ON THE BASIS OF A STRATEGIC REVIEW CONDUCTED IN 2013, FOLLOWED BY AN INTERNAL ASSESSMENT OF STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES AND AN EVALUATION OF PRIORITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES, THE PANOS NETWORK HAS DECIDED TO LAUNCH FOUR PILOT INITIATIVES. THESE INITIATIVES BUILD ON THE WORK OF AND METHODOLOGIES EMPLOYED BY MEMBER INSTITUTES. THEY ADDRESS CRITICAL DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIAL ISSUES THAT ARE AT PRESENT INSUFFICIENTLY COVERED AND DEBATED.
- HOMOPHOBIA AND ASSOCIATED RIGHTS AND DIVERSITY ISSUES: Many people suffer discrimination and violence because of their sexual orientation, and communication can play a significant role in helping communities and societies to debate these issues and combat injustice.
- CULTURAL INNOVATION AND POPULAR FORMS OF ARTISTIC EXPRESSION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: All over the world, cultural innovators, especially younger artists, have developed entirely new ways of expressing and communicating social, political or environmental issues, and these voices should be respected and amplified.
- TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE: As countries and societies move from armed conflicts or repressive regimes, there is a need for a careful and progressive restoration of accountability and trust, for a recognition of the rights of victims, and for introducing or restoring the rule of law. The media can support and strengthen this approach through information and debate.
- CLIMATE JUSTICE: Environmental change – and especially climate change – typically impact more drastically on poor and vulnerable people, communities and countries. Affected people must be given the opportunity to express their concerns and to be part of designing and implementing solutions that are fair, equitable and sustainable.
In addition to these new, joint pilot initiatives, each panos institute implements its own programmes, based on areas of interest and expertise, and on regional and global priorities and opportunities. Most institutes have formulated strategic plans that provide direction for their respective programmes and organisational development.