Environment and Natural Resources Management

‘Journalists practising in deeply trying conditions’

*BY HOPEWELL RADEBE, SEPTEMBER 09 2013, 09:16 JOURNALISTS are facing the depressing reality of political instability, as well as a lack of transparency and accountability on the part of those entrusted by their electorate with political leadership, says Dr Sizwe Mabizela, deputy vice-chancellor at R
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Most investment pledges in extractive industries are exaggerated – Panos

*By Chiwoyu Sinyangwe in Grahamstown MOST investment pledges being made by foreign multinationals into extractive industries are exaggerated and there is nothing for communities, says Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf). Panos Institute of Southern Africa communications manager Vusumuzi Sifile sa
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Radio station to help Sinazongwe community rediscover itself

By Nervious Siantombo FOR over five decades, the people of Sinazongwe District in Southern Province have grappled with numerous socio-economic developmental challenges, top among them low agricultural productivity due to unfavourable weather conditions, which include an average annual rainfall of be
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World Radio Day a time to celebrate role of radio in Southern Africa development

Press Statement  Lusaka, 13 February 2014: As the world celebrates World Radio Day today on 13 February 2014, Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) would like to encourage Southern African governments, civil society, cooperating partners, the media and other development actors to maximise the use
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Children’s rights, protection: Stakeholders highlight shortcomings in law, culture

By Miriam Zimba (Times of Zambia)* BESIDES the fundamental human rights enshrined in the country’s Constitution as well as the United Nations (UN) Universal Declaration of Human Rights, children have additional rights that protect their well-being. Some of the international instruments that seek t
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PSAf calls for review of laws that restrict Freedom of Expression

Press Statement  Lusaka, 16 December 2013: Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is calling on Zambian lawmakers to review laws that restrict citizens’ enjoyment of freedom of expression and deny citizen’s quest for public accountability, decentralization and good governance.  Some of these p
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CSOs statement on Parliamentarians ‘ Action on the Constitution

Press Statement Lusaka, 27 February 2014: WE the civil society demanding for the immediate release of the final draft constitution to the Zambian people would like to applaud and commend the Members of Parliament for their boldness and bravery shown yesterday in calling for the government
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Basic Minimums brochures in English, local languages

The basic minimum standards presented by Zambian CSOs on the constitution making process are also available online. The minimum standards are informed by multi-level consultations conducted by CSOs, as well as the draft resolutions of the National Convention Organised by the Technical Committee Draf
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Press Statement by the Grand Coalition calling for immediate release of final Draft Constitution

Lusaka, 15 January 2014: The Grand Coalition comprising of civil society, student movement, activists and other stakeholders has continued to observe with dismay the uncalled for misleading statements issued by various Government and the ruling party officials regarding the demand by the Zambian pe
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PSAf urges good sexual health education for girls

There is an urgent need to review and scale up the sexual reproductive health programmes for young people, with an emphasis on building awareness so as to avoid unwanted pregnancies. We need to ensure good sexual health education for our teenage girls to avoid losing of young Zambian lives due to
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PSAf, Mozambique journalists address HIV related stigma

Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is working with the media in Mozambique to address HIV and AIDS related stigma in the country. On 20 and 21 March 2014, the organisation conducted a media training workshop that brought together journalists from selected media houses in the
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Is sodomy behind HIV spread in prisons?

The existence of homosexuality in prisons may be a subject of debate, but the experience of a former inmate is an eye opener for the need for immediate action to curb the spread of HIV transmission in penitentiary.
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PSAf Annual Report for 2012 now available

The Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) Annual Report for 2012 is now available in print and electronic formats. The report highlights activities undertaken from January to December 2012, and the organisation’s achievements in the year 2012, which was the first year of the implementation of
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PSAf commemorates inaugural World Radio Day

On 13 February 2013, PSAf joined other stakeholders involved in radio broadcasting to commemorate the inaugural World Radio Day, to celebrate radio as a medium, to improve international cooperation between broadcasters and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to in
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PSAf Message on International Women’s Day 2013

The board, management and staff of Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) join the world in commemorating the 2013 International Women’s Day. This is a special day not only for women in Southern Africa and the World over, but for everyone who is committed to working
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Impact Stories

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New alliance to tackle gender inequality through the media

Lusaka, 6 December 2013: Panos Institute Southern Africa (PSAf) is pleased to have been one of the key partners of UNESCO in the organisation and hosting of the first ever Global Forum on Media and Gender which took place in Bangkok, Thailand from 2 to 4 December 2013. The Global Forum on Media and Gender (GFMG) brought together representatives of media organisations, media professionals, academics, policy-makers, civil society groups, development agencies. The key outcome of the forum
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Participants at the RPCD training in Maputo

Mozambique community broadcasters embrace RLCs

Community radio journalists from five community radio stations in Mozambique have embraced the Radio Listening Club (RLC) methodology after undergoing a PSAf training in Maputo from 28 May to 1 June. The training was part of the Radio Platform for Community Development (RPCD), which PSAf is implementing in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia with funding from the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA). The 15 participants were drawn from Radio Dondo in Manica Province, Radio Catandi
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Meeting of community members in Chadiza

Traditional leaders empowered to drive behaviour change

Traditional leaders in the Zambian districts of Chipata and Chadiza in the Eastern Province and Monze in the Southern Province have been empowered to become resource of information and agents for behavior change to address health challenges in their communities. In the Communicating HIV Prevention in Southern Africa project, which covers six countries and in Zambia, PSAf is implementing the project in collaboration with Chikuni Radio Station in Monze and Petauke Explorers in Petauke, Eastern
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RLC membersin a discussion with a Zodiak Broadcasting Station team

Lilongwe residents take HIV prevention debate a gear up

Members of ten Radio Listening Clubs (RLCs) affiliated to Zodiak Broadcasting Station in Lilongwe, Malawi have taken the debate on HIV prevention a gear up through their production of informative weekly programmes on the station. The RLCs were established under PSAf’s regional project on Communicating HIV Prevention in Southern Africa.

The RLCs comprise of community members from the five traditional authorities, namely: Chitukula, Chi
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Frank Musukukwa

Atwaambe partner compels Zambia authorities to reintroduce sign language on TV

A boundary partner in the Atwaambe Project has managed to convince the Zambian government and authorities at the national broadcaster to reintroduce sign language translations during the main television news at the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC).
On 23 October, ZDYW Executive Director Frank Musukwa wrote an open letter to the Minister of Information and Broadcasting complaining ab
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