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November 3, 2015

Global South Panos Network Launched

The Panos South Asia joins five other autonomous Panos institutes in announcing the birth of the Global South Panos Network (GSPN).

The GSPN is a grouping of autonomous institutes working to ensure that information is effectively used to foster public debate, pluralism and democracy. Grounded in six regions of the global South, this Network seeks amplify the voices, aspirations and initiatives of citizens, communities and countries in global debates and policy processes.

With an enduring commitment to freedom of expression, it advocates the need for media development at global level to contribute to local empowerment. Its member institutes share a common vision of a world where communities build open, democratic and sustainable societies aimed at social justice, with free and diversified information and communication flows, including an independent and plural media.

The announcement came following the closure of Panos Canada, Panos London and Panos Paris (Panos Europe) over the past few years. Panos was first established 40 years ago as Earthscan within the International Institute for Environment and Development and the first Panos institute was established in London in 1986.

In Africa, the four Panos Institutes (Panos Eastern Africa based in Kampala, Panos Great Lakes based in Bujumbura, Panos South Africa based in Lusaka and Panos West Africa based in Dakar) share a programmatic focus on media pluralism and development, and on governance and peace, among other themes. At Panos South Asia, based in Kathmandu, the focus of the work includes media development and transparency, while Panos Caribbean, based in Kingston and Port au Prince, works primarily on governance, resilience and the rights of vulnerable communities. Taken together, these institutes are now active in more than 50 countries on the three continents of the South.

The GSPN is currently developing a number of joint initiatives that build on the work of and methodologies employed by member institutes and that address critical development and social issues that are at present insufficiently covered and debated by the media. The themes covered by these initiatives include: transitional justice; cultural innovation and popular forms of artistic expression for social change; homophobia and associated rights and diversity issues; and climate justice.

In December 2015, the GSPN will take the opportunity of COP21, the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, to present its work to key partners, share ideas and experiences, and consolidate existing partnerships while exploring new ones.

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