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A women’s fund in Mali

Nov 21, 2011 | Kaidia Samaké

A note on the wall of a local restaurant in Mali. Women have a hard time getting credit, so housewives have formed an association to provide loans for women - Sven Torfinn | Panos

An association of housewives from Gwelekoro all pay a small amount each week. The money can be given as small loans for women in Mali, where it can be difficult for women to get loans or funding.

Blockade sends food prices soaring

Oct 24, 2011 | Takhelchangbam Ambravati

Tangkhul Women in colourful dress

Food prices in Manipur have more than doubled as groups have blocked the highways, preventing deliveries of essential commodities and medicines.

Food price hikes lead to more hunger in cities

Oct 12, 2011 | Panos London

Inside a Kampala Slum

In response to recent reports on food security and concerns about famine, Panos London today launched a new case study series, Hungry in the City, which investigates the effects of food price hikes and rising inflation on people’s ability to find food for themselves and their families.

Wind powers Kenya’s growth

Sep 29, 2011 | Evelyn Kahungu

An elderly member of the Turkana community stands in a field which has not produced since 1997 due to lack of water - Frederic Courbet / Panos Pictures

Salima village lies onthe main route to Loiyangalani, allowing women and children to beg for food and water from passing traffic. There is very little in this remote, arid area of Kenya. Yet there is one thing in abundance in this desolate spot: wind.

Relay workshops update

Sep 12, 2011 | Tania Ghosh

IDRC Building Solutions workshop held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Tania Ghosh/Panos London

Workshops held by Relay help improve reporting on research. This blog looks at two workshops held in August in East Africa.

Cheating agents cut out of cotton deals

Sep 7, 2011 | Orton Kiishweko

A farmer admires his cotton fields that have been supported by contract farming.

Being cheated by agents – middlemen who buy farmers’ cotton and sell it on to ginneries, where cotton is processed into lint for export – is one of the many hardships of being a cotton farmer in Tanzania.

Dams and development

Mar 30, 2011 | Panos London

China | A construction worker takes a break during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Mostly completed the dam now provides 3% of China's energy needs, around 80TWh per year / Chris De Bode - Panos pictures

The topic guide considers areas of potential conflict between countries, concerns over policy guidelines regarding dam building and the socio-economic impact of displacement.

Protestors, power and mega-dams

Mar 25, 2011 | Tania Ghosh

A report published by Forced Migration online, titled 'Development induced displacement and resettlement', finds that adivasis (tribal people) in India account for 8 per cent of the population but are estimated to make up 40 to 50 per cent of those displaced by development projects. Although only 38 families have been directly displaced and, as such, compensated for living on the actual dam site, the impact on the ecology of the river may force scores of people in downstream areas to leave. Credits: Tania Ghosh - Panos London

Mega-dams have caused controversy around the world. The Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric project, being constructed in Arunachal Pradesh, North-east India is no exception.

Uganda’s elections: a game of football?

Feb 18, 2011 | Richard Kavuma

Uganda | One of President Yoweri Museveni's military bodyguards passes a billboard at an election rally during the last Ugandan election in 2006 / Sven Torfinn - Panos Pictures

Richard M Kavuma offers a compelling insight into the Ugandan election campaign of February 2011, which Yoweri Museveni won by 68% of the vote, asking whether the best team is going to win, or whether it’s simply a case of the match being rigged.

Reporting tax research in Kenya

Jan 20, 2011 | Panos London

Panos London and Panos Eastern Africa worked with two main partners to convene a workshop for researchers, CSOs and Kenyan media representatives at Lake Naivasha in Kenya on 15–17 November 2009. The first of these partners was CommGAP, a global programme at the World Bank which promotes the use of communication in governance reform programmes….

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