Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change
Alan joined IWPR in 1994 after training as a journalist and reporting extensively from Indochina and East Asia. He provides leadership on monitoring and evaluation and assessment systems for IWPR and the media development sector through the Global Forum for Media Development (GFMD) of which IWPR is a founding member and co-chair. Alan has also designed and implemented innovative IWPR programs in the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Afghanistan, Iran and the Philippines. For the Philippine Human Rights Reporting project on human rights reporting, Alan conceived of a novel approach: instead of immediately reaching out to journalists to participate in training and mentoring, he designed the program to start with a focus on building consensus and ownership among local organisations in support of a unified program. Prior to IWPR, Alan was the media advisor for Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union at the Department for International Development. A finalist in the UK Press Gazette Regional Journalist of the Year and the Observer Young Travel Writer of the Year, he reported from Vukovar, just before it fell to Yugoslav federal and paramilitary forces in 1991. He frequently appears as a conflict and media analyst for BBC TV and Radio, CNN, Channel 4 News, ABC, CBC, Radio Ireland, Radio Netherlands, The Guardian, and others.
Vasana Wickremasena is IWPR's Sri Lanka country representative. A legal, development and communications specialist, he is also the recipient of the prestigious Harry Brittain Fellowship awarded by the Commonwealth Press Union. He has trained journalists in Sri Lanka and the Maldives, as well as directing the advanced journalism course at the Open University of Sri Lanka and as the senior legal advisor to USAID in Sri Lanka, Wickremasena has worked with Sri Lanka's Bar Association, Legal Aid Commission and the Judicial Services Commission. With a strong background in media law and ethics, Wickremasena was also the first complaints officer of the self-regulated Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka and served as secretary to the Code of Ethics Review Committee of the Sri Lanka Press Institute.
IWPR in the News
‘Thanks to the internet, journalists can now sit in a tent near the front line and talk to colleagues half a world away’
By Gillian Tett