Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change



In Southeast and East Asia, IWPR builds governance, accountability and the rule of law by turning people from passive spectators of government behaviour into active drivers of positive change. In Afghanistan and Pakistan, IWPR builds media capacity, trains reporters and editors, and gives civil society organisations the tools necessary to improve outreach and communications with the public and government officials.



Launching programming in 2002, IWPR established the first Afghan news agency (Pajhwok). The programme has trained over 1,000 journalists and editors in factual, unbiased reporting, promoted transitional justice and human rights, founded a locally-owned investigative journalism NGO, set up six media centres of excellence throughout the country, helped found a journalism faculty at Nangarhar University and worked to promote the rights of women and youth.

The 2014 presidential election and 2015 parliamentary polls are critical moments of transition. To persuade young Afghans that they can change the status quo, the Open Minds: Speaking Up, Reaching Out (Youth and Elections) initiative has been running debates across the country to encourage them to discuss the issues that matter to them and take part in elections as voters and watchdogs. In similar vein, a second initiative called Afghan Reconciliation: Promoting Peace and Building Trust by Engaging Civil Society is designed to inform communities in active discussions about peace-building, human rights and reconciliation as the keys to a stable, functioning society.

In 2015, we launched a new programme called Promoting Human Rights and Good Governance in Afghanistan, designed to develop the capacity and willingness of the media to engage with human rights issues. 

In 2017, we launched a project to encourage a culture of constructive public debate and critical thinking in Afghanistan by supporting local media and in-depth reporting.

Good governance and the rule of law were promoted by a cadre of Afghan journalists and related NGOs, sharing learning and expertise around the need for greater accountability. A network of peer support for trained journalists (especially women) and targeted organisations helped ensure high-quality and critical content.

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For more information please contact Noorrahman Rahmani, Afghanistan Country Director



IWPR programming in Burma is designed to build the capacity of local media, civil society and citizens at large to help shape the transition process. Our current work addresses hate speech targeting ethnic, religious and other minority groups. Our partners are monitoring the traditional and social media to identify and challenge the narratives of hate speech and thus inform public education, information and advocacy. IWPR will encourage networking among progressive NGOs and citizens keen to engage, monitor, speak out and campaign. We will also train practicing journalists in professional media skills, and deliver targeted courses for the editors and senior reporters who shape editorial policy.

For more information please contact Alan Davis, Asia & Eurasia Director


Supporting fact-based information, in-depth research and expert analysis in light of increasing "sharp power" activity by China.



For more information please contact Alan Davis, Asia & Eurasia Director

North Korea

IWPR has been working to help build the capacity, reach and impact of three Seoul-based NGO radio stations broadcasting news and information into North Korea. IWPR is working with others to raise international support for the work done by the tiny and poorly-resourced community of media and human rights NGOs that work on North Korean issues.

For more information please contact Alan Davis, Asia & Eurasia Director



IWPR’s groundbreaking work, launched in 2008, has provided critical thinking and debate skills and basic journalism training to over 4,000 secondary school students in 52 state schools and madrassas in areas of the country particularly vulnerable to extremist ideology.

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For more information please contact Alan Davis, Asia & Eurasia Director



IWPR has run nationwide human rights, governance and citizen action projects in the Philippines since 2007. The first project was a public education, training and outreach project to combat the politicization of human rights. IWPR subsequently developed its citizen-driven approach to inform, engage and link citizens with traditional media and civil society groups on human rights and governance issues.

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For more information please contact Alan Davis, Asia & Eurasia Director


Sri Lanka

IWPR is currently implementing the "Reporting for Change: Making Investigative Journalism a Reality" project in Sri Lanka, an initiative to strengthen capacity and institutionalise media support for the practice of high quality investigative reporting.

The Reporting for Change project - funded by DRL and running from 2016 to 2018 - is focused at both the national and provincial levels – in the north, east and south of the country. The project benefits from IWPR’s previous experience in Sri Lanka supporting human rights advocacy, and collaboration between civil society organisations (CSOs) and the media, as part of the Lanka Advocacy Project (LAP).

For more information please contact Alan Davis, Asia & Eurasia Director



IWPR is in the concluding phase of the Partners for Change project, designed to help the Vietnamese government build “grassroots democracy” in line with its slogan "people know, people discuss, people execute, people supervise". We have worked with two Hanoi-based organisations to help local communities organise, advocate and communicate on issues that concern them.

In one initiative, a citizen-led campaign on traffic pollution in Hanoi, we produced a TV advert watched by millions of people in a week-long slot before the prime-time TV news. The campaign generated feedback from government environmental agencies, and from state banks which contacted our partner offering to sponsor the campaign in other cities. Another initiative has been helping people organise on environmental and industrial pollution in Ha Nam Province.

IWPR launched new project work in Vietnam in October 2014.

For more information on IWPR's current work in Vietnam, please contact Alan Davis, Asia & Eurasia Director