Projects are a way for us to deepen our work on specific topics, through attracting extra resources from donors. IPS has a solid track record in conceiving, implementing and reporting its projects. Our current portfolio includes work financed through open competitive bids of the European Commission and the United Nations, as well as many other international and regional projects supported by foundations, civil society organisations and international institutions.
IPS works closely with partners at all stages of the project cycle, involving stakeholders from the media, civil society or donor communities. The theme and scope of projects are agreed according to IPS priorities in a dialogue with our partners and financial sponsors about their own concerns and contribution, however the editorial independence of the news service is always explicit. Projects vary in size from small, targeted interventions to multi-year, multi-partner programmes, but taken together they are an important contribution to IPS financing.
Current priority global themes of IPS are: Poverty & Millennium Development Goals; Civil society; Sustainable development; Globalization and the South; Dialogue between civilizations; and Human rights and Gender issues.
Projects are an important way for IPS to realise its thematic priorities, by providing a funding mechanism for a package of activities. IPS projects are typically multi-dimensional, deepening our work on an issue through a mix of news and content provision, capacity-building, and dissemination and networking activities.
Many of the activities and events and some of the news content showcased on this site are made possible through project financing. Whilst there is no single model for an IPS project, the following current examples illustrate exactly how IPS can use extra project financing to further its mission and the goals of its partners and sponsors.
- MDG3 Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (2009-2011), Dutch Ministry, MDG3 Fund: Investing in Equality
- Trading Out of Poverty? (2010-2012), European Commission
- Fostering increased support and action for the MDGs across Europe (2010-2012), European Commission
- Challenges for Sustainable Development in the South with FOEI (2008-2010), European Commission
- Progressive Abolition of the Death Penalty and Alternatives that Respect International Human Rights Standards (2010-2011), European Commission
- Smallholder Farmers and the Food Crisis in Latin America and Africa (2009-2010), IFAD
- Population, Gender and Reproductive Health (2010), UNFPA
- Global Focus on Gender (2010), UNIFEM
- Strengthening Awareness of Nuclear Abolition, (2010 – 2011), SGI
If you would like to find out more about partnering with IPS globally or regionally by financing or contributing to a communication project, please write to headquarters[at]ips.org.