Information: the fuel for change
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CTA. 1989. Information: the fuel for change. Spore 24. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Panos Institute is an independent institute based in London, which works to promote sustainable development. Panos combines research with dissemination, providing information to those who need it in forms that can be readily understood and...
The Panos Institute is an independent institute based in London, which works to promote sustainable development. Panos combines research with dissemination, providing information to those who need it in forms that can be readily understood and used. Much of the information, concerns the rural environment, including agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food processing. Although Panos has as its primary objectives the promotion of sustainable development, it recognizes that the means to achieve it are not easy to determine. Transitions to sustainable development will require a range of policy choices that are inherently complex and politically difficult. Persuading politicians is only a first step. To translate good intentions into appropriate action, and to reverse non-sustainable development internationally and nationally, require immense efforts to inform, educate and mobilize many different constituencies. In this process, information is one of the key ingredients. In providing information, the Panos Institute has three main activities. Panos Regional Partnerships help bring about action towards sustainable development by stimulating public awareness and debate on environment, development, population, and natural resources. The Institute works with Third World partners in a limited number of target countries to help increase the environment and development information capacities of indigenous media and NGOs. From 1990, Panos plans to consolidate and expand its regional activities into five separate programmes, three of them covering ACP countries; the Sahel, the Caribbean, East Africa, and the SADCC region, South Asia and the ASEAN region. Other programmes are covering several rural and environmental themes: Development; Rural electrification in developing countries, the Greenhouse Effect, with particular reference to its implications for developing countries; and Agroforestry. Thematic programmes may consist of a single seminar or publication, or may be a multi-year programme involving a wide range of activities. In some cases this simply involves collecting, organising and disseminating existing information; more often, it includes a greater or lesser degree of desk research; and it usually involves an element of research or writing by Third World journalists, experts, NGOs or institutions. Panos Information output on a wide range of environment and development issues is prepared and published by Panos in a number of forms including books, dossiers, magazines, syndicated news features, radio programmes and photographs. These draw both on the thematic programmes and on regional activities. The Panos Features service is distributed to 300 news organisations worldwide and features readership regularly tops 10 million people. The radio service comprises a regular magazine programme - 'Down to Earth'. The features service is likely to undergo a major change in 1990 following an agreement to merge Panos Features with the Gemini News Service. The new joint venture to be known as Gemini-Panos News, will provide a range of orginal news and feature services on current affairs with special emphasis on events and issues of concern to developing countries. Gemini-Panos is expected to reach 20 million Third World readers every week, and to be read in more than 100 countries. Panos operates from London, Paris and Washington and derives funding from a number of sources, at the same time maintaining a policy of strict editorial independence. It is currently supported by the governments of Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the UK, as well as by the European Commission, the Norwegian Red Cross, Oxfam, the Beldon Fund, the Benton Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and a number of other donors. For more details, contact The Panos Institute 8 Alfred Place London WC1E 7EB UK