Regional Linkages’ at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture held in Suriname from October 6-12.