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April 19th, 2011
The discussion 'What About the Guys' focused on why including men is important in reproductive health issues. Credit: IPS.

The discussion 'What About the Guys' focused on why including men is important in reproductive health issues. Credit: IPS.

Say ‘reproductive health’ and chances are, you think of women. But too little focus is given to discussion and initiatives around the reproductive health of men and boys – and this is why ‘what about the guys?’ was the focus of a panel discussion that IPS Asia-Pacific organised in Bangkok, Thailand in late March 2011. Read more »

More about: Asia & Pacific, Dissemination and networking, Projects, Providing news and content
April 12th, 2011

bookcovfinAlternative journalism. Public journalism. Counter-journalism.Whatever one calls it, there is just good and bad journalism. But what makes good, critical journalism that digs out the ‘other’ story in a media world that is skewed toward the big, powerful and famous?

Likewise, how does one make space for diverse views in an increasingly commercial media? What skills does the relevant journalist need amid today’s information overload, the Internet and round-the-clock connectivity? Read more »

More about: Asia & Pacific, Projects, Sustainable development
December 15th, 2010
IPS Africa Director Paula Fray speaking on Women and Elections to Sudanese female politicians.

IPS Africa Director Paula Fray speaking on Women and Elections to Sudanese female politicians.

Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa hosted a delegation of members of the Sudanese Women Parliamentarians Caucus at the IPS headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The women representatives were on a UNIFEM-supported capacity building tour. IPS regional director Paula Fray outlined the organisation’s Women in Politics programme which seeks to build the voice and visibility of women politicians on the continent.

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Parliamentarians at work.

Apart from producing a range of training tools for women in politics, the UNIFEM-funded programme also trains gender trainers in the southern Africa region.

The training tools are available in English, French and Portuguese with a Reporting Elections Checklist also available in Arabic. For more information, visit the Africa From Polls to Polls site.

More about: Africa, Human rights and gender issues, Projects, Providing news and content
November 30th, 2010
Themba James Maseko, CEO, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) South Africa; Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane,  African Monitor Founder and President.

Themba James Maseko, CEO, Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) South Africa and Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, African Monitor Founder and President.

Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town, South Africa addressed the IPS 2010 annual meeting in Madrid with a powerful keynote speech and a conclusion that Afro-optimism must replace Afro-pessimism as Africans themselves face up to and solve the challenges of the continent. The Archbishop is the founder of “African Monitor” an NGO dedicated to bringing African voices for African development. The public seminar on Thursday 25th November was jointly convened and hosted by IPS with AECID, the Spanish Agency for International Co-operation with around 200 journalists, researchers, activists and others in attendance. Francisco Moza Zapatero, the new director of AECID, and Federico Mayor, the Chair of the IPS Board, opened the meeting. Read more »

More about: Africa, Europe & Mediterranean, Latin America, Poverty & MDGs, Projects, Sustainable development
November 11th, 2010

ips-ambevThe winners of the Journalism Contest “Water: The Most Essential of All Natural Resources” were announced by the three-member panel appointed to judge the entries. The five best pieces were written by journalists from four different countries, namely Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela.

The first prize in the competition organised by AMBEV and the news agency IPS Inter Press Service went to the piece “Y sigue haciendo agua” (Still Treading Water), submitted by Marina Aizen, a reporter for Viva Magazine, distributed with Argentina’s Clarín newspaper.  The first place winner will receive a prize of US$ 5,000. Read more »

More about: Capacity building, Global, Projects, Sustainable development

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