Members of the armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh at their post along the line of contact with Azerbaijani forces in the eastern direction on April 21, 2015 near the town of Agdam, Nagorno-Karabakh.
Members of the armed forces of Nagorno-Karabakh at their post along the line of contact with Azerbaijani forces in the eastern direction on April 21, 2015 near the town of Agdam, Nagorno-Karabakh. © Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

WHAT WE DO

IWPR gives voice to people at the frontlines of conflict and transition to help them drive change

Giving Voice

IWPR empowers local voices to drive change in countries in conflict, crisis and transition. Where hate speech and propaganda proliferate, and journalists and civic activists are under attack, IWPR promotes reliable information and public debate that makes a difference.

  • With powerful new forms of disinformation driving social division, increasing digital security risks and escalating attacks on journalists, IWPR’s mission to empower local voices is more important than ever.
  • IWPR’s core work is to strengthen the flow of credible, unbiased information, enabling journalists and civil society to inform, educate and mobilise communities.
  • IWPR empowers societies to find their own solutions, by strengthening local capacity to report on and advocate for accountability, freedom of expression and human rights.
GIVING VOICE CASE STUDIES

 

 

Covering Coronavirus in Cuba

IWPR’s network of reporters in Cuba are defying one of the most repressive media environments in the world to expose mass government disinformation over the Covid-19 crisis.

A woman wearing a face mask reads a newspaper in a street of Havana, on July 29, 2020.
A woman wearing a face mask reads a newspaper in a street of Havana, on July 29, 2020. © Yamil Lage/AFP via Getty Images
Training session in social media for imams in Kyzylorda, city in south-central Kazakstan.
Training session in social media for imams in Kyzylorda, city in south-central Kazakstan. © CABAR/IWPR

Central Asia: Imams Turn Influencers

IWPR is training a new generation of social media influencers across Central Asia to spread tolerance and counter violent extremism.

Sakar Maan, one of the activists that lead the initiative, inside the Iraqi airforce plane holding some of the letters about to be dropped over Mosul.
Sakar Maan, one of the activists that lead the initiative, inside the Iraqi airforce plane holding some of the letters about to be dropped over Mosul. © IWPR

Four Million Love Letters to Mosul

Unprecedented initiative sends messages of support from Iraqi citizens to the beleaguered residents of the country’s second-largest city.

Driving Change

By helping local voices to be heard, IWPR builds peace, improves governance and advances human rights. With three decades’ experience, IWPR maintains extensive local networks and expert program teams, making us uniquely positioned to mobilise the power of information to create more stable, just and inclusive societies.

  • Over 30 years, IWPR has identified, trained and supported local creative talent who have gone on to expose rights violations, establish local media outlets and achieve international impact, including winning the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • IWPR has established standards of ethical journalism and trained new generations of reporters, in countries ranging from Afghanistan and Cuba to Iraq and Central Asia.
  • IWPR investigations have exposed violations and directly led to political and legal reform where it is needed most, delivering direct improvements to people’s lives.
DRIVING CHANGE CASE STUDIES

 

 

Fighting Corruption in Ukraine

A handbook produced by IWPR’s partners in Ukraine has become the go-to text for the country’s main anti-corruption body.

Anti-government protesters in Kiev calling for ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union, February 2014.
Anti-government protesters in Kiev calling for ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych over corruption and an abandoned trade agreement with the European Union, February 2014. © Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Malala Yousafzai delivers her acceptance speech during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Town Hall on December 10, 2014 in Oslo, Norway.
Malala Yousafzai delivers her acceptance speech during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at Oslo City Town Hall on December 10, 2014 in Oslo, Norway. © Nigel Waldron/Getty Images

Malala's IWPR Roots

Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai began her campaigning work as a 12-year-old IWPR trainee in a Pakistani programme empowering young people through public debate and dialogue.

Stop FGM illustration.
Stop FGM illustration. © Art-skvortsova/iStock

Georgia: FGM Banned After IWPR Investigation

The Georgian government criminalised female genital mutilation (FGM) following an IWPR investigation that revealed the practice was ongoing in the east of the country.

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