Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)
Source description last updated: 14 May 2014
In brief: The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) is an international NGO network which, through reporting and capacity building, aims at promoting journalism to secure human rights, raise awareness and strengthen civil society.
Coverage on
Selected reports and news articles.
Covered daily on, for countries of priorities A-C.
By strengthening local media and civil society, “IWPR gives voice to people at the frontlines of conflict, crisis and change” (IWPR: What We Do, undated). “To maximise its impact, IWPR connects local media with civil society — such as community groups, local and international NGOs, the UN, and government officials — to identify the issues adversely affecting a population” (IWPR: Identify Issues, udated). Thus, “IWPR's core mission is rooting professional journalism skills deeply within individuals and within societies” (IWPR: Build Journalism, undated). IWPR also “raises public awareness, promotes debate, and supports action over critical challenges facing a nation or region” (IWPR: Raise Awareness, undated).
IWPR is „governed by Boards of Trustees of senior journalists, peace-building and human rights experts, regional specialists, and business and NGO professionals.“ (IWPR: What We Do; IWPR Staff and Offices, undated)
“International Chairman is Sir David Bell, chairman of The Financial Times.” (IWPR: Our Offices, undated)
IWPR is registered as a charity in the United Kingdom (London), as a not-for-profit organisation with tax-emxempt status in the USA (Washington), and as charitable foundation in The Netherlands (The Hague). (IWPR: Our Offices, undated)
IWPR's approach is „to identify a target country or issue, research and develop a project proposal, and then circulate that proposal to a range of private and public funders for their support“ (IWPR: What We Do; Funding Policy and Institutional Independence, undated). IWPR is funded by private foundations, individual and government agencies. A list of supporters can be found here:
Scope of reporting:
IWPR publishes news reports on specific countries all over the world. Target countries and regions covered by IWPR are: Kenya, DR Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Nigeria; Afghanistan, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, the Caucasus and Central Asian states; Bosnia, Croatia and Serbia; Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Syria and Tunisia (IWPR: Report News, undated)
Some of IWPR's core issues include human rights abuses, child soldiers, conflict resolution, women's rights and elections in emerging democracies. (IWPR: Identidy Issues, undated)
IWPR's methodological approach includes information provided by local journalists and in-depth research by international experts (IWPR: Build Journalism, undated). IWPR is known for “intensive, one-on-one, apprentice-style training from basic journalism to human rights and elections reporting“ in order to obtain in-depth information and data IWPR's publications are based on. (IWPR: Build Journalism, undated)
Language(s) of publications:
English; depending on programmes, information can be found in English, Dari/Farsi, Russian, Turkmen and Uzbek, Arabic, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian
Further reading / links:
Guardian: We are not instruments of US power, 28 May 2005,5673,1494394,00.html
In 2002, IPWR launched Pajhwok, Afghanistan's first independent news agency. (IWPR: Programme; Afghanistan, undated)
In 2008, Iraqi journalist Zainab Ahmed received, representative for all Iraqi IWPR journalists, the Henri Hannen Preis, donated by German publishing house Gruner+Jahr and the German magazine Stern, in the category “press freedom”:
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