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A preliminary report from the ongoing Mid Term Review of the PSAf Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016 shows that the organisation is on track to achieve the goals it set out to achieve in the Strategic Plan.

With two and half years gone since the launch of the Strategic Plan, PSAf commissioned the Mid Term Review of the Organisation’s Strategic Plan to measure progress towards achieving the goals set in the Strategic Plan for 2012 to 2016. This is part of the organisation’s ongoing efforts to ensure that our interventions are evidence based and respond to the needs of different stakeholders.

The report states that: “PSAf programming has generally been effective, with various achievements recorded on specific program areas. All the strategic components have so far indicated considerable levels of progress”.

D’énormes efforts ont été consentis durant les 4 dernières années dans le cadre des travaux visant à conserver la biodiversité en Haïti. Au total, une trentaine de Zones Clés pour la Biodiversité (ZCB) sont répertoriées par le Ministère de l’Environnement en partenariat avec des Organisations Non-Gouvernementales œuvrant dans le domaine de la protection de l’environnement.

Des projets de recherches biologiques et de conservation d’espaces verts sont en cours d’exécution dans le pays. Ce qui devrait contribuer à créer un environnement sain selon plusieurs agronomes et techniciens en environnement. En dépit des actions entreprises, plusieurs aires protégées sont actuellement menacées ; des espèces animales et végétales, considérées comme patrimoine, sont en voie de disparition.

Women and girls across Southern Africa continue to bear the brunt of traditions that support multiple concurrent partnerships (MCP) and other uncouth sexual practices.

Testimonies from community members and other stakeholders working with Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) in the Communicating HIV Prevention in Southern Africa project show that the region has many cultural practices that expose women and girls to HIV/AIDS and related complications. This is also corroborated by statistics from international organisations leading the fight against HIV and AIDS, which indicate that the majority of people living with HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa are women and girls.

Atelier de lancement du Projet « Médias et justice transitionnelle au Mali », du 09 au 12 septembre 2014

Sélectionnées pour leur implantation dans des zones ayant été durement touchées par le conflit au Mali, des journalistes de 12 radios locales du Mali, particulièrement celles du Nord participent à une session de formation aux techniques d’animation de débats sur la question sensible de la justice transitionnelle. Pendant quatre jours, grâce à un projet mis en œuvre par l’Institut Panos Afrique de l’Ouest, ils se familiariseront avec cette nouvelle thématique et aux modalités d’animation de débats critiques sur la question.

The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Panos Europe Institute reached out to a scientific committee composed of eight international and civil society organisations working in the field of migration to draft the first version of this media-freindly glossary on migration: IDMC, IFRC, ILO, IOM, OHCHR, PICUM, TdH and UNHCR.

The definitions provided by these organisations were subsequently reviewed by an editorial committee of media professionals, specialised in migration, working at The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, University of Columbia and the Sydney Morning Herald. The glossary was first presented in Bali (Indonesia), during the 6th Global Forum of the UNAOC / 28-30 August.

This glossary is the result of a year-long project supported by the Open Society Foundations. More information following this link (Panos Europe).

Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) has called for increased provision of health services for the pregnant woman and child in rural areas as part of the final push in the attainment of the millennium development goals.

Addressing participants at a three-day ‘increasing access to maternal and child health services’ workshop in Mongu on Tuesday 20th August, 2014, PSAf programme manager Elias Banda said lack of community mobilization in accessing quality health services for the pregnant mother was one of the causes of the many deaths experienced due to pregnancy and child birth complications in rural areas.

ACTION! IPAOL’Institut Panos Afrique de l'Ouest a lancé le mercredi 25 juin le projet « Acteurs culturels et acteurs médiatiques en Afrique: Moteur! »

L’IPAO sort de ses habitudes et de ces draps classiques pour embrasser un monde en plein essor. L’univers des artistes qui par leurs talents et leur art communiquent, informent et sensibilisent.

Panos Caribbean’s long-awaited designation as a Regional Hub for Climate Change Information is now a reality. The official launch of the hub and information portal took place last Friday (June 20, 2014) at the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort in Montego Bay, St James.

Panos, a regional communication organisation, does project management work in four primary programmes – Children, Youth and Violence; Public Health and Human Rights, Climate Change, Livelihood and Gender; and Media Development.

DHAKA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bangladesh plans to cut spending from its own budget on climate change adaptation and rely more in the future on funds from donors, government officials said.

The low-lying South Asian nation, considered one of the countries most at risk from climate impacts such as sea level rise, worsening erosion and erratic rainfall, has been a leader in the developing world in committing its own funds to climate adaptation. Officials allocated $320 million from the country’s budget over five years to a domestic climate adaptation fund, said Finance Minister A.M.A. Muhith in a budget speech to parliament.

In the Central African Republic, medias pay heavily for the unfolding crisis. From March 2013 to the end of May 2014, nearly 50 events against journalist or support staff have been reported, ranging from moral pressure to assasination.

(Continues in French)Pourtant, dans le contexte actuel, l’existence d'une communauté médiatique plus professionnelle et l’accessibilité permanente à une information de meilleure qualité sont autant de conditions nécessaires pour conduire le pays à la paix.  Chacun - journalistes, patrons de presse, représentants des médias, opérateurs internationaux de soutien aux médias – souhaite pouvoir jouer son rôle dans des conditions de sécurité acceptables.

LILIAN KIEFER, PSAFCommunity radio stations play a key role in ensuring access to information and freedom of expression, particularly for those communities with limited access to the mainstream media.