About: IWPR Annual Report 2015 | Institute for War and Peace Reporting
For IWPR, 2015 was indelibly marked by the death of Ammar al-Shahbander, our dear colleague, friend, and long-standing chief of party of our Iraq programmes. This was followed five months later by the death, in different circumstances, of Jacqueline Sutton, his acting replacement. This twin blow shook the organisation deeply and we miss them on both personal and professional levels.
Within IWPR and around the world, these tragedies were met with a profound rallying of support for which we will always be grateful. This solidarity has inspired us, in their memory, to re-commit to the work of strengthening local voices in areas of crisis and conflict, even in the world’s most challenging environments. The continuing open conflict and growing extremism in Syria, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere, and the massive migration into Europe from Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa, have driven home the imperative of building independent media, civil society and voices of moderation.
IWPR Executive Director
With an improved structure for management and day-to-day oversight of programs, IWPR’s priority was to refine and focus our projects to increase impact, and monitor and evaluate our efforts to document and demonstrate strong results across regional divisions for the Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Asia, Eurasia and Latin America.
“The knowledge I acquired during the training will help me in the war zone, and will probably save my life.”
IWPR's work had a profound impact, “changing the face of independent journalism in Cuba” according to a leading writer and former political prisoner, “creating a new generation of journalism” focusing on fact-based reporting.
“The IWPR debates gave people the ability, for the first time, to discuss issues directly with officials. They found this incredible. A kind of trust in the democratic process was created.”
“I learned multiple journalism skills and how to be engaged on several levels, unlike internships in media outlets in Libya where an intern stagnates at the same place for the entire time.”
“I see so many things, so much corruption in society. I want to highlight the concerns of people.”
GIVING VOICE, DRIVING CHANGE
The Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR) empowers people’s voices at the frontlines of conflict and transition to help them drive change. IWPR builds skills, capacity and networks for citizens and their communities so their voices can make a difference – strengthening accountability and supporting development, advancing justice and forging peace.
IWPR was founded in 1991 by a group of concerned media professionals, with the aim of supporting the voices of local journalists, human rights activists and others in areas of conflict. Working in three dozen countries, IWPR’s innovative programmes are crafted to respond to the needs of the people they serve. Projects prioritise locally informed objectives and lead to sustainable outcomes. Beneficiaries include citizen and professional journalists, human rights and peace activists, policymakers, educators, researchers, businesses, and women’s, youth and other civil society organisations and partners.